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Team Falls in Overtime

Andover Ultimate surged forward in the final moments of its game against Andover High to tie the at 12, sending the game into sudden death overtime.

The win barely slipped out of Andover’s grasp for a final score of 12-13.

Cheered on by a stadium of supporters weathering the torrential rain and sub-50 degree temperatures, Andover Ultimate’s rollercoaster season cumulated in a highly competitive two and a half hour game against Andover High in the annual Andover Cup last Friday.

“It seemed like a fitting climax of the season—it was probably the longest game in the worst weather that I have ever played, but that did not dampen our determination and will to win and play our best,” said Co-Captain Piper Curtis ’13.

“Our last game was probably one of my favorite memories of the season,” she added. “We played our hardest and left everything on the field.”

With relentless back-and-forth power exchanges between the two teams throughout the game, it all came down to the final 45 seconds before the hard cap.

Down 10-12, Andover Ultimate needed to finish the point for a fighting chance. With 11 seconds left, Rem Remmel ’14 threw the disc to Graeme Henderson ’14, who curved an outside-in forehand to Gabe Freund ’13 to bring the score up to 11-12. The successful point that followed launched the two teams into “universal point,” or sudden death.

“The most memorable part of the game was easily the last three points,” said Remmel. “[In the last point] after I pulled into the back corner of their in-zone, we stormed down the field and were able to mark our players before they got their first throw.”

“Then Piper got a d-block on the shaky throw that picked up the disc,” he continued. “We, unfortunately, were not able to capitalize, and Andover High got the disc and worked it up the field for a point to win the game.”

The rainy weather and strong winds created an extra challenge for both teams as the disc became slippery and difficult to control. Despite the loss, outstanding performances from each member of the team in such harsh conditions as well as extraordinary cohesiveness made the game one of the season’s best and showed the breadth of Andover’s improvement.

“Though we were disappointed to have lost, I am certain that none of us were dejected because we played our best,” continued Remmel. “Gabe [Freund ’13] had an amazing game; he caught so many deep throws and played almost the whole game. It was especially amazing when one considers that at the beginning of the season, he had never played a game of Ultimate in his life.”

“That was the most competitive, intense and fun Andover Cup I have ever played,” said Co-Captain Alec Tolentino ’14. “Although I am disappointed by the loss, I am by no means disappointed about how our team played in such terrible conditions.”

Additionally, the support from the crowd and each other was unprecedented and encouraged the team to persevere in the freezing weather.

“Throughout the whole game, I could hear our sideline cheering for us,” said Curtis. “They were fired up even standing in the cold rain. They were our eighth player.”

“I don’t think we’ve ever felt more together as a team, fighting for this last game together and a last win for our seniors against another great team,” said Dan Wang ’14.

After what was largely considered a rebuilding season, Andover Ultimate ended on a high note with a strong 8-9 record and positive mindset for next year.

Tolentino said, “We played with heart, and some of our younger kids really stepped up, giving me hope that next year will be a great year.”