Athletics & Afternoon Activities
Whether you are an athlete or have a passion for the stage, there is an afternoon activity for you. All students participate in two seasons of an afternoon activity each year. For a complete list of athletic opportunities and schedules, click here.
In its innaugural season as a sport at Marianapolis, the Badminton team will practice their skills of the ancient game and play in tournaments as the season progresses.
The 2016 varsity baseball team will be led by junior co-captain Dalton Bodreau and senior co-captain Kevin Tata. Third-year starter Bodreau will return to shortstop and assume the role as the Knights ace on the mound. Tata, a four-year member, brings tremendous speed and leadership to the outfield.
As runners up in the SENE Tournament in 2015, Knights head coach Bill Monaco feels very confident that the 2016 young squad has potentially all the right ingredients to make a strong bid to return as one of the top teams within the league.
The Knights will be traveling to Florida in March 2016, for their second year of spring training.
Boys' Basketball (V, JV, III) - After compiling a record of (47-37) in Class AA, the Golden Knights boys' varsity basketball team will relocate to their enrollment class, Class B, for the first time since 2009-2010. Before the 2010 NEPSAC basketball realignment occurred, the Knights had been to four straight Class B Championship games. The team will look to build around four returning seniors: Dominique Senat, Sebastian Ntansah, Tyler Lefebvre and Kevin Tata and returning sophomore Tyler Burton. The Knights have brought in a group of both experience and youth adding post-graduates Johnny Hatem and Chris Burkley, senior Andrew Ford, juniors Marley Blommers, Aurdric Sandoval and Joe Del Ricci, and freshmen Jared Ullstrom and Dylan Celona. The Knights hope to have a competitive season in its quest for a berth in the NEPSAC Class B post-season tournament.
Girls' Basketball (V, JV) - Marianapolis girls' varsity basketball will look to improve on their Class A quarterfinal tournament loss from last year. Marianapolis is excited about the return of key players including senior captain and New Hampshire commit Caroline Soucy, senior captain Samantha Ellis along with juniors Nicole Anderson, Jordan Frye and sophomore Emily Sheridan. The squad is also anxious to greet the new promising talent that be joining the team this season. We will be an up tempo team that looks to run in transition. Defense will be our cornerstone and we will look to that to create transition offense. Marianapolis will again build a competitive schedule comprising of the last season’s Class A and Class B highest teams.
Marianapolis crew will open its third year of competition in September. The young program will look towards a strong senior class for leadership, while hopefully building some novice depth to bolster the team in the years to come. We are especially excited to have Marianapolis’s first rowing captains, Bennet Sage for the boys’ crew and Sage Latour for the girls’ crew, provide some guidance and motivation for their teammates.
In the fall, the crew will travel to The Head of the Merrimack Regatta, The Textile River Regatta and The Head of the Fish Regatta, among other events. The rowing Knights will square off against some strong competition and hopefully continue to assert their presence in the New England rowing community.
The fall season will help build the grit and fitness necessary for the more competitive and faster-paced spring season, where we will face off against crews from Bancroft, Lincoln, Canterbury, Pomfret and other area schools. The spring also sees our two home competitions of the year, against Thayer Academy and Rumsey Hall School, which provide an exciting opportunity for the crew to showcase all their hard work over the school year.
The girls’ crew will benefit from the depth provided by a core of strong returning rowers, including Simone Fournier, Suzanne Ellis, Grace Rett and Doreen Reagan. Marianapolis crew is poised to have its strongest year of competition, and we will be looking not only for competitive races but some victories out on the water, especially in the spring.
The boys’ crew will be supported by the strength of 3-seat Patryk Kalinowski and led by the seasoned coxswain Deanna Rapp. Marianapolis crew is poised to have its strongest year of competition, and we will be looking not only for competitive races but some victories out on the water, especially in the spring.
The Marianapolis boys’ cross country team looks to build off of a successful 2014 campaign. The Golden Knights ran their way to a second place finish in the SENE, their top finish since 2010 and finished 13th overall in the New England Division IV Championships. Leading the team are returning senior captain Alex Murphy and first-year senior captain Joshua Eilerman, who fills in the spot of the departed captain Justin Kunkel. Murphy and Eilerman worked hard over the summer to get into great running shape for the season and encouraged the rest of the team to do the same.
This year's girls' cross country team is headed by senior captain Samantha Ellis, and will also see leadership from sophomore Emily Maguire. Having lost four graduating members of our team, this year the team will be small but will have an excellent opportunity for individualized training. We are hoping for success at both an individual and a team level!
Boys' lacrosse: The Marianapolis Golden Knights are primed for a breakout year after an up-and-down season last spring. The Knights look to make the SENE playoffs for the first time in school history after falling short in two "win and in" games last year. Although five seniors graduated last spring, the Knights have plenty veteran talent and leadership. Seniors Gordon Ellis, Cory Pacheco and Timothy Saucier captain a team that combines their and other's veteran experience and leadership with talent from younger players such as sophomore Cole McKinstry. The Knights have learned from last years successes and disappointments and are eager to start what should be a successful year for Marianapolis lacrosse.
