Team Updates

Stay tuned for periodic updates from coaches about team progress and athletic successes.

Fall Sports Update - Sept 14

Boys’ SoccerAfter two weeks of preseason conditioning, the Boys’ Soccer team started its regular season on Saturday with a road game at Catholic Memorial. The team battled hard, but ultimately fell to an older and more experienced squad. On Monday, the boys hosted CCL rival, Pope John, in a very exciting and closely fought game. Although Pope John took the win, 4-2, there were many positive signs from the Phoenix. Yegor Smith-Realto ’21 and Jack O’Dea ’19 scored the goals, while John Dooley ’19, Patrick Gulledge ’19, and Scott Sigmund ’21 were especially strong on defense.

Girls’ Soccer: The girls turned out for preseason in record numbers, and the team has only grown since then, despite the often grueling workouts. These girls came to play! While the first game versus Pope John resulted in a loss, the team actually out-possessed and out-shot The Tigers 3-1. Learning from the challenges of that game, they came right back in the second game, against Cathedral, with a strong presence. Winning 5-0, they truly dominated, enough to ensure that most of the team was able to see some playing time—not an easy feat with 30 on the roster! Two goals by Fiona Thompson ’19, and a goal apiece by Ellie Cotton ’20, Katherine Swenson ’21, and Molly Wheet ’20, gave Lady Phoenix the win upon which they wish to build. Their next game is at home on Friday, September 15—come cheer them on!

Cross Country: The Cross Country team has its first meet next Tuesday, September 19 at home. The team has been practicing hard—running 5ks, sprinting, mastering hills, and working on conditioning at practice. One of Coach Beach’s recent practices involved partner runs for which team members paired up with someone on the team they didn’t know well to go for a “meet and greet” run around the area.

VolleyballSJP Volleyball has had a wonderful start to the season. Junior Varsity came out of the gate strong defeating both Mount Alvernia and Pope John XXIII. Following a hard fought loss to Mount Alvernia, Varsity redeemed themselves winning 3-0 over Pope John XXIII including some amazing saves by Sarah Forcellati ’19, Kate Stanislaski ’18, and Emma Wren ’18. Maria Andrade ’19 and Sarah Gyurmey ’19 have already made their presence on the court felt, launching those sets high into the air for new Varsity players Megan Bane ’18, Jordyn Britton ’20, Lily Fabrizio ’18, Sydney Jenkins ’19, Taylor Kennedy ’19, Sara O’Connor ’19, and Lizzie Triant ’18.

Posted by D. Shiner on Thursday September 14
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Spring Sports Season Update, June 9

SoftballThe Softball team ended their season and celebrated Sharon King ’17, Maddie Neff ’17, and Helen Aroush ’17 in their senior game against Ursuline on Monday, May 22. The girls played hard until the end and the coaches were proud of their effort and improvement over the course of the season. In our final celebration as a team, the players were recognized with top team awards. For her outstanding work as a rookie, a consistent starter at first base, and third on the team in batting, Lindsey Freeman ’20 won the Rookie of the Year Award. The Coaches Award for consistent effort and excellent leadership went to Sharon King ’17. The team MVP, for the overall best performance from defense to batting average, went to Alex Chaisson ’18.

Girls’ TennisThe Girls’ Tennis team had a great season, ending the year with an 8-9 record. Season highlights included two wins against Lowell Catholic and Annie McElroy ’19 winning in a 2.5-hour set at first singles versus Pope John. Jada Ross ’17 lead the team with seven wins at second singles along with Emily Taranto ’17 and Audrey McDonough ’17 at first doubles, also with seven wins. Team MVP was awarded to Jada Ross ’17, Coaches Award was awarded to Kyasha Ambroise ’20, and Most Improved went to Sanaya Panthaki ’20. Jada, Audrey and Emily have been awarded League All Stars. The team is graduating seven seniors this year, but is excited for rebuilding the team next year.

