BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Junior attackman Andrew Cahill has already tallied 30 goals and 9 assists, leading Gov. Livingston Boys Lacrosse to their successful 4-3 early season record. Cahill consistently scores multiple goals a game, reaching as high as 10 points scored against Parsippany.
For his consistent excellence on the attack, Andrew Cahill has been named Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week.
Cahill has grown up playing lacrosse, following in his older brother Nick's footsteps. He started playing lacrosse in fourth grade, but had a stick in his hand long before then -- playing with his brother in the backyard.
"Andrew Cahill is the quintessential Scholar Athlete -- he is a solid young man," said Gov. Livingston head coach Patrick Crann. "He has proven to be solid and consistent player for us. In my estimation, he is one of the top Attack-man in the Klank Division."
Cahill, known to be the "smallest kid on the field," has gotten a lot bigger and stronger. "My freshman year I was always the smallest kid on the field and had to play against defenders that were more physical than me," said Cahill. Now, as a junior, Cahill has taken a leadership role and has come out on the attack playing more aggressive and with confidence. Familiarity among his teammates also helps. "Our varsity team is mostly juniors who I have played with since middle school," said Cahill.
Cahill hopes to have the opportunity to play in college and Coach Crann believes he can and hopes he does so. "He plays with a high lacrosse IQ. He is a hustler and a leader on and off the field," said Crann. "Every team tries to put their best defenseman on him and he has proven a potent dodger as well as a finisher despite each teams' attempts to stop him."
Below are comments from Andrew regarding his past, present and future:
TAPinto: How has Coach Crann made a difference for the team?
Andrew: He has great experience playing and coaching at the highest level of lacrosse and has helped improve our team’s understanding of the game and lacrosse IQ.
TAPinto: How is the team camaraderie?
Andrew: Our team has a strong bond on and off the field. Many of us are good friends with each other and hang out outside of lacrosse.
TAPinto: What are your personal and team goals for the season?
Andrew: I would like to help our team win the conference and make a run in the state and county tournaments.
TAPinto: Do you have a favorite moment(s) in the sport?
Andrew: My favorite moment was getting my first varsity start and goal during my freshman year.
TAPinto: What advice can you give the young kids of Berkeley Heights and Mountainside about playing the game?
Andrew: Constantly work on developing your stick skills and becoming comfortable with your off hand.
TAPinto: Do you play lacrosse in the off season, who do you play for?
Andrew: Last summer I played for the NJ Emeralds. Most of our players were from GL which had definitely helped increase our team chemistry for this season.
TAPinto: Who is your role model and why?
Andrew: My role model is my older brother Nick. The reason I first became interested in lacrosse was because he played and I always went to watch his games.
TAPinto: Do you play any other sports at GL?
Andrew: I run cross country and winter track.
TAPinto: What do you like most about GL?
Andrew: My favorite part about GL is the great teachers I have had and the time I get to spend with my friends.
TAPinto: Is there any particular class at GL or club activity that you really enjoyed?
Andrew: I really enjoy investors club where we compete to see who can make the most money by investing in stocks.
TAPinto: What's your favorite thing to do other than competing in athletics?
Andrew: I like to hang out with my friends and play Fortnite on Xbox.
TAPinto: Any thoughts on what you may want to study in college?
Andrew: I am not completely sure yet but I think that I want to study finance.
TAPinto: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Andrew: I see myself with a good job while living in a big city and still involved with lacrosse in some way.
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