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Tucker Scores Three Goals in Three Minutes

After dropping a 6-13 loss to a strong Deerfield over the weekend, Andover Boys Lacrosse bounced back with a crushing 17-8 win over Tabor on Wednesday. Deerfield, ranked 11th in the country by laxpower.com, took down Andover on a Saturday night showdown at Phelps Stadium. Deerfield was firing at all cylinders and took an eight to one halftime lead. “Overall, we can’t be disappointed with the way we played. Our defense made some great stops, but in the end, they did to us exactly what we wanted to do to them,” said Tim Bulens ’15. “By slowing the game down, having patience on offense, and taking smart shots, Deerfield’s offense really cut down on our possession time.” Pat Daly ’15 said in an e-mail to The Phillipian, “We did all we could against a tough opponent in Deerfield. They were a very strong team, but we played hard from the first whistle until the final buzzer.” He added, “We showed a lot of heart but could not pull it out in the end. Austin Gaiss [‘14] played extremely well for us and really took control of our offense, which was a huge for us as he lead us on and off the field. The crowd was phenomenal throughout the entire game and really kept us going, but in the end it wasn’t enough.” For Andover, Co-Captain Gaiss led the offense with three goals. Co-Captains Larken Kemp ’13, Connor Light ’13 and Stephen Fehnel ’13 all scored a goal apiece. Fehnel also added Andover’s only assist. Andover struggled to contain Deerfield’s attackman Tyler Earley, who scored six goals. Against Tabor, Andover put its loss against Deerfield in the past and scored twelve goals in the first half. Light popped in four goals in the first six minutes and scored one later on in the game. and Jay Tucker ’14 stepped up big time for Andover and scored three goals in three minutes in the fourth quarter. “[Against Tabor] we just brought a certain energy to the stadium, and both our starters and non-starters contributed to the win,” said Bulens. “Dan Martucci [’13]’s injury last week made us realize that we have to go hard both on and off the field, and that no practice or game should be taken for granted. That intensity and focus definitely contributed to our success today.” Andover’s goalie Clark Perkins ’14 added, “There are days when we feel it, and then days when we feel it, and today we certainly felt it. Our offense moved the ball incredibly well, and ignited our team with unselfish play.” “Our defense fed off the energy from the offense and played good, fundamental defense, only letting up two goals in the first half,” he added. Next up, Andover will take on Loomis and Dexter Southfield School this coming week. “We definitely want to take the momentum from [the Tabor] game and carry that into our game against Loomis this weekend,” said Fehnel. “Last year we played them at home and came out with tons of energy and got great results. If we can keep our level of play up, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t play great this weekend and throughout the rest of our season.”