Thursday, January 9, 2020, Carroll School 44, Fenn School 56
Fenn’s varsity basketball team tipped off the 2020 season with a 56-44 victory over the Carroll School on Thursday, January 9. This game was tight at the half, with Fenn behind by five points, 29-24. Yet the boys in blue-and-gold pulled away in the second half and raced to a 56-44 victory. The team shot 15 of 19 from the free throw line. Isaiah Langham was high man for Fenn with 22 points, while Ben Paradis collected 15 points.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Rivers School 29, Fenn School 65
Coach Peter Bradley’s team made it two straight to start the season by outrunning Rivers School, 65-29, on Wednesday, January 15. Fenn held a commanding 36-17 halftime lead and ran away with this one. Paradis had a game high 19 points, while Langham pumped in 17.
Thursday, January 16, Fenn School hosted Fay School (report forthcoming)
Thursday, January 23, Fenn School hosts Xaverian Brothers High School
JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL
Friday, January 10, 2020, Fay School 23, Fenn School 59
The JV basketball team won its first two games of the season, both victories earned over archival Fay School. Fenn defeated Fay, 59-23, on Friday, January 10. This was a well-rounded effort where defense played a key role in the final outcome. Will Hickey had a game-high 10 points to lead Fenn’s offense.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Fay School 29, Fenn School 40
Game two against Fay School was held on Wednesday, January 15. While this game was a bit closer, the final result of 40-29 stood in Fenn’s favor. Again, defense was the name of the game with Fenn players on both sides of the ball contributing to the victory in a well-balanced game plan. Charlie Driscoll, who registered eight points, was the high scorer for Fenn.
Wednesday, January 22, Fenn School at Belmont Hill School
Wednesday, January 8, 2020, Buckingham Browne & Nichols 2, Fenn School 9
With just five players returning from last year’s undefeated team, this year’s Fenn School varsity hockey team dropped the puck on the 2020 season. And while thirteen new players donned the blue-and-gold uniform on Wednesday, January 8, it was a veteran eighth grader who stole the show as Fenn hosted Buckingham Browne & Nichols at Valley Sports Arena. Eighth grader Teddy Stiga, a seasoned veteran in the Fenn lineup, scored five goals en route to Fenn’s 9-2 opening day victory.
Fenn got off to a fast start, as Stiga scored twice in the opening stanza. Ben Cook and Will Belle assisted on Stiga’s strikes.
A new face to Fenn’s lineup, Matthew Carolan, then scored his first goal in a Fenn uniform in the first period. The seventh grader’s goal was assisted by another first year player, Justin Graf. Will Belle also picked up an assist.
Cook then scored a power play goal with assists going to Belle and Stiga. BB&N responded with a rebound goal off of netminder CJ Bailey just before the end of the period, but Fenn was in control at 4-1.
In the middle stanza, the newcomers stepped up to shine. Will Hatten scored his first Fenn goal, with an assist from Belle, to up the count to 5-1. Belle then set up Stiga for his hat trick goal, 6-1.
Carolan added a shorthanded tally with an assist from Jim Carlin, an eighth grader who also was playing in his first game.
Fenn relinquished a goal to BB&N to bring the score to 7-2, but Stiga continued to showcase his stuff in the final period, scoring his fourth and fifth goals of the game. His first goal was unassisted, while the second goal was assisted by Belle.
All total, Ted Stiga notched five goals and one assist, while Will Belle collected six assists.
CJ Bailey got the start in goal, but Aidan LaCamera came in halfway through the contest. The two net minders combined for 18 saves in the 9-2 victory.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Fenn School 8, Dexter Southfield School 7 OT
In a wild, high scoring contest, Fenn outscored Dexter Southfield School, 8-7, on Wednesday, January 15 to pick up its second win of the season.
Fenn pulled out to a 2-0 advantage early in the first period in Brookline. Eighth grader Will Hatten, positioned behind the Dexter goal line, snaked a pass to Will Gaynor, who one-timed it home for a 1-0 lead.
