VARSITY SOCCER (6-3-1 final regular season record; 1-2-3 in tournament play)
Saturday, November 2, Fenn School at NE Junior Private School Tournament
After closing the books on the regular season with a 6-3-1 record, the Fenn School varsity soccer team traveled to western Massachusetts on Saturday, November 2 for the much-anticipated 45th Annual New England Junior Private School Tournament. The twelve-team tournament, which includes grade 6-9 independent school teams, was held at the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA. It is the capstone event for varsity soccer players.
Opening Game (WIN)
Fenn 1-0 over Hillside School
Fenn faced off against Hillside School from Marlborough, MA in the opening game of the tournament. It was a chilly November morning, and the field was covered with frost. Fenn rushed out of the gate, creating several scoring chances early on. In the fourth minute, a Fenn striker was pushed inside the box, and a penalty kick was awarded. Eighth grader Harry Nerrow skillfully converted the penalty kick to push Fenn out in front, 1-0. Fenn and Hillside traded many scoring chances, keeping the crowd on edge. With just three minutes remaining, Fenn goalie John Donovan made a spectacular diving save on a strong shot by a Hillside striker to preserve the 1-0 victory for Fenn.
Second Game (TIE)
Fenn 0-0 tie with Eaglebrook School
In Fenn’s second game, the boys in blue-and-gold took on the tournament host, the Eaglebrook School. The evenly matched teams engaged in a defensive battle, with solid defensive play on both sides leading to a 0-0 deadlock. Defensive standouts for Fenn included ninth graders Sam Dean, Gerald Gao, Finley Stevens, Jack Moscow, and Garrett Mackenzie, as well as eighth graders Jack Doherty and Wade Clark. Ninth grade goalie Hayden Shen was strong between the pipes in the scoreless contest.
Third Game (LOSS)
Fenn 3-0 loss to Rumsey Hall School
The third game of the day presented Fenn School against the Rumsey Hall School of Washington, CT. In the opening minutes, Fenn put pressure on Rumsey Hall’s defense but failed to score. Throughout the rest of the contest, Fenn would continue to get stonewalled, while Rumsey Hall’s talented strikers put on a showcase. In spite of a valiant defensive effort, Fenn suffered a 3-0 defeat.
Fourth Game (LOSS)
Fenn 2-0 loss to Indian Mountain School
Next up for Fenn was the Indian Mountain School from Salisbury, CT. This game saw Fenn midfielders Hans Scheibe, Luca Raffa, Harry Nerrow, and Jackson Rich establish control of the midfield. Yet in the end, Fenn was unable to counter the outstanding individual efforts by Indian Mountain School’s strikers. Fenn fell to its second straight defeat of the day with the 2-0 loss.
Fifth Game (TIE)
Fenn 0-0 tie with Cardigan Mountain School
Fenn’s fifth game of the day was against Cardigan Mountain School of Canaan, NH. This game saw a back-and-forth battle with both teams having quality chances, but strong goal tending at both ends of the field resulted in a 0-0 tie.
Sixth Game (TIE)
Fenn 0-0 tie with Eaglebrook School “B” team
In Fenn’s final game of the day, the boys in blue-and-gold played Eaglebrook School’s ‘B’ team. Fenn controlled much of the field but was unable to capitalize on its offensive opportunities. Add another 0-0 tie to the final slate.
Fenn’s 1-2-3 tournament record left the team in a tie for 7th place with Eaglebrook ‘B'. Meanwhile, Fessenden School scored in the final seconds of the championship game against Indian Mountain School for a 2-1 victory and the tournament title.
Fenn head coach Bob Starensier, along with assistant coaches Freemon Romero and Jason Rude, praised the Fenn players’ sportsmanship and toughness. The coaches also reflected on the team’s considerable growth over the course of the season.
JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER (6-4-2 regular season record, not including final game of season)
Wednesday, October 30, Carroll School 2, Fenn School 6
Tactical chemistry has emerged only gradually for Fenn’s JV Soccer team this fall, but several more pieces of the puzzle fell neatly into place against Carroll School in Concord on Wednesday, October 30. Purposeful runs and well-placed attacking passes created six fine goals for Fenn under the maples on Monument Street, as they linked together many sequences of three, four, and five nicely controlled exchanges. The Blue-and-Gold won the match, 6-2.
Carroll surprised Fenn before the opening whistle, sending their first eleven onto the field with one remarkable change from the lineup they presented in the teams’ previous matchup. Two weeks earlier, when Fenn cranked a ton of shots on goal in Weston but scored just twice, Carroll’s experienced and well-trained goalkeeper was the most influential player on the pitch. For this rematch, he played in the field at #9 and #10, while a teammate donned the gloves, and the former goalie delivered two fine goals for his side.
Spencer Harnden set up Fenn’s first goal with clever dribbling into the left edge of the penalty area and a clean pass to Charlie Driscoll, who had time to find Jamie Book in the penalty arc. Book’s shot went top left, without any hesitation, and the hosts had the vital early lead. Luke Tsairas made it 2-0 at 15 minutes, timing his run inward from left midfield to meet JJ Oldershaw’s cross from the right corner flag. Tsairas anticipated that the serve could bounce through the box, and he was rewarded with a short, unmarked tap-in at the far post. It looked easy, but in reality, it depended on the smart work represented by Tsairas’s lengthy, intentional approaching sprint.
Driscoll added a third goal in the 18th minute, carrying through Carroll’s back line and shooting firmly on the ground, several strides before the keeper expected a strike to come. At 3-0, Fenn was off to the races, it seemed. Carroll’s goalkeeper-converted-to-striker pulled back one for his team before halftime, but on the whole, the visitors developed few opportunities to break down Fenn’s defensive group with any regularity.
Hudson Wesel lobbed a high ball under Carroll’s crossbar in the first minute of the second half, following a fantastic set of brisk passes from Driscoll, Harnden, and Tom Mulvany. Ten minutes later, Cairon Harrison — the fastest man on the field — burned behind the last defender to meet a sweet through ball from Mulvany at the eighteen. He corralled it at a dead run and spanked it quickly past the frozen keeper.
Book got his second of the day in similar fashion, racing onto a long clear from Garrett MacKenzie that eluded Carroll’s center back.
Carroll’s ace won a terrific one-on-one battle to earn a classic solo goal late in the game, but he did not have a strong enough supporting cast to make the score any closer, particularly in light of Fenn’s emerging ability to retain possession and their steady work rate.
Friday, November 1, Fenn School 2, Fay School Varsity “B,” 2
Coming back from a two-goal deficit tastes great; relinquishing a two-goal lead tastes sour; and Fenn had to swallow the latter on Friday, November 1 against Fay School’s Varsity “B” group. Blustery side-to-side winds buffeted Crotty Field all afternoon, hampering play through the air but treating both teams equally at Fay's spacious athletic campus in Marlborough. Fenn won the first half, Fay the second, and the perennial arch-rivals settled for a 2-2 draw.
Niko Weaver played a tough, capable hour in goal for Fenn, rebounding gamely from three second-half collisions with Fay attackers to make several key saves in the frantic closing minutes. He was on his game throughout the competitive, up-tempo match.
Fenn’s first-half lead arose courtesy of goals from JJ Oldershaw and Luke Tsairas. Oldershaw’s high and hopeful cross from deep in the right corner, against the wind, dropped just inside the back post at 8 minutes. His chance to serve was possible because Jamie Book held possession so effectively when a long ball reached him outside of the penalty area. Book fought off a heavy, legal shoulder charge from his defender until he could lay off a gently weighted pass ahead of Oldershaw’s overlapping run along the flank. Ten minutes later, Tsairas tapped in a one-yard bouncer after Fay’s big, confident, sturdy goalkeeper mishandled a deftly crossed grounder from Spencer Harnden. Heavy traffic made it a difficult moment for the goalie, as Harnden’s handsome ball from the endline was directed nicely back into the box.
