Senior day proved to be a capstone match for the Wildcats as they defeated a game Winchendon side 6-3. Five seniors - Grace, Olivia, Jasmine, Rebecca, and Sophia - started the match off in doubles and staked Dublin to a 3-0 lead. In singles, Mya played well at #1 winning a tight 8-4 match. She was followed by Grace who finished strong in an 8-6 see-saw battle before Rebecca completed the scoring with a dramatic 8-7 (4) tie-breaker victory. Dublin 6, Winchendon 3.
“I am not going to stand up here and tell you this is my second home because actually, this is my home.” So said a departing senior during their audition to be chosen as a graduation speaker for their class. Each Dublin School graduating class gets to choose 2 of their peers and one of their teachers to speak at graduation. In preparation, each interested senior gives a short speech t their classmates during a senior pizza dinner with yours truly.
I never know what kind of attitude to expect from a departing class of seniors with just over two weeks left until graduation. Many times they are fully ready to leave and are pushing against the adults as they strive to show their readiness for more independence and responsibility. Last night’s group, our largest ever graduating class, spoke about how sad they were to leave each other and this place that they have grown to love. We even had three seniors who were so moved by the other speeches that they asked if they could give a speech. My assistant Anne Mackey and I tried not to cry while the seniors were talking about the experiences and people that shaped them during their time at Dublin. I could feel the power and the sense of community in the room.
“We are ready for bigger and better things ahead.” The same senior who talked about Dublin as their home concluded their speech with these words. I was reassured. We are always cautious about creating dependency in our work with students and I was thrilled to hear that at least one student is ready to launch from our campus on the shoulders of Mount Monadnock into an exciting future. I look forward to celebrating the Class of 2019 on June 1st and in the days to come.
On Monday, May 13th, DUT hosted BART on upper field for the final game before the RVAL tournament. Dublin controlled the game from the first point, pulling downwind to BART, stymieing their offensive attack with an active and lane-clogging cup. Wind played a major part in the first half of the game, forcing several turnovers on both sides. DUT won the first half, 8-3. As the wind gave way to an icy rain, both teams accumulated turnovers, and points started to get longer. In the end, Dublin prevailed as both teams agreed to end before hardcap, 11-5. Strong defensive performances were had by Colin Brown '21, Reed Brencher '20, Grady Allen '19, Phillip Simons '19, Henry Luettgen '19, and Colin Purdy '21. After the game DUT honored its seniors with flowers and appreciations in brief ceremony. Abby Ingram, Grady Allen, Phillip Simons, Henry Luettgen, and Gwen Thomson, we are grateful for all you've meant to DUT!
The Dublin boys' lacrosse team was able to complete their season sweep of Putney School with a 6-3 road win on Monday. Despite the wet and cold weather, the boys banded together and took advantage of their opportunities while again limiting Putney's top offensive threats. Goals were scored by senior captains Kyle Mincey (3) and Ian Baker, senior Max Johnson, and junior Dereck Elmera. The team looks forward to their final week of practice and games, with upcoming regular season contests scheduled against NMH and Cushing, before finishing the season with the annual Mike Walter alumni game.
Dublin traveled to Putney on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. The hosts jumped out to an early lead, but the Wildcats took a timeout to readjust their defense and never looked back. Strong offensive efforts and tighter defense led Dublin to the win.
Liza Runyon '21 led the scoring with 6 goals and was supported by Mia Fantauzzi '22 with 4 goals. Tatiyana Dunkers '19 3 goals and Luna Hicks '22 scored her first career goal.
Goaltenders Sam Pfeffer '20 and Cailtin Hegarty '20 split time in net, each recording 7 saves.