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The girls field hockey team dropped two games this week, 3-0 to Cape Henry on Thursday and 1-0 in overtime to Nansemond-Suffolk Academy on Tuesday.
The Oaks had the best of the play both in regulation and in overtime against Nansemond-Suffolk, but just couldn’t get the go-ahead goal.
The girls threatened late in overtime, then saw the game shift in seconds on a breakaway by Nansemond-Suffolk for a goal with 2:13 remaining.
On Thursday, seniors Blair Hurley, Carter Kennedy, Mary Liz Lentz, Jordan Sibley, Zooey Vooss, and Mary Douglas Wilson were honored.
They played hard against perennial power Cape Henry, holding the Dolphins scoreless until a penalty shot in the last two minutes of the first half followed by another goal with seconds remaining in the half.
“We wanted to take them off their game and mess with their flow. We did that with equal, if not even a bit more, possession time during the game,” said Coach Taylor Kelly. “The result was an early time out by Cape Henry with on-field player frustration as well as some frustration and concern from the sideline. I am not sure that they were expecting our level of play and resilience.”
Senior Ari Goldman scored off a cross by Joey Swartz to make the Oaks boys soccer team 3-2 winners Tuesday at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.
Noah Siebert scored the first goal for Collegiate with an assist by Josh Swartz. The second goal was an own goal, setting up Goldman’s winner.
On Thursday, the team lost to Cape Heny, 1-0. The Oaks are 2-4 on the season. For pictures, go to Oaks soccer.
The Collegiate cross country team didn’t let a little rain dampen its spirits or performance on Thursday hosting its invitational at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.
The Oaks were impressive across the board. The boys finished second in the team race, while eight runners cracked the top ten in their respective divisions.
Chandler Branton (18:37) nabbed second in the boys varsity race, while teammates Miles Edmond (18:55) and Frankie White (19:30) took sixth and tenth respectively, both running personal bests.
“The boys were on fire,” said Collegiate head coach Rob Tupper said. “They just took off, they killed it. It was impressive.”
Harrison Fuller followed in 19th place in a season-best 20:32 and Matt Unrein (21:11, 22nd) and Parker Gross (24:06, 37th place) both shattered personal records along the way.
Malia Mantz (22:34) finished fourth and Maddie Foster (22:41) wound up fifth, both setting PR’s in the highly-competitive varsity race.
“They really worked together well, “ Tupper said. “They pushed each other, brought each other along and had strong, strong races.”
The light rain and cooler temperatures made for a good combination.
“This was just perfect cross country weather,” Tupper said.
And he meant it.
“Cross country is notorious for rainy, drizzly weather with lots of mud,” Tupper continued, “And we had all of that. But it was nice and cool and everyone just rose to the challenge.”
Gina Leanzo added a tenth-place finish in the girls junior varsity race for the Oaks.
“The JV is really coming along,” Tupper said. “Each meet they’re getting better and better.”
In boys JV action, Chas LeHew (21:46) edged teammate Truman Skaggs (21:49) for top team honors, the pair finishing in fourth and sixth place. Ryan Hodges added a personal best 23:51 to take 16th for Collegiate.
The Oaks head to Lynchburg next weekend for the Rod Camden Hilltopper Classic. For cross country pictures, go to Oaks runners.
The Oaks boys soccer team couldn’t get the offense in gear until the final minutes and fell to Hampton Roads Academy, 2-1, Tuesday at home.
Joe Swartz scored on a header off a cross by Josh Swartz, who somehow found room along the touch line, in the final minutes for Collegiate’s only score.
The team is 1-3 on the season. It plays Tuesday at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and Thursday at home against Cape Henry.
For more pictures and video, go to Oaks Boys Soccer.
In their third win of the season, the Oaks once again captured a tight one, defeating Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, 5-4, Monday at the ODU Tennis Center.
The Oaks are 3-2 on the season and all three wins have come by 5-4 scores.
