During Spring Vacation, Andover Girls’ Lacrosse traveled to Clearwater, Fla., to practice and hone its skills for the upcoming season.
The trip was open to anyone interested in the girls lacrosse program and the focus of it was primarily team chemistry, bonding, and training before the start of the season.
The players were able to utilize the opportunity to prepare for the season, but also become closer with both their returning teammates as well as many newcomers.
Goalie Annie Lord ’19 said, “The Florida trip is a really important part of what makes the lacrosse program so great. The trip is open to all players, you don’t have to be on varsity to go, which gives everyone the opportunity to learn from all four coaches and also from each other. The trip also allows teammates to get to know each other better without the full-on pressure that comes with tryouts.”
Throughout the week, the team worked on building both its offensive and defensive skills through drills and scrimmages.
Katherine McIntire ’19, “In Florida we were able to both work on refining our individual skills and working on our skills as a team. In practices during the day, we were able to go through stations and scrimmages which helped us work on our offensive and defensive skills.”
Co-Captain Jordy Fenton ’17 said, “We had a few games that we treated like scrimmages where we put to use the training that we had in the days prior. We had such a large group with us so it didn’t it really matter whether we won or lost it, it was more about getting the experience and make use of the time we could spend playing outdoors.”
This year, Fenton, Beth Krikorian ’17, Courtney Masotti ’17, and Lauren Overly ’17 will all take on the role of Co-Captains, and look to guide the team to success in a similar fashion as last year’s Co-Captains, Kelly McCarthy ’16 and Claire Kister ’16.
Krikorian said, “Florida was great so that the four of us could learn how to best work together to captain the team. It’s really special to have four captains and it’s been a lot of fun to have our own little team within the larger team.”
Fenton said, “With four captains I think it is really important because we have a lot of power to improve our seasons and the way we play lacrosse. I think by being able to reach out to more people on the team in a meaningful way we can build stronger bonds and therefore a stronger team as a whole. We know that it is tough to find the right balance with the four of us but we work it out everyday to become a better unit.”
After a successful preseason, Andover has been practicing and conditioning back on campus and is eager to begin its season.