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

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After all, she grew up at Eugene V. Lovely Field, watching her sisters build legendary careers for the Warriors.

“Briana and Cat played all sorts of sports but they really fell in love with lacrosse so my mom signed me up too,” said Weezie. “I think I went to just about every game they played in high school. And I went to most of their games in college (Briana at Bates, Cat at UNH). I loved going to my sisters’ games in high school. I knew I wanted to play for Andover.”

Gross wasted no time following in her sisters’ path. She made the varsity team as a freshman, and went on to score 30 goals, including four postseason scores during the Warriors’ run to the Division 1 North finals.

“It was so exciting and so nerve-wracking at the same time to be on the varsity team as a freshman,” she said. “But once I got there, the seniors made it much easier, and the first game I started really gave me confidence. There was pressure following Cat and Briana, but it was good pressure. I wanted to be like them.”

She kept rolling last year with 35 goals, eight in the postseason, earning her MVC All-Star honors.

But this season has been her best yet. With one game remaining in the regular season, she has tallied 38 goals, including six-goal games in victories over Central Catholic and Medfield and five in a win over Chelmsford.

“When you score a goal, you heart is beating so fast,” she said. “All you want to do is score another one. Last year, I really started to get comfortable. (Former Andover head coach John) McVeigh taught me so much. I believe that lacrosse is about getting yourself open and moving the ball around quickly.”

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