Fay’s speedy maroon-clad boys earned their second-half recovery by competing more urgently and aggressively than they had in the opening thirty minutes. They won footraces, competed desperately when they lost possession, and took a few chances that paid off. A well-struck 20-yarder found the upper corner early in the period, and a penalty kick put them on level terms in the 50th minute.
The last ten minutes featured tense threats at both ends of the neatly-tended grass park, but no breakthroughs — a fair result for the two hungry young squads.
Wednesday, November 6
Fenn School at Noble & Greenough School – score not reported at press time
THIRDS SOCCER (3-6-2 final regular season record)
Friday, November 1, Fenn School 3, Fay School 3
Fenn’s Thirds soccer team traveled to Southborough on Friday, November 1 for a rematch with Fay School. The last time these two teams met, Fenn was blanked, 10-0. Yet a lot has changed for the Fenn boys since that September 27 contest. There would not be a blow-out this time around. No, this game was a tight back-and-forth battle from the start. Sam Kahn got things going for Fenn with the game’s first goal. Kahn capitalized for his second of the game, the result of a Max Libby-Grantham key clearing kick from the defensive zone. The halftime score was knotted at 2-2, but Fenn relinquished a goal with five minutes remaining on the final clock, falling behind 3-2 and hopes fading fast. Identifying a need to step it up a notch, Nick Brady played his best game of the year, filling an important role at center midfield. Likewise, Nicky Durant stepped into a place he never had played in the past - the sweeper defense position - and did a great job. With Brady and Durant controlling the middle late in the game, Fenn was able to work the corners on offense. Josh Weig became the hero as he scored off a corner kick to draw Fenn even, 3-3. Sometimes a tie feels more like a victory, and this one was savored by coach Derek Cribb’s boys.
Monday, November 4, Game One of Doubleheader, Jewish Community Day School 3, Fenn School 4
Fenn hosted Jewish Community Day School on Monday, November 4, in the top half of a doubleheader. The home team received goals from Will Hatten, Sean Leahy, and Dereck Then early on. In dramatic form, Gray Malitsky scored the game winner with a shot from half field to give Fenn a 4-3 victory.
Monday, November 4, Game Two of Doubleheader, Carroll School 0, Fenn School 0
In game two, Fenn and Carroll School played to a 0-0 draw. Coach Cribb reported that Sam Kahn contributed several shots on goal, Panha Sam was key on defense, and Yoni Ghansah turned in a solid performance.
Wednesday, November 6
Thirds Classic – score not reported at press time
CROSS COUNTRY (7-3 reg. season record, as well as 2nd, 5th, and 7th place finishes; does not include final meet of season)
Friday, November 1, Fenn School defeated Park School
Fenn’s cross-country team hosted the Park School on Friday, November 1. Fenn finished ahead of Park, with top performers Connor Soukup, Bobby Skrivanek, Tyler Martinez, William O’Malley, Colin Soukup, and Chris Lando leading the way.
Wednesday, November 6
Fenn School hosts Rivers School – score not reported at press time
FOOTBALL (2-3 regular season record, not including final game of the season)
Friday, November 1, Fenn School 6, Fay School 24
Balancing on a .500 record, Fenn’s football team traveled to Southborough on Friday, November 1, in hopes of tipping the scales towards a winning record. This game was billed as a rematch from Fenn’s first game of the season, when the boys in Blue-and-Gold earned a 26-14 victory on September 20.
Eighth grader Garrett Lanagan rushed the ball for about 80 yards against Fay, as the game was tightly contested. Fenn also received some strong defensive contributions. DJ Winston-Johnson, a seventh grader, played great defense. Eighth grader Herrick Stevenson also came up with an awesome interception late in the fourth quarter while Fenn was trying to mount a comeback. Although Fenn was defeated by Fay, 24-6, coach Matt Ward indicated the score was not a reflection of the close competition on the day.
Wednesday, November 6
Fenn School hosts Dexter Southfield School – score not reported at press time