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Fall Athletics Postseason Preview

As the fall athletics season quickly winds down, here is a preview of upcoming championship events and brief recaps of some that have already taken place.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams raced in the PAISAA Championship on Saturday, October 26 and travel to Blair Academy for the MAPL Championship on Wednesday, October 30.

On the boys’ side, Jamie Olson ’21 continued his outstanding season with a third place finish out of 111 competitors at the PAISAA meet in a time of 16:31.5, an excellent time on the difficult, hilly terrain on the Belmont Plateau course.  Shahzaib Umer ’20 also had a strong race, finishing 21st in a time of 17:56.7.  As a team, Hill finished in 12th place.

Olivia Tullman ’20 again paced the girls’ team in her record-setting season, crossing the line in 20:39, good for 12th place overall; her time is the fastest ever recorded at the PAISAA meet by a Hill runner since the meet moved to Belmont a decade ago.  Behind Tullman, newcomer Elena Mendez ’21 posted the fourth-fastest time in program history at 21:24, good for 23rd overall.  Hill’s top-five runners all placed in the top-50 overall to lead the team to a sixth-place finish. 

Once again, the Field Hockey Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship will be decided in The Hill vs. Lawrenceville game, as both teams enter Saturday’s contest with a 4-0 record in MAPL play.  It is the seventh-consecutive season the rivalry game has decided the league champion; Hill won in 2013, 2016, and 2018, but the 2013 victory stands as Hill’s most recent victory over the Big Red in New Jersey.

After finishing regular season play undefeated against in-state competition, Hill earned the top-seed in the PAISAA State Tournament and an automatic bye into the semifinal.  On Tuesday, November 5, Hill will host the winner of the Agnes Irwin vs. Germantown Academy quarterfinal game on Briggs S. Cunningham ’26 ’50 Field at 5:00 PM.  A victory in the semifinal would advance Hill to the PAISAA championship game for the first time in program history.  The PAISAA final will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 12 at The Proving Grounds in Conshohocken. 

A 4-1 victory over Mercersburg Academy clinched both the MAPL championship and the top seed in the PAISAA playoffs for Boys’ Soccer.  Before turning its attention to the PAISAA State Tournament, Hill will look to secure its first victory at Lawrenceville since 2013 and complete a perfect MAPL slate for the second-consecutive season.

By virtue of being the top seed, Hill received a first-round bye in the PAISAA tournament.  In the quarterfinal, Hill will host either Shipley School or Germantown Academy on Thursday, November 5 at 5:00 PM on Harry L. Price Field.  The PAISAA semifinal date is set for Thursday, November 7 at the higher seed, and the championship date is Wednesday, November 13 at Immaculata University. 

The Hill Girls’ Soccer team opens PAISAA play at Westtown School on Thursday, October 31.  Hill goalkeeper Marah Krick ’21 stole the show when the teams met in September, turning aside 23 shots.  Catch the action live or On Demand on Local Live.

Boys’ Water Polo will travel to the United States Naval Academy aiming to repeat as Eastern Prep Champions.  The 12-team tournament is divided into four, three-team pods; Hill is the top seed in Pod A and earned a first-round bye.  Hill’s first game is scheduled for Saturday, November 2 at 4:30 PM against the winner of the first-round game between the other two teams in Pod A, St. Benedict’s and Germantown Academy.  Most of Saturday’s games will be played at Navy’s Scott Natatorium.

Hill’s second game of the tournament will be on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM regardless of Saturday’s outcome; a win on Saturday would place Hill in the semifinal, played in the Academy’s Lejeune Hall, while a loss would put Hill in the consolation game, played in Scott Natatorium.  Hill’s final game of the weekend will be either the third-place game at 2:00 PM or the championship game at 3:00 PM. 

The entire Girls’ Water Polo Eastern Prep Championship will be played at Episcopal Academy on Sunday, November 3.  Hill is the tournament’s fourth seed and will face Germantown Academy in the 4 vs. 5 play-in game at 9:00 AM.  The teams have met twice previously this season, with Hill winning both games by scores of 11-5 and 13-6.  Top-seed Episcopal awaits the winner in an 11:10 AM game; the Churchwomen beat Hill in two regular season meetings this year by scores of 11-5 and 9-7.  The tournament championship is at 1:20 PM.  

Two teams have already concluded fall postseason play:

Boys’ Golf competed in two post-season tournaments: the Keystone Cup, an annual tri-match with in-state rivals Mercersburg Academy and Kiski School on Sunday, October 27; and the PAISAA Championship Tournament to conclude the fall schedule on Monday, October 28.

For the fourth-consecutive year, Hill returned home from the Keystone Cup victorious, edging Kiski by six shots and Mercersburg by eight.  In the PAISAA Tournament, co-captain Bill Gussler ’21 earned medalist honors as Hill finished third overall.  Read more about both events here.

Girls’ Tennis traveled to Mercersburg Academy for the MAPL Tournament on Sunday, October 27.  A steady rain forced the early matches to be played indoors, but thanks to the terrific work of Mercersburg’s grounds crew the courts were dried and ready for play to move outdoors by noon.  Hill finished in sixth place overall.  Individually, Elena Zhang ’20 was the team’s highest finisher, coming in third at first singles.