Boys Cross Country - Varsity

Sept 15, 2023 vs Groton and St. Sebastian’s, Win 24-32 and Win 27-32

SPS Runs Past Groton and St. Sebs

SPS vs Groton, Win 24-32
SPS vs. St. Sebastian’s, Win 27-32

On Friday, September 15th, the St. Paul’s School (SPS) harriers traveled to Groton School for their opening meet against the hosting Zebras and the also-visiting Arrows from St. Sebastian’s School (St. Seb’s). Featuring debuts from a strong Form of 2027 but without both senior captains, the SPS boys knew that they would have to pace particularly wisely on the temporary (due to flooding) and fast course to compete well against teams who were close matches the previous year.

One runner from Groton and three from St. Seb’s hit the opening and downhill mile fast, putting Andrew Carroll ‘25 in fifth and behind him a strong pack of Ian Chang ‘25, Linus Krenkel ‘27, and Owen Gorenc ‘27 pacing together amidst runners from other schools. Just a few steps behind that group, Chappy Carroll ‘27, Sam Du ‘25, and Harry Moyer ‘27 looked poised to place well approaching the halfway mark. The course’s main turn down by Groton’s Bingham Boathouse proved to be a separating threshold, as the competitors started to stretch on their way back up to the two-mile mark and a fast closing third of the race.

Carroll cashed in on a more conservative start than the St. Seb’s lead runners and passed all three in the ending loops to finish second and with a career personal record to start the year. The three point swing for each team would cause SPS to beat St. Seb’s 27-32 in their dual-meet scoring, but only because the other aforementioned SPS runners held or improved their positions in the back half of the race. Though Groton’s lead runner captured first, the SPS depth ensured victory in the other dual-meet scoring 24-32.

New runners Luca Bocresion ‘26, Kyle Gump ‘26, Grant Lebar ‘27, Enzo Leventis-Cox ‘25, Teddy Madara ‘25, Ryan Su ‘26, William Su ‘26, and Ryan Wu ‘27 ran well in their opening race.

The SPS runners will next host Lakes Region schools for an invitational on Wednesday, September 20th.

Sept 20, 2023 vs Lakes Region, 1st Place

St. Paul’s School: 12
Tilton School: 32
Proctor Academy: 55
Holderness School: 57
Cardigan Mountain School: 106
Brewster Academy: 108
Kimball Union Academy: 114
Vermont Academy: 120

See full results »

Sept 30, 2023 vs NMH Invitational, Third Place

Deerfield Academy: 43
Loomis Chaffee School: 51
St. Paul’s School: 80
Northfield Mount Hermon School: 80
Keene High School: 102
Concord Academy: 151

Varsity and JV Boys XC Each Finish Third at NMH Invitational

In the six-team varsity race, competitors were closely packed through the course’s opening 1K of rolling grass, with teams budgeting their efforts well and watching their footing after overnight rain created slick conditions. Andrew Carroll ‘25 ran aggressively up front with lead runners from other teams, and Linus Krenkel ‘27 was not far behind the lead pack. Chappy Carroll ‘27, Ian Chang ‘25, and Cam Perry ‘24 worked together a few seconds back; Sam Du ‘25 and Harry Moyer ‘27 similarly worked together amidst the next group. The middle mile saw a few key placement changes up front as low sticks fought for points over the segmented climb of “Jacob’s Ladder” and the following section of short and steep climbs. Evincing a close field, most runners hit the last kilometer of the race still in contact with several other competitors and leaving finishes to be decided. Carroll and Krenkel each finished in the top 10. Team scoring put SPS in a tie with host school NMH for third, and sixth-runner Du’s placement over the NMH sixth-runner gave SPS the win in the tiebreaker. Varsity results: Deerfield 43, Loomis Chaffee 51, SPS 80*, NMH 80, Keene 102, Concord Academy 151.

Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy, Win 25-32

SPS Beats Deerfield 25-32

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Oct 11, 2023 vs Northern New England Invitational, 1st Place

St. Paul’s School 21
Tilton School 44
Proctor Academy 45
Dublin School 85
Cardigan Mountain School 103
Brewster Academy 111
Vermont Academy 114
Kimball Union Academy 122
Holderness School 164
New Hampton School 188

Oct 14, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover/NMH/Austin Preparatory School — 2nd Place

SPS Finishes Second at SPS Invitational

Phillips Academy Andover 21
St. Paul’s School 51
Northfield Mount Hermon School 65
Austin Preparatory School 109

Oct 19, 2023 vs Capital Area Race

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Oct 21, 2023 vs Austin Preparatory School/Dexter Southfield School – 1st Place

St. Paul’s School 28
Austin Preparatory School 46
Dexter Southfield School 55

Oct 28, 2023 vs Middlesex/St. Mark's School/Noble and Greenough/Lawrence Academy

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Nov 1, 2023 vs Lakes Region Tournament

St. Paul’s School 18
Tilton School 54
Proctor Academy 66
Vermont Academy 89
Dublin School 92
Holderness School 107
Cardigan Mountain School 108
Kimball Union Academy 121
Brewster Academy 141

Nov 11, 2023 vs NEPSTA, 6th Place

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Boys Cross Country - JV

Sept 15, 2023 vs Groton School

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Sept 20, 2023 vs Lakes Region, 1st Place

St. Paul’s School: 12
Tilton School: 26
Holderness School: 41
Brewster Academy: 45
Proctor Academy: 54
Cardigan Mountain School: 62

See full results »

Sept 30, 2023 vs NMH Invitational, Third Place

Deerfield Academy: 33
Loomis Chaffee School: 68
St. Paul’s School: 85
Northfield Mount Hermon School: 99
Eaglebrook School: 117
Cushing Academy: 119
Concord Academy: 212

Varsity and JV Boys XC Each Finish Third at NMH Invitational

In the seven-team junior varsity race, SPS looked to learn from the preceding races display of smart pacing and to build race experience. The SPS group used the course;s opening stretch exceedingly well and hit the opening hills poised for an effective race. By the time the competitors returned to the courses opening and closing field, most of the SPS runners had considerably improved their positions. Nice job to new runner Jeet Ghosh in his debut race! JV team scores Deerfield 33, Loomis Chaffee 68, SPS 85, NMH 99, Eaglebrook 117, Cushing 119, Concord Academy 212.

Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy, Loss 29-27

JV Boys XC Drops Close Race to Deerfield

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Oct 11, 2023 vs Northern New England Invitational, 1st Place

St. Paul’s School 1
Dublin School 13
Tilton School 14
Cardigan Mountain School 25
Brewster Academy 29
Proctor Academy 31
 

Oct 14, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover/NMH/Austin Preparatory School — 2nd Place

SPS JV Finishes Second at SPS Invitational

Phillips Academy Andover 15
St. Paul’s School 54
Austin Preparatory School 92
Northfield Mount Hermon School 95

Oct 21, 2023 vs Austin Preparatory School

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Oct 28, 2023 vs Middlesex/Lawrence Academy/Noble and Greenough School/St, Mark's School

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Nov 1, 2023 vs Lakes Region Tournament

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Nov 11, 2023 vs NEPSTA, 5th Place

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Girls Cross Country - Varsity

Sept 15, 2023 vs Groton School, Win 15-45

Girls Sweep Groton Runners

Both the girls varsity and JV XC teams had an incredible start to the season with impressive wins over Groton with scores of 15-45 and 15-49, respectively. In the varsity race, crossing the finish line first was Aedyn Kourakos (20:17), with Olivia Blanchard (20:51) in second, Maeve O’Connell ((21:36) third, Brooks Boyd (21:48) fourth, and Ali Cabot (22:16) in fifth. Top finishers for the JV squad were Maddie Chang (23:36), Patalie Viprakasit (23:53), Lidia Zur Muhlen (24:20), and the pack of Sidney Magnus (26:16), Fleur Caryl-Klika (26:36), and Mary Chu (26:47) Next week the girls will defend their championship title on Wednesday when we host the Lakes Region Invitational.

Sept 20, 2023 vs Lakes Region, 1st Place

St. Paul’s School: 8
Holderness School: 18
Kimball Union Academy: 29
Proctor Academy: 33
Tilton School: 50
New Hampton School: 69
Vermont Academy: 72

See full results »

Sept 30, 2023 vs NMH Invitational, 2nd Place

Loomis Chaffee School: 19
St. Paul’s School: 58
Deerfield Academy: 61
Northfield Mount Hermon School: 92

Girls XC Finishes Second at NMH Invitational

At the Northfield Mount Herman Invitation, girls varsity XC took second place. Finishing in the top ten were Aedyn Kourakos (4th - 20:47) and Olivia Blanchard (9th – 22:11). Also racing well for the squad were Maeve O’Connell (22:56), Brooks Boys (23:19), Ali Cabot (23:25), Mackenzie Barrette (23:38), and Katy Scott (23:39).

Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy and Winsor School, Win

St. Paul’s School 27
Deerfield Academy 28

St. Paul’s School 23
Winsor School 34

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Oct 11, 2023 vs Northern New England Invitational, 1st Place

St. Paul’s School 18
Kimball Union Academy 19
Holderness School 24
Proctor Academy 27
Tilton School 51
Dublin School 60
New Hampton School 75
Vermont Academy 81

Oct 14, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover/Austin Preparatory School — 2nd Place

SPS Girls XC Finishes Second at SPS Invitational

Phillips Academy Andover 15
St. Paul’s School 57
Austin Preparatory School 58

Oct 19, 2023 vs Capital Area Race

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Oct 21, 2023 vs Austin Preparatory School/Dexter Southfield School – 1st Place

St. Paul’s School 26
Austin Preparatory School 41
Dexter Southfield School 65

Girls Cross Country Wins Saturday Tri Meet

With 26 points, GXC beat both Austin Prep (41) and Dexter Southfield (65) at the Reading Town Forest, Austin Prep’s home course. Aedyn Kourakos (20:56) was the first runner to cross the finish line winning by almost 30 seconds. Maeve O’Connell (21:20) came in third, Olivia Blanchard (21:49) finished fifth, Katy Scott (22:06) took seventh, Mackenzie Barrette (22:28) came in tenth, Ali Cabot (22:35) was eleventh, and Brooks Boyd (22:36) finished twelfth. The following girls achieved PRs: Mackenzie Barrette, Sophia Zhang (24:09), Nausicaa Chu (25:32), Ari Rubiralta Kunze (26:38), Lily Campbell (27:10), Ally Duardo (29:03), and Gabriela Huerta (30:07). Next Saturday, October 28, GXC travels to Exeter for the last regularly scheduled race before the Lakes Region Championship at Holderness on November 1 and the NEPSTA Championship at Loomis Chaffee November 11.