For more pictures and video, go to Oaks Girls Tennis.
Norfolk Collegiate 5, Nansemond Suffolk 4
Sellers (NSA) d. Toomy 7-5 6-0, Khandpur (NSA) d. Beale 6-0 6-1, Walthall (NC) d. Shah 6-1 2-6 10-5, Camacho (NC) d. Watts 6-3 6-2, McMonagle (NC) d. Hartman 6-3 6-1, Potter (NC) d. Burcham 6-3 6-3; Doubles: Sellers-Khandpur d. Toomy-Camacho 8-3, Gottleib-Shah d. McMonagle-Potter 8-5, Walthall-Beale d. Watts-Hogg 8-3.
What a comeback.
The girls volleyball team dropped the first set, 21-25, to Tallwood High School, then was trailing in the second set before they caught on fire.
Led by senior Bailey Jones with 17 kills and three blocks, they came roaring back to win the second set, 25-23, and then went on to win 25-14 and 25-15 to take the match.
Joi Harper flew all over the court, converting 26 digs. Skyler Tessler had 14 assists and two aces.
In action on Friday, the team downed Central Virginia Home School, 3-0, by scores of 25-12, 25-7, and 25-16.
The team is 6-4 on the season
For more pictures and video, go to Oaks Volleyball.
With 30 seconds left in a seriously competitive game, the Collegiate faculty had the ball, down a point. But they couldn’t penetrate the Seniors defense and with the seconds ticking down Hurley stole the ball! to secure the win.
The seniors put an imposing starting lineup on the hardwood:
Jobin “King Curry” Chandi
Paul “White Chocolate” Mahoney
Jimmy “The Great White Hope” Hurley
Alexis “Runs on Dunkin” McGurn
Shahra “Big Baby” Madison
But the faculty quickly served notice. Dunkin’ Dan Nichols opened the scoring by putting back a miss with a two-handed thunderclap that energized the full house.
But Hurley, Mahoney, Madison, and Chandi kept it close.
Things looked bleak later in the contest for the youngsters when Lonice Kenley, wearing a vintage Oaks uniform and a competitive smile, hit one three-point bomb after another. Donovan Waefler declared himself the master of the paint, swatting away a couple of feeble inside attempts. And who knew John Bain, who made a fashion statement with his socks, could dial long-distance at will?
But the seniors had youth and depth on their side, shuttling in players. Reid Wilkinson canned a bucket. Lucas Brandt drove the lane. The microwave, Hamoudi Musselmani, hit a three.
Blair Hurley, Ann Burns Morrison, Darden Purrington, Tanner Hirschfeld, and Gates Breeden gave their starters a breather.
The faculty just didn’t have the legs.
In the end, youth, of course, was served. It always is.
For more pictures, go to Seniors 27, Faculty 26.
The lights go up on what will be the longest-running smash on Suburban Parkway starting Friday as Norfolk Collegiate opens its turf fields with a pair of contests.
You can’t have a grand opening without a little ribbon cutting. That begins at 6:30 p.m.
Don’t wait until then for Oak action. The girls volleyball team plays in Watt-Baker Gymnasium starting at 5:15 p.m.
The outside games on the turf fields start at 7 p.m. with girls field hockey battling Highland School and the boys soccer team kicking things off against Norfolk Christian School. The boys downed Christian, 2-1, earlier in the season.
There’s no need to eat at home and risk being late. It’s Food Truck Friday at Collegiate. Karnage Asada, Bodacious Pizza and Just Cupcakes will be on hand to dole out their goodies. Eat some Karnage Asada Latin-Asian Smackdown! goodies on plastic plates while the Oaks take care of the smackdown on the plastic grass.
Bring cash. Lots of cash for the food and for the souvenirs and for the fields.
Cough up a little of that cash towards the project, which cost a cool $2.6 million. If you would like to donate to the campaign, please contact the development office at 757.480.2348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.