PG FEATURE: Payton Donato ’17

As a forward on Andover Field Hockey, Post-Graduate (PG) Payton Donato ’17 will serve as a veteran presence on the field, directing Andover’s offense with her strong communication skills.

Although ice hockey is her primary sport, Donato brings valuable experience to the field hockey team. Her speed and refined field vision are some of her key strengths.

“She has really good skills and aggression… She’s been a really positive teammate and has contributed immensely with her attitude and work ethic,” added Captain Beth Krikorian ’17.

In addition to her physical and technical skills, Donato is a team player and values camaraderie. She hopes to bring positive energy to motivate the team to compete at a high level.

Donato said, “Sportsmanship and friendliness are really important to me because it’s really the team dynamic that is going to win games.”

Dorm mate and teammate Lauren Overly ’17 said, “Payton stands out on the field because of her grit and work ethic – she motivates the team to work hard and play well.”

As Andover seeks a consecutive New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (Nepsac) Class A Championship, Donato’s enthusiasm and experience on the attack will be an important part of the team dynamic.