The Pride is off to a 5-3 start in the regular season. Attackman Richie LaCalandra ’19 has 32 points, Kyle Playsted ’20 has scored 7 goals with a .750 shot-on-goal percentage, Cole McKenzie ’19 has forced 13 turnovers on his relentless ride, and Griffin Moore ’19 tallied a 5-goal game in a win against Berkshire on Saturday. The defense continues to be strong with M cubed (Nick Morgan ’19 and twins Tim and Dan Manning ’19) standing tall in front of leading goalie Jake Giannone ’20 between the pipes. Young faces Stuart Phillips ’21 and Tucker Kellogg ’23 earn high minutes for a deep Trinity-Pawling sideline. The boys had a tough loss to Salisbury in the home opener (8-7), and a big loss to Deerfield (13-4). The final stretch against Millbrook, Avon, Choate, and Brunswick will be the best test for the boys, who continue to focus on team growth and effort on and off the field. WATCH US LIVE!
For the last two years the JV and thirds lacrosse teams have combined for most practices. This offers a unique opportunity for more experienced players to mentor and coach younger boys who are just learning the sport, engaging the less experienced players as they are exposed to the game in a challenging yet attainable learning environment. This year’s weather has been particularly challenging, resulting in the cancellation of two JV games already. The boys have been resilient and competed hard in the three games to date.
The thirds squad started the year 1-3 with an exciting overtime win against a talented Gunnery team. The team is led by Seamus Balistreri ’22, Budd Desir ’20, and Kai Solik ’21 on the offensive side. Captain Tyler Marma ’19 and goalie Mikey O’Rourke ’22 anchor the defense. The team has shown signs of improvement throughout the year and will look to achieve more success in May.
The varsity baseball team began the regular season at 3-3. Second baseman Julian Uejima ’20 leads the offense with 12 hits and 7 stolen bases in front of slugger Luke Shliger ’20’s two home runs and team-leading .524 average. Sophomore outfielder Kyle Stober ’21 has shown off his young talent with an astonishing .636 on-base-percentage, while senior Will Rickert leads on and off the field. Connor Harris ’19 shines on the mound, throwing 22 ⅓ innings on the season with 33 strikeouts while giving up just 10 earned runs. Jonathan Link ’21 and Nick Selden ’20 offer consistent support from the bullpen and have recorded one start each. The team has been flexible during a rainy April and will look to make up some postponed games on Mondays in May. Smith Field House offers a comprehensive outdoor practice alternative with a bullpen and indoor batting cage so the boys can stay prepared on wet days. This week is crucial for the team as they take on boys school rivals Salisbury and Avon Old Farms.
The JV baseball team will focus on improving as a team in the second half of the season. Tucker Webb ’22 has found success as a pitcher and dominates at the plate. Seniors Nolan Laplante, Christian Keyes, and AJ O’Buck are leaders of an otherwise young lineup.
Minimal experience has hurt varsity tennis thus far, and our results highlight the difficulties of having a young squad. Despite some struggles, Henry Daniel ’20 and Andrew Zhang ’20 have shown great leadership and a strong desire to improve. Tommy Li ’21 has worked hard every day to grow into a competitive player, while Henry Bi ’19 and Henry Hatfield ’20 have united to form a strong doubles tandem.
This spring a number of JV players have made strides in serving, hitting, and resiliency in the challenging mental game of tennis. Standout singles player Henry Hopkins ’22 leads the team, with great contributions from Nick Szymanski ’20, Thomas Solecki ’20, David O’Keefe ’20, Griffin Fluehr ’20, and Nico Mooney ’20.
The thirds tennis squad has had two matches and two rainouts so far, with Oliver Shao ’22, Ken Lee ’20, Nolan Maclear ’21, and Whit Hazlewood ’21 leading the way. The team will continue to improve during the rest of the season, with sights on JV play next year.
The golf team is improving through the early stages of its season. Despite having only 3 competition days so far, the team is working hard to improve play around the greens in order to become more competitive in matches. Max Levine ’19 has been the team’s low scorer in each match, earning co-medalist honors against Hopkins. Others making strides are Jack Musa ’22, Phip Waugh ’19, and Shjon Whitehead ’19 while the return of Jake Aloi ’21 and Peter Meng ’19 to the lineup has had an immediate impact on the team’s performance. Now the season gets busy with two or three competitions per week in May.
Every member of the JV golf squad competed in their first-ever golf match at Bull’s Bridge in April. Mark Trainor ’19 shot the best score of the day, while Shane Murphy ’19 and Cal Hade ’20 also competed well. The boys have one more match before the end of the season.
TRACK & FIELD
After four meets, members of the Pride track & field team have showed their prowess in a number of competitions. The boys have been particularly successful in the field events, with Captain Eddie Gonzalez ’19 and Jude Buchanan ’22 medaling in their discus competitions and Liam Dietrich ’21 medaling in his shot put throws. Joey Musa ’19 has had success in javelin and sprinting, while captain Taylor Ewing ’20 brings infectious positivity every day. Freshman Marcus Duell has delighted as a newcomer of the year in pole vault, while fellow first-year Kyle Lee ’22 has improved as a sprinter. The team will compete in the Founder’s meet at Hotchkiss on May 11th, with one more home meet on the 15th of May before New England’s the following weekend.
by Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris