Sports

Andover Players Score Across The Board in 2-1 Week

Alex Nanda ’11 netted an astounding nine goals in a 17-10 win over Brunswick, the first of two Andover Boys Water Polo victories on Saturday. In this 11 hour day of water polo, Andover also dominated Williston-Northampton, but suffered a deflating 11-6 loss to Deerfield. Andover welcomed Brunswick to the New England Prep League with an onslaught of goals from Austen Novis ’11, Alex Smachlo ’11, and Nanda in the first half. A strong defensive line, led by goalie Andrew Wilson ’12 and Co-Captains Matt Mahoney ’11 and Dan Larson ’11, also performed exceptionally, supplying numerous opportunities for counterattacks. The second half saw another three goals from Nanda and one from Conor Deveney ’11, supplying Andover with an 11-8 lead heading into the final quarter. Deveney scored twice more, Calvin Aubrey ’12 sent a ball into the Brunswick net, and Nanda netted another three to wrap up the 17-10 win. In the Williston-Northampton game, Andover’s aggressive defense led to many counterattacks, allowing eleven different field players to score. Aubrey, Nanda, and Mahoney netted two balls each, while Charlie Oliva ’11, Michael Camarda ’14, Smachlo, Adam Farrell ’12 and Deveney each contributed one goal. Novis and varsity newcomer Derrick Choi ’12 solidified the win with three goals each. Goalkeeper Larson fired a shot the length of the pool to score the first goal of his career. Splitting time with Larson, Andrew Wilson ’12 served as a brick wall in net, saving seven balls in a single quarter. Henry Kennelly ’13 and Travis Bouscaren ’14 supported the team with strong defense and numerous steals. The end result was a 18-8 win over Williston-North Hampton. These games supplied Andover with confidence and gave the newcomers some game experience, as Larson commented, “Some of the newer players on the team got a lot of play time, which should help us a lot later in the season.” In a physical match against a tough Deerfield squad, Andover fell behind immediately from a Deerfield goal in the first minute. Nanda quickly countered with a goal, tying up the game. However, by the end of the first quarter Andover fell behind due to several defensive lapses, trailing Deerfield 3-1. In the second quarter Andover came out strong on both offense and defense with goals from Farrell ’12 and Nanda and several saves from goalkeeper Larson. Andover soon fell behind again, struggling to handle two especially strong Deerfield players. The only goal of the third quarter came from Austen Novis ’11. In the fourth and final period Andover’s young substitutes came in, getting the chance to practice in a real game against formidable opponents. The final score was 6-11, but the team looks forward to a rematch on Parents’ Weekend, and next week’s game at Choate.