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Homecoming Weekend Sports Recap

Field hockey girls on the attack against Andover on Nov. 9, 2013

November 11, 2013

Homecoming is a chance to showcase the hard work of PEA athletes. This was certainly the case on Saturday, and the athletes put out their best efforts on the fields, court and pool.

Competing at St. Paul's School, the BV cross-country team continued their run of strong performances as they are New England Champs for the 3rd year in a row. The boys' low point total of 44 was followed by Andover in 2nd place with a total of 92 points. Girls XC finished in 8th place in their race.

Back on campus, the action started at 10:30 a.m. as the GV soccer team went up against a strong Andover squad. Scoring early, PEA relied on their defense to hold off Andover until late in the game when Andover evened up the score for a final tally of 1-1.

The gym was loud and enthused as the GV volleyball team was determined to take the game to Andover after an earlier season loss of 3-0. Fans were treated to a tense battle between the 2 well-matched teams as is clear from the games' close scores, ultimately in PEA's favor: 27-25, 25-21, 14-25, 25-21. "We started all of our seniors and they stepped up to the task. We won a very close 1st game 27-25, which was key to the match. Captain Weilin Chan -- a 4 year senior and 3 year starter -- played her best game of the season," said Coach Bruce Shang.

Back out on the fields, GV field hockey was in another tense struggle in a hard-fought game against Andover's powerful squad. Both teams had to work to score goals, but Exeter's solid defense frustrated Andover and kept them just shy of tying the game; leading to a 4-3 win for the Exeter girls to close out their season.

BV soccer was up against a very stingy Andover defense that had only allowed 1 team all season to score more than 1 goal. Exeter did manage 2 goals but that wasn't enough to overcome Andover's inspired offense, which finished with 6 goals.

As fans streamed over the bridge to Phelps Stadium for the start of the football game, the energy and excitement were palpable in the air as 2 talented teams were about to go head-to-head. Although the final outcome of Andover 13, Exeter 12 left Exeter fans disappointed, the athletic skills of both teams were on full display. For game details, see this football story.

Meanwhile, water polo Interschols were ongoing all day as the 4 best teams were competing and seeded in the following order: Brunswick, Deerfield, Exeter, Andover. It was a day for upsets as Exeter avenged their previous 1 goal overtime loss to Deerfield by a score of 8-7, also in overtime. These were 2 very evenly matched teams. Meanwhile, Andover was not overawed by 1st seed Brunswick as they beat Brunswick 10-8, setting up the championship final of Exeter vs. Andover. Once again, Andover managed the upset, beating Exeter 6-5; preventing Exeter from repeating as New England Champs.

The JV teams also competed in their end-of-season contests this week. Here are the final results:

Interschols at St. Paul's School
BJV Cross-Country: 1st place
GJV Cross-Country: 3rd place

Versus Andover on November 6 at Andover
GJV Field Hockey: 0-0 in overtime
JV Football: 14-6 (win)
BJV Soccer: 2-1 (loss)
GJV Soccer: 1-0 (loss)
GJV Volleyball: 3-2 (win)

Congratulations to all the athletes! GO BIG RED!

— Mike Catano