After coming off a strong last season, Andover Girls Lacrosse looks ahead to a promising season with an abundance of new talent.
“We have a good balance of speed, athleticism, skill and grit, and we have a very strong quartet of Seniors to lead us,” said coach Kate Dolan.
This quartet consists of Captain Hailey Novis ’13, Kaitlin Poor ’13, Cara Daly ’13 and Giovanna Pickering ’13. “[The Seniors] will look to lead the relatively young group of girls to having a great season,” said Dolan.
After losing seven key players from last year, Andover looks to use its new assets, such as new Lower Eliza Quigley ’15, who had a three goal performance in the team’s first scrimmage against Middlesex.
Though Quigley’s performance was impressive, Andover began its season with a tough 15-11 loss in its scrimmage against Middlesex. Although the game offered a competitive two-way feel, Middlesex was able to convert five times in the beginning of the second half, giving it a lead too great for Andover to make up.
Returner Olivia Cabral ’14 sat out the scrimmage due to injury but looks forward to seeing the team’s potential unfold as its chemistry translates to the field.
Novis said, “[We have] a very athletic team, so it is just a matter of [us] coming together and finding our rhythm. I think once we do that, we can have an awesome season.”
Coach Dolan wrote in an e-mail to The Phillipian, “Our success will depend on how well we communicate and help one another. The girls need to build confidence in themselves and each other, and with confidence and communication, we will do very well.”
Andover has a challenging schedule including some of the top teams Loomis and Thayer, which Andover will play back-to-back in May.
Andover has its first regular-season game this Saturday at home, and the team is looking to open up the regular-season with a win over Nobles.