After clearing the ball successfully and turning the corner on his defender, Chris Kreider ’10 passed the ball on a line to Co-Captain Jack Walker ’09. Walker proceeded to catch the pass and finish the ball gracefully past the goalie to cap off an offensive explosion to bury Holderness this past Wednesday in Andover’s 10-5 win. Andover took the lead early in the first. Two minutes in, Chris Brown ’09 scored his first goal of the day, assisted by Will Walker ’09. Minutes later, after Holderness scored their first goal of the game, Brown struck again. Kreider and Walker ’09 both added a goal each. In response to this, Holderness scored a goal to give Andover a 4-2 lead. In the second quarter, Holderness tallied up another goal. Despite this latest offensive surge from Holderness, Spencer Macquarrie ’10 and Kreider scored goals to put Andover ahead 6-3 at the half. “The first half was the best I’ve seen the team play this year. The offense possessed for a long time and really broke down the defense, and we took advantage,” said Walker ’09. Going into the second half, Andover had played a very composed offensive game, while maintaining a very high level of discipline on the defensive end. The combination of the two came together for one of the best halves of lacrosse that Andover has played this season. In the third quarter, Andover racked up the majority of its penalties for the game. The high amount of penalties gave Holderness the opportunity to come back in the second half. They scored two quick goals to gain some ground on Andover to make the score 7-5 in the fourth quarter. In what turned out to be the most exciting part of the game, Andover’s Kreider and Walker 0’09 proceeded to take over the game, sealing Holderness’ fate late in the game with a flurry of goals. The final score was 10-5 “Jack and Kreider really took hold of the game in the fourth, and were key in securing our win,” said Eric Kanter ’09. Wednesday’s win gave justice to the strength and dominance of the Andover defense. With 10 penalities on the day, Andover was constantly playing one man down. The “Meatfense” stepped up to the challenge, as Andrew Pohly ’09, Theo Lederfine-Paskal ’09, and Forrest Cox ’09 completely drained the Holderness offense. Spencer Rice ‘09 played another great game in goal, making 10 saves and gaiving up five goals over the course of the game. The victory over Holderness came after defeating the Hyde school. Brown and Macquarrie made sure that the long drive home to Maine would not be a happy one for Hyde. Brown ripped four goals and one assist, while Macqurrie tucked three goals and had two assists. Those two were not the only ones to contribute to the victory. Matt Higgins ’10 scored two goals, the first of his Andover career, as did freshman Joe Kruy ’12. A goal of interest during the game came from Brian Safstrom ’10, who scored his first career Andover goal. This Saturday, Andover takes on their toughest opponent of the season in Deerfield Academy. Going into the game, Andover boasts a 5-1 record. Deerfield has had a good season so far, going 8-0 while also being ranked as the 16th best high school in the country. Saturday night, under the lights at 6:30 p.m.