Athletics Update 22nd November 2016

End-of-season edition

Final Team Records

Boys Varsity Soccer (11-1-2)

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer (12-0-1)

Boys Middle School Soccer (6-0-1)

Middle School Soccer (Queens) (3-4)

Girls Varsity Soccer (7-5)

Girls Middle School Soccer (4-3)

Girls Varsity Volleyball (8-4)

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball (3-6)

Girls Middle School Volleyball (8-2)

Girls Middle School Volleyball (Queens) (7-1)

NYCAL League Awards – Fall 2016

Congratulations to the following athletes for being recognized by the NYCAL League for their efforts and achievements this season.

Boys Varsity Soccer

Takahiro Origuchi

Most Valuable Player Award (League MVP) and All-League

Michael Gross

All League

Max Neve

All League

Alex Hall

All League

Girls Varsity Soccer

Grace McCallister

All League

Jada Britton

All League

Sophia Beck

All League

Sienna DeMatteo

All League

Girls Varsity Volleyball

Mai-Han Nguyen-Thanh

All League

Janice Choi

All League

NYCAL Cross County Championships

On Tuesday, 1st November, UNIS Boys Varsity XC team won the NYCAL Cross Country Championships while the Girl's Varsity XC team placed second. Matthew Balcer (T3) placed a commendable second after a nail-biting sprint to the finishing line.

Girls NYCAL Championships Results

Boys NYCAL Championships Results

Girls Varsity Volleyball

Big congratulations to the GVVB team for an exceptional 2016 season, culminating in their inclusion in the post season NYSAIS tournament. The team loss to Trinity on Tuesday, 3 sets to 1 in a very evenly matched contest.

NYSAIS Cross County Championships

On Sunday, November 6, 2016, the UNIS Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country athletes competed at the New York States Association of Independent Schools Cross Country Championships held at Van Cortland Park. After a long and arduous season, with only four days between the NYCAL league championships and these NYSAIS Championships, the runners finished their season beautifully. Focused and dedicated all season, the athletes ended their Cross Country season on a high note and should be proud of their accomplishments!

Athletes who competed at NYSAIS were:

Sean Waxman-Lenz, Marien Chatard, Kaito Doken (Boys)

Noella Kalasa, Lila Olson-Duffy, Alison Swinth, Savaria Sargsyan, Luna Maki (Girls)

Boys Varsity Soccer narrowly defeated in NYSAIS Semi Final

The UNIS Boys Varsity soccer team went down narrowly to Long Island Lutheran (LUHI), 1-0 on 11/4 in the NYSAIS semifinal game. LUHI scored the only goal of the game with 3 seconds left in double extra time. It was a truly spectacular game of high school soccer where both sides had many scoring opportunities only to be denied by the resilient and tenacious defense. Both teams are to be commended for their exemplary sportsmanship and successful seasons. Huge thanks to the eighty plus UNIS students and parents made the trip out to Long Island to support the team.

Athlete Spotlight: Brady Traugot
Brady Traugot (M4) has been a foil fencer at Manhattan Fencing Center since he started at UNIS in JA. He is currently ranked in the top 40 foil fencers in the country in the Youth 14 age category and participates in regional and national competitions. Brady has a D16 rating. In addition to fencing practice four or five days per week, Brady trains with SuperMe Performance at UNIS at least two mornings per week. The fencing season is September through July, which is essentially year-round, and Brady competes on most weekends.

Brady started the season very strong. In September, Brady qualified for Junior Olympics in fencing to be held in Kansas City in February 2017 in the Under 17 (Cadet) age category. Brady is now focusing on qualifying in the men's foil Under 20 age category. (The JO's is the most prestigious national competition in the Under 17 and Under 20 age level.)

Brady qualified for Division II and Division III 2017 Fencing Summer Nationals Championship in Salt Lake City very early in the season with a strong finish at the Fredericksburg, VA Regional Open Circuit competition, where Brady was one of the youngest fencers and competed with many college fencers. Brady also achieved a 5th place finish out of 50 fencers in the Youth ‪14 Regional Youth Circuit competition in New Haven, CT.

Triple-Impact Competitors

According to the Positive Coaching Alliance, a triple-impact competitor makes positive contributions on three levels:

•Making themselves better (personal mastery);

•Making teammates better (leadership);

•Making the sport better (honoring the game).

UNIS Coaches have nominated the following players as triple-impact competitors for this Athletics Update:

Chloe Gruszow Benn and Katherine Cargan – Girls Varsity Volleyball

"Chloe made drastic improvements since the beginning of the season," says Assistant Coach Naomi Flinders. "This was especially evident in the game against Columbia Prep. She was able to come into the match in the 4th game and contribute some crucial points. In the 5th game, she had a strong run with her serving that secured us the win for second place in the NYCAL league. She has a positive attitude, and honors the game by supporting her teammates at every match."

"In regards to Katherine, she stepped up this season by adding a new position to her versatility as a player. During the Columbia Prep game, her reliability helped her teammates come back after losing the first two sets of a long 5 game match. She honors the game by bringing a positive attitude, and remaining composed in tough situations."

Mia Schaefer – Girls Middle School Soccer

"Mia lead our team's attack in every match," remarks Head Coach Reed Fox. "She was always positive, led our team in goals, and was never short on energy! Mia was a true role model for the rest of the team to follow."

Khadia Macdonald and Grace McCallister – Girls Varsity Soccer

"We nominate Khadia for her leadership and ability to bring the team together," said Assistant Coach Luke Lister. Whether it's shouting encouragement on the pitch, picking up teammates when they fall, or organizing team dinners and sleepovers, Khadia does it all! A hard tackling, no nonsense defender, she is the heart and soul of the team and has been a fantastically positive influence throughout the year.

"We also want to recognize Grace for her tireless energy and outstanding commitment. She is the girl who never stops running! Grace quite literally covers every blade of grass on the pitch. She tackles hard, passes well, and scores goals!

Her attitude this season has been tremendous."

Jack Lipkind and Sofia Khan – Middle School Track and Field

Coach, Francyna Evins had the following to say about Jack and Sofia:

"Jack Lipkind shows devotion to his personal success and the success of the team, by showing up to perform to his best ability day in and day out. He consistently encourages his teammates to do the same, even through challenging times.

"Sofia Khan demonstrates how to be tenacious by overcoming obstacles without second-guessing herself. She also displays a great deal of sportsmanship. Sofia is an athlete who always offers a helping hand when one of her teammates is down."

Josie Murmann – Middle School Volleyball

"Josie has worked so hard all season, and always listens to the feedback she is given to improve," says Head Coach Laura Parkes. "She is a fantastic teammate and will always encourage and support the other girls."

That's it for this edition of the Athletics newsletter – we'll see you in the winter season!

Kind Regards and Happy Thanksgiving

UNIS Athletics Department