After an intense afternoon of competition on Friday, The Episcopal Academy girls' soccer, field hockey, tennis, and cross country teams combined efforts to beat rival Agnes Irwin to win the banner.
The cross country team kicked off EA/AIS Day with a race to remember, winning by one point: 27-28. "We tell our girls all season long that every place counts, and in Friday's meet, that was certainly the case," said coach Lauren Finnical. "I'm proud of our girls' effort and preparation leading up to the meet. To come away with the win in such a close contest was a great way to cap off the season!"
Girls' tennis battled it out against a tough and talented AIS team, losing 2-5. "It was a great battle on the courts," said Coach Whit Powell. "Unfortunately, we came out second best in three third set matches that ultimately determined the outcome of the overall match. I'm proud of the way the girls competed and supported each other."
Field hockey roared onto the field to face off against the quick and talented Owls. At halftime, the score remained 0-0. Early in the second half, AIS scored. Then with less than one minute left in regulation play, EA scored making it a 1-1 game. "As you would expect from a traditional rivalry game, this was a terrific, well-played game between these teams," shared coach Gina Buggy.
After one period of overtime play, the game ended in a 1-1 tie. "Both goalies played exceptionally well," said Coach Buggy. "I am so very proud of our team. They kept fighting and competing to come back at the end and in overtime. This was a great example of the high level of field hockey play in the Inter-Ac by two very good teams."
The final and deciding contest of the day was soccer. The team came out fast and fierce. With two minutes left in the half, EA took the lead 1-0. The team came back in the second half focused on their mission. With two more goals,the final score was 3-0. "I am so proud of the team's focus, effort, and discipline we displayed," said coach Andy Fraggos.
EA/AIS Day was played on Friday, November 11 at The Agnes Irwin School.
Boys golf teed off against The Haverford School on Friday at the Merion Golf Club. The team played well but could not hold on for the win. Haverford took the day by seven strokes, with a score of 267-274.On Saturday, November 12, the Fords hosted the Churchmen for cross country, water polo, soccer, and football for EA/Haverford Day.
EA's Elias Lindgren '18 placed first in cross country, but Haverford came on strong winning 27-32.
Soccer was an even duel much of the game with EA leading off with a goal in the first half. But the Fords battled back to win the game 2-1.
Water polo was a valiant effort by the EA players. The team fought hard against a powerful Haverford squad. The final score was Haverford 12, Episcopal 5.
In the final matchup of the day, the Churchmen came out ready to battle in football. EA was first on the board in the first quarter. Coming back after half-time, trailing by a point, EA fought to the finish. With just thirty seconds left, the team scored, making it 21-19. After an unsuccessful two-point conversion and onside kick, the game ended 21-19. The Sweater goes to Haverford, but EA will be back to resume the rivalry and battle next season.