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Bulens Scores Four in a Struggle for Victory

Finding himself in front of the net, Tim Bulens ’15 scooped up a dangerous rebound from Foster LeBoeuf ’15. Bulens dodged two long poles, stepped in close and finished off the play to give Andover Boys Lacrosse the first goal of the game against Deerfield on Saturday.

Andover, however, could not continue the momentum as it lost 5-12 to a very strong Deerfield team, the third-ranked team in New England by “laxpower.com.” On Wednesday, the team dropped another game as it fell 9-16 to Tabor.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Bulens and Ian Maag ’14, the team was stalled by penalties and lack of possession in the second quarter.

“They won every face-off in the second quarter, we almost never had possession and they put in seven goals,” said Will Bergstein ’16.

Deerfield capitalized on man-up situations as well, and jumped out to a 7-2 lead at halftime.

The pounding continued in the second half. LeBoeuf had two goals in the third quarter, but Deerfield’s offense found a way to score three more and widen the gap. Bergstein scored the last goal for Andover in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough.

“Penalties and bad transition defense killed us, we played very well when at even strength,” said Clark Perkins ’14, who plays goalie.

Deerfield ended up scoring ten of its 12 goals while in man-up or in transition and, after securing a lead, continued to frustrate Andover’s offense.

Deerfield attackers Tim Edmonds ’14 and Harrison Lane ’15 spearheaded their offensive end, creating difficult match-ups for the Andover defense.

“[Edmonds] was really good for them. He is a really good feeder and a dangerous shooter,” said Perkins.

Edmonds is committed to play at Harvard, according to InsideLacrosse, and Lane is committed to play at Dartmouth, according to BostonLax.

“We knew they were going to be a tough opponent, and we started off hot. But then we just broke down. They went on a big run, and that one quarter kind of lost it for us,” said Captain Austin Gaiss ’14.

The team went into the Tabor game looking to recover from the crushing loss, but could not play to its full potential.

Bulens had an impressive game, tallying up three goals and two assists, and his play was augmented with goals from both Gaiss and LeBoeuf.

For all its offensive production, however, Andover fell behind in the game and let up 16 goals. It was a hole that the team could not climb out of.

Perkins said, “It’s a process. We have to continue to learn from our mistakes and rebound for the next part of our season. We have the potential to be a great lacrosse team.”

With just five games left in the regular season, Andover’s record barely stands above .500 at 6-5.