Classy Lady Pats Make History with a Tie Against Winthrop

Samantha Woodman, Staff Writer

There was 18 seconds remaining when the Lady Pats spiked the ball and the game ended in a tie score of 20-20. Winthrop began to cheer as Revere ran back to the sideline hoping for overtime. When the Lady Pats learned that they would not be playing  overtime, they lined up and shook hands with the Winthrop players. Revere Coach Bob Lospennato, a Revere alum and former athletic director, gave Winthrop the trophy as a sign of respect at the end of the game due to the tie.

The preparation for last Saturday’s game began in late October when sixty girls entered Ms. Erin Cronin’s room early one morning for sign ups. Her doors were open for anyone willing to commit to the demanding experience of powderpuff preparation. The rigor of playing this sport didn’t start when the girls had their first practice; it began right in that classroom when Coach Bob Lospennato demanded that each girl drop and do push-ups. With the class of 2016 winning 40-0, the pressure was on.

dsc_0176On Saturday, November 19, the girls took the field for an epic battle against their rivals, the Vikings. Revere started out slow and was unable to connect defensively to stop Winthrop’s offense and connect offensively to score. The half ended 20-6 Winthrop. In the second half, the Lady Pats made an astonishing comeback tying Winthrop 20-20 at the conclusion of the game. This historic tie will go down in the books for generations to come and will be another example of Revere playing with heart and class.

Despite the tie, the girls still feel close as a team and are very proud of how they played. Captain Elizabeth Lake, a quarterback, says “Our biggest success was staying strong the entire game and not giving up.” Her words are a true testament to how much heart Revere has to come back from a lead of 14 and tie the game. Rhea Colecchia, a safety, says “no words can describe how proud I am to be apart of this team.” These are memories that will live on for the rest of these girls lives, and as a city, Revere should be proud of the resilience of these powderpuff girls for giving it their all.