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Boys Lacrosse Preview

Andover Boys Lacrosse’ will look to extend its two-game winning streak and finish the season strong with victories over Choate and Exeter. Here’s a look at what Andover has to do to take home its ninth and 10th victories of the season:

5/17 – Choate (Away) @ 3 PM

Choate is coming off a decisive win over the Berkshire School and holds a 6-6 record at this point in the season. While the team isn’t particularly strong offensively, its defense has limited opponents to less than six goals per game.

Choate Co-Captains Jack Bertolini ’14, Cuyler Brodnax ’14 and Turner Uppgren ’15 lead the Choate squad. Uppgren, a goalie, is committed to the Duke Lacrosse, the second-best Division I Lacrosse Program, according to Lacrosse Magazine.

On Wednesday, against Loomis Chaffee, Uppgren had a 13-save outing. Against Trinity-Pawling on May 7, Bertolini netted two goals. Brodnax leads Choateā€™s defense.

Andover’s will use its veterans to its advantage against a younger, more inexperienced Choate team. At practice, the team has worked on transferring the energy from the beginning of the season to the end of the season.

“We’re approaching the week with the energy and enthusiasm of pre-season; drilling fundamentals and tweaking our systems a bit,” said Andover Head Coach Steven Moreland.

5/24 – Exeter (Home) @ 2 PM

Following its 7-3 loss to Exeter last season, Andover will look to defeat Exeter at home in its season finale. Andover maintains a three-year losing streak versus Exeter, with its last win dating back to 2010.

Exeter is currently ranked the number seven high school lacrosse program in the New England Region by laxpower.com.The team holds a 13-4 record.

“We’ll need to be prepared to play our very best,” said Moreland.

Exeter’s ability to control the tempo of the game and pass well on the attacking end has helped its strong success. The team defeated Winchendon 18-4 on Wednesday.

While Andover may not match up to Exeter in talent, momentum from the home crowd could pull together a home upset.