Deerfield took on Cushing this afternoon in the championship game of the Watkins Invitational. Playing our fifth game in four days, we knew that we would have to battle through tired legs against a scrappy team, and to their credit Cushing had us on our heels for much of the first period. We began to turn the tide in the second frame, but didn’t get on the scoreboard until the third period, when Caroline Skillman ‘19 scored off of assists from Ellia Chiang ‘21 and Lisa Ito-Bagshaw ‘21. The defense and goalie Liv Mikesell ‘20 made that score hold up, and we ended the weekend tournament champions! Mary Edmonds ‘19, Deirdre Mullowney ‘19 and Ali Fujiyoshi ‘19 were named to the all-tournament team, and Liv Mikesell ‘20 earned tournament MVP honors (and the hard hat for the finals). This team showed lots of grit and resilience this weekend, and we look forward to keeping the momentum going in 2019. Thank you to all of the parents and families for the support all weekend long, and especially to the Fujiyoshis for once again feeding us after the game! Happy holidays!