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Billerica’s Grant Whiteway on the attack for UMass lacrosse

Grant Whiteway unleashed a shot against Harvard  on Feb. 22, when the UMass Amherst junior scored one goal and added two assists in a 8-4 win
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Grant Whiteway unleashed a shot against Harvard on Feb. 22, when the UMass Amherst junior scored one goal and added two assists in a 8-4 win .Photos by Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics

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It was not the first instance that Grant Whiteway had left an opponent a bit stunned.

The junior attack from Billerica entered Tuesday’s matchup against visiting Providence with five goals in a 4-1 start to the season for the University of Massachusetts Amherst men’s lacrosse team.

More than an hour later, he walked off Garber Field with 12 after powering the Minutemen to a 16-11 victory with a seven-goal performance.

Teammate James Fahey, a former rival at St. John’s Prep, recalls a Billerica-Prep matchup in May 2010 when Whiteway ran up 10 yards from the goal line extended before launching a shot 180 degrees into the corner of the net.

“It left us scratching our heads,” recalled Fahey. “Like, ‘How did he just do that?’ ”

The senior defender from Boxford mused that Providence may have been wondering the same thing.

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