Dragons of Darien GFA Highlights
It was a wild-and-wacky win, but in the end it was a victory that sent the Greens Farms Academy field hockey into the FAA playoffs recently.
Lucy Holzinger (Westport) and Laila Pina (Weston) both netted a hat trick, scoring three goals each to lead the Dragons to the big offensive win.
Francesca DeVita (Darien) also added a goal for GFA while Alex Nesi (Fairfield) had two assists and Abby Everett (Fairfield) added a single assist.
GFA jumped out to a 4-2 lead, but Holy Child stormed back to close to within 6-5 before Pina put the game away with a goal late.
Nikki Farber (Westport) had five saves and Rikeh Saignbe (Bridgeport) added three saves as the two combined duties in goal, playing one half each.
Later in the week, the Dragons faced a physical and fast Canterbury team on Wednesday, falling 2-1 in a hard-fought battle on the road.
With 3:51 left in the game DeVita netted her 3rd goal of the season, redirecting a hit up into the corner of the net from a blast at the top of the circle from Bryn Morrison (Weston).
In its last game of the week, the Dragons came from behind to post a 2-1 win over St. Luke’s on Friday.
Trailing 1-0, the Dragons re-grouped and started the second half with a bang.
GFA rattled off 11 shots in the second half and earned seven more corners.
Holzinger had a goal called back after a breakaway two minutes into the second half as the ball was hit just outside the circle.
GFA continued to pressure St. Luke's and DeVita ended up netting both goals.
Farber played the whole game in net, making two saves.
The Dragons went undefeated last week to push their record above the .500 mark.
On Monday, GFA opened the week with a big 3-1 win over Greenwich Academy on Monday by the scores of 21-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-15.
The Dragons found themselves down in the first set early but fought back dropping a close opening set.
The next two set were played as close as you could get but GFA made huge play at the end of each set take the lead two to one.
The GFA squad also benefitted from clutch serving closing out sets by Kirwan Carey (Westport), Meg Nesi (Fairfield) and Jesse Boolbol (Greenwich).
The offense led by hitters Carey (nine kills), Elena Mota (Darien, nine Kills) and setter Nesi (15 assists).
The team trekked to Hamden Hall midweek and earned a 3-0 victory on the road at Hamden Hall in their final FAA match by the scores of 26-24, 25-20, 25-16.
The Dragons' offense was led by Nesi (20 assists) and hitters Mota (11 kills, four blocks) and Carey (seven kills). Defensively GFA used the solid passing of Celeste Matte (Stratford), Illita Pina (Weston) and Alex Nason (Darien, 11 digs).
The Dragons capped off the week with a another road victory Friday with a 3-0 win over The Harvey School by the scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-11.
In the first set GFA played a game throughout until Nesi (18 assists, nine aces) served out the last four points including two aces.
In the second set GFA let a comfortable lead slip away but the team was able to recover with Boobol (five kills, three aces) ending the game with an ace.
In game three the Dragons took control of the set early and finished strong. Hitters Carey (10 kills, four blocks) and Mota (seven kills, six aces) continued to pace the GFA attack at the net.
The Varsity Boys Soccer team went 1-0-1 last week, winning at home and tying on the road.
GFA hosted Canterbury on Wednesday and won 4-1 in a game that was more even than the score indicated, GFA rose to the occasion.
Seniors Ian Lee (Greenwich) and Jake Sinnott (Fairfield) combined for the Dragon's first goal early in the contest.
Sophomore Liam Murphy (Westport) notched GFA's second with Sinnott getting his second assist to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead at the half.
The second half saw Canterbury reduce the margin to 2-1 before Sinnott scored to make it 3-1.
Pressure from the hard-working midfield forced Canterbury to score an own goal to make the final 4-1.
GFA visited King and Friday and came home with a 1-1 tie.
The Dragons left King with the empty feeling of what could have been as the Dragons outshot their opponents 12-3, allowing King a single shot on net which resulted in King's goal with 3:00 minutes left in the game.
GFA had taken the lead early in the second half when Murphy scored off an assist from senior Jack Soper (Southport).
The Dragons went on the road and were shutout at Sacred Heart-Greenwich on Monday.
Kendra Offerman (Bedford, NY) made 18 saves for GFA.
On Wednesday, the Dragons tied Canterbury 1-1.
Ella Murphy (Darien) scored off a Lilah McCormick (Westport) assist as the Dragons tied Canterbury 1-1 on Wednesday.
Marygrace Dellisanti (Wilton) and Sarah Peltier (Stamford) split the goalkeeping duties, combining to make four saves.
On Saturday, DelliSanti made 12 saves to help backbone GFA’s efforts, but a late goal by Hamden Hall led to the Dragons defeat.
Annika White (Southport) netted the goal for GFA off an assist from Margot Goldsmith (Darien).
Shots were 15-13 in favor of Hamden Hall.