Kemp ’13 Digs Up 15 Ground Balls During Week

Despite a hat trick from Connor Light ’13, Andover Boys Lacrosse fell to Choate 12-6 on Saturday. “Our problem at Choate had more to do with lack of energy than it did with systems. Our kids have played extremely hard this season, and I think the rigorous schedule took its toll last Saturday,” said Coach Stephen Moreland. Andover managed to get 26 shots on goal but could not break Choate’s keeper. Ben Scharf ’12, Tim Bulens ’15 and Co-Captain Tommy Shannon ’12 managed to squeeze shots past the keeper. Midfielder Larken Kemp ’13 also stood out with nine ground balls. Though Andover outshot Choate, which tallied 21 shots, Choate was more efficient with its shots. After its loss to Choate, Andover took a step back and put its remaining two games in perspective. “We’ve managed practice time and intensity carefully this week to let our guys heal and tweaked our offensive and defensive schemes just a bit to address specific needs for the remaining two games,” said Moreland. Andover’s new game-plan proved effective, as the team beat Proctor 9-7 on Wednesday. Light tallied another two goals, while Stephen Fehnel ’13 and Co-Captain Joe Kruy ’12 scored two as well. Scharf, Sean Kavanaugh ’12 and Kemp each scored one. Andover proved to be more successful than Proctor on offense, outshooting its opponent 26-21. Kemp led the team again in ground balls with six, while Will Young ’14 was close behind with five. As a team, Andover beat Proctor in ground balls 22-17. “The first three quarters, we moved the ball really well and hustled on ground balls. We brought more energy to this game than we did against Choate and that made all the difference,” said Austin Gaiss ’14. With the win over Proctor and the loss to Choate, Andover now holds a record of 10-5 and will play Exeter at home tomorrow. Exeter, with a record of 18-2, is expected to be a top competitor. Exeter’s two losses were to Governors Academy and Deerfield, two top-notch lacrosse programs.