by Anne Renninger
Sidwell Friends Athletics went into the weekend with a bang, with Varsity Football and Varsity Field Hockey coming from behind to win in dramatic fashion on Friday, October 23. The Quaker Football team traveled to Maret for the Frogs’ Homecoming game, and for the first half of the game it was all Maret. Maret led by a score of 26 - 6 at halftime, and scored again coming out of the break for a seemingly insurmountable 26 point lead. Then the Quakers went to work. Terrance Horne '16 found his footing to give Sidwell back-to-back rushing touchdowns, then defensive lineman LinDon Harris '16 forced a fumble, recovered it, and returned it for another Quaker score. With the benefit of a safety when Maret snapped the ball out of their end zone, the Quakers trailed by only two points, 32 - 30, with seven minutes to play. The Quaker defense, which held the Frogs to 6 second half points, again forced a punt, and the Sidwell offense took over. The Maret defense held on the first three downs, but with fourth down and eight to go, Sidwell Head Coach John Simon gambled and went for the fourth down conversion. The gamble paid off, and then some, as Quarterback Ted Hefter '16, who threw for almost 300 yards and two touchdowns on the day, hit Mark Chichester '18 with a strike for a 57-yard touchdown pass. With the Quakers up 36 - 32, it was up to the Quaker defense to preserve the win and they delivered, keeping Maret out of the end zone. Click here for the Washington Post coverage of the game. Click here for pictures from the game.
Back on campus, Varsity Field Hockey was forging its own signature win against one of the top teams in the 12-team ISL, Stone Ridge. In 2014, Stone Ridge had routed Sidwell, and the Gators were heavily favored in this year’s game. However, this year the goals were harder to come by. Stone Ridge took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but the play of Sidwell goalie Daniela Ilhan '18, aided by dramatic goal line saves by Petra Robertson '16, Grace Kohn '18, and Charlotte Masters '17, helped keep the Quakers close. With ten minutes to play, Sidwell third-year Head Coach Becky Iseman called a time out, during which she reminded the team that they had not scored against Stone Ridge in three years. The Quakers promptly remedied that situation, as Madeleine Paulsen '17 took a ball at the top of the Stone Ridge defensive circle, stickhandled by several defenders, and scored unassisted. In the fast, back-and-forth seven versus seven overtime format, the two teams traded opportunities but it was the Quakers who capitalized. Five minutes into the ten-minute sudden victory period, Robertson crossed a ball into the circle and Kohn slammed it in for the game-winner.