Packer athletes were in it to the end of the fall sports season. Five Packer teams — girls varsity volleyball, girls varsity soccer, boys varsity soccer, girls junior varsity volleyball, and boys junior varsity soccer — made appearances in league playoffs. “I'm always proud of the way in which we compete,” said Darrin Fallick, Packer’s Director of Athletics.
The coaches of our fall sports teams shared their most memorable moments of the season.
Girls Varsity Volleyball
Memorable Moment: Beating Berkeley Carroll in the semifinals of the ACIS Championships, after losing to them in straight sets in the regular season. “It was one of the best matches we played as a team all season,” said Coach Mark Ledwich.
MVPs: Lea W. ’21 and Pilar B. ’20
Season Record: 4 wins, one loss
Playoff Results: Second place in the ACIS Tournament
Girls JV Volleyball
Memorable Moment: The ACIS playoffs. “The girls really played great that day from the start and definitely finished strong as we beat St. Ann’s in an intense championship game,” said Coach Nino Valencia.
MVPs: Natalie M-W. ’23 and Emma K. ’21
Season Record: 12 wins, 4 losses
Playoff Results: ACIS Champions; AAIS: first-round win against Chapin, lost to Marymount in the semi-finals
Girls Varsity Soccer
Memorable Moment: “It's a toss up between our utter dismantling of Riverdale 6-0 — it could have been more given the game was called on account of rain — and our 1-1 draw against Marymount, watching our team force them to play for a draw rather than concede another goal,” said Coach Najja Plowden.
MVPs: Jolie K. ’21
Season Record: 12 wins, 2 losses, 2 ties
Girls Junior Varsity Soccer
Memorable Moments: Our girls junior varsity soccer coaches couldn’t pick just one standout memory, so they shared a few. Maryem H. ’22 scoring on a free kick with just 15 seconds left in the game, allowing Packer to end the competition against Riverdale in a tie. The goal that Kate M. ’21 scored from 25 yards out against Hewitt’s varsity team. The excellent hands in net and booming punts down the field by Jojo S. ’21. The defensive line — Sophie M-W. ’21, Isabel A. ’22, Charlotte A. ’21, and Millie H. ’21 — shutting out Marymount in a 3-0 win.
Season Record: 1 win, 4 losses, 2 ties
Boys Varsity Soccer
Memorable Moment: The team’s 1-0 win at Riverdale. “Riverdale is one of the top teams in the city,” said Coach Ayinde George. “It was my first win against them and we did it at their school field. It was special!”
MVPs: Yusuf H. ’20 and Julien de B. ’23
Season Record: 7 wins, 5 losses, 2 ties
Playoff Results: 4-0 win against Grace Church in the semifinals, 1-4 loss to Berkeley Carroll in the finals.
Boys JV Soccer
Memorable Moment: “Beating our friendly rivals St. Ann’s in the playoff semi-final 2-0,” said Coach Jonathan Vaughan. “We were the lower seed and played an amazing collective game to upset the odds.”
MVPs: Harper H. ’21 and Rafe A. ’22
Season Record: 4 wins, 3 losses, 3 ties
Playoff Results: 3-0 win against St. Ann’s in the semi-final; 1-3 loss in the final.
Girls Varsity Tennis
Memorable Moment: “The best part of our season was the journey and the process of the team growing together,” said Coach Nathaniel Buckley. “The team was much closer this year compared to the previous season. Specifically, for results we were short handed and half the team was sick and we still managed to beat Friends Seminary!”
MVPs: Lucy A. ’22 and Blakely D. ’22
Season Record: 1 win, 7 losses
Girls and Boys Varsity Cross Country
Memorable Moment: “The outing at [Brown Northeast Invitational] this year was the best Coach Alem Kahsay and I have witnessed since becoming coaches at Packer,” said Coach Trevor Watson. “The boys were entered in the varsity championship race and five ran under 18:00 minutes for the 5000m, making the first time that the team did so well in this highly competitive meet.… The girls did extremely well, with a notable performance by Sylvan W. ’21, after returning from injury, placing 20th overall with a time of 19:23 for the 5000m, shattering her own school record in the varsity girls race.”
MVPs: Sylvan W. ’21, Aiden J. ’20 and Samuel L. ’21
Championship Record: Both the girls and boys teams placed first in the ACIS. The boys placed second in NYSAIS.