Junior midfielder Hunter Tyrrell has helped Andover boys lacrosse to a 6-3 start as a talented two-way midfielder. While he enjoys lacrosse, his real talent and passion is in freestyle skiing.
“Hitting jumps, grinding rails, all that stuff,” Tyrrell said.
Tyrrell is a rider for HG Ski, an east coast premier ski company based out of Burlington, Vt., which sponsors him and provides him with new ski equipment every year.
Tyrrell has been skiing since he was 2-years-old. He raced from ages 6 to 11.
“And then I just decided, ‘I’m done — this is really boring turning left and right,’” Tyrrell said. “I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do my own thing and ski in the park.”
His family has a house near Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vt. where he practices. For the most part, he’s self-taught.
“Each year I progress on my own,” Tyrrell said. “In the summers I head out to Mount Hood (in Oregon) and do the camps out there. And I do better out there. I progress in one week out there more than I would in a couple weeks or a month back at the East Coast.”
Does Tyrrell have any aspirations of competing in the X Games someday?
“I feel like if I took a couple years off from school — but I doubt that would ever happen — that I could maybe one day be at that level,” Tyrrell said. “In reality, no, I’m not going to go to the X Games.”
Tyrrell said lacrosse takes his mind off skiing. It’s a nice alternative to his real passion.
Andover recently posted an impressive 8-7 overtime victory over Billerica and Tyrrell is impressed with his team.
“At the beginning of the season, I was like kind of hesitant with the team because we had a lot of young kids to break into varsity,” Tyrrell said. “I feel like this (past) month there’s been a real fast progression that I didn’t think would happen. I’m real happy for it.”
Eriksen nets winner
Andrew Eriksen netted the game-winner in Andover’s 8-7 overtime win over Billerica on Friday. He netted five goals in all.
“He’s definitely our team leader on offense and keeps us in the game,” midfielder Hunter Tyrrell said.
Windham’s Anthony Gallo netted seven goals in a 14-13 victory over Manchester West on Tuesday. Jeff Trovato added two goals and four assists.
“He’s been scoring a lot of goals,” Windham coach Joe Young said about Gallo. “He and Jeff Trovato have been taking the offensive leadership role and doing a great job of getting the younger guys around them better.”
No breaks for O’Brien
North Reading midfielder Mike O’Brien hardly leaves the field. He typically plays all but 3 minutes per game.
O’Brien’s assignment typically is to cover the other team’s best offensive midfielder.
“He’s our best midfielder on offense and defense,” Hornets coach Chuck Campobasso said. “We can’t risk not having him out there. He draws the attention of (the opposition’s) best defenders.”
Sophomore Luke Strangman and junior Kyle Richardson anchor a Pentucket defense that held Georgetown to just three goals Tuesday.
Richardson had a tough season last year. He played the first game and then broke his ankle the next day at practice. He missed the rest of the season.
“Depending on the teams we’re playing they are matched up against the best offensive players,” Pentucket coach Dan Leary said. “(Tuesday) they held a couple of talented Georgetown players to just three goals.”
Ryan Richards was last year’s Eagle-Tribune boy’s lacrosse Coach of the Year last year in his first spring with Whittier boys.
Before last season, the only experience Richards, a 2005 Haverhill High graduate, had with lacrosse was playing a little bit of club at Westfield State his senior year in 2010.
“The first few weeks of that job I wasn’t out hanging out,” Richards said last year. “I was at home, locked in my room recording games and studying the game.”
Richards led the Wildcats last year to a 10-11 record and an appearance in the Division 3 East tournament after the program went 0-14 during its inaugural season in 2011.
This year, Richards has his team playing even better at 8-1.
Anchored by some terrific goaltending from sophomore Pat Rodden, the Whittier defense has allowed six goals of fewer in all its eight wins.
NA power at Brooks
Brooks girls lacrosse has a number of talented North Andover residents — and several of them played contributed in a 18-8 win over St. George’s on Saturday.
Bella Papapetros had two goals and three assists. Emilie Klein had two assists. Alesandra Miller had one assist. Goalie Hannah Buttress had seven saves.
Eight is great
Central’s Kelly Daigle scored eight goals in a 18-8 victory over Arlington last Thursday. She had 13 goals and three assists in Central’s past three games entering yesterday.
What a win!
Pinkerton improved to 8-1 on Monday with an impressive 14-13 overtime thriller over North Andover.
Kennedy Daziel, Erin Coutts, Maggie McCarthy and Amanda Szostak all had hat tricks for the Astros.
But don’t forget about the Pinkerton defense, which has allowed double-digits just twice this year. The Astros have allowed three of fewer goals in four wins.