Two Key Wins Improve Record to 4-1; Keating ’10 Leads Offense With Five Goals

Three minutes into the first half, Kyleigh Keating ’10 received a pass just outside the 8-meter and fired a high shot to put Andover on the board against Pingree. Despite her goal Andover trailed 1-3 early in the game, but made its first comeback of the season and defeated Pingree 12-7. The girls had a sluggish start against their opponent, allowing Pingree to gain an early 3-0 lead. After Keating’s goal the Pingree offense gained momentum, scoring two more goals, and increasing its lead to four. After quickly falling behind, Andover managed to catch up with two goals of its own. At the end of a back and forth first half, the game was tied at 6-6. Andover came into the second half re-energized and ready to pick up the pace. The girls started off with two goals in less than two minutes, giving them the first lead of the game. Taking advantage of their momentum, Andover came from behind to win by a final score of 12-7. The most notable performance came from Keating, who scored five goals and made four assists for a total of nine points. Emily Little ’09 and Brooke Van Valkenburg ’12 also had three goals each. On Wednesday afternoon, the Girls Lacrosse team hosted St. Paul’s. From the start of the game it was clear that Andover’s depth and skill would be the key to success. Andover came out strong, scoring its first goal in just under a minute. Greer Macbeth ’12 received a pass at midfield and carried the ball all the way to net, placing her shot to put Andover on the board first. Two minutes later, Little scored, putting Andover up 2-0 just three minutes into the game. Going into halftime, Andover led 7-1. In the second half, Alina Pechacek ’09 saw her first shots of the season as she replaced Co-Captain Kaitlin Gaiss ’09 in net. Pechacek had an impressive game, making several key saves to keep St. Paul’s from scoring. The girls carried their strength over from the first half, extending their lead to 10 goals. Andover went on to defeat St. Paul’s with a final score of 13-3. Emily Rademacher ’11 had a breakout game, scoring her first three goals of the season and adding an assist to finish with a total of four points. Other offensive contributors included Keating and Little, who each ended the game with three points. Gaiss said, “These past few games have really been good for us. We have been able to play well and as a result we have been able to beat some very good teams. I’m really happy with the way this year has started.” With the victory against Pingree, Andover extended its winning streak to three and brought its record to 4-1.