It was a very successful fall season for St. Mark's sports. Out of fourteen teams representing six sports programs and all levels (Varsity, JV, 3rds), thirteen (93%) had records of .500 or better.
Girls' Soccer was 28-3-7 overall. The Girls' Varsity team set a new program record for most wins with 13, and made it to the N.E. Class B quarterfinals. Both the JV and 3rd girls' soccer teams were undefeated, with strong offenses and stingy defenses. The program's future is secure.
Varsity Field Hockey made it to the finals of the N.E. Class B tournament, avenging an earlier loss to BB&N in the quarterfinal round and knocking host Suffield Academy out of the ranks of the undefeated in the semis. The finals saw SM fall behind a powerful Governor's team 3-0, but the Lions battled back, scoring a pair of goals in the last few minutes, only to fall 2-3 in a thriller. The JV team went 7-4-2, with Fourth Form goalie Helen Huang leading a strong defensive unit.
SM boys' soccer teams went 25-7-11 overall this autumn. For the fourth time in five years, Coach Neil Cifuentes' varsity made it to the quarterfinals of the NEPSAC tournament, notching ten wins in regular season action. Matt Leigh '18 set new single season- and SM career- records for goals scored. Boys' JV went 7-4-4 while the 3rds team was 8-1-1.
Varsity football had its best season in 13 years, going 5-3 on the year. Running back Laquan McKever '18 set a new St. Mark's single season record for rushing yards (1432—179 per game) and led the ISL in scoring with 18 TD. Other record-setters on the SM gridiron included linebacker Jonathan Noel, who had five interception on the 2017 fall campaign, taking three of those picks in for scores. JV football went .500 at 1-1-1.
After a tough start (1-7 over the first month of the season) SM Girls' Varsity Cross Country finished strong, going 4-2 over the final month. Girls' JV Cross Country had a winning fall at 7-4, and was one of three teams to defeat arch-rival Groton early in the autumn.
Indeed, seven St. Mark's teams triumphed over Groton this fall, and going 7-3-3 overall against the Zebras, the Lions took home the raccoon coat.
At the Fall Athletic Awards ceremony, teams and athletes (see photo above) were recognized and celebrated. See results below.
Fall Sports Wrap-Up
BOYS' VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY (31-1 overall as a program – .969)
2nd in ISL, 6th in N.E.
MVR—Grant Gattuso '19
MIP—Connor Browder '19
Coaches Award—for outstanding dedication to and enthusiasm for running, a strong work ethic, and consistent leadership by example —Colin Boylan '18
All ISL—Grant Gatusso '19, Steven Burke '18, Hans Wu '19, Colin Boylan '18, Jack Thalmann '18
N.E. All-Star— Grant Gattuso '19
JV 16-0-0 (1.000) ETA Award—Ben Hunnewell '18
=JV set SM record with 38 consecutive victories =
GIRLS' VARSITY SOCCER (28-3-7 as a program – .829)
13-2-4 in regular season (.789) * 13-3-4 overall (.750)
4th in ISL; made quarterfinals of NEPSAC Class B N.E. tournament
=team averaged 2.50 goals per game, allowed just 1.20 gpg=
MVP— Caroline Dawson '19
Most Improved— Izzy O'Toole '20
Coaches Award—for attitude, spirit, dedication, and sportsmanship— Julia Danielsen '18
All ISL—Caroline Dawson '19, Hailey Dubose '18
ISL HM—Caroline Peterson '18, Ainsley Dubose '19, Zoe Maddox '19
N.E. Junior All-Stars—Caroline Dawson '19, Ainsley Dubose '19
JV 12-0-2 (.929) Effort-Teamwork-Attitude (ETA) Award—Alie Hyland '20
=SM JV averaged 3.50 gpg; allowed just 0.50 gpg w/8 shutouts=
3rds 3-0-1 (.875) ETA Award—Sarah Lammert '21
VARSITY FIELD HOCKEY (20-7-4 as a program – .710)
11-4-0 in regular season (.733) * 13-5-0 overall (.722)
3rd in ISL * made the finals of NEPSAC Class B tournament * 2nd in N.E.
