The spring of 2014 has brought much success to our spring teams here at Thayer Academy. At the varsity level, the combined ISL record of the baseball, softball, golf, tennis, lacrosse, and track teams is 86-33 thus far, giving the Tigers a .723 winning percentage!
The varsity baseball team is enjoying an outstanding season. The squad is currently 10-2 in ISL play (2nd place) and 12-4 overall. The Tigers have put up big numbers offensively, hitting .331 as a team. Leading the charge are Kyle Peterson (.486), Tom Clarkson (.426, 15 RBI), and Nick Falkson (.423, 18 RBI). In addition, Christopher DeGiacomo has been productive at the plate with 18 RBI. DeVon King has been an effective leadoff hitter, hitting .400 with a .491 OBP. Second baseman Casey Carreau has shown some power (four triples) and speed. Defensively, the Tigers have been stellar. Outfielders King, Clarkson, Peterson and Nic Panasci cover lots of ground, limiting opponents' chances. The infield of 3rd baseman Falkson, shortstop PJ McDonald, Carreau and DeGiacomo has played nearly flawlessly in support of the Tiger pitching staff. On the mound, Ryan Murray and Tom Clarkson (1.88 ERA) are both 3-1, and Nolan Murray is 1-0 with only 2 earned runs in 12 and 1/3 innings. Reliever Joe DiVico has given up just one earned run in 17 and 1/3 innings.
It has been a battle for the varsity softball team this year. The team is 4-6 in the ISL, 5-7 overall, and looking to improve with just 3 games remaining. The offense is dominated by Kathleen Fowkes, Maddie Dickson, and Chaislyn Burgio. Fowkes made history on May 8th by hitting the first ever out-of-the-park homerun at Thayer’s home field. The defense has had strong performances from Fowkes (catcher/ 1B), Dickson (shortstop), Burgio (centerfield), and Bridget McGrail (leftfield). Additionally, with senior pitcher Jess Saluti out injured, freshman Elizabeth Tangney has stepped up and has been superb in the pitcher’s circle.
The Thayer Golf team started the season with a great trip to Florida for some early season practice. They have a strong team with the addition of Mr. Rick Coan joining the coaching staff with veterans Coach Gibson and Coach Flynn. The team suffered a little due to injury and outside conflicts in the beginning of the season, but was able to rally together and has had an excellent season. They are looking forward to a strong showing in the end of the year Kingman tournament.
After a slow start and tough schedule in the first half of the season, the girls’ tennis team has a solid 8-3 record heading into the home stretch, with 2 matches left and the hopefulness of capturing 3rd place in the ISL. Sasa Jovanovic, last year’s league MVP, has had a solid season, only losing one match. Senior Caroline Finnegan, who will be playing at Skidmore College next year, has lost only one set in her strong season. The girls have a young and promising team and look forward to the seasons that come.
The girls' lacrosse team has had a lot of success on the athletic field this spring. The team's 10-3 (8-2 ISL) record has been earned by a group of 21 gritty players who compete tirelessly at practice every day. The attack is led by senior Shannon McGowan and junior Carlyn Nolen who have organized the team's high-paced level of play. Their strong mid-field is made up of 3 power houses: senior Madison Barker and juniors Ivy Arlia and Meg Nolen. Madison's specialty is winning the draw, and that in combination with Ivy and Meg's speed and endurance has made our team a force to be reckoned with. The defense is made up by seniors Mikayla McGrath, Gigi Packard and Daintry Calnan, junior Jenny Parent, and sophomores Calley Sullivan and Colby Hoffman. The defense's lead-by-example philosophy and hard work have allowed them to groom strong upcoming players to sustain the future of our program. The senior and junior classes have had a big impact on the program as five upperclassmen will pursue lacrosse at the Division I level. The girls are hoping to finish the season strong -- they play Governor's as their last home game this Saturday at 2:30.
The boys’ lacrosse team is forging ahead with only one loss and four ISL games to go. With a record of 12-1 in the ISL, the boys have put themselves in the running for ISL champions. The season has been highlighted by Harry Giarrusso, who recently broke the school record for single season scoring, which was set by brother and 2012 Thayer graduate, Tim Giarrusso. Harry, who will be attending Middlebury College, is one of three seniors that will be playing college lacrosse next year. The others are goalkeeper Tyler Blaisdell (Princeton) and Shane Rinkus (UMass Amherst). With 8 seniors graduating and the ISL title at stake, incentives are high and the boys hope to finish their season with a strong 15-1 record.
Most recently, the girls and boys track teams made their marks at the ISL Championships this past weekend at Belmont Hill. The boys won their third ISL title (their other titles were in 2001 and 2002). And the girls continued to dominate as they won their 15th straight ISL title. Individual winners for both teams contributed tremendously to the capturing of the ISL titles. These individual winners include the following students: Mary Goulding, Isabelle Dunne, Julia Barron (broke the ISL High Hurdle Record), Kayla Rorke, Jake Marcelino, Jordan Allen (broke the ISL 200m record), and James Ferrera. Also noted are the following relay team winners: girls’ 4x100 relay (Mary Goulding, Emily Barron, Isabelle Dunne, Camille Sery-Ble), girls’ 4x400 relay (Camille Sery-Ble, Isabelle Dunne, Abby Osmanski, Julia Barron), and boys’ 4x100 relay team who broke the Thayer school record (Sean O’Connor, James Ferrera, Alim Ibrahim, Jordan Allen). Congrats to the Thayer track team, MVP runners Julia Barron and Jordan Allen, and Coaches Award recipient Isabelle Dunne!
Also having outstanding seasons are the boys’ tennis team and the crew teams. The boys’ tennis teams is in hopes of finishing the season with a few more wins for retiring coach Peter Neely. The crew team is rowing hard for their graduating seniors, one of whom will be rowing at Holy Cross next year (Ryan Cyr).
With the season’s end right around the corner and just a few games to go, it looks like the tigers will be closing out a historical season and a few first place finishes. Congratulations to all of spring teams on an amazing season!