PA Field Hockey Rolls to Victories

The Andover Girls Varsity Field Hockey Team beat Choate 2-1 on Saturday and shutdown B.B.&N. 3-0 on Wednesday. This past Saturday, the Lady Blue traveled to Connecticut and took on the 3-3 Choate Wild Boars looking to continue their winning ways and extend a two-game winning streak. Andover came out very strong and put a huge amount of pressure on the Choate defense with nine offensive corners. Unable to capitalize on several great scoring opportunities, the score remained deadlocked at 0-0. Finally the offense broke through with 10 minutes left in the first half on a goal by Jamie Harisiades ’08, her first goal as a member of the Lady Blue. Continuing to pressure the Choate defense, Carolyn Pollard ’07 scored with five minutes remaining in the half, and took a 2-0 lead into half time. After halftime, Choate came out very strong, and took control of the game, but thanks to a relentless PA defense, they only managed a single goal. The defense was led by goalie Ale Moss ’07, who registered 10 saves in net, and the great play of Lindsay Moramarco ’06. On Wednesday, the Lady Blue traveled to Cambridge and took on BB&N, extending their wining streak to three. The game got off to a slow start, but 10 minutes into the game, the Lady Blue took an early 1-0 lead on a impressive goal by Pollard, assisted by Alexandra Zindman, who passed the ball to Pollard in front of the net, who slammed it home right between the goalie’s legs. Right before the half ended, Arielle Filiberti ’07 slammed one home giving the Lady Blue a 2-0 lead. The Andover defense dominated the first half, allowing no shots on goal. In the second half, the BB&N offense finally managed to make their presence felt, and had several scoring opportunities. Nevertheless, goalie Moss ‘made several outstanding saves in net to preserve the shutout, totaling five saves for the game. Then, to cap the scoring and seal the deal for the Lady Blue, Britney VanValkenburg ’08 netted her second goal of the season. Once again, the Lady Blue defense played well all game thanks to the outstanding performances of Carolyn Moore ’07, Moramarco, and Jevan Jammal ’06. The three Lady Blue players were relentless, overpowering the BB&N offense. This win was an accomplishment for the Lady Blue, who dominated in all facets of the game, and managed to extend their winning streak to four games, and run their record to 5-1.