Upper School Fall Teams Summary

By C. Christian Schmid, Director of Athletics

Girls’ Soccer

The Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team had a great season this year. We had a talented group of returning seniors, including Captains Isabella Patino ’18 and Julietta Thron ’18. They both were influential in the success of the team, demonstrating their leadership at every practice and game. We also had a strong class of freshmen in Sara Roth ’21 and Katelyn Moncion ’21 leading our young but feisty defense. Goalkeepers Mena Tausner ’20 and Ellie Grabow ’20 prevented our opponents from scoring, while Abigail Goodman ’20, Yasmin Watts ’18, and Paulina Quijano ’19 provided the offensive thrust. All the players were big contributors to the season, with almost every starting player having either a goal or an assist. We had several close games that did not go our way, leading us to a 2nd place finish (10-1-1 in the league). We fought in every game and played to be the better team even in the games we did not win. We look forward to a strong season in 2018 with our returning players.

Volleyball

The Volleyball Team had another landmark season. They finished first in the league for the first time in school history. The Leak sisters, Autumn ’19 and Audrey ’20, who combined for more than 500 kills on the season, were a near unstoppable force. Audrey broke two school records: the most kills in a single match (22, versus Secaucus) and most kills in a single season (283). Jayna Waldman ’19 was also impressive, breaking two school records: most assists in a single match (45, versus Harrison) and most assists in a single season (490). Jayna is well on her way to earning her 1,000th assist, a monumental milestone for any volleyball player. She currently has 957 with one season remaining. The girls made it to the second round of the coveted Bergen County Tournament, losing to Ramapo while playing without Jayna. And they made it to the state quarterfinals and lost in a nail-bitter to a strong Donovan Catholic team. Significantly, we graduate only one senior, so we are looking forward to next season already!

Girls’ Tennis

Girls’ Varsity Tennis capped off another successful season in 2017, capturing league and county titles along the way. The team was led by a large senior class, including Captains Maddy Kachikian ’18, Kira Trout ’18, and Emily Katz ’18. At the Bergen County Tournament the team won a fourth consecutive title (small schools division), advancing all five positions to the finals and taking 19 of a possible 20 team points for a second straight season. Marion Kemelman ’19 paired with Sammy Greenberg ’18 to win the county title at second doubles, which was a first for both. After four years on varsity, Emily Katz ’18 won her long-awaited first county title over Leonia’s second singles. Finally Beata Liberchuk ’18 won a dramatic first singles final; after trailing 0-3 in the third set, she reeled off the final six games on her way to the title.

Olivia Greenberg ’19 and Maddy Kachikian ’18 had a banner year at first doubles for the Bulldogs. As a pair they dropped only one match in three sets against a doubles pair from the #1 team in the state, Millburn, during their run to the quarterfinals of the state doubles tournament. They also combined to win the county title at first doubles, which was the third individual title for both in three years. In her final match of the season, Kira Trout ’18 helped the team clinch the league title over rival Leonia as the match result was tied at 2-all and her match became the deciding match. After losing the first set, Kira fought back to win the second set but found herself down 0-4 in the third and deciding set. Yet she never lost her nerve as she clawed back to win that set 7-5 and clinch a dramatic finish past 7:00 p.m. under the lights. This made for a fantastic finish to a great season for Bulldogs girls tennis!

Football

The 2017 season was a very challenging campaign for the Bulldogs. While the gridders did not dent the win column, finishing with a record of 0-6-0, there were many moral victories that displayed the Bulldogs’ “never quit” attitude. The team dealt with much adversity throughout the campaign, as a lower than usual turnout was further thinned by injuries to key players at various times during the season. Seven seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, and eight freshmen composed the roster, which included four-year veterans Lachlan Charles ’18, Lenin “Dom” Fermin ’18, and Thomas Anthony George IV ’18, all co-captains; three-year veterans Ethan Silver ’19 and Naseer Wilson ’19, who was the fourth co-captain; two-year veteran Robert Thea ’20; and first-time player Folajimi Olutiola ’18. Even though the Bulldogs did not record a win, the team was competitive in every game, with each being closer than the final score would indicate. Five Bulldogs earned recognition from the HVFL (Hudson Valley Football League) with First Team slots going to aforementioned seniors Charles, George, and Wilson. Sophomore LeRoy Barr III ’20 earned a Second Team spot and Dom Fermin earned Honorable Mention for his efforts in a season cut short by injury. Highlights of the campaign included a career-high 21 tackles made by Fermin against Newark Academy and a spectacular 102-yard interception return for a TD made by Charles in the rematch with Newark Academy.

