Andover Shots Not Enough to Buy a Goal

Andover Girls Hockey finished out a disappointing 2-21 season with a 5-0 loss to rival Exeter during Andover/Exeter last Saturday. The team lost 8-1 to Exeter earlier in the season, and Andover’s season concluded with a 17 game losing streak.” Exeter outshot Andover 10-5 in the first period but only entered the second period with a one goal lead. In the second period, Andover rebounded and outshot Exeter but was unable to score. Exeter was only able to score twice despite having only nine shot attempts, bringing the score to 3-0 at the end of the second. Staying strong and pushing through offensively, Andover had 22 shots in the third period alone, most of which came from forward Garrity and defenseman Eliza Quigley ’15. Andover, however, was not able to score on any of its 22 attempts. Exeter had 10 shots on goal in the period but still managed to score two more goals. “When it came down to it, they scored and we didn’t,” said Julia Marcus ’15. “We had a ton of shots on them, but we just couldn’t finish.” Although Andover was shut out in the game, the team outshot Exeter by 10 attempts. The team feels its final game was a big improvement from its game against Exeter earlier in the season, although the score did not reflect that improvement. “We played for everything in that game,” said Amy Morin ’14. “We played for Cara [Daly ’13], our one Senior who we’ll miss so much next year. We played for our coaches, and we played to show our improvements over the whole season.” “Our season definitely improved a lot and hopefully we’ll break through next year. This year was definitely a transitioning year, especially since we only had one Senior,” said Quigley. “Our whole team was really young, and we should have a more experienced team next year.” Andover is very hopeful for next year’s season. The extremely young team, consisting of only five upperclassmen, gained lots of experience this season and worked on building team chemistry. This season’s experience and bonding will give Andover an upper hand on its competition next season. “We only have one graduating Senior, Cara Daly, whose leadership we’ll miss a lot,” said Garrity. “We’ll have great leadership and confidence going into next year when we’ll have four Seniors.”