From an afternoon of nine hard-fought athletic contests at CA on Saturday, October 20, Concord Academy emerged victorious, holding on to the Chandler Bowl for the third year in a row.
CA got off to a slow start as Pingree won the first three games of the day, which were played at the Moriarty Athletic Complex. But CA teams quickly rallied back with three subsequent consecutive wins. Boys varsity cross-country posted the first win of the day, with girls JV volleyball following suit soon after. The girls cross-country team’s victory by a razor-thin margin knotted the overall tally at 3–3, and all eyes turned back to the JV soccer games to be played back at Moriarty.
Boys JV soccer struck quickly with an early goal and cruised to a 4–0 victory. Girls JV soccer rallied back from a 0–1 halftime deficit to take a 2–1 lead in the second half. Pingree scored a late goal, resulting in a 2–2 tie as the final buzzer sounded. The action then switched back to main campus for the ninth game of the day. In front of a fired-up CA crowd, girls varsity volleyball was just barely edged out of a victory in an exciting and hotly contested five-game match.
After five hours of competition across nine games, the final tally on the day stood at four wins for each school and one tie. The Chandler Bowl tiebreaker rule dictates that the school defending the bowl retains it unless the opposing team wins it back outright. Thus the bowl will stay in Concord for another year! Special thanks from the Athletics Department to the many folks who supported this campus-wide event. It was a day full of great community spirit!