Alumni Feature : Jackie Stoller!

Check out today’s alumni feature featuring the one and only, Jackie Stoller! Jackie  is an incredible player. She is an absolute force on the field and is a phenomenal teammate. Tune in tomorrow to see a day in the life of a Lehigh athlete! Go, Jackie!

What is your name? Jackie Stoller

Where do you go to college? Lehigh University

What is your major? Business

Where did you go to high school? Wayland High School

How many years did you play for Laxachusetts? Four years

What is your favorite part of college? Being with my teammates everyday! (literally the BEST)

Do you have pre game rituals? I set my alarm to My House by Flo Rida for every game day morning.

If you could give 1 piece of advice to your high school or middle school self, what would it be? Try new things and don’t stress over small things!

What is your favorite meal? Tailgate food after our games

What is your favorite lacrosse memory? Beating rival Lincoln- Sudbury at the buzzer on an 8-meter junior year of high school.

Who is your favorite athlete? Why? Rob Gronkowski because he is tough, never stops and always has fun when he plays.

Do you have a role model or idol that you look up to? Who is it? Why?Christie Balestra- she is a junior attacker on my team who plays a very similar position as me. She has showed me the ropes on and off the field. She always gives 100% with a great attitude.

Is there a team you are especially excited to play this season? I am most excited to play Lafayette because of our rivalry with them. It will definitely be our most hyped up and exciting game of the year.

Any advice for our little laxers at LXC? Get to know as many teammates as you can. It all goes by so fast, so soak in everything that the coaches say and remember to have fun:)

Any advice for our LXC tam in the recruiting process? Try to go to as many camps/clinics as you can, and use them to get better. If you just play and don’t stress then you will get noticed and end up at the right place for you!

Alumni Feature : Annie Good!

Today’s Alumni Feature is featuring Norwell native, Annie Good! Annie currently plays at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Annie works extremely hard on and off of the field! Make sure to check out Annie’s advice….it is pretty incredible! Stay tuned tomorrow to see a day in the life of a Purple Knight athlete!!!

What is your name? Annie Good

Where do you go to college? Saint Michael’s College

What is your major? Why did you choose this? Neuroscience-I love science and want to pursue a medical profession specializing in the brain.

Where did you go to high school? Norwell High School (Go Clippers!)

How many years did you play for Laxachusetts? 6

What is your favorite part of college? All of the support people have for each other whether it be classmates, teammates, professors, coaches, etc.

Do you have pre game rituals?  I listen to my own playlist of music the day of and meditate for 5 minutes the morning of.

If you could give 1 piece of advice to your high school or middle school self, what would it be? Find ways to make the necessary things more fun, such as a cycle class in place of running some days, or working on a night’s homework with a classmate instead of alone.

What is your favorite meal? Leonardo’s Roasted Maine Potato pizza and salad

What is your favorite lacrosse memory? Winning the 2018 MIAA State Championship (WOOOP!)

Who is your favorite athlete? Why? Kenzie Kent-she’s so determined and such a hard worker and does so many amazing things while still staying humble

Do you have a role model or idol that you look up to? Who is it? Why? My brother Zack-he’s supportive of those around him, works hard for everything he wants, is fearless going into anything in life and won’t let anything stop him.

Is there a team you are especially excited to play this season? Stonehill

Any advice for our little laxers at LXC?

Work as hard as you can on and off the field, but don’t forget to have even more fun along the way; also be versatile: be able to run like a middie, make plays and score like an attacker, and be able to pick off a ball or slide like a defender, you never know where you may be needed on the field at the collegiate level.

Any advice for our LXC tam in the recruiting process? Don’t stress about everything too much and don’t try to force anything; what’s meant to happen will happen. If you have any sort of off-feeling in your gut about a school, it probably isn’t right for you

Allie Collins : Alumni Feature!

