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April 29, 2014

Lax Lowdown: Prandi helps Danvers girls to quick turnaround

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”The whole team blends in very well together. It’s easy to run an offense together and learn each other’s moves and use each other’s strengths. I can say the same for the defense; they’re on the same page.”

Rachel Trocchi and Meaghan McKenna are the two players that drive the Falcons’ offense. Trocchi is an excellent goal scorer and a calming influence on the team. The offense runs through her; Prandi says she “acts as a good QB for the team.”

McKenna, meanwhile, is a fast and aggressive midfielder. She’s dangerous driving to the cage and is also an excellent scorer.

Goalie Kara Connors is the backbone of a very solid defense.

Just as Prandi kept an open mind coming into the season, he’s keeping that approach as the team heads into the second half of the schedule. His focus is more on the team than reaching specific goals.

”I think it’s perfecting the way we run things. We’ve just been identifying a couple injuries and girls being away and playing girls we didn’t before. We want to keep perfecting the offense and running things to perfection as a unit,” Prandi said. “It’s the same on defense, we want to be perfecting the little things we haven’t been very consistent with.”

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Peabody boys coach Anthony O’Donnell plans a trip for his team each season, and this past weekend he took his team to Southern New Hampshire University to check out the school and the lacrosse program, plus play a game. This year’s trip was a huge success, other than the tough 9-5 loss to Swampscott.

Southern New Hampshire was an obvious choice for O’Donnell because two of his former players -- Keifer Heckman and Nick Ouellette -- are freshmen with the Penmen lacrosse program.

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