Oct 28, 2023 vs Middlesex/Noble and Greenough/St. Mark's School

SPS 40 Middlesex 18
SPS 23 Noble and Greenough 35
SPS 15 St. Mark’s School 50

Nov 1, 2023 vs Lakes Region Tournament

SPS Girls Cross Country Wins Lakes Region Race

St. Paul’s School 16
Kimball Union Academy 19
Holderness School 29
Proctor Academy 35
Tilton School 48
Dublin School 58
New Hampton School 85

Congratulations to both the Girls varsity and JV XC teams for winning the Lakes Region Championship. Five varsity squad members finished in the top 10: Aedyn Kourakos (20:34, 2nd), Olivia Blanchard (22:31, 6th), Mackenzie Barrette (22:55, 8th), Brooks Boyd (23:05, 9th) and Ali Cabot (23:08, 10th). SPS swept the JV race with Katy Scott (23:13) winning the overall race, Maddie Chang (24:03) coming in second, and Sophia Zhang (24:08) coming in third. Sydney Magnus (25:28) came in fourth and Nausicaa Chu also finished in the top 10 with an 8th place finish. PRs were achieved by Sophia Zhang, Shea Sias, and India Lathrop. What a terrific ending to the Lakes Region season!

Nov 11, 2023 vs NEPSTA, 8th Place

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Girls Cross Country - JV

Sept 15, 2023 vs Groton School, Win 15-49

Girls XC Sweep Groton

Both the girls varsity and JV XC teams had an incredible start to the season with impressive wins over Groton with scores of 15-45 and 15-49, respectively. In the varsity race, crossing the finish line first was Aedyn Kourakos (20:17), with Olivia Blanchard (20:51) in second, Maeve O’Connell ((21:36) third, Brooks Boyd (21:48) fourth, and Ali Cabot (22:16) in fifth. Top finishers for the JV squad were Maddie Chang (23:36), Patalie Viprakasit (23:53), Lidia Zur Muhlen (24:20), and the pack of Sidney Magnus (26:16), Fleur Caryl-Klika (26:36), and Mary Chu (26:47) Next week the girls will defend their championship title on Wednesday when we host the Lakes Region Invitational.

Sept 20, 2023 vs Lakes Region, 1st Place

St. Paul’s School: 6
Holderness School: 22
Proctor Academy: 23
Tilton School: 39

See full results »

Sept 30, 2023 vs NMH Invitational, Third Place

Loomis Chaffee School: 18
Deerfield Academy: 61
St. Paul’s School: 69
Northfield Mount Hermon School: 97

Girls JV XC Finished Third at NMH Invitational

Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy

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Oct 11, 2023 vs Northern New England Invitational, 1st Place

St. Paul’s School 6
Dublin School 15
Holderness School 19
Proctor Academy 28
Tilton School 39

Oct 14, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover/Austin Preparatory School — 2nd Place

Girls JV XC Finishes Second at SPS Invitational

Phillips Academy Andover 20
St. Paul’s School 48
Austin Preparatory School 69

Oct 19, 2023 vs Capital Area Race

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Oct 21, 2023 vs Austin Preparatory School

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Oct 28, 2023 vs Middlesex/St. Mark's School/Lawrence Academy/Noble & Greenough School

SPS 21 Middlesex 34
SPS 18 St. Mark’s School 42
SPS 18 Lawrence Academy 43
SPS 30 Noble and Greenough School 25
 

Nov 1, 2023 vs Lakes Region Tournament

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Nov 11, 2023 vs NEPSTA, 4th Place

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Field Hockey - Varsity

Sept 13, 2023 vs Kimball Union Academy, Win 5-0 (scrimmage)

SPS Beats KUA in Scrimmage 5-0

St. Paul’s School Varsity Field Hockey kicked off the season with a rainy but powerful opener. Co-captain Cami Bell ’24 scored three of the Pelicans’ five goals and assisted the fourth, tallied by Chelsea Bell ’26. Chelsea Bell and Sarah Ernst ’24 both made well placed assists, and Caroline Humber ’25 scored the Big Red’s fifth and final goal in the fourth quarter. A fresh and aggressive offensive line, led by Kate Pura ’24 and Erin Flaherty ’27 kept constant pressure, and Sam Moyer ’24, Thayer Demers ’26, and Bella Perry ’25 set up excellent passing plays in the midfield. Co-captain Eliza Ekstrand ’24, Charlotte Wensley ’24, Parker Hanson ’25, and Allison Jankowski ’24 held down the backfield with poise. Newcomer goalkeeper Ally Martiniello ’23 delivered a shutout and two saves in her first ever field hockey competition. Maude Neimann ’25, Maisie Koo ’24, Addie Pinard ’25, Addie Hayne ’26, Caroline Frost ’25, and Ava Hunter ’25 contributed fantastic game sense and tireless work ethic on the field. The team’s coaches are thrilled with every player’s effort today and can’t wait for the games to begin!

Sept 15, 2023 vs Groton School, Tie 1-1

SPS Field Hockey Ties Groton in Season Opener

SPS Varsity Field Hockey traveled to Groton Academy for the first game of the season on Friday. In perfect weather, the late afternoon game started with SPS scoring a goal on a corner that was called back. But the Big Red continued pushing in a game that went back and forth, with repeated impressive saves from goalkeeper Ally Martiniello ‘24. After a late game goal from Groton, SPS answered with co-captain Cami Bell ‘24 finishing a scramble in front of the net following shots from Caroline Humber ‘25 and Chelsea Bell ‘26. Big defensive coverage from Parker Hanson ‘25 kept the momentum moving forward. Co-captain Eliza Ekstrand ‘24 and Alison Jankowski ‘24 denied several Groton attacking plays and saved the ball countless times in the circle from near-goals, showing poise and determination under pressure. Charlotte Wensley ‘24 used her big hits and tenacious defense in the midfield, offering SPS many opportunities moving upfield. Sam Moyer ‘24 and Thayer Demers ‘26 worked together both defensively and with strong attacking plays on the right side. Sarah Ernst ‘24, Addie Pinard ‘25, Caroline Frost ‘25, Addie Hayne ‘26, and Erin Flaherty ‘27 each supercharged the Pelicans offense with speed and grit. The game went into 10 minutes of sudden victory overtime, with standouts Bella Perry ‘25, Hanson, Bell, and Humber showing fitness and finesse on the ball. Martiniello stuffed two 1-on-1 breakaways.

Sept 20, 2023 vs Thayer Academy, Loss 1-2

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Sept 22, 2023 vs Noble and Greenough School, Loss 0-1

SPS Loses to Nobles in Failing Light

SPS Varsity Field Hockey played an evening game at Nobles this Friday. SPS dominated play in the first half of the game with the pace controlled by confident passing and possession from the backfield. A Nobles goal called back fired up the Big Red for more chances on net. Nobles scored on a corner in the fourth quarter, and just minutes later the officials ended the game early at 0-1 due to concern for player safety in low lighting conditions. Typically a tough game for the SPS schedule, SPS should be proud of holding Nobles off for so long and controlling the majority of the game so effectively. Standout performances from Charlotte Wensley ‘24, Parker Hanson ‘25, and Ally Martiniello ‘24 in net with 9 saves.

Sept 27, 2023 vs The Rivers School, Win 2-1

SPS VFH Takes First Win of the Season Against Rivers

SPS Varsity Field Hockey pulled out their first season victory with a 2-1 win over Rivers at home. Cami Bell ‘24 delivered a goal in a tussle in front of the net. A second goal came when Bella Perry ‘25 shot the ball off a pass from Charlotte Wensley ‘24. Hustle and heart from the whole team, a very fit and disciplined SPS squad, kept the momentum in the Pelicans’ favor. Notably, Wensley, Perry, and Addie Pinard ‘25, stepped up and kept SPS knocking for 60 minutes, delivering a big W for the Big Red!

Sept 30, 2023 vs Northfield Mount Hermon School, Win 3-1

SPS Prevails 3-1 Over NMH

On a lovely fall day in Gill, Mass., SPS recovered from an early goal by NMH to win the game. At 6:59 in the first quarter, Kate Pura ’24 scored in the midst of a hard scrabble tussle on the goal line. At 9:45 in the second quarter, Cami Bell ’24 finished on a corner after Pura deflected a hard shot from the top of the circle from Charlotte Wensley ’24. The third and final goal of the game came when Bell ’24 lifted a well-placed corner shot on the goal line after Wensley shot a hard ball at the top of the circle off a give and go from Thayer Demers ’26. Parker Hanson ’25, Allison Jankowski ’24, and Eliza Ekstrand ’24 held down the backfield with confidence and strength. Bella Perry ’25, Wensley ’24, and Demers stood out in the midfield with skilled passing patterns and distribution. Addie Hayne ’26, Caroline Humber ’25, Chelsea Bell ’26, Erin Flaherty ’27 and Ava Hunter ’25 kept constant pressure and set up several opportunities offensively with constant shots on net. The Big Red’s offensive corner play was especially strong with several well-timed plays providing great chances against a strong NMH goalie. Flaherty stepped into the goalkeeper’s pads in the fourth quarter, demonstrating her team-first attitude. SPS next plays at New Hampton on Monday, Oct 2.

Oct 2, 2023 vs New Hampton School, Win 2-1

A Thrilling Overtime Win for SPS at New Hampton!

