Congratulations to this week’s Doors of the Week!
Varsity Field Hockey – Peyton Wierl ’26 and Haley Abraham ’25
Varsity FH is excited to name two DOTW – Peyton Wierl ’26 and Haley Abraham ’25. Peyton and Haley were both dominant on the left side in our win against Loomis on Saturday. They did an excellent job stepping to ball and doubling to cause turnovers. Peyton was huge in our offensive end, drawing numerous corners and scoring opportunities and Haley was powerful in our defensive end with her block tackles and smart passes. We are really proud of them and appreciate their positive attitudes and tremendous work ethics. Keep up the great work!
Theatre: Vivian Wan
In this new adaptation of Dracula, the vampire slayer, Van Helsing, is played by a kick-butt woman. Who better to fill this role than the fearless Vivian Wan. We have asked Vivian to move well beyond her comfort zone both physically and vocally, and she has risen to challenge beautifully. Smart, easy going, and diligent, Vivian epitomizes courage and hard work.
Boys Junior A Soccer: Jack Webb ‘27
It’s a rare first-year student who feels like a veteran on the team by the end of the first practice. But Jack carries himself with such confidence, conducts himself with such professionalism, and cares about soccer more than most people care about anything. This week was a wild ride for our rookie midfielder. An unlucky collision in practice benched him for Saturday’s game, which was tortuous for a player like Jack who is always begging not only for more playing time but also for longer practices. He made the two-hour trip to Hotchkiss anyway and cheered on the team in their most complete game of the season. Once he was cleared by the trainers he rocketed back into action and scored two delightful goals in our first defeat of Westminster in seven years. Jack’s future in the program is bright and his coaches are excited to see the impact he makes—on and off the field—through the back half of our season.
JV Field Hockey: Emily Bruno ‘25 and Lexi Rohan ‘25
This week, JV FH would like to nominate Emily Bruno ‘25 and Lexi Rohan ‘25 as our doors of the week. Emily and Lexi are key offensive players. In the past two games, the two of them have scored a combined 8 goals for Deerfield. They are also key playmakers, regularly making smart passes in the offensive 25, sending crosses from the right corner, and taking shots from the top of the circle. They are two of our most motivated and passionate players; we often find them out on the field developing their skills outside of practice time. They are fierce competitors who love the game. They are also goofballs who love to play field hockey baseball and tumble around on the turf. We’re lucky to have them!
Varsity Volleyball: Greta Trapp
The door of the week for varsity volleyball is Greta Trapp. Trapp has made vast improvements since starting volleyball in her Freshman year. As one of the starting setters she is responsible for leading the offense, and she has really stepped into that role this year. She has been pushing the pace and variety of our offense, while maintaining her performance as a solid defender. Off the court Trapp has an incredibly happy and inclusive attitude, which helps her lead the team.
Boys Jr. B Soccer: Matias Cushman
The door of the week for Quad Squad is Matias Cushman. Matias has had a huge impact on the offensive side of play both in scoring goals and creating opportunities for others. As a returning member of the team and captain, his approach to leadership has been much appreciated.
Thirds Volleyball: Katherine Goltra
Thirds volleyball would love to nominate Katherine Goltra. Katherine is working very hard on the court, she is a great listener, and she is very dedicated to the team. Anytime we ask the team to collect the balls, Katherine already has 3 in hands to put back in the basket. We are so happy to have Katherine on our team.
Girls Cross-Country: Taylor Wilburn
The girls XC door of the week is Taylor Wilburn for her consistent dedication to XC and her steady determination to better herself and her team. She works hard in every practice, pushes herself to do better, and turns up every day with a great sense of humour and desire to improve. Last week, at our race against Loomis, she ran her season best time and never gave up the chase. We’re lucky to have her!
Boys JV Soccer: Walker Naughton
Walker has stepped in as our full time holding midfielder after playing left wing most of last year and early this season. The holding midfielder is the anchor of the defense and the player responsible for transitioning the ball from dispossession to attack. He also changes field and directs play with his voice. Walker has been outstanding in this role, both frustrating opposing midfielders with fiesty tackles and preparing loose balls for immediate attack. He has taken many free kicks too. Most importantly, Walker has been fit enough physically and mentally to play all 80 minutes against teams which really challenge him to play with speed, balance, and assertiveness. In short, Walker has learned to play a demanding leadership role for us this season and has been key to growth and success this season.
Boys Water Polo: Patrick Zhang ’26
Facing back-to-back games on the road, the undermanned Deerfield team needed to count on young players to take on starting roles last Saturday. Patrick Zhang ’26 rose to the challenge wonderfully, playing well at both ends of the pool. The opposing teams attempted to take advantage of Patrick’s relative inexperience, but he never yielded in the face of those attempts.
JV Volleyball: Kingsley Carolan ‘25
Kingsley Carolan ‘25, the team’s new “serving specialist,” has been an incredible asset all season. When on the court, she’s calm, cool, and collected, passing effectively, communicating with her teammates, and, of course, acing the opponent. She’s stood out especially these last few weeks for the coaching she gives her teammates during time outs and huddles. She clearly helps keep everyone’s head in the game and keeps the team focused on playing to its strengths; we’re lucky to have her as one of the captains!
Boys Varsity Soccer: Jonny Scagel ’25
Our DOTW would go to Jonny Scagel who scored a hat trick against Westy, but has also done a lot of the little things well like tough defending and good movement off the ball.
Girls Varsity Soccer: Brooke Stroh ’24
Brooke Stroh stepped into the role of girls varsity soccer goalkeeper midway through this season and has made huge strides with every practice and game. Her positive attitude and willingness to learn a new sport and position is truly admirable. In Wednesday’s game vs. Worcester, Brooke played her best game of the season. She allowed zero goals in the run of play, she came up with clutch saves on long range shots, crosses and made several quick reaction saves in the box. Amazing work, Brooke!
Varsity Football: Max Gainey ‘24
Max Gainey gained the honor of football team’s DOTW for his outstanding effort against Loomis Chaffee this past Saturday. Max in his first full game played for the big green was one of the leading tacklers and big play makers in a big win over the Loomis Chaffee Pelicans. Max not only provided great effort and physicality from his outside linebacking position but he also put points on the board. Max followed his great instincts to intercept a flat pass and galloped untouched into the endzone. We are excited to see Max continue to grow and make plays for the Big Green.