The Bears looked to end their season with a win this Saturday as they took to the Pomfret field. With the potential of post-season hanging over the result of this game, the Bears played at a different level today. From the starting whistle the game was evenly matched , as Pomfret quickly converted a fast break into a scoring opportunity. In her first save of the game, Taylor Sorensen quickly rejected a chip shot headed for the top shelf. Possession in the first ten minutes of the game oscillated between the Grifffins and the Bears, but by minute eleven the Bears were rolling. Despite strong efforts from the offensive juggernaut of Ronnie Lortie, Chase Gerber, Jeanne Morin, Olivia Good, Maddie Bricken and Elle Mattsson, the Bears could not convert on a series of four offensive corners. Of particular note today was Maddie Bricken who played in perfect position, distributing the ball to her teammates all across the front line.
The second half was much of the same. The Bears once again came out with a fire under them, moving the ball brilliantly up both sides of the field. Ronnie Lortie seemed to find the seams of the Pomfret defense in the second half, splitting the Griffins and taking space in the offensive 25. Olivia Good, a newly crowned member of the front line, dug for every ball day, as she shut down Pomfret offensive pushes and then distributed the ball up field. Allegra Horstmann also showed up with her A game today, halting the Griffins on their advances before they could enter the Bears’ defensive 25. Lastly, today’s game was completely and utterly controlled by Sandra Stephan. Sandra repeatedly stickhandled around four Pomfret players in a row. Her determination and grit kept the Bears alive in their closest match of the season. Olivia Mason was particularly crucial to the Bears’ defense today, as she stopped two breakaways dead on our defensive 25. Taylor finished the game with another shut out, turning away all seven of Pomfret’s shots on net.
Overtime presented more challenges today. With only six field players per side, the drained and exhausted bears did all they could to light the lamp. But, despite the best efforts of Alli Sugar, Sophie Perekslis, Olivia Good, Sandra Stephan, Jeanne Morin, Ronnie Lortie and Elle Mattsson, they were unable to put the ball in the net.
The senior Bears played a huge roll in today’s game and the entire season. Bella Sinsigalli, Kira von Steinburgs, Taylor Sorenson, Olivia Mason, Maddie Bricken, Chase Gerber, Jeanne Morin and Annie Fraiman were all crucial to the successes of the 2012 field hockey season. They will be missed severely in the fall of 2013.
Despite their under .500 record, the bears remain in 4th place in the West and contend for a spot in the New England tournament.