Track and FieldThe Track season ended with an excellent performance by both the Girls’ and Boys’ teams at the CCL Championships. Several competing athletes received medals for their performances. Phillipe Legagneur ’17 came in 1st in the 200m sprint, earning him League All-Star in that event. JoJo Duplan ’17 came in second in the Triple Jump, and earned League All-Star for her event as well. Other notable performances include: Legagneur, 4th place in the mile; Fred Lu ’18, 2nd place in discus; Vova Quigley ’17, 3rd place in javelin; Camille Taylor ’19, 5th place in 200m and 8th place in the 100m sprint.

On Sunday, May 28, both Phillippe and Fred traveled to the divisional championships at Norwell High School. Phillipe earned a top 10 place in his 200m sprint. Both athletes competed well—a great end to the season!

Boys’ TennisThe Boys’ Tennis team finished the season with an overall record of 4-11 (4-6 in the CCL), with wins over Matignon (twice), St. Mary’s (Lynn), and Arlington Catholic. All eleven student-athletes committed themselves to the team and to their individual development as players throughout the course of the season. With only one graduating senior and two returning juniors, there is a lot of talent and depth for the program to build around in the coming years. Dante Salvucci ’17, who helped establish the team three years ago, received the team’s Most Valuable Player award for his leadership as a captain and first singles player. Anthony Khoory ’19 earned the Coaches Award for his positive attitude, excellent sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport. Jaehun Kim ’19 was named Most Improved Player for his hard work and a thoughtful approach to developing his game.

Girls’ LacrosseThe Girls’ Lacrosse team ended the season with seven games in ten days and continued to demonstrate the progress they made throughout the season. Katelynn O’Connor ’20 finished the season with 36 goals and 41 points, placing her fourth in the CCL Small in goals and fifth in points. The team honored seniors Cayleigh McMullan ’17, Jackie Joyce ’17, and Jillian Kelley ’17 (Academy of the Pacific Rim) during the final game of the season; McMullan notched her second goal of the season against Ursuline that day. The team will miss the seniors but the girls are looking forward to next season already!

Baseball: See the two recent website stories for post-season updates: SJP Baseball Advances to States and SJP Baseball Closes Exceptional Season.

Posted by D. Shiner on Friday June 9
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Spring Sports Season Update, May 17

Track & FieldLast week, the team faced off against two leading CCL opponents, Archbishop Williams and Austin Prep. Despite being outnumbered, the team pulled off some great times and personal records. Phillipe Legagneur ’17 even improved his state qualifying time in the 200m sprint to 23.2 seconds. Against Archbishop Williams, some notable places went to Vova Quigley ’17 in javelin with a throw of 121'4", Fred Lu ’18 with second in the disc, throwing 97'5", Camille Taylor ’19 with 2nd in the 100m sprint at 13.6 seconds, and JoJo Duplan ’17 with a 1st place triple jump at 29'11" (among many others!).

After a busy stretch of practices and meets for the track and field team, the athletes are down to their last regular season week of competition. The team will compete against Arlington Catholic on Tuesday, and will be at the Catholic Central League Championships on Saturday, May 20 (at Bishop Fenwick). Come cheer us on, or wish the athletes luck in their last week!

Girls’ TennisThe Lady Phoenix have had three great matches in the last week. It was a close match versus Marian with the end score at 2-3, with wins at first and third singles from Annie McElroy ’19 and Aleksandra Christie ’19. The team recorded wins against St. Mary’s and Mount Alvernia with 4-1 scores in both matches. Jada Ross ’17 won both matches at second singles, Emily Taranto ’17 and Audrey McDonough ’17 won both matches at first doubles. Other wins versus St. Mary’s came from Jessica Kwon ’17 at third singles and Sophia SaPonte ’17 and McKenzie Jennette ’18 at second doubles. For the win against Mount Alvernia, Aleksandra Christie won at third singles and Rebekah Forrest ’17 and Ruolin Zhang ’17 won at second doubles. The team is 5-5 for the season and has 8 matches to go in the next two weeks.

