Sports: Bundle Up as Belmont Field Hockey Plays Sunday in Andover

Here’s the weather forecast for Sunday, Nov. 2:

Windy with rain and snow showers in the morning changing to rain showers late. The high will be 42 F. Winds NNW at 20 to 30 mph. Wind chill will make the air temperature feel like 32 F. 

So for those hardy fans of Belmont High School Field Hockey, tomorrow will be a great chance to take out the winter storm outerwear as the squad travels to Andover to take on second-seed Andover High School in the MIAA Div. 1 North sectional quarterfinal match beginning at 6 p.m.

The 10th-ranked Belmont (12-4-2) will meet Andover (17-1-1), ranked 5th in the Boston Globe’s Top 20 Field Hockey teams, after both teams controlled their opening tournament games: Belmont dispatched 7th seed Danvers, 2-0 on Thursday, Oct. 30, while Andover stormed by 15th Methuen, 6-0, on Halloween.

Both teams have now played Danvers: Belmont dominated the Falcons on an unfamiliar grass surface. Andover, which has 1,734 students, won at home, 4-0, but could only score a single goal at Danvers.

Andover, which lost to Chelmsford on a cold, wet night three weeks ago, is led by goaltender Megan Hartnett who has 16 shutouts this year. The Golden Warriors are led by forward Tori Roche, who despite missing three weeks with an injury, returned to have a hat trick in the Methuen game.

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