Congratulations to Riley Shaw ’19 and Mateo Escalante ’22 for receiving Cardigan’s Athlete of the Week Award. Read what their coaches have to say about them below, and meet all the students who were nominated.
Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Riley Shaw ’19 – Varsity Lacrosse
Riley Shaw has been a dominant force for the team at the faceoff. He can be counted on time and time again to get us the ball, allowing us to play, or stop any momentum of another team. During a recent Eaglebrook game, he won every face off he took with the help of his wingmen. Riley has also worked hard this season on becoming a more well-rounded midfielder. He has made great improvements all season toward this goal.
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Mateo Escalante ’22 – JV Tennis
Mateo has provided leadership for our squad throughout the season. He epitomizes a positive approach to tennis, whether during practice or representing Cardigan during matches. He is consistently one of the first to volunteer to retrieve tennis balls that others have hit, and to pick up the medical kit and the water. He continues to excel in groundstrokes, serving, and volleying. Mateo is a true team player, and our team is delighted to nominate him this week!
Other Varsity Nominations
Jason Lee ’21 – Varsity Tennis
Jason has worked very hard since the beginning of the season to earn a spot in the singles lineup. He played an amazing match against Exeter this last Saturday, defeating his opponent 8-2. He dominated the match from beginning to end, hitting the ball extremely well from the baseline. Out team has high hopes for him to lead us in the next couple of years, and coaches can’t wait to witness his progress. Well done, Jason!
Sam Harris ’19 - Varsity Baseball
Sam was excellent in our win against Deerfield. He pitched five scoreless innings and hit a two-run triple. On top of his exceptional ability on the diamond, Sam is a leader with his effort and attitude daily around campus.
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Dylan Gorman ’20 – Thirds Lacrosse
Since the beginning of the year, Dylan has selflessly stepped up to help his teammates and has started to find his rhythm between the pipes for the Cougars. Dylan's teammates and coaches alike were awestruck by his 8 save performance. He made several point-blank saves to keep Hanover from taking a lead late in the game and helped to secure Cardigan's 5-4 OT win. It was one of the single, most-dominating performances I've seen by any Cardigan goalie in my time.
Zhonghe “Harry” Yuan ’19 - Rock Climbing
Harry truly illustrated his positive attitude and his perseverance last week, for he was fasting for religious purposes and did not consume food from sunrise to sunset each day. Even while this happened, Harry was climbing at his best. He got to the top of all the routes we set up outside, and he was extremely patient and compassionate with his teammates. Furthermore, he continued to be a supportive and amiable member of the team, while many of us would have been irritable and grumpy from the lack of food. He has done a tremendous job this spring, and he is a pleasure to have on the Rock Climbing Team.
Ben Fenner ’20 - JV Lacrosse
Ben provided outstanding hustle on the offensive side of our games against New Hampton and Eaglebrook. His composure with the ball and his willingness to dodge helped scoring chances not only for himself, but also for his teammates. He spent extra time outside of practice developing his shot.
Jaeyoung “Jay” Hong ’21 - JV Baseball
Jay has a positive and energetic presence on the team this season. He brings a competitive spirit to every practice and game that helps him excel as a player. He pitched very well in his first outing, and is hungry to hone his craft on the mound every chance he gets.
Tom Wo Choi Li ’20 – Thirds Tennis
Tom played a difficult and hustle-driven match against Eaglebrook's top player, and came out on top by a good margin. He showed great control over the ball, consistent groundstrokes and a calm demeanor, regardless of each game's outcome in the set. He is a great example of how tennis players should carry themselves.
Mac Wang ’21 - Thirds Baseball
Mac is new to baseball but has dedicated himself to learning one of the most challenging positions on the field, catcher. Last week, Mac threw out three runners at first base as they tried to reach base after a strikeout. He did this twice in one inning, leading to the team's only scoreless inning of the game. Mac is one of the most tireless workers on the team.
Zhenxiao “Jordan” Yuan ’20 – C.O.R.E.
Jordan took the role as our group's designated leader of the week’s activities for the second time in the team's rotation. He is also one of C.O.R.E.'s captains. His first order of business was to guide the team through the making of a four-course breakfast cooked over the fire – a delicious meal that included bacon and eggs and home fries. Throughout the week, he led the team in an assortment of leadership training exercises including two days spent at the low ropes course. His leadership skills have been steadily increasing, and he has become a valuable member of the team. Keep up the good work, Jordan!
Alejandro “Ale” Elek ’20 - Reserve Lacrosse
Ale had another stellar week leading the R Squad. His work ethic is infectious, as he pushes everyone to put forth their best effort. In our most recent game, he led the team in scoring with five goals from the midfield. He has been a beast on ground balls and an offensive threat. He works hard to get back on D and continues to model good leadership on campus.
Roland “Hill” Jackson ’19 - Reserve Tennis
Hill has had a strong showing this season, and Saturday against Eaglebrook, he won both of his doubles matches. He provides strong play at the net, using his height for some powerful volleys and moving well to follow the ball. Both sets of the opponents were overheard trying to figure out how to get around Hill at the net so they didn't keep getting the ball slammed back at them. They never successfully figured it out! Hill is now 3-0 on the season!