As I reflect on my first year at Sacred Heart, I have been honored to work on behalf of our student-athletes and to be a part of such a special community. Sacred Heart athletics is more than just wins and losses and that is due to the hard work of our students and coaches and support from the parents, faculty, and community. Thank you to everyone for making 2018-2019 a year to remember!
Before we move on to planning for the next season, I wanted to share with you highlights from our spring teams and individual student-athletes. It would be impossible to mention all the high points, achievements, and development of our student-athletes, but we hope to give you a glimpse of what was accomplished during the season. As always, full results from each team can be found on our athletics website, and photos and updates from throughout the season can be found on our SmugMug page and social media accounts (@gocshgreenwich on Instagram and Twitter).
Our Varsity Water Polo team burst onto the New England scene in only their second year as a program, and first as a full NEPSAC member. With a final regular season win 4-1 over Hopkins, the team earned their first-ever invitation to the New England Water Polo Tournament as the #5 seed. At the New England tournament, the team posted a win in its first game but fell in the semifinal round to the eventual champion. The team finished 4th in New Englands; an amazing season!
The future is extremely for this sport, with many of our players returning next year and a growing Middle School program that will contribute on the Varsity level in years to come. The MS program saw competition for the first time this spring and demonstrated amazing improvement from day one to the end of the season. Water Polo is a program to watch.
Track and Field
The Upper School Track and Field team saw unprecedented success this season throughout their regular season meets and capped it off by winning the inaugural FAA Championships. The team then qualified a number of athletes for the New England Championships and placed 7th overall, improving one spot from 2018. Throughout the season, individual student-athletes set personal bests and broke numerous school records in running and field events. The coaches’ creativity and the students’ hard work paid off.
Middle School Track joined the Metropolitan Middle School Track League and, in addition to our regular local meets, traveled to Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island to compete under the lights of a large track venue. Seven individuals went on to qualify for the Gotham Games held on May 20th. With individual wins and strong team performances, the MS track team showed that we have speed across the board in our US and MS track program.
Varsity Tennis showed their winning ways this season, finishing with an 8-3-0 record and posting wins over Class A New England schools and FAA rivals. This earned the team a third-place finish in the FAA regular season and an invitation to the New England tournament. Only eight teams from Class A were selected, and this is the first time since 2016 that we have earned a NEPSAC invitation. The team ultimately fell in the first round to the #1 seed but returning to the tournament was a huge step forward for this team, which plans to be there again next year and work their way through the bracket!
The Varsity Softball team returned to FAA league play after a three-year hiatus. The athletes embraced this challenge and fought hard in each competition, stepping out of their comfort zone to fill needed positions and support each other. The Varsity team finished with a record of 2-10-0, while our MS team finished 2-7-0.
The Rowing team grew both in numbers, skill and speed this spring as this program continues to charge forward. For the first time since 2015, the rowing program qualified two boats, our Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8, for the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships (NEIRAs). With a number of younger athletes on this growing team, the coaches and I are excited about continuing to move the program forward and work our way into the finals at NEIRAs. RowAmerica Greenwich is anticipating breaking ground on their new boathouse facility this summer, which will become our home away from home by the water.
Our student-athletes and teams demonstrated once again that our talent pool is deep and the enthusiasm is high in this sport at Sacred Heart! We had two Middle School teams post unbeaten seasons (7/8 A and 6th Grade), and it is clear that there is a ton of talent set to move up through the program.
The entire Upper School program traveled to Florida to train at IMG Academy over the second week of spring break, and this truly made a difference for both our teams in terms of their preparedness for the short but busy season. The JV team carried a more robust roster this year, which paid off in their season and made for a great training environment as the team went on to finish 10-4-0.
Our Varsity Lacrosse team came away posting a season record of 18-1-0, going undefeated in the FAA, which garnered them the FAA Regular Season title. After earning the #1 seed in the FAA Tournament, the team went on to win in a dominating fashion, finishing the season as FAA Tournament Champions for the third year in a row. Consensus around the lacrosse community is that our team was one of the best in the country, and it was a true pleasure to watch these student-athletes play throughout the spring!
Varsity and JV Golf made use of our new home at Tamarack Country Club this spring, leaving the course with successful seasons. Varsity Golf capped off the regular season with two post-season competitions: first, attending the New England Pippy O'Connor Tournament where the team placed fifth, with our top golfer at that tournament, Carly Haines ’20, finishing 8th overall. The team then capped off their season with the Caroline Dym '18 Memorial FAA Tournament on May 20th, where MaryGrace Farrell ’21 placed 2nd overall.
Over the summer, please be on the lookout for additional information regarding the 2019-2020 school year, athletics updates, our Upper School Sports Night on September 5, and our Fall MS Meet and Greet on September 9!
As always, thank you for your support of our student-athletes and athletic programs.
Director of Athletics
Sacred Heart Greenwich