With the beginning of Choate Day upon us, the Deerfield Athletics department would like to extend a warm welcome to all parents, alums, and fans visiting campus on this special annual day. This year, Deerfield will play host to the rivalry as Choate will make the trip north to the Pioneer Valley. Saturday brings a big day of athletic competitions with twelve Deerfield-Choate games being held at home.
The Deerfield-Choate tradition began with a football game between the two schools on October 7, 1922. Like all good rivalries, there was an immediate competitive bond between the two teams, and they insisted upon meeting annually. With the aid of enthusiasm from Mr. Boyden and Choate Headmaster George St. John, the matches continued. Soccer joined the mix on November 17, 1930 and Cross Country in 1948. To learn more about the Choate Day history, click here.
Here is the lineup for tomorrow’s contests:
10:00 am – Girls Varsity Volleyball:
Coming off a close 3-2 loss to St. Paul’s on Wednesday, the girls varsity volleyball team looks to end their season on a high note with a win over Choate in Saturday’s match.
10:00 am – Girls JV Volleyball:
The Girls JV Volleyball team comes into Saturday’s match on a two-game win streak with wins over NMH and St. Paul’s in the past week. A win on Saturday would improve their overall final record to 8-7 on the 2017 season.
10:30 am – JV Field Hockey:
JV Field Hockey enters Saturday’s game with a record of 5-3-1 on the season. Coming off a 2-0 win against Williston on Wednesday, the team will look to carry their momentum into Saturday’s game versus Choate.
10:30 am – Girls JV Soccer:
Girls JV soccer looks to knock off a good Choate side that comes into the game with an overall season record of 8-2-4. Deerfield will be looking to avenge last year’s loss when the team fell to Choate 2-1.
10:30 am – Girls Reserve Soccer:
The girls reserve soccer team comes into Choate Day with a record of 7-2, only suffering losses to Bement and Andover. The team will look to their high powered offense to defeat Choate and win their final game of the season.
10:30 am – Boys JV Soccer:
The boys JV soccer team has enjoyed success this season, winning 9 games, losing three and tying three. Deerfield JV boys soccer looks to continue their win streak over Choate as they have won the last four years dating back to 2013.
10:30 am – Boys Jr. A Soccer:
Boys Junior A soccer is coming into Saturday’s game on a two-game win streak with victories over Williston and Loomis. On the season, Junior A soccer has outscored opponents 39-12 and have recorded seven shut outs. The team looks to continue their success over Choate, having won the past two years.
10:30 am – Boys JV Football:
JV Football comes into Choate Day undefeated with a 5-0 record. They have outscored opponents 112-18 and have not given up any points in in three of their five games. The team looks to beat Choate this year after falling last year 20-31.
11:00 am – Girls Varsity Field Hockey:
Girl Varsity Field Hockey has had an impressive season thus far. They enter Saturday’s game with an overall record of 10-4-1, including a big win over undefeated Andover. On Saturday, DA varsity field hockey will look to avenge their 1-0 loss to the Boars during last year’s 2016 Choate Day.
11:30 am – Girls Varsity Soccer:
Coming off a road win at Wilbraham & Monson on Wednesday, the girls varsity soccer team will look to extend their win streak to two-games to end their 2017 season. The team will look improve upon last year’s 5-2 loss at Choate Day 2016.
12:00 pm – Boys Varsity Soccer:
Coming off a tough 1-0 loss to local rival NMH, Boys Varsity Soccer hopes to end their season with an overall record of 8-9-1 with a win on Saturday. The team will be looking to avenge last year’s 1-0 loss to Choate.
1:15 pm – Varsity Football:
Varsity Football comes into Choate Day with their best record in five years. On the season, the team has five wins and only one loss, falling to Suffield 27-37 on September 23rd. DA is led by a strong defense which has held opponents to 87 points in six games, equating to 14.5 points per game. Deerfield will face a strong Choate side who has been perfect all season with a 7-0 record.
Other Deerfield teams in action tomorrow include the girls and boys varsity and JV cross country teams who will head down to Choate Rosemary Hall for the NEPSTA Division I Cross-Championship. The girls varsity team is looking to cap off their undefeated season with a New England Championship win while the boys hope to improve upon their 5th place finish at last year’s race.
Please see the attached image for all Saturday game times or pick up a brochure in the Main School Building, Hitchcock House or alumni tent for a complete list of this weekend’s game schedule and team rosters.
If you can’t make it to campus on Saturday, be sure to follow Deerfield Athletics on Twitter (@DeerfieldTeams) to get live in-game score updates on the day. Also, visit the livestream tab on our website as six games will be livestreamed: Girls & boys varsity soccer, varsity volleyball, varsity field hockey, and varsity football.
We hope you enjoy the weekend and look forward to seeing you on Saturday cheering on all of our Deerfield teams!
GO BIG GREEN!