Here’s a look back on Pride success in varsity athletics this spring. As always, there were great highs and lows on the court, diamond, track, and field.

The Pride lacrosse team finished the 2019 campaign with a come from behind, 11-10 victory over Taft to finish the season with a 9-5 record. CK Giancola ’20 tallied the game-tying and go-ahead goals inside the last two minutes of play, final scores that cemented a huge season for the junior who found the back of the net 26 times on an incredible 61% shooting percentage. Albany-bound attackman Richie LaCalandra ’19 completed his final high school season with a whopping 53 points, and fellow senior attackman Cole McKenzie ended with 35. Kyle Playsted ’20 will return next year looking to add to an impressive junior season with 17 goals and 17 assists, alongside rising junior Stuart Phillips ’21.

The bulk of the Pride’s defensive unit graduated in May, but strong goalie play from Jake Giannone ’20 (10 games played, 89 saves) and Eric Suits ’20 (5 games played, 14 saves) promises a strong base for next season’s defense.

Richie LaCalandra ’19, Scott Stensrud ’19, and Nick Morgan ’19 received All New England West honors, and CK Giancola ’20 and Jake Giannone ’20 were recognized by the Founder’s League for their stellar play this year.

With a schedule full of postponements and cancellations during our wet spring, the Pride struggled to find consistency as a team. However, this did not slow down a number of standout performances. PG pitcher Connor Harris completed a strong season with 38 innings pitched, giving up just 24 earned runs and fanning 45 batters. His effort, leadership, and team spirit earned him the Coaches Award for this season. Junior arms Jonathan Link and Nick Selden combined to pitch over 40 innings, and will anchor the starting rotation next year.

Julian Uejima ’20 led the team with a .511 batting average and a perfect 12/12 on stolen base attempts. Luke Shliger ’20 hit a home run every 15 at bats this year, and ended with an average of .489 and a .766 slugging percentage. Connor Bradshaw ’20 had a strong campaign with only 1 strikeout on the year while hitting .387. This strong group of rising seniors will step up as leaders for the 2020 season.

The Triandafilou Award is given to a member of the Trinity-Pawling baseball team for career contribution and sportsmanship in the varsity program. Senior Will Rickert earned this award for the 2019 season after earning an incredible 6 varsity letters for Pride baseball. Since 7th grade, Rickert has started at least one game each year, and has elicited positivity and hard work from his teammates again and again. In his final baseball season, Rickert played in all 15 games and hit for a .333 average while making just 1 error at first base. Congratulations on a great career!

The Pride tennis team finished a difficult season by finding a great team win against Gunnery in early May. Eduardo Ancona ’21 and Jack Long ’21 led the team this year with the most winning games. Despite losing a few seniors, a number of returners look towards a promising 2020 season.

The Pride athletes competed at two major events in May. Results from each follow:

Founders Meet at Hotchkiss

Bryce Nash ’19 had an excellent day establishing season bests in the triple jump (41’7″), long jump (20’3″), and high jump (5’8″). Nash finished 3rd in the long jump and triple jump and 4th in the high jump earning a total of 16 points.

Quran Rahman ’19 finished 6th in the shot put with a season best. (42′) Liam Dietrich ’21 placed 7th with a throw of 41’10.

The 4×100 relay team of Taylor Ewing ’20, Jude Buchanan ’22, Matt Carroll ’20 and Chris Gleaton ’20 finished 6th. This finish coupled with Rahman’s 6th in the shot put rounded out the scoring for the Pride who earned a total of 18 team points.

Other strong performances were turned in by Ben Yoon ’20 in the 800 and 1500 with his season best time. Taylor Ewing also competed in the 100 and 200, and Matt Carroll ran a strong 200 as well. Chris Gleaton competed in both the triple jump and high jump and recorded marks which allowed him to qualify for the New England Championships a week later. John Garvey ’19 recorded a season best in the Javelin.

New England’s at Loomis

A small group competed with great determination at their final meet of the 2019 season. Bryce Nash scored the only points for the team with a 5th place finish in the triple jump (41’5″). Nash also competed in the long jump and high jump and just finished outside of the points in the high jump as he brushed the bar at 5’10”. Chris Gleaton recorded a season best in the high jump and did a good job in a highly competitive triple jump field, where the winning jump was almost 48′.

Rahman and Dietrich, again, did a good job in the shot put with Liam throwing a season best 42′. Jude Buchanan competed in the disc, and Joey Musa ’19 threw the javelin and improved his season best toss by 23′ with a 7th place toss of 140′. On the track the 4×100 team of Taylor Ewing, Joey Musa, Jude Buchanan, and Chris Gleaton ran a season best time. Musa and Ewing also competed in the 100 and 200, both turning in solid times and representing the Pride with honor.

The students of Broadcast Journalism produced a final episode of T-P Sports Nation, highlighting the college athletic commitments of the recent graduates from the Class of 2019. Watch here!

Congratulations, gentlemen! We wish you continued success in the future.

by Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris