The boys varsity lacrosse team defeated Choate 10-8 on Saturday, May 20, to advance to the Founders League Tournament championship game, which will take place on Wednesday, May 24, at Taft.
After squeaking out a 9-7 victory over the Wild Boars earlier last week to wrap up the regular season, the Pelicans earned the second seed in the Founders League Tournament and hosted Choate in a rainy game on the Upper Turf.
Much like the previous matchup, both teams played well defensively, and quality goaltending on both sides kept the score in check. But the Pelicans did build a 3-1 lead in the first quarter with goals from freshman Milki Conway-Reppert and juniors Nate Cobery and Brendan Johnson.
Choate chipped away at the deficit in the second quarter, but the Pelicans never gave up their lead thanks to several big saves from senior Matt Shepard and a patient offense that found a way to pick apart the Choate zone defense. The teams went into halftime with the score 5-4 in favor of Loomis.
With the rain coming down even harder in the second half, the Pelicans made the score 6-4 when sophomore Anthony Rodriguez sent a beautiful pass to Conway-Reppert, who fired home his second goal of the game. From there, the teams traded goals into the fourth quarter. With the score 7-6 with under eight minutes to play, Rodriguez and senior Anthony Koehler scored two goals in less than a minute to give the Pelicans a three-goal lead.
The Wild Boars did not go quietly, scoring twice in two minutes to come within a goal of the Pelicans. Junior Joe Hobot helped put the game on ice, though, when he won the next faceoff and earned the Pelicans possession of the ball late in the game. Junior E.Z. Christian scored the final goal of the game with less than a minute to play.
With the win, the Pelicans improve to 13-4 on the season. They will face off for the Founders League title against top-seeded Taft School on Wednesday, May 24, at Taft at 3:30 p.m.