Girls’ LacrosseThe team’s most recent games have displayed their tremendous improvement across all areas of the sport. Most recently, in a hard fought 9-5 loss to St. Peter-Marian on Monday, the girls worked diligently at moving the ball on offense, rather than relying on one player to do all the work. The team continues to improve as a defensive unit, limiting an opponent to single-digit scoring for the first time this season, and goalkeeper Maria DiFelice ’20 made several key saves. Katelynn O’Connor ’20 continues to excel and ranks among CCL Small leaders in scoring with an impressive 29 goals. The Phoenix will finish off this week by traveling to Fontbonne on Wednesday and hosting Lowell Catholic on Friday.

Boys’ TennisThe team continues to work hard, gaining confidence in their developing skills every day. Captain Dante Salvucci ’17 won his #1 singles match versus Bishop Fenwick on Monday, 6-3, 7-6, while Anthony Khoory ’19 earned wins against St. Mary’s (Lynn) and Dedham High School at #3 singles. Playing #1 doubles, John Dooley ’19 and Bruce He ’18 recorded impressive wins versus Bishop Fenwick and St. Mary’s (Lynn). This week, the boys will play four matches, Monday-Thursday, and then wrap up the season next week with matches Wednesday and Thursday on the road. Catch the team in action at Ringer Playground this week, Wednesday versus Maimonides and Thursday versus Lowell Catholic.

SoftballThe Softball team has played well down the stretch, despite facing some tough competition. They lost a couple of close games against Cathedral, but won both games in a double header against Marian. Sara O’Connor ’19 continues to be the team’s ace, pitching almost every inning while Sarah Forcellati ’19 has demonstrated great consistency in the field and at the plate. Lindsey Freeman ’20 has shown poise as a first-year starter and is third in batting on the team. The Honan Sisters, Mary ’20 and Katie ’19, have provided solid defense in the outfield. The girls have three games remaining and look to finish strong. On Monday, May 22, the team will celebrate their seniors, Sharon King ’17, Maddie Neff ’17 and Helen Aroush ’17, in their final game against Ursuline at 3:30. Thank you seniors for all of your hard work and for providing such a great example for the rest of the team! Roll Phoenix!

Posted by D. Shiner on Wednesday May 17
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Spring Sports Season Update, May 3

LacrosseBattling spring weather and experienced opponents, the Girls’ Lacrosse team continues to make improvements in their skills and understanding of the game. Katelynn O’Connor ’20 continues to shine at center, scoring 6 of the team’s 7 goals while also taking on a center’s grueling defensive responsibilities. Now that the calendar has turned to May, the team will have a packed schedule of games and this week is no exception. After facing Boston Latin School on Monday, the girls square off at home against Lowell Catholic on Wednesday, May 3 and travel to St. Mary’s-Lynn on Saturday, May 6.

BaseballThe Phoenix Baseball team is currently 2-2 with wins over Pope John and Maimonides. A strong freshman class and an experienced sophomore class have been key factors in the early season success. Senior outfielder Jack Brooks ’17 has also lead the Phoenix with multiple hit games. The team looks to continue their success next week with league games against St. Clement and Cathedral.

Girls’ TennisThe Girls’ Tennis team has been committed and strong this spring season. The girls started the season off with back to back wins against Pope John and Lowell Catholic. Captains Audrey McDonough ’17 and Emily Taranto ’17 gained victories in both matches at first doubles. Jada Ross ’17 at second singles also pulled in two wins. Other admirable play came from Jessica Kwon ’17 at third singles, and Ruolin Zhang ’17 and Bekah Forrest ’17 at second doubles both with 8-0 victories vs Lowell Catholic. Ross went into tiebreakers in three of the five matches she has played vs Arlington Catholic, Fontbonne Academy, and Pope John. Annie McElroy ’19 played for over two hours in the first singles match vs. Pope John, claiming an 8-6 victory. Sophia SaPonte ’17 and Aleks Christie ’19 have also contributed to the team’s winning record with strong play. The Lady Phoenix have four matches this week—come by Ringer Park on Wednesday to cheer them on. The Girls’ Tennis league record is 3-1 and overall record is 3-2.

