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GFS sticksters top struggling Springside

GFS freshman Iris Williamson (left) drives past Springside’s Courtney Caputo in last Wednesday’s match.

After falling behind 3-0 at the start of last Wednesday’s non-league lacrosse match, the Lions of host Springside School showed some pluck by rallying back within one goal of visiting Germantown Friends.

The tally was 5-4 with a little over eight minutes remaining in the first period, but then the Tigers put the hammer down, taking control of the contest with a 7-0 run that bridged the two halves. Germantown went on to win 13-7, receiving six goals from senior Lydia Kring, four from freshman Iris Williamson, and a hat trick from junior Betsy Sachs.

Sophomore Lyles Swift-Farley and freshman Annie Morrissey each earned an assist for the winners, who got six saves from junior goalie Sami Francis as they raised their record to 9-3 overall. Kring, who’s headed for Wesleyan, ended the day with exactly 100 career goals; Sachs passed that mark a little earlier and left Springside with 109.

Early lapse costs Mount lacrosse

At the start of last Thursday’s Athletic Association of Catholic Academies lacrosse match at Mount St. Joseph Academy, visiting Merion Mercy had the host Magic back on their heels, as the Golden Bears took a 5-0 lead during the first six minutes.

Late letdown for GFS softball

GFS shortstop Zoe Groomes-Klotz gets ready to rifle the ball over to first base.

Visiting Germantown Friends stayed close to league leader Abington Friends through much of last Tuesday’s Friends Schools League contest. Then, as often happens in softball, one really rough inning for the Tigers led to an easy victory for the host Kangaroos.

Although Germantown wasn’t particularly productive at the plate all day, the visitors only trailed 2-0 midway through the fifth frame. Abington, with some help from GFS, was able to turn three hits into eight runs in the bottom of the inning, bringing the bout to an early conclusion thanks to the ten-run-lead rule.

For the game, the ‘Roos outhit the Tigers, 4-1, while winning pitcher Kelsey Clark, a junior, struck out nine batters without giving up a base on balls. Germantown hurler Jessica Moody, also an 11th grader, struck out five batters while also walking five. There is no such thing as a day off for Moody, who’s the only pitcher on the GFS staff.

With Tuesday’s outcome, the Tigers’ overall record leveled off at 4-4, and they were also at the .500 mark in league play, with wins against Friends Central, George School, and Westtown, and losses to AFS, Shipley, and the Academy of the New Church.

Mount crew cleans up at soggy City Champs

Extolling the virtues of his ShamWow® synthetic chamois, TV infomercial pitchman Vince Shlomi points out “This works wet or dry!”

Last Sunday, at the rainiest Philadelphia City Championships in memory, the same thing could be said of the Mount St. Joseph Academy crew. Although the rowers couldn’t have gotten any wetter if they’d been swimmers, the Mount Magic kept their focus and came away with six gold medals, a silver, and a bronze, easily the best showing out of almost 70 schools represented at the regatta. MountWow!