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Athletic Posts

CROSS COUNTRY
Cross Country traveled to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, on Saturday for their second race of the season. The race, which featured some incredible hills, was an exercise in resilience and pack running. Both teams performed well, and the Panthers are looking to build on this race when they return to competition on October 2.
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER RUNDOWN
The boys varsity soccer team opened their 2021 season with a loss to Bishop O’Connell 1-0. On September 9, the Panthers traveled to St. Andrew’s and came away with a 2-0 victory. Goals and assists were provided by Captains Sam Burton (Alex Nash) and Dylan Parry (Sam Burton). On September 11, the Panthers took on Episcopal High School, losing 3-1. The lone goal was scored by freshman Luke Britton, assisted by Sam Burton. The Panthers first home game of the 2021 season against Maret ended in a 4-2 loss. Goals and assists were provided by Dylan Parry (PK) and freshman William Bennett (Dylan Parry). On Friday, September 17, the team traveled to St James and came away with a 4-1 victory. Goals and assists were provided by Robert Marin (Alex Nash), Marshall Lloyd (Robert Marin), Sam Burton (Robert Marin), and Colin Cordell (Alex Nash).
PANTHER VOLLEYBALL
The varsity volleyball team extended their undefeated record this past week at St. Stephens and St. Agnes in a grueling two-hour, 3 sets to 1 victory, dropping the only set of the season so far. Executing on their strategy of consistent reception and unrelenting service pressure, the Panthers were able to generate a lot of attacking opportunities, capitalized on by freshman Zora Burrell who appeared unstoppable on offense. Their success continued the next day at the St. John's Catholic Prep all-day tournament, where Potomac’s team finished tied for third after a tough three-set semifinal defeat to Episcopal. Eleventh grader Laura Taylor was awarded the team MVP medal for her near-perfect reception and exceptional defense, which were crucial in the team's overall success. Click here to see our team in action.
GIRLS TENNIS GOES 1-1 THIS WEEK
Last Friday, the girls JV and varsity tennis teams were at The Collegiate School in Richmond for a great state matchup. It was the first time girls JV tennis traveled to Richmond and they played their hearts out. The varsity team defeated Collegiate 5-4 in a great match that ended in complete darkness. Audrey Lee and Leela Iyer clinched the match at # 2 doubles 8-7!
 
On Tuesday, the team lost to Sidwell Friends, a national powerhouse, 6-1 in a tough match. They competed hard and look forward to a rematch in late October in the ISL tournament.
FOOTBALL SHUTS DOWN OPPONENT

The varsity football team won their game on Saturday against St. John Paul the Great 22-0. The Panthers shut down their opponent with outstanding defensive play. Hudson La Force ’22, Kayden La Force ’22, and Devin Dunn ’23 led the team in tackles, while Luke O'Reilly '22 posted two interceptions. The offense got their running game going with great efforts from Blaze Jones ’23, Marcel Gaskins ’23, and Nick Webster ’23. Kevin Check ’22 blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown, and Stefan Harvey ’25 added a field goal for the team. The Panthers are next in action this Saturday at Bishop Ireton at 1:30 pm.

GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS STARTS STRONG

Girls varsity tennis had a great win over Holton-Arms School 4-3 last Friday when comebacks were the word of the day. Maia Phillips ’23 had a tremendous comeback victory at #3 singles, and the same was true for Sonali Sachdeva ’25 and Deja Dimps ’25 at #2 doubles. The team has a 4-0 recond to start the season.

This past Tuesday, the Panthers defeated National Cathedral School on our courts 5-2, highlighted by Lauren Foster ’23 winning 10-1 at #1 singles; her overall record on the year is now at 6-0. The team heads to Richmond on Friday to play Collegiate at 4:30 pm. Click here for a photo gallery.

FIELD HOCKEY VICTORIOUS

After two close losses in the first week of the season, the varsity field hockey team beat Brookewood 5-0 on Tuesday to improve to 1-2. Ella Adamec ’23 and Elizabeth Rossotti ’23 each scored two goals and Lea Saba ’23 scored once. The defense was solid in securing the shutout. The team is looking forward to their first ISL game at Holy Child on Friday. Click here for photos.

VARSITY GOLF TEES OFF AGAINST MARET

The varsity golf team had a strong start to the season with a convincing win over Maret 152-171. Low scores were turned in by Ryan Huppe ’22 (37), Teddy Ross ’22 (37), Josh Shapiro ’22 (39), and Weston Hicks ’22 (39). Click here for a gallery of golf photos.

VARSITY FOOTBALL PLAYS WELL IN HOME OPENER

Potomac's varsity football team came up a bit short in its home opener against a tough Norfolk Academy team, 7-0, this past Saturday. Holden Smith '22, Marcus Burrell '23, and Max Gyllenhoff '23 led a strong defensive effort for the team. Marcel Gaskins '23, Blaze Jones '23, Drew Turner '23, and Malik Shelton '23 combined for over 190 yards for the offense. The Panthers will next see action against St. John Paul the Great in Dumfries, VA, on Saturday at 7:00 pm.

GIRLS TENNIS GETS OFF TO STRONG START

Girls varsity tennis got off to a great start to the season last Thursday when Potomac defeated Bishop O'Connell High School 7-0 on our courts. All the girls played well, but the highlight of the day was senior Audrey Lee's comeback victory at #2 singles,11-9.  The Panthers host St. Stephens & St. Agnes School this Thursday at 4:15 pm and then Holton Arms this Friday at 4:30 pm in two huge ISL matches.

CONGRATULATIONS NANCY SMALLEY

We are thrilled to announce that Coach Nancy Smalley has been promoted to the Associate Athletics Director at the Potomac School.

Nancy Smalley has coached for over 35 years, she is the head of our field hockey program and is the head JV girls lacrosse coach. Prior to arriving at the Potomac School, Coach Smalley served as the Athletics Director for 19 years at Madeira. 

PANTHER PRINTS

We hope most parents are familiar with pantherprints.org, our photo site for all things Potomac. We generally link recent athletics photos in our articles in Paw Prints, but don’t forget to view our galleries for more great shots.

POTOMAC APP

A reminder to download the Potomac app to keep current on all team schedules. In the event a game is rescheduled or canceled, the app will be the most up-to-date resource. You can also find our Potomac student and parent directory on the app, as well as on CampusNET.

To filter a specific team schedule, click “More,” then “Athletics,” then select the team(s).

LETS GO, PANTHERS!

REQUIRED WAIVER

We are thrilled to open our athletic facilities to students this summer. The two articles below detail the opportunities that will be available. In order to join us for any summer programming, participants must submit this waiver. It can be emailed to Erica Woda or brought to the student's first athletic session.

OPEN FIELD, OPEN GYM

We are pleased to offer the following sports this summer. Coaches will reach out directly to their programs with the summer schedule. All activities will take place in a 4:00-6:00 pm window.

Girls basketball
Girls and boys lacrosse
Football
Field hockey
Baseball
Cross country