When the final whistle blew Monday, leaving No. 2 Walpole and No. 16 Andover deadlocked, 2-2, in their field hockey showdown, 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 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.
“I 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 Walpole goals equaled the total number Andover had given up in its 12 previous games. Golden Warriors opponents hadn’t scored since a 1-0 loss to Central Catholic, Sept. 21.
Medfield 1, Bishop Fenwick 0 — Michelle Diggans scored her eighth goal of the season with 7:47 left in the game.
Arlington 2, Winchester 1 — Abby Jones and Melanie DeAlmeida scored for the Spy Ponders.
Franklin 3, Chelmsford 1 — Kelly Dubowski and Marta Versprille each had a goal and an assist for the 11th-ranked Panthers (11-1-2).
Lexington 5, Woburn 0 — Junior Pippa Offerhaus had two goals to lift the Minutemen.
Wilmington 4, Burlington 0 — Senior Jimmy Murphy had two goals and Luke Foley recorded his ninth shutout of the season for the 12th-ranked Wildcats (12-1-1).
Pentucket 4, Saugus 0 — Junior Brendan Sullivan had two goals and an assist.
Franklin 1, Xaverian 0 — Joe Kalil scored a first-half goal to lead the Panthers.
Winchester 1, Arlington 0 — Marino Espiga scored for the Sachems assisted by Mark Calnan.
Ipswich 6, Amesbury 1 — Zack Eliopolous and Sam Benford each scored twice for the Tigers.
Chelsea 4, Greater Lowell 3 — Allan Garcia netted the winner five minutes into the second half for the Red Devils.
Belmont 1, Reading 0 — Lizzy Frank found the back of the net for Belmont.
Scituate 2, Hanover 0 — Corey Murray and Erika Badger scored for the host Sailors and Meghan James earned the shutout.
Wilmington 1, Burlington 0 — Senior Lauren Amazeen scored on a penalty kick just before the half.
Ipswich 2, Amesbury 1 — Senior Devin Smith scored the winning goal with 10 minutes remaining for the visiting Tigers (6-3-5).
St. Mary’s 3, Winthrop 2 — The host Spartans benefited from Carli DeMeo’s 16 assists and Molly Doyle’s 18 service points.