Elizabeth Kemp ’15 took a pass from Captain Renée LaMarche ’14 and proceeded to fire a straight shot through the Exeter goalie’s five hole, Andover Girls Hockey’s lone goal this past Wednesday in its 1-1 tie at Exeter.
The game was offensively fueled, but neither team could find the back of the net, despite a combined total of 75 shots.
“We played really well the entire game. We got a lot of shots on goal and worked well together, but we got a little sloppy in the defensive zone and allowed them to have some preventable opportunities,” said Nikoletta Toffoloni ’15. “We really wanted the win, but we are ready for our second chance to beat them!”
Ashlyn Aiello ’14 refused Exeter’s offense throughout the game, making 39 saves, a .975 save percentage, and stopping all but one third period shot from the center of the slot.
“I think that we’re going to have to play the third period with the same intensity that we play the previous two,” wrote Anna Fucillo ’15 in an email to The Phillipian. “We have been giving up goals in the third, and I think that, collectively, we need to focus on remaining disciplined and playing the same style game no matter what the score.”
Earlier in the week on Saturday, Andover tied Deerfield 2-2 at home. Andover outshot Deerfield 24 to 20, but still failed to pull ahead.
Caroline Garrity ’15 scored both of Andover’s goals, with assists from Anna Fucillo ’15, Morgan Hollowell ’14 and Eliza Quigley ’15.
Andover’s focus on discipline has also paid off, with the team taking only two penalties in the last two games combined.
“I think Deerfield’s strength was their persistence and also their speed. We did a really good job matching, if not surpassing, these things. Against Exeter, we can count on the motivation, our power play and the penalty kill, of which we have worked really hard on,” said Captain Amy Morin ’14.
“We can also count on us playing as a team,” Morin added. “As [Girls Lacrosse Coach] Kate Dolan has always taught me: you have to control the controllables. Really, that is just yourself and your team, not the refs, the other team or anything else. We have to play our game and give it all we got, and I know we can do it!”
Andover’s last three games have all gone into overtime and ended in ties, but the team is confident that it can get over the hump.
“In practice, we have been working a lot on our forecheck, break out, defensive zone and shooting the puck. In game, our forecheck has been more consistent resulting in us getting the puck in the offensive zone and getting more shots,” said Lexi Davidson ’17. “Also, the break-out, especially against Exeter, was really nice, and we were able to get out of the zone fast. Our defensive coverage has been great, especially on the penalty kill.”
Andover Girls Hockey faces three winning teams this week. It will host New Hampton (13-9-0), travel to Brooks (9-5-1) and wrap up the week against Tabor (11-1-2) at home.