With no time to waste, Justin Graf made a great pass to a streaking Ted Stiga, who McDavid’d around a defenseman and put an amazing deke on the goalie to up the count to 2-zip.
Fenn picked up three second period goals. Jack Doherty started it off, pouncing on a rebound off a Will Belle shot, putting Fenn up 3-0.
Stiga then grabbed his second goal of the game, 4-0 Fenn. Hatten was credited with a perfect feed to Stiga.
Putting on the ritz, Justin Graf and Dylan Krayer exploded out of the neutral zone on classic 2-on-1, with Krayer making a beautiful saucer pass to Graf, who deked the goalie for Fenn’s fifth goal.
It looked like Fenn had this one well in hand, but Dexter broke the ice with a goal to bring it to 5-1 and to announce the boys from Brookline were not out of it.
Still in the second period, Fenn scored its sixth goal. It was Will Hatten who capitalized on a partial breakaway after a nice lob pass from the defensive zone by Will Belle. Hatten already had picked up two assists in the game. His goal forced the Dexter coaches to call a timeout to try to change the momentum.
The timeout seemed to be effective, as Dexter scored twice before the end of the second stanza to climb within 6-3.
In the third period, Dexter swarmed the net and climbed back into the contest with two quick early goals. With Fenn now holding a slim one goal lead, 6-5, it was opportune for Fenn coach LaPlante to take a timeout.
The boys in blue-and-gold responded, as defenseman Jackson Masters stepped up to place a perfect shot on net. Although the initial shot was stopped, Matt Carolan jumped on the rebound and stuffed it home to widen the gap to 7-5.
With three minutes remaining in the third period, Fenn surrendered another goal to bring this one to nail biter status at 7-6.
Trying desperately to even the count, Dexter pulled the goalie with a minute and thirty seconds on the clock. Fenn could not stave off the 6-on-5 advantage and Dexter soon found the back of the net, tying the game at 7-7 with 52 seconds remaining in regulation.
While Fenn typically does not go into overtime, Dexter’s home ice rules call for a five minute, 5-on-5, extra session.
In sudden death overtime, Fenn goalie CJ Bailey made an unbelievable right pad save on a Dexter player’s shot, as Dexter attacked and almost ended the game.
Yet that shot on goal flipped to Fenn’s fortunes. Stiga picked up the rebound off the Bailey save and shuffled the puck out of the zone to Hatten, who cradled the puck into the Dexter zone along the left wing. After a battle with a Dexter defenseman, Hatten dished the puck to nearby Will Belle, who skated untouched across the top of the left face-off circle and ripped a wrister to the far side. The Belle goal sent the offensive-minded Fenn team home with an 8-7 overtime win, its second straight win of the season.
Wednesday, January 22, Fenn School hosts Noble & Greenough
JUNIOR VARSITY HOCKEY
Friday, January 10, 2020, Dedham Country Day School 3, Fenn School 3
Fenn’s JV hockey team opened up the 2020 season on Friday January 10th versus Dedham Country Day School.
Sixth grader Harry Lavoie scored on the opening shift to give Fenn an early 1-0 lead.
Later in the first period, Fenn added to that lead when seventh grader Nick Teague scored on a rebound.
Fenn gave up two quick goals to fall back into a tie at 2-2.
Lavoie notched his second goal of the contest, tipping in a shot from defenseman Caleb Fehm to put Fenn back on top, 3-2.
The Fenn lead was short lived, however, as Dedham Country Day scored to tie things up in the waning minutes of the second period.
The third period saw both team’s rely on solid defense and stellar goaltending, which ultimately yielded a well deserved 3-3 tie between these two evenly matched teams.
In addition to goal scorers Lavoie and Teague, standout players for Fenn included defensemen Chris Mariani, Ethan Rich, Sam Griswold, and Caleb Fehm, as well as goaltenders John Regan and Gunnar Lyons.
Thursday, January 23, Fenn School hosts Shady Hill School
Reports of 2020 contests will be forthcoming, but were not available at the time of publication.