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A Successful Groton Day: SM Regains Raccoon Coat
A Successful Groton Day: SM Regains Raccoon Coat

With a quartet of wins, a pair of ties, and just two losses against Groton on Saturday, November 11, St. Mark's regained the coveted raccoon coat (pictured here, worn by SM Head of School John C. Warren '74) with a 7-3-3 overall mark over the Zebras this fall. Varsity Football, Varsity Field Hockey, and Girls' Varsity Soccer all emerged victorious, as did Boys' 3rds Soccer, to cement the successful afternoon.

A 25-7 triumph on Belmont Field gave St. Mark's its first winning football season in thirteen years. Behind the record-setting performance of Laquan McKever '18 (4 touchdowns against Groton—18 TDs and more than 1200 yards rushing on the season), the Lions posted a 5-3 record overall (5-1 in the ISL 9 division).

Girls' Varsity Soccer bested Groton 3-1, ending their regular season at 13-2-5: the most victories in the 39-year history of the program. Girls' JV Soccer battled the Zebras to a 0-0 tie, to cap an impressive 12-0-2 unbeaten campaign. With Girls' 3rds also undefeated at 3-0-1, overall the SM girls' soccer program this year posted a record of 28-2-8, for a spectacular .842 winning percentage. The varsity team is headed into the NEPSAC post-season tournament.

Varsity Field Hockey also triumphed 3-1, to finish their regular schedule at 11-4, while JV Field Hockey tied Groton 1-1 to end at 7-2-4. This makes the overall record of the School's field hockey program 18-6-4 (.714). The varsity contingent has also earned a NEPSAC post-season berth.

Boys' 3rds Soccer won 4-2, advancing their final record to 8-1-1. While Boys' Varsity and JV both lost in close, exciting games, both posted winning records of 10-5-2 and 7-4-4 respecively. Overall the boys' soccer program at St. Mark's is 25-10-7 (.679), and the SM varsity boys once again qualified for NEPSAC tournament play.

So the coveted raccoon coat—first presented at the 100th football game between Groton and St. Mark's back in 1989—will once again hang in the SM Head of School's study