Event Recap:The Bears opened the 2013 season with a 51 win over Ethel Walker on a sun-filled fall afternoon on their home turf. With four of the day’s five tallies coming from the sticks of players new to the team, this promises to be an exciting season filled with new talent and strong returners!
Starting in the goal this season is Ani Wilson ‘16. New to both the position and the game, Wilson has demonstrated her tenacity throughout the two weeks of practice prior to the first game. With only two shots on goal, she made an impressive save on a drive from the outside, before later falling prey to a lifted shot from the same Walker stick just moments later.
Berkshire came out strong right from the start today and controlled the ball for the vast majority of the first half of play. Stalwart returner Ivey Mueller ‘16 capitalized on a rebound at 12:45 to get the Bears on the board. Despite maintaining possession throughout the half, Green was having a tough time getting past the excellent Walker goaltending until third former Maddie Beitler plugged a shot through the keeper’s feet, opening Berkshire’s lead to two as the first half wound down.
The Berkshire backs saw more action in the second half as the Walker girls found their feet and gained possession of the ball. With play more spread out, Berkshire called on new players Maggie Mori ‘16, Tatum Boyle ‘16, Caroline Skinner ‘16, and Katherine Frick ‘16 to help out on the field. All playing in their very first field hockey game, Mori, Boyle, Skinner, and Frick did an outstanding job! Seeing lots of time today was another new player, Lindsy Dario ‘16, who scored a beautiful goal, assisted by team captain Reilly Kennedy ‘15, just 36 seconds into the second half. With the momentum in favor of the Bears, midfielder Eliza Griiffin ‘16 found a pass from the team’s other captain, Hannah Honan ‘15, and widened the lead to four with 23:04 remaining in regulation time.
With the team subbing players in and out to recover from the heat on the turf, the Bears became a bit jumbled and allowed a skilled Walker forward to sneak through and sail a high shot past Wilson with 14:37 remaining. Not to be outdone, Griffin answered with a final Green and Gray goal, her second of the day, ten minutes later as she got open for a perfect pass from Mori and drove a shot slamming against the backboard.
With just three penalty corners called against them and fourteen shots to their credit, the 2013 Bears finished today’s game fired up for what is sure to be a stellar season.
The team would like to send out a special Thanks to Lisa Warren, mother of Captain Honan, for the yummy postgame treats!