Ravens Roundup: April 2024

A compilation of athletics news and notes.

Varsity Baseball 

Ravens baseball is off to a great start. The varsity team won their 2024 season opener against Pomfret (8-7) and had wins against Beaver Country Day (7-2), Concord Academy (11-0) and Wheeler (11-1). In the game against EIL newcomer Wheeler School, Mitch Canuel ’25, Noah Jimbo ’25 and Drew Pepi ’24 all smashed doubles to put the game out of reach. That trio also finished with multi-hit games and at least one stolen base and RBI each.  

In their latest game, the Ravens were doomed by uncharacteristically sloppy defense and a lack of timely hitting, resulting in a 5-1 loss to a strong Marianapolis Prep team. The team’s best chance to score came in the 5th when the Knights' pitcher walked the bases loaded. Gil Bianchi ’25 scored on an Andrew Foley ’26 groundout, but that was all the Ravens could muster. The Abbey falls to 4-1 on the season and remains 3-0 in the EIL heading into Friday's nonleague matchup against Tabor Academy.

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse 

The varsity lacrosse squad picked up this year’s action with a 16-8 victory against Bridgton Academy. It has been a successful start to the season, as they have only dropped one contest (a 14-7 loss to Phillips Exeter) for an impressive overall record of 8 and 1. They will finish out the month of April with contests against Worcester Academy, Kimball Union, Landmark School and Berwick Academy.  

Boys’ JV Lacrosse

The Ravens have started with two losses, one to St. George’s and one to Phillips Exeter. Chances for redemption are right around the corner, though, with upcoming matches against Milton and Berwick.  

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse 

Girls’ varsity lacrosse is off to a 4-2 start, suffering heartbreaking losses to Tabor (1-14) and St. George’s (2-15) while emerging victorious against Worcester (16-2), Wilbraham Monson (16-2) Concord (18-8) and Beaver Country Day (19-6). This week, the Ravens could feel Beaver's intensity coming their way, when Beaver scored the first goal of the game. The Ravens came back, winning the game 19-6. Anna Hutton '27 scored her first career goal while Tilly Holling ’26 and Dylan Galbreth ’25 split time in the net and helped the Ravens to win. Goals were also scored by Julia Poore ’27 (4), Avery Royal ’27 (2), Lexi Taylor ’27 (1), Elle Thompson ’24 (1), Tessa Reid ’26 (1), Lilly Coward ’25 (6), Sadie Polgar ’24 (2) and Lucy Verderber ’24 (1). Poore and Royal are showing impressive stats this season with 21 goals, seven assists, and 15 goals, five assists, respectively. 

Next up for the squad is Pomfret and Winchendon.   

Girls' JV Lacrosse

The JV girls lost a close contest with St. George’s but won against Beaver Country Day. They are looking ahead optimistically toward upcoming competitions against Berwick and St. Andrew’s School. 

Varsity Softball 

Ravens softball began the season with an unexpected 10-3 defeat to Worcester Academy, but they’ve worked out the kinks, winning four straight since then, including a 26-10 victory over Concord Academy that saw Laney Harrold ’24 go 4-4 with a double and 2 RBIs, Abi Lawler ’24 with a double and 3 RBIs, Jessy Rivera ’26 with a double and 5 RBIs, Gwen Canuel ’25 with a double and 3 RBIs and Ryan Duffy ’27 with 3 RBIs. In a game this week against Beaver Country Day School that had multiple lead changes, the Ravens went into the bottom of the fifth inning down 7-5 before scoring four runs and another three runs in the sixth inning, leading to a 12-7 win. Kasey Bernat ’26 earned the win, pitching all seven innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits. Bernat also struck out five batters. The offense was led by Clara Corbin ’26 (3-4 with 2 RBIs), Ryan Duffy ’27 (2-4 with 2 RBIs), and Abi Lawler ’24 (1-2 with a sac and 3 RBIs). 

Boys’ Varsity Tennis 

The boys' tennis team competed against Dexter Southfield School in late March, earning a 9-1 win. The schedule has been quiet since then, but competition will pick up in earnest during the second part of April with matches against Middletown High School, Wheeler, Beaver Country Day, and Berwick.

The JV team opens its schedule on April 19. Stay tuned to see how their season progresses.  

Girls’ Varsity Tennis 

Girls’ varsity tennis opened the season against Thayer with a 1-8 loss. They have gone 3-3 since then for an overall record of 3-4. It has been a tough start despite many quality individual performances, including Ale Cristiani ’24, at number 1 singles, winning her Concord match 6-1, 6-2, and Bella No ’24, at number 2 singles, also came away from that contest with a nice win, 6-0, 6-2. Olivia Tonelli ’26 and Rachel Hudson ’24 and Eva Madden ’26 and Isabelle Munger ’27 have all put up outstanding doubles play. The Ravens came away with a nice win, beating Tabor Academy 5-4 this week. The three doubles teams started the match off nicely, winning all three matches. Ale Cristiani and Olivia Tonelli won their match 8-5, Bella No and Rachel Hudson took their match 8-1, and Bailey Howell ’24 and Charlotte Spencer ’26 finished off the doubles winning their match 8-3. With three matches in hand, Ale Cristiani, 6-1,6-0, and Bella No, 6-2, 6-2, took their matches to secure the win. 

Girls' JV Tennis

The JV girls' tennis team kicked off the season with a trip to Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts. Four of the seven players were playing in their first matches at the Abbey or even their first match ever! Megan O'Connor ’26 was the lone winner for the Ravens. She beat her opponent 8-4 in an 8-game "pro set." Stella Saitas ’26 also played well in her first match as a Raven. Although she came up short, 5-8, she had some very long rallies. Cece Cord ’26, Georgia Johnson ’26 and Vanessa Niemic ’26 all played doubles in their first matches at the Abbey. Ella Reikhrud ’24 (doubles) and Nessa McDermott ’24 (singles) rounded out the squad for the Abbey. 

Sailing 

The Raven sailors are ranked seventh out of 95 schools in New England with an overall record of 7 wins and four losses. Three of the losses were very close, with Tabor Academy being the only team to dominate. Varsity sailors Kyle Reinecke ’24, Charlotte West ’24, Jancy Grayson ’24, Mary Davidson ’24, Ainsley West ’24, Becca Healey ’24 and Jack Conway ’24 have led the way. With eight meets left in the season, the team looks to finish strong. 

Track & Field 

The Ravens hosted their first meet of the season as they faced off against Bancroft, Concord and Wheeler. They took second place, falling short to a deep and talented Concord squad.  Plenty of spectacular performances indicated that second place is not destiny for the boys or girls. On April 17, the teams hosted Marianapolis Prep for a dual meet. There were outstanding performances from both teams. The girls' team defeated Marianapolis 90-50, while the boys ended up in a 70-70 tie.