During the fall 2018 sports season, six teams—Girls Varsity Volleyball, Boys Varsity Soccer, Boys JV Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer, and Boys and Girls Cross Country—won a total of eight championships and earned slots at three New York State Association of Independent School (NYSAIS) tournaments.
Read on to learn how all of Packer's fall varsity and junior varsity sports teams fared this season.
Cross country had a remarkable season. The boys were undefeated in their Athletic Conference of Independent Schools (ACIS) League meets, while the girls won four out of five. Both the boys and girls teams won the ACIS Championship.
The boys team took first place in the Varsity E division at the Six Flags Wild Safari 5K Cross Country Championships. Team Captain Peter C. ’20, who demonstrated outstanding leadership and running performance throughout the season, was the team’s top performer. Packer’s girls team finished seventh at the competition, with Sylvan W. ’21 the lead finisher. She had an impressive season, which included breaking Packer’s girls cross country school record with a time of 20:14.
The boys and girls closed the season with a formidable showing at the NYSAIS Championship, finishing as the fourth place team overall.
“All the kids worked extremely hard from pre-season leading up to championships,” said Coach Trevor Watson. “All achieved personal bests due to their hard work and commitment.”
The girls varsity soccer team had an impressive season, taking the championship title in both the AAIS and ACIS leagues. The standout players of the fall were Jolie K. ’20, with 14 goals for the season, Ella M. ’20 with seven assists, Charlotte S. ’20 with seven clean sheets, and Noelle P. ’19, who grabbed a hat trick during a game against Hewitt.
Coach Najja Plowden said the most memorable moment of the season came when the team beat Hewitt by a score of 5-1. “They didn’t just beat them, they outclassed them at every level,” said Plowden. “The team put in a masterclass of passing throughout the total 80 minutes. It was a brilliant display of team play, maturity, and friendship. Without a doubt the most beautiful game of the season.”
The girls junior varsity team finished the season with a 6-1 record. Led by captains Jordana S. ’21 and Millie H. ’21, the team took risks (Kate M. ’21 played goalie for the first time), honed their skills (Maryem H. ’22 had a remarkable left-footed goal in a game against Marymount), and created lasting memories (including singing, dancing, and bonding in the dorms at Darrow Camp).
Packer’s boys varsity soccer team won the ACIS playoff and regular-season championships, and were NYSAIS quarterfinalists. Joe P. ’19 and Julian J. ’19 were league allstars.
Coach Ayinde George said highlights of the season included a 2-1 defeat of Poly Prep in overtime on Poly’s field and coming from 0-1 down to beat Berkeley Carroll 2-1 in the ACIS playoff game.
The boys JV soccer team completed the season with eight wins, four losses and one draw. After a successful 2017 season, the team had to regroup as it lost many players to the varsity team and welcomed a number of new freshman players.
As the season progressed, the players improved their skills, which allowed them to reach the championship finals. Considered the underdogs in the match against rival Saint Ann’s, the team executed a defensive formation, which made them tough to penetrate. The game was scoreless until two minutes before the end of regulation, when Malcolm T. ’20 scored the winning goal. “Throughout my professional career, I have been a part of various successful teams, and this was one of the most satisfying wins in my whole life,” said Coach Jonathan Vaughan.
Packer’s girls volleyball team had an exciting season that included winning a nail-biter home game against longtime rival Saint Ann’s and the ACIS Tournament. They finished with six wins and eight losses in the regular season. In the AAIS, they made it to the quarterfinals. The all-stars for the season were Hannah G. ’19, Lea W. ’21, and Ava H. ’19 for AAIS and Hannah G. and Chloe F. ’20 for ACIS.
Packer’s JV A team wrapped up the season with seven wins and seven losses. They placed seventh in the AAIS tournament after being a part of a five-way tie for fourth place. “One moment that stands out to me is our win versus Spence,” said Coach Kelly O’Halloran. “The girls really showed their true grit and toughness. They hustled for every ball and never gave up.”
The JV B team had a season record of two wins and two losses. “The girls would probably say the highlight was winning their first and last games of the season,” said O’Halloran, “but watching the girls improve their skills and develop their understanding of the game while having fun was definitely a highlight from a coach’s perspective.”