Country Day had revenge on its mind when Covenant Day came to play on Oct. 4, but three first-half Ethan Lewis goals led the Lions to a 3-2 win.
The loss was Country Day’s second in CISAA play — they also lost 2-0 to the Lions in mid-September — and just the Bucs second loss in their past nine matches.
But it also seemed to get Country Day’s attention.
After playing Providence Day to a scoreless first half, Walker Gillespie and the Bucs caught
Providence Day’s John Morris Byrne opened the scoring in the 59th minute, but Gillespie added his first goal five minutes later off an assist from Johnny Bingham.
In the 76th minute, Gillespie added a second goal off an assist from Stokes Yarbrough and completed the hat trick two minutes later on an unassisted strike.
Johnny Bingham scored the final tally in the 78th minute off an assist from Peter Mazeine to improve the Bucs to 11-5 overall and 6-2 in league play while the Chargers (7-7, 3-5) fell.
On Oct. 10, the Bucs got big games again from Gillespie and Bingham to rout Charlotte Christian, 6-1.
Bingham had a huge first half, scoring in the 15th and 37th minutes off assists from Dunn Murphy and Mazeine.
Bingham continued his hot hand to open the second half, adding goals in the 44th minute, off an assist from Mazeine, and in the 48th minute on an assist from Yarborough.
Gillespie sandwiched a pair of strikes around Jesse Keteyi’s goal for the Knights, and the Bucs won 6-1 to get to 12-5 while Christian fell to 5-11-1.
Country Day was scheduled to close the regular season at Cannon (8-7) on Oct. 12.
The Bucs, who have been to at least the semifinals of the NCISAA tournament each season since 2013, lost 4-1 in last year’s semifinals to eventual state champion Wesleyan Christian.