Girls Hockey, Sports, Winter Sports

Athlete of the Week: Jenn Davis ’16

Jenn Davis ’16 played a crucial role in Andover’s offense in the team’s victory over Governor’s this past Friday, scoring a hat trick in the blowout 5-0 victory. Davis scored her first two goals off of rebounds to give Andover an early lead. At the end of the game, Davis netted her third goal as the puck ricocheted off of the goalie to bring the team’s goal total to five.

Davis has been on the team since her Junior year, and she helps motivate and buoy the entire team.
Head Coach Martha Fenton said, “She has worked very hard in the off-seasons to develop her skills, and she has earned a spot as one of our top forwards this year.”

Coach Fenton added, “As one of five seniors on the team this year, Jenn leads by example. She is not a vocal player on the ice or in the locker room, but she sets the tone with her work ethic and her obvious love of the game. Jenn is serious about the game of hockey, but she also loves to have fun while playing, which rubs off on all of the girls around her.”

Davis’s constant drive and strong scoring skills have earned her the title of Athlete of the Week.

How did you begin playing hockey? How did you get to play at such a competitive level?

I first started playing hockey when I was five-years-old. My older brothers started playing roller hockey and then eventually transitioned to ice hockey and, after going to their practices and games all the time as a kid, I wanted to play, too. After starting my hockey career playing mostly on all-boys teams and a few all-girls teams back in Ohio, I came to the East Coast, and I’ve been exposed to a whole new higher level of play. [The] transition from boys hockey to girls hockey was a major struggle for me when I first came to [Andover].

What was it like to score a hat trick in last Friday’s game?

We’ve had a great past couple of games, and we really dominated the game against [Governor’s] this past Friday. We played smart and as a whole team. I was able to put in three goals toward our 5-0 win. Two of the goals were off rebounds that I backhanded in and the other goal I scored by deflecting it off of the goalie and into the net. Scoring is always fun, but it’s just great to help contribute and help your team towards a win.

What’s your favorite thing about hockey at Andover?

One of my favorite things about my [Andover] hockey experience over the past four years is being able to see the team grow. My [Junior year] we struggled a bit and ended the season with one win. Comparing that year to this year just shows how much the team has grown. We have gone from having one win that season to only one loss this season. This year, we have a great team dynamic and a whole team with a plethora of great players.
What is your biggest strength as a player?

I feel like one of my biggest strengths as a player is that I always fight as hard as I can for the puck. Growing up playing boys hockey, I feel like I have been able to use some of that physical play in girls hockey to fight for the puck. I have grown a ton as a player since last season, but there is definitely still so much I can do on and off the ice to get better. Now that I’m a Senior, I feel like it’s time to give it all I have in the last games of the season.

What are you continuing to work on throughout the rest of the season?

Unlike other years, this year we started off the season strong and we have really pushed ourselves to pull off many big wins. We plan to end the season just as strong as we started. As a team, we struggled a bit in the middle of the season to play to our full potential. We did suffer our first loss of the season to [Phillips Exeter Academy] a few weeks ago, but since then we have really stepped up the intensity and we have been really coming together as a team. We are definitely going to make up for that loss during Andover/Exeter. The goal for the rest of the season is bring home a [New England Preparatory School Athletic Council] (Nepsac) championship.

Feb 19, 2016