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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

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Eriksen’s career certainly started in disappointing fashion. After making the varsity team as a sophomore, his season lasted exactly one practice.

“I separated my shoulder in my first varsity practice,” he said. “I was so excited to play, then everything came to a stop. But I think the time on the sidelines really helped me out learning the game.”

Eriksen certainly showed plenty of punch last season, when he scored 33 goals and earned All-MVC honors.

He has been even hotter this season, scoring 28 goals and adding 12 assists. The 40 points are the 10th most in Eastern Mass.

“Scoring goals comes down to intensity,” said Eriksen, who will play club lacrosse at the University of New Hampshire next year. “Everyone can dodge. Every coach teaches that. Scoring is about deceiving a defender, looking one way then picking up speed and going another way. I have also worked a lot on my shot, shooting on the run and placing the shot. There is nothing like the sound of your teammates going crazy after a goal.”

Weeks may not have scored a goal until last Friday. But his game is much more about intimidation than flash.

“I love physical play,” he said. “I love to lay down the body on some people. I had a couple big hits in the Chelmsford game. I love to play body position. You also have to move your feet. It’s feet first and stick later.”

But being a standout defender isn’t all about big hits for Weeks.

“The biggest thing is making sure everyone is on the same page,” he said. “I am one of the only seniors on defense, so I have to pass along my knowledge about how to handle certain situations and talk a lot to make sure the guys are in the right spots.”

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