Led by Hat Trick From Molly Boyle ’25, Field Hockey Defeats Cushing 4-1

Molly Boyle ’25 moves upfield with the ball, evading Governor’s opponent.

Maren Boyle ’26 sprinted down the field on a breakaway and stepped up to take the shot, hitting the ball into the net to finally put Andover on the scoreboard in Girls Field Hockey’s game against Cushing. Boyle scored again with a reverse hit, then finished the hat trick with another goal in the fourth quarter. Lilly McInerny ’26 scored the fourth goal in the third quarter to finish off the game 4-1. With the win against Cushing, Field Hockey’s record now stands at 12-1-1.

Quiana Bell ’26 noted the strong passes and communication that led to the win on Friday. Although the game started off slow, according to Bell, the team was able to pick it up later in the game. 

“The game went well yesterday. We had some great passes and connections that led to some really good clean shots on net. I think that the team communicated well with each other and was able to keep our heads up on the field and see where our other teammates were. The game started off kind of slow. We had no shots on goal and the score was 0-0. The third quarter was the turning point,” wrote Bell.

Kiera Bruen ’26 noted that the slow start in the first half may have been due to a lack of communication. Bruen stated that the team has been working on spreading the field during practice, although that was not exemplified until the second half.

Bruen said, “I feel like we were pretty clumped together and we weren’t communicating very well, because I feel like people would step to the ball in the circle and just wouldn’t be able to put it in, but I feel like it was better in the second half… [because] we started to move the ball even more and our passing was really good, and we moved the ball inside and out, which was really helpful because it opened up players and led to some of the goals.”

Neily Ware ’25 explained how the team gained more confidence later in the game, which allowed it to create many more opportunities to score.

“We started to have more confidence in ourselves and know that we had a lot of opportunities in our offensive circles so we knew that they would go in eventually, we just had to keep at it and keep staying aggressive, and keep shooting,” Ware said.

Lucy Parker ’26 highlighted how the team has improved throughout the season with stronger team chemistry. Parker noted that the team chemistry has created a safe and trusting space for teammates.

“I would say that in the beginning, we were playing more of individual field hockey, but as we have progressed this season, we’ve learned to trust each other so much more, and be there for each other and move for each other, and create space for each other, and once you’re able to play for each other and not just yourself, we’ve had so much more success” said Parker.

Field Hockey is excited to host Exeter this Saturday for A/E weekend.