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E/A: The day in pictures

Exeter enjoys many traditions, but few match the history and passion of an Exeter-Andover fall sports showdown. 

By
Patrick Garrity
November 11, 2019
Girls volleyball game at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Exeter's girls varsity volleyball team celebrate a key point late in its match with rival Andover.  

Every season ends the same way. E/A. 

Oh, sure, there are Interschols and even playoff games for the best Big Red teams. But when Exeter athletes begin preseason practice and the game schedules are printed, the first thought and the last line are always the same: ANDOVER.

Another fall season is done, another E/A weekend is history. The 142nd year of this grand old rivalry measured up to tradition on a fine November Saturday. Here's how the day unfolded:

8:32 a.m.

P.J. Stocks of Facilities Management hoists the Stars and Stripes over Phelps Stadium and Hatch Field. Facilities spends days in advance of the competition getting the fields and equipment ready for action, and 24 members of the team are on duty throughout the day to make sure everything runs smoothly.

 

8:43 a.m.

Phoebe Ibbotson ’21 is a lone dancer at Phelps Stadium as she practices a routine she and others will perform during halftime of the football game.

 

9:17 a.m.

Adam Hernandez, director of athletic training, tapes the ankles of girls soccer player Cecilia Treadwell ’22 as teammate Sami Smith ’23 waits her turn. Hernandez’ team of trainers will be on duty throughout the day at both the main facility in Love Gym and the satellite Bravo Training Room under the grandstand at Phelps Stadium.

 

9:26 a.m.

Heidi Dumont, Dining Services manager, talks staff through their assignments in the dining tent. Exeter served complimentary lunch to hundreds of alumni, family and friends from both sides. 

 

Athletes celebrating on the field at Phillips Exeter Academy.
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10:16 a.m.

Sky Woodard ’20 runs a gantlet of teammates during senior introductions ahead of the girls soccer kickoff. Coach Alexa Caldwell will only graduate five seniors, but the class of 2020 helped rebuild the program after several successive losing campaigns.

 

10:56 a.m.

Savi Keidel ’21 navigates through traffic during a scoreless first half in the girls soccer game. The E/A match finished as a draw in three of the previous four seasons.

 

11:03 a.m.

The girls volleyball match gets underway in Love Gymnasium, with Angelle Diamond ’20 registering one of her team-high 14 kills during the first set.

 

11:07 a.m.

 Coach Alexa Caldwell speaks to her team during halftime. Caldwell, in her second season as Big Red head coach, guided Exeter to an 8-8-2 record.

 

11:28 a.m.

Sky Woodard ’20 is taken down by an Andover player as co-captain Dennesha Rolle ’20 calls for the foul during the girls soccer match.

 

11:35 a.m.

Dylan O’Day ’21 (left) and Anna Shaheen ’20 rise to block Andover’s Chioma Ugwonali during the second set of the girls volleyball match.

 

11:42 a.m.

Claudia Lee ’20 is pumped for the girls volleyball team during changeover after Exeter won the second set to take a two-sets-to-none lead in the best-of-five match at Love Gym.  

 

11:46 a.m.

Lukas McEachern ’21 (left) and Niko Rocak ’20 are happy in their work as volunteer announcers for the girls and boys soccer matches in the pressbox at Phelps Stadium.

 

11:51 a.m.

Eliya Toledano ’21 reaches for a bump save during the third set of the girls volleyball match at Love Gym. Big Red brought a 14-set winning streak into Saturday’s match.

Students celebrate in Love Gym.
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11:59 a.m.

Exeter seals the victory and a perfect regular season as fans pour onto the Love Gym court to celebrate. Coach Bruce Shang’s team lost just seven sets in 17 matches this fall, securing the top seed in the New England Class A playoffs.

 

12:10 p.m.

Jill Cloonan ’20 draws a crowd of defenders wherever she goes early into the field hockey game on Hatch Field. Cloonan is the leading scorer of a Big Red squad seeking its first win in the historic rivalry since 2013.

 

12:35 p.m.

Billy Menken ’20 corrals a ball among three defenders during the boys soccer match. This is Menken’s fourth and final showdown with Andover in his varsity career.

 

12:38 p.m.

Molly Longfield ’22 dribbles against Andover pressure during the field hockey match. Longfield is one of 15 players on the Big Red roster who will return next fall as Exeter looks to build off a promising 7-9 season.

Boys soccer celebrates a goal.
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12:57 p.m.

Gooooooooal! Jake Gehron ’20 hits a left-footed screamer into the Andover goal to knot the match 1-1 after nifty build-up from teammates Griffin Walker ’21, Jack Burgess ‘20 and Emir Islamovich ‘20. The goal was Gehron’s team-high 14th of the season.

 

1:37 p.m.

John Jean Baptiste ’22 keeps Andover defenders busy down the left flank during the second half of the boys soccer match.

 

2:41 p.m.

Football assistant coach Tom Evans practices pitches with the running backs, including John Han ’20 (left), before kickoff.

Seniors on the Exeter football team.
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3:06 p.m.

Josh Riddick ’20, a tri-captain, is bathed in sunlight as he and the football team’s other seniors and their parents are introduced ahead of kickoff. Eighteen players suited up for the final time for Big Red on Saturday.

 

3:47 p.m.

Temperatures dip below freezing as the sun goes down, but that doesn’t cool off Exeter’s rowdy crowd. Hundreds of spectators filled the Phelps Stadium grandstand, including scores of returning alumni from the class of 2019.

 

4:08 p.m.

Quarterback Hugh McLaughlin ’21 picks out a receiver late in the second quarter as Ben Harding ’20 cuts across the middle. McLaughlin will be a key returning player next season for Coach Bill Glennon in the coach’s second year back in charge.

 

4:25 p.m.

Upholding a long tradition, Exeter Principal Bill Rawson '71; P'08 and Jim Ventre, Andover's interim head of school, meet to shake hands at the 50-yard line during halftime. Rawson, an all-New England soccer fullback during his playing days, enjoyed a win over Big Blue during his senior season. 

 

4:43 p.m.

Mike Mikula ’20 stiff-arms an Andover tackler after pulling in a pass early in the third quarter. Mikula will finish with three catches for 41 yards and 152 all-purpose yards in the contest.

 

Exeter football player runs with the ball against Andover.
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4:46 p.m.

Aise Pream ’20 cuts back against a gang of Andover defenders and scampers 10 yards for a game-tying touchdown in the third quarter.

 

5:15 p.m.

Justin Jameson ’20 eludes an Andover tackler and picks up a block from teammate Zeb Tilton '20 as Exeter tries to rally in the final minutes of the football game.

 

5:47 p.m.

Coach Bill Glennon hugs Josh Riddick ’20 after a hard-fought 14-13 loss. Glennon, a member of the New England Prep School Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, completed the first season of his second stint as Big Red head coach. He spent 22 seasons as head coach from 1991 to 2012, guiding Exeter to two New England titles.