Burning the net
It will be very strange around Andover girls lacrosse next season without a Gross on the team.
The third of three sisters to star for the Warriors, Weezie Gross finished her career in style this spring. The senior midfielder scoring an outstanding 63 goals this season, including a 10-goal game and six games of five goals or more.
Her running mate was Charlotte Lenes, who led the team in scoring with a whopping 79 goals including nine games of five goals or more. Courtney Grygiel also starred, netting 37 goals.
Jake Lakos entered the lacrosse season with a heavy heart, following the unexpected passing of his mother. Lacrosse proved to be the escape he desperately needed, and with that came an outstanding season.
Lakos erupted for 61 goals this season, scoring four or more goals seven times during play. He had plenty of help from the likes of Hunter Tyrrell (26 goals) and Penn State football-bound Will Eikenberry (26 goals). But it was the all-around play of gritty multi-sport star John Oteri (24 goals) that earned Merrimack Valley Conference MVP honors.
All of that and more led the Golden Warriors to the Division 1 North semifinals, before falling to eventual state champion Acton-Boxboro.
The baseball and girls tennis teams weren’t the only ones with heart-stopping finishes this spring.
Determination was clearly on the face of girls track star Hannah Ameen after she was just edged out for the 100 dash title at MVCs.
Later in that meet, running the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay, she took the baton in second place and toasted the opposition on the way to gold. She was joined by Michelle Gencorelli, Miranda Lawrence and Audrey Adam for that relay.
It was an overall huge season for Ameen, who also set the Andover High School record in the dash in 12.45, snapping the mark set by Kayla Baldwin in 2010.