A great day of MAPL competition with The Hill School

Peddie hosted The Hill School on Saturday for Parents Weekend, and added to the joy of welcoming parents back to campus was the celebration of a number of victories for the Falcons. Boys and Girls Cross Country, Football, Girls Soccer and Girls Tennis all came out ahead in a great day of Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) competition in Hightstown.

Football

Peddie 26, Hill 17

Frankie Farmer '23 completed 18 of 27 passes for 336 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 26-17 win over The Hill School at Maurice P. Shuman Field. Farmer found receiver Andre McKinney '22 nine times for 106 yards and two scores, including a clutch 45-yard touchdown catch over the middle on a third-and-4 with 1:45 remaining in the game to cement the victory.

Peddie took the lead for good, 7-3, on their first play from scrimmage in the second quarter when Farmer connected with Jordan Diaz '22 for an 80-yard touchdown reception. Diaz made the catch on the Falcon 42 and scampered the rest of the way untouched. Midway through the frame, Farmer found Charly Mullaly '23, who deked his defender and broke deeply for a 52-yard touchdown to help the Falcons build a 13-3 advantage at halftime.

Peddie gets back to .500 at 2-2 and will tackle Lawrenceville this Saturday in a massive game at Keuffel Stadium.

Girls Soccer

Peddie 3, Hill 0

The Peddie girls' soccer team (4-4-1) blanked the Blues 3-0 as keeper Alex Naidrich '23 posted her second consecutive clean sheet. The eventual game-winner would come in the seventh minute. Mackenzie Multari '23 lifted a perfect corner kick from the right side into the scoring zone and Alessia Codella '22 did the rest. From the top of the 18, Codella fired a shot on goal that deflected off the goalie into the left corner of the net.

Alessia Codella '22 controls the ball at The Peddie School

Alessia Codella '22

After some good early looks for Peddie in the second half, Codella broke through again in the 51st minute, this time off a ball from center back Ciara Loughran '22. Ten minutes later, Reshem Trainor '25 put the game away with a goal off a great cross by Sofia Romanelli '25 and a 50-50 win by Nye Smarr '22.

"It is great to get off to a 1-0 start in MAPL play, and the team has now gone 4-1-1 after losing our first 3 games, with two straight clean sheets," said Head Coach Matt Roach. "We'll need to continue playing our best soccer as we face a tough test at Lawrenceville next Saturday."

Girls JV Soccer

Peddie 5, Hill 0

After a scoreless first half, the Peddie JV girls' soccer team exploded for five second-half goals for a decisive 5-0 win over the Blues. The Falcons improved to 3-1-2.

Peddie dominated possession as the backline pushed the ball forward in transition to create chance. Keeper Priya Shah ‘24 saw only one shot on the day to notch the clean sheet.

Five different Falcons potted goals as Fabiana Codella ‘23, Sara Radigan ’25, Chloe Salapatas ’25, Emily Campbell ‘24 and Layna Bookman ‘23 led the charge.

Cross Country

Peddie Girls 24, Hill 33; Peddie Boys 18, Hill 41

Cross Country finish line
Cross Country course

Cool, overcast weather provided perfect racing conditions at the Peddie Golf Course's 5K layout as the Falcons went 2-0 on the day. Junior co-captains Emilie Strapp (20:31) and Luke Treese (16:46) took home individual victories, finishing as the first girl and boy, respectively.

On the boys’ side, Oko Lokko ‘23 (2nd, 17:37), Dylan Patel ‘25 (4th, 18:17), Danny Yanni ‘22 (5th, 18:31), and Roger Weng ‘22 (6th, 19:01) rounded out the top five and secured a team win for Peddie.

For the girls, senior co-captain Anitra Krishnan took second, only three seconds (20:34) behind her teammate Strapp. Carolina Lopez-Watt ‘25 finished third (21:08), Matilda Kardhashi ‘25 placed sixth (22:11), and Dalina Cao ‘24 crossed the line 12th (25:27) to secure the Falcons' sweep.

Tennis

Peddie 5, Hill 2

The Falcons won two of the three doubles matches, to snag the doubles point and take the early lead. Emme Pham '22/Karen Yao '24 and Lakhi Raju '24/Danae Carvajal ‘25 garnered wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 slots, respectively.

Lakhi Raju '24 plays a match for The Peddie School

Lakhi Raju '24

The Falcons wrapped up an impressive day in the singles competition, taking four of six matches. Raju netted a victory at No. 2, Pham won at No. 3, Yao prevailed at No. 4 and Zhao defeated her opponent at No. 6.

Boys Soccer

Peddie 0, Hill 1

The Varsity boys team lost a double-overtime heartbreaker as the visiting Blues scored with just 11 seconds remaining in the second overtime period. 

The Falcons travel to Lawrenceville next Saturday for more MAPL competition.