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The Ultimate Comeback: Nine-Point Turnaround Against St. Johnsbury

Andover Ultimate avenged a Saturday loss to Lexington by defeating the same team 15-13 on Wednesday.

Andover’s loss to Lexington early in the week was part of the Andover Invitational Tournament on Saturday, in which Andover won four of six games.

On Saturday, Andover defeated Abington 11-3, St. Johnsbury 10-7, Acton-Boxboro 11-3 and Holliston 11-4 but lost to Masconomet 11-2 and Lexington 7-5.

The highlight of the tournament was Andover’s fierce comeback against St. Johnsbury Academy. Andover was down 6-1 at halftime but pulled through for an unbelievable turnaround. Andover scored nine points in the second half and only allowed one.

“The score didn’t really reflect how difficult an opponent they were. They really pushed us; there were some really good players who were on a club team called Black Ice, but we came out strong,” said David Russell ’12.

“We really had to get creative with the handlers crashing the cup [on offense], and it made it hard to initiate flow, which is when the disc really gets moving,” added Russell.

Taylor Chin ’14 had a breakout game against Abington. He dominated the field with layouts and goals in what Captain Brandon Wong ’12 described as “monumental moments for [Chin].”

Said Chin of the game, “It was awesome. It felt really good, and it showed a lot of the character of our team. We have tenacity.”

Of the tournament overall, Chin said, “Throughout the day we grew a lot. Each team threw a different defense [and] brought something new, and the biggest thing that we had to deal with and that we overcame was facing new challenges and learning to adjust to what each team gave us.”

The experience with defending helped significantly in the team’s next game on Wednesday against Lexington, a chance for redemption after Andover’s Saturday loss.

After starting slow with a score of 1-3 and still down 4-8 at halftime, Andover Ultimate pulled itself together as a team, adjusted its strategy and battled Lexington for the win.

Highlights of the game included a long toss to Cam Morose ’13 in the end zone, giving the team confidence in catching up at 6-9. During the tie at 13-13, after a series of many disc drops and back and forth play, Morose scored again. The climatic ending was a block from Wong, a strong pass to Chin and finally to Alec Tolentino ’14 to seal the 15-13 win.

“I’m pretty proud of the squad for the comeback… I think it was making adjustments, being able to recognize what wasn’t working on offense like killing space and being able to address that,” said Coach Scott Hoenig.

Hoenig continued, “On defense, we were trying to do a little more of a team defense in the beginning of the game, but that wasn’t going very well. I think the defense [helped] in the second half, [and] the zone transition to man defense with people playing a little better forced the turnovers.”

Andover is currently preparing for the Amherst Ultimate Tournament tomorrow.