Proctor Teams Earn Places in New England Tournament

Qualifying for tournament is a big goal

By Scott Allenby
Proctor’s varsity girls field hockey and soccer teams both earned bids to the NEPSAC Class C Tournament this fall. Andover’s Brynne Makechnie ’22, Sasha MacKenzie ’22, Braeden MacKenzie ’24, and Lily Menard ’22 were key pieces to the varsity girls soccer team’s success. Pictured here are Amy Makechnie, Lily, Sasha, Jeremy Menard, Annie MacKenzie, and Brynne. Caption: Scott Allenby. Photo: Lindsey Allenby.

Proctor’s fall varsity athletic teams combined for a 32-16-5 record, with both varsity girls’ soccer and varsity field hockey earning berths in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Class C Tournament. Varsity football and varsity boys’ soccer both narrowly missed bids to the tournament, as well, marking the first time in recent history that all four teams were in playoff contention in the same year.

Proctor’s varsity girls’ soccer team earned the #7 seed in the NEPSAC tournament this fall. For the 12 seniors on the team, eight of whom have spent four years on the squad, including Andover’s Brynne Makechnie ‘22, Sasha MacKenzie ‘22, and Lily Menard ‘22, this year’s bid to the NEPSAC Tournament is the culmination of a remarkable Proctor career. 

Closing the regular season out with a 1-1 draw versus Holderness School, Proctor carried an 8-5-3 record into the tournament, where they faced #3 Berwick Academy and ultimately fell 0-1 on a last-second goal. 

Head Coach Kyle Connolly reflected on the tournament bid, “We were really excited to have the opportunity to extend our season and to get to play against a team that we had a battle with earlier in the season. It’s a great capstone for a senior group that has been so important to this program over the last four years and serves as an opportunity to put a real stamp on their legacy at Proctor.”

Proctor’s varsity field hockey team also earned a bid to the NEPSAC tournament after ending their regular season with a convincing 4-1 win over Holderness School. A team that continued to gel as the season went on, coaches Trish Austin ‘01 and Kate Austin ‘01 were incredibly proud of their team. 

Trish noted, “Making the NEPSAC tournament was our girls’ goal from Day One this season. They have worked so hard to get to this point, and they are motivated and playing their best field hockey right now. A huge kudos to our seniors for the leadership they have provided us and their relentless pursuit of daily improvement. This group went 1-14-1 their freshman year and have worked tirelessly to get our program back to this place.” 

The team won their quarterfinal game over Frederick Gunn School 2-0 before traveling to Winsor School for the NEPSAC semifinal on Saturday, November 20. In a back-and-forth game, the Hornets eventually fell 1-2 to Winsor School.

Congratulations to both teams for their outstanding New England tournament runs this fall!