Blue Lacrosse Takes Down ?Tenacious Tabor Squad, 8-5

Off a feed from Jack Walker ’09, Co-Captain John Bukawyn ’08 jumped and buried what turned out to be the final goal of Andover’s first road win of the season against Tabor Academy this past Wednesday. On Saturday, Andover traveled west to face Deerfield Academy. Deerfield has been undefeated for the past two years and remains one of the top 20 teams in the nation. Unfortunately, Andover succumbed to the powerful offense and gritty defense of Deerfield, falling by a final of 12-5. In the first half, Andover stayed in the game, coming into halftime trailing by just one goal. However, Andover became tired and committed many penalties, which eventually led to goals by Deerfield. Overall, Deerfield beat Andover in the second half 8-2. Andover’s offense was led by Spencer Macquarrie ’10 with three goals and Walker ’09 with one goal and two assists. However, the unit failed to keep consistent possession of the ball, causing the defense to become tired. Andover next traveled to Tabor to play a notoriously very physical squad. Andover started off the game by going down 1-0 three minutes into the game. A goal from Walker ’09 leveled the score. The second quarter opened up with a goal from Will Walker ’11 to tie the score up. From there, both teams played gritty lacrosse as the ball went up and down the field constantly with neither team being able to keep lengthy possession. Unfortunately, Eamon Hegarty ’08 had to come out of the game midway through the second quarter after a blind-sided hit. “I think that the hit on Eamon really lit a fire under us. It fired all of us up and motivated the team to work harder,” said Reid Mosquera ’09. Out of the huddle, Andover began to take control of the game. A goal from Macquarrie ’10 gave Andover a lead going into the half, and right out of half-time, Chris Kreider ’10 netted an unassisted goal. In the fourth quarter, Walker ’09 took it upon himself to score two goals in a row and then recorded an assist to Bukawyn ’08. The game ended with Andover on top 8-5.