In Showdown, Explosive Offense and Tough Defense Overpower Exeter Girls Hockey, 2-0

“The win against Exeter was the perfect culmination of the season. We played as a cohesive unit, giving all of our hearts. It was the perfect end to the season,” said Jamie Harisiades ’08. Andover channeled the nervous energy of playing its season finale into crisp, determined play in a resounding defeat its rival by the score 2-0. Andover’s ferocious efforts paid off when, late in the first period, Kaitlyn McInnis ’09 beat an Exeter player low in an offensive corner to open up a passing lane for Harisiades, who crashed the net. Harisiades managed to take a quick snap shot, and the puck found the back of the net to make the score 1–0. The team’s solid defense preserved its lead in the second period. Led by Co-Captains Kate Foley ’08 and Stephanie Clegg ’08, the squad maintained its shape and coverage down low, playing physical defense against Exeter’s forwards in Andover’s zone. Andover’s offense matched its ardent defense. After breaking the puck out the zone with a pass from Kellie Walsh ’11, Lindsay Newman ’09 skated the puck to mid-ice, and as Exeter defenders continued to back up, she wound up and took a slap shot just across the blue line to make the score 2–0. Alissa Fromkin ’09 played a strong game in goal, earning the shutout for Andover. Giving up very few rebounds and positioning herself well between the pipes, Fromkin stopped everything that came at her and kept Exeter off the board. Exeter’s squad came into the game boasting a 2 – 0 win over Andover from earlier in the season. The opposition had many opportunities to score, and it tested Andover’s strength throughout the game. Late in the third period, Exeter missed on an open net, and if it had been able to capitalize on other opportunities, the game may have ended in a tie or in an overtime fight for the win. Every player played with her heart and fed off of each other’s hard work and energy to get the win. Andover played with poise as it broke the puck out of the zone creating plays and work off one another’s movement and play to win the game. The team fed off the intensity of Andover/ Exeter to sustain its desire for a win. After losing six seniors last year, the team had trouble scoring throughout the season, and finished with a record of 6-10-2.