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Pelicans Protect the Nest in OT Thriller

On Friday, October 26, the girls varsity field hockey team hosted Berkshire School under the lights on Pratt Field and won in thrilling fashion, defeating the Bears 3-2 in overtime.

Despite the cold weather, both teams came out firing in the first half. The back and forth battle resulted in several corners for both teams, and with just under six minutes left in the half, the Pelicans were able to convert from corner, when senior Christiana Bevilacqua found junior Bailey Prete at the top of the circle. Prete rifled a shot past the Berkshire goalie to give the Pelicans the 1-0 lead going into the second half.

Feeling the momentum boost, the Pelicans started the second half strong, earning a couple more offensive corners. On their second corner opportunity, with just over 20 minutes on the clock, sophomore Katie Daileader played a beautiful ball across the goalmouth to senior Christiana Bevilacqua, who calmly finished the ball into the back of the net to put the Pelicans up 2-0.

The Bears did not let up though, and seven minutes later answered on a corner to make the score 2-1 with 13:00 left in the half. Loomis fought to stay ahead for the rest of the second half, but a small defensive mishap gave Berkshire an offensive corner and a chance to tie the game. With a direct shot to the right of the cage the Bears were able to put one by sophomore goalie Bridget Hall and make it 2-2 with just over a minute to go in the game. With the final buzzer sounding and the scored tied at two, the teams readied themselves for overtime.

After losing in overtime in their first game of the season, the Pelicans stepped onto the field for overtime calm and composed. After forcing a turnover right at the start of overtime, sophomore center back Alex Darrah collected the ball and carried it up field, finding Bevilacqua inside the arc. Bevelacqua's attempted cross was knocked away by a Berkshire defender, but the ball found its way to the stick of Bailey Prete. Prete dribbled to set herself up for a shot and knocked one just past the outstretched hand of the Berkshire goalie, scoring her second goal of the game and sealing the deal for the Pelicans, winning the game 3-2.

The Pelicans look to stay in the win column when they host Northfield Mount Hermon tomorrow, October 31, on the Upper Turf at 3 p.m. If you can't make it to the game, you can livestream it on the Loomis Chaffee Athletics Livestream page.