Andover Offense Explodes For Seven Goals Against Pingree

Andover Field Hockey dominated in Monday’s game against Pingree, earning a seven-point win in its last home game of the regular season. Pingree came into the game with a respectable 7-4-2 record. Andover anticipated a close matchup. “We weren’t expecting to dominate the game. Pingree had a pretty good record, so we were coming into the game full force ready for a great competition,” said Goalie Shannon McSweeney ’11. Andover took the field after an intense warm up, ready to battle until the final whistle. “We started the game very strong and had some great passing sequences, and the game only got better as it progressed,” said McSweeney. Andover won by the largest margin so far this season. Solid passing consistently brought Andover to Pingree’s side of the field, setting the stage for midfielder Summer Washburn ’11 to net three goals, forward Katie Riley ’11 to score twice, Kellie Walsh ’11 to score once, and forward Colleen Flanagan ’10 to finish the game with a searing shot past the Pingree defenders for a seventh and final goal. The diverse list of scorers reflects Andover’s incredible depth, chemistry, and teamwork that the team has accomplished throughout the season. “We could tell that it was going to be a good game for our team,” said Captain Kyleigh Keating ’10. “Everyone worked together to pull through.” Looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Exeter, Andover plans to use this same energy to pull through with yet another big win. The past two years, Andover has fallen to Exeter in close games; this year, Andover hopes to break its rival’s winning streak. “We just need to keep playing like we have been,” said McSweeney. “We have improved tremendously since the beginning, so we just need to continue on that path.” With a record of 7-6-1, Exeter should be less of a threat than in previous years. However, with a rivalry as passionate and competitive as Andover/Exeter, the game will come down to who shows the most effort and determination. “You never know who will win because each team comes out to lay it out on the line,” said McSweeney. “With a game like this, it’s impossible to predict the outcome- both teams want it so badly.” According to Keating, the team will spend the next few days mentally preparing for Andover/Exeter. “We don’t have a game until Exeter, so the whole week is the buildup to that game. We want to be a little bit better than last year; we are looking for a great game and a big win!” said Keating.