HILL FALL SPORTS PREVIEW

By; Mike Mauger, Doug Bean, and Brandon Jacobs

Boys Cross Country
The Boys Cross Country team brings an experienced group to every race this year, with Sixth Formers Ryan Gofus, Mike Font and Dan Cohen leading the way. At their very first meet at DeSales University, Mike Font finished seventeenth out of 326 runners. Seven days later, the team finished fourth at the Briarwood Invitational at Belmont Plateau. These meets have set the stage for upcoming home match-ups with Episcopal Academy and Blair at Brookside.

Girls Cross Country
The Girls Cross Country team had the tough task of replacing almost half of the letter winners from last year. However, 25 girls showed up to run this year, making it the biggest Girls Cross Country team ever at Hill. That number holds a bright future for the squad. Look for a match up with MAPL rival Blair at Brookside on October 12th.

Field Hockey
This years Field Hockey team is distinguished by its strong leadership, with eight Sixth  Formers and seven returning starters from last year’s co-MAPL championship team. With three wins in their first four games, the team is already showing its potential for a successful season. “We have a team that has the capability of working incredibly hard and playing tough each and every game” says Sixth Former Dana Trail, one of the team’s three captains for the year.

Football
The football team’s strength this year is its offensive line, where four of last year’s starters join forces with two other Sixth Formers. After two promising scrimmages, The Hill Football team was able to go to Woodbury Forest and win the coveted Headmasters Cup Trophy for the first time in many years. As 6th form co-captain Kenny Clausen says, “We proved that we were up to the task. Now we expect to have a strong season and heavily compete for the MAPL title.”

Boys Soccer
After winning all but four games in the past two years, the Boys Soccer Team is looking to its young players to carry on the winning tradition. They are burdened with the task of replacing thirteen of last years twenty players. However, their schedule should help them gain needed experience quickly, as they have already faced powerhouse teams such as Strath Haven and Germantown. According to co-captain Greg Harrington, “It is absolutely possible with our strong out-of league schedule to be more than prepared for our MAPL league games.”

Girls Soccer
Eleven girls return from a team that went an incredible 14-1-2. They are already off to an impressive start, winning two and tying two of the first four games under the leadership of co-captains Sarah Berger and Samantha Jones. Even more impressive is the youth of the team. Of the eleven girls returning this year, only four are set to graduate at the end of the year, indicating the Girls Soccer Team will continue the success it has enjoyed for a long time to come.

Girls Tennis
The Hill Girls Tennis Team got off to a quick start with victories in their first three matches of the year, including a seven to none sweep over Archbishop Carrol. The seven year old  program looks strong under the leadership of six returning players that include four returning Sixth Formers. The team is looking forward to the future match-ups against Peddie and Lawrenceville at Hill before having three of the final four matches away.

Boys Water Polo
The Hill Boys Water Polo team has to replace six members of last year’s graduating class, including All-Eastern Prep Team member Tim Tacl, but has sixteen other returning players that are up to the task. Among those returning is Sixth Former Lane Jubb who had eighteen saves in a shutout against Episcopal Academy and Fifth Former Andrew Crompton who leads the team in scoring in the early stages of the season.

Girls Water Polo
The Girls Water Polo team can claim that they have already had the storybook kind of game that most teams strive for, after their 12-11 victory over rival Lawrenceville. With four of the top five players forced to watch because of kick-outs, the team showed its depth by coming back from a ten to nine deficit to earn the win with two seconds left in front of a packed crowd. Now, the team has its sights set on Waterpalooza at Hill in October and Easterns in Lawrenceville in early November.

Girls Field Hockey
                       Boys Football
                                         Boys Soccer

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