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Girls Water Polo: Andrew scores early, often in victory against Lincoln-Way West

As well as Andrew has played this year, Megan Hofer said the team has a tendency to start slow. The Thunderbolts were looking to change that trend in Wednesday’s game against Lincoln-Way West.

“This was a conference game for us and we wanted to get out there and start strong,” Hofer said. “We haven’t been great at that, but (Wednesday) we came out ready to go.”

Andrew used a quick start to pace it to a 16-2 win in a SouthWest Suburban Red contest in New Lenox.

Hofer scored five times and Caily Friel added four for Andrew (10-3, 4-0), which is now two games up in the loss column in the Red race. The T-bolts are in search of their first conference title since 2011.

Victoria Tiberi scored both goals for West (6-4, 1-2).

“We have a lot of conference games left, but it’s nice any time you can get a bit of a cushion,” Andrew coach Mike Kuziel said. “We talked about wanting to start strong and finish just as strong and thfis was the best we’ve done with that all season.”

Andrew also closed the game on a 7-0 run.

The T-bolts got going right away, drawing a power play on their first possession. Hofer capitalized to give Andrew the lead 20 seconds in.

Hofer and Friel each scored three times in the first half as Andrew took an 8-0 lead to halftime.

“We have a lot of strong players and we all work great together,” Friel said. “We’ve all improved so much from last year. We really want to win the conference title and then go on to our other goals from there.”

Andrew’s defense, which has been stingy all season, was especially so Wednesday, giving the Warriors very few looks. Tiberi finally broke the shutout three minutes into the second half.

“We play really good team defense,” Kuziel said. “We like to slough on the hole and help out with drivers. We’re quick and our team speed allows us to press and take more chances.”

Genny McCarthy scored three goals and Courtney Carter added two for Andrew.

Brenna Bowers made seven saves for West.



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