The St. Paul’s Varsity Field Hockey team traveled to New Hampton School this Monday for a well-supported New Hampton night game. Fourth former Thayer Demers ‘26 scored in the second half off a hit taken at the top of the circle by Charlotte Wensley ‘24 on a short corner inserted by Cami Bell ‘24. An energized New Hampton answered in the second half, tying up the score. St. Paul’s focused on strong possession play in the back and midfields and relentlessness on attack. The forward line, including Bell ‘24, Kate Pura ‘24, Caroline Humber ‘25, Addie Hayne ‘26, Chelsea Bell ‘26, and Erin Flaherty ‘27 worked tirelessly and with incredible grit and risk taking. Wensley, Maude Niemann ‘25, Bella Perry ‘25, Sam Moyer ‘24, Addie Pinard, and Demers all used confident stick skills and great hustle defensively and in creative plays upfield. Eliza Ekstrand ‘24, Allison Jankowski ‘24, and Parker Hanson ‘25 smothered New Hampton’s feisty and speedy offense, and worked as a well-oiled unit to transition the ball from defense to attack. Ally Martiniello ‘24 made save after save in net, fending off the hungry opposition. After 60 minutes of regulation play and over 8 minutes in 7v7 overtime, SPS won sudden victory with 1:46 to go when Niemann sent a big ball up the right to Humber who handled it under pressure, dodging a NH defender for a pass across the net to Cami Bell, who, self-possessed, received the ball and sent a perfectly placed reverse chip at close range over the goalie into the upper right net. A perfect, determined, and deserved end to the surprise Cricket Holiday!

Oct. 4, 2023 vs Kimball Union Academy, Win 3-1

SPS Varsity Field Hockey Wins at KUA

St. Paul’s traveled up to Kimball Union Academy on a hot day in October. 80 degree temperatures on the turf tested both teams. SPS scored halfway through the first quarter when Charlotte Wensley ‘24 scored a shot off her own rebound on a short corner. In the second corner the Pelicans played a strong possession game. Cami Bell ‘24 scored on an assist from Kate Pura ‘24 with 4:15 left in the half. In the third corner Wensley socred again, a bullet from the top of the circle, passed to her by Maude Niemann ‘25 off a clean, strong insert from Chelsea Bell ‘26. KUA was awarded a stroke and buried it in the fourth quarter. The offensive line, Cami Bell, Pura, Caroline Humber ‘25, Addie Hayne ‘26, Chelsea Bell, and Caroline Frost ‘25 truly came alive this game, and each player demonstrated a fantastic work ethic and excellent passing plays. In the midfield Bella Perry ‘25, Neimann, Thayer Demers ‘26, Wensley, and Maisie Koo ‘25 used the width of the field and played well together. The SPS defensive unit, built from the back by Parker Hanson ‘25 and Allison Jankowski ‘24, and powered with hustle and great instincts by Eliza Ekstrand ‘24, Sam Moyer ‘24, and Addie Pinard ‘25 held KUA off from any field play points. Offensive and defensive corner unites both stepped up. Goalkeeper Ally Martiniello ‘24 made 8 crucial saves. SPS will host Deerfield on Sat 10/7.

Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy, Loss 1-2

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Oct 11, 2023 vs Holderness School, Win 2-1

SPS Wins Away at Holderness

The SPS Field Hockey program traveled to Holderness on Wednesday for a back-to-back JV, Varsity showdown against the Blue Bulls. SPSVFH scored early in the first quarter when Cami Bell ’24 sunk a shot assisted by Maude Niemann ’25 on a short corner. The Pelicans pummeled Holderness’ goalie with several shots each from Kate Pura ’24, Caroline Humber ’25, Chelsea Bell ’26, Thayer Demers ’26, Parker Hanson ’25, Sam Moyer ’24, Caroline Frost ’25, Addie Pinard ’25, Niemann, and a downpour from Cami Bell. Alison Jankowski ’24 stood out on defense with her strong stick on the endline, fantastic recovery, and confident and clean transitions from defense to offensive play. Addie Hayne ’26, Pura, Humber, Cami Bell, Chelsea Bell, and Frost all worked together for fantastic passing plays on attack and phenomenal pressure against their offensive pushes. In the midfield, Moyer, Niemann, Perry, Demers, and Pinard worked well both defensively and offensively to move the ball into scoring position. Eliza Ekstrand ’24, Hanson, Jankowski, and Pinard in the back executed beautiful transitions and held down the foundation of the team. Goalkeeper Ally Martiniello ’24 made several key saves, especially on corner play, keeping SPS in the lead. Humber notched another tally for SPS with an unassisted goal. Holderness answered in the fourth quarter, bringing the score 2-1. SPS rallied mightily, ending the last minutes of the game with an incredible flurry of offensive pressure. SPS will play Andover on Saturday at home during Family Weekend.

Oct 14, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover, Loss 0-4

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Oct 18, 2023 vs Proctor Academy, Win 2-0

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Oct 21, 2023 vs Cushing Academy, Loss 1-2

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Oct 25, 2023 vs St. Mark's School, Loss 2-3

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Oct 28, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy, Win 3-2

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Nov 1, 2023 vs Brewster Academy, Win 2-0

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Nov 4, 2023 vs Pingree School, Win 3-2

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Nov 8, 2023 vs Tilton School, Win 8-1

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Field Hockey - JV

Sept 20, 2023 vs Thayer Academy, Win 3-0

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Sept 27, 2023 vs Proctor Academy, Win 2-1

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Sept 30, 2023 vs Northfield Mount Hermon School, Win 4-1

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Oct 4, 2023 vs Kimball Union Academy

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Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy, Tie 0-0

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Oct 11, 2023 vs Holderness School, Tie 1-1

SPS Ties Holderness

Under cloudy skies, Big Red battled the Bulls and ended the game in a 1-1 tie. SPS dominated the majority of game, earned approximately 15 offensive corners, and the team supported each other every step of the way. After some back and forth play during the first quarter, Emerson Bentley found the net towards the end of the second quarter. The Bulls scored after a breakaway during the final seconds of the game. Offense and Defense worked together, worked hard, and worked smart. Big Red is fired up for the SPS Family Weekend home game on October 14 against Andover!

Oct 14, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover, Win 1-0

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Oct 18, 2023 vs New Hampton School, Win 6-0

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Oct 21, 2023 vs Holderness School, Win 4-0

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Oct 25, 2023 vs Proctor Academy, Win 3-0

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Oct 28, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy, Win 3-0

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Nov 1, 2023 vs Brewster Academy, Win 5-0

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Nov 4, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy, Win 4-1

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Nov 8, 2023 vs Austin Preparatory School, Win 4-2

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Football - Varsity

Sept 12, 2023 vs Brooks School (scrimmage)

Scrimmage

Sept 15, 2023 vs Groton School

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Sept 23, 2023 vs Worcester Academy, Win 27-0

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Sept 30, 2023 vs Hamden Hall Country Day School, Loss 0-26

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Oct 7, 2023 vs Dexter Southfield School, Win 12-9

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Oct 14, 2023 vs New Hampton School, Win 35-7

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Oct 21, 2023 vs Kingswood-Oxford School, Win 41-8

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Oct 27, 2023 vs Proctor Academy, Win 26-20

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Nov 4, 2023 vs Pingree School, Loss 17-20

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Nov 11, 2023 vs Canterbury School, Win 47-14

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Nov 18, 2023 vs Lawrence Academy (NEPSAC Kevin MacDonald Bowl Game), Loss 17-28

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Football - JV

Sept 20, 2023 vs Austin Preparatory School, Win 14-0

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Sept 27, 2023 vs Cardigan Mountain School, Win 26-18

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Oct 4, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover, Win 16-0

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Oct 11, 2023 vs Lawrence Academy, Loss 12-28

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Oct 18, 2023 vs Groton School

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Oct 25, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy, Win 44-12

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Nov 1, 2023 vs Dexter Southfield School, Loss 6-40

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Boys Soccer Varsity

Sept 9, 2023 @ St. Sebastians (scrimmage)

Scrimmage

Sept 12, 2023 vs Kimball Union Academy (scrimmage)

Scrimmage

Sept 15, 2023 vs Groton School, Tie 1-1

Big Red BV Soccer Ties Groton

The Big Red opened the 2023 season with trip to the home of the Groton Zebras. With a large group of newcomers to the squad, the team knows that how they work together and support each other will be critical to their success this fall. The match started well for St. Paul’s as they played on their front foot and looked to play forward whenever they could. Changing the field well and often created several quality attacks, but the Big Red could not find the finishing touch. The Zebra’s responded with a great chance of their own only to be denied by an excellent low ball save by Big Red keeper Kristof Lovegren. With five minutes to play in the first half a clever through ball by Randy Fu sent striker William Iller in on a partial breakaway. William used his body well and a last-ditch effort by the Groton back resulted in a penalty call for the visiting Big Red. Pat Cooley slotted the PK neatly home for the 1 – nil lead.

The second half saw much of the same even action. Neither team could create quality chances as much of the game was played in the middle third of the pitch. As time moved into the final fifteen minutes, the Zebra’s were able to create several chances. The Big Red cleared the ball away although they were unable to possess the ball for extended periods of time. In the final minute, a Groton corner fell in a dangerous area and a shot just crossed the line - elation for the Zebra’s and a moment of frustration for the Big Red. The game ended 1 – 1. Lessons learned as the Big Red gears up for an exciting season ahead.

SPS soccer appreciates the support of so many parents and look forward to seeing you all again when the club takes on the Brooks School next Wednesday in N. Andover , MA.

The 2023 Big Red Soccer Team:
The squad is made up of returning sixth formers Declan Schweizer, Brandon Chu, Michael Nechipurenko and Cotler Sienkiewicz. Add to that our returning fifth formers led by Captain Randy Fu, Pat Cooley, Kristof Lovegren, Lucas Miller, Gavin Nestler and Blake Truchon.

We are excited to welcome some great positivity the club in the likes of Carter Corbett ‘25, Leon Peng ‘24, Tom Wang ’24, David Kwon ‘25, Ryan Ham ‘25, Henry Wilson ’26, Samson Nyguen ‘25, William Iller ‘ 26, Hunter Morton ’26, AJ Zoltkowski ’27 and Teddy Sulger ’27.

GO BIG RED!

Sept 20, 2023 vs Brooks School, Loss 0-4

Big Red Loses Road Battle at Brooks

The Big Red traveled to the Dusty Richards Field at the Brooks School for a mid-week match up. It was an evenly played first half with SPS putting good pressure on the ball and keeping the technically skilled Brooks side out of the danger areas. Fourth former Will Iller created several turnovers with his high work rate helping the Big Red keep the ball, but the squad was not able to get the early lead. Kristof Lovegren ’25 was solid in the Big Red net. Brooks’ possession over time began to wear down the Big Red defense and the home side was able to score what would become the game winner, with under a minute to go in the half.

Despite coming out hard in the second half, SPS was not able climb back into this one. Brooks took advantage of miscues by the Big Red to put the game out of reach. There were moments to build upon as the combination play in the midfield showed promise and the willingness to work hard until the final whistle will pay dividends as the season goes along.

