Any season for which we can hang an Athletics banner is a good season. A season for which we can hang three? Simply outstanding.
We recently unveiled celebratory banners for three of our Fall 2016 teams: Boys’ Cross Country, for winning the first Cross Country CISAC Championship in MacDuffie’s history; Girls’ Varsity Volleyball, for making it to the finals of the 2016 NEPSAC Class C Championships; and Girls’ Varsity Soccer, WWNEPSSA regular season Champions (the team had a 46-game win streak spanning three seasons).
Congratulations to all the student-athletes and coaches for their successes. You’ve all made MacDuffie very proud. Go Mustangs!
Girls’ Varsity Volleyball and Girls’ Varsity Soccer wrapped up their seasons this weekend with the NESPAC Class C playoffs. We’re proud of their efforts!
GVV beat Bancroft School 3-0 on Saturday to make it to Sunday’s final against #1 seed King School. Although they fell short of the title with a 3-0 loss (11-25, 20-25, 19-25), they had a great showing and played a stellar match against a talented team.
GVS fought hard but lost in 2-1 in overtime to a strong Kimball Union Academy in the semi; KUA went on to win the title. Our Mustangs were seeded #1–no small feat, given the bump up to the more competitive Class C division this year–and entered the semifinal with more than 40 consecutive wins.
Both teams had standout seasons. GVV lost only once this season, and four players were selected as New England All-Stars: Jocelyn St. Onge ’18, Ashley Stebbins ’18, Sarah Scott ’19, and Kacey Deecher ’20.
GVS finished the regular season as Western New England Class C Champions. Ala Legowski ‘19 and Ania Ludkiewicz ’19 were named Western New England All-Stars. Emilee Auclair ‘18 was selected for both the Western New England All-Stars and, together with Isabel Alvarez ’18, the New England Junior All-Star team.
Boys’ Varsity Soccer fell just short of the NEPSAC playoffs this year, finishing 9th in the division. Noah Nunes ’17 and Devon Huard ’18 made the Western New England All-Star team, and Noah was also named a New England Senior All-Star.
Congratulations to the coaches and players on so many achievements again this fall. Go Mustangs!
(Thanks to Amy Cauley and Laura Huard for the photos!)
We held our annual Fall Sports Awards event last night to honor some of our standout student-athletes. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the student-athletes, coaches, and fans that made the fall season a success!
Most Valuable Player
Grace Drost ’20 – Soccer
Devon Huard ’18 – Soccer
Evan Murdock ’17 – Cross Country
Kacey Deecher ’20 – Volleyball
Most Improved Player
Mimi Jung ’18 – Soccer
Mason Baral ’18 – Soccer
Kezia Nunaki ’17 – Cross Country
Maya Levine ’20 – Volleyball
Ryleigh Cauley ’19 – Soccer
Julio Kbarek ’17 – Soccer
Ian Hua ’20- Cross Country
Amy Hwang ’18 – Volleyball
Players’ Choice Award
Ava Marion ’19 – Soccer
Marus Ludkiewicz ’17 – Soccer
Josh St. Pierre ’17 – Cross Country
Donovan Richardson ’17 – Cross Country
Sarah Scott ’19 – Volleyball
Girls’ Varsity Soccer added another feat to the team’s impressive list of accomplishments: a 40-game winning streak.
The wins (40+ as of this writing) go all the way back to the 2014 season and include two NEPSAC Championships.
“They say winning is a great habit to have, and I agree that winning can help to increase confidence,” says Athletic Director and Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach Meirion George. “But for the MacDuffie Girls soccer team, their main focus in each game is to play good soccer. The combination of talent, hard work, and at times that extra bit of desire, has enabled us to win games. While others may focus on our win record, we are conscious that winning is not everything, so we will keep doing our best and let the performances determine our success.”
Three players also made the Western New England All-Stars this year: Ala Legowski ‘19, Ania Ludkiewicz ’19, and Emilee Auclair ‘18.
Keep up the awesome work, Mustangs!
Boys’ Cross Country came in 1st place on Saturday, October 29 to win the CISAC Championship for the first time in MacDuffie’s history. The CISAC (Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Athletic Conference) meet included six schools and was held in East Granby, CT.
Medal winners include Evan Murdock ’17 5th (19:05), Ian Hua ’20 8th (19:35), Ethan Deecher ’18 9th (19:43), and Josh St. Pierre ’17 10th (19:47).
Girls’ Cross Country had a strong showing with a 3rd place finish. Olivia Ramirez ’19 took home a medal for 7th (22:40).
Congratulations to all the runners and to Coach Hillman and Coach Cressotti for their hard work throughout the season and for the several years leading up to this outstanding result.