Junior forward Casey Connors scored a hat trick in her varsity debut as the Hanover field hockey team defeated East Bridgewater, 4-2, at Harry Gerrish field in Hanover.
Connors’s goals came in the second half and were all assisted by junior forward Molly MacNeill.
‘‘[Connors] sat out for a few minutes in the second half with leg cramps and then asked to be put in and went crazy on offense,’’ said coach Judy Schneider.
Hanover (1-0) looked out matched early on, as the Vikings (0-1) controlled the flow throughout the first half. Forward Sophia Cacciatore deflected a hard shot into the goal to put the East Bridgewater up, 1-0, at the half.
‘‘The first half of the game, East Bridgewater kept us on defense,’’ said Schneider. ‘‘We were nervous early on and we didn’t have a chance to go up field and try to score.’’
The Indians came out firing in the second half as Connors drilled her first goal from midfield off a cross-field pass from MacNeill. Forward Meg O’Brien fired a pass from a melee near the net to sophomore forward Angela Katsikis, who deposited a shot into the back of the net for the go-ahead goal.
Connors then added the cushion, scoring twice more to complete her hat trick.
‘‘They are very inexperienced but they didn’t quit and they didn’t give up,’’ said Schneider. ‘‘This team is very young and we only have eight seniors so we are still trying to get better.’’
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