Sports

Strong Defense Garners Two-Win Start

Evagelia Toffoloni ’15 stole the show in Andover Field Hockey’s first regular season home game this past Wednesday as she led Andover to its 4-1 win, scoring all four goals.

Coming off strong performances against Tilton and Thayer in scrimmages, Andover came out ready to play against a formidable Lawrence Academy team.

Andover dominated play at both ends of the field and cruised past Lawrence.

“The goals were a testament to our great team chemistry on the field. We moved the ball well and were able to capitalize on our opportunities,” said Toffoloni.

Toffoloni’s first two goals in the first half proved to be all Andover needed to put away Lawrence Academy.

“Eva is very consistent with her stick skills and her larger game sense makes her able to lead the team’s offense on the field,” said Hannah Burns ’15.

All four of Toffoloni’s goals were the result of her going strong to the net and jamming home a rebound.

“Eva always gives 100 percent in practice and her hard work and dedication really show up in the games,” said Co-Captain Hannah Sorkin ’14.

Andover was not only a constant threat on offense, but also maintained a strong presence on defense led by the goalie, Ashlyn Aiello ’14. Aiello made numerous saves, including many key rebound opportunities for Lawrence.

The save of the game came in the second half when Lawrence Academy was throwing all they had at Aiello, who made save after save. Just as one of the Lawrence Academy players thought she had an open net, Aiello dove from one post to the opposite one and saved what should have been Lawrence Academy’s first goal of the game.

The sweepers did a great job clearing balls away from the net and releasing Lawrence Academy’s offensive pressures. Co-Captain Amy Morin ’14, Sorkin and Naomi Simpson ’14 all did a superb job stopping Lawrence on its rushes.

“Our defenseman have been playing great! They are making interceptions, creating fast breaks, protecting the goalie and working with the midfield to take away the other team’s time and space,” said Sorkin.

Andover came into this game with a lot of momentum, beating a strong Thayer team 2-1 last Monday.

Andover capitalized on Thayer’s mistakes, as both of its goals came from Lexi Davidson ’17 in the corners.

“I am a midfielder and that helps me get lots of touches on the ball. They have also made me a shooter on the corners, which gives me more opportunities,” said Davidson.

Aiello also had another great performance against Thayer. She faced about ten shots and stopped all of them under pressure, including a Thayer breakaway within the first five minutes.

On Friday, Andover takes on Loomis Chaffee under the lights at Phelps Stadium at 7 p.m.

Loomis will be Andover’s biggest test yet.

“The team is shaping up really well. We are really coming together as a team, and our passing is looking really good. I think everyone is excited to play under the lights and so excited to keep our winning streak going,” said Morin.

“I think we bring intensity and energy into each game, we have the potential of having an amazing season.” said Toffoloni.