FIELD HOCKEY

Andover 2, Walpole 2

Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Andover

When the final whistle blew Monday afternoon, leaving the No. 16 Andover and No. 2 Walpole field hockey teams deadlocked, 2-2, neither team applauded. The host Golden Warriors (9-1-3) felt they had missed a big opportunity. They led one of the top teams in the state, 2-1, with 13 minutes to play after sophomore Jacqueline Leone netted her second of the game, only to see Walpole’s Melanie Weber tie it minutes later. The Rebels (12-0-1) suffered — if that’s the right term — their first non-win of the season. “It was a flat line,” Andover coach Maureen Noone said. “Two great teams.” Those two great teams squared off in a back-and-forth affair, starting when the Rebels went up, 1-0, on Caroline Feeley’s tally in the first five minutes. Leone got it back almost immediately, and the score stayed 1-1 through halftime. The teams exchanged numerous scoring chances in the second half, but capitalized on only one apiece. After the game, the exasperated teams made their way to the sidelines with next-to-nothing to show for it. “It was a little letdown when [Walpole] scored,” Noone said. “When the game ended, neither team was cheering.” Andover senior goalie Nicole Schena stopped 15 shots. That Leone — whose sister, Jess, is a junior and plays all over the field for Andover — carried the offense came as no surprise to Noone. “She’s had such a phenomenal year,” Noone said, explaining the sophomore's recent move from midfielder to forward in part because Leone, an ice hockey player in the winter, has great instincts in front of the goal. “It’s paid off greatly.” The two Walpole goals equaled the number Andover had given up in its 12 previous games this season combined. Golden Warriors' opponents hadn’t scored since the team lost to Central Catholic, 1-0, Sept. 21. The fourth one came in a 1-1 tie with Chelmsford on Sept. 11 — a brutally hot day, Noone recalled. The Golden Warriors corrected that defensive lapse with a 4-0 win over the No. 19 Lions last week. “In that game we probably played as well as we probably could,” Noone said. “We connected on everything. We had a ton of fast breaks. Our goalie [Schena] played great."

 

Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 1:08 p.m.

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