Andover Struggles in 0-2 Week; Doherty ’11 Nets Two Goals

Mari Walsh ’11 slipped a smooth pass to Ann Doherty ’11 who sent a wrister from the point past the Cushing goalie to tie the score at two in the third period of Wednesday’s game. The team went on to lose the game 2-3. Andover started the game sluggishly against Cushing, as the team was outshot by the opposition 5-18. Goalie Sarah Schuchardt ’11, however, showed up with a stellar performance and kept the game tied at 0-0 through the first. Andover opened up the second period on the attack, as Ann Doherty ’11 made a great pass to Mari Walsh ’11, who scored on a top shelf shot to give Andover the lead. Cushing retaliated with a goal that barely squeaked by Schuchardt’s skates to tie the game at one. Cushing took the lead when a rebounded shot was tipped in late in the second period. After the second intermission, Andover took the ice and outplayed Cushing in the final period. Doherty’s goal tied the game at two, but Cushing scored the go-ahead goal with 10:45 left in the period. Mounting several attacks on Cushing, Andover came very close to scoring, but was unable to put the puck in the net. With time running out, Andover pulled Schuchardt from the net to gain an extra skater. Andover was unable to score, and lost the game 3-2. Catherine McLaughlin ’10 said, “Though we got off to a slow start, we hung with them and were able to put a few pucks in the net. This team can score; there’s no doubt about it. We just need to work hard and work together.” With a goal on Wednesday, Doherty brought herself to a two game goal streak, and Mari Walsh’s goal adds to the many she has had on the year. Schuchardt had another great game in net, turning aside thirty two shots. The previous Saturday, Andover took the ice against St. Marks, who came into the game 0-11-2 on the season. Andover overlooked this weak opponent, and ended up losing 2-1. Mari Walsh said, “We played sloppy. We didn’t connect on our plays, and we were skittish on the ice.” The only goal on the day came from Doherty, but this lone goal was not enough. Kellie Walsh ’11 said, “We have to use Wednesday’s loss to St. Marks as a motivator. We have played well over the last few weeks, and St. Marks was just a roadblock for the team. We are still confident in our ability, and will continue to play hard.” The team looks to get back on the winning track against Deerfield this Saturday at home.