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Eight Andover Players Score in Water Polo’s First Home Game of Season

Sparked by goals from eight different players, Andover avenged last week’s heartbreaking loss to Choate with an 18-5 victory over St. Johns Prep on Wednesday in the first home game of the year. Within the first 30 seconds of the game, Andover found the back of the net with a rocket from Conor Deveney ’11. Alex Nanda ’11 and Austen Novis ’11 followed quickly with two more goals. These quick three goals in the first minute set the tone of the game. Derrick Choi ’12 said, “We came out clicking on all cylinders in the first quarter of the game and our whole team contributed, showing our depth as a team.” Aggressive defense forced St. John’s turnovers, setting up Andover with many counterattack opportunities. Perfect passes made by Co-Captain and goalie Dan Larson ’11 led Andover to capitalize on these counterattacks with a flood of goals, as the players utilized their speed to beat St. Johns players down the pool. Andover continued its dominance, as Charlie Oliva ’11 drew an exclusion foul, which Co-Captain Matt Mahoney ’11 quickly converted, contributing to Andover’s 11-1 lead at the end of the quarter. At the outset of the 2nd quarter, Andover came out strong again, as underclassmen Henry Kennelly ’13 and Michael Camarda ’14 assisted Calvin Aubrey ’12 with a goal in the first minute. Goals by Deveney and Alex Smachlo ’11 increased Andover’s lead to 13-1. Andover’s defense held strong throughout the quarter with great play from goalie Andrew Wilson ’12, as St. John’s scored only one goal. Andover held a 13-2 lead at the end of the quarter. In the third quarter, Nanda rocketed a goal from 15 meters out past the goalie. He added another quick goal 30 seconds later, giving Andover a 15-2 lead. With three minutes left in the quarter, Oliva forced a turnover and Andover’s quick counterattack converted with Nanda netting another goal. Andover’s defense was impenetrable, with great defensive play from underclassmen Travis Bouscaren ’14 and Mahoney. Two quick St. John’s goals in the beginning of the 4th quarter reduced Andover’s lead to 16-4 with 5:26 left to play. A crucial penalty drawn by Adam Farrell ’12 led to a quick goal after, squashing St. John’s momentum. Andover’s defense finished the game strong, allowing only one more goal from St. John’s. A key turnover forced by Kennelly led to a goal by Mahoney with two seconds, ending the game in an 18-5 Andover victory. Andover looks to defeat a tough Deerfield opponent on Saturday at home. The team currently stands at 5-4 after the St. John’s win. The team will look to improve upon that record in front of the home crowd this weekend.