Spirit Day, which marks the first day of games in each athletic season, was met with an extra dose of energy and enthusiasm this fall. From bus rides with teammates and lunchtime cheers for upcoming games to the excitement of receiving that first Fay Varsity jacket, Fay students were thrilled to welcome back every aspect of the regular athletic program. “The energy, enthusiasm, and school spirit was palpable each day Fay students took the field and courts,” says Athletic Director Rob Feingold.
Cross country had another standout season, continuing a stretch of very competitive teams at the Upper School and 5/6 level. The girls’ team finished the season with an 11-1 record. They came in second out of ten teams in the Roxbury Latin Jamboree, with four runners in the top twenty, while the boys’ team placed ninth out of fifteen schools. The future continues to look bright for this program, with several 5/6 runners regularly placing in the top five for both teams.
Girls varsity soccer finished the season 10-2. In November, they competed in the Indian Mountain School Tournament, losing in the final to the host school. However, they placed second out of five teams and secured the runner-up trophy. Boys varsity A soccer ended the season with split results but placed third out of eight teams at the Eaglebrook Tournament. They were the first seed heading into the semifinal round but lost to Eaglebrook 1-0. The boys’ and girls’ soccer programs saw significant contributions from players returning next year. Both teams are fielding remarkably diverse rosters with players who bring their love of soccer to Fay from all over the world.
Fay’s volleyball program continues to have strength in numbers, with forty players coming out this year for the varsity and JV teams!
The same is true for the Fay football program, which has remained healthy when many schools see dwindling numbers. Although Fay was not victorious in the annual Split F Bowl competition against Fenn at Friday Night Lights, the program remains strong, with Fay winning eight out of the past eleven matchups. Several members of this year’s varsity team started their football careers in the popular 5/6 co-ed flag football program, which had 21 players this year.
Fielding just one team in the Upper School, the field hockey program is looking to rebuild with a roster of young players. They ended the season with a split record but played against some solid middle school and high school JV programs and will have some talented reinforcements moving up from the 5/6 program.
Just as it began, the season ended with high energy and spirited competition as members of the Red and White teams faced off in a series of post-season events, including a volleyball game, and an eighth grade Red vs. White showdown on the soccer field. Looking back on the season, Rob says, “It was such a joy each day to watch the students take the field, wear their Fay uniforms proudly, and compete! The students certainly had fun, worked hard, and respected the game. Go Fay!"