The Bucs Keep The Cup: Blair Day 2013

By: Janine Karo ’15
Section Editor

Despite posting wins in varsity field hockey, varsity girls soccer, varsity boys soccer, boys cross country, and varsity girls tennis, Peddie lost the Potter-Kelley Cup for the fourth consecutive year.

Senior Anna-Karin Hess scored the field hockey game-winning goal in the 35th minute with an assist from senior Morgan Crowe. After clenching the state title just three days earlier, the team outscored the Bucs and kept a tight defense to win the game 1-0. The team ends their season with an impressive 13-4-2 record, going 4-1 in the MAPL league.

The girls varsity soccer team kept their two-year MAPL shutout streak alive, going 5-0 for the second straight year. Playing a sharp and intense game, senior Kayla Roca netted the eventual game-winner five minutes in with an assist from senior Larissa Nash. Claire Clarkin ’14, assisted by Katie Kichula ’14, added her first career goal in the second half to insure the victory. The girls wrap up with a 9-5-2 overall record.

After a heartbreaking loss to national powerhouse St. Benedicts during the state finals, the boys varsity soccer team played smart and added another point to the Falcons’ total. In the remaining six minutes of regulation play, sophomore Danny Hallowell capitalized off of senior Edy Armenta’s rebound for the win.  The team finishes the season with a 7-9-3 record.

Boys cross country repeated their MAPL championship performance from the previous Sunday to beat the Bucs in a tight 27-28 race. Senior Liam Wall and junior Colin Mulligan dominated the course for a 1-2 finish, similar to the prior week’s matchup. Senior Patrick Creamer notched a crucial sixth-place finish in order to split up Blair’s herd and snag the win. The team closes the season with a notable 6-1 record.

After grabbing 2nd place in the MAPL championships last Sunday, the girls varsity tennis team turned around and ended their season with a definitive 7-0 victory over Blair. Seniors Hannah Spears, Michelle Hung, and Rebecca Seman end their Peddie careers with 53, 60, and 58 wins, respectively.

Arguably the best-attended event of the day, the JV girls tennis match attracted spectators’ attention due to its importance to both the Bucs and the Falcons. With the scoreboard standing at 5-4-1, in favor of Peddie, Blair needed the point in order to gain equal footing once again. Peddie needed the point in order to secure the Cup, despite the outcome of the varsity football game. As the focus shifted from the football field to the courts, Sophie Kennedy ’15 and Daisy Fang ’17 kept calm and played the determining match with poise, but ultimately losing by one point.

Regardless of losing the 110th Blair Day competition, Peddie put forth an intense effort amongst all the sports and wrap up this fall season with a 36-24-6 MAPL record.