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Toffoloni ’15 Scores Off a Stroke; Not Enough for Comeback

Despite displaying impressive team chemistry, Andover Field Hockey suffered a disappointing 4-2 loss last Saturday against Loomis Chaffee. With such a talented squad, Andover’s loss was unexpected, but the team still put in a valiant effort to recover from the multiple goals scored by Loomis at the start of the game. Loomis played with a strong offense and consistent defense, scoring four goals and keeping Andover from creating offensive opportunities. During a span of nine minutes in the first half, Loomis took advantage of the lack of communication between Andover players. Loomis scored three goals in quick succession and left Andover down 0-3 at halftime. However, at the start of the second half, Andover managed to get a goal when Captain Cara Daly ’13 scored on a penalty stroke. Unfortunately, a mere two minutes later, Loomis scored again, leaving the score at 1-4. Evagelia Toffoloni ’15 skillfully scored the second goal for Andover. She evaded the Loomis defenders and was able to finish the drive with an incredible top shelf stroke. “We have to support each other out there and focus on moving the ball by hitting it, not carrying it. I think we should also work on being more creative offensively and taking better corners. Our team really just needs the practice of playing together, and that experience will help us learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses. By getting used to each other’s style of play, we will hopefully be able to improve how we perform during games and practices,” said Sara Merker ’15, the team’s goalie. The team’s loss was a learning experience and the players are looking at it positively. Plans to improve on the team’s energy should assist in securing future wins. “I think we had disorganized play, and we need to improve on our teamwork and focus. We lacked power in our hits.” Coach Kate Dolan said, “The season is still young, and we are just looking to figure out how we play best together. We need to pass with greater force, move without the ball and play with more passion and grit. Really compete. Right from the get go, we did not play hard, and we didn’t generate anything.” S far this season, Andover has a record of 0-1-1. There is only room for the team to improve from here and with the many outstanding, passionate players on the team, Andover is driven to get the best out of this season. The team hopes to garner its first victory on its home field today at 4:30 p.m. against Brooks.