With the clock ticking down in double overtime, Post-Graduate (PG) and Co-Captain Myles Romm ’16 darted past his Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) defenders and ripped the ball into the net, vaulting Andover Boys Lacrosse to an 8-7 win in their first game of the season on Saturday.
Following its win over the weekend, the team lost to Roxbury Latin on Wednesday, bringing Andover’s season record to 1-1.
In an email to The Phillipian, PG Ben Anthony ’16 said, “No doubt we were happy with the win. It was a crazy game that went back and forth. We could’ve easily given up but we stayed together as a team and fought hard and never gave up. I am very proud of the way we played, and everyone was beyond happy we came up with the win. It was a great start to the season.”
“The defense did a great job playing hard and tough. We made a bunch of forced turnovers that led to goals, that really helped us out. Our offense did a great job staying persistent and got off a bunch of shots off,” continued Anthony.
Throughout the game, goalie Eugene Yoon ’18 protected Andover’s lead with many crucial saves, while defender Larson Tolo ’18 made important plays to stifle a strong NAPS offense. On Andover’s offensive side, midfielder Andrew Antonucci ’18 scored a hat-trick, which allowed the team to capitalize on offensive opportunities and some key turnovers.
Anthony wrote, “Eugene had some huge saves in key moments throughout the game, especially in overtime. Miles’s overtime goal was unbelievable; that was one of the best finishes to a lacrosse game I’ve seen in awhile.”
Tolo said, “It was great to see how we could work together as a primarily young and inexperienced team to get a hard-fought win. We came out on top because we had a winning mindset. We simply wanted it more than they did. Our energy and our talented players were able to push through the exhaustion and score the winning goal.”
Against Roxbury Latin, Andover struggled to display a consistently strong performance throughout the entire game.
In the first half, Rudd Fawcett ’18 scored a hat-trick, while Reed Findlay ’18 and Romm each added one goal to Andover’s score. Romm went on to score another goal in the second half, but Andover ultimately fell short 6-7.
Head Coach Stephen Moreland said, “Our defense was pretty solid all game. We still have a few things to tighten up, but overall it was a solid effort from our [defense]. Offensively, we played pretty well in the second quarter but struggled for most of the game. The effort was there, but our focus and execution were lacking. It was great to see Rudd Fawcett find his groove though. He moved really well off ball and had three nice inside finishes.”
When asked about what the team struggled with, Moreland said, “Our ball handling on offense was really poor. We had way too many unforced turnovers. Defensively we will work this week on our ground ball escapes. We picked up a lot of ground balls but too often couldn’t complete the outlet pass. We will definitely do a lot of stick work in practice this week and spend a lot of time on riding and clearing.”
Andover hopes to transfer its hard work during practices into another win on the field this Saturday against Noble and Greenough.
Ellerton said, “At the end of the day, we’re still a young team getting to know each other. We just have to keep fighting game in and game out and the results will follow.”