Senior captains Murphy Newman and Britt Brown led the Bears to a thrilling victory over Taft. The two schools have a long history of close games and today's contest was no different. Taft scored first but the Bears would answer with a string of well-placed shots. Their momentum was halted when a free position by Sandra Stephan '15 was called back on a crease violation and Taft would respond with a pair of goals to make up some ground. The score at the half was 6-4 in Berkshire's favor.
Draw controls and composure proved key in the second half. The teams traded goals and then Taft made a surge to tie and eventually take the lead with a score of 10-9. A Berkshire timeout refocused the team and they took to the field with hustle and heart never to look back. Notching four unanswered goals, the Bears went up 13-10 with 5 minutes to play. They won the ensuing draw and used stall tactics to maintain possession for the win. Taft played good high-pressure defense and was able to create one turnover which resulted in a goal but it was not enough. Newman, Molly Crabtree '15, and Sandra Stephan '15 were clutch in gaining draw controls and causing turnovers in the midfield. Contributing to the scoring effort were Newman (6 goals, 3 assists), Sydney Beldock '15 (3 goals, 3 assists), Crabtree (2 goals, 1 assist), Elle Mattson '15 (1 goal, 2 assists), Stephan (1 goal), and Allie McErlean '14 (1 assist). Britt Brown was sensational in net and the true differentiating factor in this game with 15 saves.
Up next is perennial powerhouse Williston-Northampton.