The Porter's Field Hockey team battled the Titans of Wilbraham and Monson in extremely hot temperatures on Saturday afternoon.
The Porter's team was the first to get on the scoreboard 17 minutes into the first half off a perfect penalty corner play that was set up by Mel Belenardo ('20) and finalized by senior Cricket Barnes ('19). W&M tied it up with a few minutes later off an amazing direct shot but Porter's continued fighting and ended the first half with a 2-1 lead after Merritt Hall ('20) tipped in a shot by Mel Belenardo ('20) with 6 minutes remaining. With 14 minutes left in the 2nd half, W&M was able to tip in a 2nd goal, which pushed the game into OT. In the 7v7 OT, sudden victory seemed to unfold for Porter's when Clare Porter ('19) swept in a shot off a pass from Mel Belenardo ('20). Unfortunately, a conflicting and baffling call by the official, who claimed the ball was not touched inside the circle, led to the goal being called off, and play resumed. Thankfully, Porter's was able to fend off an intense attack from the W&M team in the final minutes to secure the tie, however, it was a frustrating end to a hard-fought game.
Goalie Elizabeth Muller ('19) had 10 saves for Porters. Porter's dominated the game with 12 penalty corners and 23 shots on goal. Senior center back, McKenna Cutler ('19) and junior left midfielder Audrey McMillan ('20) came up huge with their defensive stops and solid passing throughout the game. Cricket Barnes ('19) and Sydney Cheng ('21) also put in sold efforts throughout the game!