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2021

  • September

    Rick Sofield before a game in 2019

    Bishop Ireton Girls Lacrosse Head Coaching Change

    Varsity Girls Lacrosse Head Coach Rick Sofield has decided to step back from head coaching duties and transition into a new role as a Volunteer Assistant Coach of the team. Former assistant coach Brittany Stevenson will assume the responsibilities of Head Coach for the spring 2022 season. Rick leaves behind a dazzling legacy as a head coach at Bishop Ireton. After assuming the role in 2011, he has won more than 77% of games, led the team to five WCAC Championships (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), four VISAA Division 1 State Championships (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018), guided more than 50 players into NCAA lacrosse programs and received numerous coach of the year honors including USA Today National Coach of the Year.
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  • A Busy Holiday Weekend for the Cardinals

    Boys Soccer:
     
    Thursday, September 2:
    Boys Soccer Go Down in a Close 2-1 Loss:
    The boys tasted their first defeat to Seton Hall with a 2-1 loss. The team started very strong as they pressured high and got a break in the first five minutes of the game. A through ball was played to EJ Edora from midfield with EJ making use of the space and pass to Charlie Murphy who controlled and finished with a great second touch for the Cardinals to go up 1-0. 
     
    Poor defending caused the equalizer and the game was then balanced with both teams battling hard for a second goal. 
     
    Deep into the second half, a foul was given to Seton from the halfway line. They played a long ball in and scored from a header. 
     
    Coach Sasso said, "We have more work to do, but the chemistry of the boys is great."

    Football:
     
    Saturday, September 4:
    Football Goes Down 33-15 In Home Opener:
    The Bishop Ireton Cardinals lost their home opener to St. Alban's 33-15. After an early turnover, Junior Jamie Kaiser got back on track finishing the day with two passing touchdowns to Senior Jay Johnson. Johnson, who caught passes of 49,32 and 24 yards, finished the day with 117 yards receiving on 7 receptions. Next up, the Cardinals will host Independence on Saturday, September 11th.
     
    Volleyball:
     
    Tuesday, September 7:
    Senior Ana Jones '22 and The Cardinals Spike Seton 3-0 in Home Opener:
    Ana Jones was unstoppable from the outside hitting position.  Ana played above and between their defensive blocks finding the floor for kill after kill.  Playing opposite Ana was Harper Lucchesi who also found success from the outside but did most of her damage while serving and scoring several key aces during a comeback in the second set when BI trailed by 10 points.  Lilly Taylor playing the right side was able to extend the defense of Seton by coming through with several offensive kills and had the match winning kill stopping Seton's short livid comeback. Ashley Davis also found success from the right side with several of her own kills and scored kills also while in the outside position On the defensive side, both middles, Hadley Reardon and Mackenzie Lodewick kept Seton's front row off balance with key blocks and played a great game above the net.  The defense was rounded out by great coverage and passing by Maddie Rauner, Harper Lucchesi and Ana Jones.  The team's offense was made possible by the consistent efforts of  Alex Rogers and Brenna Stiles at the setter position. 
     
    Girls Tennis:
     
    Tuesday, September 7:
    Girls Tennis Survives with a Close 5-4 Victory in a Non-Conference Win:
    Bishop Ireton’s women’s tennis team opened their 2021 campaign with a tough 5-4 non-league home win over Seton School on Tuesday. 
     
    Singles matches were won at #2 by Addison Parker, #3 by Sofia Khalil, #5 by Morgan Seibel, and at #6 by Sarah Finamore. With the team match tied 4-4, the team match was decided by the #2 doubles match.   Ainsley Scruggs and Sofia Khalil who won it 8-5 and clinched the match for BI as the lights came on and dusk settled in at Montgomery Park. 
       
