Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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May 23, 2013

Gross continues family tradition of starring for girls lacrosse

Gross continues family tradition of starring for girls lacrosse

Officially, her name is Louisa Gross.

But around Andover — and to anyone that follows local lacrosse — she is known as Weezie, the youngest member of Andover girls lacrosse’s first family.

Whatever you call her, however, opposing lacrosse teams are certainly tired of hearing her name following “goal scored by.”

“Lacrosse has always been in our family and has made a huge impact on my life,” said Gross.

Now a junior, Gross is in the midst of her third outstanding season for Andover High, having surpassed 30 goals for the third time in her career, following in the tradition of her sisters, former All-Scholastics Briana (Andover class of 2007) and Cat (class of 2009).

“I have been around lacrosse, and Andover High, for a very long time and I love it,” said Weezie. “I love the game and I want to live up to the standard my sisters have set.”

It seems safe to say, with 38 goals this year and 103 for her varsity career, Gross has more than held her own.

“Weezie is just the all-around athlete,” said first-year Golden Warrior coach Liz Keady. “I had heard she was good before I took the job, but seeing her play was something else. Defenses can know what she is going to do, but they can’t stop her. And she is a midfielder, so she is running all game long.”

The nickname Weezie has been with Gross for nearly as long as she has been alive.

“My parents said that I was home from the hospital for about three days, and everyone was calling me Weezie,” she said. “And the nickname has been with me ever since. I may go with Louisa when I get a little bit older, but for now Weezie is a lot of fun.”

The game of lacrosse has been with Gross just about as long.

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