Thursday, October 10, Boston College High School, Fenn School (cancelled)
Wednesday, October 16, Buckingham Browne & Nichols 0, Fenn School 1
Under a cloudy sky on Wednesday, October 16, Fenn School hosted Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, carrying a 2-1-1 record into the contest.
The first half was a tactical battle in the midfield. Fenn’s best opportunity arrived at the fifteen-minute mark as eighth grader Luca Raffa rocketed a well-placed shot from thirty yards out. Raffa’s shot was blocked by a diving save from the BB&N goalie. Yet there was some fine action by the Fenn goalie at the other end as well.
In the closing minutes of the first half, goalie John Donovan, a Fenn eighth grader, showcased spectacular form in blocking a shot from BB&N’s center forward who had zipped through Fenn’s defense. The game remained scoreless.
Second half action saw Fenn midfielders Hans Scheibe, Harry Nerrow, Jackson Rich, and Luca Raffa move the ball effectively to create several scoring opportunities. Eighth grade forward Teddy Stiga worked tirelessly against a very physical BB&N defense, and the payoff for those efforts came nine minutes into the second half, as Stiga netted his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Fenn continued to stave off pressure from BB&N in the second half, but outstanding play by defenders Sean Trudeau, Sam Dean, Hayden Shen, as well as goaltender Donovan, secured the 1-0 victory for Fenn.
Afterward, coach Bob Starensier praised his players for their outstanding teamwork. He added that the victory never would have been possible at the beginning of the season, and it can be attributed directly to the hard work from practice sessions this week.
Friday, October 18, Fenn School versus Shore Country Day School
JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER
Thursday, October 10, Jewish Community Day School, Fenn School (cancelled)
Friday, October 11, Fenn School 2, Fessenden School 2
Sloppy ball-handling exacts a stiff cost in schoolboy soccer, while moments of possessional chemistry pay priceless wages. Fenn’s JV boys realized both such returns in cold rain at Fessenden School on Friday, October 11, and the two fiercely competitive rivals settled for a 2-2 draw in West Newton. The hosts were beneficiaries of an early break, poking in an easy rebound at five minutes when their first corner kick was parried too softly and fell fortuitously in front of the goal. The Bears’ 1-0 lead held up for the rest of the first half, as the Blue & Gold ran hard but struggled mightily to execute well-controlled first touches on the ball. Defenders Garrett MacKenzie and Will Hickey cleared several balls from within the goal area that otherwise would have doubled Fessy’s margin.
The halftime talk was exceptionally short, as both the nasty weather and the frequent breakdowns in first-half possession indicated that it would be more valuable to keep the athletes in motion during the break, with balls moving rapidly among them. Trap and pass; trap and pass.
Jamie Book evened the account for Fenn in the 35th minute, fashioning a long solo run with great pace from midfield. At first glance, he appeared to have the speed to break loose for a full breakaway, but Fessy’s desperate left back chased him down. The opportunity might have evaporated, then and there, but Book turned cleverly from outside to inside as he was overtaken and lofted a picture-perfect 25-yard lob over the goalkeeper. At 1-1, everything looked different.
Improved focus on ball control allowed Fenn to work more methodically around the slick turf field as the second half progressed, and promising attacks cropped up more frequently. Nevertheless, Fessenden’s strong central midfielders threatened repeatedly, forcing MacKenzie, Hickey, and Thomas Donahue to work exhausting 30-minute shifts on the back line. With just ten minutes left, a long and hopeful ground ball skipped inside Niko Weaver’s right goal post, pushing the hosts back in front. Their rain-soaked supporters on the terrace undoubtedly sensed a Parents’ Weekend celebration, but Fenn did not concede.
Just when it seemed that Fenn might finish cold, soaked, and disappointed, they crafted a swift sequence of sheer beauty that lifted them thrillingly into a 2-2 draw. Tal Richmond trapped and turned at midfield, delivering a quick, soft pass to Cairon Harrison across the center circle. Harrison followed with an equally quick and well-weighted pass to Tom Mulvany on the left wing. Mulvany instantly whipped a superb 30-yard diagonal ball to JJ Oldershaw inside the 18-yard line, and he did not waste the handsome chance. Oldershaw’s two calm touches drew out the keeper, then Oldershaw finessed his shot inside the far post. It was precisely the type of goal that this Fenn team trains for daily.
Coach David Sanborn sends along sincere thanks to Patty Donahue for driving several boys to the match, and to Tim Pynchon and Pam MacKenzie for the post-match photos. We greatly appreciate the support of our parents!
Wednesday, October 16, Fenn School, Carroll School
Results unavailable at press time
Friday, October 18, Fenn School hosts Shore Country Day School
Friday, October 11, Fenn School, Fessenden School (cancelled)
Fenn’s Thirds soccer game at Fessenden School on Friday, October 11 was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Thursday, October 17, Fenn School at Lexington Christian Academy
Friday, October 18, Fenn School hosts Pike School
Thursday, October 10, Carroll School, Fenn School (cancelled)
Friday, October 11, Fay School, Fenn School
Fenn’s cross-country team hosted Fay School on a dreary Friday, October 11. Top performers for the home team were ninth graders Connor Soukup and Bobby Skrivanek, as well as eighth graders Chris Lando and Will Simon. Tyler Martinez, a sixth grader, was impressive in the meet. Despite many fine Fenn performances, Fay won the meet.
Thursday, October 17, Fenn School at Park School
Friday, October 18, Fenn School hosts LCA, Milton Academy, Hillside School
Friday, October 11, Fenn School 8, Dexter School 14
As rain poured down on the Main Field in Brookline on Friday, October 11, the Fenn School football team got into a tight gridiron battle with Dexter-Southfield School.
Eighth grade tight end Garrett Lanagan was a standout performer for the Blue-and-Gold, with over 150 yards receiving. Lanagan rumbled in for Fenn’s only touchdown on an 82-yard touchdown reception, breaking multiple tackles on the way.
Fenn tacked on two more points on the conversion, as starting quarterback Ty Johnson found Kal Lonergan for the reception.
Johnson, who is a Fenn captain, was injured later in the game, forcing Fenn to lose a bit of momentum. Senior Tom Murdough was effective in stepping in for Johnson at QB.
Fenn’s boys were able to keep this one deadlocked until late in the fourth quarter, when they relinquished the go-ahead touchdown en route to a 14-8 loss.
Coach Matt Ward’s players have two weeks to recuperate before getting back into action when Fessenden comes to town on October 25.
Friday, October 25, Fenn School hosts Fessenden School