Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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October 11, 2012

Keefe continues record-setting field hockey career

Keefe continues record-setting field hockey career

Most would hesitate to embrace a nickname like, “The Rat.” In fact, just about anyone would be doing their best to drop the moniker.

But not only is Meagan Keefe OK with her nickname, she likes it.

“Mostly coach (Maureen) Noone came up with it, but a lot of people helped give me that name,” said Keefe with a laugh. “I don’t mind it at all. I think it’s fun.”

And don’t worry, the Rat may seem like a nasty label, but for Keefe it is purely a compliment.

When there is trash in front of the net, the senior has made a living out of knocking it in for goals, and has done in at a record pace during her outstanding four-year career with the two-time defending Division 1 state champion field hockey team.

“I love hearing the noise of hitting the back of the net,” said Keefe with a laugh. “I stay low, and it’s always important to be as aggressive as possible. I have played (ice) hockey for years, so I’m used to fighting in front of the net.”

Heading into the week, Keefe has scored a whopping 55 goals over her three years as a varsity starter, including a school-record 33 goals a season ago and 11 through 11 games this season.

“Meagan is a sparkplug,” said Noone. “She does all of the little things, she has great stick skills and is brutal in the circle. She is so tough to defend.”

Keefe began to emerge as a sophomore, scoring nine goals in the regular season. But it was her 10th that was especially memorable.

Called upon midway through the second overtime of the Division 1 state semifinals, she tipped home a shot for the game-winning goal that send the Golden Warriors to their first state final in program history.

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