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Dragons Go 4-for-4 For New England Tournaments

John Nash

On the weekend four GFA cross country runners earned All-New England status at their championships meet, all four of the Dragons’ other fall sports teams learned they had qualified for their respective New England tournaments, as well.

Girls soccer and field hockey will both host NEPSAC Class C quarterfinal games while boys soccer and volleyball will be on the road.

The first-round games are held on Wednesday.

Here’s the line-up of contests:



Canterbury at GFA, 2 p.m., Field 2

The Dragons posted a 16-3-2 regular season record which was good enough to earn a No. 4 seed for the New England tourney.

Canterbury is 10-2-2 on the season, which gave them the No. 5 seed.

The two teams met back on October 27 and fought to a 1-1 draw.

In that game, GFA was late arriving to the field and only had 15 minutes to warm up, according to Coach Andrew Henry.

“I think a proper warm-up will definitely help us,” Henry said. “They have a talented team. They’re big in size, so physicality will be an issue for us, but we’re tough. We’ll persevere. I expect a really even game.”

Sofia Atehortua's goal in the 11th minute was the lone tally the Dragons would score in the game. Lane Murphy had four saves in the game while Andie Morelli made one.

Both squads have a plethora of common opponents, as well, including: Cheshire Academy (GFA won 2-0, Canterbury won 3-1), Ethel Walker (GFA won 5-0, Canterbuy won 5-1), Greenwich Country Day (GFA won 3-0, Canterbury won 2-0), Westover (GFA won 8-0, Canterbury won 6-0), Holy Child (GFA won 7-1 and 6-0, Canterbury won 5-1), Hopkins (GFA lost 3-1, Canterbury tied 2-2), St. Luke’s (GFA lost 3-2, Canterbury won 5-4), and Frederick Gunn School (GFA won 2-1, Canterbury’s game was unreported).



The Winsor School at GFA, 2:15 p.m., Field 1

The Dragons posted a 14-4 record and earned the No. 3 seed for the New England tournament.

The Winsor School, based out of Boston, is 10-3-1 this season, which was good for the No. 6 seed in the tournament.

“It’s a total West vs. East match-up,” GFA coach Liz Schuellein said. “Winsor is a talented program and I’m looking forward to an entertaining game. The girls are excited to continue their season. It should be a great match-up.”

The Dragons have won seven of their last eight games with the lone loss coming to Greenwich Academy in the FAA semifinals.

In the fall of 2018, The Winsor School made the trip to GFA to play a New England quarterfinal game and went home with a 3-1 win.

That game was tied 1-1 late before Winsor scored twice in the closing minutes.



GFA at Beaver Country Day, 1:30 p.m., at Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Dragons posted a 9-4-4 regular season record and earned the No. 6 seed, which will send the team to Chestnut Hill, Mass., for a game against Beaver Country Day.

Dragons head coach Chris Mira said he didn’t know much about the Eastern Independent League team.

Beaver Country Day went 11-1-1 in their league, losing to Berwick Academy 2-0 and tying Pingree 1-1. They later bounced back to beat Berwick 4-1 and Pingree 2-1.



GFA at St. Luke’s, 4:30 p.m., New Canaan

The Dragons will face a very familiar foe in their New England Class C quarterfinal, trekking to New Canaan to face FAA rival St. Luke’s.

GFA went 10-8 this season with a young team.

One of those losses came to St. Luke’s though the 3-0 final was a lot closer than it appears as the Storm eked out a 25-18, 25-17, 25-22 win.

GFA played that game without their setter, forcing outside hitter Lily Lind to play the role.

Annie Dizon's 12 digs led the GFA effort in that game while Devin McCormack had eight digs and five kills. Eliza Legnani also had seven digs while Lind had seven assists.

St. Luke’s won its first eight games to the open the season and finished 5-3 in FAA play, falling to eventual league champ Hopkins in the semifinals.