Belmont Hill Blows by Andover;Strong Defense is Not Enough

En route to tallying his second goal of Andover Boys Lacrosse’s Saturday scrimmage against Middlesex, Connor Light ’13 side stepped his defender, powered through the next defender, dove across the crease and dunked the ball in the goal mid-flight. Light scored two of the team’s four goals, but Andover Lacrosse could not overcome Middlesex on the road. “The positive take away was for the team to realize how hard and smart they need to play in order to compete,” said Coach Stephen Moreland. Although no official score was kept, Light generated most of Andover’s attack, tallying two goals, while Tim Bulens ’15 and Co-Captain Joe Kruy ’12 each scored one. On the defensive end, Larken Kemp ’13, Ian Palin ’12 and Eric Meller ’12 started for Andover and played the majority of the game. William Young ’14 also started and was a force as a long pole midfielder. Andover found itself in the penalty box very often, so much of the game was spent man-down. Most of Middlesex’s goals came as a result of Andover penalties. Kruy, Co-Captain Tommy Shannon ’12 and Austin Gaiss ’14 ran the show in the midfield and provided options on clears and sparked plays on offense. Kruy’s goal came when he faked to the right, beat his defender to the left and then sniped the top right corner above the goalie’s stick. Andover’s attack consisted of Bulens, Foster LeBoeuf ’15, Stephen Fehnel ’13 and Kruy, when he wasn’t playing midfield. The Middlesex defense was very tight, didn’t let up the whole game and at time prevented Andover from moving the ball well. Following the Middlesex scrimmage, Andover built on what it learned but came up short against Belmont Hill 7-4 on Wednesday. Andover dominated in shots and possession time, but Belmont’s goalie played an outstanding game. “The game was a battle for ground balls. We dominated in that area, and the opportunities were there, but often times Belmont Hill’s keeper came up huge,” said Young. The team’s goals came from Kruy and Light, who each scored two. “With all the shots we took, we could have won the game by as much as 12-7, but we didn’t capitalize on offense as much as we’re capable of,” said Young. What Andover did not do on offense, it made up for on defense. The defense succeeded in shutting down Belmont’s attack for the most part and was down only 2-1 at the half. Goalkeeper Anthony Tedesco ’12 played an incredible game, by blocking shot after shot and thereby preventing Belmnot Hill from capitalizing on several opportunities. In the end, Andover’s ball movement surpassed Belmont Hill’s, but the Andover couldn’t outscore its opponent. Andover faces off in its home opener against New Hampton this Saturday and looks to get its first taste of victory.