Friday, November 2, Fenn School 22, Fay School 14
Fenn School’s football team finished the season with two straight wins, starting with a rematch against archrival Fay School on November 2 in Southborough, MA.
Fenn took control early, scoring the first touchdown and never allowing Fay any sustained momentum. Captain AliJah Clark hauled in all three blue-and-gold touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air. Quarterback Tyler Johnson led the offense with several excellent throws, including the TD pass to Clark. On defense, Ben Lisa was a standout with several tackles for loss of yards as well as a few sacks.
“It was a real team effort,” said coach Matt Ward, whose team snapped a four-game losing skid.
The 22-14 victory was Fenn’s second win over Fay this season. The first win, a 28-12 final, came on homecoming day.
Wednesday, November 7, Fenn School 8, Dexter Southfield School 6
Fenn visited Dexter Southfield School on November 7 in the season finale.
Fenn got off to a slow start in the first half, surrendering a touchdown to Dexter in the second quarter. The two-point conversion failed, but the boys from Brookline held a 6-0 advantage.
Gritty play in the second half from the likes of Ben Lisa, McCliff Metellus, and Buck Lewis resulted in some great defensive stands for Fenn. As it turned out, those were timely stops, as they gave Fenn the ball with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
On the short end of a 6-0 scoreboard, Fenn drove fifty yards down the field to the ten-yard line. Fenn moved the ball to the one-yard line on first down and second down and was forced to stop the clock with only a few seconds remaining. Quarterback Tyler Johnson rushed on third down, only to be stopped on the one-inch line. Fenn called its final timeout with two seconds remaining and the ball placed at fourth and inches from the goal line.
After the timeout, the boys in blue-and-gold hit the field energized.
Ninth grader Fru Nkimbeng got the call and rushed the ball into the end zone untouched as time expired, tying the game at 6-6.
Buck Lewis, playing his final game in a Fenn uniform, plowed through for the two-point conversion, diving into the end zone to win the game on a play that easily could have gone either way.
“It was a great team win and an excellent way to end the season,” said coach Matt Ward, whose team finished with a 3-4 record. “The senior class played great, and the boys were all smiles after the game.”
Saturday, November 3, Fenn School at New England Junior Private School Tourney at Eaglebrook School
The annual New England Junior Private School Soccer Tournament, scheduled for November 3 at Eaglebrook School, was cancelled due to poor field conditions. Eaglebrook officials reported that Deerfield, Mass. had registered forty inches of rain since August. It was the first time in 45 years that the event was cancelled. Fenn’s varsity soccer team finished the season with an 8-2-1 record.
JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER
Friday, November 2, Fenn School 0, Pike School 2
Fenn’s JV soccer team plodded through a damp day and a muddy field on November 2 in Andover. Despite being shut out by Pike School, 2-0, there were a few highlights from the boys in blue-and-gold. Hayden Shen stood tall surrounded by big puddles in the goal box, grasping the slippery ball on several occasions as he was peppered by Pike shots. Andrew Blau starred on defense with solid, aggressive play. It was easily Blau’s best game of the season, as he played the entire sixty minutes.
Monday, November 5, The Learning Center 1, Fenn School 5
Fenn's JV Soccer squad challenged two opponents simultaneously on November 5, hosting side-by-side contests against Carroll (11 v 11) and The Learning Center (8 v 8) and closing the 2018 term with victories in both matches.
The small-sided matchup with TLC on the compact Carr Road "Squad Field" opened tentatively, with Fenn's bigger, faster lineup apparently hesitant to play full speed against smaller opponents. Ben Cook punched in a strong shot in the seventh minute, following a calm feed from Michael Mariani, to shake Fenn loose from its complacent start. Charlie Kessler added a second goal at 19 minutes, slipping a nutmeg through TLC's keeper from about eight yards. His wide open shooting opportunity arose courtesy of a well-played trap and pass by Ben Ma, who registered his first assist of the season by setting up Kessler directly in front of the goal.
Ma's sound ball handling reflected the noticeable progress made by the entire team this season in learning to play for possession. Defenders Jeremiah Engermann and Kimball Khetani also demonstrated calm decision-making and steady foot skills under pressure.
The Learning Center's slightly-built yet capable center midfielder pulled back a singleton shortly before the halftime interval, earning a penalty kick when his ambitious dribbling run drew a foul just inside the eighteen yard line. The spot kick was converted promptly, sending Fenn into the break with a slimmer margin than they might have anticipated.
Second-half play tilted heavily for the Blue and Gold, forcing TLC's athletic goalkeeper to handle nearly a dozen shots on the frame. He played a fine game for the visitors. Fenn secured insurance goals in the final ten minutes of the match, with Cook drumming in a rising volley from close range at 50 minutes and Jimmy Mawn casually sliding a loose ball through traffic three minutes later. Mariani capped the scoring with a twenty-five yard rocket from the top corner of the penalty area, shortly before the final whistle.
Monday, November 5, Carroll School 0, Fenn School 6
The other game of the JV side-by-side matchup was against Carroll School, a contest that tilted solidly in Fenn’s favor, 6-0.
Maxie Murphy and Vehaan Keswani were two of the stars of the game. They made some great crosses in towards the goal from their respective positions from left and right forward. It was by far Murphy’s best game, as he showed that he had learned a lot about the game of soccer over the season. Keswani’s persistence paid off, as he blasted the Carroll goalie with shots and finally got one by him.
Sam Dean scored one of Fenn’s six goals in another solid individual performance. Dean impressed the coaching staff with his sense of the game, his vision to find the open man, and his pinpoint-accurate passing.
Hudson Wesel, Jack Moskow, and Will Hickey also scored for Fenn.
Luke Lopresti, typically a defenseman, played center forward in the second half and notched the final goal of the season.
Goaltender Hayden Shen barely touched the ball in the first half, but in the second, Carroll came out rejuvenated and pressured Fenn’s defense. Despite plastering Shen with several shots on net, Shen remained focused in earning the shutout.
Fenn JV finished the season 6-8.
Wednesday, October 31, Fenn School beat Rivers School
On the cross-country scene, Fenn put up a pair of W’s this week. On October 31, Fenn raced to victory against Rivers School on the Monument Street course. Connor Soukup was Fenn’s first finisher, followed by Peter Favero, Bobby Skrivanek, and Sam Lyons.
Friday, November 2, Fenn School beat Park School and Dexter Southfield School
Two days later, Fenn beat Park School and Dexter Southfield School in an away meet. Favero crossed the finish line first, followed by Lyons, Timothey Szczepanski, Andy Barton, and Steven Xing.
Wednesday, November 7, Fenn School Takes Fifth Place at Roxbury Latin Jamboree
Despite sickness and injury, Fenn placed fifth out of seventeen teams at the annual Roxbury Latin Jamboree on November 7 in West Roxbury. The host team, Roxbury Latin, took top honors in the Jamboree, while Belmont Hill came in second.
Fenn’s Peter Favero had an outstanding race, as he medaled. Other top Fenn finishers included Connor Soukup, Bobby Skrivanek, Andy Barton, Sam Lyons, Timothey Szczepanski, Steven Xing, Chris Lando, and Parker Nagtegaal.
“Another great cross country season in the books,” said coach David Duane.