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The Titans improved to 3-1-2 with the win.
The Titans are off to a 3-2 start, with a big game Wednesday against Deerfield.
The Titans shook a slow start and beat Class A Miss Porter's 3-1.

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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.


Girls' Volleyball climbs to 6-1

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls’ Volleyball team continued its exceptional season, topping Miss Porter’s School 3-1 at the Academy Oct. 1.

The Titans (6-1 overall) improved to 6-0 against prep school competition with the win over the Class A school.

“I’m really proud of how we played against Miss Porter’s,” Ashley Theriault ’15 said. “We started out slowly, losing the first set, but we were able to pick each other up, which allowed us to win the next three sets.”

WMA dropped the first set 21-25 before responding with 26-24, 25-21 and 25-10 set victories. Most impressively, the Titans beat a solid team without four-year starter Bailey Giese ’15 (concussion).

“The team played great,” WMA Coach Donna Barone said. “They went from learning a new rotation to all of a sudden becoming a true team. By the fourth set, Miss Porter’s didn’t know what hit them – we were playing so well as a unit. I’m so ecstatic.

“Not having Bailey out there was initially a challenge, but I think it was a great opportunity for the other players to see what they’re made of. They rallied around each other and they’re learning that you don’t have one superstar in volleyball. It’s a team sport.”

Unlike recent years, the Titans have one thing they can always count on going into a match: experienced senior leadership, with the Academy sporting seven members in the Class of 2015.

“I’ve seen a significant change in the team this year,” Ashley said. “As a team we’ve grown together. It helps most of us have played with each other for three or four years. We have a big senior class. We’ve been able to grow each year.”

Anna McCartney ’15 and Meera Miller ’18 played very well at the net for the Titans, and Ashley was superb in her new role as setter. Ally Faulstick ’16 gave Miss Porter’s problems with her serving.

Coach Barone said her new assistant coach, John Reidy, has been an invaluable addition to the team this season. “He has this presence with the girls where he can joke but he’s teaching them,” Coach Barone said.

“He’s forcing them, in a good way, to take their game to the next level. He’s helped me learn more as a coach.”


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