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.
Freshman Drew Biller
Over the last two weeks, Drew has gotten her Pelican riding career off to a strong start. Most notably, Drew’s jumping rounds at each of the last two horse shows were very consistent and well-executed, earning her first- and third-place ribbons. On a day-to-day basis, Drew has a positive attitude and comes to practice ready to focus and work hard. We are thrilled to have her as a new member of the team and look forward to seeing where her hard work in the ring will take her this year and beyond.
Girls Cross Country
Senior Anna MacLean, juniors Margot Korites and Priya Rajaram, sophomore Pilar Wingle, and freshman Ella Xue
It’s no fun to have to sit out of a cross country meet with an injury, especially on a cool, crystal-clear, perfect racing day like Saturday, when the Pelicans hosted Taft, Hotchkiss, and Northfield Mount Hermon on the home course. But understanding the wisdom of giving their recoveries from injury a little more time, Margot, Anna, Priya, Pilar, and Ella did not let their disappointment deter them from significant contributions to the team’s success from the sidelines. Not only did they bolster the team’s prerace excitement and positive racing spirit, but they also helped the large home meet (with more than 70 girls and 126 boys competing) to operate smoothly. From directing runners on the course and keeping finishers in line to hailing trainers and retrieving teammates’ warmups, these girls showed they know what it means to be great teammates and exemplary representatives of the school.
Boys Cross Country
Senior Ethan Alford, senior captain Danny Cui, and sophomores Edward Zhao and Matt Aljian
Danny’s LC career dedication to distance running season-in and season-out rewards both him and his team this fall, as he finds the sweet spot for weekly mileage totals and race pace. On past Saturday Danny (one of LCXC’s four elected captains) broke 18:00 on the 5K home course, not only finishing seventh among Pelicans, but also contributing to the scoring by displacing at least one runner from each of the three visiting teams. We thank Danny for his generous sharing of commitment to healthy living, happy running, and Pelican pride.
As a senior, Ethan has returned to LCXC, and he has missed not a step in making his segue back into distance training and 5K competition. In the home meet with Taft, NMH, and Hotchkiss this past weekend, Ethan broke the 25:00 mark for the first time, dropping more than a minute per mile from his previous best. We not only congratulate Ethan, but we also thank him for his role-modeling and quiet leadership, particularly as reliable and inspiriting pre-race warmup-squad leader.
When you are already running a varsity-caliber sub-20:00 for a cross country 5K, you aim to improve your time by, at best, five seconds per mile from one meet to the next. Edward apparently did not get that memo, as he parlayed his summer of high mileage and training camps and his September of focused pace and pack work into an almost 25-seconds-per-mile improvement upon his previous home course best on Saturday. Edward not only broke the elusive 18:00 barrier, but also finished sixth among Pelicans, contributing to the scoring by displacing at least one runner from each of the three visiting teams.
To appreciate Matt’s most recent cross country race, you need to know that the LCXC squad is almost 60 strong, that the top seven runners from each team contribute to the final scores, and that to run under 20 minutes on the home course garners LCXC varsity status. On Saturday, Matt raced a swift 19:45, good for 39th in the field of 126 competitors and for 13th among the Pelicans, with contribution (by way of displacement) to the JV scoring in LCXC’s sweep of Taft, NMH, and Hotchkiss.
Girls JV Soccer
Junior Teagan Williams
Teagan’s relentless attacking mentality paced the team to a 4-0 win over Kingswood last Wednesday; she notched her first two goals of the season against the Wyverns. In her second year with the team, Teagan has taken on a bigger role this season as she is now relied on to be one of the team’s leaders on the field. We will continue to count on her ability to influence the game as the season progresses.
Girls Varsity Field Hockey
Senior captain Bailey Prete
Bailey has been a leader on and off the field for the girls varsity field hockey team this year, as she is finding her way onto the scoresheet every game while stepping up in practice in order to keep the girls focused and working hard. Her determination to get better every day is contagious, and it has created a positive culture of hard work and fun on this team, which has shown signs of greatness in moments this year.
Boys Varsity Water Polo
Senior Matt Rubino
Matt has been a dedicated teammate since his sophomore year, bringing a terrific attitude and strong work ethic to the pool each day. This year he has moved into a starting position with the team thanks to dramatic improvement in his swimming speed and endurance. Matt’s good game sense and athleticism enable him to challenge bigger, faster opponents. Matt has been an integral part of the team’s strong start to the season, and we look forward to his continued good play and good sportsmanship over the remainder of the fall.
Girls III Soccer
Freshman Ailin Chinn, sophomore captain Mercy Olagunju, and sophomore Emma Dear
Ailin earns Pelican of the Week for her valiant efforts as a striker in our game against Ethel Walker. Tireless and confident, Ailin beat Ethel Walker’s defense following a long pass from a teammate and scored our only goal, which kept the team energized for the rest of the first half. Brava, Ailin!
Mercy is having an outstanding season so far. She has quickly emerged as one of our most reliable defenders this season. She is a fast, fearless, and confident player. Her confidence was on full display in our game against Westminster, where she drew a lot of “oooos” and “wows” from the fans when she singlehandedly carried the ball all the way from our 18-yard box to that of Westminster, beating at least six Westminster players along the way. Spectacular work, Mercy!
Tenacious and optimistic, Emma is one of our toughest players this year. She works hard for the ball and has won almost every single 50-50 ball so far this season. In our most recent game against Westminster, Emma made some really nice passes and displayed good footwork. She helped create some goal-scoring opportunities that put Westminster in a tough spot. Keep up the fine work, Emma!
Boys JV Water Polo
Freshman Hank Jaffee
As a varsity/JV swing player with prior polo experience, Hank possesses the confidence, composure, skill, and judgment to lead the JV players through particularly challenging outings. Such was the case on Saturday against the New Haven Hydras, when Hank led the team with five goals and a key assist pass to sophomore Shawn Meng to set up the winning goal in sudden-death overtime. In addition to his offensive prowess, Hank’s defensive anticipation and movement have resulted in numerous steals and interceptions, furthering the Pelicans’ cause. We look forward to watching this promising young Pelican blossom in the years to come.