Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Field hockey: Andover 2, Duxbury 0
By Matt Noonan
WESTWOOD, Mass. -- Andover field hockey senior forward Anne Farnham recorded a goal and an assist against Duxbury on Tuesday evening, as the Golden Warriors defeated the Dragons, 2-0, in a Division 1 state semifinal at Westwood High School.
“I think we just played as a team,” Andover head coach Maureen Noone said. “I just thought we controlled play, and we tried to slow the play down a little bit because their fast breaks were outstanding.”
The victory propeled Andover (21-0-2), the defending Division 1 state champions, to their second straight finals appearance.
“We just really worked well as a team, and we just focused on playing together, not getting down on each other, and when it got tough, we [knew we had] each others backs, and I’m really proud of the way our team played together,” Farnham said.
As for Duxbury (22-2-0), the loss marked the end of their historic journey, which saw the Dragons win their first Division 1 South championship since 1976.
“It’s disappointing, but I know this Duxbury team is a history-making team [and] that we got further than any Duxbury field hockey team has and that I think it’s a history making team because of the intensity, and the desire of the team,” Duxbury head coach Pam Manley said.
Andover won the opening face-off, and then registered their first goal at roughly the nine-minute mark, as sophomore Louisa Gross connected with Farnham on a free hit, who batted the ball past Duxbury’s senior goaltender Sophie Fitzpatrick.
The Golden Warriors later extended their lead during the middle of the second half, as Farnham fired a shot, which was redirected by junior Meaghan Keefe and landed in the back of the net.
“[Our second goal] kind of settled everybody a little bit,” said Noone. “It was just an outstanding team effort.”
“Scoring the second goal it was really just a relief to score that, and it kind of just proved that we wanted this game more,” Farnham added.
The Golden Warriors will look to add another trophy to their shelf on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Worcester State to face Longmeadow for the Division 1 state championship.