Long Road Trips Prove Difficult For Team

Down 13-12, with the clock winding down, Courtney Masotti ’17 found herself with the potential game-tying ball. After receiving a slotted pass near the front of the net, Massotti was quick to act, but was ultimately rejected by the Nobles goalie, who defended the slim lead for the win.

Andover Girls Lacrosse came out blazing in the first half of a game against Nobles on Saturday, immediately controlling the tempo of the game with goals from Olivia Cabral ’14, Captain Nekele McCall ’14, Caroline Garrity ’15 and Lexi Davidson ’17.

Nobles began to take advantage of fast breaks, however, and decreased the three goal gap. At halftime, the score was tied 6-6.

The intense game was reflected by the incredibly close and goal-plenty scoreline. All throughout the second half, neither team held on to a long or significant lead. Nobles attackers found the net towards the end of the game to win.

On Wednesday afternoon, Andover traveled to play a very strong Deerfield team. Similarly to the Nobles game, Andover started out very strong offensively, but went on to lose 9-17. Goals from McCall, Cabral, Garrity and Meredith Collins ’14 put Andover on the board early. Though it is early in the season, these four players have already established themselves as consistent scorers.

Deerfield responded with goals of its own, and at halftime, the game was tied 7-7. In the second half of the game, Deerfield took control. With its quick and strong attackers, Deerfield went on a 2-10 run during the second half, eventually winning the game 9-17.

Defender Amy Morin ’14 said, “They had a lot of fast breaks. Right off the draw, they won the ball, drove down the field and took well-placed shots. They got a lot of really quick goals, which were pretty hard to defend. They were a very good team.”

“It’s all about making smart decisions, being mentally prepared and changing our thought pattern. Sometimes we rush the ball too much or we are not thinking about what pass we are making, so we have to make sure we change our thought pattern and come focused and ready to go. It’s all a mental game,” continued Morin.

This Saturday, Andover face off against Pingree in a home game.