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2018 Falls Sports Recap
2018 Falls Sports Recap

Congratulations to Winsor's five fall sports teams on outstanding seasons! Read on for summaries, photo galleries and individual honors.

Thanks to the many coaches who shared recaps of their fall sports seasons! Read on for summaries, photo galleries and individual honors from Winsor's five fall sports.

Varsity Crew

Under the leadership of head coach Lisa Stone P'03, who is celebrating her 20th year at the helm of the program, Varsity Crew had a great fall season. Led by tri-captains Lettie Cabot '19, Mikayla Chen '20 and Berneece Tam '19, the team opened the season with a great day on the water at the Textile River Regatta. Nearly everyone raced twice, with the junior four finishing second and the two junior four lightweight boats finishing 1st and 3rd.  Next, in a dual meet against rival NCDS, both the first four and novice eight brought home the gold as the team rowed to victory.

On a chilly day at the Head of the Charles, a large crowd gathered to cheer on the varsity four and eight as they competed in two extremely competitive races.  The youth four placed 8th out of 85 boats in a time of 19:41.144 after starting the race as bow No. 11. The crew consisted of Avantika Kothari '19, Lettie Cabot '19, Mikayla Chen '20, Alex Lee '21 and Clare Westerman '19.  Winsor's youth eight placed 65th out of 85 boats in a time of 21:14.326. The crew was composed of Haley Kwuon '20, Nicole Masuoka '20, Sophia Copeman '20, Berneece Tam '19, Meghan Abate '21, Lulu Ansari '20, Dora Friedman '20, Scarlet Perry '22, and Avery Beber '20.  Another highlight on the day was Head of School Sarah Pelmas' 5th place finish in the women's masters eight, rowing for Community Rowing (CRI).

JV Crew

JV Crew also had a successful fall season, competing in two regattas. Opening the season at the Textile River Regatta, JV novice four+ finished 8th. The New England Junior High School Championships followed, where the JV novice eight+ finished 9th. To cap off the season, JV novice eight+ defeated rivals NCDS in a scrimmage.

Cross Country 

9-0 EIL; Overall 11-0

Though small in numbers and relatively young, Winsor Cross Country had a spectacular 2018 season, bookended by two silver place finishes and highlighted by a 4th straight EIL championship win.

The team, led by tri-captains Chloe Duval '19, Annie Kaplan '19 and Clare Quinn '19, opened the season at Canterbury, placing second to the defending D1 champion Deerfield. A full season of racing followed during which Winsor racked up an impressive 9-0 undefeated record in the EIL. The team went on to secure their 4th straight EIL title - and 15th overall - with seven Winsor runners finishing in the top 15, including 7th grader Meg Madison '24, who finished 2nd with a time of 18:44, setting the record for the fastest time in Winsor school history. The following weekend, Winsor defeated Choate, St Paul's, Nobles, Deerfield and Andover to finish a remarkable 2nd behind Phillips Exeter Academy at the New England Division 1 Championships. It was Winsor's first year competing in the larger division at the championships, and Meg Madison '24 and Clare Quinn '19 led the way for the Wildcats, taking 2nd and 6th.    

EIL Honorable Mention: Ashley Browne '21 and Anjali Palepu '21

EIL All-League: Emeline Daley '24, Avery Gardner '21, Annie Kaplan '19, Meg Madison '24, Zoe Lewis '22, Eve Lesburg '21 and Clare Quinn '19

All-New England Team: Meg Madison '24 and Clare Quinn '19

EIL Cross Country Coach of the Year: Moriah Musto

Varsity Field Hockey

EIL 8-2; Overall 15-4

Varsity Field Hockey had a season to remember. Led by co-captains Nancy Kaneb '19 and Talia Ward '19, the team improved from a 5-7-1 record last year to a commanding 16-4-0 this fall, and capped off the stellar season by taking home Winsor's first Field Hockey NEPSAC championship title.

