Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 3, 2014

Eikenberry commits to play football at Penn State, sets eyes on big final lacrosse season

Eikenberry commits to Penn State football -- and sets sights on final season on lacrosse field

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“This is a truly special opportunity,” said Eikenberry, who will play outside linebacker. “On one of my trips, the coaches took us through the gates at (Beaver Stadium) and they played the crowd noise and game music and looking at those (106,000) seats, it was overwhelming. I tried to imagine what game day will be like, but nothing will prepare me for what the first game will be like. I would not have committed if I was not confident in my abilities.”

Lax left

Before Eikenberry heads off to State College, Pa., he has work left to do at Eugene V. Lovely Field as the leader of the Golden Warriors’ lacrosse team.

“I love lacrosse,” he said. “I am pumped for the season. We have a great group of kids and a stellar group of seniors. We have a lot of talent. I feel like we can play for a state title.”

Andover coach Wayne Puglisi is certainly happy to have Eikenberry back on his team.

“He has all the tools,” Puglisi said. “He is big, strong, fast and his lacrosse IQ is very high. It is pretty impressive to see someone his size move that fast, but he also sees everything. He knows when a guy misses a screen or doesn’t do his job and is quick to point it out.

“And Will is also a great guy. He has a great sense of humor and meshes well with the guys. I think I missed Will the person just as much as Will the player when he was gone.”

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