Field Hockey Sports

Field Hockey Advances to 6-0 After Wins Against Choate and Milton

COURTESY OF PHILLIPS ACADEMY

Andover Field Hockey has enjoyed a dominant season thus far, winning all but one of its eight games by two goals or more.

Molly Boyle ’25 weaved her way past the goalie, scoring with a pull around for Andover Field Hockey in its 10-0 win against Choate on Saturday at home. Andover followed the win with a 4-2 victory against Milton on Wednesday at home. The team now holds a 6-0 record.

 

Captain Ellie Harrison ’22 explained that the team was working on finishing strong in the circle. She acknowledged that the team built-up well toward the goal, but missed a lot of shooting opportunities. 

 

“I think it’s something we’ve been working on all season, but after our last game, we definitely were working on finishing in the circle. We had so many great passing sequences and efforts to get to the goal but we missed scoring opportunities just because we couldn’t get the final touch.” Harrison said. 

 

According to Kiera Reidy ’23, the team had great passing and worked cohesively as one unit on the field. 

 

“What the team did well was we had great passes, we had pretty good pre-scanning, which is just like looking up the field before you get the ball so you know exactly what to do when the ball comes to you, great spacing, and great time management. On defense, transfers were great, getting the ball out of our end, and playing great down,” said Reidy.

 

Neily Ware ’25 mentioned that the feeling of solidarity and team spirit during plays was an important contributor to success on the field. 

 

“I think we had a lot of energy. We felt really close as a team. We were really supporting each other. We just wanted to be really close, like a family for this game. We have been focusing on coming together and playing for each other. That was our big focus. I think we did a good job with that—just working hard for each other and being close as a team,” Ware said.

 

Harrison noted that Meg Dunne PG’22 had a specifically great game against Milton. Harrison also highlighted Tory Rider ’22, who scored a goal from a penalty corner. 

 

“There were a lot of different goalscorers, but I do remember Meghan Dunne got a hat-trick. I think everyone did a really good job. Tory Rider also scored a goal today and she’s just been playing really well all season,” Harrison noted.

 

According to goalie Ellie Parker ’25, the Milton team was far more aggressive and was on the attack more often than Choate. Further, she noted the improved communication in each game that contributed to the wins.

 

“During the Choate game, the other team wasn’t as aggressive. Milton was definitely more aggressive and had more shots against us than Choate did. Our communication was much better than it has been before, and it was important to our success,” Parker said.  

 

Andover Field Hockey looks to maintain its undefeated record at St. Paul’s on Saturday and at Middlesex on Wednesday.