With just 11 seconds left in the first half, Captain Caroline Garrity ’15 weaved her way through a wall of Deerfield defenders and fired a laser into the back of the net, her fourth goal of the game. She extended Andover Girls Lacrosse’s lead to two goals against Deerfield on Wednesday, bringing the halftime score to 6-4.
Andover went on to defeat Deerfield 12-7 in its first win of the season, after a tough 9-6 loss against Nobles on Saturday.
On Saturday, Andover fell to Nobles after a hard fought and gritty game. The team was looking to build off of its performance in its preseason scrimmage against Middlesex.
Head Coach Martha Fenton said, “Our focus coming out of the scrimmage was to put together two strong halves of lacrosse and to really take care of the ball, both in transition and in our offensive end.”
She continued, “We recognize that our fitness level needs to improve to be able to play strong for 50 minutes, and we also know that we will have to work on our communication on the field.”
Andover led Nobles at halftime as the score stood at 5-2. Nobles, however, had a strong response in the second half and pulled off a 9-6 win in the end.
Kelly McCarthy ’16 said, “Our lull in the second half was a result of having four goals scored on us within a span of about five minutes. Lacrosse is very much a game of momentum, so it was hard to reverse the energy that that Nobles generated in the second half.”
Attacker Eliza Quigley ’15 led the team offensively with three goals and two assists. Garrity had two goals and an assist.
While other sports on campus cancelled their games and practices on Wednesday due to the bitter cold and snow, Girls Lacrosse and its fans weathered the brutal conditions. The players huddled closely under towels and blankets on the sideline to stay warm.
Assistant Coach Heidi Wall said, “Against Nobles, we had a good, strong first half, and then we let up quite a bit in the second half. We were looking to try to play more consistently [against Deerfield]. I think being up by a couple at the half – we knew that that wasn’t going to be good enough, and so we were looking to come out strong.”
Garrity, Andover’s center midfielder, had eight goals to her name by the final horn – two thirds of Andover’s goals and one more goal than the entire Deerfield team.
Garrity said, “The team has been working very hard this week, spending time on and off the field. We bounce back quickly from a game like Nobles because we know we can do much better, and we are demanding more of ourselves and our teammates as the season continues.”
Nora McNamara-Bordewick ’16 was second in scoring with three goals on four shots on net. Additionally, McNamara-Bordewick, Beth Krikorian ’17 and Hannah Burns ’15 each had two assists.
Kinsey Yost ’15 said, “I think that as a whole, the team is going to focus on continuing to get solid results off ground balls and draws. Those two elements of the game are crucial. Whichever team wins those ground balls and draws dominates, scores and wins. I’m confident in my teammates.”
Andover’s next game is Friday against Pingree at 6 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to be at Pingree but will instead be a home game at Andover under the lights.