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May 7, 2014

Andover's Lakos has used lacrosse as a getaway after mother's death

Lacrosse has helped Andover junior Jake Lakos take his mind off the unexpected passing of his mother Patricia who died in late March at just 43 years old.

“Lacrosse is like my getaway,” Lakos said. “Lacrosse is one of the two reasons we moved here (to Andover). And I’ve been looking forward to this for a year. I can’t believe it’s finally here and we’re almost done with the season. But lacrosse has helped me. I’ve been with the guys, a great group of guys, a good coaching staff. They’re all there for me. It’s like a family. I love it. I couldn’t ask for a better season.”

Life hasn’t been ideal for Lakos recently but he has stayed strong and is having a terrific season. The junior who has played for three schools in three years (Central Catholic as a freshman, Salem as a sophomore and now Andover) has had three six-goal games and has 45 goals overall.

“It hasn’t been easy on me obviously,” Lakos said. “I don’t take anything back really. I obviously wish that I had talked to her before she passed.”

Lakos moved to Andover with his dad Paul and sister Sophia last spring. His parents were divorced.

“We moved to Andover because my dad works in Massachusetts at Hanscom Air Force Base,” Lakos said. “And Andover is a great school and he always wanted me to be a part of a good (lacrosse) program and a good school. And that’s Andover right there. Academic-wise, it’s up there.”

Lakos said his mother continued to live in Salem, N.H. She had Lyme Disease.

“We don’t really know how she passed away really,” Lakos said.

Lakos said his sister called their mom one day in March but received no reply.

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