Deerfield’s Thirds team snapped a frustrating losing streak with a commanding win against the always solid Loomis squad on a crisp fall afternoon in Windsor, Connecticut. While the team prides itself on its ability to come from behind, they never trailed in this contest thanks to a relentless offensive attack distinguished by smart passes and frequent shots. The undisputed star of the game was sophomore Sammy Sullivan. In his minutes at forward this season, he beautiful cross to striker Victor Kibuuka ’26, who gave Deerfield the early lead. Sullivan and Kibuuka would connect again five minutes into the second half to break the 1-1 tie. Then, after the team lost the lead again, Sullivan scored by himself with a textbook outside shot from the right wing. It took more than two offensive players to secure the win, though. Deerfield pulled ahead when tied 3-3 thanks to a heads-up pass from wing Tommy Govi ’26 to rejuvenated striker Tai Feng ’26, who wisely refrained from taking a low-percentage shot and touched it over to crashing left forward Evan Galli ’25 who scored the fourth goal. Deerfield added an insurance goal late when left-footed forward Oscar Sanford ’26 sent a stunning lob shot into the top right corner. Who set Sanford up with an excellent pass from midfield? None other than Sammy Sullivan, who had shifted back to fullback to beef up the defense after a couple minor injuries. While keeper Leo Ma ’25 was caught uncharacteristically out of goal at bad times in this game, he also made a couple difficult saves to secure the win. The rest of the defense made life difficult for Loomis’s speedy attack, especially the increasingly surefooted fullback Preyas Sinha ’24 high-stamina, quick-to-the-ball Finn Knight ’25. The team is counting down the hours until they get a chance to conclude their season by giving Deerfield one of its first wins of the 100th Choate Day. Go Big Green!