This coming weekend St. Paul’s plays in Albany, NY at the NXT LVL Jamboree with over thirty other New England Prep Schools. The Big Red will take on the Arrows of St. Sebastian’s at 3:00 on Sunday. We hope you can make the trip.

Sept 24, 2023 vs St. Sebastian's School, Loss 0-5

Big Red Travels to Albany for NXT LVL Tournament

St. Paul’s made the trek to Afrim Park in Albany, NY to take on the Arrows of the St. Sebastian’s School. The NXTLVL event saw close to 30 NEPSAC teams take part over three days with plenty of college coaches present to catch the many talented players on the pitch. St. Sebs was the first team to get on the board as they did a nice job putting dangerous balls into the box. A missed clearance opportunity by the Big Red and they found themselves down a goal. Keeper Kristof Lovegren ’25 made brilliant breakaway save moments later to keep the game tight. Unfortunately, the possession-oriented Arrows were able to score three more before the half ended.

The second half saw the Big Red play more consistently. The stingy back four of Declan Schweizer ’24, Carter Corbett ’25, Blake Truchon ’26 and AJ Zoltowski ’27 played aggressive defense and allowed few chances on net. Hunter Morton ’26 was vocal in the SPS net. William Iller ’26 had a great chance off a corner. Tom Wang ‘ 24 continued to pressure the ball smartly and Randy Fu ’25 showed his technical skill and tactical awareness well in the midfield. It was great to see everyone have a chance to contribute to today’s effort and the squad looks forward to more challenges ahead.

The SPS soccer program (the Varsity and JV teams) head to Worcester Academy on Wednesday to take on perennially strong Worcester Academy.

Sept 27, 2023 vs Worcester Academy, Loss 0-2

St. Paul’s Battles Worcester Academy for Ninety Minutes

The Big Red soccer program hopped on their friendly Concord Coach for trip to Worcester Academy’s New Balance Field. The pitch was perfect and the air temperature just right for a beautiful fall afternoon. St. Paul’s knew that their shape and discipline would be the key to success on the day. With good communication from the beginning the Big Red frustrated the Worcester side and gave up few quality chances. On the attack, nice ball movement from Pat Cooley ‘25 to Tom Wang ‘24 found Will Iller ‘26 in a dangerous spot for a well struck ball on net. Worcester responded with a chance of their own and Kristof Lovegren ’25 extended brilliantly for a low ball parry to push a great chance wide. Declan Schweizer ‘24 was strong in the air and Gavin Nestler ’25 and Blake Truchon ’26 were tremendously consistent and intelligent as outside backs. Very late in the half, Worcester rang a shot off the far post and the loose ball landed cleanly on the foot of the WA striker who finished cleanly for the 1 – 0 lead.

The second half saw much of the same as WA possessed the ball and the Big Red shifted, got in passing lanes and looked to counter when they won the ball. Despite giving up one goal in the second half, the Big Red came away from the contest seeing how they can be successful in the games ahead. Today was a positive building block for the young side.

No rest for the SPS club as they trek to Northfield, MA on Saturday to take on another quality side in the NMH Hoggers.

Go Big Red!

Sept 30, 2023 vs Northfield Mount Hermon School, Loss 0-6

Game highlights:

Oct 4, 2023 vs Kimball Union Academy, Loss 0-2

Lakes Region Season Opens at KUA

The Big Red made the short trek to Meriden, NH to the on KUA Wildcats. This was the clubs first Lakes Region contest of the young season. With each game the squads shape and discipline have shown improvement as they continue to play together. The team has also learned that small mistakes or missed opportunities to clear balls from the box, can quickly end up in the back of the net. Just before the midpoint of the half, KUA got their half chance and did not waste it. 1 – nil. Tom Wang ‘24 had the best chance for the Big Red in the half. Will Iller ‘26 and Brandon Cho ‘24 applied pressure throughout the first 45 minutes.

The second half saw more quality chances by the Wildcats, but due to some smart and feisty defending and brilliant goalkeeping by Kristof Lovegren’25, the score remained close. KUA netted their second goal of the afternoon midway through the half, but the boys from Millville continue to press and compete. Kudos to fifth former Pat Cooley who moved from his midfield position to help as a center back as several injuries took their toll on the Big Red lineup. A tremendous team player who finished strong with the help of the rest of the back line – Blake Truchon ’26, Carter Corbett ’25 and AJ Zoltowski ’27.

On Saturday Big Red have their home opener as they host the Doors of Deerfield on Hunt Field at 2:30. Come out and cheer the lads on.

Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy, Loss 0-1

Deerfield Closes the Door on the Big Red in Home Opener

An extremely evenly played game of soccer took place on Hunt Field on a damp Saturday afternoon. The Doors of Deerfield took on the Big Red of SPS in the seasons home opener. In the early going the Big Red has some good chances. Pat Cooley ’25 struck a nice ball on frame five minutes into the contest. This was followed with an impressive header on goal from winger Henry Wilson ’26. Deerfield served several nice balls into the SPS box, but the Big Red defense held strong with keeper Kristof Lovegren ’25 making the key stops. Later in the half Brandon Cho ’24 and Will Iller ’26 had some half chances in the box but could not find the back of the net. As the half wound down, an injured Lovegren made way for fourth former Hunter Morton. Hunter made a critical save with two minutes to go to send the teams into halftime 0–0 .

The second half saw much of the same with both teams trying to possess the ball and creating a few chances. The dogged defending of Blake Truchon ’26, Declan Schweizer ’24, Carter Corbett ’25 and Gavin Nestler ’25 limited the Deerfield attack. As is often the case in the game of football, it can be one loose ball that can make the difference. The Doors had a chance at a loose ball that bounced around the box and found themselves up 1–nil. Despite some good attacking play, particularly in the final five minutes, the Big Red could not equalize. A heartbreaker of a loss for SPS, one in which they played their hearts out until the final whistle.

SPS plays at a home a few times this week. First on Wednesday afternoon versus the Berwick Bulldogs and then on Friday night versus the Big Blue of Andover on Family Weekend.

Go Big Red!

Oct 11, 2023 vs Berwick Academy, Win 1-0

Big Red Tops Berwick on Hunt Field

On a crisp fall Wednesday afternoon SPS took on a hardworking team from Berwick Academy. The Big Red pulled out a 1 – nil victory with the lone goal coming from the foot of winger Henry Wilson ’26. Henry received a well placed through ball from tri-captain Brandon Cho ’24 in the 39th minute of the first half and deftly slotted the ball into the back of the net. It was all the Big Red would need as over the course of the game their possession play improved and they were able to create several chances. Cho, Will Iller’26 and Pat Cooley ‘25 all had chances in the first half. The best chance of the half was a well-served ball to the back post to a streaking outside back Blake Truchon ‘26 who handled a tough volley that went just wide. High marks to CDM Samson Nyguen ’25 for his play throughout the day – calm, disciplined and simple. Samson helped the squad keep the ball and change the point of attack. Samson also created a great chance to finish in the second half. Well done! AJ Zoltowski ’27 had a super afternoon as both he and Cotler Sienkiewicz ’25, were dangerous attacking on the right flank.

Defensively, central defenders Carter Corbett ’25 and tri-captain Declan Schweizer ’24 kept the ball out of the danger areas. The shutout was earned by goalkeepers Kristof Lovegren ’25 and Hunter Morton ’26 who shared the job in the net and communicated well for the Big Red.

Next up, SPS welcomes the Big Blue of Andover to Bogle-Lechner field on the Friday night of Family Weekend. Love to see you there.

Go Big Red!

Oct. 13, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover, Loss 0-6

Friday Night Lights

On Family Weekend, the boys’ varsity soccer team took to the Bogle-Lechner field to take on the Big Blue of Andover under the lights. The game did not go as the Big Red had planned. The Andover side was skilled and athletic, as well as tactically savvy enough to find space to play. The home side worked hard throughout the contest but was not able to possess the ball to create quality chances. The team continues to learn from each experience on the pitch. High marks to Blake Truchon ’26 for his compete level through the contest.

The squad is off on a well-deserved long weekend break through Tuesday and will get back at it when they host Lakes Region opponent, the Holderness Bulls, next Wednesday.

Go Big Red!

Oct 18, 2023 vs Holderness School, Win 2-0

Big Red Happy to Return to Hunt Field

SPS returned from their mid fall long weekend to host the Bulls of Holderness on Hunt field. It was a slow start for the Big Red as they struggled early to find their rhythm and play clean balls to their teammates. The first big chance of the game came on a misplayed ball by the Big Red and fortunately Kristoff Lovegren ’25 came up with a big save to keep the game even. As the SPS began to get the ball side to side spaces began to open up. With 10 minutes to play in the half, Lucas Miller ’25 pushed a nice ball wide to Will Iller ’26 on the flank. Will’s first touch had him behind the Holderness defense and his second touch put the ball in the back of the net. The Big Red took the 1 – 0 lead into halftime and knew they would need to find another level of play to close this one out.

As the second half began, the Big Red did play with more energy. At the 20-minute mark, SPS was able to double their lead. Pat Cooley ’25 served a beautiful corner kick to the head of Thomas Wang ’24 and the players on the field and bench erupted. As is often typical with a two goal lead, the team in the lead relaxes and the team down a few, presses hard. The Bulls pressed. It would be Lovegren again who came up with a huge breakaway save with 10 minutes to play and keep the breathing room for the Big Red to close this one out. A solid team effort that should help the team gear up for the second half of the season.

The squad travels to Cushing Academy, home of the Penguins, for a Saturday night game under the lights at 5:00 PM. Hope you can join the team.

Go Big Red!

Oct 21, 2023 vs Cushing Academy, Tie 0-0

Big Red Draws Nil–Nil With Cushing Penguins

The Big Red traveled the back roads to Cushing Academy to play the Penguins on their Senior night on a damp evening in front of a spirited crowd of parents. The Penguins were a hardworking, physical side who possessed technical skill throughout their lineup. The Big Red was buoyed by the return of tri-captain Randy Fu ’25 who helped SPS create some possession in the midfield in the first half. Fu had the best offensive chance late in the half with a wonderfully taken free kick that unfortunately went off the left post and the Big Red could not get a handle on the ensuing rebound. The teams went into the halftime break knotted 0 – 0.

