The Bromfield girls lacrosse team defeated Hopkinton 17–14 at home Thursday, May 10, bringing its record to six wins and four losses. Senior captain Chandler Farley and junior Courtney Route both hit milestones with 100 career points during the game.
Bromfield needed time at the start of the game to find its rhythm. Hopkinton opened with three quick goals, scoring while Bromfield was still scrambling to coordinate its defense. Bromfield called a timeout and returned ready to play, with Route getting Bromfield’s first goal of the game off two Hopkinton fouls.
Junior Courtney Route challenges her opponents, shooting over their heads for a goal. (Photos by Lisa Aciukewicz)
Route returned again to the goal after a strong Bromfield possession on the draw. Bromfield passed into the Hopkinton goalie’s net but recovered the ball, and Route circled behind the net to score again. Bromfield followed this with three more quick goals from freshman Isabelle Planchet, eighth-grader Bella Kehoe, and Route again.
Hopkinton rejoined the battle, and the two teams began to trade shots. At first, Hopkinton began to edge ahead, regaining draw control and sprinting to the net for two goals, but Bromfield won the next draw. The Trojans circled Hopkinton’s net, looking for a break in the defense, before charging and nearly scoring before the Hopkinton goalie sent the ball back up the field. But before Hopkinton had a chance to score, the Bromfield defense saved the ball and sent it back down the field, allowing Kehoe to score again. Bromfield was now ahead 8–6.
After this goal, Hopkinton players remained in a huddle by their net before returning to their positions. Although the Hopkinton girls won the next draw, the first half ended before they could do anything with it.
Hopkinton returned to the field after halftime with more spirit than before, scoring four goals in quick succession, executing new plays and forcing senior Emily Podgorni, Bromfield’s goalie and captain, to jump for each of their high shots. Bromfield called its second timeout to recover from this, and effectively did, with junior Brianna Carlisle and freshman Izzy Katter scoring three goals in two minutes, bringing the score to 13–10.
Senior captain Chandler Farley keeps her eye on the goal in Bromfield’s 15–3 win against Grafton, May 14.
Now able to relax, Bromfield switched to a calmer offense. For one goal, the Trojans settled around the net before yelling and charging the net together, leading to a goal from Farley. For the next, Bromfield attempted to run the play again before Planchet was felled by a Hopkinton player, leading to the Hopkinton player being taken out of the game on a yellow card. When play resumed, eighth-grader Olivia Kehoe scored.
Bromfield’s momentum continued until the score was 17–11 with four minutes on the clock. But after a Bromfield player received a yellow card, Hopkinton scored.
“This game isn’t over, Green!” Hopkinton fans cheered from the stone wall. Hopkinton followed this up with two more goals. Now with just two minutes on the clock and the score 17–13, Hopkinton called a timeout. The visitors managed one more goal after that with a strong draw possession, but Bromfield was determined to finish the game with a win. The Trojans won the next draw and took the ball up the field before ducking out of shooting. Bromfield passed the ball around the field for the last minute of play.
Farley and Route both scored their 100th career point in the game. Farley had two goals and one assist, and Route had four goals and one assist.
“I’m super proud,” Coach Dave Planchet said after the game. “We just came through a tough stretch of tough teams with Shrewsbury and Minnechaug and Algonquin and finishing with these guys. We were 3 and 1 on that stretch so I’m extremely proud of these guys. These guys [Hopkinton] are a great team. They play in the Tri-Valley League and fight game after game after game. To get a win against Hopkinton is pretty special.
“We’re doing well so far,” Coach Planchet added. “We’ve got a young group, and with a young group you hope they come together as the season progresses, and I think they’re doing that.” As if to prove his point, the team trounced Grafton on Monday, May 14, 15–3.
Bromfield will play Manchester Essex at home Saturday, May 19; Groton-Dunstable at home, Monday, May 21; Shrewsbury, away, Wednesday, May 23; and Oakmont, away, Friday, May 25.
Kate Selig is a Bromfield junior.