Trailing Loomis Chaffee 10-9 in the final minute of regulation during the last home game of her Andover career under the lights, Captain Caroline Garrity ’15 once again came through for Andover, scoring a desperately-needed goal with just seconds on the clock. The equalizer brought the score to 10-10 and forced overtime. The game ended in an 11-11 tie after two overtime periods.
Andover seized a 4-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game, as Loomis had difficulty gaining possession of the ball and even greater difficulty getting out of its defensive zone. As the first half progressed, Loomis picked up its pace, netting five goals to bring the halftime score to 7-5 Andover.
Beth Krikorian ’17, Eliza Quigley ’15 and Hannah Burns ’15 each tallied two goals. Burns and Garrity each had an assist, and Garrity ended up scoring five goals in total.
Krikorian said, “We had a good amount of eight meter shots. It wasn’t so much assisted goals as much as we had a lot of great drives on net.”
Andover won 14 draws in the game, a season high for the team, which proved crucial to maintaining momentum. Garrity won nine of the 14 draws – her second best draw performance of the season.
On Wednesday, Andover fell to Thayer 8-7.
Andover limited Thayer to 13 shots on net but could not muster offensive momentum on the other end. It had not allowed so few shots on net since its third game of the season against Pingree.
Cassie Chin ’17 said, “We didn’t let them get too much momentum, so they didn’t have a chance to stick together a lot of consecutive goals.”
Goalie Emma Kelley ’17 said, “Early on in the season, a lot of the shots were right on the crease. I think with practice we’ve gotten better at defense, especially with transitioning. We are guarding cutters much better, and the defense is pushing the shots to bad angles.”
Quigley had her fifth hat trick of the season in addition to an assist.
Andover holds a record of 2-8-2 going into the last two games of its season, which includes a showdown against rival Phillips Exeter Academy.
Andover does not have a game over the weekend, so it will have an entire week to prepare for its penultimate game of the season – an away game against Brooks.