As the winter season gets underway, I wanted to take an opportunity to provide a brief fall season recap, including some highlights, and announcements for upcoming changes and our newly instated Tiger Days!
It will 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 2018 fall season. Please read on below for more, check out the individual team pages for full results, and our SmugMug photo albums
for professional photos.
Sacred Heart Tiger Days!
We are excited to share that moving forward we will be hosting Sacred Heart Tiger Days throughout each sports season. On our Tiger Days, we hope to pack the stands to watch our athletic teams in action and will have food, coffee/hot chocolate, etc. for sale for our spectators. Stay tuned for upcoming winter and spring dates.
Mark your Calendars- changes to note:
We will be changing how we provide information to our Upper School student-athletes and parents at the start of each sports’ season. Starting in the Fall of 2019, we will hold a once-a-year Sports Night- where we will review programming for the upcoming year, changes and announcements, important expectations for our student-athletes and aim to have an informational speaker on different topics.
For the other seasons, and starting this winter, we will no longer be holding the US Meet and Greet. Instead, we will meet with the students during the school day to give them important reminders and information for the season, and post additional information for all students and parents on our website. Varsity and JV Head Coaches will hold team-specific meetings within the first two weeks of the season to give team specific expectations, information, and answer any questions. Middle School Meet and Greets will still be held prior to the start of each season.
Enjoy the season recap and Go Heart!
Director of Athletics
Middle School Cross Country, which scores as individuals and not as a team, had exciting results and a great team atmosphere of hard work and improvement all season. Ava Lillis finished 1st overall for 7th grade in the FAAs and FAA Championship race, while Maggie Finn placed 4th overall for 6th grade, and Jackie Monahan finished 3rd overall for 7th grade in the FAA.
Varsity Cross Country saw a large number of participants on the Upper School level, and another highly successful season: finishing 20-6-0, placing 2nd in the FAA Championship Meet and overall in the regular FAA season. Sophomore Grace Lillis was overall FAA champion for 2nd year in a row! The hard work for the coaches and student-athletes is evident in the results and the fact that almost everyone hit PRs this season; great work!
The entire field hockey program, 6th grade through varsity, contributed to what was a season of unprecedented program-wide success. Between all five of our teams, we only saw 2 losses, with three of the teams going undefeated for the season in Middle and Upper Schools!
Our Varsity Field Hockey team WON the FAA Tournament over Greenwich Academy, revenging their only loss during the regular season. That, along with an incredible regular season run, earned them the #3 ranking in the NEPSAC post-season tournament where they advanced to the semifinal round. Their season ended in a tight game that went to overtime. This was our best finish and ranking to date in the New England tournament; a historic season!
There are a lot of talented and hardworking field hockey players at Sacred Heart, and the future continues to be bright for this program as it is seeing amazing success at all levels. Congratulations to the coaches and student-athletes for their seasons!
This fall the Rowing team moved training locations to RowAmerica Greenwich and, under the direction of a new head coach, the team made substantial strides in speed and saw their hard work pay off on the water. Our team expanded to include 8th graders this year, and we have a large and excited group of new rowers that will contribute substantially to our program moving forward. This, coupled with our dedicated returners and leadership from our upperclassmen, means great things for the team, and our student-athletes and coaches are already looking forward to the spring racing season!
Results from the last regatta, Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, PA were: Varsity 8+ placed 39 of 53, JV 8+ placed 38 out of 54, Novice 8+ placed 19 out of 30, and Novice 4+ placed 13 out of 30 boats.
The overall soccer program in both the Middle and Upper School was our largest sports program this fall. The teams, interest and successes continue to grow as our coaches and student-athletes work hard on the fields.
Our JV team finished 1st in the FAA for the regular season and won the JV FAA Tournament! Our Varsity team finished 12-7-1, which ties the regular season win record for a Sacred Heart Varsity Soccer team. The varsity team had an incredible season, playing high-level games, showing strong soccer skills, and advancing to the semifinal round of the FAA tournament where they lost a heartbreaker to GA in penalty kicks. We are excited to see what all our soccer teams and student-athletes accomplish next year with this great momentum!
Our MS tennis program had 32 students participate this fall. The coaches felt strongly that each individual student made strides throughout the season in terms of developing their tennis skills and game understanding. We hope many of these student-athletes will continue with tennis in years to come!
Middle School volleyball is fast growing here at Sacred Heart, as we had two MS teams for the first time this year, and they posted an overall winning record! The level of volleyball IQ across all our programs continues to rise with great coaching and opportunities to work in small groups through clinics that we put into place throughout the fall. The varsity team demonstrated grit, resilience, and perseverance this season and notched some impressive wins throughout against high-level opponents. A young team with only two seniors; we are excited about the future of the volleyball program here at Sacred Heart.