Previewing Spring Sports
After a cold and dreary winter, we’re all ready for the warm weather in store. A look ahead at spring sports.
by The Milton Measure on Friday, March 7th, 2014
This spring, Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse looks to bounce back after a rough 2013 season. Newcomers Max Glattstein (III), Rush Hogan (III), and Danny O’Connor (III) are hoping to make a positive impact on the team, while returners Jack Cahill (I), Luke Macdonald (I), and Sean Brennan (II) aim to climb once again to the top tier of the ISL. Glattstein, Hogan, and O’Connor are just some of the many players from Duxbury, a town known for its tradition in lacrosse. Senior defenseman Clay Berger is looking to improve on last year’s three-win season. The regular season will kick off on April 4th against Rivers at our home field, and players such as Berger and Hogan already yearn to bring the coveted ISL title back to Milton. Newcomer Rush Hogan knows that “there will be some very high competition in the ISL,” but he and the other rookies are eager to prove themselves and bring back to life the Milton Lacrosse program that seemed to be dormant last season. This season will hopefully be a successful one for the Boys’ Lacrosse team.
By Nathaniel Deacon
Boys’ and Girls’ Track
Coming off top-5 performances in the ISL championships last season, both the Boys’ and Girls’ track teams, led by veteran head coaches Matt Simonson for the boys and Scott Huntoon for the girls, are looking to duplicate their successes this year. When asked about the upcoming season, Coach Simonson said he aims for athletes “to move out of their comfort zones and try new events.” Working with these experienced coaches are the teams’ four talented captains, Sean Sylva (I), Bobby Gilmore (II), Victoria White (I) and Amanda “Bruce” Pasko (I), who will help propel the team to a strong season. Track star Chris Lewis (II) noted that “many of the team’s eighty members are new this year,” but nevertheless believes that “the team is destined for success.” The team has their work cut out for them, with meets against powerhouses Belmont Hill and Roxbury Latin early on. As the season progresses, make sure to drop by the track on Saturday afternoons to watch these teams run, jump and throw.
By Chris Bucci
The Girls’ Tennis team has dominated the courts over the past couple of years and plans on building upon their success this upcoming spring. With the majority of their squad returning this year, the team has one goal on their mind: to repeat as ISL champions. Fortunately, five seniors and one sophomore have returned this season, losing only two teammates from last season. Maddie Dewire (III), Abby Lebovitz (I), and Ilve Bayturk (I), the top three on the ladder and All-ISL players last year, look to keep this winning attitude and welcome two or three new, strong players.
Above all, this team is a close-knit bunch, always enjoying their time on the courts behind Wolcott House on any given afternoon. When asked why their team is so close, Lebovitz, one of three captains, responded, “We are a really small, supportive group. Even though it’s an individual sport on the court, we make every match into a team event.” Kendall Hall (I) added jokingly, “Tennis is a good way to let out my anger and I like hitting things. It’s not good to hit people, so tennis is a great way to let that all out while also getting a tan.” Hopefully, the girls will bring home another ISL championship for the ‘Stangs and perhaps even a New England championship.
By Jack Urquhart
This year’s Co-Ed Golf team could be the team to beat in the 2014 spring season. Last season, after finishing 3rd in the ISL, the golf team lost two very important members of the team, Mike McGee (‘13) and Duncan Bowden (‘13), who held the 1st and 4th seeds on the team respectively. However, captain Sam Procter (I) has quite the optimistic outlook on the season to come, saying that he “expects the team to finish even higher this year,” possibly finishing first or second in the ISL. Big seasons are expected from many of the team’s veterans, including Neil Chandra (I), Emma Martin (II), and Matt Chea (II). This year’s team could also feature new talent in the form of Cameron O’Connell (III), Mateen Tabatabaei (IV), and Austin Vyas (IV). Procter said that “in earlier years most of the support came from the top 3 or 4 of the top 7 seeds, but last year, the team also got a lot of support from the bottom part of the ladder.” Until the snow is cleared from the Milton Hoosic Club after spring break, the team will be practicing at McGolf driving range in Dedham and setting up nets in the squash courts. Belmont Hill, the golf powerhouse of the ISL and its champs two years running, is, according to Procter, “beatable” this year. Neil Chandra, another senior on the team, said that “Milton golf is the best I can ever remember.” Milton will go head to head with Belmont Hill for their first match of the season this year after spring break. It’s safe to say that big things could be coming from the golf team this year.