Field Hockey

If you could give our Field Hockey Team a nickname this year, it would be the “Overtime Queens.” While we knew that losing our five starting seniors from last year would lead us into a year of rebuilding, it was a pleasant surprise to see how we quickly picked up the pieces and became a team that demonstrated that playing hard, pressuring the ball, sticking to a game plan, and relentless re-defending would make us competitive and a presence in the league. Some memorable moments of the season were in the first 10 games, where we won, tied, or lost by just one goal. We played in seven overtimes this season and also won against Demarest, the Bergen County Champions this year. Goalkeeper Emily Nebens ’19 surpassed the 300-save mark, while Paulina Chartouni ’20 was our leading scorer with three goals and two assists. The season ended on an exhilarating win against Butler, where sophomore Juliette Haas ’20 scored the golden goal in overtime.

Boys’ Soccer

Boys’ Varsity Soccer got off to a blistering start, reeling off three consecutive wins, scoring 18 goals, and conceding just two. This form was not to last however, and we lost the next two games, one at home to Harrison, the perennial powerhouse, and the other to a much-improved Lyndhurst team. Consistency proved hard to find, as this pattern repeated throughout our season. We ended at 10-8 overall and 9-6 in our conference. Five of our losses were by the odd goal. We scored 55 goals this season. Top scorer was Nathan Song ’18, with 15 goals and 5 assists to his credit, picking up first team All-Conference and Team MVP awards along the way. Nathan will indeed be missed next season, as will Ethan Weksler ’18, Ethan Pusch ’18, Jessie Kauderer Abrams ’18, Cameron Dupre ’18, and Brad Skolnik ’18, who all contributed this season, their last as Bulldogs. The future looks bright, however, with a group of promising juniors returning to lead the attack. Big things are expected from Max Asteris ’19, who was second leading scorer this season. The supporting cast includes Jose Sanchez ’19 and Matt Park ’19, both of whom were recognized with second team All-Conference honors, and Tejas Akula ’20 and Patrick Wright ’19 who had very solid performances. We have a young team, but an experienced one, and we can go into next season expecting to advance further in the states than previously.

Girls’ Cross Country

With only three returning athletes to Girls’ Cross Country, we were very concerned that we wouldn’t have a full team. However, two recruits from the soccer program and two new and very dedicated frosh runners enabled us to take seven runners all the way to the end of the season. The runners kept setting personal records with every race, ending the season with their best performances at the state group meet on the challenging Holmdel course.

Boys’ Cross Country

The Boys’ Cross Country Team continued its run of success. Led by Jeremy Bronstein ’19, who turned in the finest season by a D-E cross-country runner in more than 30 years, the boys compiled an 8-1 record in dual meets and finished second in the league championship by one point. For the third straight year, the boys took third place in our highly competitive county group, earning well-deserved medals. The season ended with the team finishing fifth out of 17 teams at the state group meet.


Coaches’ Awards: Fall 2017 Athletes

Cross-Country

Girls’ Cross-Country

  • Most Improved: Zoe Kapur ’21
  • Coaches’ Award: Samantha Lovett ’18
  • Most Valuable Athlete: Sally Hwang ’18

Boys’ Cross-Country

  • Most Improved: Salmaan Syed ’21
  • Coaches’ Award: Lukas McCullough ’20
  • Most Valuable Athlete: Jeremy Bronstein ’19

Field Hockey

Varsity Field Hockey

  • Most Improved: Juliette Haas ’20
  • Coaches’ Award: Ashley Chang Fialko ’19
  • Coaches’ Award: Sarah Geller ’18
  • Most Valuable Player: Dana Sobhy ’18

JV Field Hockey

  • Most Improved: Brielle Bronstein ’21
  • Coaches’ Award: Elise D’Alessandro ’21

Girls’ Soccer

Girls’ Varsity Soccer

  • Most Improved: Yasmin Watt ’18
  • Coaches’ Award: Katelyn Moncion ’21
  • Most Valuable Player: Isabella Patino ’18
  • Most Valuable Player: Julietta Thron ’18

Girls’ JV Soccer

  • Most Improved: Alexa Mitumbili ’21
  • Coaches’ Award: Caroline Yaffa ’20
  • Most Valuable Player: Vanessa Malhame ’19

Volleyball

Varsity Volleyball

  • Most Improved: Alexandra Breslow ’20
  • Most Improved: Angelina Rosario ’20
  • Coaches’ Award: Jayna Waldman ’19
  • Most Valuable Player: Autumn Leak ’19

JV Volleyball

  • Most Improved: Tyler Rodgers ’21
  • Most Improved: Madison Gallagher ’20
  • Coaches’ Award: Elliane Greenberg ’20

Girls’ Tennis

Girls’ Varsity Tennis

  • Most Improved: Isabella Pizzillo ’19
  • Coaches’ Award: Madeleine Kachikian ’18
  • Most Valuable Player: Kira Trout ’18

Girls’ JV Tennis

  • Coaches’ Award: Leila Mosteika ’19
  • Most Valuable Player: Jackie Goldstein ’20
  • Most Valuable Player: Gabriela LoBue ’20

