Andover Outshoots Milton, Falls 1-0

Ashlyn Aiello ’14 was a brick wall for Andover Girls Hockey versus Milton, posting a 0.944 save percentage, but her performance was not enough as Andover fell 1-0. Andover outshot Milton 24-18, but could not take advantage of its opportunities. “After the Milton game, we all felt really disappointed because we’ve come so far as a team and to lose a winnable game 1-0 was really upsetting,” said Anna Fucillo ’15. “We had so many scoring opportunities in the third, and it almost felt that luck just wasn’t on our side. We couldn’t catch a break the entire game.” Although Andover had a strong late game surge, outshooting Milton 9-2 in the third period, it was unable to find the back of the net. “We learned that no matter how well we play and how many scoring chances we have, at the end of the day, it’s the team who finishes these chances that’s going to walk out with the win,” said Fucillo. Andover lost to Tabor Academy 6-1 over the weekend, getting outshot 25-20. Maggie Walsh ’14 scored the lone goal for Andover on an assist from Co-Captain Amy Morin ’14. “It was a good game. We had some defensive breakdowns that resulted in goals, but it was a solid game,” said Kasey Welch ’16. Evagelia Toffoloni ’15 said, “We need to shoot more to score. We have so many chances, we just need to get the puck in the net.” Andover wrapped up the week with a home game versus Westminster, but fell short in another close game, 2-0. Andover outshot Westminster 21-17, but, despite the total shots, Andover could not finish. A line change that went wrong resulted in a Westminster 3-0 opportunity in which it scored its first goal. Westminster later scored again in the third period to widen the gap. “We need to not panic in our defensive zone when the other team is putting a lot of pressure on us,” said Hannah Sorkin ’14. “We are getting a lot of scoring chances, and, if we keep shooting and crashing the net like we have, the goals will hopefully start coming.” Andover will face Exeter at home on Saturday to wrap up its season. In its first matchup, Andover tied Exeter 1-1. “As a Senior, this will be the last Andover/Exeter game in which I will ever play. I cannot express how much it would mean to me to win,” said Sorkin. “This is the last time I will be playing with these girls, and I want to make it count.” “We feel really confident going into this game. We tied them the last time we played but we’re a stronger, smarter team now, and we’re hoping to play off the energy of the day and beat them at home,” said Co-Captain Renée Lamarche ’14. “I’m excited to have a big crowd to cheer us on, and I think that if we keep play[ing] to our full potential, we’ll be successful against Exeter.”