Girls' lacrosse: With a solid, core group of players returning, and the hope for many new prospects, the team is anticipating the same spirited season as last year.
We are excited to see what seniors Marie Thibodeau, Kellyn Snow and Francesca Lupini can do as captains this season. With the steadfast and consistent play of Thibodeau and Snow on offense and the tenacity and speed of Lupini on defense, their leadership is sure to inspire an epic season.
The Knights will strive for two major goals this season: to unseat St Andrews as SENE Champions and to qualify for the NEPSAC tournament. A combination of strong leadership, impassioned camaraderie, discipline and hard work, with a touch of true grit and a bit of luck will surely make for, if anything, one memorable season. We will look to do achieve our very best and will remain sportsmanlike and determined throughout the 2015 season.
Girls' Soccer (V, JV): After having a very successful 2014 season, the girls’ varsity soccer program is looking forward to the 2015 season. With some new additions to the schedule this year, the talents of this group of young ladies will certainly be tested. Yet under the leadership of senior captains Caroline Soucy, Francesca Lupini and junior captain Taylor Pacheco, and with the return of 13 players from last year’s team, hopes are high that the program will continue to be successful.
Additionally, coaches Esad Darman and Kellie Ryan will be returning for their third season together and are very excited about the growth and strength of the program. There is no doubt the past two seasons have put this team on the map, and we hope to return to the postseason tournament again this year!
We learn through and from adversity, and certainly the Marianapolis Golden Knights softball squad experienced much during the 2015 season. A surprising down season this past spring has the Knights refocused and ready to get back on the field as quickly as possible. To that end, the team is ecstatic to be traveling to Orlando, Florida and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex for Spring Training in March of next year. While losing two senior leaders will be difficult, that the team returns seven starters and much depth provides confidence the program will return to the heights it has reached the prior four seasons.
Leading this recharge will be senior captains Madison Snyder and Megan Tarantino. Snyder is returning to her role as captain and take up her middle infield post. Tarantino will be behind the plate and calling games for the team’s two returning pitchers--sophomores Danielle Mahlert and Gwen Gould. Around the diamond, returning infielders include senior Lydia Tourtelotte, junior Taylor Pacheco whose powerful bat will anchor the lineup, juniors Madison Boudreau and Olivia Gould and versatile sophomores Emma Sarantopolous and Isabelle Boria.
Patrolling the outfield will be seniors Christina Doherty and Samantha Ellis, junior Jordan Buell and sophomore Alyssa Caputo. In addition to all of these returning players, the program will welcome in numerous varsity-ready freshmen looking to contribute immediately.
As always, the schedule will be an excellent challenge and preparation for New England tournament play. Opponents will include two-time defending Class A champion Westminster, Loomis Chaffee, Suffield Academy, local rival Pomfret School, Class B champion Ethel Walker, Class C power Cheshire Academy, Wilbraham & Monson, Kingswood Oxford and more.
The team is thrilled to get on the field in Florida to get ready for the season!
Boys' Tennis: The Marianapolis boys' varsity tennis team looks to build upon the momentum they created at the end of last season. Although they finished with an overall record of 6-10, the Golden Knights finished with a flourish by winning the last four matches. Co-captains junior Fangzhou Liu and senior Zhangyuan Gao headline a talented group of players. In addition, rising stars junior Zeilang Hu and sophomore Chengtao Song are sure to continue their upward trajectory. Senior Yu Zhou Wu will have a greater opportunity to display his improving skills. Newcomers like junior Owen O'Connell should also add to the mix. Everybody is looking forward to getting out on the courts in late March!
Girls' Tennis: Led by Keith O'Hara and Assistant Coach Kellie Ryan, the girls will look for a repeat trip to the New Englands in 2016.
With 2nd place finishes in the SENE league for both the girls' and boys' teams in 2015, Marianapolis track and field is excited to return to competition this year. Captained enthusiastically by junior Mariah Aubin, and seniors Alex Murphy and Joshua Eilerman, both squads are marked by depth and personality. We look forward to celebrating athletes, from those mastering events to those seeking to be among the best in New England, for their common bond: the drive to improve and surpass what once had been their best. More than any statistic, score, or individual athlete’s past achievement, the promise of this singular focus and the mutual support it fosters, is the best way to preview the season to come.
It must be noted that this spring season will be unlike any in Marianapolis’ history in that we will have a track on campus. The athletes are so excited to watch as, day by day, the project moves towards completion. In their mind’s eye, they can see themselves completing reps on straightaways or practicing their jumping form on runways yet to be constructed. Soon, the din of heavy machinery will be replaced by the roar of the crowd as friends and family cheer Knights through the finish line and to PRs throwing, jumping and running.
The returning Golden Knights--Kathryn Fontaine, Doreen Reagan, Izabella Dinoia, Marie Thibodeau and Emma Sarantopolous--along with their new teammates are primed to work hard and continue the success Marianapolis volleyball has strung together in the recent past.
Clubs & Organizations
At Marianapolis, students are encouraged to explore their interests outside of the classroom. Students have the opportunity to choose from over 30 clubs and organizations, and if an interest isn't represented already, students can create their own club. From academics, to sports, to baking and knitting, there is something for everyone.