In this ALUMNI FEATURE, we are featuring Goal Keeper Allie Collins from Natick, MA! Currently, Allie plays at Assumption College where she is an absolute brick wall. Allie has worked extremely hard throughout her career. This year, Allie will be playing for Abbey Simone, LXC Central Director! We look forward to watching Allie play….GO HOUNDS!!

 

What is your name? Allie Collins

Where do you go to college? Assumption College

What is your major? Why did you choose this? Biology with a concentration of Physical Therapy. I chose this because Biology will be the best background knowledge to have for the occupation of physical therapy.

Where did you go to high school? Natick High School

How many years did you play for Laxachusetts? 3 years

What is your favorite part of college? Meeting other people

Do you have pre game rituals? The day of the game I have to carry around my stick the whole day and not leave it out of my sight.

If you could give 1 piece of advice to your high school or middle school self, what would it be? Don’t wish high school away! Make sure you cherish those years and the friends you made from your hometown.

What is your favorite meal? My favorite meal is lunch

What is your favorite lacrosse memory? My favorite lacrosse memory was playing our high school rival, Franklin and getting my highest amount of saves 26 (For all of you non goalies….that is a TON of saves!!) 

Who is your favorite athlete? Why? Liz Hogan because she is one of the best professional women’s goalie.

Do you have a role model or idol that you look up to? Who is it? Why? Jaclyn Chrico who was the goalie for Assumption two years ago. She used to coach me at a young age and I always used to look up to her when I went to watch the Assumption College games before I got to college. She was number 23 which now I am number 23.

Is there a team you are especially excited to play this season? Adelphi because they are the best team in the league

Any advice for our little laxers at LXC? Always have fun, if your not having fun then there is no point in playing 🙂 

Any advice for our LXC tam in the recruiting process? Be patient and don’t be stressed, there is a place for everyone you just need to be patient to find the right one.  

Boston Strong Weekend Recap!

This weekend, our players played in our Boston Strong tournament in Taunton, MA. This is always one of our favorite tournaments because of the strong competition, fun atmosphere and it always gives us areas to improve! We are especially proud of Orange and Violet for winning their divisions!

As coaches, we cannot stress enough the importance of our players putting in the time out of practice to improve! That means : HITTING THE WALL, going for a run or taking the time to do a speed and agility workout and it also means taking the time to write in your LAX JOURNAL. In your journals…draw diagrams of drills that happened in practice, write major concepts that we reviewed at practices or at your tournament, draw out our plays 🙂

We are proud of how all of our teams played this weekend and thank all of our LXC fam for making this tournament such a success! And now, on to the Players of the Weekend! Continue reading

Sophie MacKeigan : Alumni Feature!!

A new edition to our LXC blog is our ALUMNI FEATURE! This is a great chance to check out where some of our Alums are, how their day rolls and what it truly means to be a Student Athlete!

This week we are featuring Sophie MacKeigan! Sophie goes to Middlebury College and is an absolutely threat on the field! Check out Sophie’s advise to all of our lax family. We look forward to seeing what a true MiddKid day looks like as we follow her on our Instagram Wednesday!

Where do you go to college?

Middlebury College

What is your major? Why did you choose this?

International Politics and Economics with a French Minor. I chose this because a lot of older girls pursued the same major and have been successful and my uncle works abroad in finance and foreign affairs.

Where did you go to high school?

Middlesex School, Concord MA (ISL)

How many years did you play for Laxachusetts?

2 years (Junior and Senior Year)

What is your favorite part of college?

The best part of D3 is you can do so many things, such as go abroad and travel during the year, because you are only in season from February 15th until the end, but we train really hard out of season without our coaches.

Do you have pre game rituals? 

I listen to loud music in a dark room or walk around the upper bleachers of the Hockey Rink

If you could give 1 piece of advice to your high school or middle school self, what would it be?

Just have fun and be confident. It goes WAY too fast.

What is your favorite meal?

This is a loaded question. Probably macaroni and cheese!

