Panther Athletics

Fall Sports

Cross Country

This year's Cross Country season was headlined by the numerous accomplishments of Emma Bradley '25. Throughout the season, Emma consistently placed in the top percentage of runners, with a major achievement including her 2nd Place overall finish in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championships.

We look forward to Emma's continued success as she and the team head in the 2023-2024 season with eyes set forward on another incredible, hard-ran season ahead.

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  • Samantha Villanueva 

    Head Track & Field Coach


  • The Volleyball team had a stellar season with numerous milestones and accomplishments achieved by the team. Under the guidance of Coach Andrew Jacobs, the Panthers amassed a 15-11 record for the season, with an 8-2 divisional record. Seniors Jordan Brenner, Ella Mansfield, Amelia Calveric, Colleen Dooley, and Lola Ricciardelli, all played a pivotal role in supporting the team throughout each match. Starting off the season on a 8-0 tear, the Panthers positioned themselves early on for a playoff berth. The team ended up capturing the Northwestern Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Independence Division title for the first time in Academy history. This accomplishment granted the team a place in the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (NJSIAA) State Tournament with a No. 4 seed. 

In the first round of the tournament, the team played Saddle River Day School, in which the Panthers claimed the victory behind individual, single season achievements of Clare Farrell '24 and Amanda Chambers '24. During the matchup, Clare earned her 300th kill of the season and Amanda garnered her 400th season assist, giving her over 800 career assists. The team subsequently earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the tournament against Mother Seton.

During the Quarterfinals, the Panthers played valiantly in a 2-1 loss. During the game, Lola Riccardelli ‘23 amassed 15 digs, for a total of 178 digs on the season, breaking the Academy’s single season record. Additionally, Lola passed 300 career digs with a final total of 311, the highest recorded in Academy history. Colleen Dooley ‘23 also accrued her 100th kill of the season, thus ending her Panther career with 229 career kills, the second most in school history. Colleen Dooley ‘23 and Clare Farrell ‘24 are the first teammates to each score triple digit kills in the same season, another record-breaking milestone.

Alongside these achievements, the Volleyball team set all time records in wins, kills, digs, assists, and aces. With a season for the ages, the 2022-2023 Volleyball team has surely “spiked” their legacy in Academy athletics history.

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  • Cara Bodnar 

    Head Varsity Volleyball Coach

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  • Leah Higgins 

    Head JV Volleyball Coach

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  • Noreen Rocco 

    Head Freshman Volleyball Coach

Field Hockey

The Field Hockey team put on one of its strongest seasons this past fall, culminating in an appearance in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA Tournament. The team had an 8 win season, which is the most wins the team has had in a single season since 2017-2018. Seniors Magnolia Kern, Katie Acken, Brynn Kearns, Sonali Suri, Sydney Foer, and Margaret Callahan, all provided great leadership and support to their fellow teammates. While the team faced a challenging start to the season, that all changed when the Panthers went 7-3 from the end of September through mid-October. Some close final matches led the Panthers to a spot in the NJSIAA Tournament for the first time since 2017.

The 2022 Panthers entered this past tournament with a desire to prove themselves worthy of a spot. Facing Red Bank Catholic, the team took an early lead in the first quarter with a goal scored by Emerson Lezynski ‘25, assisted by Brynn Kearns ‘23. The 1-0 score was bolstered by a third quarter goal from Abigail Villa ‘24, assisted by Addison Heuck ‘25. The team went on to win 2-0 in great part due to the 9 saves of Mia Foer ‘24 throughout the game, granting passage to the quarterfinals.

During the quarterfinals matchup against Kent Place, the Panthers played their hardest against a worthy opponent. While the Field Hockey team lost the match, they did prove to themselves that they are a force to be reckoned with in upcoming seasons as the team seeks to build off this year’s strong successes.

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    Athletics Department 


Led this season by Seniors Kathleen Byrne, Kate Condon, Lauren Santoriello, Emilia Lucas, Isabella Cortes, Emma Dietz, Katelynn Clifford, Lucia Ferriso, Ava Marcantonio, Allison Shannon, Catherine Schneider, and Maggie Sullivan, Panthers Soccer played a hard fought season as they focused on developing new talent with the impending graduation of several senior players in the Class of 2023. With some close matches throughout the season, the Panthers persevered together, honing important skills as a team, both on and off the field. The future looks bright for the Panthers Soccer team as numerous underclasswomen prepare to step up and take charge on the field for the upcoming 2023-2024 season.

Panthers Soccer is also excited to welcome two new coaches to the team for the upcoming season. With new changes comes growth, so we look forward to a great season ahead.

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  • Ardi Emini 

    Head Varsity Soccer Coach

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    Deacon Russ Raffay 

    Theological Studies, Social Studies Department, & Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach


Following a strong 2021-2022 season, Panthers Tennis hit the courts sprinting with Head Coaches Ellen Edson and Joan Braulio at the helm. A 7-0 start to the season was achieved in great part due to Seniors Annabella Biondo, Caroline Clarke, Emma Kelly, Alyssa Rossini, and Emer Vesey. Strong-handed victories against Boonton, Pequannock, and Vernon displayed the team’s strengths on the court in both singles and doubles play.

The team entered the NJSIAA Tournament with a 7-1 record, facing off against the Academy of the Holy Angels. The Panthers fought hard against a strong Angels team, eventually losing the match, but holding their heads high for a well-played match. The team now looks to next season as up-and-coming players like Sophie Deutsch ‘24, Avery Kelly ‘24, and Luciana Guido ‘25, seek to capture the team’s next divisional title.

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    Joan Braulio 

    World Languages Department, National Honor Society Advisor, & Head Varsity Tennis Coach

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    Annemarie Gallo 

    School Counselor & Head JV Tennis Coach


Equestrian, while non-competitive, encourages students to participate based on the levels of beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. Hosted at Seaton Hackney Stables in Morristown, the students attend one-hour sessions every Sunday afternoon throughout the fall and spring seasons. Students receive a personal coach to create training sessions geared toward their individual abilities. At the end of the season, the stable hosts a show which students can participate in to showcase the skills they have developed.

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  • Seaton  Hackney Stables 

    Equestrian Coach
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