Wakefield Country Day School Athletic Results
by Mike Costello, WCDS Athletic Director
The Owls hosted Saint Michael’s School for the DAC Quarter-final match on 10/30/18. WCDS buzzed through the Warriors in business-like fashion winning the first set 27-7. The Lady Owls served seven aces, and Mari Tisera led the team with six of them. The second set was a quick 25-10 win with Anna Schuster serving five points and the following players serving aces: Lucy Clark, Anika Pruntel, and Mari Tisera. The final set was controlled by the Owls as Gwynn Major served nine straight points. Major had five aces in the 25-7 team win. The 3-0 sweep advanced WCDS to the DAC DII Semi-finals. Our record is 10-5 overall.
WCDS traveled to Tandem Friends School for a DAC Semi-final match on 11/1/18. The Badgers won the first set easily, 25-10. The Owls improved their play, but the Badgers won the second set, 25-16, and the final set, 25-18, for a 3-0 sweep that knocked WCDS out of the DAC tournament and ended our season with a solid 10-6 winning record. Seniors Lucy Clark, Rachel Cieplak, Anna Schuster, and manager Avi Aaronson will be missed. Clark, Schuster, and Mari Tisera were voted 1st Team ALL-DAC by the conference coaches. Congratulations to Coach Zylonis and the girls for a winning season.
VAR Cross Country
The Owls raced in the DAC Championships at Foxcroft School on 11/1/18. Jefferson Day finished as our top runner with a 53rd place in 21:51. Michael Marciano clocked a 22:14 for 57th place. Tim Tickal finished 75th in 24:20. Shu Yu was right behind in 76th place in 24:42, and James Gao was 81st in 26:24. Peter McMahon sustained an injury in warm ups and could not race.
The Owls hosted Tandem Friends School for a DAC game on 10/29/18. WCDS scored in the first six minutes on a cross shot by Porter Gilliam. Gilliam, assisted by Griffin Landis, scored again with 18:47 left in the first half. Three minutes later John Mullins scored assisted by Landis. Mullins, with an assist from Gilliam, scored again with 9:57 left in the half. Freshman Sam Pories scored with 2:40 left in the half to give the Owls a 5-1 lead at halftime.
The Owls picked up where they left off with John Mullins scoring his third goal for a hat trick with 27:16 left in the game. He was assisted by Porter Gilliam. The Badgers scored their second goal, but a minute later Masa Nakauchi took a sharp pass from John Mullins and nailed a goal for WCDS with 21:27 left in the game. Griffin Landis, assisted by Gilliam, scored a goal with 7:22 left; then Landis scored again two minutes later. The Owls final goal came off the foot of Isak Burak who netted a rebound shot in the final two minutes of the game for a resounding 10-2 win to secure the number two seed in the DAC tournament. Martin O’Heir manned the keeper position and had a number of nice saves.
The Badgers returned to WCDS the next day for the DAC DII Semi-finals. The Badgers pulled off the upset as the number three seed scoring two goals in the first half and one in the second for a 3-2 win. The Owls played without their top player due to injury and struggled offensively. WCDS scored one goal in each half, by Alex Diehl and by John Mullins. Our final record was 5-4-1 in a rain-shortened season. Congratulations to Coach Day and the team for a winning season. Porter Gilliam and John Mullins were named 1st team ALL-DAC by the conference coaches. Griffin Landis, Martin O’Heir, and Cole Romine were named 2nd Team ALL-DAC.