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A Dozen SM Winter Teams Looking Strong at Mid-Season
A Dozen SM Winter Teams Looking Strong at Mid-Season

This season, between varsity, JV, and 3rds, St. Mark's is fielding 16 different teams in winter athletic action. A dozen of these squads have achieved real success and are looking strong at mid-season. Overall, with 146 games already played and with 114 remaining (along with various league, New England, and national tournaments), St. Mark's teams have won 55% of their games, going 77-64-5 with 13 teams posting records of .500 or better.

Boys' varsity hockey is 11-5-2 already this season, and is ranked second in the Independent School League (ISL) Eberhart Division. Early on coach Carl Corazzini's Lions won the coveted Barber Tournament championship for the fifth time in eight years, with Jackson Coutu '21 scoring the lone goal to seal the 1-0 winin the finals, behind shutout goaltending from Alex Cardonick '19.

So far this winter, assistant captain Dan Ciccarello '20 (at left) leads the team with 20 goals scored, while co-captain Nolan Moore '19, Tucker Hartmann '20, and Ian Moore '21 are among those having strong seasons. Eleven games remain on the schedule, including two with arch-rival Groton.

Also 2nd best in the ISL standings is boys' varsity squash. Under the guidance of longtime coach Dan Shartin, the team is now 5-2 with six games, the Nationals, and the New Englands still to come. Led by veteran all-ISL selection Eduardo Perez '19 (pictured above), the SM squashmen feature two other VI Formers—Leo Xie and Connor Browder—and a trio of V Formers—Dom Mangillo, Ryder Henry, and Connor Flaherty.

At 6-4 with 7 contests and two tournaments remaining, girls' varsity squash is optimistic about achieving its fourth consecutive winning season—unprecedented in the history of the program at St. Mark's. Coach Shelly Killeen has two talented and effective captains in Paula Hornbostel '19 and Kerrie Verbeek '19.

Coming off the winningest season in its history (19-2 in 2018), St. Mark's varsity wrestling is again looking strong. Coach Dave Nelson's team stands at 9-3 to date, with six meets, the Graves-Kelsey tournament, New Englands and more on the horizon. Captains Micah Dwirantwi '19 and Kareem Chambers '19 are the team's top performers. Will Appel '20 has been a solid, steady wrestler throughout the campaign, while III former Andy Zhou has demonstrated strong potential in his rookie campaign. These are just a few of the talented St. Mark's grapplers who have contributed to the success of the program so far this winter.

Sitting at .500 is coach Lauren Ames 6-6 girls' varsity basketball team. The season got off to an impressive start by capturing the Pingree tournament championship. With time running out in the title game, Brooke Farrell '21 tied the game with a 3-point shot and then won it on a free-throw. Co-captain Ava Limonciello '21—a perennial All-ISL selection—was named to the all-tournament team, along with fellow St. Marker Teresa Meyer '19. Limonciello and co-captain Ainsley DuBose '19 will be leading the team through its seven remaining games, including a February 23 date with destiny against Groton.

Also flirting with .500 is St. Mark's girls' varsity hockey, coached by alumna Casey Bates '09. With an overall record tied for 3rd best in the ISL and sitting officially 5th in the ISL standings, the team is optimistic about its chances over the final ten games of its schedule. Veteran goalie Lydia Rascher '20 has been solid in net, posting a 2.35 goals against average with an impressive overtime shutout against St. George's. Julianna Gong '19 (pictured left) leads the team in scoring, while captain Faith Jennings '19 provides strong play and leadership for a talented young squad.

A number of JV and 3rds teams are also doing well for St. Mark's in the winter months. While the overall program is going through a building year, boys' 3rds basketball is currently an impressive 5-1, with six games left for coach David Vachris' squad. Girls' JV basketball is 6-2 with seven to go, boys' JV squash is 4-1 with six remaining, and seven contests are left for the .500 girls' JV squash contingent.

Three teams have already secured victories over Groton in the quest for the 2019 Burnett-Peabody Bowl. Girls' JV hockey blanked the Zebras 4-0, behind shutout goaltending from Mei Mei Arms '19 and Ally Bauer '20. The 5-3 team is led by co-captains Kate Normandin '19 and Zoe Maddox '19, and they have seven games left on their schedule. Girls' 3rds squash downed Groton 8-5, players cheering and supporting each other throughout. They are now 3-1 with five to go. Boys' 3rds squash also beat Groton, winning 6-4, and were applauded for their sportsmanship that afternoon. They are now 3-1-1 with just three contests left.

Currently, the athletic record between St. Mark's and Groton for the 2018-2019 academic year stands at 9-7 in favor of the Lions (Groton won the raccoon coat by going 7-6 against St. Mark's this past fall, but the three SM wins so far this winter puts the Lions back on top). Next up, boys' varsity and JV hockey play Groton on February 2. Then girls' and boys' varsity and boys' JV squash contests against the Zebras on February 15. On February 20, it's boys' 3rds basketball and girls' JV squash taking on Groton. The big day is February 23, when boys' and girls' varsity and JV basketball, and boys' and girls' varsity and JV hockey all square off against the zebras. All of them have a good chance to register victories.

Go St. Mark's!