The Bears entered the contests against the Saints with many factors working against them: they traveled for an hour and a half following a full day of classes, showed up to the game late due to a detour en route and were provided only 15 minutes to warm up, and had not practiced the day prior due to the spring Mountain Day holiday. Given the circumstances, it was perfectly reasonable to come out flat, however the team appeared to have other plans.
Showing a persistence, focus, and commitment to completing the necessary details on all ends of the field, the Bears dominated the play from the opening faceoff. Captain Brooks Kiley '15 had a terrific day in kick-starting the offense and initiating several fast break opportunities including one of the first two goals of the day - just a minute into the game - which was finished by Barclay Gammill '16. Gammill would have a pair of goals on the day - on assisted by Chris Zaffanella '15 - but goals would be scored by and set up from a variety of players, highlighting the development of many of our young players. A trio of goals by Jake Kaminetsky '15, Jay Bolton '16, Ehan Keator '16 helped extend the lead, with assists on the play coming from Sam Merrill '16 (2) and Gammill.
A newfound confidence generated from their previous two consecutive wins permeated throughout the entire team, with many first-year players seeing extended minutes and contributing to both the offensive and defensive ends: Shaan Peckham '16, Ben Nadler '16, and Matt Licata '15 each showed great improvement in stick skills and general positioning on the field, pointing to great things to come in the future. The team's most improved player managed to score his first goal in a Berkshire uniform - Sam Mogul '15 - on a devastatingly quick catch and release that caught everyone on the field off guard.
The Berkshire defense played a quiet yet dominant game, clearing up any loose ground balls, advancing the play with calm and precision, and preventing the Canterbury offense from generating decent scoring opportunities. Not to be outdone by the offense, Hunter Reynolds '16 managed to take the ball over half the field to score in perhaps one of the biggest highlight-reel goals of the season.
Congrats to all the Bears on a very well executed game.