St. Mark’s won the NEPSAC Class B field hockey championship, 1-0, in double overtime against rival Brooks on Sunday in Windsor, Conn. It was the Lions’ first Class B title since 1997.
The tight defensive game lasted until early into the second overtime. A corner eventually found its way to junior Sophia Millerick, and then the back of the net.
“I had a feeling last season that this year could be our year,” said coach Jodi Dolan, whose team finished 14-2 and was ISL co-champs. “This is an extremely talented team, we had every component needed to win, we knew we could do it.”
The Lions got it done Sunday and the entire season with strong defensive play and terrific performances from senior goalie Paige Duffy, who had eight saves in the final. The Lions had eight shutouts on the year, allowing only 13 goals in 16 games.
“She’s a very strong goalie, and has been for the three years she has started here,” Dolan said.
The Lions also happen to be strong offensively, scoring more than 40 goals. Alexa Mackintire, who led the team in goals, was named tournament MVP.
“The other players use her as a role model, she inspires them,” said Dolan. “They see the way she’s able to control the game, and they work to improve their own skill.”
Mackintire is a member of the Under-19 national team and has committed to Duke.
Berkshire 2, Phillips Exeter 0 — Zeiko Lewis, an NSCAA All-American, scored twice to give Berkshire (19-0-1) the Class A title. He was assisted by Jack Harrison on the first goal and by Tanner Tomasi on the second.
Roxbury Latin 0, Rivers 0 — Defense was the name of the game as the teams played to a scoreless tie, giving both Rivers and Roxbury Latin a share of the NEPSAC Class B title.
Brooks 1, Nobles 0 — Senior Sarah Bresette scored in overtime to claim the Class A title. Goalkeeper Amelia Hulshult earned the shutout for Brooks (18-2-1).
Governor’s Academy 1, Rivers 0 — Kendall Ham scored with one minute remaining in double overtime as the Govs captured the Class B final.
Southfield 3, Montrose 0 — Southfield won its third straight Class D title.