Right after the first whistle, Andrew Antonucci ’18 battled to gain possession in the face off, quickly passing the ball to Post-Graduate (PG) Co-Captain Myles Romm ’16, who ripped the ball into the back of the net. Romm’s goal set the team’s momentum in its game against Noble and Greenough, but it was not enough to claim a victory. The team lost 14-10.
After the loss, Andover’s record stands at 1-2. Nonetheless, Andover saw power performances from many players. Romm, Reed Findlay ’18, and Cormac Zachar ’18 each netted hat-tricks.
Andover got an early lead in the first half of the game but lost some of its traction in the second half, allowing Nobles to grasp the leeway.
In an email to The Phillipian, Head Coach Stephen Moreland said, “We played a very good first half against Nobles, winning nearly all of the face offs, beating them on ground balls, moving the ball well on offense, and playing good defense.”
“They got the better of us on faceoffs in the second half, and we relaxed a bit defensively. Nothing terrible, but Nobles has several really talented players on offense who made us pay for our lapse,” Moreland continued.
As Andover struggled to maintain its defensive shape, Nobles’s shooters were able to capitalize on Andover’s slow slides and recoveries around the net.
PG and Co-Captain Nick Ellerton ’16 said, “We need to clean up our recoveries on defense and be more composed with the ball moving forward. Defensively, we have to be more aware of everything going on on the field and engaging in a team defense rather than just individual match ups.”
After merely three times playing together, Andover is recognizing areas requiring improvement. Focusing on technique will be key to the team’s play in the future.
Nick Bevacqua ’19 said, “On offense, we need to work on our off hand, because it is costing us looks. When we get proficient in both hands, we will be twice as effective on offense. We honestly just needed to be more crisp with our ball movement. Passing and catching cost us the game.”
Although the team is disappointed about the outcome against Nobles, the players are not discouraged about the rest of the season.
Larson Tolo ’18 said, “I think that as our season has progressed, contrary to our record, our team has continued to mature and improve. The last two games were close until the end, so these losses can be attributed to fatigue, which happens when we put so much effort into every single play. We have a lot to improve on, but the future looks bright.”
Looking forward, the team hopes to finish its games strong and keep up its effort. This Saturday, Andover will look for its second win of the season against New Hampton.
Moreland said, “We are playing better each day and quickly maturing as a team. I am so proud of our boys’s effort. We just need to continually push ourselves to improve in all aspects of the game, and we will undoubtedly accomplish great things.”
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