Congratulations to this week’s Athletes of the Week!
Boys Varsity Tennis: Adrian Yao ’20
On Saturday against Andover, Adrian (with his doubles partner Achille Sarachek) held serve at 8-7 to clinch the doubles point for Deerfield, giving us the crucial 1-0 lead heading into singles play. Then in singles, he won a tight first set 7-5 and then cruised 6-0 in the second to tie the match score at 3-3, putting Deerfield so close to victory.
Girls Varsity Lacrosse: Mae Emerson ’19
The girls varsity lacrosse athlete of the week is Mae Emerson. In addition to being a gifted and hardworking athlete, Mae is a relentlessly positive and supportive teammate. In her role as a defender, Mae’s encouragement and upbeat approach go a long way in dictating the culture of our defensive unit. She had a strong performance in both our NMH and Taft contests, and her hustle produced multiple Deerfield possession opportunities.
Since missing the first few games of the season with an injury, Keith has come back strong in recent games. Last week he scored the game winning goal against Longmeadow to seal the overtime victory for Deerfield.
Boys JV Tennis: Crawford Rice ’21 and George Darling ’22
The Boys JV Tennis athletes of the week are double’s partners Crawford Rice ’21 and George Darling ’22. In an exhibition match vs. Eaglebrook on Wednesday, April 17, they took care of business by overwhelming their opponents 8-0. Both players love to play at the net, which served them quite well throughout the match. They don’t shy away from getting in the face of the other team. This is the second time they were paired together for an exhibition match; their first appearance was equally successful, an 8-1 win vs. opponents from the Cardigan Mountain School two weeks earlier. Great job!
Girls JV Lacrosse: Kiki Brainard ’22
The girls JV lacrosse AOTW is Kiki Brainard ’22. Kiki brings strong skills to our attack with a powerful shot and well-timed cuts. She approaches offense with a team mentality, always looking to connect with her teammates. She moves well, keeps her head up, and uses the full field to gain advantage. Kiki uses speed to defend in transition and brings a strong work ethic to practice each day where she is a focused member of the team. Kiki, thanks for your contributions so far! We hope you will continue to elevate the level of intensity at both ends of the field.
Varsity Softball: Abby Fernald ‘22
Abby has been an outstanding teammate this season. She brings intensity during practices, giving 100% from start to finish. Abby is willing to help the team any way she can – pinch hitting, playing a new position, and always giving her best effort. Abby listens and learns, asks questions, and attends every practice with the intent to improve. Thank you, Abby! Keep up the great work!
Girls Varsity Water Polo: Monet Meyer ‘19
A diver blessed with balance, Monet Meyer ‘19 also taps that trait in the way she leads her polo teammates by example in juggling the demands of ever-shifting roles on offense and defense, in honing her own skills and helping younger players develop theirs, and in maintaining a positive outlook as the team faces unexpected challenges.
JV Baseball: Gale Gai ’22
The JV baseball team nominates Gale Gai as the Athlete of the Week. Gale made an incredible diving catch in practice on Tuesday and has been an all-around good guy on our team this spring. He is working hard to learn the game and has showed significant improvement in his fielding abilities. His growing confidence showed in that amazing catch he made in right field during practice yesterday!
Varsity Baseball: Tynan Creagh ’22
After missing the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury, Tynan has been back on the field and playing well over the last 2 weeks. He’s been making good strides in practice, both in the outfield and at the plate. The coaches have noticed his good effort in practice and look forward to seeing what he can do for the team over the next 4 years.
Girls Varsity Rowing: Noelle Abeyta ’21
Noelle has been a positive force on the team since the first day of preseason. She has led by example showing exemplary grit and composure for a first-time rower. Noelle has applied her high level of fitness and athletic prowess from running and quickly become a very talented rower. Keep up the great work, Noelle!
Varsity Golf: Will Lodge ’22
Will is the varsity golf athlete of the week. On Wednesday, Will shot a 67 against Berkshire and Hotchkiss. In addition, he was the team’s medalist in the last two matches.