Running the Freshman Mile, receiving a ring at Junior Ring Day, processing in to St. Johns’ Alumni Hall while “Pomp and Circumstance” plays -- these are the time-honored traditions that the freshmen, juniors and seniors participate in during their years at Prep. But what do the “wise fools” do? The Terrier Cup, an event that has been going at the Prep for many years, allows sophomore gym classes to play against each other in lacrosse and field hockey, sports that every student learns during sophomore gym.
The Cup takes place one afternoon in the Spring and involves all those students who want to participate, the SFP gym teachers and Advance Phys Ed student leaders, who help out by refereeing the games, selling drinks and keeping score. Like any major sporting event, the competition starts with a reading of the official rules and singing of the national anthem.
With Girls Field Hockey on "the patch" and Boys Lacrosse on "the courts," there was much to see at this year’s Cup, which was held on Thursday, June 2. Another tradition, which presents itself differently each year, is the creative naming of the teams, which consist of eight players from each gym class. Some of this year’s team names included "the Bruisers," "The Stingers," "Reisman’s Pieces," and "The Hot Tamales,". Each game lasted for three minutes; the winning team from each scrimmage played another team, until two teams remained for the final battle. All the teams were pumped to be a part of the final game, and were ready to fight to win the title of Terrier Cup Champions.
The 2005 Terrier Cup Lacrosse Champions are Nick Seara, Rory Cregan, Logan Sullivan, Keith Nandin, Juan Reyes, Eric Yue, Kevin McGoldrick, Mike Rapp, Tom Gurba, David Postor, and MVP Mike Canfarotta. "The Misfits," whose team member names were not available at the time of publication, earned the title of 2005 Terrier Cup Field Hockey Champions.
The afternoon of running up the down and the fields and courts, screaming, and passing left most of the players exhausted, and very pleased with their performance. But most of all, the competitors found it to be an exceptionally great day. "It was an excellent display of school spirit by the sophomores, and was so much fun," says Nicole Palermo ’07.
With the end of another school year comes another team of victorious sophomores, who will hold their title until the next year’s Terrier Cup finals.
Defenders and the goalie watch the action down the field.
Two girls fight over the ball during their battle to go to the championship.
A player waits anxiously for her teammate to pass her the ball as the opposing team surrounds her.
The boys lacrosee teams take to the court in the first game of the Terrier Cup.
The opposing teams wait for the bully to be completed to begin the game.
Photos by Andrea Roshore '06