In the final minute of Andover Girls Lacrosse’s game against Governor’s, Olivia LaMarche ’16 found the back of the net for her first time this season. Her efforts were not enough, however, as the team eventually fell 16-12 on Wednesday, four days after losing a close 14-13 game to Taft. The girls’ record now stands at 2-6.
The strong Governor’s team entered the game with a 5-2 record. Andover was led by Captain Caroline Garrity ’15 and Eliza Quigley ’15, who scored five goals and three goals, respectively. Garrity also had three assists.
“When Governor’s scored a couple quick goals at the beginning of the game, I feel like we lost some of our energy as a team. We brought more intensity in the second half than in the first, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win,” said defender Courtney Masotti ’17.
Ashley Tucker ’18 added, “We need to keep working on our ground balls and draw controls as well as transitioning from man to zone.”
The team adopted a new zone defense during the game, which it hopes will back up the increasingly strong offensive effort the attackers are putting up. The team is undefeated in games in which its opponent has scored less than eight goals.
On Saturday, the team faced Taft on its home turf. Things were looking up halfway through the game, as it had a 7-4 lead.
In the second half, Taft outscored Andover eight to five and forced the game into overtime. In overtime, Taft outscored Andover again to claim a 14-13 victory.
Attacker Beth Krikorian ’17 had three goals and four assists, season highs for her in both categories.
She said, “Ever since I started playing lacrosse, I’ve loved to feed people from behind the net. I usually find myself playing behind the right side of the net, so I love to feed my teammates from there and use the crease to drive to net. I’ve been working on taking the ball to the goal recently and taking my defender one on one, but finding my teammates on the open pass.”
Quigley, who had four goals and two assists in the game, said, “Looking back on the game, there are definitely a few things we are looking to change, but as a team we are trying to look ahead to the remainder of our season rather than worry about the past. Our goalie Emma Kelley ’17 has been stepping up big, keeping us in these close games, and it would be awesome if we could all help her out and get on the winning side of things this week.”
Attacker Nora McNamara-Bordewick ’15 contributed to Andover’s offense as well, with three goals and one assist.
She said, “We worked in practice all week on being more efficient in the midfield and capitalizing on our possessions. During the games, we tried a new way of breaking the ball up the field, which really helped us obtain our lead in the first half.”
Garrity leads her team in goals this season with 30, followed by Eliza Quigley, who has 18. Krikorian leads the team in assists with 13, followed by Quigley and Hannah Burns ’15 who each have nine assists.
Andover looks to improve its current regular season record of 2-6 as it faces Tabor at home on Saturday.