The Lady Knights traveled to Williston Northampton Wednesday and ran onto the field with a fiery spirit to push themselves and work as a team to prove what they are made of.vBy changing to a flat 5 defense, the Knights were able to hold a frustrated Williston offense to zero goals in the first half. Communication and aggressiveness to win balls improved throughout the game as the ladies were first in 50/50 situations and pressured Williston players, forcing turnovers. Halfway through the second half Williston scored an unfortunate goal, but that did not deter the Knights as they continued to push up the field and create a few opportunities on the Williston half of the field. The game ball went to Shay Cashman ‘23, who made over 20 saves, and Ari Howell ‘22, who played great on defense. Well done ladies! Come out and support the Lady Knights on Saturday at 2:15 against Pomfret.
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The Knights had a strong win over Bancroft on Wednesday. Bancroft defended their home field throughout the first half, frustrating the Knights and holding the team to 0-0 at half time. The Knights came out with passion in the second half, scoring a dizzying four goals in the opening twelve minutes. Ben Laconto, '20, opened up the scoreline after receiving a cross from Xander Cook, '21, and tapping the ball in. John Vigliotti, '21, created the second chance when he fired a shot at the goalkeeper, which was blocked and then tapped in by Ethan Gosper, '20, for the second goal of the match. Gosper would get a second goal minutes later off of a free kick. Vigliotti would get a goal from his position after Dan Twohig, '22, sent the ball through the back line. The Knights made positional changes which allowed two Knights--Emilio Correa, '22, and Connor Murray, '20,--to get their first career goals. TJ Kennison, '21, assisted both goals. Ryan Martin, '20, had two saves and kept his first clean sheet of the season. Lucas Yash, '20, Ryan Barnwell, '20, Colby Pion, '20, and James Alves, 22, all played strong defense and worked hard to protect the keeper. Overall it was the tale of two halves - a weak first half and a stunning second half. The Knights look forward to hosting Greens Farms on Saturday.
The JV Golden Knights faced a tough battle against Pomfret. The first game got off to a slow start with both teams working really hard for each point. Pomfret were able to gain an advantage midway through the first set that the Knights were unable to answer, and they fell 25-17 in the first.
The second set got off to a good start with freshman Danielle Dorian opening up the game with some impressive serving. Pomfret remained poised and were able to counter the Knights' serves with some quick returns which resulted in them gaining a small lead. The Golden Knights refused to let up and battled hard to stay in the game. Some great serves by sophomore Olivia Sczuroski closed the scoring gap for the Knights as the set neared its end, but Pomfret proved to be the better team on the day, as they finished the day with another 25-17 win over the Knights, to gain a 2-0 win over Marianapolis. The Knights look to regroup and will be fighting to protect their home court on Saturday against Middlesex.
The Marianapolis varsity field hockey hosted their first game of the season against Worcester Academy. The team was ready to take the field at the first whistle. The left side of the field consisting of senior Andie Lee, freshman Emma Raps, and junior Jasmine Creighton played a very strong game working well together to move the ball up the field. Defense, which consisted of junior Maya Benway, senior Serena Godin, junior Sophia Elustondo, and Lee, played a strong first and second half. Junior goalkeeper Lily Givner had a great season opener with strong saves. Benway had the first goal of the season. The Knights have a lot to work on and are ready to gear up for the second game. The Knights put forth a tremendous effort in their first game and showed that they have great potential. Their next game is on Thursday at home against Pomfret School.
Today the Marianapolis Boys Thirds Soccer squad faced off against local rivals, Pomfret School. Tyler Whitely '23, Dominic Capalbo '23, and Joe DiPietro '23 all gave 100% to help provide some relief for our roster. Capalbo helped fill in at the net for the first half putting forth a valiant effort. On the defensive end, Conner McLeod '21, Nick Buoniconti '20, and Matthew Tomasino '22 played especially physical soccer while remaining patient and helping provide a delay for our midfield to mobilize support. Tim Hall '22 made the switch into the goal for the second half and impressed us all with his agility and his seamless transition of on-field tenacity to the new position. John Barnwell '23 and Charlie Shamback '22 controlled our midfield with some excellent passing and ball control. Unfortunately today we could not finish despite many excellent attempts. In the coming days we plan on working to increase our speed of play, focus on better positioning and spacing, and taking more shots more quickly. Coach Buoniconti and Coach Smith are feeling very optimistic and are looking forward to a 2 game week next week to bounce back and grab some W’s.
Marianapolis fell to Pomfret on the road in four sets after a roaring comeback in the third.
Set one saw a disoriented Knights squad. With service points from A. Boria '21 and captain. J. Golden' 20, the team pushed the set to 15, but a sequence of errors held them back.
Senior captain C. Gardiner was the fuel for set two's fire, with 14 hits and a series of six loud service points that pulled the Knights into the lead at the halfway point of the set. The defense struggled to fend off a jump serve response from Pomfret, and the Knights lost 25-22.
C. King '21 and Golden were assets from the service line in set three, adding a combined 11 points including King's game-winner. Captain M. Wall '20 was hustling to set all five hitters, while M. Walsh '20 was an infusion of energy and ball control. The Knights seized set three 26-24.
The rhythm was off in the closing set. Though Wall started the team out strong behind the line, MPrep let the Pomfret servers post a few too many in a row early, and momentum shifted. 25-11 was the last set score for the afternoon.
The Knights will look to rally back on Saturday with a home contest vs. Middlesex. Go Knights!
Girl's varsity soccer had a tough game against a talented St. Mark’s team Monday, with a final score of 6-0. With St. Mark’s striking early in the first half, the Golden Knights were forced to play a very defensive game. Goalies Shay Cashman ‘23 and Colleen Murphy ‘23 played a crucial role in net and both made some great saves. Significant improvements were made in the second half, as they adjusted to move the ball better and came out with a few good offensive opportunities. Accolades go to Maya Summiel, ‘22, for being one of the toughest players of the game, giving it her all even though she played in multiple positions, and to Sydney Kennison, ‘20, for not only being such a positive influence and role model for the team, but also playing some amazing defense. Their next game is on Wednesday at Williston Northampton. Go Knights!