The second half saw the fast pace of play continue with neither team able to maintain clear possession. Center back Carter Corbett ’25 needed to work hard to clear the few chances the speedy Penguin striker created, and he did so successfully. As the clock came down to the final minutes, Cushing created several quality chances. Big Red keeper Kristof Lovegren ’25 was up to the task – holding balls safely on the wet night and making a brilliant low ball save in the final 30 seconds to preserve the tie. A fair result after a hard played game by both sides.

Many thanks to the Big Red Parents who saw the teams off with some delicious doughnuts and cookies to go along with plenty of pizza for the ride home.

SPS hosts the New Hampton School on Wednesday on Pillsbury Field. Hope to see you there.

Go Big Red!

Oct 25, 2023 vs New Hampton School, Win 5-3

Big Red Tops New Hampton in Lakes Region Contest

The Big Red hosted the Huskies of New Hampton at Pillsbury field on a picture perfect fall afternoon. It would be a great start for SPS. Six minutes in, Will Iller’s ‘26 work rate created a turnover and Will slid the ball across the goal mouth to Colter Sienkiewicz ’24 who slotted the ball home for the 1 nil lead. Fifteen minutes later there would be a flurry of finishes – three goals in less than three minutes for the Big Red. Brandon Cho ‘24 from Lucas Miller ’25, Iller on another counter attack finished himself and then an Iller shot was deflected to Henry Wilson ’26, who found the back of the net to make it 4 – 0 SPS! The Big Red took the convincing lead into halftime and felt that they had yet to play their best soccer.

As the second half began, SPS did possess the ball better and moved the ball from side to side opening up play. Tom Wang ’24 would net his second goal of the season sixteen minutes into the half – a well-placed low ball to the far post - with the assist going to Asun Zhu ’26. There was a feeling of confidence with a 5 – 0 lead and 30 minutes to play. New Hampton did not quit and there is the story about counting your chickens before they hatch. Don’t do that. Play to the final whistle. New Hampton scored three goals in the last eight minutes and thirty seconds of play to make for an exciting finish – at least for the spectators. The final score was SPS 5 – New Hampton 3 as the Big Red has now won two of it first three Lakes Region contests.

SPS gets back on the road on Saturday to visit our friends and rivals of Phillips Exeter Academy. Come out and cheer on the right Big Red.

Oct 28, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy, Loss 0-2

Battle of the Big Reds

It felt like a warm September (as opposed to late October) afternoon as the Big Red travelled to the other Big Red in Exeter, NH for an afternoon derby. While it was a bit of a slow start for the visitors, SPS gave up few quality chances to the Exeter side. While much of the half was played in the middle of the park, Exeter was able to take advantage the few instances where the Big Red was a step slow on a tackle. They scored fifteen minutes into the game and then again with 4 minutes to play in the half.

The second half SPS play their best 45 minutes of soccer of the season. Outside backs Blake Truchon ’26 and AJ Zoltowski ’27 got forward and spread the field well. Center backs Carter Corbett ‘25 and Declan Schweizer ’24 held a good line and stepped up well. Randy Fu ’25 was very tidy and clean in the midfield and the work rate of Will Iller ’26, Tom Wang ’24, Pat Cooley ‘26 and Ryan Ham ’25 put continuous pressure on the Exeter defense and misfield.

The best chances came late in the half as the Big Red competed to the end — Iller, Truchon, Fu and Colter Sienkiewicz ’24 all good looks at goal. Hunter Morton ’26 was strong, confident, and commanding in the SPS net. Despite not being able to finish late in the half, SPS left all they had on the field.

The final four contests of the season will be against Lakes Region opponents. This week is a big one as SPS hosts Tilton on Wednesday and then travels to Proctor for a night game on Friday.

Go Big Red!

Nov 1, 2023 vs Tilton School, Win 3-1

Big Red Captures Third Win in a Row

The Big Red returned to Hunt field and captured their third Lakes Region win in a row. The Tilton Rams were the opponent this time. Just six minutes in, tri captain Randy Fu ’25 pushed through some space he created in the box only to be taken down. Brandon Cho ’24 finished the penalty kick when he put home his own rebound after a nice keeper save of the initial shot. Tilton fought back and pounced on a rebound to make it 1 – 1 just five minutes later. Play settled down as the Big Red held most of the possession and moved the ball from side to side creating several quality chances. With just under twenty minutes to play in the half, it would be Cho again putting the Big Red in the lead. Brandon collected a loose rebound in the box from a Will Iller shot and wasted no time finishing. SPS took the 2 – 1 lead into the half time break.

The second half showed much of the same from the Big Red. The squad won more second balls and fed off the work rate of Tom Wang ’24 and Pat Cooley ’25. Randy Fu was consistent in the middle of the park spreading the ball to the flanks. Cooley would finish the scoring for the day as he struck a nice ball into the far corner from the top of the box ten minutes into the half. This one came from a nice bangu pass from Henry Wilson ’26 on the right flank. Hunter Morton ’26 and Teddy Sulger ’27 did a solid job in the net for the Big Red, communicating well and distributing smartly.

On Friday night, the Big Red heads to the hive of the Proctor Hornets for a night game in the cool mountain air. Bundle up and come join the action.

Go Big Red!

Nov 3, 2023 vs Proctor Academy, Loss 0-2

Hornets Sting the Big Red

The Big Red travelled to Andover, NH for an evening tilt against the Hornets. It was a very even matchup throughout the contest. Two hard working teams who competed well. The first half ended nil-nil with the majority of play from box to box. The second half saw each team create a few more chances. Kristof Lovegren ’25 was strong in the SPS net making several stops the few times the Proctor striker got behind the Big Red defense. With under fifteen minutes to Proctor was able to get on the scoreboard as they converted on a corner kick with a strong header. There was now an urgency in play for the Big Red. They created several quality chances in the final minutes. Randy Fu ’25 spread the ball, Brandon Cho ’24 pressured the ball and supported his teammates all over the pitch. Ryan Ham ‘25 served a brilliant ball to the back post that Henry Wilson ‘26 made a great effort on that just missed. Blake Truchon ‘26 hit a super one time ball from 20 yards out with just seconds left on which the Proctor keeper made a very nice save. The Hornets held on for the 1 – 0 victory.

The Big Red now enters their final week of play as they face Lakes Region opponents Vermont Academy and Brewster on Wednesday and Saturday, both at home on Hunt field. The squad is looking forward finishing strong in support of their five seniors.

Go Big Red!

Nov 8, 2023 vs Vermont Academy, Loss 1-4

SPS Falls to Wildcats

The Big Red played host to the undefeated Wildcats of Vermont Academy on a brisk fall afternoon. The VA side is a skillful group that moved the ball well. As SPS played positionally sound they limited quality chances by Vermont. However, when the Big Red made a mistake VA took advantage. Fifteen minutes in, a set piece gave them their moment and quickly it was a 1 – 0 game. The remainder of the half saw both teams possess the ball at times. Ryan Ham ‘25 used his speed to earn several corner kicks for the Big Red. VA pushed hard in the final minutes of the half, but Kristof Lovegren ‘25 made several super saves, and the backline was fearless in the blocking of shots for SPS.

In the second half, the Big Red was not able make the comeback they had hoped for. VA increased their lead, but SPS did not back off. With under four minutes to play, Randy Fu ’25 slid a nifty through ball to Brandon Cho ’24 who finished cleanly in the side netting. A positive step for the entire Big Red side as the continue to work hard for each other.

The Big Red play their final game of the 2023 campaign on Saturday versus the Bobcats of Brewster. The team will be saying goodbye and thank you to their five sixth formers; Declan Schweizer, Brandon Chu, Cotler Sienkiewicz, Leon Peng and Tom Wang. Hope you can join us.

Go Big Red!

 

Nov 11, 2023 vs Brewster Academy, Win 4-1

Big Red Wins Last Game of the Season

The Big Red played their final game of the 2023 campaign on a picture-perfect fall Saturday afternoon versus the Bobcats of Brewster. In a positive fashion, the squad said goodbye and thank you to their five sixth formers; Tri-captain center back Declan Schweizer, tri-captain midfielder Brandon Chu, midfielder Cotler Sienkiewicz, forward Leon Peng and striker Tom Wang. What a day it was for the seniors. Leon Peng opened the scoring with fourteen minutes to play in the first half. A loose ball from a corner kick became free at the top of the box where Leon hit a beautifully clean half volley that blew past the outstretched hands of the Bobcat keeper. This was Leon’s first goal of his SPS Varsity career and it was a big one. Brewster was able to even the game in the final moments of the half, but the second half would be all Big Red.

Less than two minutes into the half, Will Iller ’26 slotted a nice ball through to a streaking Pat Cooley ‘25 at the eighteen. Pat coolly finished into the side netting. Sixth former and tri-captain Brandon Cho would give the Big Red a two goal lead twenty minutes later when he finished a rebound of a Ryan Ham ‘ 25 shot off of the post. In the final five minutes of the game, Tom Wang would score the last goal of the season. It was another Iller through ball, this one to send Cho in on the keeper, in classy and heads up play, Cho slid ball across the goal mouth for Wang to finish. It was a very well-played second half by the Big Red and a good one to end on. Congratulations to the entire squad for their growth and development as players and as a team this fall.

Congratulations as well to Coach Toulson for finishing his first season with the Big Red. Coach T. has begun to establish a team culture of support and smart play that his team bought into as the season went along and bodes well for the future.

See you ten and a half months. Keep working hard.

Go Big Red!

Boys Soccer - JV

Sept 20, 2023 vs Brooks School, Loss 2-4

Comeback Falls Just Short at Brooks

The Boys JV Soccer team traveled to Brooks School for their first match of the season. After falling behind by a score of 3-0, the Big Red dug deep and fought back with goals from Matthew (MJ) Nials and Jackson Sung to bring the game to within a goal. Alas, Brooks scored on the final play of the game to make the final score 4-2. Luka Clark and Patrick Ricca set the tone for St. Paul’s and controlled much of the play through the middle of the field. Clark also nearly scored himself with a shot off the crossbar, while Chris Tong and Zijian Liu both had dangerous opportunities inside the penalty area. The Big Red will look to get into the win column in their next match away at Worcester Academy.

