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May 16, 2013

Lancer laxmen play for a good cause

Londonderry lacrosse teams play for a cause

LONDONDERRY — A Lancer win would have been nice, but the score wasn’t really what mattered Monday.

The non-league lacrosse games with Andover, Mass., were about raising awareness and money for the HEADstrong Foundation, which supports people affected by blood cancer and research to eliminate it.

Nicholas Colleluori was in his freshman year at Hofstra University, playing lacrosse there, when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He battled the disease for 14 months, but died in November 2006.

After his diagnosis, Colleluori created HEADstrong to raise awareness and support others battling the disease. His family has continued his vision. Since 2006, the foundation has raised more than $2 million.

On Monday, varsity and JV teams from Londonderry and Andover wore HEADstrong shirts and shorts. The Lancers freshman team played Winnacunnet in support of the foundation and special day.

Andover won the varsity match, 8-4. But every player, no matter what team they played for, was considered a winner for giving back.

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