After a double overtime victory against Exeter to cap off last season, Andover Boys Lacrosse looks to pick up where they left off this year. Coming off a decent 8-7 season in 2010, this year’s team, led by Co-Captains Jay Dolan ’11 and Will Walker ’11, hopes to have a much more dominant season.

The team will have to work hard to make up for the loss of some very talented players. “We graduated nearly our entire defense and some stars in the midfield,” said Walker, a Harvard-committed attack on the team.

Walker and Dolan, as well as the other experienced returners on the team, should be able to fill in these holes and provide great leadership for the younger players on the team. “Jay and I really want to elevate our team chemistry and energy,” said Walker. “We know we have the talent and work ethic to do great things, but first we need to mesh as a unit.”

Andover’s offense should have no problem scoring plenty of goals this season, as the team has returned many of its top scorers from last year. Said Dolan, “Our offense features eight returners from last year’s squad, including Harvard-bound attackman Will Walker and Duke-commit midfielder Joe Kruy, and we’re even adding postgraduates Joe Kuta [‘11] and Ben Green [‘11] so our offense should be unreal.”

On defense, the team looks to last year’s bench players to step up and replace all of the lost defensemen. “After losing our three starting defenders from last year, Luke Miggs [’11] and Conor Coveney [’11] will have to step it up. They have been looking great early in the season,” said Ben Scharf ’12. Ricky Goldstein [’12], a newcomer to the team, has been showing off his versatility after switching from attack to defense this year and will have a clear impact on the team.”

Some of the younger newcomers to the team will appear to have an immediate impact on the team, especially in the midfield. Larkin Kemp ’13 and Austin Gaiss ’14 are two young players who have shown some serious potential in the midfield thus far.

With a fantastic offense and a promising new defense, Andover lacrosse looks forward to a dominating season in 2011.