Lacrosse - Girls Varsity
|Date:||May 11, 2013|
|Score:||8 - 6|
On a wet and rainy Saturday, the Bears traveled to Washington Depot to face a talented Gunnery squad. We knew this was going to be a close game to be decided by tempo and hustle. Gunnery struck first and then again to go up 2-0 but the Bears responded with three straight goals to take the lead 20 minutes in. There was a lot of back and forth as shots were fired wide and goalies made saves but the intensity was palpable on the field. In the final minute of play first half play, Berkshire called a play and Murphy Newman '13 scored a beautiful goal to take a 4-2 lead heading into intermission.Gunnery notched a quick goal right off the opening draw control and the score held at 4-3 for a good eight minutes with more back and forth transition. Slowly, Berkshire chipped away to establish a 7-4 lead and for a while they slowed the pace to maintain possession and prevent Gunnery scoring opportunities. However, a few unforced errors turned the ball over to Gunnery in the final five minutes of play and they converted on two separate occasions. Berkshire had a free position with two minutes to play but the goalie had a huge save, giving Gunnery one more chance. However, the Berkshire defense played tough and prevented their rush, coming up with the ball and sending it down field. Gunnery's high pressure defense almost got ahold of the ball again but the referee called a yellow card and the Bears were able to run the ball into their end with numbers up. A goal in the last second of play gave Berkshire the 8-6 advantage.
Today's win was certainly a team effort but goalie Britt Brown '13 was the true differentiating factor between these two strong teams. She recorded 18 saves, virtually shutting down Gunnery's high-scorer. Amelia Patsalos-Fox '14 played her best game of the season on defense with a number of key ground balls and good clean defense that rattled the opposition. Syd Beldock '14 was the primary offensive weapon today with three goals and two assists which Allie McErlean '14 and Newman each added two goals and two assists. Molly Crabtree '15 also scored a key free position goal. In transition, Newman, Crabtree, and Maureen McCarthy '14 came up with some key ground balls and were instrumental in clearing the ball out of our defensive end.