The girls varsity field hockey team won its seventh game of the year with a 2-0 victory on the road over the Berkshire School on Saturday, October 29.
The team got off to a slow start and struggled to get anything going during the first half of the game. The Pelicans had difficulty maintaining possession, and when they did win the ball, they weren’t able to connect their passes and move forward as a group.
Thankfully, a couple of big saves at the start of the third quarter from senior goalie Liz Winemaster helped to wake up the team, and Loomis Chaffee finally found the back of the net after pinning Berkshire in their own half and earning a corner penalty. Sophomore Katie Sigrist received the ball at the top of the arc and rifled a shot toward the goal that was tipped in by senior Maggie Johnson.
A few minutes later sophomore Presley Parades doubled the Pelicans' lead with an amazing individual effort, dribbling past several Berkshire defenders before making a final move past the Berkshire keeper for the final goal of the game.
Berkshire made a push at the end of the game to cut into the Loomis lead, but Winemaster was up to the task, posting her fifth shutout of the year.
Up next, the team has a very important home game against Northfield Mount Hermon on Wednesday, November 2, at 3 p.m. on the Upper Turf, with major playoff implications. If you can't make it out to the game, you can watch it live on the Loomis Chaffee athletics livestream page.