    The Cardinals (1-0) travel to Madeira on Thursday, 9/9 for their first road match. 
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  • Boys Varsity Soccer Defeat JPG at Home Game Opener

    The Boys Varsity Soccer team started the 2021 campaign today at home against John Paul The Great. It was a great beginning to the season, as the boys earned a well-deserved 2-0 victory against a very strong opponent. The team was a bit nervous at kickoff, but shook off the nerves quickly and grew into the game. 
     
    Our first break came midway through the first half, with a free kick awarded to us on the right hand side in John Paul The Great’s half. Max Kuzmenko, our right back, sent a kick into the box, which deflected to Santiago Miller. Miller capitalized on the rebound, sending a low volley shot into the back of the net for the first goal. The 1-0 lead held through the first half, with the Cardinals defending well.
     
    The second half started with our opponents striving to even the score, but our stout team defense frustrated their efforts, and we were able to exploit the open space in their defense on the counterattack. 
     
    After battling for over 65 minutes, a Cardinal player was fouled at midfield, and Santiago Miller sent a quickly-taken free kick to our right winger Tyreke Fairclough, who took a great first touch and finished with a cheeky second touch to put the Cardinals 2-0 up. 
     
    John Paul The Great did get a penalty awarded to them in the 75th minute, but goalkeeper, Arthur Seng, denied the goal with a fantastic save, and Seng’s efforts throughout the 90 minutes earned him Man of the Match honors. After the final whistle, the boys rallied around Seng and lifted him up after the win.
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  • Girls Varsity Soccer Hard Fought Opener Against Potomac

    The Cardinals opened their Fall 2021 season with a 0-5 loss against the Potomac School Varsity team.  The first half of the match saw the Ireton defense under heavy attack from Potomac with a diving series of saves from senior captain Katie Scolese.  

    The Cardinals returned at half time with a stronger offensive presence and several passing sequences resulting in several attempts to score and shots on goal.  In the 63rd minute of the game, the Cardinals, led by senior captains, Jane Elkins and Bella O’Brien, found themselves in scoring position in a fierce goal-mouth battle only to be denied by the Potomac defense.  The Cardinals played a tough first match and will return to the pitch Thursday to play the Connelly School of the Holy Child on their home field at Witter.
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  • June

    Coach Joe Moon

    Bishop Ireton Names New Head Coach for Wrestling

    Coach Joseph Michael Moon has been named the new Head Coach for Bishop Ireton Wrestling. Born in Alamance County, North Carolina, Coach Moon has over two decades of combined wrestling experience. He learned from and trained with Olympic and World champion wrestlers and coaches. A two-time North Carolina High School State Champion and a two time high school All-American, Coach Moon attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a double major in Exercise Sport Science and Psychology. A four year letter, winner he boasted a top 12 national ranking in his senior NCAA campaign. Previously, Coach Moon was the head coach for the Tennessee Wrestling Academy.

    Coach Moon's philosophy is:

    "Sport is an excellent hands-on training tool for the trials of life. Forcing oneself to be emotionally and physically prepared for a difficult situation can be directly instilled through sport. There are no guarantees in life or in wrestling, being able to adapt to adversity is an important learned skill. Even with hours of preparation and effort one may fall short of goals initially. The lessons sport teaches, none better than wrestling, is that consistent attrition will eventually lead to a desired outcome. I want to build my students into happy, hard-working, successful people."


    Welcome to the Cardinal family, Coach Moon!
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  • Bishop Ireton Football Head Coaching Change

    Coach Chip Armstrong has decided to resign as the Head Football Coach here at Bishop Ireton. Coach Armstrong was an assistant coach for the Cardinals in 1985 and assumed the head coaching role from 1991-1994 during which time the team was the 1992 VISFA State Champions, the 1993 WCAC Champions and Chip was named the 1993 WCAC Coach of the Year. In 2018, he returned as an assistant coach and was named head football coach in 2019. Bishop Ireton has been blessed by his love of BI, his care for the students and his tremendous efforts to build our coaching staff and football program, which had an outstanding season this past spring in the midst of adjustments during the pandemic. Chip Armstrong remains a faculty member in the science department, and he will surely be missed on the football field.
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  • April

    No Re'LAX'ing For 2-0 Girls' Lacrosse

    The Cardinals opened their season on April 23 with a convincing win over Bishop McNamara (18-0) by showcasing their depth and variety of scoring combined with a smothering defense and goal tending. 
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  • Boy's Varsity Tennis Ends First Week of Season 1-1

    Starting a season with four straight road contests, in three different localities, spread over 175 miles can be a daunting task for a young team.   Varsity men's tennis opened their 2021 regular season this week, splitting two matches on Monday and Thursday.

