The St. Mark's cross country program dominated its regular season opposition last year, with an amazing 31-1 overall record. The varsity, led by N.E. All-Star and All-ISL runner Grant Gattuso '19 went 15-1, earning second place in the ISL and ranked sixth in all of New England. Gattuso, the fourth fastest St. Marker ever on the SM course, is back, along with fellow All-ISL selection Hans Wu '19 and Most Improved Runner Connor Browder '19. The JV rolled to an outstanding unbeaten mark of 16-0 last fall, extending its SM –record winning streak to 38 contests. Several talented harriers from that JV squad will be joining coach David Lyons' varsity squad this year, and prospects for another strong season are good.
The girls' varsity soccer team went 13-3-4 last year, making it to the quarterfinals of the Class B New England tournament. MVP Caroline Dawson '19, an All-ISL selection last year, returns, along with ISL Honorable Mention honorees Ainsley DuBose '18 and Zoe Maddox '19. Dawson and DuBose were New England Junior All-Stars in 2017. Veteran assistant coach Jacob Backon will be at the helm until the return of head coach Lauren Ames, currently on maternity leave. Mr. Backon will be working with Jeanna Cook, longtime SM girls' JV coach. As both last year's JV and 3rds teams were undefeated, there is a solid foundation for another successful St. Mark's campaign this autumn.
The 2017 varsity field hockey team posted a 13-5 record overall, making it to the finals of the Class B tournament and finishing second in New England. The program lost a number of seniors to graduation, but at least two ISL Honorable Mention selections—Bailey Horne '19 and Nicola Hartmann '19—are back, along with last year's Most Improved Player Lauren Tolve '21. Coach Colleen Finnerty '11 will also see some new additions to her roster. Coming off a winning 7-2-4 season, the JV field hockey team should supply some solid replacements, while as many as a half-dozen or more talented III Formers may also join the squad.
Longtime head coach Neil Cifuentes led the 2017 SM boys' varsity soccer team to a record of 10-6-2, earning a N.E. post-season berth for the fourth time in five years. Cifuentes was named coach of last fall's N.E. Junior All-Stars. A majority of starters graduated, but there are some solid returnees, including players from successful sub-varsity teams. JV and 3rds won 15 games and lost only five while tying five a year ago. It will be a young team in 2018, but some talented rookies may emerge.
Coach Chris Young's varsity football team enjoyed its best season in 13 years last autumn, going 5-3, tying for first place in the ISL 9 division, driven by an offense averaging 25 points per game. Coach Young will have to find a way to replace the contributions of the School's all-time leading rusher, Laquan McKever '18, but he has a solid foundation to build on. All-ISL receiver and defensive back Alex Batista '19 is returning, along with ISL Honorable Mention selections Tyler Gonsalvez '19 (running back and linebacker) and lineman/linebacker Jake Lengel '19 (also the recipient of last year's Smith Football Prize). VI Former CJ Schumaker is the top quarterback on the depth chart.
While 5-9 on the regular season last year, Coach Karen Bryant's girls' varsity cross country team was impressive over the last month of the 2017 campaign, going 4-1 during that stretch. There are as many as seven VI Formers on this year's roster, and the team is up for the challenge of 2018.
Overall, prospects are good and spirits are high heading into the Fall 2018 campaign. Go Lions!