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HS Fall Sports Season -- It's a Wrap!
Posted 11/21/2014 10:56AM

The Varsity Tennis team had their best season in the last eight years. The team went 12-2 overall with a 4-2 record in league play including first-time wins against Baldwin and Germantown Academy. The team jumped out to an 8-0 start and quickly got the attention of teams across the InterAc. The team finished in third place overall in the InterAc Championship Tournament. Notably, all three singles players made the semifinals in their respected flights. Anne Marie Crinnion won the championship at third singles, marking the first time a Notre Dame student won a championship. Grace Leasure finished in third place and Meredith Hughes in fourth. All three student-athletes were named to the First Team All-InterAc team, as the trio compiled an impressive combined 33-7 record at singles. Meredith Hughes won the InterAc Sportsmanship award for the 2014 season, an honor awarded to only one player in the league. 

Head Coach Steve Hall credits the team's success to their composure and unity. "The team handled the pressure like true champions; they focused on one match at a time all season and it paid off. The team chemistry we had this season is hard to achieve and that is a testament to the senior leadership provided by our captains Meredith Hughes, Emily Schanz and Mackenzie Kennedy. It is hard to imagine right now but what this team accomplished this season will most likely never be duplicated."

The Cross Country team came into this fall with a strong summer of training under its belt. The team logged over 2,500 miles as a group in the ten weeks before preseason started, and came into the fall ready to be the deepest team in school history. The team went 3-4 in dual meet competition, only losing once by more than three points against the best competition the InterAc League has ever seen. The Varsity team placed 7th at Delcos, 5th at InterAcs, and followed that up with a 5th place finish at States, beating the top two teams from InterAcs in the process. The JV team placed 4th at Delcos, and won both the InterAc and PAISAA Champs for the fourth year in a row. Sophomore Sydney Stribrny won Second Team All-Delco, First Team All-InterAc, and First Team All-State honors, while teammate Mikayla Schneider earned Second Team All-InterAc and Honorable Mention both All-Delco and All-State. Molly Stevenson was the Individual Champion in the JV race at both the InterAc and PAISAA Championship.

The Varsity Volleyball team concluded another championship season capturing the Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association Volleyball Tournament Championship for the second year in a row. Earlier the Irish had claimed its third consecutive InterAc League championship, its fourth in five years. Co-captain Cori Cichowicz finished her four-year varsity career leading the team in assists and aces in each year, while co-captain Meagan Milligan led the defense with her team high number of digs. "It was a team that took me by surprise" admitted Coach Sheridan. "Having lost last season's top 2 scorers and leaders to graduation, I was not sure how good this team would be. But halfway through the season, as they put together a 12-match win streak, they made a believer out of me."

It was a complete team effort as the Juniors added both offensive power and defensive strength while newcomer, sophomore Allison Hendrick, played the middle position like an experienced veteran. The future looks bright as the Junior Varsity team also won the Inter Ac League for the third time under third year coach, Caitlin Kereszi. They finished the season with an overall record of 18-4, as well as winning the Ridley JV Tournament.

The Varsity Soccer team lost some key players to graduation and spent this season trying to rebuild the program. Although the team did not post a lot of wins (6-13-1), the girls played hard each game, supported one another and enjoyed the season. Starting seniors Carolyn Reigel, Ariah Fish, Gabby Agnes and Tori Rooney were strong leaders and will be missed. Offense was provided by juniors Julia Dambly (16 goals) and Phoebe McClernon (12 goals, 14 assists), while sophomores Claire Nappi and Brooke Spino anchored the defense. Julia Dambly earned Second Team All-InterAc and Phoebe McClernon was named First Team All-InterAc. McClernon was also named First Team All-Delco.

The Varsity Field Hockey team wrapped up their season on Nov 15 in the PAISAA State Championship game. The team concluded their season with an overall record of 12-8-1 and a league record of 8-4-0. According to Head Coach Adele Williams, "The season was somewhat of a bumpy ride, but this group of young ladies rallied and put together some great performances. With the opportunity to get on our new turf field for the latter part of the season, the team had one goal in mind and that was to end strong....and indeed we did."

The PAISAA tournament kicked off and the quarterfinal game was scheduled against The Hill School, an opponent Notre Dame previously tied 3-3 during the regular season. The team came out dominant and won 7-0 to set up a meeting with Agnes Irwin in the semi-finals. Agnes Irwin won both league meetings by one goal but the Field Hockey team showed great fight, winning 3-2 to move on to the championship game against rival Episcopal Academy. In the State Championship, the Irish struck early in the first minute of play to take the lead and tallied another a goal right at half-time. Unfortunately, EA struck back and went on to win the game 3-2, despite an incredible comeback from Notre Dame in the State Tournament.

The JV Field Hockey team concluded their season with an overall record of 13-0-1 and a league record of 7-0-1. The team was dominant in both non-league and league games and put together some good performances. The JV B team also finished their season undefeated with a record of 10-0-1.

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