Girls Hockey Beats NMH; Skaters Edge Nobles, 2-1

This was quite a week for the Girls Hockey team, as they demolished NMH by a margin of 13-0. The girls followed this victory with a close win against Nobles on Wednesday. During the first period, the Big Blue peppered Northfield’s goalie with twenty shots, while only allowing the Hoggers three. Four minutes into the period, PG Kelly Lannan’03 scored the Blue’s first goal of the game. Later in the period, Alix Warren’03 and Susannah Orzell ’03 notched goals of their own, giving the Blue a 3-0 lead over NMH. The second period saw three more goals for the Blue. Kate Leonard ’03 opened the scoring early in the period. Several minutes latter, Lannan scored her second goal of the game, followed shortly thereafter by a goal from Lower sensation Britney McKenna ’05. The Blue took complete control of the game in the final period, scoring seven goals and out shooting NMH 26-0. Within six seconds of each other, Leonard and Lannan scored short-handed goals, the first of their kind for the Big Blue this season, with Lannan’s completing her hat trick. McKenna scored another goal, followed by two from Lauren Seno ’05. Marissa Hudson ’04 snuck a goal of her own in between Seno’s pair. With forty-five seconds left to play in the game, Lindsay Moramarco’06 scored the Blue’s final goal of the game. Saturday’s 13-0 beating of NMH at the hands of the girl’s varsity hockey team was definitely a team effort, with eight different members of the team scored for the Blue and eleven notching assists. This past Wednesday, the Blue squared off against the number three ranked Nobles, on their home ice. Going into the game, the Blue was confident in their ability to take it the Bulldogs, but knew that they would have to fight hard to come up with a win. They also knew that beating Nobles would greatly increase their chances of obtaining a play-off berth, something the Blue has failed to earn in recent history. The Blue came out for the first period with a burst of energy. While Nobles managed to out shoot Andover 13-6, the Big Blue had some phenomenal chances. It was clear that the Blue wanted this game and was willing to go as hard as they could to capture it. The score at the end of the first was tied at 0-0, and the Blue was looking for blood. Nobles was quick to score in the beginning of the second period. Instead of hanging their heads, the Blue scored less than twenty seconds latter. Melissa Tetreau ’06 fired one of her trademark shots on net, but the Nobles goalie was there for the save. McKenna picked up the rebound and passed it to Leonard who put the puck in the net. Going into the third period, it was clear that the game would come down to who wanted it more. Less than two minutes into the period, the Blue showed just how badly they wanted it when Moramarco found the net yet again. Both teams played strong until the end of the game, but the Blue’s defense was too much for Nobles to handle and in the end the Blue came out on top. In what was probably one of the biggest games of the season thus far, the Big Blue demonstrated incredible heart.