Water Polo Ends Season With Heartbreaking Loss to Rival Exeter

After a busy week of games, the Andover Girls Water Polo season came to an end this Wednesday in a heartbreaking loss to archrival Exeter. Andover kicked off the week with a game against Exeter last Wednesday. Led by Jill Kozloff ’09, who had four goals on the day, the Andover squad lost in a very close match. Another solid performance came from Co-Captain Annie Glancy ’09, who scored three goals in the match. Over the weekend, the team went 1-1 with games against Deerfield and Suffield. The team fell to Deerfield with a score of 15-5. After losing to Deerfield Andover stepped up its game against Suffield, and won in championship fashion. After suffering a tough loss to Deerfield the team was determined to end the losing streak and get back on the winning path. With ten seconds left in the game, the score against Suffield was 9-9. Suddenly Jill Kozloff ’09 rose from the water to put in the goal that proved to be the game winner. Kozloff said, “[This weekend] we played Suffield. Pretty much everyone scored and with ten seconds left, I wound up scoring and that’s what won it.” On Wednesday the team looked to clinch a spot in the final tournament for back-to-back seasons, but Exeter ended Andover’s hope in a close match. If Andover was to pull off this great upset, the team needed use the suggestions and critique that it had been given over the week. Glancy led the team with four goals in the game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the strong Exeter squad. Juliana Reider ’10 said, “We were behind today, but we caught up and were tied. In the last minute and a half, they scored two goals, but it was very close.” Although the team suffered a loss, many of the players were happy with the team’s play. Eliza Dewey ’09 said, “Our two games against Exeter were real nail biters. We put up really good fights and didn’t stop fighting until the end. The Andover-Exeter rivalry must have really gotten to us, because we really stepped up our game and rose to a very high level of play.” Although Andover didn’t achieve its overall goal of making the final tournament, it was still a successful season. Kozloff said, “Our season is over and we didn’t make the final tournament, but we still did really well and had great team chemistry.” She continued, “Everyone has grown so much with their skill sets and we’ve all learned how to play with each other really well. Everyone knows who they can count on for what and we have a way of getting done what we need to. It was a great season, and I hope the girls can keep up the momentum for next year.” Even though the team is losing eight Seniors, Andover will bring back eight players next year with their sights set on a championship season.