    On Monday, April 26th, the Cardinal netters opened their season against VISAA #6 Seton School, losing 6-3 in Manassas. Playing #1 singles, Freshman Drex Rieder won 8-6 to put the visitors ahead early. Close matches at #2 and #3 singles didn't go the Cards way.   Senior Luke Pilot posted a 8-5 win at #5 singles.  Junior Matt Sendi and Freshman Val Schroeder took a tight 9-7 win at #2 doubles to round out the Cardinals win total.   Luke and Junior Jack Grzebien lost a tight match at #3 doubles 8-5.  

    On Thursday, April 29th, the young BI team traveled to Washington DC to take on the St. Anselm's Abbey School Panthers.  Freshman Matt Antonio cruised to a 8-3 win at #2 singles.   Matt Sendi won 8-1 at #3 singles to give the Cards a 2-1 lead.   Val Schroeder clinched the match for the visitors with a clutch 9-7 win in hot, humid conditions.   

    The 3-2 win over St. Anselm's evens the Bishop Ireton men's tennis team record at 1-1.  Keep up with men's tennis on Instagram @Cardinalstennis.
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  • Golf Team Hits the Links

    Varsity Golf finally was able to get out on the links and test their skill versus two tough opponents. It was a tough opening week with losses coming to St John's at University of Maryland, 9-0 on April 26th and a loss against St. Mary's Ryken at Bell Haven Country Club 7-2 on April 28th.

    Ireton takes on DeMatha and Bishop McNamara at Woodmore Country Club on May 10th.
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  • Steady Improvement From Cardinal Softball

    Bishop Ireton Varsity Softball faced Bishop O'Connell on April 27.

    Facing the top team in the conference will either bring out the best in you or make you take a look at your work ethic. Most importantly, it will show you where you need to improve as a player and what intensity you need to be at, at all times. The first 2 innings went according to plan, with only one run given up in each inning. Pitcher Caroline Fletcher, did a marvelous job by letting the opposing team put the ball in play. The Cardinals are a defensive team and pride themselves on it.
     
    With veteran players and some new to the varsity speed, the game got intense quickly. In the third inning, the Cardinals made one error and it seemed to rattle the team. Ultimately, this led to eight runs given up to the opposing Knights.
     
    With more practice and the younger players gaining more confidence this team has a high sealing with only two seniors on the roster. Coach Pugh said, "I believe with more consistent pitching this team will be a force."
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  • Cardinals Win Both Games In Double Header Against JPG

    Two Bishop Ireton Cardinals Varsity Pitchers Rally Together To Shutout Saint John Paul The Great Catholic

    The Bishop Ireton Cardinals varsity team defeated Saint John Paul the Great Catholic 3-0 in a 7 inning exhibition game on Friday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Gavin Brunsman struck out Amuso to finish off the game. The pitching was strong on both sides. Bishop Ireton Cardinals' pitchers struck out nine, while Precit sat down two. A single by Caiafa in the second inning was the one positive for Saint John Paul the Great Catholic.

    Mike Murphy got the win for BI. The right hander went six innings, allowing zero runs on two hits and striking out seven. Brunsman threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Brunsman recorded the last three outs to earn the save.

    Precit took the loss for Saint John Paul the Great Catholic. The hurler surrendered three runs on four hits over six innings, striking out two.

