Ravens Roundup: February 2024

A compilation of athletics news and notes.

College Signing Day

Sixteen Ravens participated in Winter Signing Day held on February 6. You can read more about this relatively new tradition on campus in the upcoming issue of The Bulletin.

 

Wrestling Wins EIL Championship

The varsity wrestling team captured the EIL League Championship earlier this month. The team presented the league trophy to the Head of School, Matt Walter, at the all-school assembly on February 12. Dino De Marzio ’26, Ronnie Nixon ’25, Kyle Reinecke ’26, and Gabe Devaney ’25 took first place. Overall, thirteen wrestlers qualified for the upcoming New England Championship. Danni Gasso ’26 is ranked 3rd in New England in the 107-lb weight class.

 

Boys’ Basketball

Facing a few setbacks in their recent matchups, February has presented a challenging start for the varsity squad with losses to Pingree School (49-65) and Pomfret School (48-82). Yet, they are steadfast in their determination to turn the tide. And with a handful of games left on the schedule, including the Eastern Independent League Tournament, plenty of opportunities remain. 

The Pingree game was racked with over 40 fouls being called, and the Ravens couldn’t hit enough shots and fell to the better-shooting Pingree team. The Ravens were up 27-26 at the first-half buzzer. Charlie Townsend ’24 scored his 1000th point in an Abbey uniform and finished the game with 24 points. J.P. Devaney ’25 made a notable contribution with nine points and several rebounds. With their eyes set on redemption, the varsity squad is poised to regroup and showcase their resilience in upcoming contests.  

The JV basketball team hosted Pomfret in a scrappy contest, resulting in a 59-22 loss for the Ravens. The Pomfret side mounted a strong defense, but they outperformed the Ravens on offense, securing their victory. 

 

Girls’ Basketball

The Ravens have shown marked improvement since the beginning of the season, with substantial wins against Middletown High School (54-34) and Wheeler (44-40) and suffering just one loss to St. Andrew’s School (30-71). The Aquidneck Island battle resulted in three Ravens contributing double-doubles: Elle Martin ’26 (19 points, 13 rebounds), Grace Connaughton ’24 (17 points, ten rebounds), and Alex Watson ’26 (15 points, ten rebounds). The Wheeler game was a wild ride. With a clutch performance in the fourth quarter, Watson sank two foul shots with under a minute left to seal the victory. The St. Andrews game was the last of the Ravens’ non-league schedule. Despite a noteworthy effort for the entire game, the opposing team’s shooting was a notch above the Ravens in the end. 

The Junior Varsity team won against Wheeler School on February 7, with 26 points to Wheeler’s 16. 

 

Girls’ Ice Hockey 

The varsity girls’ team recorded two more shut-out wins for their 2024 season. The first came against Winsor School with a walloping 11-0 score, followed by a 9-0 victory against Kents Hill School, in which Jayden Elias ’26 made her 1000th save for Portsmouth Abbey. The remainder of February is packed with games against Austin Prep, Vermont Academy, Phillips Exeter, and the EIL Tournament at the end of the month. 

The JV team continues into February with mixed results. A 3-1 win over Martha’s Vineyard was followed three days later with a 3-4 loss against Pomfret School. 

 

Girls’ Squash

After a slow January in which the Ravens fell five times with only two victories, the girl’s squash team has worked hard to establish a winning streak. On February 7, the Ravens notched their third win of the season into their belts with a 4-3 victory over Pomfret School. Mary Davidson ’24, Charlotte West ’24, Tilly Holling ’26, and Lily Servidea ’27 all played exceptionally well and contributed to the team’s four wins. 

The Abbey hosted the NEPSAC Boys and Girls Squash Class D Tournament February 10–11. The girls’ team performed very well and had an impressive 5-2 victory over Miss Porter’s School.

The impressive JV squash squad also logged a victory against Pomfret School, their 11th in total against Pomfret, with a final of 6-1. Having lost only two matches this season, the girls look for another victory to finish their season 12-2, their best record in many years. 

 

Boys’ Squash

The boys’ squash team improved throughout January and February. The team logged nice regular-season victories against Concord Academy and Wheeler School in preparation for the NEPSAC Tournament. In the NEPSAC tournament, the boys shined, going 2-1 with wins over Avon Old Farms and Williston Northampton. They also scored a 6-1 victory against Beaver Country Day on Senior Day. 

 

Boys’ Ice Hockey 

The Ravens scored another two victories this month with a shutout against Worcester Academy (4-0), followed by a strong 3-1 finish against Kents Hill School. However, they were outscored 6-2 against Dexter Southfield School to bring their season record to 11-10-3. The team has secured the #1 seed in the Holt Conference Tournament. The Abbey will have a first-round bye and host the semifinal match on February 23. The Ravens also had the most shutouts of any prep team in New England

The JV Ice Hockey squad played well versus Cushing Academy but came short on the scoreboard. Coach McKay has been very impressive this year, taking a shorthanded squad and getting them to compete in every game. They are looking to end their season strong with a victory in their upcoming Aquidneck Island clash with St. George’s school.