Co-Captains Hon ’10 and McAuliffe ’10 Lead High-Powered Offense

Co-Captain Curtis Hon ’10 and Co-Captain Conor McAuliffe ’10 combined for five goals in the first quarter against Williston this Saturday, leading Andover to a dominating 18-5 victory. On Wednesday, the Co-Captains combined for another six goals in the first quarter, as Andover won on the road yet again in a 12-5 victory against Hotchkiss. To add to Andover’s depth, Austen Novis ’11 contributed with a goal and several turnovers against Hotchkiss, exemplifying the hard work that Andover has concentrated on in this area. McAuliffe and Hon struck again in the second quarter, putting three more balls past the Williston goalie on plays initiated by defenders Will Falk-Wallace ’10 and Matt Mahoney ’11. “The strong start to this game caused the solid offense and defense that was seen throughout the entire game,” said Novis after Andover jumped to an 8-3 lead. “Also, good constant pressure led to many nice steals.” Andover netted six more goals in the third quarter with a high-powered offense that Coach Fox attributed to the “stifling defense that generated many counterattacks.” In the fourth quarter, Charlie Oliva ’11, David Thwaites ’11, and Ben Morris ’11 induced more counterattacks that were followed by four more goals. “This was the best performance of the year so far, especially on offense,” said Hon. The same energy and aggression that occurred in the Williston game was carried into the Hotchkiss game, as Hon and McAuliffe hurled six goals past the Hotchkiss goalie in the first half. “Hotchkiss played very violently, but we didn’t react, and we handled this violence and roughness well,” said Hon. Andover controlled the game from the start, dictating the pace and causing problems for Hotchkiss’s offense. “We played well,” said Andrew Wilson ’12. “This was our best defensive game of the year.” Saves from Wilson and Dan Larson ’11 coupled with active defense and quick counterattacks from Alex Smachlo ’11, Matt Mahoney ’11 and Alex Nanda ’11 gave Andover a 62 point lead at the half. This lead increased in the second half, as Novis and McAuliffe added goals in the 3rd quarter. Great team defense held Hotchkiss to three goals in the second half, while goals came from a range of players, including Nanda, Falk-Wallace, Mahoney and Connor Deveney ’11. Andover plays two important games this upcoming weekend against Choate and Hopkins.