=averaged 2.47 gpg; allowed 1.35 gpg=
MVP—Grace Sambrook '18
Most Improved - Lauren Tolve '21
Hall Field Hockey Prize—awarded in memory of Brinley M. Hall, SM Class of 1930, to that member of the Girls' Varsity Field Hockey team whose contribution is characterized as strong of will, positive by nature, a reasoner and cooperative— Marlee Paterson '18
All ISL—Grace Sambrook '18, Lillian Stout '18, Lizzie Provost '18
ISL HM—Bailey Horne '19, Ashley Hart '21, Nicola Hartmann '19
JV 7-2-4 (.692) ETA Award—Helen Huang '20 =a goalie: Helen and the SM JV allowed just 11 goals in 13 games for a 0.85 goals per game average on defense=
BOYS' VARSITY SOCCER (25-11-7 as a program – .663)
10-5-2 in regular season (.647) * 10-6-2 overall (.611)
Made quarterfinals of NEPSAC Class B N.E. tournament
=averaged 2.2 goals per game; allowed 1.47 gpg
Matt Leigh '18 set a new St. Mark's single-season (22 goals) and career (52 goals) records for scoring
MVP—Matt Leigh '18
MIP—Will Stack '18
Coaches Award—Darren Pike '18
All-ISL—Matt Leigh '18, Cooper Schmitz '18
ISL HM—Darren Pike '18, Luca Vicinelli '19
N.E. Junior All-Stars—Luca Vicinelli '19
SM Head Coach Neil Cifuentes will coach the N.E. Junior All-Star team
N.E. Senior All-Star—Matt Leigh '18
JV 7-4-4 (.600) ETA Award—Matt Hart '19
3rds 8-1-1 (.850) ETA Award—Jake Oblak '21
VARSITY FOOTBALL (6-4-1 as a program – .591)
Tied for 1st in ISL 9
Averaged 25 ppg (200 pts/8 g)
Laquan McKever set the St. Mark's single-season record with 1423 rushing yards; he led the ISL in scoring (18 TD, 2 conversions) and also holds the SM career record for rushing yards (over 3000)
MVP— Laquan McKever '18
MIP— Colton Bullard '18
Smith Football Prize—to the player (excluding the captain) who best exemplifies the spirit and sportsmanship of Archie Smith and the 1934 team—Jake Lengel '19
All ISL—Laquan McKever '18, Tommy MacNeil '18, Jonathan Noel '18, Alex Batist '19a
ISL HM—Tyreese James '18, Anthony D'Angelo '18, Jake Lengel '19, Tyler Gonsalves '19
JV 1-1-1 (.500)
GIRLS' VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY (12-13-0 as a program – .480)
MVR—Sophie Haugen '18
MIP—Waverly Shi '21
Coaches Award— for outstanding dedication to and enthusiasm for running, a strong work ethic, and consistent leadership by example —Nina Tanaka '20
All ISL HM—Nina Tanaka '20
JV 7-4 (.636) ETA Award—Caroline McGinnis '18
IN THE FALL OF 2017, ALL SM VARSITY TEAMS TOGETHER POSTED A RECORD OF 60-26-6 (.685) WHILE ALL SM TEAMS TOGETHER OVERALL POSTED A RECORD OF 121-54-18 (.674).
WIEDERGOTT AWARD—for highest regular season winning percentage at any level
Boys' JV Cross Country 1.000 (16-0-0)
Boys' JV Cross Country .938 (15-1-0)
Girls' JV Soccer .929 (12-0-2)
Girls' 3rds Soccer .875 (3-0-1)
Boys' 3rds Soccer .850 (8-1-1)