Ravens Roundup: March 2024

A compilation of athletics news and notes.

 

Back-to-Back EIL Championships for Girls’ Varsity Ice Hockey

Congratulations to the girls' varsity ice hockey team for earning their second-in-a-row EIL Girls' Ice Hockey Championship! Before their tournament wins, the Ravens went undefeated in February against Newton Country Day (10-0), Vermont Academy (3-1), and Phillips Exeter Academy (2-1). They mounted wins against Pingree School (1-0) and Newton Country Day (9-1) for their championship-winning tournament play. Zoe Rosenberg ’24 finished her final season as the New England leader in goals and second in points with 33 and 54, respectively. Her total this year also put her over the 100-point threshold with 102 for her career, earning her a spot in the history books and on the banner in the rink. Netminder Jayden Elias ’26 also had a tremendous season, finishing as the New England leader in save percentage at .956%. 

Boys’ Varsity Ice Hockey

The boys’ ice hockey team finished the regular season in first place in the Holt Conference with a conference record of 9-2-1. However, the Ravens ultimately fell short in double overtime of their semi-final round game against North Yarmouth Academy, capping off a great season. On an exciting note, Fifth-Formers Noah Jimbo and Luca Mestrandrea were named All-Holt Conference players.

Varsity Wrestling

The varsity wrestling team captured the EIL League Championship earlier this month. Dino De Marzio ’26, Ronnie Nixon ’25, Kyle Reinecke ’24, and Gabe Devaney ’25 took first place. Thirteen wrestlers also qualified for the New England Championship. Four students traveled to the National Prep Wrestling Championship in late February at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Fifth-Former Mirna Decker grabbed the 2024 Championship Girls Runner-Up trophy and became the third All-American from the Abbey in as many years. Co-Captain Daniella Gasso ’24, Dino De Marzio ’26 and Estefania Jimenez Lopez ’26 also qualified and competed in the tournament.

Boys’ Varsity Basketball 

The boys' varsity basketball team was busy in February, winning against Hamden Hall (63-60) and losing against Beaver Country Day (52-60), leaving them with a 7-3 record in the EIL. The Ravens also qualified for and competed in the 2024 NEPSAC Tournament, winning their first game against Greens Farms Academy (70-61) and falling in their second game to Harvey School (58-66). The team’s overall record was 12-11.

Girls’ Varsity Basketball

The girls’ varsity basketball team lost to Lexington Christian Academy (38-59) but found redemption four days later with a strong victory over Bancroft School (63-34). They closed the regular season with a record of 5-9 and an 8th-place finish in the EIL season standings. 

Boys' Lacrosse

Thirty-three boys’ lacrosse players traveled to Pennsylvania and Maryland for scrimmages and joint practices with other schools. A scrimmage was played against Haverford School in Philadelphia, followed by practices at Johns Hopkins University and a joint practice with Friends School of Baltimore. Alumni John Kinnane ’03 and Drake Kreinz ‘12 were in attendance to cheer on the Ravens as they prepared for spring competition. 

Boys’ Baseball

The baseball team traveled to Florida to get some sunshine and start warming up their arms and bats. Coach Gittus has been leading the team down to Florida for close to two decades, and this is one of the largest groups he has ever taken. The trip will set the team up well for the season when they look to defend their EIL championship from 2023.

Sailing

Select members of the sailing team traveled to sunny Florida to escape the cold weather and enjoy their first days on the water. The team sailed out of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. This year’s team has a very strong senior class, with four sailors heading on to compete in college after graduation.