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.
Boys Cross Country
Juniors Pedro Arellano and Cal McCandless, sophomore Carter Pavlonnis, and seniors Matt Farrell and Ryan Jones
Pedro, whose spontaneous and successful forays into 3000-meter running last spring inspired him to adopt cross country this fall, raced as first Pelican start to finish in Saturday’s JV race at the Northfield Mount Hermon Invitational. His time (the eighth fastest of the day among ALL LCXC harriers) placed him fourth among all 118 competitors in the JV division. While he might consider himself a wrestler first and a pole vaulter second, Pedro proved that he has the athleticism and spirit to be a feisty and formidable harrier as well!
In addition to logging a solid foundation of summer mileage, Cal has pushed himself to significant drops in pace in these opening weeks of the season. At the season-opening Choate Invitational, Cal raced top-21 overall among the Pelicans; at the NMH Invitational, Cal raced top-14 overall among the Pelicans, with a 7-second-per-mile improvement on his pace. Cal’s can-do attitude, his easy engagement with his teammates, and his ability to conjure his coaches’ words of wisdom even (and especially!) while in the throes of oxygen debt in the final meters of a race all distinguish him as LCXC harrier.
On a course with significantly more technical demands and significantly more hill work than presented by the Pelicans’ home 5K, Carter raced to within a single second of his superb home-course season-opening time. Carter’s thoughtful approach to his summer training, overall conditioning, pace work in practices, and teamwork in races have set him up for such successes as this past weekend’s: Congratulations, Carter!
In his first race of his senior season of LCXC, Matt not only led the NMH Invitational field from start to finish, but also crossed the line with a new course record. With his time of 15:51 over the brutally rolling hills and tightly twisting trails of NMH’s five-kilometer course, Matt, who already was the fastest ever 10th-grader and fastest ever 11th-grader on the NMH course, became the fastest ever 12th-grader/fastest ever harrier to race the formidable Hogger course. Congratulations, Matt!
A year ago, senior and captain Ryan was just beginning to dip his distance-spiked toes into the territory of the varsity seven, of the scoring few; with his superb race over the challenging terrain of the NMH Invitational and against the robust competition of schools including New England prep school rivals NMH and Andover, Ryan proved himself a fully fleet and feisty varsity-level harrier, finishing sixth among the Pelicans for the second week in a row and dropping his NMH course time by close to 10 seconds per mile. Congratulations, Ryan!
Girls JV Soccer
Junior Leah Paige
Leah was influential in central midfield against Taft and Choate, leading the team to consecutive shutouts. Leah provided many timely interceptions and critical tackles as she marshaled the Pelican midfield. Her teammates owe her a debt of gratitude for her outstanding efforts this past week! Excellent work, Leah!
Boys JV Water Polo
Sophomore Nick Guenther
Nick arrived to water polo preseason and his second year with the team in top fitness and eager to learn. He set the team standard during our swimming time trial and has embraced the opportunity to work with more experienced players while encouraging novice teammates. This past weekend, Nick scored a critical goal in the final seconds of regulation to send our game against Eaglebrook School into overtime. His hustle and determined defense helped the team secure a hard-fought victory. Against Wilbraham and Monson’s varsity team last week, Nick contributed six goals to the offensive attack, utilizing his strong speed and a vastly improved shot in the process. Nick’s commitment is evident when he volunteers to practice with both the JV and varsity squads in order to develop his own skills and support the broader goals of the program.
Boys Varsity Water Polo
Senior captain Min Jun Jung and junior captain Matt Ryckman
During the opening of our season, Matt has been a central part of the team’s positive start. A skilled defender and dynamic offensive presence, Matt has scored key goals in all of our games and helps organize our defensive efforts. Perhaps more importantly, Matt is committed to helping his teammates better understand the game of water polo and works continuously to foster improvement and confidence in his teammates. Min Jun has worked diligently to adjust to being a more central player on this year’s team. Whether he is defending in front of the goal, breaking out in a counterattack, or finishing off scoring opportunities with a strong shot, Min’s striving for growth has motivated the same sense of purpose among his teammates.
Senior Mia Griffiths
Mia had an excellent first horse show of the season at Ethel Walker, finishing second over fences and fourth on the flat out of nine entries. Whereas Mia’s nerves often got the best of her in the show ring last year, she stayed poised and performed like a season veteran! As one of the first riders of the day, Mia entered the ring with poise and delivered a calm and well-executed round over fences. Throughout the rest of the day, Mia was a vocal and positive leader for her teammates. Knowing that some of the younger riders were quite nervous before heading into the ring, Mia was first to greet them after they finished their rounds on several occasions. We look forward to seeing Mia continue to lead the way both in and out of the ring this season!
Girls Varsity Soccer
Senior captains Christina Stone and Jess Hinton
Christina and Jess earn Pelican of the Week honors this week for their big games against Choate and Taft. Hinton was a force to be reckoned with all week and created several scoring opportunities against Choate, eventually finding the back of the net with a high-level header against Taft. Stone lead the midfield all week and was a key player in the team’s tie against Taft, tallying a goal and an assist in the 2-2 game.