Editor’s Note: Throughout the summer, The Andover Townsman will take a look back at Andover High stars from the past 20 years through pictures. This week, we look at boys lacrosse:
Andover boys lacrosse was there at the start of the lacrosse boom of the early 2000s.
The Golden Warrior varsity team began play in 1999, led by head coach Wayne Puglisi. He continued to coach the Blue and Gold through the 2019 season, building a stellar 243-145 record.
Early stars included Buddy Farnham (AHS 2006), who is best known for his football excellence, playing two seasons for the New England Patriots practice squad. But he was also a bigtime lacrosse recruit — he set a then-Andover High record with 56 goals as a senior —before choosing Brown football.
Some of the top scorers in Andover history include Jake Lakos, who broke Farnham’s record with 64 goals in 2014, George Cardillo (43 goals in 2015), Brendan Croston (51 goals in 2015) and Brendan Hughes (53 goals in 2007).
Andover has also featured some outstanding midfielders like two-time Merrimack Valley Conference MVP John Oteri (AHS 2014), Alex Marshall — who was a top lacrosse recruit before shooting Florida State football — and Michael Biddle (AHS 2017).
Both of Puglisi’s children starred for the Warriors, Ryan (AHS 2017) as a defender and CJ (AHS 2019) as a goalie.