As winter sports teams are already winning their first victories — boys 1st hockey beat BB&N, 4-0, and girls 1st hockey beat Kents Hill School, 6-0 — the Brooks community took time on Friday to recognize the varsity athletes who performed so well during the fall season.Football
Geoff Fulgione ’14, Wilton Hayward ’13 and Chris Cervizzi ’15 earned All-League honorable mention. Ryan Miles ’13 earned 1st Team All-League selection. Joshua Jacobo 13 received the Timothy E. Keating Award, “really the team’s spirit award” as Coach Alex Konovalchik puts it, and Miles was named the team’s MVP. Cervizzi was featured on WCVB-Boston Channel 5 for an impressive punt return (click here
to see the video). He said the best part of the season was winning their first game in two years. Girls Cross-Country
Renu Mukherjee ’15 and Atlee Quarrier ’14 were named best teammates by Coach Donald Cameron. The Coaches’ Award was given to Hadley Barlow ’13 and Caroline Trustey ’13.
“The best moment this season was our last regular season race at Thayer,” said Trustey. “For the first time in my cross-country career, every single girl on the team who ran the race set a new personal record. This showed the improvement we all made over the course of the season.”
Cameron said the award was given to the girls because they “were able to share their joy, commitment and laughter with the team. They kept the team together in difficult times and were able to see opportunities when setbacks and disappointments were encountered.” Boys Cross-Country
Joseph St. Cyr ’14 and Sawyer Rogers ’13 received ISL All-League honorable mentions. St. Cyr received the Coaches’ Award for his “good sportsmanship, positive attitude and dedication to the sport,” according to Coach Scott Kelly. St. Cyr put in a lot of work this summer running, “which benefitted his season and the team’s season in a significant way,” said Kelly. Rogers, St. Cyr and Matt Hurchik all earned All-New England status for finishing in the top 20 at the New England championship race in Westover, Conn.
St. Cyr said he, too, remembers racing at Thayer Academy. “It was the fastest race I have ever run and I had come in at a time of 17:04 and ran the last mile in 5:01. To put the cherry on the cake, I also came in third overall out of four schools. It was quite a day and later became a very memorable season.”Field Hockey
Jackie Murphy ’14, Allie Barry ’13 and Kate Haslett ’13 received ISL All-League honorable mentions. Whit Jones ’13, Jill Doherty ’13 and Alesandra Miller ’14 were named All-League ISL players. Danielle Doherty ’15 , Jones and Haslett were named All-Tournament players. Maddie Nash ’14 received the Field Hockey Prize, given by the captains to a team member who showed dedication, commitment, desire, spirit and selflessness, both on and off the field.
"The best part of our season for me was every day at practice. We truly had an amazing and supportive group of girls and two excellent coaches who made being on the field with them the best part of my day,” said Haslett. Murphy said the team triumphed despite losing “seven incredible seniors” from last year. “We had so many new people step up and have an unbelievable impact on the team,” Murphy said. “What we thought was going to be a disappointing season actually turned out to be the greatest one that I've ever experienced.”Boys Soccer
Patrick Gordon ’13 received an All-League honorable mention, and four students were named All-ISL players: Greg Conrad ’13, Sam Milbury ’13, Jory Makin ’13 and Zach Vieira ’13. All-State selections were Conrad, Milbury and Vieira, and Milbury was named defensive MVP for the league and All-New England. Coach Dusty Richard lauded the boys’ teamwork, which helped them win the Gummere Cup, “one of the oldest soccer trophies in high school soccer” in New England. Brooks won the trophy in 2003, 2004 and 2005, but then not again — until this fall. Conrad recalls the moment he learned that Brooks could capture the cup. “After we had just scored our second goal against St. Paul's, while we were celebrating at the corner flag, [coaches] Dusty and Willy came running down the sideline screaming that Rivers had just lost. This moment really stuck with me because we knew with a win, we could have a share of the Gummere Cup.”
For teammate Makin, the most memorable game was the team’s last home game ever for the seniors. “It was the quarterfinal game, and we were playing KUA at home. At least half of the student body was at the game, and we played KUA even through 100 minutes of play, sending the game to penalty kicks. At this point, all the other teams had finished their games and were watching on the sidelines, ready to storm the field,” Makin said. “We won in penalties, which sent the entire student body chasing after the team into a pile on the field. This memory will easily be one of the fondest ones of my Brooks career.”Girls Soccer
The team, which won the Class A Championship title this year, had many honored team members. Emma Goff ’14 won the Amy E. Broadhead Award, which is given to a member of the team who demonstrates a love for the game, a commitment to excellence and enthusiasm for success. Sydney Brackett ’16 and Bella Papapetros ’13 received ISL All-League honorable mentions, and Abby Hammerl ’13, Emilie Klein ’13 and Sarah Bressette ’13 earned All-League awards. Klein and Bressette also earned All-State honors, and Bressette earned All-New England honors. Newcomer to the team Brackett said the most memorable moment of the season for her was, of course, during the championship game.
"Abby Hammerl had gone down in the first two minutes, and our entire team was disorganized. I remembered seeing the seniors cry for their best friend and I got teary-eyed for my role model, too. I remember this as the best part of the season, because I have never wanted to play so hard for the girls around me than I did in that moment,” Brackett said. “It wasn't for the trophy, or for the cheering or the high fives, but instead for the girls that I had traveled that miraculous journey with."
Hammerl herself agrees that the championship game was a nail-biter. "Our championship game when into double-overtime. I was so proud to see every single girl on and off the field giving everything they had to finally pull off the win. It was amazing to be able to experience the heart and passion our team had this season. I've never felt anything like it."
Goff said she was proud about how close the team became over the season. “We started out as just 21 players but came together as a team to accomplish our goal of winning a New England Championship,” said Goff. In the News
The Girls 1st Soccer Team is garnering a lot of media attention lately. Goalie Amelia Hulshult ’13 was featured in an Eagle-Tribune article over the weekend — check it out here
. And Hulshult and some of her other teammates were named to the Eagle-Tribune's all-star team. Check out the lineup here