HARVARD — On Friday, it was senior day for the Lady Trojans’ field hockey team when it faced Littleton on a brisk, windy afternoon. Bromfield fell to Littleton, 4-1, as Sarah Lizzotte and Bridget Schofield each netted two goals.
Bromfield has already secured its berth in the post-season with its record of 8-5-1. Friday’s game might not be the last one for the Lady Trojans’ seniors, as it still has the possibility to host at least one playoff game.
“I played all my seniors, and I have 10 of them,” Bromfield head coach Sue Silver said. “I am not upset with today’s game. We stepped it up a little bit. We have been playing really flat lately. I told the kids that I was pleased with the intensity.”
Littleton controlled the ball for the first three minutes of the match.
The Lady Tigers had a quality chance on goal with 21:00 remaining in the first half, when Schofield chipped a shot in from outside the semi-circle, but Bromfield goalkeeper Emily Hadorn was able to boot the ball out of danger.
Eight minutes later, Bromfield’s Colby Newsham unleashed a shot from the left hash, but it was steered away by Littleton goalkeeper Liz Porell.
The Lady Tigers broke the stalemate just seconds later, when Lizzotte beat Hadorn right side. Lizzotte blasted the ball from the right side of the net, and it wrapped the left corner of the goal box to make it 1-0 in favor of Littleton.
Bromfield had a chance with 16:00 remaining, when Newsham slapped a shot from deep-range, but Porell was able to make the kick-save.
The Lady Trojans kept pressing forward, but they saw their attacks fizzle due to consistent pressure by the Littleton defense.
Five minutes later, Littleton wrapped home its second goal of the match. This time it was Schofield who was on the receiving end of a give-and-go pass from Lizzotte. Schofield turned the blade of her stick toward the turf and pushed the ball past Hadorn, right side, to extend the Lady Tigers’ lead to 2-0.
Newsham had a goal waived off late in the first half, as it rattled around the goal box and came out. The goal was disallowed because it never breached the goal line.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the second half, Bromfield turned up its offensive intensity. But not before two consecutive goals by Lizzotte and Schofield extended the Lady Tigers’ lead to 4-0 with 14:30 remaining in the match.
Bromfield got one goal back with under a minute left, when senior captain Gabby Doben cashed in. Doben had been pushing for a chance at net all afternoon, but she was always met by the stingy defense of Littleton.
Her persistence paid off; however, it would not help her team mount a comeback as it came too late. Doben took the shot from the dashed line on the right side, and it elevated off the turf and snuck in the left side, to round out the scoring.
“Going into districts, I think we are ready,” Silver said. “We just have to play with intensity. We need to not be flat. I feel like I have an A-team and a C-team, my A-team has to come.”
With the win, Littleton clinches a share of the Mid-Wach C Title with Narragansett.