The 2018-2019 school year is in full swing. Our Saints Athletics Recaps are back in action and ready to go! Every Fall sports team had a successful preseason; everything from overnight camps to early morning practices, to team bonding, hikes our Saints teams are doing it all. Due to popular demand, we have added two new teams to the Fall lineup, Freshmen Volleyball, and Freshmen Boys Soccer.
Recaps from Weeks 1 & 2:
Varsity Volleyball has started off strong both in numbers and record. Sitting at 4-1 on the season so far with wins over NCS, Visitation, St. Gertrude, and St. Anne's Belfield. Junior Claire Cavanaugh has honed in with over 30 digs through 5 games, twice recording double-digit digs. On the attack Junior Liana Gobush has been killin' it with the kill shot, logging over 40 so far this season.
JV Volleyball has started the year off well with two wins versus NCS and GDS. Their win streak was kept alive barely tested by Georgetown Visitation…winning the first game and losing the second, it came down to their first three-set match of the year. The Cubs started rolling over the Saints with a seemingly insurmountable 0-8 lead. Sophomore middle blocker Adrienne Lai went back to serve with her team trailing 2-10. She collected an ace, then a kill from the back row, another service ace - then her partner Karlee Whetstone got a kill on an overpass. By the time Adrienne was done serving, the score was a more manageable 7-10. Trading points back and forth the Saints came from behind to stay undefeated.
Freshmen Volleyball season is slated to begin this evening at Riverdale Baptist.
Varsity Football sits a 2-1 on the season. After an explosive win against PVI, The Saints fell to St. Christopher's School 17-7. A tough defensive battle, the Richmond Saints held off a second-half surge. Our boys rebounded well against the Phelps school the following week, winning handily 51-0, Senior Quinten Staples led the team on the ground with 51 yards rushing and one touchdown. The first-time baller, Andrew Tyeryar has suited up for his Senior campaign, good thing he did because he is leading the Saints in tackles with 19 through 3 games.
JV Football has rallied through a prolonged preseason due to two cancellations on their schedule. The boys eagerly suited up in their first contest against Fork Union yesterday and came out firing on all cylinders. The Saints with the big boys up front dictated the game in the running game, Sophomore Christian Jean-Laurent, Freshman Grayson Schmidt, 8th Grader Chris Matia all powered it across the goal line.
Girl's Varsity Tennis had a strong win against ISL opponent Madeira but has not been able to get back on the court due to the heat and storms. The girls are staying mentally and physically tuned in and ready to go for Trinity Episcopal today home at 4 pm.
Girl's JV Tennis swept Georgetown Visitation in their opening match of the year. With a strange start to the season because of the weather, it was great to get in a win finally. Sophomore Katie Patrick set the tone for the team as she picked up her first victory at #1 singles, 8-1.
JV Field Hockey started the season off hot, two ISL match ups against Madeira and NCS and two tallies in the win column. Freshman Kendyll Lee recorded the first goal of the season with a 1-0 win over Madeira, hopefully, more to come. The Saints fell to a tough St. John's team this week 1-0, despite fierce defensive stand between the pipes by Freshman keeper Joan Marie, who stood tall with 22 saves.
Varsity Field Hockey has quite the squad this year. Mark a game on your calendar and get out and see these ladies rock it. Starting off the season on a four-game win streak, keeping with their dominance in the ISL with wins over Madeira and NCS; the Saints first loss came in a high scoring affair to St. John's, 5-3. What teams beware of Senior Mikaela Discenza…she is averaging 2.6 points per game, if she isn't heat seeking it in the back of the net, she is setting her teammates to do so.
Coed Cross Country led by new Head Coach Cotter have been deliberate in their training and preparation so far. Gearing up for the 2018 Pre-K Fundraiser tomorrow, hop out of bed and get to the Upper School and support the Saints.
Boy's Varsity Soccer likes to score, and score a lot. The boys are 3-1 with three quality Virginia State wins over Potomac, Woodberry Forest, and Saint John Paul the Great. Averaging 3.5 goals a game, the boys are hungry to put the ball in the back of the net. Despite a tough loss to PVI this past week, the Saints are still ranked 3rd in the VISAA. Sophomore Captain Kyle Burbage is a menace on the field making plays on both ends of the pitch for all 90 minutes of the game.
Boy's JV Soccer record does not show their resilience. Despite being 0-3-1, the boys have battled each game and have had a chance to tie or win each of the four games. For instance, against Potomac, down 0-2 at halftime, the Saints were awarded a penalty kick at 10 mins into the second half. Freshman Nico Garcia took the PK and slammed it into the far bottom corner. 10 mins later, Sophomore Jack Burnett took the ball down the left side, cut inside and pounded the ball past the Paul VI keeper for the equalizing goal.
Boy's Freshmen Soccer started their season off strong with a 3-1 victory over Episcopal yesterday. Looking forward to seeing how this young squad comes together over the next few months.
Girl's Varsity Soccer is led in the scoring column by Sophomore Caroline Lipton who has four goals in 3 games. This young squad is a blast to watch, high energy and tenacity. They suite back up again versus Maret next week.
-From the Desk of Coach Phillips