A dominant force in the EIL all season, the Wildcats earned the #2 seed in the EIL tournament, and fell just short to the #1 undefeated Pingree in overtime of the championship game.  The team went on to earn a berth to the Class C NEPSAC tournament for the first time since 2013.  Seeded #5, Winsor traveled to Westport, CT to compete against #4 Greens Farms Academy in the quarterfinals and beat them 3-1 to advance to the semifinals against #1 Pingree. In the semis, Winsor sealed the win in dramatic fashion, knocking in the game-winning goal with just over a minute left to play.  Advancing to the finals, the team beat # 3 seeded Ethel Walker by a commanding score of 3-0 to make history as Winsor's first Field Hockey NEPSAC champions!

EIL Honorable Mention: Amanda Fogarty '19 and Lexi Pellegrino '22

EIL All-League: Ellie Harrison '22, Nancy Kaneb '19 and Serena Pollard '19

NEPSAC First Team Honorable Mention: Ellie Harrison '22 (defense), Sam Maynard '21 (mid), Rachel Place '20 (defense) and Serena Pollard '19 (defense)

NEPSAC First Team: Amanda Fogarty '19 (attack), Nancy Kaneb '19 (goalie), Lexi Pellegrino '22 (attack) and Julia Ryan '22 (mid)

JV Field Hockey

EIL 5-1; Overall 7-4-1

JV Field Hockey enjoyed another successful season, losing only once in league play to NCDS and finishing 7-4-1 overall. The team's hard work and dedication paid off in the form of big wins against Pingree, Dana, and to NCDS in their second meeting, avenging their only EIL loss from earlier in the season.

Varsity Soccer

7-3 EIL; 7-7 Overall 

Varsity Soccer, led by tri-captains Julia Contini '19, Caroline Green '19 and Sarah Stier '19, rallied to a 7-3 record in the league, and earned a spot in the EIL tournament for the first time in recent years. The rebuilding season included two hard-fought, one goal losses to Pingree, the undefeated league champs. Game after game, players stepped up and into unfamiliar positions to help the team, and it paid off as the team secured a place in the EIL tournament.  

EIL Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Martin '20 and Ava Nace '21

EIL All-League: Caitlin Bracken '20, Julia Contini '19 and Sophie de Castro '19

All-NEPSAC Team: Julia Contini '19 (forward)

JV Soccer

EIL 5-0-3; Overall 6-1-3

JV Soccer had a great season, besting Rivers for a thrilling UTL victory and closing the season with a 6-1-3 record against some very tough competition. Led by tri-captains Ellisya Lindsey '19, Julia Monaco '19 and Julia Wilson '19, every player worked hard, continued to improve, and played a role in the team's success.

Varsity Volleyball

EIL 7-5; Overall 10-6 

Only in its second season, Varsity Volleyball, led by co-captains Kaylee Chang '19 and Samantha Chin '19, made its presence known in 2018. Competitive in every match, the Wildcats' spectacular defense and timely hitting were the driving forces behind their success. Decisive wins against non-league opponents BB&N and Southfield, combined with dominating wins against EIL opponents Pingree, Bancroft, Beaver, and Portsmouth Abbey paved the way for the Wildcats' chance to qualify for the EIL tournament. In one of their best games of the season, the Wildcats upset 2nd place NCDS in a 5 game battle to cinch a tournament berth.  The team finished the season 4th in the EIL, ranking #11 of 27 teams in Class B.

EIL Honorable Mention: Allison Chang '22 and Kaylee Chang '19

EIL All-League: Samantha Chin '19 and Michelle Pu '20

All-NEPSAC Team: Samantha Chin '19

JV Volleyball

EIL 3-8; Overall 4-10

Winsor offered JV Volleyball for the first time this year. Enthusiastic and determined, the players showed they were eager to learn and become a team. The season opened with a victory over Portsmouth Abbey and included two wins over Beaver Country Day School and a victory over ISL foe Buckingham Browne and Nichols.