It was a fantastic finish to the St. Mark’s 2012 Fall sports season. On Sunday, the Varsity Field Hockey team defeated Brooks 1-0 in double overtime to win the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council championship, while a pair of St. Mark’s runners earned medals at the 2012 ISL All-Star Cross Country races held at St. Mark’s on Saturday.
Coach Jodi Dolan’s Field Hockey team went 12-2 during the regular season, winning its first Independent School League title since 2004. The ISL champs then moved on to the NEPSAC playoffs. In West Hartford, CT they took on Rye Country Day, defeating the New York State prep school champions 9-2. Then they faced a very tough Cushing team, one of the two opponents to beat St. Mark’s in the regular season. Great goaltending by Paige Duffy ’13 and a terrific goal by top-scorer and team MVP Alexa Mackintire gave St. Mark’s a 1-0 victory. The title game was held at Loomis-Chaffee School, against Brooks. The game was scoreless into two overtimes, when Sophia Millerick ’14 scored to give St. Mark’s its first NEPSAC Field Hockey crown since 1997. Mackintire was named Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. Duffy ended the season with an amazing 0.82 goals-against-average, eight shutouts, 135 saves, and a .906 save percentage.
“I had a feeling last season that this year could be our year,” said coach Dolan. “This is an extremely talented team. We had every component needed to win, and we knew we could do it.”
Check out the winning goal at http://www.stmarksschool.org/album-list/album-detail/index.aspx?LinkID=1821&ModuleID=266