Eliza Quigley ’15 charged down the field late in the second half against St. Paul’s on Wednesday and snuck a pass to Elizabeth Welch ’18 at the last second, who put the assist away for the first goal of her Andover Girls Lacrosse career.
“We came in knowing St. Paul’s was a tough opponent and that we had to play our best,” said Welch.
Coming off a 8-5 victory over Pingree the previous Saturday, Andover fell 13-8 to St. Paul’s on Wednesday. With the victory, St. Paul’s maintained its perfect record.
With two crucial assists, attacker Beth Krikorian ’17 was voted the Most Valuable Player of the game against St. Paul’s by her teammates. Additionally, Quigley had two goals and one assist and Hannah Burns ’15 had a goal and an assist.
Krikorian said, “I was just trying to feed my teammates and hope something good came out of it and a lot of nice looks came from that. That was great, especially in the second half.”
Captain Caroline Garrity ’15 scored two goals on five shots on net, as well as one from a free position shot on net.
Garrity said, “We were going to start off quickly…we didn’t go in scared. We went in knowing we had to come on strong.”
At one point in the first half, Andover led St. Paul’s 4-3. As the first half progressed, however, St. Paul’s scored nine unanswered goals before halftime. St. Paul’s took a 12-4 lead into the second half.
Although it could have folded when it was down by eight goals, Andover instead showed resiliency in the second half. Andover’s offense scored an additional four goals while limiting the St. Paul’s offense to just one goal.
Head Coach Martha Fenton said, “I think we just wanted to be able to dictate the flow of the game a little more than we did. I think we allowed them to run-and-gun us, and that’s not the style that we can play against…We deferred to them, and we had a really hard time controlling the draws, and that’s where we lost our momentum.”
At Pingree on Saturday, Andover found more success in its 8-5 win. Garrity scored three goals from six shots on net and Kelly McCarthy ’16 had two goals from three shots on net.
Burns and Nora McNamara-Bordewick ’16 each had a goal and an assist.
Ashley Tucker ’18, who was voted Most Valuable Player of the game for her defensive performance, said, “I had a lot of fun in the game against Pingree, and I think it was one of the better games I have played so far, but I definitely still have a lot of work to do and am looking to improve a lot more throughout the season.”
Andover looks to boost its 2-2 record in its upcoming games against Groton on Saturday and Northfield Mount Hermon next Wednesday.