The Millbrook Women’s Lacrosse team blazed through their first game of the season against Middletown, beating the Bears 14–4. Thursday, March 27, was the lady Blazers first official game as a team on the new turf. Before the game TMI chatted with head coach Jillian Cafarchio and the players about their goals for the spring season. 

Twenty-six-year-old Cafarchio, who is also an Art and Graphic Design teacher at Millbrook, was hired to coach the women’s lacrosse club-turned-team-sport four years ago. Since then she has crafted a strong and competitive team. The team’s seniors have been playing on the team since it was established. Last season their record was 10–5 in the regular season, and they made it to Sectionals. They lost the Sectionals game, however, which left a spark in the team to return to Sectionals this season and win. 

Ten years ago Nigel Pink, Dutchess Day School Athletic Director, started a spring soccer program for the local community on the school’s playing fields. For the past 17 years Pink has worked to revitalize soccer in the area.  He also helped to create the now popular and successful Town of Washington Recreation Soccer League that takes place in the Fall. A certified British Football Association coach, Pink does not believe in lines, laps or lectures and prefers to make learning basic skills and tactics fun. Each student works much of the time with a ball to learn and practice skills in enjoyable exciting sessions. 

Spring into Soccer program is for youngsters, pre-k through 7th grade.  Kids can sign up for weekly sessions (Tuesday or Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings) that run from early April through early June.  

For more details on this program, you can call Nigel Pink on (845) 677-3950 or e-mail him at 

 556 DDS student Juliet Drury shows how to control a soccer ball





Although Dutchess Day has no swimming pool, once a year the school  “fields” a team to compete against Maplebrook School in Amenia. On March 5, the DDS team, with Athletic Director and coach Nigel Pink, travelled to Maplebrook to race their team in that school’s indoor pool. Dutchess Day’s team was made up of 16 students in grades 5 through 8, some of whom swim competitively outside school.

The swimmers raced in freestyle, breast stroke, butterfly and backstroke, and also competed in a variety of relays. The individual medley was the most demanding of the races with DDS 8th graders William Kantaros and Amelia Smith winning their heats. The meet was supported enthusiastically by DDS parents who, like the children, cheered every race and every swimmer on both teams no matter how they finished. Both teams swam very well. Dutchess Day School won the meet by 86 points to 104 points (lower score wins).  




The Millbrook Blazers girls’ volleyball team gave their coach, Sean Stoliker, the best of  birthday presents - a sweep of Dobbs Ferry in the New York State Class C quarterfinals.

The scores were 25-18, 25-21 and 25-19.

Screams and loud cheering followed the winning shot as the Blazers celebrated their victory with hugs and high fives all around. 

Meredith Dignan, returning after a broken tibula, was as brilliant as she had been before her she got hurt.   After the game she said “I’m just so happy. We worked so hard this season to get back to where we were last year. I felt obligated to come back after my injury. Everyone was so supportive of me.”  She said she and her team mates knew nothing about Dobbs Ferry “except that they were undefeated so we just had to come out and play our game.” 


The Millbrook Blazers’s 22–16 loss to the James I. O’Neill team in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, although disappointing, should in no way detract from what has otherwise been a triumphant season. That the Blazers were undefeated going into the game, is remarkable in that for their last several games, the majority of the team’s seniors were on the injured list and unable to play. Fortunately senior stars Henry Cardinal and Joe Daley stayed healthy, and each rushed for more than 200 yards in the final game of the regular season, against Red Hook.

Much of the credit for the team’s brilliant season should go to Sean Keenan, who has coached the varsity team for the past seven years. Keenan, who played football in both high school and college, teaches sixth-grade math in the Wappingers Middle School. He also owns Coach’s Restaurant in Millbrook. 

