Faceoff Guru: Senior Secures Possession for Mahopac

The Marist-bound Andrew Evans will be counted on to have a big senior season for the Indians.

Mahopac senior Andrew Evans is a faceoff expert and midfielder on the varsity lacrosse team.

How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?

I started playing lacrosse in third grade because my older brother played and he got me into it.

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As a returning senior, how do you see your role on the team and how much do you value being a team leader?

My role on the team is very significant because I take the faceoffs, which are a crucial part of the game. I value being a team leader a lot because I love to push my teammates to their limits. I’ve worked extremely hard to get where I am right now, and I am excited to give it my all during my senior year and go out with a bang.

What do you think makes you so successful on faceoffs? How important is this skill for your game?

Over the years I have put in a lot of hard work and dedication to practicing this sport. I have spent many hours working by myself and having one-on-one sessions with former MLL player, Peter Vlahakis, who has helped me with my hand speed and multiple stances that you use against each specific opponent. This skill is very important because winning the faceoff gives my team possession of the ball and multiple chances to score a goal.

What would you like to see the team accomplish this season?

I would love to see our team win the state finals and to be remembered in Mahopac lacrosse history.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

My favorite pregame ritual is having a good pep talk with the team to get us all hyped for the games. Another one of my favorite things to do with my team is beating other teams on their senior nights.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My older brother Charlie, who got me into lacrosse. He always taught me to be a leader—not a follower—and to never be afraid to get hit. We are very close. I don’t know where I would be without him.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

Many people don’t know that I am blind in my right eye or that I have completely lost feeling in my left ring finger.

Do you plan on continuing to play lacrosse in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

I’m going to continue my lacrosse career at the Division 1 level at Marist College. I chose this school for its great academic and athletic programs, as well as its close proximity to my home.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

As of right now, I am undecided on what I plan to study while at Marist, but the top three majors I’m deciding between are business, finance or criminal justice. 

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

I don’t have a favorite professional athlete but my favorite sports team is the New York Giants.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a lacrosse game or tournament?

My favorite music to listen to while warming up is rap or songs that have nice beat drops.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

It would definitely be to fly. That way I could get to places quickly without having to spend money on gas.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

If I could pick one place to visit on vacation it would have to be Hawaii. I would love to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and visit all the tropical Hawaiian Islands.  

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

Before a game my favorite thing to eat is a wedge with chicken cutlet, Swiss cheese, bacon and Russian dressing. After a game I love to eat anything my amazing mother has cooked for dinner.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

The best place to eat in Mahopac is easily Our Town Bagels because the service is phenomenal and the food is even better, plus I get the hookups.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram because everyone in the universe has it. Also Mahopac boys lacrosse has an Instagram. Go follow it, @pacboyslax.

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the lacrosse program and why should they go out for the team?

Playing for the Mahopac lacrosse team is one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. The bond I have with my teammates is a bond that I’ll have for life, and of course the Mahopac lacrosse team has the best coaching staff in Section 1.

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