Pomfret wins the second Battle for Route 44.
After the girls varsity soccer game ended regular play in a tie, Pomfret and Millbrook Schools stood with bated breath on the sidelines as the penalty shootout began. While soccer games often end in ties — this game was different. It was Pomfret / Millbrook Day. The game was the final event in the day-long rivalry competition consisting of twelve contests. The Griffins needed one more win to secure the victory and return to the Hilltop with The William Peck / Edward Pulling Trophy.
On Millbrook's first penalty kick attempt, Goalie Layla Pini ’25 dove for the ball and made an outstanding save. The shots made by Paige Anderson ’24, Anna Davis ’24, Gracie Needham ’26, and Eva Guidone ’24 all ended with a swish of the net and an eruption of cheers from the Pomfret crowd. The Griffins were up four to three on the Mustang's final penalty kick. Layla made another fantastic dive and knocked away the shot and goal. The Pomfret crowd and the rest of the girls varsity soccer team flooded the field to celebrate the final win that sealed Pomfret’s back-to-back victory in the annual Pomfret / Millbrook rivalry.
Wins from the JV field hockey, boys JV soccer, girls JV soccer, JV volleyball, football, and varsity field hockey teams also contributed to the Pomfret / Millbrook Day victory. After the win on the girls varsity soccer field, our boys cross country team placed third at the NEPSTA Division III Cross Country Championships and added another point to Pomfret’s winning tally.
Pomfret Head of School Tim Richards met Millbrook Head of School Jon Downs at the center line. Downs collected the “Better Luck Next Time trophy” while sporting a Pomfret sweatshirt and hat. Richards once again graciously accepted the Winners Trophy, raising it above his head as the Pomfret crowd cheered. It was an exciting bus ride home — east on Route 44, back to the Hilltop — where students enjoyed a tasty, celebratory dinner and rang the victory bell.
The win was a thrilling end to the fall athletic season and a week of spirited activities organized by the Athletic Council. Leading up to Pomfret / Millbrook Day, Pomfret students dressed in Spirit Week attire, made banners, feasted at the Red and Black Dinner, and cheered at the prep rally. The entire School was a part of the win, with two busloads of fans who traveled to Millbrook to cheer on their fellow Griffins.
“I’m so proud of our students — both on and off the field — in our convincing victory over the Mustangs,” said Richards. “Whether they were participating in a game or being fantastic spectators, they carried themselves with dignity and class.”
A special thanks to Millbrook, who was a wonderful host and showed great sportsmanship. We cannot wait to welcome them back to the Hilltop next year for the third meeting of the Battle for Route 44.