The Bears improved to 3-2-2 with a 4-1 win at home over the Taft School. Lane Mayher ‘16 returned to the net making four saves and holding the Rhinos to just one goal.
Maddie Beitler ‘17 once again led the scoring charge, netting all four Berkshire tallies. Just under two minute into the game, midfielders Elia Griffin ‘16 and Reilly Kennedy ‘15 worked the ball through the middle of the field and made a through pass to Beiter, setting up a scoring opportunity on which she capitalized after a scrum in the circle. Berkshire continued to control the ball all over the field and Beitler plugged her second of the afternoon off a rebound from a shot off the stick of Ivery Mueller ‘16 at 18:04. Making sure to give her team a comfortable lead, Beitler earned her hat-trick goal with eleven minutes to play in the first half, working her signature “dangle” through the Taft defenders. Still playing hard and determined to catch up, Taft closed the half with a goal of their own, a solid shot that barely squeaked by Mayher with 2:34 to play.
Though Berkshire stayed focused in the second half and took advantage of the lead to rotate the entire team through the line-up, Beitler was hungry for just one more and after receiving a pass from fellow forward Lindsy Dario ‘16 halfway through the period, weaved her way through the crowded circle and put one final shot against the backboard.
Though the points for the day are registered in Beitler’s name, it took a full team effort to make it happen. Arwen Neski ‘15, Eliza Griffin ‘16, Maggie Markgraf ‘17, and Katherine Frick ‘16 held strong on defense for the Bears. The team kept possession by minimizing mistakes, losing the ball to a foul less than fifteen times in fifty minutes. Despite being only an occasional goalie, Mayher held her ground, made a diving save in the second half to protect the lead, and remained engaged even during long stretches of inaction.
Berkshire faces Suffield at home on Saturday before hitting the road next week to Rumsey and Canterbury.