Friday, January 25, Belmont Hill School 3, Fenn School 4
Despite being outnumbered by Belmont Hill School’s lineup, Fenn’s varsity hockey team held on for a 4-3 victory on Friday, January 25 at Valley Sports Arena, increasing its unbeaten streak to seven games. Fenn has developed a trademark game, featuring fast, competitive, end-to-end action. This game was not any different and included great plays by both teams.
In the opening period, a tic-tac-toe power play goal got things started. Ben Cook, at the top of the zone, laced a pass to Conor MacLean on the left, who slipped it across and through the penalty kill unit, right onto the stick of Luke Swaim, who buried a one-timer from the right faceoff circle... Fenn, 1-0.
After a successful penalty kill in the second, Fenn clicked for its second goal. Aggressive forechecking by Teddy Stiga, Andrew Pesce, and MacLean led to a turnover and the ensuing goal. Pesce was the scorer, with Stiga and MacLean grabbing assists on the play.
The officials served up another power play opportunity for Belmont Hill, but Andy Heinze made some key saves, thwarting every attempt.
MacLean then continued shredding the scoring books, as he poke-checked the puck by the defenseman and outskated two BH players in pursuit, going top shelf as he fell to the ice and barreled into the goal post. The shorthanded goal made it a 3-0 lead. It was MacLean’s 13th goal of the year.
Still in the second, BH capitalized on a crazy scramble in front of Heinze to bring the score to 3-1.
In the third, Teddy Stiga scored a gorgeous top shelf goal from in tight. Pesce received an assist on Fenn’s fourth of the night.
Belmont Hill, who dressed more players than Fenn, brought out its top players for the final seven minutes and capitalized by scoring twice. Yet Fenn persevered with some big stops by Heinze and key plays from defensemen Swaim, Cook, Liam Mulcahy, and Marcos Braceros to secure the 4-3 win.
Heinze made 27 saves. MacLean finished with a goal and two assists, while Stiga and Pesce each picked up a goal and an assist.
Wednesday, January 30, St. Sebastian’s School 2, Fenn School 6
At the midway point of the season, Fenn’s varsity hockey team had yet to lose a game under new head coach Jeff LaPlante, but could the team keep it going against St. Sebastian’s School, a strong team that carried an 8-1 record into the game at Valley Sports Arena?
St. Sebastian’s tallied first on a quality pass play that ended in a goal in the first period.
Working the man advantage, still in the first, Conor MacLean fired a shot from the slot that eluded the Seb’s goaltender to tie the score. Andrew Barton and Andrew Pesce picked up assists.
Luke Swaim, who had scored in each of the last three games, fired in a rebound of a MacLean shot after a scramble in the crease, 2-1, Fenn.
In the second period, St. Sebastian’s came out fired up and put the pressure on Fenn. Netminder Andy Heinze battled the Seb’s players with save after save and held the blue-and-gold in the game until Fenn regained its footing.
Fenn surrendered the tying goal, 2-2, when a Seb’s defenseman took advantage of a soft forecheck and raced end-to-end for a pretty goal over Heinze’s glove hand.
MacLean responded with a stickhandling gem of his own in the offensive zone, roofing the rubber over the goalie’s blocker, 3-2, Fenn.
In the closing period, Fenn was charged up to keep the lead. Swaim converted a shot from MacLean and Ben Cook for a 4-2 advantage.
Heinze continued his awesome performance, battling Seb’s attackers seemingly one-on-one time-after-time.
Late in the game, a turnover in the St. Sebastian defensive zone led to a 2-on-1 with Swaim and MacLean. MacLean, a left-handed shot, used the defenseman as a screen and went top left corner to the goalie’s stick side for the goal, 5-2.
Fenn sensed Seb’s attack sputtering, and the blue-and-gold capitalized. Cook intercepted a pass and rushed up ice, forwarded it to MacLean, who hit Barton with the pass. Barton eyed Cook all alone to the right of the goalie, and Cook fired home a one-timer for the 6-2 final.
Heinze pocketed 35 saves and, according to coach LaPlante, was the star of the game.
MacLean finished with his third hat trick of the season, in addition to a pair of assists. Swaim corralled two goals and an assist, while Cook picked up a goal and an assist.
Fenn now stands at 8-0 with six games remaining on the schedule.
Wednesday, February 6, Fenn School hosts Fay School
JUNIOR VARSITY HOCKEY
The JV hockey team has been busy prepping for two games this week, Thursday against Shady Hill and Friday against Park School. Fenn has an 0-0-1 record this season.
Thursday, January 31, Fenn School hosts Shady Hill School at Valley Sports Arena
Friday, February 1, Fenn School hosts Park School
Friday, January 25, Fenn School 37, Fay School 52
The varsity basketball team saw its three game winning streak come to a screeching halt on Friday, January 25 in Southborough. Fenn fell behind at Fay School by twelve points at the half, 32-20, and never got back on track, losing 52-37. Oscar Patton was Fenn’s leading scorer with nine points.
Wednesday, January 30, Shore Country Day School 36, Fenn School 47
Fenn got back on track on Wednesday, January 30 as it hosted Shore Country Day School. The blue-and-gold pulled out to a ten-point lead at the half and kept the pace, winning by a 47–36 score. Ninth grader Fru Nkimbeng led all scorers with 17 points.
Fenn’s record is 5-2 at the midway point of the season. The team now prepares for the annual Fenn School Basketball Tournament, which will take place on Saturday, February 2.
Saturday, February 2, Fenn School Basketball Tournament
JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL
Thursday, January 24, Shady Hill School 28, Fenn School 35
Fenn’s JV basketball team showcased dynamite defense and a great team effort to down visiting Shady Hill School on Thursday, January 24. Nate Blunt put on a clinic with five 3-pointers and fifteen points. Fenn’s 35-28 win lifted its season record to 4-3.
Wednesday, January 30, Fenn School 41, Belmont Day School 50
Fenn fell to defeat at Belmont Day School, 50-41, on Wednesday, January 30. Isaiah Langham pumped in 14 points in the second half for a team high total of 19 points in the game. Captain McCliff Metellus cashed in 10 points and nabbed 13 rebounds. The JV team record stands at 4-4 with six games to go on the schedule.
Thursday, January 31, Fenn hosts Carroll School
Wednesday, February 6, Fenn at Fessenden School
The wrestling team continues its schedule Wednesday, February 6 in a meet with Lexington Christian Academy and Landmark School.
Wednesday, February 6, Fenn at Lexington Christian Academy