Congratulations to these student athletes for being named Pelicans of the Week by their coaches. The honor is given to students who stand out on the playing field as well as those who act as excellent teammates.
Girls III Soccer
Freshman Haley Scherer and sophomores Hazel Lee and Lisa Chang
Versatile striker and occasionally midfielder Hayley earns Pelican of the Week for playing hard and contributing to multiple aspects of our offense, whether giving other players an option at just the right distance or receiving from defenders and sending further upfield. Of particular note was last Saturday’s game, in which on at least three occasions, Hayley was the first on either team to take the initiative and seize the ball from near the midfield line, propelling it forward. Great job, Hayley!
Defender Hazel earns this honor for her stellar defense. While every defender was ready to step to ball, Hazel showed a rare persistence and drive in applying what we’ve been learning to defending and seizing possession. She also showed excellent judgment in when to pass and when not to pass, ensuring that Loomis held onto the ball for long enough to score repeatedly. Go, Hazel!
Lisa has been an asset all season, both on and off the field. She’s always ready to get started, pumping up the rest of the team with her music and spirit. On the field, she made some incredible passes last week, working well with her teammates to support our offense and drop back as necessary to defend. Good work, Lisa!
Boys JV Water Polo
Freshmen Kaeden Freston and Benson Wang
This week, the JV water polo Pelicans honor Kaeden and Benson for their substantial development as polo players during their first season at Loomis Chaffee. Kaeden’s swimming speed and strong shooting skill have made him a potentially very effective offensive weapon for our squad, while his “vision” of the game as it unfolds always directs him toward the right place at the right time. Look for Kaeden to quickly climb the ranks into the varsity program over the next couple of years. Benson, meanwhile, has an affinity for the challenging two-meter “hole” position on offense; his affinity for scoring and his strong legs should, with time, find him a frequent home in that position in the years ahead. Benson’s speed, like Kaeden’s, enabled him to defuse our opponents’ attack efforts on multiple occasions this fall. Because these boys love the sport and because they have invested their full energy into mastering the skills and the nuances of the game, they will inevitably become the foundation of the next generation of LC polo players!
Boys Cross Country
Sophomore Egor Gagushin and senior Cal McCandless
Egor returned to campus and to cross country this fall with the mileage requisite for preseason participation, a clear indication of the commitment that he made to LCXC 2019 well in advance of the season itself. That said, it was not until mid-season that Egor's summer mileage began to pay greatest dividends, as he accelerated from a slow-but-steady improvement upon his five kilometer time to a grand breakthrough at last weekend's Founders League Championships. Egor not only raced his first sub-20:00 5K, but also earned one of the event-limited spots on the team’s New Englands roster.
This season, week after week, and meet after meet (with just one exception), three-year Pelican harrier Cal has dropped his time by close to five seconds per mile per week, and on Saturday, he peaked perfectly for the Founders League Championships at Avon Old Farms. His 19:57 earned him LCXC varsity status (sub 20:00) as well as 45th overall in the 183-strong field of the JV boys race. Cal's patience and positive self-talk paid off handsomely indeed!
Girls JV Field Hockey
Sophomore Cameron Kwok
This past Saturday, Cameron took on the vital role of goalkeeper in our contest against Williston. Having never played the position before, Cameron bravely suited up and took to the position with confidence and courage. Within the first few minutes, Cameron had made her mark on the game as she loudly orchestrated the defense. Her most valiant effort came in the middle of the first half when Williston’s speedy offense took a shot on goal. Cameron was right there to make her first and only save of the game. Our defense held solid and did not allow another shot to be registered for the rest of the game. Cameron also stood tall during a period of about five penalty corners, all of which were cleaned up by our defenders.