Andover Gears Up For Season With Encouraging Scrimmage Win

With only six seconds left in regulation, Lauren Glynn ’10 passed the ball to Co-Captain Alissa Fromkin ’09 at the top of the eight-meter. After avoiding two Middlesex defenders, Fromkin took a shot that bounced into the net and just beat the buzzer to secure the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team’s first win of the season. Although Andover pulled out a victory, the beginning of the game was filled with mistakes stemming from a limited amount of practice time prior to the scrimmage. Both teams came out playing strong, but Middlesex took an early 3-0 lead. In the first half the Andover defense looked rushed as they were tested against a skilled Middlesex offense that moved the ball quickly and effectively. Andover also struggled with its transition game, dropping the ball and creating turnovers in the midfield. After a short halftime, the girls came out looking like a more confident team. Sparked by a goal from Kyleigh Keating ’10, Andover settled down on both offense and defense as the team began to communicate and draw upon drills from their practices. With only 10 minutes left, Andover took its first lead of the game and eventually held on to win with a final score of 11-10. Co-Captain Kaitlin Gaiss ’09 played well in goal and finished the game with 16 saves. On offense, Emily Little ’09, Samantha Lawson ’10, Summer Washburn ’11 and Greer Mcbeth ’12 all contributed goals. Gaiss said, “I’m really glad that we had the chance to scrimmage before the real season begins. This helped us really get comfortable with everyone as a team. I’m really looking forward to having a great season.” After ending last year’s successful season with a victory against rival Phillips Exeter, the team has high expectations. Co-Captains Fromkin and Gaiss hope to lead the team to an even more successful season this year. Even though Andover graduated nine seniors last year, the team has a solid group of returners joined by several new skilled team members. Some keys to success this year will be strong goaltending from veteran goalie Gaiss and solid play at both ends of the field. Key returning players include Little, Kaitlyn McInnis ’09, Kitten Sherrill ’10 and Avery Stone ’10. Morgan Healey ’09, Glynn and Keating are all new members that are expected to contribute to the team’s success this season. This year the girls have several important games against Taft, Loomis and Deerfield. On Saturday, Andover will play its first game of the regular season against Nobles. Last year, the match against Nobles was uneven as an incredibly skilled Nobles team dominated Andover both offensively and defensively, ultimately claiming a 20-7 victory. But with Nobles graduating several key players at the end of last season, this year’s game is expected to be a more even match-up.