Athletics Update: Ultimate Teams Battle Hard, Fall Short
Both of Belmont Day’s ultimate teams took to the field on Thursday afternoon and turned in impressive performances. The varsity team squared off against a huge Newton Middle School squad who rolled in with twice as many players as the Blue & Gold. The game was evenly matched and well played on both sides of the field, but Newton’s fresh legs off the bench ended up being the difference-maker in the 12-9 final. Despite the loss, Coach d’Arbeloff felt like this was Belmont Day’s best performance of the season. Defensively, Aleta Sandoski was a rock, turning away a handful of scoring tries throughout the game. Offensively, Eike Kiecza and Owen Huang were strong with the disc and proved to be the best handlers on the field. Just down the street in Cambridge, the junior varsity team battled Fayerweather to an 8-7 loss. Daniel Peregudov was the player of the match with big play after big play all afternoon. Also chipping in with solid performances were Zach Cash with some great catches and Ayres Planck with some active defense. Both teams are back at it next week with games against Arlington and Waldorf.
– John O’Neill, director of athletics
- Team captains Bernie Mattox and Alex Foley sparked a dramatic second-half comeback for boys’ lacrosse this week. Belmont Day was knocking on the door as time expired, nearly overcoming a five goal deficit before falling 8-7 to DCD.
- The girls’ lacrosse team scored first and never looked back during a dominant 11-6 win over DCD. Perin Fine was excellent at midfield. Aria Goodpaster, Avery Schneider, Emma Kass, and Eliza Kuechle chipped in with one goal each.
- The tennis teams were rained out this week, but that didn’t stop JV players Olivia Garrity and Charis Liu from improving their games. Likewise, Kavi Kumar-Warikoo and Nicky Mattox had strong weeks of practice for the varsity team.
- The track & field team is gearing up for a big meet at Park next week. Eighth graders Evan Griffith-Ebrahimi and Nora O’Brien have been working hard at practice, while newcomers Alexander Meredith and Yaseen Saeed are finding their groove.