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March 5, 2014

Best friends, goals and accomplishments

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Because of their tight relationship, Bourdeau was thrilled to see Guthro add to his list of accomplishments.

“I was so proud of him because his dream was always to play D-1 football,” Bourdeai said. “He set that goal in middle school and I set my goal to play college lacrosse, so it’s a great feeling knowing that we both have achieved our goal.”

Along with the help of his best friend, Guthro credits his father, Paul Guthro, and his assistant coach for his successes.

“My Dad coached my football team from grades six to eight, and he was one of my biggest critics in the best way possible,” Guthro said. “He always pushed me to be better. I also wouldn’t be here if not for my defensive line coach, (Mike) Smolski. He has been one of the biggest influences of my high school career and he always pushed everyone to do their best.”

Some 101.75 miles separate Smithfield, R.I.’s Bryant University and Manchester, N.H.’s St. Anselm College, so two ever-connected paths will soon be parting.

“It has meant the world to me, and I know he’d say the same,” Guthro said. “The fact that it has to end is the only thing that’s bad about it. I’ll never have another friend like that. We are both two lifelong friends who have had a chance to co-captain teams together. It has been special.”

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