Packer’s Fall 2021 sports season was marked with many milestone accomplishments and rewarding victories. Several athletes set school records or achieved personal bests in performance time or points scored. Read on to discover the most memorable moments of the season, according to our coaches.
Girls Varsity Soccer
Memorable Moment: “Having been here for sixteen years coaching, it’s so nice that each year is different from one to the next,” said Coach John Keaveny. “This year, the varsity’s girls team came together to all become leaders. Whether it was before, during or after any game, our girls were always talking about what they can do better on the pitch, how they can help each other out and what changes they have to make for the next game. To see each girl have a voice and use it to help their team along this journey was so enlightening as a coach.”
“This season's success was an entire team effort,” said Assistant Coach Andrew Samuels. “Between Anna and Maryem scoring some huge goals, Sophia playing with such heart through injury, Phebe's leadership on and off the field, Mia Hanna's key assists, Sophie and Tess unbeatable in the backfield, Mia Harlin and Lydia's control of the midfield, our super subs Sam and Liz, and Sydney, Luna and Anelise showing such poise as freshman—every player made a contribution.”
Captains: Anna Griffin and Maryem Haque
All Stars: Anna Griffin, Sophia Kyritsis and Sophie Hanna (AAIS); Anna Griffin and Sophia Kyritsis (ACIS)
Season Highlights: In the NYSAIS semi-finals, Packer’s Girls Varsity Soccer Team beat Poly Prep on their home field in Bay Ridge. “It was a big moment to beat a rival in such an important match, sending us to the first finals appearance in 20 years,” said Coach Andrew Samuels.
First overall in the ACIS championship; second overall in the AAIS championship; and second overall in the NYSAIS championship. It was the team’s first NYSAIS championship appearance in 20 years.
Boys Varsity Soccer
Memorable Moment: The Packer season (14-3-0 overall) was highlighted by dramatic come-from-behind second-half wins against St. Ann’s and Dwight, comprehensive wins over Friends Seminary, and back-to-back shutouts in the ACIS League tournament to claim the League Cup.
Captains: Jun Reiss and Charlie Price
All-Stars: Everett Miller, Alex Bourtin and Tiago Mois (ACIS)
Season Highlights: Senior Striker Alex Bourtin finished a memorable campaign with 15 goals and 7 assists, including a second half hat trick in the team’s dramatic 4-3 second half comeback against St Ann’s and both goals in the team’s season-defining 2-1 comeback win against Dwight. The team claimed the ACIS Regular Season and League Cup Championships after finishing an unprecedented 12-0-0 in League play.
The offensive responsibility was shared all season by Graham Field (8 goals, 6 assists), Tiago Moix (5 goals, 10 assists), and Everett Miller (7 goals, 10 assists). Each completed stellar senior seasons with memorable moments, game-winning plays, and multiple Man of the Match performances. Graham’s hat trick against Friends, Everett’s game winning upper 90 strike in the League Cup Final, and Tiago’s brilliance on the ball, vision, and technique game in and game out will long be remembered in the halls of the Upper School.
Girls Varsity Volleyball
Memorable Moment: “The most memorable moment of the season for me was the ACIS tournament championship,” said Coach Sean Salomons. “We played Saint Ann's, who had previously beaten us earlier in the season and had to play them in their gym, which is always a tough place to play. I saw the team come together more than I had at any point in the season. Our communication, teamwork, and effort rose to a level we hadn't reached up to that point. We were able to pull out the win and you could see that it meant a lot to the girls.”
Captains: Monica Somosi, Natalie Marcus-Wade, and Vienna Tombline
All-Stars: Monica Somosi and Autumn Tombline (AAIS); Monica Somosi and Autumn Tombline (ACIS)
Season Highlights: The team finished the season with the second-best record in ACIS and won the ACIS postseason tournament. They also made the AAIS tournament quarter-finals. The team made it to the NYSAIS (NY State tournament) post-season tournament and won the first-round matchup with Columbia Prep before falling to the eventual tournament runner-up Fieldston.
Memorable Moment: In the first ACIS meet of 2021, John Bloch came in 1st place in the 5000m with a time of 19:03, and in second place was Ryan, with a time of 19:04; Avery Russell came in 3rd place with a time of 24:48.
In the Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational in Van Cortlandt Park, Max Drobnyk finished 14th in the 2000m, followed by Logan Mraz in 19th, and Max Chaplin in 57th. In the Girls Sophomore A Division 2.5 mile run, Janiece Fussell finished 22nd, Ari Lowenstein finished 25th and Kate Hesslin finished 33rd. In the Boys Sophomore division 2.5 mile run, Luke Sarsfield finished 50th. In the JV Girls 2.5 mile run, Avery Russell finished 22nd, Hanna Dietderich finished 46th, and Hannah Will finished 63rd. This was a very competitive meet.
Captains: Alexander Economakis (Boys Team); Hannah Will (Girls Team)
All-Stars: Max Drobnyk, Ryan Mitchener, Logan Mraz (ACIS Boys); Avery Russell, Charlotte Reidy (ACIS Girls)
Season Highlights: First overall in the ACIS Championship (Boys Team); Second overall in the ACIS championship (Girls Team)
Memorable Moment: “This team was super special!” said Coach Emma Hughes. “All the girls were so hardworking and always managed to laugh and have fun — especially on the party bus!”
Captains: Blakely Duskin and Sydney DeRiggs
All-Stars: Blakely Duskin and Charlotte "Lottie" Story (AAIS)
Season Highlights: Blakely went to the AAIS playoff but sadly lost in the first round, but to even compete in that tournament is a major accomplishment!