Fall Sports Look Forward to a Successful Season
by Nia Atkins on Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Fall at Milton brings many new things. Particularly exciting is the beginning of a new season of fall sports, which kick off the new school year with a bang. Whether you play them at the freshman, junior varsity, or varsity levels, or you just like to watch, fall sports can be engaging for everyone. Let’s remind ourselves of last fall’s athletic season and take a look at what’s in store.
One of the most anticipated sports of the fall is football. The varsity team finished third in the ISL last year. Starting wide receiver Freddy Okito (II) says, “last year the season started off a little slow, but then we started to build more chemistry.” Although the team lost some key seniors from last year, such as current Notre Dame kicker Justin Yoon, they have gained a lot of talent. Freddy also added, “the chemistry this year is a lot better, and I honestly think we can win it all. I think it’s going to be a fun year.” The Milton community will surely have fun watching as well.
Girls’ cross-country also had a great season last year, placing fourth out of thirteen in the ISL championships and eleventh in the New England championships. According to captain Caroline Ward (I), they graduated “a large and strong group of seniors, including the record breaking Josie Wilson.” However, Caroline is confident in this year’s team, adding that junior Minnie Stavis “has consistently placed in the top of the ISL” and is one of their strongest runners. Overall, Caroline believes that the cross-country team’s season is going to depend on how the new members of the team perform. With the incredible turnout of new members, all of Milton should be excited to see what is in store for this talented and capable team.
Similarly, boys cross country had a terrific last season as well, going undefeated until facing Nobles and placing relatively well in ISLs. Although they are without star runner Connor James (’15), team member Tyler Piazza (II) has high hopes for this season. “What was interesting, is that last year Connor [James] was so far ahead of everyone, but this year there are so many really good seniors and a few juniors who are really good and close enough together that I think we’ll do well.” The future of boys’ cross country this season is looking bright.
Other hopeful teams include girls’ field hockey, who placed fourth in the ISL last season. They graduated six seniors and gained eight new players this year. Avery Park, a senior on the team, believes that the team this year is strong. Avery says, “last year we played a lot of home games which were to our advantage, as we are the only ISL team that has grass.” She continued, “this year we have a lot of away games, and though this might present some challenges, I think we’ll do really well.” Although they’ll often be away, hopefully the support of the Milton community will stick with the field hockey team no matter where they go.
Another exciting team to look out for this fall is the girls’ varsity soccer team. According to assistant coach Jamie LaRochelle, in terms of record last season they were “middle of the pack in the ISL, but their record against class A schools was very good.” Mr. LaRochelle said his expectations for this season are very high, despite graduating major contributors Nikki Young, Michaela Brickley, and Jen Pema. This season the team had fifteen returning players out of a team of eighteen and also acquired some new freshman talent as well as impactful players from the JV team last year. Overall, Coach Larochelle has high hopes for the team’s season and the rest of Milton should as well.
Boys’ soccer also will be exciting to watch this year. Last season, the team had fourteen wins, zero losses, and four ties and came in second in the ISL and made it to New England semifinals. The team graduated eight seniors last year, but luckily, they have eighteen returning players, including 12 seniors. Head coach Chris Kane expects that this season “the guys should have a sense of continuity because of all of the returning players.” Coach Kane added that he “hopes and expects that they build on the foundation of what was a very close knit team [last year],” and that “hard work will translate to a good season.” With a couple of impressive wins already in the bag, the season is off to a great start.
Last season, the girls’ varsity volleyball team won the ISL championship. Led by captains Marina Fleites (‘15) and Elly Vaughan (I), the volleyball team had a stellar season, which included beating Nobles at home on Nobles Day. After a season like the last, what could be next? Although five players graduated last year, this newer and younger team is full of potential. Although the team is extremely different from last year, the effort and the goal is still the same. With more practice and familiarity with each other, this team can aspire to do what last year’s team did and even more!
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