||On Friday, October 5, several Hill teams traveled to Hightstown, NJ to take on Peddie School in the opening weekend of Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Competition. Three varsity teams – girls’ cross country, field hockey, and boys’ soccer – returned to Pottstown victorious.
In the fall, the final five weekends of the season are designated for MAPL play. Head-to-head competition is used to determine the league champion in field hockey, football, and soccer, while one-day championship events are held in cross country and tennis.
Below are brief recaps of each varsity game:
Boys’ Cross Country: Peddie 25 - Hill 33
Tucker Dunn ’19 broke the tape, but a deep Peddie team claimed four of the next six places to secure an eight-point victory. Jamie Olsen ’21 (fourth) and Shaizaib Umer ’20 (sixth) ran season-best times for Hill, and Michael Soland ’21 tied his personal best time as Hill’s fourth finisher. Several team members posted personal-best times on the afternoon.
Girls’ Cross Country: Hill 19 - Peddie 41
Olivia Tullman ’20 recorded her first career race victory and Hill claimed the third through seventh spots to improve to 2-0 on the season in dual meets. Tullman set an early, hard pace and never looked back, finishing more than a minute ahead of Peddie’s Alex Drake, who finished in second place. Lillian Rizek ’22 and Amber Cao ’21 finished in third and fourth, respectively, each breaking 22 minutes for the first time. Maddie Kershner ’19 and Calla Booth-Genthe ’19 rounded out Hill’s scoring finishers.
Field Hockey: Hill 8 – Peddie 0
Hill jumped out to an early 4-0 lead en-route to an 8-0 victory. Logan Clouser ’21 and Isabella Palde ’19 combined for five goals, but it was co-captain Taylor Duffany ’19 who got the scoring started for the Blues on the team’s first corner of the game just minutes into the contest. Riley Bauer ’20 and Sarah Wisneski ’21 also scored for Hill, while Hayley Gable ’22 and Briana Hartman ’21 combined for the shutout.
Football: Peddie 50 – Hill 7
Javon Clements ’19 connected on a 70-yard touchdown pass to Josh Flowers ’19 on Hill’s second drive of the game to tie the score at 7, but Peddie scored 43 unanswered points to register the 50-7 victory.
Boys’ Soccer: Hill 2 – Peddie 1
Euan Forrest ’19 netted a pair of first half goals to lead the boys’ soccer team to its first victory over Peddie since 2014. Forrest got the Blues on the board first midway through the half when he headed home a Sam Beckett ’22 corner kick. Peddie took advantage of a Hill turnover in the 33’, scoring on a counter-attack to equalize. In the final seconds of the first half, Forrest completed his brace by scoring on a free kick taken from just outside the area. Neither
Girls’ Soccer: Peddie 2 – Hill 1
Peddie’s Alissa Codella scored with one second remaining in regulation to lift Peddie to a 2-1 victory over Hill. Scoreless at the half, Lyndsey Coffey ’20 finished a pass from Sydney Floyd ’21 to put Hill on top early in the second half. The host Falcons scored twice in the final 10 minutes to record the come-from-behind victory.
Girls’ Tennis: Peddie 5 – Hill 2
Peddie won the doubles point and took four of six singles matches against an out-of-rhythm Hill team. Elena Zhang ’20 (6-1, 6-0) and Carla Canales ’19 (6-2, 6-0) picked up singles wins, while the doubles tandem of Mofe Akinyanmi and Haley Wisniewski won 8-3.
Half an hour from Peddie, the varsity and JV girls’ water polo teams took on rival Lawrenceville in the first of two meetings this year. In the varsity game, Hill utilized a big fourth quarter to break a 9-9 deadlock en-route to a 14-9 victory. Anna Bautista ’19 netted five goals for Hill, including two in the final four minutes as Hill began to pull away. Alex Zelinski ’20 recorded a hat trick while Tess Gray ’21 and Claire Alfano ’19 scored twice. Maddie Green ’20 added a single tally, and Megan Mikuen ’19 turned aside seven shots. The teams will meet again at Cunningham Pool on Wednesday, October 31.
- JV Field Hockey: Hill 5 – Peddie 1
- JV Boys’ Golf: Episcopal Academy 278 – Hill 288
- JV Boys’ Soccer: Hill 3 – Peddie 1
- Thirds Boys’ Soccer: Peddie 1 – Hill 0
- JV Girls’ Soccer: Peddie 2 – Hill 1
- JV Girls’ Water Polo: Lawrenceville 10 – Hill 8