Sept 27, 2023 vs Worcester Academy, Loss 0-2

JV Soccer Falls to Worcester

The St. Paul’s Boys JV Soccer team fell to host Worcester Academy by a score of 2-0. Though the Big Red maintained much of the possession and generated twice as many scoring opportunities as the Hilltoppers, they weren’t able to break through before or after the host’s two quick goals midway through the first half. As he was in the first game, Patrick Ricca was dominant in the midfield disrupting Worcester’s opportunities and controlling possession for St. Paul’s. Bo Williams, Jackson Sung, Luka Clark, MJ Nials, Kyryl Volkov, Chris Tong, and Myles Hamilton all generated quality scoring chances inside the penalty area. A highlight of the second half came when Aarav Mehta stopped a point-blank opportunity to maintain a two goal deficit. Up next, St. Paul’s travels to Northfield Mount Hermon on Saturday still in search of their first win of the season.

Sept 30, 2023 vs Northfield Mount Hermon School, Loss 3-8

St. Paul’s Takes on NMH

St. Paul’s traveled to Northfield Mount Hermon to take on the Hoggers. After falling behind from a flurry of goals at the outset of the game, the Big Red fought back behind a goal from Jack Rubiralta and a brace by William Birks. The team should be proud of the heart and fortitude they showed by maintaining their drive and work ethic for the full game. Up next for the Big Red is a trip to Kimball Union Academy for a clash with the Wildcats.

Oct. 4, 2023 vs Kimball Union Academy, Win 3-2

Big Red Gets First Win of the Season at KUA

The Big Red secured their first victory of the season with a 3-2 score over host Kimball Union Academy. Matthew (MJ) Nials started the scoring with a cheeky nutmeg of the Wildcat keeper, and Alex Gallien doubled the lead before the half. Patrick Ricca pushed the Big Red to their biggest lead of the game with the third goal. St. Paul’s continue to fight and battle to preserve the lead with Aarav Mehta holding down the net with strong play in front of him by a back line of Rhys Henrikson, Enoch Huang, Kyryl Volkov, and Hal Johnson. St. Paul’s hopes to maintain their winning ways with their first home game of the season against the Doors of Deerfield.

Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy, Loss 0-2

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Oct 11, 2023 vs Berwick Academy, Win 4-0

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Oct 14, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover

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Oct 18, 2023 vs Holderness School, Tie 0-0

Big Red Battles to 0-0 Tie With Holderness

The Big Red managed to remain undefeated in Lakes Region play with a 0-0 draw with Holderness at home. Though the game was scoreless, it did not lack scoring chances. For St. Paul’s, Jackson Sung and Kyan Hands generated excellent scoring opportunities inside the offensive penalty area. On defense, Bo Williams recorded the team’s first clean sheet of the season during his first game in net. In front of him, Kyryl Volkov, Rhys Henrikson, Hal Johnson, and Enoch Huang managed to clear away advances from Holderness to keep the ball out of the net. The next Lakes Region contest for St. Paul’s comes at home next Wednesday against New Hampton.

Oct 21, 2023 vs Cushing Academy – CANCELED

Game canceled due to rain.

Oct 25, 2023 vs New Hampton School, Win 4-1

Big Red Remain Undefeated in the Lakes Region

The Big Red remained undefeated in the Lakes region with a 4-1 victory over the Huskies of New Hampton. After a scoreless first half, the visitors jumped to a 1-0 lead early in the second half. As they have all season, showed tremendous heart in response to this setback by quickly scoring an equalizer on a blast from the foot of Patrick Ricca from just outside of the box. Jackson Sung kept the scoring going with two goals of his own, one off a feed from Ricca. Luke Childs sealed the win with a goal of his own from inside the penalty area. Bo Williams held down the fort in net, turning away several quality scoring opportunities by the Huskies to preserve the victory. Up next for St. Paul’s is a non-league match against the Big Red of Exeter.

Oct 28, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy

JV Boys Soccer Falls Short vs. Exeter

The Big Red from St. Paul’s fell to the Big Red of Exeter today by a score of 0-2. Though St. Paul’s generated quality scoring chance after quality scoring chance, we just couldn’t break through to find the back of the net. Jackson Sung had a few scoring chances from inside the box, Alex Gallien had an opportunity inside the penalty area. Chris Tong, William Birks, and Myles Hamilton all generated quality chances from the wing to put on the pressure while Enoch Huang made a goal-saving stop on the line.

Oct 30, 2023 vs Cardigan Mountain

Match results:

Nov 1, 2023 vs Cardigan Mountain School, Win 3-0

Big Red Defeats Cardigan

The Big Red of St. Paul’s defeated the Cougars of Cardigan Mountain by a score of 3-0. Aarav Mehta and Bo Williams combined for the clean sheet, while St. Paul’s had scoring from three different goal-scorers. Luca Walter opened the scoring for the hosts with a nice one-touch strike from the top of the box after a nifty feed from Luka Clark put him in scoring position. Patrick Ricca continued the attack for the Big Red with a left-footed blast that proved to be too much for the Cougar keeper to handle. MJ Nials put the game out of reach in the second half with the third goal of the game on a nice second effort after his initial shot was stopped by the keeper. Special shoutout to Hal Johnson for his difficult assignment of marking the Cougars’ talented talisman and keeping him off the scoresheet.

Nov 4, 2023 vs Proctor Academy

Match highlights:

Nov 8, 2023 vs Vermont Academy, Loss 0-1

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Nov 11, 2023 vs Brewster Academy, Win 2-0

Big Red Finishes Strong

The JV Boys Soccer team ended their season on a high note by taking down the Bobcats of Brewster Academy at home by a score of 2-0. Bo Williams preserved the clean sheet for the Big Red with solid play in front of him by a back line consisting of Enoch Huang, Hal Johnson, Kyryl Volkov, and Jack Rubiralta Kunze. Though the hosts held the majority of possession and scoring chances in the first half, they were unable to break through. In the second frame, Alex Gallien capitalized on an opportunity beautifully created by Patrick Ricca on a two-on-one whereby Ricca drew the defender close before sliding the ball over to Gallien who took a one-touch shot with his off foot and put it in the back of the net. Myles Hamilton netted his first goal of the season in the final minutes of the game off a feed from Luca Walters streaking down the left wing. Other strong contributions came from Chris Tong, Jackson Sung, and the captain and anchor of the midfield Luka Clark.

Girls Soccer - Varsity

Sept 12, 2023 @ Kimball Union Academy (scrimmage)

Scrimmage

Sept 15, 2023 vs Groton School, Loss 1-2

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Sept 20, 2023 vs Tilton School, Win 10-0

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Sept 23, 2023 vs Worcester Academy, Loss 0-2

Game highlights:

Sept 27, 2023 vs Lawrence Academy, Tie 0-0

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Sept 30, 2023 vs Northfield Mount Hermon School, Win 2-1

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Oct 2, 2023 vs Proctor Academy, Tie 1-1

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Oct 4, 2023 vs Kimball Union Academy, Win 2-0

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Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy, Loss 1-2

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Oct 11, 2023 vs Milton Academy, Tie 1-1

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Oct 14, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover, Loss 1-4

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Oct 18, 2023 vs Holderness School, Win 2-1

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Oct 20, 2023 vs Cushing Academy, Tie 0-0

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Oct 25, 2023 vs St. Mark's School, Loss 1-2

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Oct 28, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy, Win 3-0

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Nov 1, 2023 vs Brewster Academy, Tie 3-3

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Nov 4, 2023 vs New Hampton School, Win 3-0

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Nov 8, 2023 vs Vermont Academy, Win 6-1

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Nov 10, 2023 vs Austin Preparatory School, Loss 1-3

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Girls Soccer - JV

Sept 20, 2023 vs Proctor Academy, Tie 0-0

The Big Red Holds Hornets to a Draw

It was an outstanding fall afternoon in Millville as the Hornets from Proctor Academy pulled into the parking lot. Both teams were ready to go from the first to the final whistle, but neither could score the elusive goal during the 80 minutes of play. The Proctor squad was a bit stronger in the first half and newcomer goalie, Flora Goodman ’27 made some excellent saves. Goodman was well protected by her sweeper, Marina Kane ’25, who cleaned up multiple attacks. After halftime the Big Red came out with new energy and had some terrific chances to score. Isabel Hunt ’26 pressed the Hornet defense hard, chasing numerous through balls but was unable to finish. One of the better chances came from EJ Johnson ’25 who ripped a shot from twenty-five yards out that sailed just wide of the net. The Hornets had some great chances as time came down to the wire. Lou Szal ’24, who had rotated into the net, came up with some big plays before the whistle blew. Overall spirits were high as officials were thanked along with the Big Red fans. Catch us next Wednesday on Brinley Field when we host Lawrence Academy.

Sept 27, 2023 vs Lawrence Academy, Win 3-1

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Sept 30, 2023 vs Northfield Mount Hermon School, Win 3-1

Girls JV Soccer Beats NMH

The Big Red traveled to Northfield Mount Hermon on a gorgeous fall afternoon. SPS took control of the game quickly, with forward Isabel Hunt putting the ball in net in the 3rd minute. Quickly after, in the 7th minute, Lou Szal found the ball in the SPS offensive half and buried the ball to the lower left corner of the net. The game settled in with both teams looking to connect plays. In the 25th minute NMH responded with a 1v1 in the 18-yard box against St. Paul’s goalie Flora Goodman. SPS responded quickly and in the 17th minute Allison Min found the bottom left corner of the net from the top of 18 yard box. The second half saw more intense play with lots of great effort from both sides and lots of shots on both nets. Both teams were able to hold the shut out second half, leaving the final score SPS 3 NMH 1. Well played by all and a great game. Catch the Big Red back on home on Wednesday vs Kimball Union Academy.

Oct 4, 2023 vs Kimball Union Academy, Win 2-0

Girls JV Soccer Handles KUA

It was a steamy afternoon when the Wildcat’s bus pulled into the parking lot. It was the kind of heat that zaps one’s energy and makes you feel like looking for a tall glass of lemonade. It would have been easy to succumb to the conditions and play a lack luster game of soccer, but the Big Red would not be daunted by the sticky temps. In fact, we leaned into the discomfort, and worked extra hard on the pitch. The bench was deep, and the squad knew that once fatigue had set in on the field, they could be subbed by fresh and eager legs. Fourteen minutes into the first half rookie Allegra Caracappa ’27 connected with a bouncing ball and slipped a nifty shot through the goalie’s hands and into the back of the net. With newfound energy, the Big Red battled away and during the twentieth minute another newcomer to the squad, Olivia Shergalis ’26 redirected the ball in the box and viola, goal number two. The remainder of the half was uneventful with both teams working hard to finish but with no change on the scoreboard. Into the second half the Wildcats dug deep and pressed the Big Red to no avail. Great work by goalies Lou Szal ’24 and Flora Goodman ’27 resulted in shutout. A special shout out to Marina Kane ’25 who played the entire game in the sweeper position. Hats off to Ella Greene ’27 who played not only in the midfield and the back lines but also took a shift up top as well. We have two days to prepare for the Big Green’s arrival from Deerfield on Saturday when we hope to blow the Doors off their hinges.

Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy, Loss 1-2

SPS Drops Match to Deerfield

The clouds hung low over the field when the Doors of Deerfield Academy marched onto the field on Saturday. They were focused and from the first whistle, the Big Red knew that they would have to play hard to maintain their undefeated habit. Throughout the first half the teams battled in the midfield with minimal test of either goalie. The score remained tied as the first half ran out on the clock. Into the second half, the Big Red pressed with new determination. Alas, we were caught back on our heels a couple of times and the Doors took advantage scoring in both the 7th and 13th minute of that half. Big Red dug deep and worked hard. Goalie Flora Goodman ’27 made some fantastic saves in the net to keep the score close. Finally, in the 27th minute of play, Isabel Hunt ’26, received the ball on the right side of the field. After a couple of touches she ripped a shot across the box. The ball, moving with speed, missed the goalie’s outstretched hands and found the net just inside the left post. The fans went wild! With thirteen minutes left to play, Big Red was energized and focused and most of the play stayed in the offensive half of the field. Too soon the clock ran out and the score stood with Deerfield on top. As we went through the line, their coach said she was happy the game ended when it did since she was not sure how much longer her squad could have held us off. Notable performances: Reese Vanderwalker ’27 in the midfield, and Dibora Ogbe ’26 for her contributions in the back. Catch us on the road Wednesday, Oct. 11, when we mix it up with the Mustangs of Milton Academy.

Oct 11, 2023 vs Milton Academy, Loss 0-3

Mustangs Lasso Big Red

The Mustangs were ready and able as Big Red’s bus pulled into the gym parking lot. Try as we might we could not get our stride until the last bit of the second half. At that point Milton had found the back of the net twice. The first goal was a nice shot that was lobbed over the goalies outstretched hands. The second was the result of chaos in the box after a corner kick. When the ping pong match was over the scoreboard read 2 – nil for the Mustangs. For the remainder of the match the Big Red pressed hard and pushed forward in efforts to make the goalie earn the shut out. Unfortunately, we were caught back on our heels, and the Mustangs were able to finish one last time with a direct shot in from of the net that sailed over our goalie’s hands. Just not our day. See you on Saturday when we take on the Big Blue of Andover during our Family Weekend.

Oct 14, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover, Loss 1-2

Big Blue Bruises the Big Red

Welcome to Family Weekend Fun! The skies were cloudy but there was no rain when we hosted the Big Blue from Andover, Mass last Saturday. Although we were missing some key players, the Big Red was ready for a great game. With plenty of fans on the sidelines, neither team wanted to disappoint. Fifteen minutes into the first half, Andover was first to get on the board with a beautiful shot that was low and wide, and finished just inside the left post. Big Blue was able to get their second goal wards the end of the first half. Big Red came out of the halftime pep talk with energy and determination. Two minutes in Tesla Pratt ’26 managed a trick shot that connected with an Andover player’s foot and rolled past the goalie’s hands for our first goal. Way to be a weasel, Red! The squad dug deep and took multiple shots. Goalie Flora Goodman ’27 kept the score close making save after save. Unfortunately, the clock ticked down and the Big Blue was able to maintain their lead. Better luck on Wednesday when we take on the Bulls from Holderness up in Plymouth.

Oct 18, 2023 vs Holderness School, Loss 1-2

The Bulls Gore the Big Red

The rain held off for the afternoon in Plymouth, NH where the Big Red took on the Bulls of Holderness School. The teams were even, and the fans enjoyed a good bit of back and forth play until the 15th minute of the first half when the Bulls scored their first goal. The next one came approximately 12 minutes later, and the Big Red went into the second half of the game down 2 – nil. The Big Red came out for the second half with determination and energy and were able to score our first goal 22 minutes into the half with an Isabel Hunt ’26 shot outside the eighteen. Hunt’s goal spurred the Big Red on, and we took the play up another notch. The squad generated several scoring chances; however, the Bulls were not willing to roll over and the clock counted down before the Big Red could finish successfully. We will hope for better luck on Saturday when the squad takes on the Penguins of Cushing Academy.

Oct 21, 2023 vs Cushing Academy – CANCELED

Game canceled due to rain.

Oct 25, 2023 vs Kimball Union Academy, Tie 0-0

The Wildcats Hold Off Big Red

It was a balmy day in Meriden, NH when the SPS Sprinters pulled into the parking lot at Kimball Union Academy. The squad was traveling with a full quota of spectators due to injuries. They provided lively chatter on the bench for the remaining players. Big Red had command of the game with the ball in the offensive zone much of the time; however, try as we might, we were unable to get on the score board. The Wildcats had several dangerous players which made for a couple of nail biting plays in our end. The tri-fecta of Marina Kane ’25, Reese Vanderwarker ’27 and Captain Lou Szal ’24 effectively stopped any Wildcat offensive play. Hopefully we will have better luck on Saturday when we travel to Phillips Exeter Academy to play the Lion Rampant!

Oct 28, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy, Loss 0-1

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Nov 1, 2023 vs Brewster Academy, Tie 0-0

Big Red and Bobcats Battle to a Draw

Wow! What a difference a few days can make. Last Saturday – sunny and 77 degrees. Today – sunny and 39 degrees. Oh yes, we are in New England. The Big Red was chomping at the bit from whistle to whistle today. The first half saw Captain Lou Szal ’24 in the net and she made several terrific saves to keep the score even. During the second half the Big Red switched up some of the personnel and found a higher gear. The energy on the bench was exceptional. By substituting fresh legs every 8 – 12 minutes we were able to maintain the animated play. Even in the last three minutes of the game we were able to generate several scoring chances. Notable performances go to the entire squad for weathering the chilling temps and competing hard until the final whistle. See y’all Saturday when we take on the Huskies from New Hampton School at home on Brinley Field.

Nov 4, 2023 vs New Hampton School, Win 4-0

Big Red Stops Huskies in Their Tracks

There was a nip in the air and heavy cloud cover in the sky when the Huskies pulled into Millville on Saturday. The Big Red was eager to score since it has been a few weeks since we have been able to finish. Fourteen minutes into the first half EJ Johnson ’25 lofted a floater from outside the box that sailed over the goalie’s hands for goal number one. Three minutes later after a ping pong match in front of the Husky net, Isabel Hunt ’26 redirected the bouncing ball and found the back of the net for goal number 2. The rest of the half resulted in a fierce battle but no goals. Although New Hampton’s defense was especially skilled with the offsides trap, the Big Red was able to score twice in the second half as well. Goal number three was accomplished by Olivia Shergalis ’25 when she redirected a cross served by Isabel Hunt. The frosting on the cake was a Lou Szal ’24 goal which came in the last six minutes of play. Szal was able to gain control of the ball deep in the offensive right corner. She cut towards the net and was able to finish at a close to impossible angle when she ripped a shot past the goalie’s outstretched arms. New Hampton had some great chances but goalies Szal (during the first half) and Flora Goodman ’27 (during the second half) were able to hold them off. Stop by for our last home game which is a rematch with the Bulls from Holderness. See you on Brinley at 2.30pm!

Nov 8, 2023 vs Holderness School

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Nov 11, 2023 vs Austin Preparatory School

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Volleyball - Varsity

Sept 15, 2023 vs Dana Hall School, Win 3-1

SPS Wins First Match of the Year

SPS Volleyball travelled down to Dana Hall to play a consistently tough Class A rival. SPS got off to a slow start, quickly falling behind 02-08 but rallied behind the serving of Georgia Cooper ’24 to tie the score at 09-09. Three quick blocks by Ellie Pingree ’24 and Bea Brown ’26 put SPS up 14-11. The two teams exchanged points put SPS slowly pulled ahead and took a commanding lead behind the serving of Lily Fitzpatrick ’25. SPS closed out the first set 25-17. The second set was tight throughout the first half, with each side siding out and preventing any scoring runs. St. Paul’s opened up the second set on a serving run by Kennedy Hinojosa ’24 to take a 15-10 lead. SPS continued to maintain the lead late into the set until Dana Hall rallied back to close the gap to 19-17. But SPS closed out the second set with two service aces from Manon Lesort ’24 to win 25-19. Dana Hall and St. Paul’s swapped points in the third set with neither team establishing a lead until a Dana Hall rally that put them ahead 08-12. Dana Hall opened up the lead 11-17 with some blocking and service aces. St. Paul’s rallied back to tie the set 21-21 behind the serving of Ingrid Cassidy ’25. But Dana Hall kept the pressure on and closed out the set 21-25. Energized by the closing points in the previous set, Dana Hall came out strong and established a quick 01-07 lead. Dana Hall maintained the lead halfway through the set 07-15 as the two teams sided out. With the set on the line and down 12-21, St. Paul’s dug deep and pushed for every point. A kill from Lily Fitzgerald and a block from Ingrid Cassidy closed the gap 15-21 and shifted the moment back to SPS. Back-to-back kills by Ingrid closed the gap 20-21 and continued service pressure from Lily Fitzgerald gave SPS a late 22-21 lead. A quick sideout on both sides put Bea Brown on the serving line 23-22 and the match on the line. Despite the fact that Bea had never served in a volleyball match in her career, she stepped back and stepped up with two perfect serves to put us at match point 24-23. Manon Lesort closed out the match at the net with a kill to win 25-23 in a well-fought battle.