Track & FieldThe track team has had a great past two weeks despite some challenging weather! Over April break, the girls’ and boys’ teams faced Marian and Cristo Rey. The girls pulled out wins against both of these teams, while the boys got their first win over Cristo Rey! Special congratulations to Phil Legagneur ’17 who has already qualified for states in the 200m, and Briana Hamilton ’20 who qualified in the 400m hurdles. Several other athletes are close to qualification as well. The teams look forward to the freshman/sophomore meet this weekend at Archbishop Williams!

Boys’ TennisWith more postponements under their belt than actual matches played, the spring season has been slow-going for the Boys’ Tennis team. However, the squad has worked hard in practice and, when necessary, in the dry confines of the Fitness Center! Senior captain Dante Salvucci ’17 (and April Student-Athlete of the Month) has demonstrated consistency and excellence with both his play and leadership. Against Malden Catholic this past Friday, and again versus Matignon on Monday of this week, Dante won the first singles match, 8-2. Charlie Cassidy ’20 and Anthony Khoory ’20 have played well as the second and third singles players, respectively. Other bright spots for the Phoenix include John Dooley ’19, Bruce He ’18, and Ronny Gao ’19. The boys travel to Austin Prep on Wednesday, then host Dedham and Lowell Catholic on Thursday and Friday of this week. Come on out to Ringer Park and cheer them on!

Softball: The Phoenix softball team had a slow start to the season with a tough schedule right out of the gate. However, the girls are riding a two game winning streak in which they have outscored their opponents 39-13. The team is starting to play its best ball as it nears the halfway point of the season thanks to the leadership from captains Sharon King ’17 and Maddie Neff ’17. Alex Chaisson ’18 continues to play stellar defense at catcher while leading the team in batting. With seven games coming up in the next week, the Phoenix softball team is ready to roll.

Posted by D. Shiner on Tuesday May 2
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Spring Sports Season Update, April 7

Boys’ TennisThe Boys’ Tennis team is in their third week of action and improving every day! Although the weather has presented some challenges and kept us off the courts for extended stretches, the gym and Fitness Center have provided shelter from the storm(s)! Captain Dante Salvucci ’17 has done an outstanding job not only leading by example with his practice habits, he provides instruction and words of encouragement to other players whose skills are developing. Due to rain, the team’s first match versus Matignon was postponed.

Girls’ LaxAnother new sport launches for SJP this spring! Our brand new Girls’ Lacrosse team has a busy schedule that kicks off this week with two contests, the first against Matignon on Wednesday, April 5 (3:30 PM, Danehy Field) and the second against Burlington High School on Saturday, April 8 (2:00 PM, Marshall Simonds Middle School). The team’s home opener is set for Monday, April 10 against Ursuline (4:00 PM, Smith Field). With a mixture of beginners and girls who have some experience, the team has been working on their basic skills and are ready to build a foundation for a positive, successful season!

Posted by D. Shiner on Friday April 7
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Spring Sports Season Begins

Track and Field (photo, right): Members of the Track and Field team traveled to Marathon Sports last Thursday to get fitted for new shoes!

Boys’ TennisNothing like spring tennis in New England! The Boys’ Tennis team kicked off their season with conditioning and snow removal! Progress was made at Ringer Playground, where the boys were able to finally get on the courts earlier this week. The team returns captain Dante Salvucci ’17, Charlie Cassidy ’19, John Dooley ’19, and Anthony Khoory ’19. New to the squad this year are Ronny Gao ’19, Bruce He ’18, Jaehun Kim ’18, Danny Lotti ’19, John McNulty ’20, and Randy Su ’18. The team’s first match is April 5 versus CCL rival, Matignon.

Girls’ LacrosseSaint Joseph Prep is excited to announce the formation a new Girls’ Lacrosse team! Practice started up this week, but there is still time to register. Please see Ms. Kent (head coach) or Ms. Shea (school nurse) if you are interested in playing this spring! Go Phoenix!

