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Andover Flies By Pelicans; Four Different Players Score

Co-Captain Greer McBeth ’12 led Andover with a goal and three assists in a 4-1 win over Loomis.

Despite rainy conditions and an early deficit, the team showed good communication and movement and eventually pushed through to get the win.

The first half began slowly for Andover, as Loomis scored an early goal. “We got kind of deflated after their first goal on a penalty stroke,” said Cara Daly ’13.

McBeth retaliated by scoring a goal, assisted by Co-Captain Brooke Van Valkenburg ‘12, to tie the game at one near the end of the first half. Andover then came out in the second half ready to take control of the game.

Spurred by a sizable home crowd despite the rainy weather, Andover’s offense pushed deep into Loomis’s half with multiple breakaways.

Loomis was unable to answer, as the team could not penetrate Andover’s strong defensive line despite scoring opportunities on multiple corner shots.

Lizzie Paul ’12 and Emma Mehlman ’14 both contributed to Andover’s impressive offensive attack, as they each scored a goal in the second half. Goalkeeper Corinne Rivard ’12 also played another good game in net, letting only one ball slip past her.

Eva Toffoloni ’15, a newcomer to the team, netted her first career goal. Toffoloni is one of nine new players who have made an immediate impact on Andover’s program this year.

McBeth, Van Valkenburg, Hannah Beinecke ’12, as well as well as Daly and Catherine Anderson ’12 took the leadership of the team to rally them to fight back against Loomis.

Hannah Sorkin ’14 said, “This was the game that really made me believe that we can beat any team that stands before us.”

Andover had a bit to work on these past couple of days, but the team feels well prepared as it enters a two game weekend, both away at Brooks and Tabor.