Will Walker ’11 Nets Five as Andover Destroys Pomfret

Led by an astounding five goal performance from Will Walker ’11, Andover Lacrosse blew out Pomfret 12-2. Everything went well for Andover in this one, as the team got all the fundamentals down. “We put our foot on the gas early and didn’t let up,” said Jay Dolan ’11. Andover got out to an early lead, as the team went into the half with a 5-0 lead. Defensively, Andover did a fantastic job of making stops and clearing the ball quickly, which led to great offensive possessions. Clay Cleveland ’10 and Luke Duprey ’10 continued their phenomenal play in this one as well. Andover scored three more unanswered goals at the beginning of the second half to expand on its lead. The first goal against Andover came late in the third quarter when Andover was two men down. “We really did everything well in this game,” Dolan said. Dolan had a great game himself, making six saves on just seven shots. Will Walker’s five goals was his season high as well as a team season high for goals in a single game. Ben Scharf ’12 also added one goal of his own. This was by far one of Andover’s most impressive wins of the season and also brought the team’s record back up to .500. Earlier in the week, Andover let in four unanswered goals to start the game, as the team lost a tight match to Choate last Saturday, 12-7. Continued sloppy play led to the early game struggles by Andover, ending the first quarter 5-1. Andover was unable to scoop up many loose balls, which cost the team precious time. “It seemed they picked up every 50-50 ball,” said Coach Carr. Although Andover has improved at the faceoff X in the last few weeks, the team struggled in this game. Andover did, however, show some promising second half energy as Will Walker ’11 scored two behind the back goals late in the game. However trick shots were not enough to win this one, as Andover could not rebound from an early deficit. “In the second half, our defense picked up and the offense started pushing hard to the net, but we were unable to fight back hard enough to pull out the win,” Walker said. Walker scored three goals on the day, while Joe Kruy ’12 and Tom Shannon ’12 each had one, and Spencer Macquarrie ’10 scored two. “Macquarrie continues to impress as a kid who plays through injury and competes to the final whistle. He leaves it all on the field every game,” said Coach Carr. Andover will conclude its season this Saturday against rival Exeter.