Andover Comes Up Short Despite Comeback

After falling behind by seven goals with just minutes left in the game agiants Thayer, Andover Girls Lacrosse was able to regroup itself and bring the score to within one. The team was unable to come all the way back however, and suffered a close 12-11 loss.

Facing a near-impenetrable Thayer goalie, Andover had a tough time netting its shots in the first half on Wednesday. The half went back and forth, but Thayer was able to capitalize on its offensive opportunities, leaving Andover down 7-3 at halftime.

“We simply could not bury our shots during the first half, otherwise we probably would have won the game,” said Haley Scott ’11.

Andover got caught on its heels at the beginning of the second half as Thayer netted three more consecutive goals. Down 10-3, Andover reorganized itself and began to dominate with tight defense, smooth connections in the midfield, and strong possessions on attack.

Goals from Greer McBeth ’12, Brooke Van Valkenburg ’12, Lizzie Paul ’12, Nekele McCall ’14 and co-captain Summer Washburn ’11 brought Andover back into the game, down just 12-11.

In the final seconds of the game, Andover was able to get a shot-off to try to tie the game, but the Thayer goalie saved the ball in the end.

Despite the loss, Andover showed incredible improvement from its Saturday game against Loomis.

“We only had about eight turnovers the entire game against Thayer, whereas we had about twelve in the first half against Loomis,” said Kellie Walsh ’11.

Andover’s defense took a while to get into a rhythm against Loomis, and the team had trouble sliding and hedging. Andover fell behind 5-0 at the beginning of the game. Andover began to make a turnaround, but went into the half down 9-3.

Andover continued to fall behind in the second half, and ultimately lost 16-8.

“We’ve had some really big improvements from game to game, which is great to see knowing we have a few tough games down the stretch,” said Walsh.

Andover will next face Lawrence Academy at home this Friday.