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St. Mark's Sports Looking Strong at Spring Mid-Season
St. Mark's Sports Looking Strong at Spring Mid-Season

Despite the vagaries of weather this spring, St. Mark's sports are off to a strong start, with 11 teams recording records of .500 or better at mid-season. Varsity teams have posted a .639 winning percentage, going 39-22-3 so far this spring. Overall, counting teams at every level, St. Mark's has won 68 percent of all games played.

Girls' varsity lacrosse leads the way, unbeaten so far at 9-0, with eight games and tournament action remaining. The defending Independent School League champions are once again atop the ISL standings. In her sixth season as head coach, Channing Warner has already won 81 games (good for second best in St. Mark's history for girls' lacrosse) and she has taken home three ISL titles already. This year's team has averaged 13.6 goals scored per game, while allowing just 5.9 goals per game against the Lions. The latter mark is on pace to eclipse the St. Mark's defensive mark of 6.4 goals allowed per game in 2013. Girls' JV lacrosse also has a winning record of 4-1, scoring more than 10 goals per game while allowing fewer than five. At the halfway point this spring, the St. Mark's girls' lacrosse program is 13-1 overall.

Overall, the girls' tennis program is 12-1. Girls' varsity tennis is an impressive 7-1 to date, with six contests and the New Englands remaining on the schedule. Coach Ann Behnke's team is currently ranked third in the ISL standings, having lost to Middlesex (currently in second place) very early in the campaign, and with their meeting with first place Milton scheduled for May 10. Playing at number one and number two for the Lions this spring are IV Form sisters Tate and Leila Frederick. Girls' JV tennis is currently unbeaten at 5-0.

Varsity softball is having its best season in years under the guidance of coach Casey Bates '09. Brooke Farrell '21 keys a balanced attack with her .636 batting average in seven games, leading St. Mark's in RBI. The team is averaging 10.3 runs per game. Freshman pitcher Riley Jahnle has hurled every inning to date and has three shutouts for the 5-2 Lions, currently tied for third in the ISL. Meanwhile, JV softball is averaging 17.6 runs per game and is undefeated at 5-0. At 10-2 overall midway through the spring, the St. Mark's softball program is looking strong.

Varsity baseball, under head coach Rob Calagione '04, is 5-3, led by VI Form captains Grant Gattuso and Gunnar Vachris and paced by the pitching and hitting of V Former Wyatt Scotti. The Lions are averaging 6.5 runs per game while allowing just 3.6. Still, 10 games remain on the spring schedule. JV baseball has yet to lose a game. At 5-0, they average 13.6 runs per contest, and the St. Mark's baseball program is 10-3 overall.

Coached by Liz Cavanaugh '04, the girls' varsity crew once again looks solid, posting a winning record of 3-1-1, despite a loss to Groton. Boys' varsity crew is once again coached by alumnus Chris Becker '11. In fact, four of nine varsity coaches at St. Mark's this spring are graduates of the School.

Boys' varsity tennis is .500 on the season so far this spring, while boys' JV tennis has a winning record at 4-2, for a program mark of 8-6 to date. Boys' varsity lacrosse is 3-5 so far, led by three players with 20 points each: Tucker Hartmann '20 (13 goals-10 assists-23 points), Von Mabbs '21 (14-8-22), and Jackson Coutu '21 (13-7-20) while goaltender Henry Peters '21 leads the ISL in saves. The team's victories have come against Pomfret, BB&N, and St. George's. Varsity golf has victories over Worcester Academy and Andover, and they tied against Governor's. Varsity Golf is 2-5-1 to date with seven contests remaining.

With the second half of the season getting underway, it is an exciting time to watch St. Mark's athletics in action!