SLS Boys Teams Rolling Through the FAAs

SLS Boys Varsity Ice Hockey and SLS Boys Varsity Basketball.

If you had asked me last season to describe both of these teams in one word, I probably would have said, “disappointing.”  Both teams have struggled to find success over the past couple of years, whether due to a young roster (as was the case with hockey) or the loss of key players (as happened with basketball).  However, this season both teams have stunned both the SLS community and the rest of the league.  Now, for the first time in decades, hockey has advanced to the FAA finals and basketball has advanced to the FAA semifinals.

The Boys Varsity Hockey team has had an incredible season.  Under a new coaching staff, the boys played extremely well, finishing the regular season with a very impressive 6-5 record.  Key players this season include Clay D’Alessandro, ‘15, Robert Powis, ‘14, and Justin Kramer, ‘14, who all contributed goals in crucial victories against Canterbury, King, and Harvey.  Despite the success during the regular season, many fans were unsure of whether the team would be able to carry that success into the postseason.  In fact, in the four years of the program’s existence, the Ice Hockey team has never won a playoff game.  Well, the boys proved all of their doubters wrong tonight, routing King 11-2 in the semifinals.  D’Alessandro contributed four goals to the Storm win, and Powis and Kramer had two apiece.  As the boys prepare for the FAA finals Saturday, spirits are extremely high.  Commenting on how much the team has matured these last few years, Robert Powis told The Sentinel, “Our team has come a long way since I started playing at St. Luke’s.  We lost our very first game as a varsity team 18-1 against Rye Country Day, and on Saturday we get a shot to take them down and become the FAA champions only 4 years late.” IMG_1500

Another standout team this winter has been the SLS Boys Varsity Basketball team.  After a less-than-stellar season last year, the boys are playing with a purpose.  I can honestly say that, in my three years as the radio broadcaster for Varsity Basketball, I have never seen a stronger team than this.  Ami Lakoju, ‘14, has learned to use his size to his advantage without committing excessive fouls, Sean Cullinane, ‘14, continues to be one of the most consistent shooters on the squad, and Jordan Sechan, ‘16, has finally found his three-point shot.  The Boys have had several miraculous victories, most notable of which have been against Brunswick.  During the regular season, the Boys beat Brunswick at home by two points in an incredibly exciting and close game.  Later in the month, the Boys made the trip to Greenwich, routing the Bruins on their home court.  Then, on February 7, coming off of three straight wins, the Boys suffered a heartbreaking loss against GFA, falling short 68-65.  Heading into the postseason, the Boys were seeded third, which meant they would play Brunswick yet again.  Last night, with Carey Gymnasium rocking, the Storm beat a formidable Brunswick squad 56-52.  With that win, the boys earned a spot in the semifinals against GFA.  When asked how he felt about the upcoming game, Kevin Florio, ‘15, told The Sentinel “I feel confident about the game tomorrow… the last time we went [to GFA] we outplayed them for about 30 out of the 32 minutes, even though we actually didn’t play our best.  With a crowd for tomorrow’s game, we should be able to pull out the victory.”  They game will be held at GFA on Friday night.

There is a great saying in the world of sports that goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  The SLS Ice Hockey and Basketball teams have shown just how true this proverb is, and both hope to emerge from the 2014 winter season on top of the FAAs.  Come support the Varsity Ice Hockey team on Saturday, February 22 as they compete in the FAA finals as well as the Boys Varsity Basketball team on Friday, February 21 as they attempt to advance to the FAA finals.  Whether you go to both or only one, you are surely in for a treat.

— Will Twomey, Sports Editor

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