Andover Golden Warriors Boys Lacrosse '08

Hanson a rock for boys lacrosse

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Thursday, April, 03 By David Willis
Staff writer

Andover lacrosse standout Peter Hanson did his best to stay modest.

"I do whatever I can to score depending on the situation," said the senior midfielder. "But we feel comfortable with anyone on the field taking the shot."

Coach Wayne Puglisi, however, was quick to shower the senior with praise.

"He's got a great shot and great vision," Puglisi said. "When he has the ball on his stick he does a great job of attacking the defender. He does it all on offense, and he's a very good defender."

Hanson was not new to lacrosse when he entered high school. Long before it was competing with baseball in area high schools and was just gaining popularity in Andover, Hanson followed his brother into the sport when he was in the fourth grade.

After spending his freshman season on the subvarsity, Hanson emerged as a key reserve on the varsity team as a sophomore, scoring 11 goals and adding six assists.

But it was last season that Hanson made a name for himself. He was second on the team in goals (34) and assists (21), trailing only All-Scholastic Brendan Hughes. For his efforts he earned Eagle-Tribune and Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star honors.

"He doesn't do anything fancy," Puglisi said. "He plays within himself and the team boundaries. He's a strong kid and very aggressive."

The coach also noted where he groomed his aggressiveness, on the football field.

Hanson stood out as a slot receiver in Andover's spread offense this season. He caught a team-high 35 passes for 438 yards, good for second on the team to lacrosse teammate Matt Rayner.

"I think that's huge," the coach said. "Football is a contact sport, and that translates well on the lacrosse field. It keeps him going. He is a big part of our team."

Hanson, who has not made a decision on school next year, agreed.

"Both are very physical sports. If you can handle one, you can handle the other.
"We have a lot of returning player and have bonded as a team. Now we need to step it up."

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