It seems like an email, text, or article these days has to start with 2020 what a year or 2020 a year like no other...or something like that. I assure you this will not be one of those articles.
What is will be is to ask you a simple question. What would you want to do one more time if you know you would never get to do that thing again? You can play Eminem's Lose Yourself while reading along :).
This is exactly what the 2020 Fall Athletes faced. One more Game, Match, and Run. One last time to put on that Friends uniform, one more time to represent their school, one more chance to make a memory. For the seniors may be their last game ever. Some will go on to play in college, some will continue their athletic careers in other ways, but for some, this was the last time. The last time to play a sport they may have been playing since before they can remember, one last time to walk arm in arm with their friends and teammates...ONE MORE!
Girls Soccer got the season started as they hosted Concordia Prep on Deering Field. After 20 minutes, the Quakes broke through as Paige Saudek '22, as she did so often last year found the back of the net. Sophie Rosenberg '21 made sure that lead was safe as she held Concordia in check throughout the first half. Maya Carnes '22 then took over in the second half as she scored twice to give the Quakes a 3 - 0 lead with 10 minutes left.
Concordia pushed forward the rest of the game and cut the lead to 3 - 1 with 10 minutes left thanks to a successful penalty kick. 5 minutes later things got more interesting as Concordia scored again making the score 3 - 2 Quakes with 5 minutes left. From there Annalisa Jenkins '21 controlled the rest of the game making two big saves and sealed the Quakes 3 to 2 win.
The next day it was the Boys Soccer team’s turn as they hosted A-conference foe St. Paul’s. The Quakes took a 1 – 0 lead on a Ned Forbush ’21 PK and the game remained that way until the 75th minute when St. Paul’s scored twice within 3 minutes to take a 2 to 1 lead. Almost immediately, Connor Geleta ’22 tied the game at 2. This game was a back and forth well-played game. The ending came suddenly as Pierce Cullen '21 injured his knee with 30 seconds left. Both teams decided to end the game tied at 2. Pierce is expected to make a full recovery.
Boys Volleyball took on Gilman in the Quaker Dome. Last year the team had a match point on Gilman before letting the match slip away. This year you could tell from the start things would be different as the Quakes jumped out to a 10 to 2 lead in game 1. Gilman fought back briefly cutting the Quakes lead in half at 10 to 8, but that was the end of the comeback as the Quakes went onto a tidy 25 to 13 game 1 win. Game 2 seemed like it would go the same way as the Quakes jumped out to a fast 5 - 0 lead but Gilman rattled off the next 8 points to grab an 8 to 5 lead. The teams went back and forth and were tied at 17. Gilman then took control, winning 8 of the next 10 points, and evened the match at 1 game all with a 25 to 19 win. The third and deciding game played to 15 was a back and forth game with neither team getting more than a 2-point advantage. Tied at 8 the Quakes won 7 of the last 8 points to defeat Gilman 15 to 9 and take the Match 2 games to 1. The win is a sign of good things to come.
The next weekend would see Field Hockey and Girls Volleyball take on Catholic and Concordia Prep respectively, with the pressure to keep the Quakes perfect fall season intact.
Field Hockey had a scoreless 10 minutes before the flood gates opened with a goal from Sam Handwork '22, assisted by Bryce Carlin ‘21. Before you knew it the Quakes added 3 more goals from Izzy Paff ’21, Molly Gantt ’21, and Char Murray ’22 taking a 4 goal halftime lead. The 4 - 0 lead was too much for Catholic as the Quakes added a second-half goal by Keely Carter ’24 to close out the 5 - 0 win. Goalie Quinn Carlin '23 with the shutout effort.
Over in the Quaker Dome, the Girls Volleyball team was in the midst of a classic with Concordia. The Quakes took Game 1, 25 to 21 but then dropped the next two 25 to 23 and 25 to 14. The Quakes found themselves down 2 games to 1 just like last year in the IAAM semifinals vs Concordia. as Game 4 started it looked like it was not going to be the Quakes day as they trailed 5 to 0 early. A time out refocused the Quakes and they stormed back to take a 10 to 5 lead. Concordia took a time out and promptly evened the game at 15. Back and forth, they went, with the game tied at 24 the Quakes scored the final 2 points of the game-winning 26 to 24. The 5th set to 15 would decide the match. As the 4th set was, the 5th was back and forth with neither team leading by more than a point at any moment until the Quakes led 10 to 9. Abby Rosenberg '21 and Bella Foust '21 combined on the next 2 points to give the Quakes a bit of breathing room at 12 to 9. Fellow Senior Lauren Hamilton '21 made a key play to give the Quakes another point as they led 13 to 9. Concordia smashed away at the lead scoring the next 2 points cutting the lead to 13 to 11 before Tess Gilmore '22 served the team to a hard-fought 15 to 11 5th set win and a 3 - 2 match victory.
The next day the Girls Tennis team was set to take on Glenelg but the match was canceled. Never fear the Faculty All-Star are here to challenge the team. 2 years ago, the All-Stars defeated the Varsity team on Scarlet and Gray day, would history repeat itself?
That would be a strong NO as the Varsity Tennis team disposed of the Faculty All-Stars led by Seniors Lia Kerrigan '21 and Annie Xenakis '21. The team returns a strong team next year with Anna Keefer ‘23, Austen Rende ’22, and Anju Banerjee ’22 leading the way.
Last but not least the Varsity Cross Country team set up a rare on-campus meet for Nov 14th vs Mercy, St. Paul's, and St John's Catholic Prep. The city of Baltimore had other plans as COVID concerns threatened the event. In a last-minute switch, the meet was moved to Nov 12 with Mercy and St. Paul's joining.
Over half of the Quakes runners set personal records (PR) during the race with Chase Shriver ’21 (18:20) just off his personal best of 17:30, Sam Pate ’22 (18:38) and Keller Handwerk ’24 (18:41) leading the way for the Boys and Senior Sophie Weinman '21 (26:00) leading the way for the girls' team. Coach Smith said, “I think it goes without saying that your coaches are incredibly proud of the effort you put forth yesterday in the cold, wet, muddy, rain on a course that was slippery and hilly. You have worked hard during this unusual season and your times show that. Of particular note: I checked back to the last couple of year's state championship meet results as well as what I know about your PR's and I'm fairly certain that roughly 3/4 of our boys and girls teams ran a high school PR yesterday. Kudos to all of you!”
Kudos to all of our fall athletes. What you accomplished was not easy and the effort you all showed during practices and your event made us all proud. #HeartoverHype