Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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October 17, 2013

Panneton leads the way for field hockey team

Panneton delivers in new role for AHS field hockey team

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It was Morgan Manning, who also plays both field hockey and ice hockey, who encouraged Panneton to try the sport off skates.

“She said it was basically the same,” Panneton said, adding, “I would be nowhere in field hockey without hockey.”

After a year on the JV team, Panneton was a backup on the Andover varsity team that won its second of back-to-back Division 1 state titles in 2011.

“I probably only played a few minutes in the entire tournament,” she said. “I was on the sidelines and everyone was screaming and cheering. To be a part of that was amazing. It was so memorable to be there watching girls like the Farnham twins (Anne and Kate) and Taylor Farris do that. To think that could be us one day, to win a championship, would be terrific.”

Panneton earned a starting job last season as a forward helping the Warriors to a 14-3-3 record.

But once preparation began for the 2013 season, Noone had a new plan for Panneton in midfield.

“She told me I could take on the whole field, and it would give me more opportunities to score goals,” she said.

That’s exactly what has happened.

After scoring single goals in each of the last two seasons, Panneton wasted no time besting that mark, scoring a goal in each of the Golden Warriors’ first two games of the year. She entered the week with nine goals and four more assists.

“You have a big responsibility as a midfielder,” she said. “You have to play forward and have a defensive mind-set. You have to play the whole field. You push the ball up to forwards, then get back on defense. It’s all about judgments. But I get full range of the field to make plays and have scoring chances.

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