The undefeated Andover High girls lacrosse team, setting up for a monumental showdown with top-ranked Framingham today (Thursday) at home, improved to 9-0 with recent romps over Merrimack Valley Conference foes Tewksbury, 16-5, Chelmsford, 15-3, Billerica, 17-7, and Tyngsboro, 13-3, along with a solid 17-12 triumph against previously-undefeated North Andover.

At presstime, Framingham was No. 1 and Andover No. 2 in the latest girls lax poll.

In their first nine games, the locals outscored the opposition by a healthy 138-62 margin.



Fox hits 300

Scoring machine Rachel Fox, who could be the most prolific point-producer in Massachusetts girls lacrosse history, reached the mind-boggling 300 career-point plateau in the win over Billerica.

With the current season approaching the halfway mark, Fox already had 39 goals and 21 assists for 60 points through eight games this year. These are added to 23 goals and 11 assists as a freshman, 55 goals and 22 assists as a sophomore and 91 goals, 38 assists last spring.

That1s an incredible 208 goals and 92 assists for exactly 300 points (does not include Tyngsboro).



Andover 17

Billerica 7

Capt. Rachel Fox tied her own single-game school goal-scoring record with eight (third time), powering the Lady Warriors past host BMHS at Alumni Field in Billerica.

The locals moved out to a 7-3 halftime lead and then ran away after the break with a 10-4 scoring burst.

“It’s always a tough game when Andover and Billerica play lacrosse,” said AHS coach John McVeigh. “For us, Katelyn Caro and Heather Sullivan on attack played their best game of the year in terms of moving the ball.

“The defensive unit also did a nice job. We1re improving in that aspect.”

Caro contributed four goals and one assist, while Sullivan pocketed two goals and set up three others.

Senior midfielder and Capt. Lindsay Hegarty had one goal and two assists, junior attack Jess Forster one goal and one assist and freshman Jackie Pelletier one goal.

Fox passed out two assists, Briana Gross one and Cat Gross one. Sophomore Abby Cook played the entire game in net and made eight saves. Brittany Whiteway and Lauren Glavin did all the scoring for Billerica (5-3), notching four and three goals respectively.



Andover 17

North Andover 12

The Scarlet Knights, who entered the non-leaguer at Lovely Field with a perfect 6-0 record, gave AHS its toughest test to date.

It was tied 8-8 at the half and 11-11 midway through the second half before Rachel Fox took over.

Fox, who broke her own week-old record for goals and points in a game (six goals, four assists versus Acton-Boxboro), ripped off four straight goals to give the Lady Warriors a 15-11 lead as they finally took charge. Fox ended the day with eight goals and five assists for 13 points.

Adding two goals each in this one were Capt. Lindsay Hegarty, sophomore attack Heather Sullivan and Capt. Kelsey Eriksen. Jenn Quinlan, Jess Forster and Katelyn Caro notched one goal apiece, while Forster had two assists. Sullivan, Eriksen and Jordy Shoemaker added one apiece.



Andover 16

Tewksbury 5

The locals pounded out to a commanding 11-2 halftime lead and glided home after the break.

Twelve players scored goals led by Capt. Briana Gross with a hat trick, Lindsay Hegarty two goals and junior Kelly Driscoll two. Rachel Fox contributed one goal and three assists while Cat Gross, Heather Sullivan and Jess Forster all had one goal and one assist. Sophomore attack Emily Blech, who missed her freshman season with a broken bone in her foot, and sophomore defender Katie Shields netted their first varsity goals.



Andover 15

Chelmsford 3

Chelmsford was 4-0 entering this game — before AHS demoralized the home team by roaring to a commanding 12-1 halftime lead at the McCarthy Middle School field.

Rachel Fox flipped in five goals and set up two others, while Cat Gross had three goals and one assist, Briana Gross two goals, one assist and Jess Forster two goals. Jordy Shoemaker, Katelyn Caro and Jenn Quinlan rounded out the attack with one goal each, while other assists were credited to Lindsay Hegarty (two), Kelly Driscoll, Lauren Martin and Caro. Abby Cook and Tameka Geaslen again split the duties in net, playing one half each and combining for five saves.



Andover 13

Dracut 2

The visiting Lady Warriors showed compassion for the young Dracut program, subbing frequently and scoring only three second-half goals after taking a commanding 10-1 lead at the break in this MVC encounter.

Amazingly, 13 different players netted one goal each as the undefeated locals improved to 10-0 overall and 6-0 MVC in their final tuneup for today’s (Thursday) huge showdown with equally-mighty Framingham.

Contributing the goals were junior defenders Erica Leber, Emily Blech and Katelyn Caro, junior attack Christine Saccone, Marissa Cataldo, Heather Paonessa, Capt. Lindsay Hegarty, sophomore attack Heather Sullivan, Capt. Briana Gross, sophomore Cat Gross and Capt. Rachel Fox.

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