Down by one goal in the fourth quarter against Loomis Chaffee, Foster LeBoeuf ’15 threaded the needle on a pass through the defense to Tim Bulens ’15, who ripped a shot into the back of the net to tie the game up 6-6. Andover ultimately fell to Loomis 8-7, the third loss in a row for the team.
Down just one goal at halftime, Andover was close the entire game, though never quite able to pull ahead. Never able to establish a presence in the Loomis zone, it was difficult for Andover to take control of the game.
“We have to value possession,” said defenseman Will Young ’14.
Andover was forced to make key defensive plays time and time again, as Loomis planted itself in the team’s defensive zone.
Bulens, LeBoeuf and Will Bergstein ’16 led Andover’s offensive attack and capitalized on their scoring opportunities. Despite their best efforts, the lack of possession hurt Andover, as it could not generate enough opportunities to win the game.
“We played a lot of defense. If the ball was in our zone for as much as it was, they were bound to stick some shots,” said Young.
If the team continues to find itself hard pressed for possession, like it did Wednesday, it must continue to capitalize on those chances in order to find success coming into the home stretch of the season.
Sitting at 6-6, Andover is looking to win out and match last year’s 10-6 record. The road begins this Saturday at home against Kimball Union Academy, whose record is 8-4.