Waterpolo Notches Two More Big Victories; Offense too Strong for Worcester and Suffield

Captain Howie Kalter ’07 scored six goals against Worcester last Saturday, securing an easy 14-6 in the first game of a doubleheader. An excellent goal by Ryan Ferguson ’07 in the final quarter of the second game sealed Andover’s 8-6 victory over a tough Suffield team. In the first game of the doubleheader, Andover faced off against Worcester, looking to capitalize early with strong attacks from the forward position. Andover began play in an offensive flourish and led 5-2 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Andover’s mental fatigue caused a lack of assertiveness, leading to a decline in offensive production and defensive lapses. At the half, Andover led by a slim 6-4. Andover bounced back in the third quarter, however, looking to score and playing fundamental defense. With an 8-5 lead going into the fourth quarter, Andover knew it must be both assertive and smart through the final minutes of play. Andover outscored Worcester 6-1 in the fourth quarter and pulled through with a 14-6 victory. Captain Howie Kalter ’07 led the offense with six goals, while rookie Parker Washburn ’09 and Rush Martin ’07 each scored at the center-forward position. Philip Meyer ’08 and Eric Van Oss ’07 continued to play superb waterpolo, while goalies William Faulkner ’09 and Billy Draper ’07 continued to make big-time saves. In the second game of the afternoon, Andover faced Suffield in a rematch of a September game that Andover edged 8-7. Suffield’s Tommy Cyran was the first to score, but Andrew Faulkner ’07 countered, with Captain Kalter quickly scoring another goal. Goalkeeper William Faulkner followed with three spectacular saves but could not stop the six on five offensive scheme from Suffield due to the penalization of Ferguson. At the quarter, the score was tied 2-2. Throughout the second quarter, goalkeeper Draper anchored a very strong shallow-end defense, but Andover’s offense was unable to take execute, only managing one goal from Kalter. At the half, Andover led by a skinny margin of 3-2. Again defending the deep-end of the pool in the third quarter, goalkeeper Faulkner demonstrated his much-improved ability to block shots from the center-forward position, while the Andover defense gave up only one goal. After having scored early in the third period to put Andover 4-2, Kalter scored a buzzer-beater goal on an assist from rookie Brendan Deveney ’09. In the fourth quarter, Suffield’s captains kept the game close by scoring three goals against Andover’s shallow-end defense. Fortunately for Andover, Ferguson scored on an excellent, bar-in perimeter shot while Kalter scored two more from the center-forward spot, topping off an excellent 8-6 victory.