Boys Lacrosse Outlasts Choate to Clinch Playoff Spot

 

The boys varsity lacrosse team defeated Choate 8-7 on the Upper Turf in the Pelicans’ final regular-season game, clinching a spot in the inaugural Founders League tournament.

Senior captain Hunter Drouin got the Pelicans off to a 2-0 lead when he scored two quick goals in the first few minutes of the game. Choate responded with a goal of its own, and from there the two teams traded goals all the way to the end of the half, heading into the third quarter with the score at 5-4 in favor of Loomis.

In the third quarter, junior Nate Cobery, Drouin, and sophomore Eli Velepec each scored a goal, and the Pelican defense held Choate scoreless, giving Loomis Chaffee an 8-4 lead.

The Pelicans fell apart in the fourth quarter, however, and Choate stormed back to make it a one-goal game with two minutes left. Crucial saves from senior goalkeeper Evan Miner gave the Pelicans the ball with under a minute left to play, and they ran out the clock and took home the 8-7 victory.

The win secured the fourth seed in the Founders League tournament, where the Pelicans will face Taft on Friday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m., at Taft. No matter the result, the Pelicans will play a final game on Wednesday, May 25. The opponent, time, and location of the Wednesday game will depend upon the scores of the first-round matchups.