Mid-Season Turnaround Yields Wins

Following last Wednesday’s thrilling victory in double overtime, Andover Girls Lacrosse looked to keep its momentum rolling this week, winning 20-10 at Taft on Saturday.

Andover displayed its offensive dominance against Taft, and winning by such a wide margin was impressive for a team that had a rough start (0-3 record) in the beginning of the season.

Andover was able to get their offense rolling with goals from Captain Nekele McCall ’14, Caroline Garrity ’15 and Olivia Cabral ’14.

Andover came out one step ahead of Taft from the beginning. It won the face-offs, gathered the loose balls and pushed the game’s tempo whenever it saw a fast break opportunity. In the second half, Andover maintained its dominance.

On Wednesday against Governor’s Academy, Andover was able to hold off a late game surge to keep their winning streak going.

McCall and Garrity started the scoring in the first half to put Andover on the board early. McCall nodded two quick goals and Garrity got one of her own, but this was all the offensive production Andover would see in the first half. The team trailed 3-4 at halftime.

In the second half however, Andover found its rhythm and pulled ahead of Governor’s. Cabral, Garrity and Amy Morin ’14 each added their own goals, while McCall notched three more goals for a total of five for the game.

With a little less than ten minutes left in the game Andover found itself up 9-6. With the game still close enough, Governor’s picked up their tempo and searched for some late game heroics.

With under three minutes left, Governor’s quickly scored on two fast break goals bringing the score dangerously to within one point.

Garrity put an end to any hope Governor’s had by rocketing a shot past the goalie’s head with a couple minutes left, pulling Andover up 10-8. This goal completed her hat trick, and Andover was able to seal the win.

This Saturday, Andover will look to continue its winning streak as it travels to Tabor Academy.