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GA field hockey advances in NEPSAC field hockey tournament

November 26, 2017 GMT

Top-seeded Greenwich Academy registered a 3-2 win over eighth-seeded Westminster School in the quarterfinal round of the NEPSAC Field Hockey Tournament on Wednesday.

With the win, the Gators (17-1) advanced to the semifinals against an opponent to be determined. GA, which hosted Westminster on Wednesday, will play in the championship game on Sunday should it win on Saturday. They made it to the semifinal-round a year ago.


Second-seeded Sacred Heart Greenwich dropped a 5-1 decision to second-seeded Phillips Andover Academy in the NEPSAC Tournament at Pomfret School.

The loss ended the season for the Tigers, who were coming off their victory in the FAA Tournament final. Andover took a 2-0 lead into the second half and increased it to 3-0 on a goal from Ashley Tucker at the 28:54 mark. Beth Yeager got the Tigers on the scoreboard, tallying with 23:05 left to play. But Andover responded with a pair of goals to take a 5-1 lead.


Julia Herzig made five saves in goal for the Tigers, who drew five penalty corners.

“Today, we faced a really strong and skilled team,” Sacred Heart coach Alex Gheorghe said. “We stood in the game for the first 25 minutes. They maximized their chances. I’m happy for our young team to play in the eight-team New England Tournament.”


The Tigers season ended with a 3-0 loss to host Choate Rosemary Hall in the quarterfinal round of the NEPSAC Class A Volleyball Tournament. Choate won the match by set scores of 25-21, 25-13, 25-11.

“It was a much better effort from the first time we played them,” Sacred Heart coach Beth Wilson-Jordan said. “We had some awesome moments. Both teams displayed great sportsmanship and effort. There were many long volleys. Choate is number one for a reason.”

Ellie McKenney had three kills and 17 digs, while Kellie Ulmer had six kills and eight digs for the Tigers. Laura Holland had eight kills, one block, one assist and two digs, while Natalia Pazos added two kills, 16 assists, 11 digs and five aces. Also pacing Sacred Heart was Magda Dutkowska (three kills, two digs, one block, one assist.


The Gators lost to Loomis Chaffee School in the NEPSAC Tournament quarterfinals, 6-0, at Loomis Chaffee.

“The kids fought hard and played their hearts out as always,” GA coach Alistair Lonsdale said. “It was a great season for our team.”

The season saw GA win the FAA Tournament for the second straight season with a 2-1 overtime win over Hopkins School. GA also beat Hopkins for the FAA title in 2016.