Varsity field hockey teams fallls to Churchill 3-2
Blazer Field, Oct 7 –
After 60 minutes of close calls, near misses and sharp hits, the varsity field hockey team (4-5-0) suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Churchill Bulldogs on Tuesday afternoon, 3-2. The Blazers played with great force and skill, even building a slight lead in protecting their home turf, but were not able to hold out against the experienced Bulldogs.
The game highlighted the great progress the fairly new team has made since the beginning of the season, as the Blazers held their own against the high-ranking Churchill team. "Churchill has only lost one game and I'm really impressed with how our girls played with so much heart," head coach Brooke Franceschini said. "They never let up."
The Blazers started off the game strong, passing accurately and quickly as they pushed the ball down toward the Bulldogs' cage. With the help of junior left forward Nellie Garlow and senior co captain Julia Stratton, the Blazers held control over the ball as they attempted over and over to score a goal on the Churchill team.
As the Blazers came out of their time out huddle during the first half, they chanted, "intensity;" a promise they would later follow through. A pass from sophomore right forward Miranda Bernard carried the ball toward the Bulldogs' cage and delivered the first goal of the game. "We played well as a team," Bernard said.
Senior co captain and goalie, Katelyn Luker dominated the game defensively, rejecting any goal attempts by the Churchill team. Throughout the first half, the Blazers hung onto their intensity, as well as the lead. "We played really well and we really connected," Garlow said.
Stepping up to the strong Bulldog offense, junior defender Laura Li and sophomore defender Blake Morgan-Gamber created a strong front, blocking many attempts to score on the Blazer cage. "Normally when someone scores, we just shut down," Luker said. "This time we kept fighting."
The Bulldogs scored the equalizer with just over ten minutes left, and then added the winning goal in the waning moments of the game. Blair never gave up, continuing to pressure Churchill and try to force mistakes. With seconds left in the game, confusion with a referee call caused the clock to run out for the Blazers, leaving the final score at 3-2.
The Blazers' next home game is Oct 13 against Walter Johnson at 3:30 p.m.
Editor's note: Laura Li is a member of Silver Chips Business staff.
Katie Sint. Katie Sint is 5 foot 2 and her last name rhymes with "squint" which has lead to the creation of many Asian jokes. Katie likes Sour Patch kids, Iron chef, laughing, Bubble Shooter, The Office and naps. She plays volleyball and is a CAP junior. More »