Tigers win semi-final game at Hopkins Invitational...
For the first time in the program's history, Suffield competed in the Hopkins Invitational, a tournament for teams that do not qualify for the Liquid Four. In the opening games, host team Hopkins, the #1 seed, took on Wilbraham, handling the challenge from the Titans without a struggle, and Suffield (#2 seed) was matched up with Canterbury, a fast improving program from Western Connecticut.
The Saints looked to upset the Tigers for the first time in their program's history, and started out with resolve and an effective game plan to achieve just such a result. Both teams struggled to convert on offensive opportunities in Q1, but both squads' defenses held strong, and after 7:00 of play, each team could only claim a single goal. Canterbury executed masterfully on a flurry of scoring opportunities in Q2, and took a rather substantial lead into halftime, 7-4.
Having to dig once again, as they have done all season long, the Orange hunkered down, got serious about their offense, and reversed the course of the game by blanking the Saints, 5-0, in Q3. But this represented only a tenuous lead for Suffield, 9-7, going into the final quarter. Both teams fought for control of the ball in the fourth quarter, but Suffield held on to the lead, winning 11-10.
Ryan Lunsford came up big, scoring six of Suffield's goals; he was helped by Walter Kress (2), CIan Beaulieu (2), and Max Bass (1). Sasha Derby recorded six saves and Melvin Ku blacked two shots in the outing.