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Adie Russell '15 sets course record for third time

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Adriana Russell ’15 ended her final home Girls’ Cross Country meet of the 2014 season the same way she began – with a course record.

Adie, who led from start to finish, smashed her own course record by 18 seconds with a time of 20 minutes, 32 seconds Oct. 18 during a tri-meet against Suffield Academy and Kingswood Oxford School.

“I was definitely trying to better my time, and it happened that I broke my own record for a third time,” Adie said. “It means a lot to me because it’s my senior year and I’m not going to be able to run the course again. It was a good ending on the home course.”

“Adie came into the race on Saturday focused and determined to break her own course record again,” Coach Marissa Axtell said. “Since it was her last home meet, her motivation to secure the course record as hers pushed her through the race.”

Adie set the course mark in 2013 with a time of 21:11 before running a 20:50 at the first of two home meets of this season. The season couldn’t be going much better, with Adie proving to be one of the top runners in New England. She’s undefeated in dual- and tri-meets.

“My season is going really well,” said Adie, who’s being recruited by Division I programs. “We’ve been training a lot and that’s impacted our races. I definitely feel more confident running this year compared to previous years. I don’t know why but I know what I can do and what I want to do.”

“It has been amazing to watch Adie grow as a runner throughout the season,” Coach Axtell added. “Her ability to run a smart race, her excellent form, and her overall love for running and motivation to run the best race she can continues to push her everyday and is the making of a great runner.”

 

Field Hockey shuts out Cheshire

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Field Hockey team continued its turn-around season, beating visiting Cheshire Academy 3-0 Oct. 8 to improve to 3-1-2 on the season.

The program has never finished with a record above .500.

“The team played pretty well,” Coach Liz Fontaine said. “We worked on attacking the ball and our press, and our defensive movement for their free hit situations. We controlled most of the free hit plays. Offensively, we had a lot of different scoring opportunities and different girls shooting and scoring, which was good to see.”

Marissa Fabbo ’17 assisted on all three goals. Emma Kindblom ’17 and Syd Reilly ’17 scored in the first half, and Emma found the back of the cage in the second half as well.

Defender Alex Garrison ’18 broke up a breakaway, and goalie Jenna Paszek ’17 finished with six saves as the Titans recorded their third shutout.

Every field player on the team got into the game for WMA.

Boys' Soccer thumps Millbrook 6-0

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys’ Soccer team played its best match of the season Oct. 8, and the final score certainly showed it.

The Titans scored five times in the first half en route to a 6-0 home victory over Millbrook School. The win lifted WMA’s record to 3-4-2.

“After a bit of a shaky start, I thought we settled in and moved the ball real well,” Coach Gary Cook said. “We’ve had flashes in every game to be a very good team to play in combination and to be dangerous and to find each other, and I thought yesterday was probably our most complete game of the season in terms of being a dangerous team for 90 minutes. I thought we possessed the ball well; I thought the timing of our runs were very good; I thought the guys played unselfishly; and we finished our chances, which we haven’t been doing.”

Rahmi Shawki ’15 and P.J. Miccoli ’17 scored twice for the Titans, and Chris Kalil ’17 and Jazario Brimmer ’17 also found the back of the net. Christian Mercadante ’18, making his first start, recorded three saves for the shutout.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Academy, which was coming off a string of three matches against Class A opponents.

“We play such a good schedule, the team responded knowing it could be successful,” Coach Cook said. “We step into every game thinking we can win, and clearly yesterday we raised our game a little bit. We had a lot of guys score and a lot of guys with scoring chances. Defensively, it was a solid effort.”

Millbrook is the three-time defending Class C champion. The teams played to a wild 5-5 tie in 2013.

Water Polo making a big splash

Before the season even began, there was a certain vibe about the 2014 Wilbraham & Monson Academy Water Polo team.

And now that the schedule has begun, that vibe is carrying into the season, with the Titans over .500 and playing a high level of competitive water polo.

“The season is going well,” captain Austin Fabbo ’15 said. “We’re playing together as a team and we’ve been able to come together for games. We had a couple close losses but we’re playing well.”

The Titans opened the season with a win over Loomis Chaffee before falling to the Williston Northampton School and Hopkins School. The team rebounded with victories over Suffield Academy and Eaglebrook School.

WMA has an experienced starting lineup, led by Austin, twins Liam and Jack Kirwan ’15, and R.J. Taylor ’15. New international students Giacoma Arena ’15 (Italy) and Tim Beloborodov ’16 (Russia) have allowed Coach Steve Gray ’70 to put a solid starting unit in the pool. Peter Caine ’16 and Netiwat Phukhachee ’15 have also played quality minutes, and first-year players Wenyen Gabriel ’16 and Brenden Vessichio ’16 have stepped up and performed very well in goal.

“We have a lot of experience on the team,” Austin said. “All of the starters are not first-year players – that’s the first time in a while that’s happened. Plus, we have a really good offense.”

Since the season began, Coach Gray and the Titans have taken practice seriously, working as a unit and correcting their weaknesses.

“We practice like we play,” Liam said. “Every practice we usually scrimmage, and we’re all friendly and tell each other what we did right and wrong, and when it comes time for a game we know what the other person is going to do.”

Some of the Titans got in extra practice before the season even began, with the Kirwans and Peter attending the Navy Water Polo Camp at Annapolis, Md.

WMA has a big home contest against Deerfield Academy Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. The team’s goal is to finish over .500 for 2014 and to play well Nov. 8 at the Hopkins Invitational, which serves as the season finale. This is the 30th anniversary of the program at the Academy.

 

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