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March 16, 2014

Around the Horn with John Oteri, Andover lacrosse

John Oteri is a physical presence on the football field and on the lacrosse field.

The Andover High senior was being recruited for both sports but recently decided to play lacrosse at Pace University 30 miles outside of New York City.

In this week’s Around the Horn, Oteri spoke about future lax showdowns against his brother, meeting Denzel Washington and his favorite sports memory.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming lacrosse season? “I think we have a great opportunity to do something pretty special. There is a lot of buzz around the school about what we can do.”

What goals have you set for yourself? “I definitely want to get all-conference again and possibly higher. The ultimate goal is to be playing at the state championship game at BU. Whatever gets us there is my goal.”

Are you healthy? “One hundred percent right now. Full steam ahead.”

How big are you? “6-3, 212 pounds.”

What are your strengths and weaknesses? “I’ve been described as a strong, downhill middie who can shoot both left and right. I feel like I’m a pretty strong defensive player as well. On defense, I can have a better understanding of some team concepts. I can work on my run shot and left hand shot.”

Do you have any college plans? “I just verballed last night to Pace. It’s a huge weight off my shoulders. The recruiting process wears you down. It’s nice to have the commitment and be happy with where you are going.”

What will it be like playing against your brother, Tim, who plays at Merrimack? “It will be wild. Usually he’s had the upper hand. Hopefully in college I can get him.”

Do you like lacrosse better than football? “Most of my career I pursued lacrosse. I’m a little more of a lacrosse player but football has place in my heart, also.”

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