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July 19, 2012

Farnham twins starring against elite competition, ready for college lax

With their high school careers now in the past and their college careers on the horizon, there are few honors in the lacrosse world 2012 Andover High graduates Anne and Kate Farnham have not achieved.

All-Scholastic? Both earned the honor.

All-American? Both were perennial selections during their high school career.

Big-time college scholarships? Check and check.

Two weeks ago, the two were in Maryland for Anne to play in the elite Under Armour All-American game, and starting Sunday both will be in Orlando, Fla. to play in the U.S. Lacrosse All-American Showcase.

But the identical twins made it clear, they do not play lacrosse for the awards.

"It's definitely an honor and can be overwhelming," said Anne Farnham. "But it doesn't change the way Kate or I play the game. We play lacrosse because we love it."

Coming off outstanding careers for the Golden Warriors, the Farnham twins are spending the summer playing lacrosse with and against some of the top athletes in the country before moving on to play at UMass Amherst.

"It's been an exciting summer," said Kate. "The last four years has been a fun ride and we can't wait to move on to the next level."

Part of one of the most renowned athletic families in Andover history — including father Mark, brother, former New England Patriots receiver Buddy and many extended family members — the Farnham sisters carved out an athletic legacy in their own right, doing it all as midfielders for the Golden Warriors.

Both were three-year starters and four-year lettermen for Andover, which compiled a 72-18-2 record over those four years with trips to the Division 1 North final each of the last two seasons.

Anne finished her high school career with 98 goals and 76 assists while Kate ended with 55 goals and 49 assists. Both were also known for their lock-down defense, earning All-Scholastic honors for their efforts.

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