Three Hat Tricks

Tim Bulens ’15, Foster LeBouef ’15 and Co-Captain Tommy Shannon ’12 each scored a hat trick and assisted two goals to lead Andover Boys Lacrosse to an exciting 15-13 win at Holderness on Wednesday. The win gave Andover a winning record of 4-3. On offense, Andover struck with the first goal of the game and continued to finish its opportunities from there. Andover’s midfield not only played strong team defense with the team’s three close defenders, but it also generated and executed many scoring opportunities. Along with Shannon’s three goals and two assists, Larken Kemp ’13 tallied two goals of his own and David Belluche ’14 scored one as well. While Andover’s attack put the team ahead on the scoreboard, its defense shut down Holderness’s attack and didn’t let its opposition score as many goals. “They scored a lot of goals in transition, but we played straight up six on six very well,” said William Young ’14. Going into the game, Andover knew that Holderness had the top pole midfielder in New England, a University of Virginia lacrosse commit. Co-Captain Joe Kruy ’12 marked him the whole game, and the two had an extremely high-intensity match-up. Andover particularly out-hustled Holderness and won many ground balls throughout the game. “The reason we came away with the win was our tenacity on ground balls. Their face-off guy won the clamp almost every time, but by using two or three poles on the face-offs, we came up with the ball a majority of the time,” said Young. On Saturday, Andover will take to the road again to play lacrosse powerhouse Deerfield Academy.