Four Consecutive Goals Just Short of Victory

The one-man show of Tim Bulens ’15 drove home four goals in the final five minutes of the game against Belmont Hill on Wednesday. Despite this sizeable dent in Belmont Hill’s seven-goal lead, Andover Boys Lacrosse ultimately lost 10-7.

Despite aggressive playing last Saturday as well, including a 4-2 lead at halftime, the team also fell to Nobles 8-6.

“The team is playing like we should be able to win. These games just came down to execution. We need to execute better,” said Head Coach Steve Moreland.

“We came out firing on all cylinders [on Saturday]. The defense looked strong, but [Nobles] scored a couple goals. The offense was also just clicking,” said Will Young ’14.
A less successful second half, however, cost Andover the game.

“We weren’t prepared to play the full game. There were some miscommunications about the defense and our playsets. We should come out knowing our matchups,” said Jack Lu ’16.

“They possessed the ball, so we couldn’t score. Our off-ball defense needs to get better, and we need to push the ball in transition a bit more,” Young added.

On Wednesday, the team traveled to Belmont Hill. Ranked at 17 in New England by “LaxPower,” Belmont Hill trumped number four Deerfield and number 20 Brunswick earlier this season, two schools known for the high quality of their lacrosse teams.

Belmont Hill led 4-3 at the end of the first half and, gaining its rhythm, continued to break through Andover’s defense.

Foster LeBoeuf ’15, who had a goal against Belmont, said, “In our past two games, we’ve had a tough third quarter. It showed our strength coming back the way we did.”

Although the final scores were not in Andover’s favor, the team has displayed a lot of potential. Andover, currently sitting at number 40, will have a lot to prove when it opens a six-game home stand against a top-15 New Hampton lineup this Saturday.