Field Hockey - JV
Choate Rosemary Hall
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Win 5-0
The Rhinos faced near-neighbors, Choate, for a second time this season and brought home an impressive "W." Anneleise Pizzitola kicked off the scoring at the 20 minute mark with a quick shot off the crossing pass from Lulu Brauer. Soon after, Martha Lohuis added goal number two with a signature dangle from the top of the circle to the stroke line and then a flicked shot beating the Choate keeper stick side. The Boars, however, did not acquiesce and challenged the defense zone repeatedly. The backline of Carolyn Yow, Greta Cole, Rachel Peverly and Katie Salnikoff expertly controlled the field from the dashed circle to the 50 yard line. They syphoned off incoming Choate players protecting goalie Emily Riccardi (8 saves) from incoming action. When Choate did penetrate the circle, the defense deftly anticipated their next play and quickly intercepted the ball passing it to the waiting sticks of the midfielders. One such connection yielded Taft's third goal of the game. Emily Riccardi made a kick-save that Greta Cole retrieved and then transferred to Michelle Tetro. The ball was then fed to wing, Madeline Meister, who then dished it to Perry Allen for the goal. The combination of Allen and Meister would strike again just moments later on a spectacular corner. Lohuis inserted the ball to Allen who took the initial shot that rebound off the Choate keeper on to Meister's stick where it deflected high right into the net. At halftime, Taft led 4-0. The Rhinos knew that Choate would come out strong in the second half and that they would need to summon their focus and fitness to continue to play their brand of field hockey. As predicted, the Boars came out full-force challenging the midfield. Sophie Savage, Lulu Bradley and Martha Lohuis were unrelenting in their blocks and tackles, as well as their recovery to support the defense and sprinting to play a role on offense. These three, along with Michelle Tetro and Andie Wardell, logged some serious miles today. Their physical fitness and determination paid off with a SportCenter worthy highlight for Bradley who scored off a diving tip with three minutes remaining in the game. Bradley anticipated the crossed from Wardell and extended her stick (and her body) to finish the play in dramatic fashion. Moments later, Wardell almost got on the board with a quick post shot that missed the cage by millimeters. Taft played very hard for the full 50 minutes and proved to themselves the power of communication and passing. Next up is Williston Northhampton for a home match on Wednesday. Go Big Red!