Injuries and Illness Hit Andover; Team Goes 0-2-1 in Tournament

After narrowly missing the playoffs last year, Andover’s Girls Hockey team is determined to carry the confidence of last year’s Andover/Exeter win into the 2010 season. Unfortunately, Andover graduated stars Alissa Fromkin ’09, Lindsay Newman ’09, and Kaitlin McInnis ’09, and lost talented defenseman Jordan Hampton ’12. The biggest issue Andover will face this year is a lack of depth on the bench. Top offensive players Katie Riley ’10, Mari Walsh ’11, and Kellie Walsh ’11 will be crucial in the team’s offensive output this season, and defensive players Katherine Sherill ’10 and Ann Doherty ’11 will provide goalies Catherine McLaughlin ’10 and Sarah Schuchardt ’13 with solid protection. With many spots open, however, new players are needed to step up, and should expect a lot of ice time. Although Andover has lost many valuable players from last year’s team, the returners believe the new players will step up and play important roles in this year’s team. “We have a lot of new kids, but all of them are athletic, dedicated to the sport, and always give their best while on the ice,” said Kellie Walsh. The team started its season off on the right foot against BB&N, as the team pulled out a 1-0 win in a tough game. In its next game the team played to a 2-2 tie against NMH. This was a great start to the new season. As the season has progressed Andover has been plagued by injury and illness. Captains Avery Stone ’10 and Lauren Glynn ’10 are out because of injury, and many other players on the team have become ill. Glynn, after a breakout season last year, was expected to be one of the top forwards on the team, and Stone’s amazing speed on the ice is crucial to Andover’s success. As a result of these losses, Andover has been caught in a winless streak. Following the tie against NMH, Andover lost in disappointing fashion to Winchendon in a 1-0 loss. On a low note, Andover entered the Taft Tournament hoping to reverse its two game winless streak. After tying Hotchkiss in the tournament’s first game, Andover continued to struggle, as the team lost its next game to Lawrenceville 3-2. With tournament playoff hopes gone, a disappointed Andover team entered its next game against Choate, one of the best teams Andover will face all year. Despite a 2-1 loss, Andover played with energy throughout the whole game. Looking to build off its great play in the Choate game, the team was disappointed to learn its game against Brewster on Wednesday was cancelled. With an extra week for ill players to become healthy, Andover looks forward to a rematch against Choate next week.