Sept 20, 2023 vs Thayer Academy, Loss 1-3

SPS Loses to Thayer

St. Paul’s travelled down to Thayer on Wednesday and were handed their first loss of the season. St. Paul’s started the match strong and jumped out to a quick lead against Thayer, but did not waiver and rapidly tied to score at 10-10. Thayer got into a strong serving rally and jumped up to a 10-16 lead. St. Paul’s worked their way back to a 15-18 deficit and then to a 20-22 deficit but the gap proved too big to close in the waining points, and Thayer closed out the set 21-25. Undeterred by the loss, St. Paul’s rebounded in the second set, jumping out to a 7-1 lead, but Thayer fought back again to close the gap 11-10. Both teams continued to side out until Manon Lesort ’24 stepped to the service line and hit two aces in a four-point run that put St. Paul’s ahead 19-15. Energized by the lead, Isa Martinez ’24 helped close the set with her serving and defense to win 25-19 and tie the match 1-1. St. Paul’s came out strong again in the third set, at one point building up a 9-4 lead before Thayer climbed back and worked the score to 20-17. They earned their own four-point run to take a 20-21 lead, which St. Paul’s tied but Thayer kept on the pressure. Even though St. Paul’s held them at set point 22-24, Thayer sided out on an error to win the third set 23-25. Thayer came out stronger in the fourth set and prevented any large runs by St. Paul’s, who struggled with consistency at critical moments. Thayer soon built up a 03-08 lead and ten rotations later had sided out to maintain 13-20 lead. St. Paul’s closed the gap behind the serving and defense of Georgia Cooper ’24 but her effort was not enough to overcome the deficit and St. Paul’s lost the set 19-25. Offensive highlights included strong net play by Bea Brown ’06 and strong hitting by Ingrid Cassidy ’05.

Sept 23, 2023 vs Noble and Greenough School, Win 3-1

SPS Wins Home Opener

St. Paul’s hosted Nobles for their first home game of the season. St. Paul’s came out strong behind the serving of Anna Liu ’25 and kept the pressure on the entire first set. Strong hitting by Ellie Pingree ’24 and Lily Fitzgerald ’25 helped build a 14-11 lead. Kennedy Hinojoso ’24 put the first set out of reach for Nobles with her defense and serving, earning a five-point run to build a 20-14 lead. St. Paul’s went on the win the first set 25-16 without much difficulty. Nobles responded to the first set defeat and came out strong in the second set – strong blocking and serving helped them get up 05-07 and then 06-14. St. Paul’s rallied back behind Kennedy’s serve once again to close the gap 13-17 but a series of strong serves by the Nobles libero helped them close out the second set 17-25. St. Paul’s appeared a little deflated after the loss but strong play from Manon Lesort ’24 and fresh energy off the bench from Olivia Hu ’25 and Motu Odukoya ’27 helped build up a small lead early at 08-04 and then 14-07. But Nobles would not lie down and continued to fight behind their strong setting and the serving of their libero, and ultimately worked their way back to a 20-20 tie. But at the key moments, our passing came through and our hitters found the holes to put away the third set 25-23. The same energy drove us into the fourth set but Nobles still fought hard and the set remained tied at 11-11 after a complete set of rotations. Nobles built up a small lead on a series of serving runs but St. Paul’s bounced back again to close the gap 19-20. Leaning heavily on the serving of Georgia Cooper ’24 and timely aces by Scout Lambiotte ’26 put St. Paul’s on a decisive charge that closed out the final set 25-20 to win the match.

Sept 27, 2023 vs Lawrence Academy, Loss 1-3

SPS Handed Disappointing Loss to Lawrence Academy

St. Paul’s suffered a disappointing loss at Lawrence Academy to bring their season record to 2-2. Although St. Paul’s was hoping to build on the energy and hard work against Nobles, Lawrence Academy came out strong and worked hard to keep SPS uncomfortable throughout the match. Strong serving, tough defense at the net, and strategic hitting helped Lawrence win the first set 18-25. St. Paul’s regrouped and focused behind the blocking of Manon Lesort ’24 and Ellie Pingree ’24 to dominate the second match 25-16, but we could not sustain the effort and dropped the third set 19-25. Celia Hepp ’26 and Scout Labiotte ’26 brought good energy to the court on the offense and defense, respectively, but it was not enough to stop Lawrence from taking the fourth set and the match.

Sept 30, 2023 vs Northfield Mount Hermon School, Win 3-0

SPS Wins in High Energy Match

After a disappointing outing on Wednesday, St. Paul’s made the trip out the NMH to prove a point, and they did so in a decisive manner. Behind the strong serving of Anna Liu ’25 and big blocks from Ellie Pingree ’24, SPS jumped out of the gate and took a quick 09-01 lead over NMH, forcing the home team into an early time out to regroup. St. Paul’s kept up the pressure on the net with the help of Manon Lesort ’24 and Motun Odukoya ’27 to stymie the NMH offense. Great defensive coverage and a critical 7-serve rally by Kennedy Hinojosa ’24 quickly put the first set away 25-12 in the most dominant set of the season. SPS took a small early lead in the second set and refused to give it up, despite NMH correcting some of their earlier errors and adjusting to our serving. NMH rallied to tie the set and take a 08-12 lead into the midpoint and kep the pressure on St. Paul’s, building the lead up to 13-19. Down 15-21 and at risk of losing the set, Kennedy dug deep and continued to hammer them from the service line to help SPS close the gap 20-21. NMH regained control of the ball and was poised to close out the set until setter Sophia Carranza ’24 delivered on the serve, earning two aces as she closed out the set 25-22 in favor of SPS. NMH came out strong in the third set to avenge their second set collapse to take a quick 02-07 lead but St. Paul’s refused to give them momentum and both teams sided out for five more rotations before the two teams were even at 16-16. NMH then went on a scoring streak to take a 16-20 lead but Sophia stepped up again and amazingly helped close out the final set in an 8-pt rally to take the match 25-20. A really high-energy positive effort that led to success.

Oct 4, 2023 vs Austin Preparatory School, Win 3-1

SPS Keeps the Pressure on Against Austin Prep

St. Paul’s hosted Austin Prep in a rematch that had SPS earning a 5-set comeback win last season; a match many returning players described as the ‘best match of the season’. Austin Prep was clearly hoping to avenge this loss and keep their tournament hopes alive. The match started tentatively and both teams traded offensive plays with defensive balance. The first crack in the armor for either side was created by the precision serving of Georgia Cooper ’24, who commanded a 5-point rally that included two aces to give SPS a 11-04 lead. Austin Prep continued to attack but strong serve receiving from Kennedy Hinojosa ’24 and Isa Martinez ’24 prevented them from developing any offensive momentum, as Austin Prep was unable to establish any scoring runs of more than two points. As St. Paul’s continued to attack, the lead grew 17-10, than 21-13 behind the hitting of Lily Fitzpatrick ’25 and Ingrid Cassidy ’25. St. Paul’s ultimately closed out the first set 25-17. Austin Prep started the second set earning their first multi-point scoring run to take a quick 00-04 lead but St. Paul’s limited them to sideouts for another five rotations, while generating our own 6-pt run behind the serving of Kennedy Hinojosa. With a 14-11 lead and our offense on its’ most aggressive attack of the season, SPS never took the pressure off Austin Prep and closed out the second set 25-21. Austin Prep adjusted in the third set and took advantage of some positional mistakes early in the set to earn a 11-12 lead midway through the set, and a timely scoring run gave them a late 17-23 lead that we could not overcome, dropping the third set 18-25. The stage was being set for another come-from-behind five set match – this time in favor of Austin Prep. But St. Paul’s refused to bend and as both offenses attacked and exchanged blocks, the score grew but neither side could keep the lead. St. Paul’s finally got ahead 13-10 but a serving rally two rotations later brought the score back to 19-18. With the potential of losing momentum, Georgia Cooper did what she does best and decimated the Austin Prep defense with her serving to earn a 24-20 lead that SPS closed on in the following rotation to take the match 25-20. A great team effort against a strong opponent.

Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy, Loss 0-3

SPS Loses to the Reigning Champions

St. Paul’s hosted Deerfield Academy, the reigning NEPSAC Volleyball champions, in what we hoped would be a match that truly tested our resolve against the best-of-the-best. We were fully aware of the power of their offense and our strategy was to take away their strength through tough serving and strong blocking. We succeeded on both front early on and found ourselves down 10-13 before a tough serving rotation led to 6-pt Deerfield run and a 11-20 deficit. Although the offensive attack of Lily Fitzpatrick ’25 and Manon Lesort ’24 never wavered, the tough serving and smart offensive of Deerfield helped closed out the first set in their favor 13-25. St. Paul’s rebounded well and started the second set by dominating Deerfield both offensively and defensively, building up an early 05-01 lead. But in the third rotation, Deerfield’s libero sliced up our serve receive, earning three aces on a 7-pt run that put Deerfield ahead 08-09. The following rotation saw another 7-point run that opened the lead 17-11. Although St. Paul’s stopped any additional multi-point runs, we were unable to establish our own momentum and the second set fell through our hands 17-25. St. Paul’s came out for the third set with the singular objective of minimizing serve-receive errors that were costly us points and confidence, and in this respect, we were mostly successful. But Deerfield was now on their game and swinging hard, so every point was a battle. But they could not establish a strong lead, and late in the set it was 14-17. In one final episode that was both a credit to Deerfield’s serving and a consequence of our fatigue and low energy, Deerfield put up a 6-pt run to get ahead 14-23 and put the match out of reach, with the final score being 17-25. There are many positives to take away from the match, including a great effort by Anna Liu ’25 who was both our primary setter and an attacker while running our two-setter offense.

Oct 11, 2023 vs Milton Academy

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Oct 13, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover, Loss 1-3

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Oct 21, 2023 vs Loomis Chaffee School, Loss 0-3

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Oct 25, 2023 vs Groton School, Win 3-2

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Oct 27, 2023 vs Brooks School, Win 3-1

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Oct 28, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy, Loss 0-3

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Nov 1, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover

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Nov 4, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy, Loss 0-3

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Nov 4, 2023 vs Dana Hall School, Win 3-1

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Nov 8, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy

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Sept 20, 2023 vs Thayer Academy

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Sept 23, 2023 vs Noble and Greenough School, Win 3-0

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Sept 27, 2023 vs Lawrence Academy

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Sept 30, 2023 vs Northfield Mount Hermon School, Loss 1-3

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Oct 4, 2023 vs Austin Preparatory School, Win 3-0

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Oct 7, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy

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Oct 11, 2023 vs Milton Academy, Win 3-1

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Oct 13, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover, Loss 0-3

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Oct 25, 2023 vs Groton School, Win 3-0

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Oct 28, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy, Loss 0-3

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Nov 1, 2023 vs Phillips Academy Andover

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Nov 4, 2023 vs Phillips Exeter Academy, Loss 0-3

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Nov 8, 2023 vs Deerfield Academy

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