Athletes of the Week


Campbell Nyarady ’19-Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Campbell has displayed a positive attitude and consistent leadership as a captain and veteran of the girls varsity lacrosse team this season, no matter the circumstances. In an important road game on Wednesday against Westminster, she played aggressively from the start, helping the team build a 6-2 halftime advantage. The Wildcats closed out the game strong with an 11-6 win and Campbell finished tied with a game-high four goals and three ground ball controls. She followed that effort with three goals and another three ground balls in a convincing 14-2 win over Millbook at home on Saturday. She is the team’s leading goal scorer through five games with 15 goals, and she has added two assists. The team will continue to look towards Campbell for her leadership and consistent strong play for the remainder of the season.

Joey Ford ’19- Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Joey has been a force on the offensive side of the field for the boys varsity lacrosse team this season. His strong play continued this past week as he added two more stat filled games to this season’s resume. On Wednesday in front of a home crowd on Sawyer field, he managed to net 5 goals and added 2 assists against rival WMA. Joey was directly involved in more than half of the team’s goals on the day for the Wildcats. He again showed up to play on Saturday in the team’s 15-4 win over Hopkins School. On a cloudy and rainy day in New Haven, he recorded another 3 goals and 2 assists. Joey has been a major contributor to the success of the success of the Wildcats season and the team will continue to count on him as the season develops.

Brie Banas ’20- Girls Varsity Ultimate

Brie has had a strong season for the Wildcats as she has stepped up on every level on the field. She has dominated the middle and deep regions of the fields with her cuts, as well as the backfield in the handler position. So far this season she has notched 4 assists and 12 goals, with a particularly dominant performance against NMH and Longmeadow JV teams. Brie works tremendously hard on and off the field to not only improve her own game, but the game of her teammates. By doing so she has provided a positive example for all the girls on the squad. The team looks forward to her continued growth in the sport of ultimate.

Jersey Strum ’20- Varsity Softball

Jersey has been a big part of the Wildcats’ early success on the softball field this season. With a solid performance on the mound against Pomfret, striking out 5 in 3 innings, Jersey’s more dominant performance was at the plate with 7 RBIs including 2 singles, a double, and a grand slam. Jersey has been an outstanding leader for the team providing endless positivity, grit, and composure on the mound and at the plate. Her coaches and teammates are excited to see her continued improvement and growth in confidence as the team’s schedule ramps up.

Rich Stefanik ’21- Boys JV Tennis

Rich joined the boys JV tennis team with little to no experience in the sport. Despite this, he has worked tremendously hard every day to bring intensity, enthusiasm and a will to improve his skills. His competitiveness has compelled him to make up for a lack of refinement with focus and a strong desire to crush the ball. He discovered early on that playing near the net leveraged his athleticism against his more experienced opponents. His aggressive style of play has caught his opponents by surprise, and he leads the team in volley winners by a large margin. This culminated in a team clinching win last week for the Cats. Rich leads his team by example as he goes into practice with a curious mind that seeks ways to improve his game. He asks questions, tries new grips and swings out on the practice courts. His steady improvement shows his teammates that with the right mindset and willingness to try new things that one can do anything one sets their mind to!

Lily Dardano ‘22-Girls JV lacrosse

Lily has been a steadfast and enthusiastic member of the girls JV lacrosse team’s defense this year.  A good communicator and smart player, she has really emerged as a leader for the younger players, especially on the defensive side of the field.  In addition to her leadership on and off the field, Lilly has strung together several great performances. Most recently, she contributed some solid defense in some tough games against Berkshire and Westminster. Lilly continues to grow every day by bringing a strong work ethic and positive attitude every day at practice and the team looks forward to her positive contributions on the field.