A busy week of Greens Farms Academy sports action was capped off with a thrilling weekend of Homecoming events.
When all was said and done our Dragons won more than they lost, and the memories made were celebrated by all in both victory and defeat.
And, when the dust settled, our GFA Field Hockey squad was still undefeated and our finally healthy Varsity Volleyball team dominated in its first win of the season.
Here’s a look back at the week in GFA Sports.
Lilly Hogan '24 scored two goals, including a penalty stroke, and Caroline Almeida '28 added a pair as the Dragons fell behind by an early goal and exploded back for an 8-3 Homecoming win over Millbrook on Saturday.
Grace Almeida '25 had a goal and two assists while Livia Orenstein, Charlotte Raveis and Ava Blue each had single goals. Analise Trani '23 and Ava Consla ‘24 had one defensive save each.
Izzy Kittredge '25 made 9 saves as GFA outshot Millbrook 27-12, with a 9-4 advantage in corners, to stay undefeated at 3-0 on the season.
The Almeida sisters scored a combined four goals as the Dragons bested St. Luke’s by a 6-0 score in a dominant performance at home on Wednesday.
Grace netted two goals and had an assist while Caroline scored two goals to lead GFA, which improved to 2-0 on the season.
Orenstein and Cate LaFreniere ’26 added single goals while assists were recorded by Trani and Raveis.
Kittredge ’25 notched the shutout.
The Dragons had a 29-0 edge in shots and an 18-0 advantage in corners.
Devin McCormack '24 had 12 kills, nine aces and three digs to lead GFA to a 3-0 win over Cheshire Academy on Homecoming 2022 on Saturday.
GFA won the match 25-9, 25-19, 25-20.
Eliza Legnani '26 also had seven kills and six digs for the Dragons while Kate Ewing '26 had five kills and Molly Duffy '23 had four kills and two blocks.
Still down two key players earlier in the week, the Dragons battled tough against a strong Masters (NY) front line before falling by a 3-0 score at home on Wednesday.
The final score of the match was 25-19, 25-20, 25-17.
Annie Dizon '23 had 15 assists and two digs while McCormack had 11 kills and four digs.
Clara Guettel '24 added seven digs and three aces while Legnani had nine digs. Duffy chipped in with two aces and a pair of blocks.
Mark Freeman '24 tallied a goal off a Jackson McBean '25 corner kick in the first half and it held up as the Dragons topped Hopkins on the road in New Haven on Wednesday.
Matt Maged '23 made 11 saves for the Dragons while notching the shutout.
At Saturday’s Homecoming game against Marianapolis Prep, the Dragons had plenty of chances but couldn’t find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss.
The Dragons out-shot their opponent by a 15-5 count.
Marianapolis Prep score its lone goal by firing a long 40-yard shot on a goal that found its way over the outstretched finger tips of GFA goalie Matt Maged ’23 (4 saves) and into the back of the net for the game’s lone goal.
GFA put 15 shots on goal and a plethora of others around it but couldn’t find the equalizer.
Lauren Lior ’23 had a goal and an assist and Lauren DeLaurentiis ’26 scored two goals as the Dragons bested St. Luke's 3-0 to notch its third win in three games this season earlier in the week.
Mae Morelli ’26 made a spectacular save in the second half to preserve the clean sheet, as well.
At Homecoming on Saturday, the Dragons battled back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game in the second half, but it was Cheshire Academy that escaped campus with a 3-2 win on Saturday.
For the Dragons, Lior and Shannon Martin ’24 scored the goals.
Morelli had 8 saves.
GFA cross country placed three runners in the top 10 during Saturday's running of the Canterbury Invitational in New Milford.
Hadley Rosow '26 placed sixth in the girls race, leading the Dragons to a second-place finish as a team in the race's Division 2 standings. Rosow was clocked in 22:40 to lead the Dragon's charge.
Jordan Moss '25 (23:22), Paige Parisi '23 (24:18) Fiona Reynolds '23 (25:34) and Claire Woodbury (25:47) also competed in the meet.
In the boys meet, Sam MacDonald '23 and Brendan Howard '23 were ninth and 10th, respectively. MacDonald was clocked in 19:07 with Howard right behind in 19:09. Ben Lublinsky '26 was 40th in 22:10. Matt Olins '23 was 48th in 23:19 and Jakob Zapata was 54th in 23:58.
The Dragons were seventh overall with 161 points.
Andrew Knight ’24 of Greens Farms Academy won Saturday's JV Homecoming race as the Dragons defeated Capital Prep 19-43.
On Tuesday, at its only home meet of FAA regular season, the Dragons saw Howard place 13th and MacDonald take home 21st in their race at Sherwood Island.
Howard ran the 5-kilometer course in 19:06.7 while McDonald was timed in 19:57.2. Reynolds was 27th in 20:17.9.
In the girls race, Rosow ’26 was 15th in 22:57.2 while Parisi was 22nd in 23:40.2
It was another undefeated week for the GFA JV Volleyball team.
Nina Lomigora ’25 had five aces and three kills to lead the Dragons to a 3-0 win over Cheshire Academy on Homecoming 2022 on Friday.
GFA bested the Wildcats 25-16, 25-8, 25-9 using a strong service game.
Avery Speller ‘26, Delilah Johnson ’26 and Olivia Smith ’24 all had four aces each while Maddie Stevens ’26 also had two kills.
After falling 25-9 in the first game, the Dragons bounced back to sweep the final three sets and post a 3-1 win over Holy Child on the road in Rye, N.Y., on Monday.
Smith had seven assists, three kills and two aces while Addie Tenser ’25 tallied four aces, three kills, an assist and a dig. Stevens also had five kills while Johnson had six aces on the day and Speller added four aces.
The team bested The Masters School (NY) by a 3-0 score on Wednesday in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Stevens had seven kills while Ella Bross '24 added four more. Speller had four assists while Smith chipped in with three more. Speller also had three aces and Eleni Valbuena '24 had two digs and two aces.
JV BOYS SOCCER
Aidan Kuryla ’26 and Jack Meyer ’26 scored two goals each to lead the Dragons to a 5-0 win over Harvey on Homecoming 2022 on Friday.
James Blanco ’25 and Owen Simon ’24 assisted on Kuryla’s goals and Alex Barbagallo ’25 added a single tally for the Dragons.
The GFA defense failed to give up a shot in posting the shutout.
Despite a combined 20 saves from goalies Carl Anderson ’26 and Jean Gabriel Messier ‘26, the Dragons JV Boys Soccer team was unable to sustain more than an hour of GCDS pressure in falling at home by a 5-0 count on Monday.
JV GIRLS SOCCER
On Monday, Sept. 19, The Dragons fell by a 3-0 score on the road at Holy Child.
The squad also lost to St. Luke's by a 2-0 score during their Homecoming 2022 game on Friday.
The GFA JV2 volleyball team fell in its season-opener by a 25-14, 26-28, 25-19 score, but bounced back and bested Sacred Heart-Greenwich by scores of 25-13, 25-16 on Friday to help kick-off HOmecoming.