Field Hockey Shines in All Aspects of the Game; Cushing and Choate Are No Competition for Andover

The Andover Varsity Field Hockey team beat Cushing and Choate decisively with scores of 4-1 and 4-0, respectively. On Saturday, Andover played a spectacular game and dominated Cushing. From the beginning, Andover’s superior skills were obvious. Less than five minutes into the game, Co-Captain Jevan Jammal ’06 scored Andover’s first goal assisted by Ali Zindman ’07. Maintaining almost exclusive possession of the ball, Andover took control of the half. Despite its strong command, the offense was unable to score again. Time ran out in the first half with Andover leading 1-0. In the beginning of the second half, Andover had a brief lapse of control and Cushing scored a few minutes into the second half to tie the score at 1-1. After that moment, Andover really stepped up to the plate, intensifying its efforts on both sides of the field. The midfield dominated in both games, led by Co-Captain Megan Montecalvo ’06. Alyssa Hill ’06 led the defense, pressuring the Cushing offense into withdrawal. The midfield, headed by Co-Captain Montecalvo, powered the ball down the field. The offense especially bettered its play, passing extremely well and capitalizing on all of Cushing’s mistakes. Lindsay Moramarco ’06 reignited the offensive flame when she scored Andover’s second goal of the game with 18 minutes remaining. Her goal was quickly followed by two more goals, both by Whitney Annicelli ’06 (one assisted by Carolyn Pollard ’07 and the other by Moramarco). The team held out through the last few minutes of regulation, and the game ended with Andover victorious 4-1. The win was due much in part to great play by goaltender Ale Moss ’07. Wednesday’s game against Choate was the last home game for the seniors. The first half was relatively frustrating because of a combination of some questionable calls by the referees and some barely missed shots. Andover persisted and scored late in the half. On the other end of the field, the defense took many chances away from Choate opponents. Hill played especially well for the defense, as did Annie Boylan ’07, both aggressively pursuing the ball. The second half began with an upswing, with Zindman scoring her first goal of the game only a few minutes in. Midway through the second half, Zindman came through for Andover again, scoring another goal and upping the score to 3-0. A few minutes later, Annicelli scored Andover’s fourth goal, making the score 4-0. Andover kept up the great work and dominated Choate to the finish.