Varsity Soccer

Poughkeepsie Day School  1 Dutchess Day School 1 Game played on Friday November 1st, 2013

Although the score appears to tell a different story, this game was really a one way affair with the PDS goal under siege for much of the game. Dutchess Day got off to an early start with a well taken Will Kantaros goal. From there it looked as though the flood gates would open, but as chance after chance went wide of the goal or into the PDS goalkeeper's clutches, a rare corner given away at the other end of the field, produced a fine headed goal by a PDS forward. The DDS tigers roared back into offense, but nothing seemed to go right with PDS gaining confidence from the tiger's missed chances. Into the second half, and once again it was one way traffic. Will Stack, playing solidly in the DDS goal, made some good saves, but for much of the game he was a concerned bystander. Soon frustration set in, and Dutchess Day had to accept a well fought tie with their steadfast opponents.

 Dutchess Day 5 Washington Montessori 0   Game played on Wednesday October 30th,2013

Spike, set, ace, mine—this is the volleyball jargon one hears on a visit to the Millbrook High School gymnasium on a weekday afternoon.  The Blazers’ girls' varsity volleyball team is getting in shape for sectionals after a season of ups and downs. 

Last year the volleyballers made their way to the state championships, where they lost to Voorheesville.  The lady Blazers continued their winning streak until their seventh game of this season, counting 30 straight wins. 

Nevertheless, it was the first game of this season, coach Sean Stoliker said, that proved to be the most costly of his coaching career.  The team’s star setter, Meredith Dignan, broke her leg in the game against New Paltz. Although the Blazers won the match, the game cost them a significant player.

Varsity Soccer

Dutchess Day 5  Steiner 5    Game played on Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

With Dutchess Day comfortably ahead 4 - 1 at half-time with goals from Jack Ellis (3) and Connor Finemore, it seemed very unlikely that steiner would get back into this match. But get back into it they did. A second half DDS defensive collapse  in a desperate 15 minute spell, saw the home side not only lose their advantage but go a goal behind due to a well taken Steiner penalty kick. With 5 minutes left in the game, Will Kantaros struck for DDS to even the score at 5 - 5. Then in search for a winning goal, Jack Ellis narrowly fired wide of the Steiner post, but a tie was the final result leaving DDS with their unbeaten record intact, but the nerves a little on edge!

Result: Dutchess Day 6 Trinity Pawling 1   Game Played on Friday October 25th, 2013

On Friday night Millbrook High School’s football team closed out the regular season with a 62–36 blowout win over Red Hook, to remain undefeated. Before the game the seven seniors on the football team were honored for Senior Night. Although most of the seniors have suffered season-ending injuries, they all showed up for the game. Before the game began, the entire team huddled up and chanted “Family,” as they have been doing throughout the season.


The seniors who weren’t injured, including Joe Daley and Henry Cardinal, continued their phenomenal seasons. Henry Cardinal set a school record for rushing yards with 289 yards and four touchdowns, while Joe Daley also finished with four touchdowns for the game and 215 yards. The crowd was extremely loud in showing their loyalty to the team.


We had a spectacular autumn day for the Millbrook Hunt Hunter Pace.  There were 34 teams adding up to 74 horses competing. Thanks go to Lisa Schwartz for coordinating the event; to Rodney Paterson, Christy Parsons and Dick Verrilli for setting the courses; and to Nancy Hathaway and Sandy O'Donnell for setting the Pace. Thanks as well to Paul Schwartz and the Center for Veterinary Care for lunch, prizes and more. Thanks also to Jeremy Frederick for the Vet check at the rest stop.  Everyone commented on the extraordinary expanse of open, undeveloped land that they enjoyed riding over.    The winning teams are as follows.  For further information visit         470 Cat Kennan Family Teams 1 Erickson 2 Lipsky 3 Duggan  Junior Teams 1 Fink - Von Maltzahn  2 Duggan 3 Fanelli - Ursini Adult Teams 1 Parsons - Mc Carthy 2 Bodgett - Cook 3 Henault - Eaves  FAMILY CLASS Maddie & Anna Duggan John & Kell Klopp
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