    Jack Schulz, Will Kopp, Nick Ierardi, and Brunsman each managed one hit to lead the Cardinals.
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    Kopp's Walk-Off Gives Bishop Ireton Cardinals Varsity Victory Over Saint John Paul The Great Catholic

    The varsity baseball team defeated Saint John Paul the Great Catholic 3-2 in the second exhibition game of a double header on Friday thanks to a walk-off. The game was tied at two with Bishop Ireton Cardinals Varsity batting in the bottom of the seventh when an error scored one run for BI. The pitching was strong on both sides. BI pitchers struck out ten, while Caiafa sat down four. John Paul the Great Catholic fired up the offense in the first inning. Pahlmeier grounded out, scoring one run.

    John Paul the Great Catholic knotted the game up at two in the top of the fourth inning. An error scored one run for JPG.

    Aidan O'Brien pitched Bishop Ireton Cardinals Varsity to victory. The bulldog lasted three and a third innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out five and walking one.

    Caiafa took the loss for Saint John Paul the Great Catholic. The pitcher allowed nine hits and three runs over six and two-thirds innings, striking out four.

    Peter Chiarello started the game for BI. The left hander went three and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out five.

    BI launched one home run on the day. Gavin Brunsman had a four bagger in the third inning.

    The Cardinals tallied nine hits. Henry Jones, Will Kopp, and Owen Hull each had multiple hits . Hull, Kopp, and Jones each collected two hits to lead the Cardials.
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  • March

    Girls' Soccer Hosts First Annual Cardinal Cup

    Saturday March 27, 2021 marked the first Annual Cardinal Cup Tournament featuring the entire Bishop Ireton Girls Soccer Program. Three teams competed on the day to accumulate the highest point spread to win the prized Cardinal Cup trophy. Also, this past Saturday the Bishop Ireton Girls Soccer Program celebrated and honored its 12 graduating seniors Savannah Hensley, Jessica Gerard (Captain), Elizabeth Hutchison (Captain), Brigid O’Connor, Mia Jocz, Natalie Briggs, Emme-Cate Heilburn, Alexandra Gray, Morgan Taylor (Captain), Francesca DiNapoli, Kelly Reilly and Mary-Claire Dyke. The graduating seniors competed as a team in the tournament and went undefeated to take home the Championship. Goals from Elizabeth Hutchison (1), Brigid O’Connor (1), and Mary-Claire Dyke (2) allowed the senior team to lift the Cardinal Cup trophy victoriously! Coach Lisa Alaoui, Coach Kenza Mdarhri-Alaoui, and Coach Matthew Zielezienski would like to thank the seniors for their contributions to the program over the past four years and wish them all the best in their future endeavors! #Cardinalforlife #BIGVS
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  • Varsity Field Hockey Ends the Season With a Win

    In a varsity only contest, the Cardinals had a knockout win over Elizabeth Seton on sunny Saturday, March 27th, 6-0. The Cardinals added 2 early goals from Ella Rier ('23) and Annie Mule ('21). In the second quarter the Cardinals added 2 additional goals from Sarah Wood ('23)  and a penalty stroke goal from Callie Rieder ('22). 
     
    In Ireton fashion, the Cardinals opened the second half early with a beautiful deflection goal from Callie Rieder ('22)  for her second tally of the game. The offensive effort continued as Ireton got another goal from senior Paige Kern ('21) and Siena Puglisi ('23). 
     
    This was the end of a hybrid field hockey season with Ireton graduating 8 seniors. We look ahead to the Fall of '21 with extraordinary talent and more exciting games to come. 
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  • The Cardinals huddle after their win against JPG.

    BI Football Off to a Strong Start in the "Fall" Season

    The varsity football team defeated Pope John Paul the Great 41-0 on Saturday afternoon in Dumfries, Virginia. The Cardinals offensive and defensive lines dominated the game racking up 405 yards of total offense while holding the Wolves to under 100 yards. Senior Jaeven Hughes had two of the team's four interceptions and also returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Senior Chris Ntumba and sophomore Reid Burke also had interceptions.
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