With the score tied in the third period, sophomore superstar Veronica Alois on Monday scored the unassisted goal that gave Andover a 2-1 shocking upset over Arlington Catholic, the No. 1-ranked team in the state by the ESPNBoston.com statewide poll.
The victory moved Andover from No. 11 to No. 5 in the Eastern Mass. standings.
The Golden Warriors grabbed the lead in the first period on a goal by Brianna Deloury, with assists going to Mikayla Panneton and Jillian Hughes. AC then tied the score in the second, setting up Alois’ heroics in the third.
Meghan Johnson continued to be a rock in net, making 22 saves against a squad that had outscored opponents 13-3 through its first three games.
Veronica Alois scored again, but Andover lost to Acton-Boxboro 2-1 last Saturday. Brenna Keefe assisted on the goal and Megan Johnson made 25 saves for the Warriors.
Giribaldi clutch in comeback win
David Giribaldi sunk the go-ahead free throws with 42 seconds left, then added another free throw plus a steal and lay-up to clinch a 56-52 win over Lawrence High on Sunday in the Golden Warriors’ first contest after winning the Christmas Tourney title.
“That’s not Giri being a leader, it’s Giri being a winner,” Warriors coach David Fazio said. “The kid’s just a winner, and we haven’t had one like him in a long, long time.”
With Giribaldi struggling until the final moments, freshman E.J. Perry IV led Andover with 15 points while Jonathan Rodriguez added 13 points and Connor Merinder had eight points.
Lizzie Kobelski took second overall in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.35 to highlight Andover at the Freshman-Sophomore large school meet on Saturday.
Wyllie Boughton added a second overall in the high jump (5-0), Casey McCarroll was right behind in third in the event (5-0), Miranda Lawrence was fifth in the long jump (15-1.25) and the team of Lawrence, Boughton, Mackenzie Kennedy and Delianna Marmolejos was fourth in the 4x200 for the Golden Warriors.
Alois’ effort for naught
Rebecca Alois scored a season-best 19 points, but Andover could not continue its momentum from the Christmas Tournament title, falling to Billerica 52-41 on Sunday. Colleen Caveney added 11 points for the Warriors.
Warriors drop two
Cam Burton and Will Sauerbrunn each scored a goal, but Andover lost to Waltham 4-2 on Saturday.
Despite 35 saves for Pat Schena, Andover fell to Arlington Catholic 4-0 last Monday, Dec. 30.