In what was literally the last second of the game, the Highlanders finally got one past the Vermont Academy netminder to earn a well-deserved victory. Having carried play for much of the game, The Gunnery found itself knotted at zeros with an offensive zone draw with nine seconds to play. After Katie Porrello was waived out of the faceoff circle, Corinne Bolding stepped in and managed to win the draw over to Porrello on the far right hashmark. Porrello then made a deft backhand pass up to Savannah Popick at the top of the zone. The Wildcats were able to block Popick's initial attempt, but as the seconds ticked away, she regained control of the puck and was able to fire it through a sea of bodies. Finally, after 28 shots, the last one had found the back of visiting team's net just before time expired, sending the Linen faithful and Gunnery bench into a state of euphoria. The team is back in action this Saturday at perennial New England power, Williston Northampton School.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.