Fall Athletics Season Kicks Off
Fay kicked off the fall athletic season this past Wednesday with a school-wide Spirit Day. Students in Kindergarten through grade nine came to school decked in their red and white spirit gear and in the afternoon, grades five through nine gathered for a pep rally where team captains led everyone in a rollicking round of school and team cheers. This season, there are over 330 athletes participating in the Fay athletic program. Fay is fielding 16 interscholastic athletic teams in soccer, volleyball, football, field hockey, and cross country as well as intramural offerings in tennis, fitness, and golf.
The boys varsity “A” soccer team is off to a strong start this season with eight returning players from last year’s 10-2-1 team. The boys notched a split decision in their first two games last Saturday, losing to Cardigan Mountain but winning against Rectory and tallied another win on Wednesday in a 5-2 victory against Roxbury Latin. Girls varsity soccer also looks formidable with five returning players. They will kick off their season next Wednesday at home against Dana Hall at 3:30 p.m.
Building off its perennial strength in field hockey, Fay is excited to welcome Jean Nickerson as the new coach of the girls varsity field hockey team. Jean played ice hockey and lacrosse at Middlebury College, where she won two NCAA National Championship titles in hockey and one NCAA National Championship in lacrosse. After graduation, she served as Middlebury's Assistant Women's Ice Hockey coach for two years, where she won the NCAA National Championship both years. Field Hockey is coming off one of its best seasons in recent years with last year’s record of 11-1-1.
Fay football will play their season opener at Fenn School this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and will face them again later in the season on November 2 at Fay’s Friday Night Lights event. Fenn will be looking to avenge last year’s loss to Fay in the “Split-F Bowl,” a friendly rivalry between the two teams in which the winner keeps the game ball. With several new experienced Upper School football players joining the team, it looks like another strong season for Fay football.
Volleyball lost quite a few experienced players last year but has high hopes for another strong season. One of the highlights will be the Fay Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, November 3. Finally, Cross Country got off to a strong start this season with Wednesday’s victory against Hillside and Applewild Schools. Fay has over 40 runners this year, in grades five through nine, and logged seven of the top ten spots in their first meet. Next Friday, Fay will be hosting a six-school meet with Dexter, Fenn, Rivers, Southfield and Fessenden schools.