Injury Pours Salt on Andover’s Wound

Andover Girls Hockey lost key offender Sarah Marcotte ’13 to injury in the third period of last Saturday’s game against New Hampton and ultimately lost the game 4-0.

Eight minutes into the third period, Marcotte fell and collided shoulder-first with the boards and remained down for a long period of time before getting carried on a stretcher off the ice. Marcotte broke her clavicle and tore her shoulder muscle during the incident.

Sara Merker ’15 said, “The whole team was frightened because she [Marcotte] wasn’t moving too much after she fell, and a lot of us had heard her saying it was her shoulder and her neck.”

At the time of Marcotte’s injury, Andover was in down in a 3-0 hole. New Hampton then struck again, making its lead 4-0 and putting the game out of reach.

Despite the shutout, the game looked favorable for Andover during the first period. The team dominated the majority of the play and kept the puck in the New Hampton zone for extended periods of time.

However, New Hampton elevated its level of play and drew first blood with just 30 seconds remaining in the first period. A New Hampton player chipped the puck in the air while another crashed the net to bat the puck past goalkeeper and Co-Captain Corinne Rivard ’12 to take a one-point lead.

The second period started off with fast-paced, back-and-forth hockey. New Hampton struck again at the seven-minute mark on a short-side snipe over Rivard’s glove hand and put New Hampton up 2-0.

Shortly after, New Hampton tallied another goal. A New Hampton player skated down the ice one-on-one with an Andover defender. Using the defender as a screen, the New Hampton player shot the puck through the defender’s legs and the shot went five-hole on Rivard.

The loss made it Andover’s ninth straight and the fourth time Andover has been shut out in the past five games.

Andover looks to break its losing streak next Wednesday in its upcoming game against Noble & Greenough School.