The boys varsity lacrosse team made two defensive stops with under 45 seconds left in the game to hold on and defeat the Nobles and Greenough School 9-8 on Wednesday, March 25, in Dedham, Mass.
The first quarter was a sloppy one for the Pelicans, as they struggled to play with intensity. Loomis turnovers on offense and ball-watching on defense allowed the Bulldogs to take a 4-2 lead going into the second quarter, but an assisted goal from the defensive midfield pair of sophomore Eamon Moylan and junior Isaac Joshi jump-started the Pelicans, leading to a 7-1 goal-scoring run that carried into the third quarter.
With a 9-5 lead and the fourth quarter left to play, the Pelicans withstood an impressive display from Nobles, which managed to score three straight goals and make the score 9-8 with under a minute to play.
In the final minute, sophomore goaltender Zach Koch and the rest of the Loomis Chaffee defense shined as they managed to force Nobles to take perimeter shots with 17 seconds left in the game and again with two seconds left. Koch turned away both shots, sealing the deal for the Pelicans and improving their record to 4-0.
This is the first time the Pelicans have started their season 4-0 under head coach Bill Lee.
Up next, the Pelicans travel to Millbrook School to take on the Mustangs on Saturday, March 30, at 3 p.m.