“Alumni Weekend: Hackley Welcomes Back Alumni, Dave Allison Game, Rivalry Game”

Credit: Jill Troso
The Hackley girls varsity soccer team has 9 graduating seniors this year. To reflect on their growth at Hackley, they hold their baby photos. The seniors played an amazing last Dave Allison game with 2 seniors having goals and 1 having an assist.

“Alumni Weekend: Hackley Welcomes Back Alumni, Dave Allison Game, Rivalry Game”

Each year the girls varsity soccer team hosts a game to recognize the late Dave Allison, a phenomenal girls varsity soccer coach, who ultimately passed away due to great cancer. The Dave Allison game occurs annually each October, during breast cancer awareness month to show support for ending the terrible disease. Spectators and players wore customized Dave Allison shirts to school with pink accessories for the pink out theme.

Before the game, Melissa Stanek, History teacher and 9th-grade dean, gave a speech to inspire the girls for the game. Ms. Stanek spoke about what Mr. A means to her, “Mr. A was the person who taught me, largely by example, what it means to be an athlete, a team member, and an honorable and good person. While playing for Mr. A, I learned that the most valuable player was not necessarily the person putting the most goals in the back of the net. Mr. A taught me to play my best, always, to play with heart, to play for my teammates.”

The girls beat Fieldston 3-0 with goals scored by senior Welyn Waterhouse, senior Bella Fauber, and freshman Gabriella Petriello.

On Saturday Alumni Weekend continued with boys soccer kicking off at 2 PM. The boys fought hard against Fieldston, but after giving up a late goal off a corner the boys trailed 1-0. Despite constant pressure from the boy’s offense, they were not able to score resulting in a 1-0 loss.

The girls tennis team played Fieldston on Saturday and swept them 5-0. This secured the team the first seed in the Ivy league tournament.

Field Hockey also played Fieldston this weekend and beat them 2-0 with goals scored by sisters, senior Gabi Kalaipoutis and sophomore Zoe Kalapoutis. The game was field hockey’s annual think pink game and athletes wore pink jerseys and pink accessories for breast cancer awareness month. To show support, the field hockey team had a sign that asked who do you play for and players on the team wrote who they play for.

To cap off the special weekend, the boys football team matched up against Riverdale. Coming off back-to-back wins, the boys looked to extend their win streak, but unfortunately, after a long-fought game, they lost with a score of 31-6.