Football: First A-E win (13–12) in 5 years, 8–0 regular season, and Jack Etter Bowl NEPSAC champions (35–28 over Brunswick School). Named: Brandon Michel ’14, team MVP; Ryder Stone ’14, NEPSAC Class A Player of the Year; cocaptain John Cifrino ’14, Brandon Michel ’14, and Michael Moore ’14, All New England NEPSAC Class A. See photo, page 10.
In Exeter’s pool on November 9, Andover’s boys’ water polo team nabbed its first-ever New England Championship title with a 6–5 victory over PEA. “We just gave every ounce of energy and excitement, and over the course of 24 hours we pulled out three straight victories,” Marc Sevastopoulo ’15 told The Phillipian. “I can’t describe how proud I am to be part of this team.”
initiation, of an untoward action. This can lend an exciting, cerebral aspect to an otherwise physical game. Compounding the baffling array of rules and exceptions and upping the game’s unpredictability ante is the application of the water polo rule that trumps all others, the “advantage rule.” It states: “The referees shall refrain from calling a foul if, in their opinion, such declaration would be an advantage to the offending player’s team. The referee shall not declare an ordinary foul when there is still a possibility to play the ball.”
20-year history, Andover stunned all rivals by winning the New England Championship tournament. With Coach Fox’s emphasis on what cocaptain Andrew Yang ’14 describes as “fundamentals, not small tricks,” the team achieved spectacular and improbable back-to-back wins over first-seed Brunswick and defending champion Exeter. Rome Arnold ’14, Peter Fanikos ’14, Nick Faulkner ’16, and cocaptain Travis Bouscaren ’14 were named to the 2013 All New England team.
“Going into the tournament, we knew we were the underdogs, and really The ambiguous nature of this rule, embracing that mindset allowed us to combined with the fact that much of the play two of the best games we played player vs. player action takes place under all season,” Yang told The Phillipian. water and out of sight, often thrusts What’s more, Andover Blue seized water polo players into a moral gray these wins before a packed house of area. “Anything can happen. Everything 700 cheering fans—at Exeter in the happens,” says Fox. “Oftentimes, midst of the schools’ annual fall rivalry. the team that breaks the rules most efficiently and effectively wins.” “It was pretty crazy,” adds Yang. But not this year. At the end of the season, for the first time in its
And definitely not fringe. —Alessandra Bianchi
Boys’ Water Polo: Following 6–5 victory over Exeter to take New England Championship, named: Rome Arnold ’14, tournament’s outstanding goalkeeper; Nick Faulkner ’16 and Andrew Yang ’14, to All-Tournament Team; Travis Bouscaren ’14, tournament MVP. See story at left for more. Girls’ Cross Country: Finished 3rd overall in NEPSTA Div. I Championship; Anoush Shehadeh ’15 completed second undefeated X-C season as NEPSTA Div. I Champion; Awarded: Shehadeh and Peyton McGovern ’16, All New England certificates On Dec. 14, Shehadeh overcame a nasty spill at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships in San Diego to place 4th in the 5K, with a time of 17:35. Boys’ Cross Country: Finished 2nd overall in NEPSTA Div. I Championship Boys’ Soccer: Undefeated 12–0–5 regular season, but fell to Worcester 3–2 in NEPSAC semifinals. Named: Taylor Chin ’14 and Graeme Henderson ’14, NEPSSA Senior All-Stars; Dylan Mott ’15, NEPSSA Junior All-Star Girls’ Volleyball: Advanced to the NEPSAC quarter-finals, falling to Exeter. Named: Alex Becker ’15, Annette Bell ’16, and Kate Wincek ’14, Boston Globe All Stars Field Hockey: Finished with 11–4–1 regular season, but fell to Westminster 4–1 in NEPSAC quarter-finals Voted New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year: MIT soccer star Ambika Krishnamachar ’11 On Duke’s national championship lacrosse squad: Luke Duprey ’10, Joe Kruy ’12, and Ben Scharf ’12 U.S. men’s water polo gold medalist in July’s 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel, the 3rd largest international sporting event in the world: Howie Kalter ’07
Andover | Winter 2014