The girls varsity hockey team traveled to Noble and Greenough School on Saturday afternoon for what turned out to be a fantastic battle! The Bulldogs of Nobles set the pace from the drop of the first puck and maintained possession of it for the greater part of the first period. Despite the consistent pressure by the Bulldogs in the Berkshire zone, the Bears' d-zone play was outstanding! The four defensemen, Ronnie Lortie '14, Bella Sinsigalli '13, Kira von Steinbergs '13, Olivia Good '15, were extremely disciplined in their system which allowed them to shut down the Nobles' forwards with nearly every chance they got to attack the goal. The result of this hard work: 0-0 tie after the first 15 minutes.
Heading into the second period, the Berkshire players were focused on maintaining their level of discipline. The forwards improved their point coverage, with some great shot-blocks by Kylie Wilkes '16 and Renee Dreher '15.These little moments gradually gave the Bears more momentum, and they were able to get several shots off in the second period. It seemed as if the Bears had held off the Bulldogs for another 15 minutes, but with just 19.7 seconds left on the clock, after a phenomenal save by Berkshire goalie Jeanne Morin '13, a Nobles forward made a quality move and capitalized on her shot. It was a tough way to head into the locker room, but the Bears did not let the one goal get them down.
Nobles came out quick to start off the third, and the Bears did a quality job of staying on them. But a long shift in the d-zone turned into very tired legs for Berkshire, and Nobles scored a second goal at the 10:59 mark. Nobles scored their third and final goal on the powerplay with just over four minutes on the clock. Despite the final score of 3-0 for Nobles, Berkshire played one of their best games of the season. It was certainly a true showing of teamwork, discipline, and character - as they fought for every single puck until the final buzzer of the game. Morin played outstanding in the goal with 36 saves. The Bears face NMH on Wednesday.