Exhausted Players Struggle To Defend the Goal

Andover Water Polo plans to use a two week break from competition to improve upon the weaknesses that led to a 16-2 loss against Choate Rosemary Hall last Saturday.

“We learned a lot from [the loss to Choate] and now we have a long stretch of just practice, so we’re going to be doing a lot of work on just about everything before our next couple of games,” said Co-Captain Henry Kennelly ’13.

Facing an unstoppable Choate offense, Andover fell behind. The team generated a penalty shot early but was unable to finish. Andover then continued to falter and let up five unanswered goals in the first quarter.

“We were a sluggish at the start,” said Kennelly. “It took us a little while to get into the game.”

Andover suffered the disadvantage of having to travel nearly three hours to Choate, and many of Andover’s players had taken the SATs earlier that morning.

Still struggling to wake up, Andover let up two more unanswered goals at the beginning of the second quarter.

The team finally got on the board when Co-Captain Travis Bouscaren ’14 netted a shot midway through the second quarter. Neither team was able to capitalize offensively for the rest of the quarter, so Andover went into halftime trailing 7-1.

Despite a glimmer of momentum in the second quarter, Andover fell farther behind during the third. The team let up three unanswered goals before Nick Faulkner ’16 found the net to tip the score to 10-2.

Andover went scoreless after Faulkner’s goal, while Choate continued to attack with six more goals to secure its victory.

“We improved [as the game went on], but Choate’s counterattacks were strong,” said Andrew Yang ’14. “We definitely could have gotten back on defense more.”