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The game came down to the final play, with the WMA defensive coming through.
The Titans stayed undefeated on the season by beating the Wildcats 3-0.
For the first time in program history, the Titans earned a point against the Tigers.
Alex Baltazar '15 scored twice in the second half to help the Titans beat Tabor.

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Football beats Berkshire 12-8

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Football team earned another great win for the 2014 season, beating the Berkshire School 12-8 on the turf at WMA Sept. 27.

The game came down to the final play, with the Titans winning after forcing a pass by the Berkshire quarterback to sail out of the end zone.

“It was a really hot day and we hadn’t been in that type of heat for a little while, so for our guys to come through was incredibly fun to watch and it was exciting to see them pull out the win,” WMA Coach Jeff Vartabedian said. “We’re so incredibly proud of the effort the guys put in.

“The guys dug down deep. The d-line and linebackers played really well. The effort and pursuit on the defensive side of the ball was a key to the game.”

The Titans, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first in more than seven years, have allowed just three touchdowns this season.

Caelen Etti ’17 scored on a one-yard run late in the first quarter, and quarterback Jack Faulstick ’16 found Max Alpert ’15 for a 14-yard strike midway through the third quarter as WMA took a 12-0 lead. Berkshire scored early in the fourth quarter to pull within 12-8 before the game was decided on the final two series.

Jack gave WMA a huge lift when he converted a third-and-long situation with a 22-yard run with five minutes remaining, putting the ball in Berkshire territory. The Titans eventually punted, but they took key time off the clock and pushed the Bears back to their 15-yard line.

Berkshire moved the ball down the field on its final position, and had a first down-and-goal from the six-yard line with less than a minute to play. A holding penalty against the Bears pushed them back, and the Titans’ defense held strong on the final four plays of the game.

Overall, WMA stopped Berkshire three times on fourth down situations – all inside the Titans’ 35-yard line. Defensively, Aaron Louis ’15 and Miles Nallen ’15 led WMA with 15 tackles, with Drew Mele ’15 had nine. Shungo Tanaka ’17 picked off a pass for the first interception of his young career, accounting for the only turnover of the game.

Girls' Soccer blanks Williston

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls’ Soccer team extended its undefeated season, pumping in three first half goals to beat the visiting Williston Northampton School 3-0 Sept. 27.

“This game with Williston is certainly a rivalry game, and this past Saturday was no different," WMA Coach Don Nicholson ’79 said. “This is always a very intense match and our girls had to play their best to beat this very good Williston team 3-0.

“WMA has a very good balance on the team right now as the contributions are coming from so many different players, both offensively and defensively. The three goals scored against Williston were put in by three different players, and the assists were also added by two other members of the team.”

The Titans improved to 5-0-1 and already have four shutouts in 2014.

Annika Bruce ’17, Gianna Mitchell ’17 and Molly Socha ’15 scored 15 minutes apart late in the first half against the Wildcats, with Nica Bernardo ’15 and Katie Cronin ’15 earning assists.

The midfield play of Molly, Nica, Gianna, Annika, Payton Grande ’16 and Mary Sparago ’17 never allowed Williston to get going offensively.


Field Hockey ties Suffield

It was a game of firsts for the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Field Hockey team Sept. 27.

First, goalie Emma Stoll ’18 made her debut as a field player, and before too long she recorded her first goal.

And in the end, for the first time since the program began roughly 10 years ago, WMA didn’t lose to Suffield Academy.

Emma scored in the first half and the Titans continued to play solid field hockey, earning a 1-1 tie at rival Suffield.

The tie moved WMA’s record to 2-1-2.

“The team is gelling really well,” WMA Coach Liz Fontaine said. “We didn’t graduate many people, and most of the new girls have played before. I’m able to move girls to different positions and they know the game very well, which allows us to work on the tactical areas of the game.”

Emma scored on her own rebound following a pass from Hannah Clewes ’15.

“Since I had never played in the field before that week, I felt good that I was able to score and help the team,” Emma said.

WMA’s defense was led by Sydney Liptak ’16, Alex Garrison ’18, Zoe Bloomfield ’18, Hope Williams ’15 and goalie Jenna Paszek ’17.

Girls' Soccer top defending New England champ

How good is this season’s Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls’ Soccer team?

Good enough to beat the defending New England Class B champion.

Alex Baltazar ’15 scored on a pair of set plays from Molly Socha ’15 in the second half as the host Titans stunned Tabor Academy 2-0 Sept. 24.

“With this victory over the Class B defending New England champion, Tabor Academy, the Titans now stand at 4-0-1,” WMA Coach Don Nicholson ’79 said. “Playing a team from eastern New England helps to promote the message across the region that WMA Girls’ Soccer has something special going on this season. This team plays with intensity and great heart. They play well together and are tremendously close to each other off the field.”

Alex scored 14 minutes into the second half and then again with five minutes remaining.

The back line of Tori Bernardo ’15, Nicole Cronin ’15, Meg Harrington ’15, Val MacEachern ’17 and Julia Sparago ’17 helped the team record its third shutout in its last four matches. Goalie Madison Shuttleworth ’17 recorded eight saves.


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