What is your favorite lacrosse memory?

Playing at Presidents Cup Junior year with Laxachusetts, the first time I really felt like I was welcomed into the program.

Who is your favorite athlete? Why?

Kerrigan Miller. (USC Laxer) She’s my biggest role model and I try to mirror her game in anyway I can.

Do you have a role model or idol that you look up to? Who is it? Why?

Besides Kerrigan, I love all of the USA Girls, especially Sam and Dempsey because they are best friend goals.

Is there a team you are especially excited to play this season?

Gettysburg. We lost by 2 goals in the National Championship last year and I hope we get a chance to play them again.

Any advice for our little laxers at LXC?

Go to everything and meet as many people as you can! It will only help you when you get to the college level.

Any advice for our LXC tam in the recruiting process?

Try to keep a level head. It’s horrible and people will lead you on but just stick to what works for you and your family and you’ll end up where you’re meant to be. Just because you get a Div1 offer doesn’t mean you should take it. Middlebury is an incredible program with an amazing program and anyone on our team could have excelled at a Division 1 level.

 

WEEKEND RECAP : All Elite Tournament

This weekend took our Laxachusetts family to Marlborough, MA to compete in the All Elite Tournament. During all of our games, ouR players had high energy, worked hard in the midfield and worked on improving their lacrosse IQ. We had TWO division CHAMPIONS…..LXC Patriots and LXC Hunter — GREAT job ladies, we are so proud of you!!

A highlight that came out of this tournament was STICK WORK and FOOTWORK. We are a lucky bunch that we have the opportunity to have shooting nights and weekend practices to work on our team play, drills and overall lax IQ BUT these two points are something that ALL of our players can be (and should be) working on at home! It is CRUCIAL, especially going in to the spring season, that every single one of our players is taking time on their own to play wall ball and train. Some of our incredible coaches have taken the time to create wall ball challenges for our players, take advantage of them!! Boston Strong is our next (and last) winter tournament. CHALLENGE yourself to make yourself a better/quicker/faster/stronger/smarter player.

And now, on to our Players of the Weekend!

Anna Crowley : LXC Orange

Anna played lock down defense this weekend! She had great caused turnovers and was aggressive all over the field.  On a team that was short on defenders, Anna was a staple. GREAT work, Anna!

Izzy Pithie : LXC Green
Izzy was absolutely lights out this weekend. She had some absolutely amazing saves that kept us in the game in clutch moments throughout the day. Her positive attitude and command of the defense helped propel us to win our games and improve as a team each game. Unreal job this weekend Izzy! You were extremely impressive and a joy to coach!

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WEEKEND RECAP : BEANTOWN BATTLE

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This weekend, our players completed in our annual Beantown Battle in Weymouth, MA! Every year we look forward to the quick pace, the competitive games and then overall high level of play. Playing in a 4v4 setting challenges you to play smart, play quick, and play together. Our girls showed that they showed up ready to compete. A special shout out to our LXC Olive team who crushed their division! Great job to all of our players this weekend.

REMEMBER: After all of these tournaments, practices and play dates we have throughout the year, take a moment to write down in your lax journal tips, tricks, drills, highs, lows and even coaching points you have learned. It is always a good thing to look back to reflect on some of the great plays you have made, or the great plays you have watched your teammates play through. Come to every LXC event ready to be a sponge. Always leave with a positive takeaway and a goal of what you want to do better next time!

And now, on to our players of the weekend!…

Elizabeth Gill  Emerald
Elizabeth did a phenomenal job this past weekend both on attack and defense! Her grit level only increased as the day went on! Elizabeth came up big with some really aggressive 50/50 balls and had a nose for cage when her teammates set her up for success! Defensively, Elizabeth was the loudest one out there and set the tone for what we wanted our defensive unit to look and sound like for the rest of the tournament! Great job Elizabeth!! GO EMERALD!!

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