Posted by D. Shiner on Wednesday March 22
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National Women In Sports Celebration

On February 3, Cayleigh McMullan ’17 and Jada Ross ’17 attended the celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Faneuil Hall in Boston. In its 31st year, the national observance celebrates the achievements of extraordinary female athletes. Selected by Athletic Director Jamie O’Leary to represent Saint Joseph Prep, Jada and Cayleigh were honored alongside female athletes from around the state, as well as women who have pioneered modern sports for girls. Lifetime achievement awards were presented to several women who have dedicated their lives to girls’ high school athletics, whether as athletic directors or coaches, and the keynote speaker was two-time Olympic rower Gevvie Stone, a native of Newton, MA. Stone has achieved high levels of success on the water and in her education, graduating from Princeton University and Tufts University Medical School before winning a silver medal in single sculls at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio di Janeiro. She has also won the women’s Championship Singles race at the Head of the Charles six times.

“Hearing Gevvie Stone speak was inspiring and something I will never forget. Sports have made such a huge impact throughout my entire life and listening to her experience was eye opening,” Cayleigh said. She was especially interested in how Stone uses sports to bring balance to her busy life as a graduate of medical school. Jada was inspired by all the athletes who attended and by Stone, who “is the perfect example of a female student-athlete; [it was] empowering.”

Posted by D. Shiner on Tuesday March 7
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Spring Sports Notice, March 7

Spring Track & FieldMs. Hughes has received significant interest in the Track & Field team. Already more than 50 students have reached out; however, if there are any students or families with questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Hughes directly.

Boys’ TennisIt appears (knock on wood) that the spring season will start without several inches of snow on the ground! If there are any young men looking to hone their tennis skills (or learn a new sport), please contact Mr. Faherty. The first practice is scheduled for Monday, March 20.

Posted by D. Shiner on Tuesday March 7
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Winter Sports Wrap-up

Girls’ HockeyThe Girls’ Hockey team wrapped up its season over February break with a pair of games against Brookline. Goaltender Mary Honan ’20 finished with another 50+ save performance. While this inaugural season’s final record is less than ideal, the team is proud of its improvement over the course of the season, its success at bringing together players from three schools, and the achievement of learning how to play as a team despite gaps in experience and skill. The girls recognize that a foundation built on effort and enthusiasm has been laid for next year and beyond, and are looking forward to the future of girls’ hockey at SJP!

Boys’ HockeyThe 2016-17 Boys’ Ice Hockey season has come to a close with a brief but important State Tournament run. When the season begins, the goal is always is to win it all.  The group of returning players needed to build on last year and learn how to gain points from the ones that slipped away and position themselves for the post-season. Meanwhile, the new freshmen had to learn quickly that they were going to be expected to produce from Day One. According to Mr. O’Leary, “As a coaching staff, we needed to blend quickly and set the pace.”

This group of guys ground it out day after day; from early morning practices, to injuries and illnesses, to the fierce competition in games. The boys ultimately made it to the tournament, but a defeat to Lynn ended the season in the first round. They finished 7-10-4 (5-3-0 in CCL2) playing nine games against tournament-bound teams.

When we look at everything on paper, the results can be deceiving. However, knowing what these guys battled through behind the scenes makes it incredible. Looking at next season Aidan Wech ’20, Brian ”20 and Ben Wheet ’20, and Sam Lee ’20 showed amazing desire as freshmen. Aidan Newell ’19, Brendan Murphy ’19, Jack O’Dea ’19, Patrick Gulledge ’19, and leading scorer Andrew Stefura ’19 took major steps as sophomores toward another run. Our Junior class, led by Co-captain Connor Lewis ’18, Mitch Devlin ’18, and Will McGough ’18 will lead the way next season.

Finally, a thank you from the heart to our Senior class: Co-Captain John Devlin ’17, Jack McDonough ’17, Sean Horan ’17, JK Kim ’17, and Declan Downey ’17. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but you’ve left a legacy for the ones behind you to keep it going forward. You will all be missed but never forgotten!

Boys’ BasketballThe 2016-2017 SJP Boys’ Basketball season recently concluded, however the team continues to build momentum for the future. This team had the most successful season in the school’s history and doubled the number of wins from last year’s campaign. More importantly, the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams competed daily in practice and games with the primary focus to improve each and every day as an individual player, as a team and as representatives of the SJP community.

