A mixed season thus far for athletics

The fall athletic season is underway, and so far the results have been mixed.

Both Varsity and JV Soccer and Volleyball have played a handful of games already. Varsity Soccer has a record so far of 2-3, winning against Montrose and Cushing and losing to Thayer, St. Marks, and Buckingham Browne and Nichols. Volleyball’s record is 2-2, winning against Lawrence and Bancroft and losing to Nobles and Greenough and Bancroft School. Tallia Palmer ’17, the JV volleyball captain, says that “JV Volleyball is excited and hopeful for the remainder of the season.”

Field Hockey has a record of 0-3, but they are “working very hard,” according to captain Kat Markmann ’16. They have lost against Middlesex, Lawrence, and Rivers. Markmann says that she wants the team to continue to grow and improve

Cross Country had a fun run against Nobles to remember an alumna of Nobles, who passed away her freshman year at Yale and was the Cross Country captain.

All teams had a game or meet against Newton Country Day School (NCDS) on Friday, September 25, and the results were a mix. Soccer beat NCDS 3-0. Maddie Palandjian ’17, a member of the varsity soccer team, said before the soccer game, “we look forward to showing NCDS what our team is made of.” JV Soccer tied NCDS 1-1. Cross Country was the closest they have ever been to beating NCDS, losing by only 5 points. Abby Durfee ’17, one of the Cross Country captains, said that she wants all of the team to improve as runners and be competitive against NCDS, adding, “it’s hunting season!” Durfee came in first in the run against Newton. Varsity Field Hockey tied NCDS in overtime 0-0, and JV Field Hockey lost 0-4. Varsity Volleyball lost to NCDS 0-3, but Caroline Heiland ’16, one of the varsity volleyball captains, says that the team has them where they want them, over-confident and on their toes for Dana Hall’s homecoming in the end of October. JV Volleyball also lost to NCDS 2-0.

Ms. Krista Falcone, the Communications Liaison for Athletics, says, “My hopes for the athletes this season is that I want them to embrace their teammates. To me, the most important aspect of participating in athletics has always been the team. Regardless of the level at which you are competing or what your record is, if the team and coaches come together to make all the of the hours of practice, the conditioning, the muscle aches, and the bus trips a rewarding experience, then you will come out on the other side of the season a better person than you were when it began. All because of your team. Of course, winning helps. Winning always helps.”

Dana Hall’s Homecoming games against NCDS are October 30-31.

Photo: The Dana Dragon prepares to compete against rival NCDS. Photo credit: Meghan Kelley.

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