Fall Sports, Field Hockey, Sports

Field Hockey Enters Season with Potential and Confidence

After clinching the 2015 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (Nepsac) Championship last season, Andover Field Hockey looks to defend its title with a successful 2016 season.

Andover’s dominant 2015 playoff run was propelled by Senior stars such as Post-Graduate (PG) goalie Livy Golini ’16 and Captain Kelly McCarthy ’16. To fill the gaps left by these graduated Seniors, Andover has brought in a talented group of newcomers.

Goalies Olivia Keefe ’17 and newcomer Alexa Matses ’18  displayed their skill in a 1-1 tie against Rivers School in a scrimmage last Saturday.

“[Matses and Keefe] both stepped into goal not having played before and everyone’s really grateful for that. They both saw a lot of shots, both made really good saves, [and they’re] really [on their way toward] becoming our power players,” said midfielder Emily Batchelor ’19.

In the midfield, new Lower Kelly McCarthy ’19 is an up-and-coming powerful addition to the roster despite never playing field hockey before.

At the helm of the team’s leadership is Captain Beth Krikorian ’17. An experienced center-midfielder as well as a confident leader, she will play an essential role leading Andover to another successful season.

“[Krikorian] dominates [the field] and sets up [good] passes for everyone [as well as scoring] for herself,” said defender Jackie McCarthy ’19.

Like last year’s field hockey team, the athletes look to end the season with another near-perfect record. However, the coaches and the players are focusing on each individual game and not on the past.

Batchelor said, “When I was a freshman, the team before us had not lost a game. We went into the season, fresh start, didn’t think about the team [before us], and that really helped with our success. I think this year, it’s [still] important for us to focus on what’s ahead, not the past.”

Coming off of a 2-0 win over St. Mark’s, Andover enters its third game of the season against Thayer Academy with a 1-0-1 record.

Sep 16, 2016