The Varsity team was led by a core group of impressive seniors who provided their younger teammates with a tremendous example of commitment and hard work for which they should be extremely proud. Ben Stratter ’17 was selected as a Catholic Central League All-Star while brother Jonathan Stratter ’17 was the team’s leading scorer. Inspired and improved play from team leaders John-Michael Louis ’17 and Ricky Espada ’17 was a pleasure to watch all season, while Kameron Taylor ’17 provided instant offense each night. Newcomer Dante Salvucci ’17 was the consummate teammate with his hard work and contagious enthusiasm.

The future is promising with the return next year of juniors Jacob Bianculli ’18 and Jacob Yang ’18. They are fixtures in the gym working to improve their games and will be key players for the Phoenix next year. Also receiving extensive playing time and making significant contributions were sophomores Aidan Kelly ’19, Diego Rosario ’19, Brendan Sutliff ’19 and Lubens Benjamin ’19. Freshmen Sam Wright ’20 and the mid-season addition of Peter Su ’20 also bolstered the roster with their competitive play.

The Junior Varsity team was led by Coach Elton Tyler, a welcome addition to the Phoenix campus. Elton's college and professional playing experience coupled with his unwavering desire to help each player improve is second to none. The JV team also had its most successful season in the program’s history. In addition to some of the names above who shared playing duties with the Varsity and Junior Varsity, the team had a tremendous crop of Freshmen. They competed each day in practice with older teammates and gained invaluable experience. Significant contributions were made from Thomas Hanna ’20, Mark McCormick ’20, Matthew Lopez ’20 and Andrew Cooper ’20 and they will provide a strong nucleus for the next 4 years.

Thank you to all players, parents, fans and school administrators for making this a very rewarding season.

Girls’ BasketballThe Girls’ Basketball season technically ended on February 18, but a raucous team outing this past Friday afternoon would have suggested otherwise. Putting aside an emotional Senior Night, where the team recognized Helen Aroush ’17, JoJo Duplan ’17, and Sharon King ’17, and a challenging stretch of competition the second half of the season, the girls were able to just relax and have fun with their teammates... while playing trampoline dodgeball and jumping off the stunt tower! (photo, right)

The final record for the Phoenix was 6-12 overall (3-7 in the CCL), and although this represents a significant improvement from last year, there is certainly room for growth. The end-of-season conversations all focused on how we can get better as individuals and as a team. There were many positives to celebrate from this past season, however! The emergence of a very strong Class of 2020 is perhaps most encouraging.

Swim TeamThe swim team finished up their post-season on Saturday, February 11 at the North Sectionals Swim Meet held at MIT (photos, below). SJP swimmers Jackie Joyce ’17, Theresa Sandbrook ’17, and Bella Belarmino ’19 attended the event. Jackie competed in the 200 yd medley relay, the 200 yd freestyle relay, and the 400 yard freestyle relay. Theresa swam the 200 yd medley relay and 400 yd freestyle relay and also competed in two individual events swimming in the 100 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly. Despite qualifying for sectionals, Bella was unfortunately unable to swim due to an end of season injury, however, she was an enthusiastic supporter of her teammates throughout the event.


Posted by D. Shiner on Tuesday March 7
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Swim Team Competing at Conference Meet

The swim team wrapped up the season this week competing in CCLs on Saturday and celebrating the seniors at our final meet on Monday. The team had a successful showing at CCLs taking 5th place overall and finishing in the top 8 in several events including:

7th place - Jackie Joyce ’17 and Theresa Sandbrook ’17 in the 200-yard Medley Relay. Note: The girls also qualified this relay for North Sectionals!

5th place - Theresa Sandbrook in the 100-yard Freestyle

4th place - Vova Quigley ’17, Jackie Joyce, and Theresa Sandbrook in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay

4th place - Theresa Sandbrook in the 100-yard Breastroke

8th place - Vova Quigley in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay

The girls are preparing to compete this Saturday, February 11, in the North Sectionals meet at MIT.

Posted by D. Shiner on Thursday February 9
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