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Fall 2012-13 Season Wrap-Up

Fall 2012-13 Season Wrap Up


The Boys Varsity Soccer team’s season was a learning experience for everyone involved. When former BFS standout soccer (and basketball player) Edson Elcock ’03 took over the program as head coach, he was not too sure what to expect. There were a lot of obstacles to face during the short season, but as a whole coach Elcock thought the team played well. Unfortunately, the team was not able to practice together during the preseason as much as coach would have liked, so that will be a goal for the team moving forward. The team was comprised of players of varying talent levels who came together to work as a unit. Five seniors led the team, which also included three sophomores and nine freshman, all of whom showed great comradeship on and off the field. Their main objective for the season was to work hard for each other and to never give up no matter the score. With that being said, the boys showed up for practices ready and willing to learn and work. The first game they were defeated by Berkeley Carroll 5-4. After being down 5-0 at the half, the team showed potential and drive in coming back in the second half. The team then went on to win its next four games in a row very convincingly, led by senior forward Misha H.and his team high 23 goals. The remainder of the season was much tougher on the team, as they encountered some very talented and organized opponents. Most of those games saw the team losing by multiple goals, but the scores did not reflect the effort and determination shown by the varsity boys. The final game of the season is the game that stands out most for the coach.  Our team got a second shot at Berkeley Carroll in the ACIS Semifinal game (B division) to give them a little payback for the season opener defeat. The team was able to put together everything that they learned during the season. Passing, shooting, dribbling, defending, and, most importantly, communication. Friends went up 2-0 and held onto the lead for sixty out the eighty minutes. Unfortunately the team could not hold on in the final minutes and lost a heart-breaker 3-2. Despite the loss, coach Elcok could not have been prouder of his players for sticking it through until the end and playing together as a unit and looks forward to seeing what next season has to offer.


The 2012 season for the Girls Varsity Soccer team was the most successful in the program’s history. The Panthers were crowned the ISAL Playoff Tournament Champions and ISAL Playoff Champions, finishing the season with an impressive record of 10-1-3. The team scored 70 goals (28 more than in 2011, and 67 more than in 2010), and conceded only 15. That’s a goal difference of +55 in only 14 games. After the steady development of the team over the past two seasons, the team has closed the gap on the established soccer programs in the region, proved by competitive 3-3 ties with Saint Ann’s and Staten Island Academy (ACIS Champions in 2011 & 2012). The varsity girl’s only loss of the entire season came against local rival Packer. To start the season, the team welcomed four new freshman: Olive W., Naya C., Isabella G., and Allie P.  Naya was voted the Freshman of the Year Award by her teammates for her seven goals and four assists. All the freshman players contributed to the team’s successful season, and should all be commended for their individual development. Returning sophomores Aoife H., Maret S-M., Sarah F., Julia B., and Louisa G. were joined by new members Molly S., and Hannah H. All had excellent seasons, none more so than last season’s Freshman Player of the Year Aoife, who contributed eight goals and four assists, and Hannah with six goals and 15 assists. Hannah’s 15 assists were a new record for assists in a season and she was awarded the Coach Mike Petelka Blue Pride Award. Louisa G. was ever-present at the center of the defense and developed her understanding of playing that role with some fearless tackles and shot blocks. Maret was voted the Most Improved Player of the Year. Our junior class of Julia G., Olivia P., Clara S., Lotte W., Sophie A., and Elinor H. continued their rise to senior stardom with impressive performances. Olivia was voted the Leadership Award for the way she captained the team and provided 11 assists and chipped in with two goals. Her co-captain, Julia, was voted Coach’s Player of the Year in part for her understated importance to the way the team perform, breaking up the play, and having the vision to set-up the next attack. Julia finished the season with five assists and two goals from the Anchor role in Midfield. Clara, Lotte, and Sophie was all part of a defensive and goalkeeping unit that broke the school record of least goals conceded in a season. Elinor H. made her switch from the Track team to soccer look effortless and managed to score her first goal in high school soccer. We thank our seniors, Janna J. and Mimi G., for their dedication to BFS athletics and we wish them well for their next adventure at college. Janna finished her BFS soccer career with six goals and five assists. Not bad after two seasons as a goalkeeper!  The recipient of the prestigious Players’ Player of the Year award, voted for by the players, was eighth grader Halima M. Halima’s season was nothing short of sensational. She scored a total of 34 goals and nine assists in just 14 games, including six goals in the ISAL Championship Final! It was not just Halima’s goal scoring feats that impressed, but she became a much loved member of the team and was selfless in possession, respectful to opponents, and always played with a smile.  Congrats to the team on such a successful season, and with only two seniors departing the group, this team is aiming to go from strength to strength in 2013.


