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May 16, 2013

Just 5-5, height and wrestling make DeAngelo deadly on faceoffs

Pelham senior Kevin DeAngelo likes to play lacrosse with a chip on his shoulder.

“Because I’m usually the shortest one out on the field,” DeAngelo said.

DeAngelo, who also wrestles, said he is “5 foot 5 on a tall day.”

“It’s just weird because my dad’s 5-10 and my brother is 6-1,” DeAngelo said. “It’s not really harder. It’s just that people usually underestimate me when they’re looking at me.”

But they don’t underestimate DeAngelo’s ability as a lacrosse player after watching him take faceoffs. The Pelham midfielder was 20 for 23 in faceoffs in a 16-7 win over Milford on Tuesday. He has won approximately 80 percent of his faceoffs this spring.

He said his size helps him on faceoffs most of the time.

“Because when you do a faceoff, you try to get really low to the ground,” he said. “That helps me — a low center of gravity.”

Wrestling also has helped him become better at faceoffs. Wrestling is a nice second sport for lacrosse because there is a great deal of jockeying for position, fighting, shoving, balancing — all things that are helpful with faceoffs.

“A lot of the best faceoff guys in college tend to be wrestlers,” DeAngelo said.

DeAngelo will continue his lacrosse career at Nichols College next year.

“I’m pretty excited about it because I want to go into sports management and apparently they’ve got probably the best sports management program in the entire Northeast,” DeAngelo said. “The coach is wicked cool, all the people seem cool, the campus is great. It just felt right.”

Scoring machine

Leah Chittick, who was second in scoring last year for North Andover, leads the team this year. She has 58 goals already this spring.

“She’s very physical, has worked well on low attack and also has worked on defense,” North Andover coach Karen Lahey said about Chittick. “She’s worked well with her left hand to get stronger.”

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