After a one week rest from competition, the Girls Water Polo squad suffered a tough loss at the hands of archrival Phillips Exeter Academy.
The game was one of the biggest of the year, for Andover was jockeying for the fourth place position in the league. The team lost with a final score of 8-13.
“Our game plan was basically to play with our best effort,” said Alanna Waldman ’10. “We just wanted to set up some offense and play strong defense. Defending counter attacks was also going to be important.”
After a tough loss early in the season, the girls were ready to take revenge
Emotions were also intensified because it was the last home game for the Seniors, which made the loss even more difficult.
Waldman said, “The team played really well against Exeter. We never gave up, even when we were down.”
It was both a physical and challenging game at first, as possession and control went back and forth between the two teams.
Julia Torabi ’12 said, “The game was going really well at the beginning. It was very close up until the end, when Exeter’s lead was too much.”
Co-Captain Annie Glancy ’09 and Kira Wyckoff ’11 led this strong offensive front.
“The game was really intense,” Torabi said. “It was one of our best games, but the Exeter girls were just faster swimmers.”
Andover hopes to bounce back from this tough loss with victories against Deerfield and Choate. Away games against these two teams begin the road trip that will finish the season for Andover.