By Jeremy Gross
The 2014 season promises to be very successful for the Girls’ Lacrosse team. Last year, the girls ended a tough season with a record of 4-13-1, as the team was riddled with many injuries. This year, however, the team has 14 returning players and is well-positioned for the season. One of four captains, Kat Fearey (I) has high hopes, saying, “All of the returners have a pretty good feel for each other and how we play together.” Together, with Kat, the other eight returning seniors are ready to hold major leadership roles in the team.
A new addition to the team is assistant coach Hillary McNamara, who went to Milton (Class of 2009) and played lacrosse and ice hockey all four of her years at Trinity College. Head Coach Anne Quigley is excited for the season and emphasized that this year’s team has “the talent and leadership to be among the top in the ISL, but will need to work hard to put all the pieces together to make that happen.” With determination and hard work, the Girls’ Lacrosse team will undoubtedly have a fantastic 2014 season.
By Caroline McCammond
The Milton Academy Boys’ Varsity Tennis team is poised to return to the upper echelon of the ISL this spring season. Since 2004, this team has had three undefeated seasons that earned them league championships and has had two other seasons with only one loss. This year, the team will be led by captains Alex Lee (I) and Andy Hahm (II), two Milton Tennis veterans. In addition, the team acquired two high profile players, luring Bart Panarese (I) and Christopher McDonough (I) to come sport the orange and blue of the Mustangs. Since these two have spent previous spring seasons playing competitively out of school, they will undoubtedly have a positive impact at the top two seeds and could decide where the Mustang’s season will go this spring. Both look to lend their skills and give the ‘Stangs newfound swagger and confidence. The team will have to go through a rigorous schedule to earn the ISL title, however. Teams such as Roxbury Latin, Belmont Hill, and St. George’s stand in their way of making the 2014 a season for Milton Academy to remember.
By Anthony Scurto
After finishing second place at last year’s National Invitational Team Race, the Milton Sailing team is ready to continue their success this spring. In an offseason filled with transitions, the team has acquired a new coach, Colin Smith, and two new starting skippers. Twin brothers Henry and Eli Burnes (IV), who have competed in junior events worldwide, will be a major factor in the team’s success this year. Captain Shira Golub (I) is very excited about the new talent, remarking, “We’ve done some work in the off-season and the team chemistry is excellent.” To get the freshmen acquainted with the team strategy, Milton sailors competed in two events over the summer. The first event was the CJ Buckley regatta, which did not go as well as the team hoped. Skipper Nick DiGiovanni (II) said, “We didn’t sail to our potential, but it was a good learning experience and a great way to get to know each other.” A few weeks later, the team attended Harvard’s team racing clinic. The Milton sailors sharpened their boat-handling skills and learned more about team racing strategy. Over spring break, the group will take a trip to Miami to do some more work before the regular season. With both experience and youth on their side, these Mustangs have their eyes set on an auspicious season.
By James Maguire
Led by captains Drew Blake (I), Drew Jacobs (I), and Michael Davis (I), the Boys’ Baseball team is gearing up to kick off its annual spring training tournament in Florida. After finishing in eighth place in the league with an overall record of 9-9 last year, the boys hope to surprise and contend for the ISL title this season. Drew Jacobs said, “We’re going to have a good team. We had a disappointing season last year, but everybody’s fired up and excited. We’re going to challenge for the ISL title.” The team plans to dominate in the field, and the team’s veterans will be key players in this upcoming season on the mound with returning pitchers Mike Davis (I), Erik Mohl (II), Gibson Dintersmith (II), and Ryan Allen (III), and at plate with impressive seniors such as Blake and Davis. Jared Turner (II), however, notes that the team will have to adjust, after losing one of their pitching coaches, Coach Dowdy. Nonetheless, this year’s three captains are excited to fight for an ISL title and make the most of their final season at Milton. Davis said, “If we keep working hard and go in with the right mentality, we can do something special.”
By Andrew Godwin
Led by captains Kayla Jiang (I) and Jamie Murray (II), the Milton Softball team is sharply focused on a successful season. Last season the team achieved considerable success, with a record of 9-4, highlighted with some big wins over Dana Hall and Winsor; however, their young squad of yesteryear struggled against more experienced opponents. Over spring break, the team will train in Florida to gel and mature as a group of players. The team, as always, should again have a solid and consistent season, but unfortunately they lost some strong senior leaders. Emmie Atwood (I) stated, “It should be interesting to see who steps up to fill the spots of last years seniors.” She also explained, “In general, softball is about confidence and is a mental game. If the team is able to get into the right state of mind they should be able to pull out some big wins.” Softball fans should look forward to an exciting and successful season.
By Abby Lebovitz
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