The score of this game does not tell the whole story, as the Big Green played a very solid game against a fast and talented Westminster squad on the road on Friday night. The home team came out flying to start the game, but Deerfield more than withstood the pressure, playing solid defensively, breaking the puck out well, and disrupting passes. With less than three minutes to go in the period, however, we got caught out on a long shift, and the Martlets made our tired legs pay by finding a girl alone in front of the net for the first goal of the game. The second period was a different story, as we really got our legs going and began to put hard pressure on the home team defense. Devinne Cullinane ’14, Lucy Lytle ’15, Taylor Morash ’16 and Katherine Jackson ’15 all had good chances, but the Westminster goalie came up with some good saves. Again, with less than three minutes to go in the period, Westminster took advantage of tired Deerfield legs to double their lead, and then put the game away early in the third with two quick goals off of defensive miscues. The Big Green never stopped skating, however, and kept generating chances right until the very last whistle. Jackson, Cullinane, and Kayla O’Connor ’14 were all over the ice today, Meghan Halloran ’17 had a number of excellent hustle plays on the backcheck, while Rachel Sit ’16 and Elliot Gilbert ’16 stepped up to provide an excellent spark with different linemates. The whole defensive corps played well: Maryanne Iodice ’14 was fantastic until she was derailed somewhat by a shoulder injury, Katherine Goguen ’16 and Kylie Davis ’14 made some excellent plays against Westminster’s top forwards, Madi Lyford ’15 once again provided an offensive spark with a few good rushes, while Annabel Nottebohm ’17 and Libby Wenners ’17 had arguably their best games of the season with solid positioning and excellent breakout passes. Emily Yue ’16 was solid in goal with 22 saves, while the Martlet goalie made 20 saves for the shutout. Despite the loss, the Big Green were happy with their effort, intensity, and teamwork, and will look to get into the winning column on Saturday afternoon at home against Hotchkiss. Many thanks to the Sieferts for the pizza after the game—it was much needed after a long day!
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