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Girls Blank St. Mark’s, Add Win Against Cushing

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Anna Maniaci ’19 is recovering from her third knee injury. This injury marks her fourth at Andover and her 15th overall.

Brooke Keough ’19 shot the puck off a Cushing defender and into the goal in Andover Girls Hockey’s 3-1 win over Cushing on Wednesday.

Lilly Feeney ’20 scored both of Andover’s goals against St. Mark’s on Saturday in Andover’s 2-0 shutout. One of these goals came immediately after St. Mark’s pulled its goalie. Andover’s record now stands at 6-1-3.

According to Co-Captain Emily Batchelor ’19, the team implemented a man-to-man coverage scheme defensively against St. Mark’s, which helped Andover shut its opponent out.

“We were able to get a little more time in the offensive zone because we were working a lot harder in the defensive zone. That’s super important also going forward because that’s something we’ll need throughout the entire season,” said Batchelor.

After a first period in which the team struggled against St. Mark’s, according to Batchelor, all the players went into the locker room and motivated each other to bring up the energy.

Batchelor said, “After the first period we went into the locker room, had a good conversation with each other, and recognized what we needed to work on… We were able to come out and get a goal which was really good because then we had momentum in our favor.”

Against Cushing, however, the team did get off to a fast start. Anna Bargman ’21 scored the opening goal of the game for Andover in the first period. According to Indi Wagner ’22, the team’s fast start began before the game even started.

“[We started off strong] by showing up early and getting in the right mindset and zone for the game. Having a good warm up with the team and getting hyped up in the locker room before the game helped us too,” said Wagner.

Gwyn Lapp ’22 said that the goal Cushing scored was due to a team miscommunication by Andover.

Lapp said, “We were on a penalty kill, so the four players out there were probably miscommunicating on ‘who’s got who’ and shifting around. Because when one girl moves, everybody has to move.”

Andover will square off with BB&N at home on Friday and will travel to face Deerfield on Saturday.