“The date was Tuesday, May 20, but I remember like it happened just yesterday,” girls freshman lacrosse coach Susan Rodgers stated, reminiscing on the day her team won their first game. “We were the underdogs, and came out victorious.”

The girls were playing their second to last game, at home against Peabody. AHS came out playing strong, and would continue so throughout the whole game. As spectators around cheered, the girls remained focused, keeping a calm and composed look.

‘The offensive line moved the ball fluidly, and the defensive line was like a solid wall, fiercely double- and triple-teaming opponents.’

Mark Casey, AHS Parent

Gabby Marrocco described what it was like playing in the game: “We were all fierce, like the Warriors we should be. It was very tense, nobody was able to sit down. We moved the ball around and communicated well.”

Mark Casey, father of lax player Alyssa Casey, recapped the game from the perspective of a spectator: “It was an intense match. Andover played like I had never seen them play before. The offensive line moved the ball fluidly, and the defensive line was like a solid wall, fiercely double- and triple-teaming opponents. Our girls were like a well-oiled machine.”

Andover managed to secure the lead in the first 10 minutes of the second half, and proceeded to victory, winning by a one-point margin, 8-7.

Andover went crazy, acting as if they had just won the Super Bowl. “It was amazing,” Rodgers stated. “I really felt like the girls deserved a ‘W’ so they could feel like the hard work really paid off. And it did.”

Alyssa Casey provided her thoughts on the win, and the season overall: “It felt great to win! I think the team did a great job of just pulling through and relying on one another. But I don’t believe that was the highlight of the season. It was the bonds we created, the funny moments and laughs we shared off the field.” She paused, chuckling a bit. “I feel like the most important thing we took away from the season is to never give up and to always keep your head up.”

By Alexandros Giannakopoulos