Boys’ Soccer

Boys’ Varsity Soccer

  • Most Improved: Tejas Akula ’19
  • Coaches’ Award: Ethan Pusch ’18
  • Most Valuable Player: Nathan Song ’18

Boys’ JV Soccer

  • Most Improved: Harrison Ruff ’20
  • Coaches’ Award: Simon Model ’19
  • Most Valuable Player: Ronit Daryanani ’20

Boys’ Freshmen Soccer

  • Most Improved: Jack Herman ’21
  • Coaches’ Award: Ethan Obergfoll ’21
  • Coaches’ Award: Rod Mohammadi ’21

Football

Varsity Football

  • Most Improved: LeRoy Barr III ’20
  • Coaches’ Award: Thomas Anthony George IV ’18
  • Most Valuable Player: Naseer Wilson ’18
  • Most Valuable Player: Lachlan Charles ’18

League, County, & State Honors

Cross-Country

Girls’ Cross-Country

League: North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC)

Division: Patriot

  • 2nd Team All-League: Sally Hwang ’18
  • 2nd Team All-League: Samantha Lovett ’18

Boys’ Cross-Country

League: North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC)

Division: Patriot

  • 1st Team All-League: Jeremy Bronstein ’19
  • 1st Team All-League: Caleb Dalgetty ’21
  • 1st Team All-League: David Khym ’19
  • League Honorable Mention: Max Louis ’18
  • League Honorable Mention: Lukas McCullough ’20

Bergen County:

  • 2nd Team All-County: Jeremy Bronstein ’19

Field Hockey

Varsity Field Hockey Record: 2 – 11 – 4

League: Northeast Field Hockey League

Division: II

  • 2nd Team All-League (Offense): Paulina Chartouni ’20
  • League Honorable Mention: Dana Sobhy ’18

Bergen County:

  • Bergen County Honorable Mention: Paulina Chartouni ’20

Volleyball

Varsity Volleyball Record: 18 – 6

League: North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC)

Division: Liberty

  • League Champions: Dwight-Englewood
  • League Coach of the Year: Morgan Withrow (Liberty Division)
  • 1st Team All-League: Autumn Leak ’19
  • 1st Team All-League: Jayna Waldman ’19
  • 2nd Team All-League: Linda Chen ’19
  • League Honorable Mention: Isabella Brown ’21

Bergen County:

  • 1st Team All-County: Audrey Leak ’20
  • 3rd Team All-County: Autumn Leak ’19

Girls’ Soccer

Girls’ Varsity Soccer Record: 13 – 5 – 1

League: North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC)

Division: Liberty

  • 1st Team All-League (Defender): Katelyn Moncion ’21
  • 1st Team All-League (Defender): Julietta Thron ’18
  • 1st Team All-League (Midfielder): Isabella Patino ’18
  • 2nd Team All-League (Forward): Yasmin Watt ’18
  • 2nd Team All-League (Midfielder): Abigail Goodman ’20
  • 2nd Team All-League (Midfielder): Paulina Quijano ’19
  • 2nd Team All-League (Defender): Sara Roth ’21
  • League Honorable Mention: Alexi Levine ’21

Bergen County:

  • 2nd Team All-County: Julietta Thron ’18

Boys’ Soccer

Boys’ Varsity Soccer Record: 10 – 8

League: North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC)

Division: Liberty

  • 1st Team All-League (Midfielder): Nathan Song ’18
  • 2nd Team All-League (Forward): Jose Sanchez ’19
  • 2nd Team All-League (Defender): Matthew Park ’19
  • League Honorable Mention: Ethan Weksler ’18

Girls’ Tennis

Girls’ Varsity Tennis Record: 18 – 4

League: North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC)

Division: Meadowlands

League Champions: Dwight-Englewood

League Coach of the Year: Chris Chan (Meadowlands Division)

  • 1st Team All-League (Singles): Emily Katz ’18
  • 1st Team All-League (Doubles): Olivia Greenberg ’19
  • 1st Team All-League (Doubles):  Madeleine Kachikian ’18
  • 1st Team All-League (Doubles):  Samantha Greenberg ’18
  • 1st Team All-League (Doubles): Marion Kemelman ’19
  • 2nd Team All-League (Singles): Kira Trout ’18

Bergen County:

BCCA Century Club inductee: Chris Chan for his 100th win in Varsity Tennis.

  • 1st Team All-County (Doubles): Olivia Greenberg ’19
  • 1st Team All-County (Doubles): Madeleine Kachikian ’18

Football

Varsity Football Record: 0 – 6

League: Hudson Valley Football League

  • HVFL 1st Team All-League: Thomas Anthony George IV ’18
  • HVFL 1st Team All-League: Lachlan Charles ’18
  • HVFL 1st Team All-League: Naseer Wilson ’18
  • HVFL 2nd Team All-League: LeRoy Barr III ’20
  • League Honorable Mention: Lenin “Dominic” Fermin ’18

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