A fall sports season like no other…
Despite everything that has unfolded since the start of school given the realities of school this fall, our athletes and coaches came to the fields, courts and courses (with masks on) and made us all so proud. None of this would have been possible without our incredible coaching staff. Day in and day out, they worked tirelessly to keep student-athletes safe, connected AND inspired to play their very best during this unprecedented season.
Since general spectators were unable to attend games, matches or meets this fall, the MB Athletics Department wanted to share a few highlights from the season:
With a very young, relatively inexperienced squad this year, our team seemed on the brink of ending the season with their playoff hopes a distant possibility. On the last night of the regular season, down 2-1 at Wheeler with only 5 minutes to go, MB came back in highlight reel fashion with a beautiful goal by Thomas W. to tie it up. In the final minute, Wheeler scored an own goal (scored on themselves) which would cement our playoff berth. Four of our players were awarded All-Division honors and one was awarded All-Academic honors.
The team had a rollercoaster of a season dealing with key players having to quarantine for weeks at a time during an already abbreviated season. The D2 defending champs qualified for the playoffs as a 10 seed going in as the underdog to advance past the first round against higher seed Lincoln High School. Not only did MB win the game with a beautiful goal by Maya M. ’22, freshman goalkeeper Paige D. and the Quaker defense shut down Lincoln completely, leaving them scoreless in the 1-0 victory. Three of our players were chosen for the All-Division team, one received the newly minted All-State Alice Sullivan Perseverance Award, and one earned a spot on the All-State Academic team.
Every season the MB field hockey team picks a motto to help define the season. This 2020 season was called “mark the moment” a phrase used to remind them how precious every second on the field was this fall. With so many unknowns, and their schedule shifting at the last minute, they took advantage of every opportunity to be together as a team, practice and to play. Our amazing senior class led the team to an astonishing 11th straight Div. I playoff appearance and five of our players received All-Division honors and three received All-Academic awards.
XC had their best season yet with 7 runners qualifying for the State Championship meet. The girls 11th-place finish overall is the best ever, topping a 14th-place finish in our only previous team appearance in 2014. Sophia G. continues to make a name for herself, in racing circles in Rhode Island and across the country. Sophia’s time of 18:14 was a new 5k PR for her and gives her the best time ever for an MB girl at Ponaganset (by almost 2 minutes) and ranks her just outside the top 25 times by ANY Rhode Island girl going back to 2003. On top of that, Track & Field News named Sophia the top High School middle distance runner in the country for 2020.
Finally, senior Candice B. closed out her MB career in spectacular fashion overcoming a late-season injury to win the state’s singles championship for the second time in three attempts. In the regular season, Candice won her first three matches and then forfeited in the middle of her fourth match because of an arm injury, her first loss in the regular season since early 2018 and only the second regular-season loss for her career. She returned in time for the state tournament, seeded number 2 against an EG player who had cruised through the regular season without dropping a set. After defeating the number three seed in the semis, Candice saved her best match for last with a dominant and almost error-free win over her opponent 6-0, 6-2, thereby reclaiming the title that she had won in 2018 and leaving her mark on MB’s record books as a two-time state champion.