Early Goal from Katie Riley ’10 Sparks Andover Offense

Two minutes and 39 seconds into the first period, Katie Riley ’10 weaved through the Taft defense on a breakaway and snapped a shot past the opposing goalie. Riley’s goal gave Andover an early lead, and the team cruised to a 5-3 win. After Riley’s early goal, air-tight defense preserved Andover’s lead late into the first. But with only 1:19 left in the period, Taft managed to squeak a goal past Schuchardt in net, tying the score. A minute and a half into the second period, Delaney Burke ’11 netted a goal off a pass from Mari Walsh ’11. Three minutes later, Walsh received a pass from Ann Doherty ’11 and sniped a goal past a stunned Taft goalie. Only five minutes into the second period, Andover was up 3-1. Taft slipped the puck Schuchardt to start the third period, closing to one goal from Andover’s lead . With less than two minutes left in the period, Taft pulled its goalie for an extra skater, and Andover faced an offensive attack of six Taft players. Despite the five on six disadvantage, with 46 seconds left, Riley made a great pass to Kellie Walsh ’11 who scored on an emptynet and clinched the game for Andover. Schuchardt saved fifteen of seventeen shots, boosting her save percentage to 88.3%. Walsh and Riley each fired six shots on goal, while Co-Captain Lauren Glynn ’10 and Katherine Sherrill ’10 each added three of their own. With forward Greer MacBeth ’12 out due to injury, Emily Jia ’11 and Cara Daly ’13 stepped up to fill her spot on the Andover front line. Co-Captain Avery Stone ’10 came back from an injury Saturday that had caused her to miss most of the season. The game against Taft was the first to be played between the two schools at the Harvard ice rink. This game against Taft will continue annually. “It was so exciting getting the chance to play in the Harvard ice rink, and the team really stepped up and played hard to earn the win. Plus, not many high school teams get the chance to play there, and by playing there and winning we made history,” said Sarah Schuchardt ’11.