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April 23, 2013

A dual threat to the defense

Kelleher, Shay lead Newburyport lacrosse team's offense

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One interesting development: As attackers in lacrosse, Shay and Kelleher often have time to make idle conversation with the opposing team’s defensemen.

“They sometimes try to say stuff to you,” Shay said. “Usually they just try to start conversations. They ask you how your season is going. Until you get the ball, then they’re your worst enemy.”

Shay plays basketball in the offseason, but it’s his position as quarterback in football that seems to inform him the most in lacrosse, often dropping back behind the net to get a good read of the field.

“He’s a smart player,” Federico said of Shay. “He makes plays for himself. So, he’ll look at what people are doing, and he’ll move to where the open space is. He makes himself available to put goals in.”

“I think what happens is,” said Gaudiano, “if you’re able to have a whole field of vision, it definitely helps you from the quarterback slot and definitely in lacrosse as well.”

With the meat of the season still to come, Federico is happy to have these two underclassmen with him up front.

“They’re both very good and reliable,” Federico said. “So, if I I give it to them, they know what to do. They have to worry about me, I don’t have to worry about them.”

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