First Win Shows Room For Improvement

Andover Ultimate Co-Captain Alec Tolentino ’14 took command right off the pull with the team down 7-6. With the ease of a seasoned veteran, Tolentino caught the disc and instinctively threaded it through the entire Boston University Academy (BUA) team and into the awaiting hands of Graeme Henderson ’14 for the tying point.

After opening with two losses, Andover found a 15-10 win last Wednesday over BUA.

Although Andover started off slow, the team was able able to come back from a 3-5 score to win 8-7. After adjusting to BUA’s zone defense, Andover took control of the game.

Rocco Amorosso ’15, Jordan Swett ’15 and Henderson added some notable diving catches of their own to the highlight reel.

The win, however, also pointed out some weakness on defense. “I would say we need to work on communication,” said Matt Alpert ’15. “When we did switch well, we communicated well. We knew who we were switching with so we could effectively cover our opponents.”

Andover’s inability to switch effectively on a consistent basis has created lapses in defense and given its opponents opportunities to score. As the season progresses, the team’s chemistry must improve to solidify the defense.

Alpert continued, “In the last few games, we came out weak and got down a few points. In this game in particular, we were able to show resilience and come back.”

Andover will travel down the road this weekend to participate in a tournament hosted by Andover High School.