Andover Stumbles Against Bridgton and Holderness

Joe Kruy ’12 scored three of Andover’s six goals in Andover Boys Lacrosse game against Bridgton Academy on Saturday. The team failed to produce enough offense to win, however, and ended up losing 11-6.

“On the offensive side of the ball, we needed to take care of the ball with more patience. We also did not bury any of our early opportunities to score, which gave our opponent the opportunity to go on a run of unanswered goals,” said Co-captain Will Walker ’11. Walker dealt out four assists in the game.

Bridgton had an explosive start to the first half, jumping out to an 8-1 lead by halftime. The only Andover goal of the half came from Connor Light ’13 for his first goal of the season.

Although Andover played much better in the second half, its efforts were not enough to make up the deficit and the team lost 11-6. Kruy had three goals in the second half alone and Ben Scharf ’12 and Stephen Fehnel ’13 had goals as well.

“Defensively, we didn’t have out best game,” said Scharf. “Our slides were not as sharp as they normally are and as a result they scored a lot of easy goals.”

Anthony Tedesco ’12, who came in for the second half at goalie, played very well and stopped numerous Bridgton shots. “Anthony really played fearlessly,” said Walker. “He threw himself at shots, using his body to block any open opportunities. I was very impressed with his agility and cat-like reflexes as he flew around the cage making saves.”

Andover began its game well this past Wednesday against Holderness, as the team held the lead for most of the first half. Andover was up 7-5 with only a few minutes remaining in the half, but Holderness scored two quick goals in the final seconds to tie the game at seven.

Holderness went ahead with a quick goal in the opening of the second half and eventually extended its lead to 12-8 with nine minutes left in regulation. Walker assisted a Ben Green ’11 goal just one minute later, and Green soon returned the favor by stealing a Holderness pass and hurling it downfield to Walker for an easy goal. Green scored a season-record five goals in the game, and Walker scored three and assisted three more.

Despite a few chances late in the game, Andover was unable to score again the clock ran out with Andover down 12-10.

“On defense, we got beat 1 on 1 too many times, and had trouble sliding efficiently,” said Walker. “Jay Dolan, however, had a terrific game in net.”

This week, Andover is preparing for a home game on Saturday against Deerfield (6-0), its toughest opponent of the season.

“Looking forward, we need to tighten up on defense and in the clear,” said Walker. “We also need to put the ball in the back of the net when we have the chances.”