The BFS middle school soccer season got off to the best possible start against their first opponent LREI. A Sam G. hatrick capped an impressive performance, as BFS won 3-1. Despite losing their next game to Dwight, BFS were back in form to record a 4-1 win against York Prep. Peter H, Mali A and Julain S-B scored the goals in a very convincing win. Churchill School provided a sterner test, although BFS overcame their opponents 3-2. Sam F., Ben F. and Isaac H. provided the vital goals in this narrow victory. A fourth win was recorded against Birch Wathen Lenox, with Peter H. becoming the second BFS player this year to score a hatrick. The defense really showed their quality in two 0-0 ties against SIA and Rudolf Steiner.  Goalie Alex B was in inspirational form, but special mentions should go to defenders Matthew R., Rocco B., Noah R. and Manya C. for their outstanding performances. A final win was recorded against Garden School before a run of three tough games, which ended in defeats for BFS. During this period, there were outstanding individual performances from Niamh H. and Sophie E. Overall, it was a highly successful season with very strong team performances. The commitment shown by the players was exceptional and next year promises to be just as successful.


The BFS Varsity Volleyball team had another special season to remember! The team started the year with a great preseason, with the highest attendance in the program history. We had a great group of young players who practiced hard and learned and improved their skills as they prepared for the upcoming season. After graduating five seniors last year, the team added 10 new players to four returning players. Since the beginning of the season, it was clear that this group of athletes wanted to continue the BFS Varsity tradition of success.  Not only did they show great dedication to improving their skills, but also acquired a great deal of knowledge about the game. This young squad was determined to be competitive and give the team a chance in every outing. The team won or took a game from all our opponents, except for two. All in all, the girls represented the school to the best of their abilities, finishing with a winning record, and making the playoffs for the 16thconsecutive year! The future is bright for this young BFS volleyball team, considering that we are returning 10 out of 14 players, loosing only one starter, and adding a couple of more athletes from our JV team, to continue building our successful tradition…Blue Pride!!


The JV Volleyball team had a great turn out this fall with 16 girls on the roster. It was a season of growth —  learning skills and to work together and play a three-touch (pass, set, hit) game using a 4-2 (four hitters, two setters) offense. In order to run this offensive system, players had to learn specific positions. Our outside hitters were Bianca R., Cecilia E., Grace M., Jade H-P., Michelle L., Sage M. and Sarah G. Anna F., Ashley A., Nina F., Patonya P., Rosie M. and Ruby P. were our middle hitters. Christeline V., Daisy F. and Maya W. were our setters. Many players learned more than one position! The players put a full effort into every match, plus they cheered for each other while on the court, or from the bench. As the season progressed, and our team became more skilled, we had more and more successful three-touch plays. Three of our matches were decided in overtime, with scores of 28-26, 30-28, and 29-27. All in all this group of young female athletes has a lot to be proud of. Coaches Julie & Marna were honored to work with them. Blue Pride!!


The MS Girls Volleyball season was a beautiful learning experience for all. The team improved its skills as the season progressed by relentlessly working as individuals and even more so as a group. They continued to play hard as one entity on the court and always supported each other, holding their heads up high just as true Brooklyn Friends athletes do. The team together built self confidence and mental toughness. Tyler R., Cosi M. and Caila F. were the team’s only returning players from last year. These girls showed remarkable leadership, lending a helping hand to the others any way possible. They were patiently persistent and a great support to each other. Most of the team consisted of new players, not only just new to the team, but some new to the sport as well. Nia L. and Juliet R-L, Zelda C., Sabina M., Sarah P. and Naomi M. were tremendous assets to the team. They displayed a motivated dedication to learning the game well. The girls accomplished their goals set in the beginning of the season and learned how to function as a unit to obtain those goals. I can undoubtedly say that we all had a wonderful time learning together and pulling through together. Special thanks to our managers Nia G. and Dalia K. for all the support and work they put in.


The Varsity Cross Country team this year was a select group of athletes who found some pleasure in their daily runs.  The team learned the universal lesson of running: Every day will not be perfect but one will always benefit from the effort. The team trained hard and learned from the challenges theh hard work presents. The team benefited from the leadership of Jose U and Giovanna M, who embraced their work and showed others they were capable of similarly stellar efforts.

The Middle School Cross Country team consisted of the trio Miles N, Emmitt S and Milo H. The runners demonstrated a strong commitment to each other and their running throughout the season. Miles provided the team with excellent leadership. His desire to “blast” it in each practice forced him to run with the high school athletes in his workouts.  Such dedication to his training and stellar attendance made for formidable race days. In fact, Miles completed an undefeated season topped off with an outstanding victory at the ISAL Championships. Miles led all of his races from wire to wire. His aggressive running style dared the competition to lay it on the line if they wished to beat him. One LFNY gathered the gumption to pass Miles 600M from the finish in the Championship race only to have his courageous move thwarted as Miles surged to victory. It was a great season for Miles, Emmitt and Milo. They comprised a strong core to build on for the coming seasons.