During the third period against Governor’s, Jenn Davis ’16 slapped the puck towards the goal. Although the puck was initially saved by the goalie, Davis gained possession of the rebound and slid it into the net to score her third goal in Andover Girls Hockey’s 5-0 win over Governor’s this past Friday. On Wednesday, Andover fell to Noble and Greenough (Nobles) by a score of 4-1 to bring its overall record to 14-2-5.
Andover’s offense was strong against Governor’s, accumulating many shots on net and keeping the opposing team’s defense uneasy.
Forward Charlotte Welch ’18 said, “We have gotten a lot of shots on net, which is good. And we have been trying to go for the rebound more and get low shots, which has benefitted our offense very much. We kept a person high in our zone to prevent the other team from breaking out the puck, so we had possession more.”
Aside from Davis’s hattrick, Elizabeth Welch ’18 and Post-Graduate Jacqueline Diffley ’16 also contributed to the offensive lineup, as Elizabeth Welch and Diffley both netted one goal.
Elizabeth Welch said, “We did a good job capitalizing on [Governor’s] mistakes to put pucks in the net.”
In its next game, the team suffered its second loss of the season in a 4-1 game against Nobles. Although Andover fought hard throughout the game, it struggled to neutralize its opponent on the offensive end.
Emily Batchelor ’19 said, “I think our strengths were we didn’t let up after they started scoring; we played to our full potential even through the last whistle of the game. Also, we were keeping our feet moving as well as defending the neutral zone and their regroup passes. A challenge Nobles posed was their speed. Everyone on their team was so quick, but we used our own speed to do our best to shut it down.”
Although the team gave itself many scoring opportunities, its shots simply couldn’t find the net.
Brooke Keough ’19 said, “We played a very fast game, and we were able to get a lot of scoring opportunities.”
“However, we struggled to put the puck in the net. Also, we had several two- or even three-on-ones which was tough. Nobles wasn’t that special, but they did play very fast and had highly skilled players,” continued Keough.
Andover will look to rebound from its loss against Milton at home this Friday.