Tough lose for the Tigers...
In a rematch between two near neighbors, the Tigers took on the Pelicans for an important league contest. In the first game of the season between the two squads, Loomis built a commanding lead en route to winning in decisive fashion. Loomis came to Suffield sporting a 8-2 record as compared with our polomen's 5-5 record. But Coach Ciecimirski's Orange had put the early loss to the Maroon & Gray behind them, and had shown major improvement in all aspects of the game in recent weeks.
Right from the opening whistle, both teams showcased strong defensive effort, though Loomis proved a bit more more opportunistic on the offensive end. Q1 was tight, ending in a 2-1 Loomis lead. More pronounced scoring in the second quarter led the Pelicans to a 6-3 advantage. Digging deep, just as they did against Andover three days earlier, the feisty Tigers roared back, outscoring the visitors, 5-2, to tie the game at the end of Q3, 8-8. A flurry of furious back and forth counterattacks by Suffield and Loomis surprisingly resulted in almost no scoring, and it looked like the game might be headed for overtime. A few confusing calls, and opportunism by Loomis, yielded the Windsorites a late, 2-goal lead. Suffield closed to within one on a smart play with about twenty seconds left in regulation, but Loomis was then able to hold on to the ball until the final buzzer sounded.
Suffield can be proud of the fact that this second contest with Loomis proved that the Orange can play competitively with the top teams in the league.
All players who saw action in the game performed at a high level: goalkeeper/field players Sasha Derby and Melvin Ku, and field players Walter Kress, Max Miranda, Max Bass, Ryan Lunsford, Cian Beaulieu, and Elias Smith. Goal scoring was generated by the shooting acumen of Miranda (4), Beaulieu (2), Lunsford (2), Bass (1), Ku (1), and Kress (1).
Season record 5-6