It’s a great time to be a Bulldog! This Spring 2015 season had some “thrilling victories” and a few “agonizing defeats” but definitely no dull moments, as D-E history was made in not one but several cases. Here are highlights from both the Middle and Upper School athletics programs.
Middle School Sports Overview
Contributed by C. Christian Schmid, D-E Middle School Athletics and Physical Education Director
The level of participation in the Middle School athletic program continues to be remarkable! More than 50% of our students were engaged with one of the six teams offered this Spring 2015 season.The fields and courts of play were hubs of activity for well over eight weeks, and to varying degrees, all teams experienced success both on the personal and team basis.
In Track and Field, Hannah Brown ’19 established new records for the Girls 800, 55 hurdles and 100 hurdles. Jessie Law ’21 now holds second place in the record books for the Girls 1600, as does Paulina Chartouni ’20 for the Girls 200.
Finishing 9-2-0, the Girls Middle School Softball was led by pitcher Chloe Levi ‘19, who average four strikeouts per game. Jayna Waldman ’19 and Ryan Rodgers ’19 led the offense and defense, while Marion Kemelman ‘19 steadfastly protected the plate at the catcher’s position.
After a slow start to the season, the Bulldogs Middle School Baseball team won 3 out of their last 5 games to finish their year strong. The last game of the season finished in dramatic fashion as they posted a “come-from-behind” victory with two outs in the bottom of the last inning. Jason Gordon ’19 finished with a .409 batting average followed by Ethan Brochin ‘21 (.385), Conor Tierney ‘19 (.333), Ben Zhu ‘19 (.316) and Jake Lagana ‘20 (.304). Jason Gordon ‘19 also led the team by tossing two no-hit games this season. Shout-outs for stellar plays also go to Amaan Mahadeven ’19 and Max Modell ’20.
Our Boys Tennis team finished the season with a 5-4 winning record. With each passing match, the boys displayed more grit and became more focused as they honed their strategies and skills!
Our Boys Lacrosse team, with leadership from three-year members Michael Kuske ’19 (2nd leading scorer) and Simon Model ’19 (goalie), had a 3-5-1 record. The Bulldogs achieved key wins against long time rivals Elisabeth Morrow School and Montclair Kimberly Academy. Other highlights include stellar play from 7th graders Jonny Leibowitz ‘20 (leading scorer) and Ryan Katiraei ‘20, and sixth graders Paul Philliou ‘21 (Defense) and Justin Abramowitz ’21 (Midfield).
Under the guidance of Coach Garcia and Coach Franco, the Girls Lacrosse team finished with a record of 7-2-1. Scoring leaders were Linda Chen ‘19 and Chloe Levi ’19. The defense was anchored by Ashley Chang ’19 and goalkeeper Phoebe Snyder ’19.
Upper School Sports Overview
Contributed by Eli Goldberger, D-E Athletics Director
This spring was another fantastic season for the Bulldogs! It’s not an exaggeration to claim that the 2014-2015 campaign was the most successful D-E sports year in history!
Our Boys Tennis team again reigned supreme in Bergen County! The Bulldogs won both the league title and the County title and were named North Jersey Team of the Year! The team advanced to the State Sectional final where they were defeated by the #1 team in the State: Newark Academy. For the first time in school history the boys had a singles player (Daniel Nuzhny ’18) and a doubles team (Martin Schecter ’16 and Zach Canelos ’15) advance to the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA individual singles and doubles tournaments.
The Varsity Boys Lacrosse team admittedly had a slow start, losing three tough games to start the season. However, as the season wore on our Bulldogs bounced back by winning their last five regular season games to finish the regular season at .500. The highlight of the season was when we soundly defeated Pascack Hills’ Cowboys at home after losing to the same team a few days earlier in the Bergen County Tournament.
The Varsity Baseball team finished the season 13-10 overall and advanced to the Second Round of the State Tournament. The ‘Dogs were led by First Team All League performer Dallas Devlin ’16, who recorded his 100th hit of his career, freshman standout Lachlan Charles ‘18 in Center Field and Designated Hitter Chris Anton ’16 who was named Second Team All League. Other notable performers were Pitcher and Second Baseman Corey Klein ’15, Right Fielder Dan Reiff ’15, Catcher Joseph Saffioti ’16, and Shortstop Michael Guerriero ’17.
The Girls Lacrosse team showed considerable improvement this season. Our Lady Bulldogs won 5 of their last 9 contests, including a thrilling and very satisfying 16-15 decision over Fieldston. The team was led by standout Stella Mayer ’15 who, although it was only her first season playing lacrosse, was named First Team All League. Also contributing to the success of the team were Captain and All League Goalie Stasia Kuske ’15, Katie Park ’16 and Regan Contrucci ’17.
Our Track & Field team took our breath away on more than one occasion. Of special note was our 4×100 Girls Relay team, which won a state group title in Egg Harbor – a first for D-E School. Here’s to Elise Simon ’17, Sally Hwang ’18), Miranda Duster ’15, and Shereen Al-Sawwaf ’15, for an incredible run, literally!
The Plastic Bulldogs (aka D-E Varsity Ultimate) had an amazing year in only their second season as a varsity sport! The team finished the year with a 20-5 record and advanced to the State quarterfinals of the Division 1 State Tournament!
The Golf team, led by first year Head Coach and D-E alumna Emily Linn ’08, had a fine season. The Bulldogs finished 11-4 and placed second in the league. The team was led by Matthew Lee ’17 who was named First Team All League. Also receiving All League honors were Brandon Hahn ’18 and Amil Prajapati ’16 who were both named Second Team All League.
Finally, our Softball squad went 4-16 under first year Coach Juan Gomez. Although the team didn’t win as many games as they would have hoped, they did show steady improvement as the season progressed. The team had three players named Second Team All League: catcher Isabel Guerriero ’15, pitcher Heather-Rae Goldfarb ’16, and outfielder Olivia D’Alessandro ‘15.
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