Portsmouth Abbey sports highlights


The varsity field hockey team held EIL opponent Newton Country Day to a 1-1 first half score, and was led by sophomore Taylor Lough's lone Raven goal.  The Lady Ravens were unable to stop NCDS's second half attack though, and lost by two goals.  It was a hard-fought and well played game from start to finish, and senior captain Sarah Sienkiewicz played an outstanding game in the midfield for the Ravens. The team is now 2-3 for the season.

The lady Ravens had an impressive 6-0 victory over EIL opponent Beaver Country Day School.  Kristine McNulty led the scoring with three goals. Taylor Lough had a goal and an assist, while Mary Cate Whelan and Dani Banky each tallied a goal and Captain Callie Taylor had an assist to round out the scoring. This was the best team performance so far, and are now 3-3 for the season.

The field hockey team pulled off a difficult 2-1 victory at home last Wdnesday against EIL opponent Bancroft. The first Raven goal was scored by junior forward Brooke Kazama, assisted by sophomore Mary Cate Whelan.  Bancroft evened the score mid-way through the second half, but sophomore Elena Von dem Bongart was able to slip in the winning goal before time was up.  Freshman goalie Sarah Bertucci had a strong debut.

• The girls' varsity soccer team suffered a defeat at Newton Country Day 5-0.  The Abbey played well through the first 40 minutes of play, but allowed a weak side goal to open the second half and that was enough to undermine the confidence of a very young defense.  Despite the score the Abbey team is showing promise, especially in the midfield with the solid play of Annie Kirscht and Maggie Ingraham.  Up front Amberlee Majewski continues to show flashes of what she can do with the ball and kept the defense busy.  The Abbey moves to 1-4 on the season.

Annie Kirscht and Kelley Oliveira combined for 6 goals to help the Abbey girls' soccer team defeat visiting Beaver Country Day 6-1.  Kelley Oliveira, who was just recently moved to attack, scored a record 5 goals against a fine Beaver defense.  Annette Monheim had 3 assists in perhaps her best performance of the year. Midfielder Maggie Ingraham centered a beautiful corner kick right in front of the goal where Annie Kirscht headed the ball cleanly into the back of the net to secure a 2-1 lead.  Defenders Courtni Wade, Rachael Sousa, Caitlin Burke, and Jenny Yates managed to help keep a very potent Beaver offense in check. Callie Hall played extremely well in goal and recorded 16 saves to help the Abbey move to 2-4 on the season.

Annie Kirscht was a force to be reckoned with in midfield as the Portsmouth Abbey Girls' Varsity lost to Tabor Academy on Wednesday 5-0. Goalie Callie Hall of Portsmouth played particularly well and recorded 25 saves in a very difficult match.

• With two powerful strikes from Captain Coleman Clark and several clutch saves from goalkeeper Andrew Lowis, the variety boys soccer team led unbeaten EIL rival Beaver Country Day 2-1 at halftime. But the fast, skilled visitors upped the pressure in the final 40 minutes and pulled away to a 4-2 win in this hard-fought, entertaining contest.

Powered by goals from Jason Mercier, Nick Bauer, Coleman Clark, Charlie Ramsden and Finn O'Farrell and terrific playmaking from Antonio Minondo, the Ravens topped visiting Bancroft 5-0 and helped Peter Vergara earn the shutout in his first varsity start.

After a scoreless first half dominated by the visiting Ravens, Lexington Christian scored off a goalmouth scramble with just 10 minutes left in the match. But Antonio Minondo and Ben Vergara led a storming Abbey comeback that culminated in a Coleman Clark header into the net off a precise Julian Minondo corner with under 5 minutes remaining that earned a draw for the Ravens. The Abbey has not dropped a road match in the EIL in more than a season.

• In a home match, the Abbey golfers defeated Beaver Country  Day 4 to 2.  Will Hall was low with a 39 and Captain Garin Tracy shot a 40.  Also winning matches were Steve Vye, Ross Powell and George Sturges.

In an away match, the Abbey golfers swept Concord Acadamey 6 to 0.  Will Hall and Garin Tracy both shot 39.

In an exciting finish in the dark, Steve Vye won the 9th hole to secure a tie while Ross Powell also won the 9th hole netting the team a point.  In the end, the match was a 3 to 3 tie and was determined by the tie breaker which gave the Abbey a victory and a 3 and 2 record.

• The Ravens scored a 37-19 football win last week over Hebron Academy. The Abbey fell behind 7-0 but ralled to lead 20-7 at halftime. The offense was lead by Austin Krienz 3 TDs, Steve Foster 1 TD and Carlin Page 1 TD on a 5 yard pass from Rhoads Macguire. Brendan Conroy and Austin Kreinz has 2 pt conversions and Steve Foster kicked and extra point.

The defense was lead by Severin St. Claire,Hunter Harries, and Will Locke.

And this Saturday, the Abbey beat Hyde School 27-13.


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