Andover also faced St. Paul’s at SEAL. This was the team’s second time playing St. Paul’s this season, and Andover fell 10-8 at the tournament.
Andover’s eight goals against St. Paul’s each came from five different players, with Ward earning a hat trick. In the game against Exeter, Ward scored four goals along while Brooke Keough ’19 earned a hat trick of her own.
Later in the week on Wednesday, during its last home game of the season, Andover fell to Brooks 6-9. Calling Wednesday “Senior Day,” Andover focused on celebrating its Seniors during the game, according to Kennedy Everson ’21.
“Our last home game was so fun. There were a lot of people there to cheer us on, and because of the level of competition, it was as competitive as it was fun. We all focused on the Seniors, as it was their last home game and it was super special celebrating them,” Everson said.
Head Coach Heidi Wall mentioned the positive contribution that the current Seniors bring to the team.
Coach Wall said, “This group of Seniors is a very competitive group of athletes. Many of them play on other varsity sports on campus and they bring a wealth of experience playing in competitive games. Their leadership and constant hustle is very inspirational for the team.”
Everson added, “I’m going to miss the Seniors so much next year. They are all so incredibly hard working, and make this team so much fun. I will also miss going up to the rink everyday and seeing everyone after classes, it always makes a day better.”
While Andover has suffered many injuries this season, it will be important for Andover to have as many players it can against Exeter this weekend, according to Everson.
“I think before Exeter, we all need to just stay healthy and determined. After beating them on Sunday, they are going to be really ready to play a hard game on Friday, and we are going to need as many players healthy as we can have,” said Everson.
Andover has enjoyed a close relationship within the team over the course of the season and looks to continue this as it prepares for Exeter, according Coach Wall.
“We have a big team and a very deep team. All of the players are very supportive of one another and we love to see each other succeed. I would say that the girls are all super encouraging of one another and working to get better every day,” said Wall.