Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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May 9, 2013

High-scoring Eriksen, hard-hitting Weeks made perfect captain combo

High-scoring Eriksen, hard-hitting Weeks make perfect captain combo

Andrew Eriksen and Tyler Weeks may each be Andover High lacrosse captains. They may also be three-year varsity starters and even close friends.

But make no mistake, Eriksen and Weeks are not alike.

“No way,” said Golden Warriors coach Wayne Puglisi with a laugh. “They are not similar. Tyler is more laid back and patient. He’s more out there expressing his love of lacrosse. Andrew is more intense. He expects a lot out of his teammates. But it’s great they are so different. It’s an ‘opposites attract’ thing, and the team gets to see two sides of the coin. They are great captains and complement each other very well.”

On the field, the two captains’ jobs could not be more different.

Eriksen is the Golden Warriors’ high-scoring attack, having tallied a team-best 28 goals this spring.

Weeks, on the other hand, spends his time serving up checks as Andover’s heavy-hitting top defender.

But while their roles — and personalities — may be very different, the bond between the two leaders has been a key reason why the Golden Warriors stood at 8-3 with six straight wins through Monday.

“Tyler and I have a very special connection,” Eriksen said. “We’ve been playing together since we both started as kids. It’s fun to have him out there commanding the defense and I am over commanding the offense. We trust each other and can give each other constructive criticism. It has been a blast playing with Weeks.”

With his knack for finding the back of the net, Eriksen has emerged as one of the most prominent lacrosse players in the region — a fact his teammates can’t help but point out.

“He’s the superstar,” said Weeks, elbowing his friend. “When he walks in, we kid with him, ‘Oohh, the superstar is here.’ But he’s really a great guy.”

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