Upper School Athletics Highlights

By C. Christian Schmid, Athletic Director

This fall season we had more than 200 students participating on Upper School teams, representing 42% of the US student body! This was also one of the most successful seasons in School history in terms of accolades, team performance, and recognition. Since adding girls volleyball to the athletic program in 2004, for the first time in school history, all of our fall sports teams were invited into county and state tournament play, and those that play as part of the New Jersey State Association were also ranked in the top 25 according to The Bergen Record. The Record also named Varsity Boys Soccer Coach Paul Duffy Coach of the Year, and freshman phenom Emily Sivarek ’20 was named the Female Athlete of the Week following the girls varsity tennis team’s decisive victory in the Bergen County Championship Tournament.

Nearly 40 students were recognized with All-League honors, and 10 US students were named to All-County. (Click here to read.) Overall our teams achieved an impressive record of 86-38-2 this fall season. For the most current athletics season calendar, including game venues and directions, visit www.d-e.org/athletics. Go Bulldogs!

Girls varsity tennis always sets the bar high, but this season was one in which we exceeded our own lofty standards. Led by our senior captains Hannah Wolfer ’17 and Elizabeth Maline ’17, our team took first place at the Haddonfield Invitational with wins over two teams ranked in the top 20 in New Jersey. At the Bergen County Tournament we turned in a dominant performance, earning 19 of 20 possible points. Olivia Greenberg ’19 impressed with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 win in the finals over the defending champion at third singles. Emily Sivarak ’20 made history as the first from Dwight-Englewood to capture the first singles title at the girls’ county tournament. To cap our season, we advanced to a second state sectional final in as many years before running into rival Newark Academy. Next year we look to extend our title runs and to take the next step in the state team tournament.

us-footballThe chief attribute of the varsity football team was their “never say die” attitude, as the team played very hard to the end of every game no matter what the score was. Captains Mike Guerriero ’17, Matt Kaufman ’17, Oliver Oz ’17, and Will Schwartz ’17 led by example and were aided by fellow senior leaders Noah Cantor ’17, Chris Chang ’17, Jeremy Meier ’17, and Chris Victor ’17. Team records were set by quarterback Will Schwartz, who threw for 1,246 yards and 14 touchdown passes in seven games; wide receiver Mike Guerriero, whose 24 receptions for 499 yards and nine touchdowns topped the team; and junior linebacker Dom Fermin ’18, whose 110 tackles in seven games set a new team record. Hudson Valley Football League honors were awarded several players (see below), but the effort, grit, and determination put forth by all 29 team members earned them the respect of opponents and fans alike in a season filled with many memorable moments.

The varsity field hockey team performed exceptionally well this year. This season’s challenge was to build on last year’s accomplishments, and the team succeeded in going from a 4-12-3 record in 2015 to a 9-11-1 record this year. The process included a four-game winning streak and two exciting overtime victories in the county and state tournaments. Senior leadership and experience helped propel the Bulldogs to success. Sydney Zahn ’17, Katie Anderson ’17, Olivia Fuld ’17, and Emily D’Alessandro ’17 started all four years and were recognized by the county and league for their efforts. Sydney Zahn also received state recognition. (see page 25) Alana Jennis ’18 anchored a young, determined defensive unit. Next year will see returning seven starters and six key reserves. Our JV squad was extremely competitive and we look forward to many of them moving up to varsity next season.

us-soccerBoys varsity soccer had a tremendous season with an overall record of 13-6-1. We finished second in our conference and were seeded #1 in the state tournament, where we lost a close game to MKA in the semi-final—the only game we lost at home all season. Leading scorers were Max Asteris ’19 (13G; 12A), Nathan Song ’18 (13G; 9A), and Justin Jo ’20 (11G; 3A), and we had 13 different goal scorers. Seniors Harry Platt ’17, Sam Kemelman ’17, Nicholas Gomez ’17, Zach Florman ’17, and Andrew Kim ’17 all made great contributions to the success of the team and will be missed. Yet, we have a young squad and we’ll be looking to challenge for a state championship next season. Mike Kuske ʼ19 and Cameron Dupre ʼ18 shared time in goal, Matt Park ʼ19 and Jesse Kauderer Abrams ʼ18 were solid at the back. A number of players received individual conference honors. (see page 25)

Girls varsity soccer ended with a record of 11-6 in a fantastic season. Having graduated nine seniors, we expected this to be a rebuilding year. The girls really improved their foot skills, decision-making, and game intelligence, all of which yielded results that almost led to a league title! Abby Goodman ’20 was our leading goal scorer (13G; 7A). Also contributing to the offense were juniors Julietta Thron ’18 (10G; 8A) hand Isabella Patino ’18 (7G; 17A). Goalkeeper Mena Tausner ’20 made a remarkable 83 saves on the season. Defenders Regan Contrucci ’17, Viviana Torres ’17, Allie Platt ’19, and Addie Model ’17 were all cool under pressure, closing down the best players from the opposing teams. Qualifying for the county tournament as the 22nd seed and the state tournament as the #7 seed were huge accomplishments. Most important was the positive energy and support the players gave each other over the course of the season.

Varsity volleyball had a breakout performance for the program, ending the season at 20-4, the best volleyball record in school history and one that led to the team’s first trip to the Bergen County Tournament—including a first-round come-from-behind win over Hackensack—and a first-ever invite to the state tournament. Our team hosted the first two rounds and made it all the way to the quarter-finals. The team ended the season with five players earning All-League honors. (See page 25) Notably Audrey Leak ’20 became only the second player in D-E history to make the All-County team, and she accomplished this as a freshman. The general consensus in the area is that we are the “team to beat” in upcoming seasons!

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