A Look Back at CA’s Spring Athletic Season - Concord Academy

CA enjoyed another successful spring season with many teams competing in postseason play.

The girls varsity tennis team continued its winning ways in 2019. The team carried an unblemished record into the last regular season match versus EIL rival Winsor but fell just short of the win and, as a result, the league title. A day later, the team earned its fourth consecutive bid to the NEPSAC tournament; a quarterfinal win led to a rematch against Winsor, this time for a chance to compete in the NEPSAC finals. The Winsor match once again came down to the last point, but this time CA took away the prize, moving on to the NEPSAC finals for the second time in three years. Though they battled valiantly against No. 1 seed Greens Farms, they were unable to overcome the eventual champions. But the squad had yet another impressive NEPSAC tournament run!

The girls and boys track and field teams also enjoyed another successful season. At the EIL championship, the girls finished fifth, just a few points shy of earning a spot on the podium (the top three), and the boys finished second, marking the best finish at the event in program history. It was a true team effort with over 30 CA athletes scoring points for the Green, including EIL titles for four individuals and one relay team. At the NEPSAC championship meet a week later, once again multiple athletes represented CA on the podium, led by senior Nick Spoor ’19, who capped his undefeated season in the javelin with a NEPSAC championship, and by the girls’ 4X400 relay team of Anna Brown ’22, Kiran Bhat ’22, Audrey Lin ’19, and Sara Goldstein ’20, who finished 3rd — the best ever placing for a CA relay team at the New England meet.

The coed varsity Ultimate Frisbee team once again posted a stellar record, losing only one game during the regular season. They went on to earn the No. 8 seed in the very competitive B bracket of the NEPSAC tournament. The team posted an impressive 3–1 record on the day, including an upset of a powerful Choate squad.

The boys varsity tennis team also experienced only one loss during the regular season. The Green succumbed to league rival and eventual EIL champs Beaver Country Day School late in the season. The strong record, though, earned the program its first NEPSAC tournament berth in over a decade and an opportunity for redemption when CA was slated to play No. 1 seed Beaver in the quarterfinals. After losing to them in the regular season in straight sets, CA battled for nearly five hours, losing in a heartbreaker 4–3. The boys JV tennis team went undefeated in league play, which bodes well for the continued success of the overall program.

The coed varsity sailing team relocated to Natick’s Lake Cochituate as their practice site this spring, thankfully leaving behind a long commute to Courageous in Boston. The squad’s decreased time in the bus and corresponding increased time on the water translated to improved quality of experience and sailing skills! CA enjoyed a postseason berth and second-place finish in the B Division of the Mass Bay League.

The varsity baseball team secured a thrilling 5–4 victory over league rival Landmark in the last game of the regular season to earn a berth to the EIL tournament, after narrowly missing a bid last season. As the No. 4 seed, the squad impressively pushed perennial league champ and No. 1 seed Pingree to the limit in a very well played semifinal, in which they lost 2–1.

The boys varsity lacrosse program continued its upward trajectory with a third consecutive winning season this spring. The team posted a 7–4 record in its return to the EIL after taking two seasons away to build. The future looks bright for the girls varsity lacrosse program, which posted a solid 5–6 record with a very young roster comprised of only two seniors. The softball program, coming off a very strong 2018 campaign, was in a rebuilding mode this spring, with a youthful roster learning the ropes in the competitive EIL.

Go Green!

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