Weekend Recap: Boston Strong!!!

This weekend we had 12 of our teams compete in our Boston Strong tournament in Taunton, MA! Our girls played against other teams from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. All of the teams at Boston Strong brought their A game. Playing in theses short sided games highlighted stick work, speed, hustle, quickness and teamwork.

As always, everyone needs to be working on their stick skills and fitness outside of LXC practice. This is an expectation for our club. Especially with spring seasons right around the corner, we want to make sure that our players are as ready as ever to compete!

And now, onto the PLAYERS OF THE WEEKEND!!! These players were chosen by their coaches because they played with heart, constantly were hustling, and left all of their effort on the field! Congratulations, ladies!

Players of the Weekend

Green (3/4)…Kyleigh Rabazzi and Abi McIntire : Kyleigh and Abi were an awesome example of what it means to be an all around player! They played wherever needed and never stopped hustling. Their intensity set the bar for the rest of the team. They both moved the ball well in transition and made smart passes to help us control the ball. Awesome job girls!
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White … Macy Watts : Macy was the hardest worker on the field. The team looked to Macy to run the midfield and make game changing plays. She never complained about running the midfield, and scored important goals through the tournament!
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Hunter…. Aubrey McMahon :  Aubrey was a force this weekend! She played aggressive end to end, hustling to 50/50 balls and causing turnovers in our ride. On the attacking end, She came up with some key plays including scoring the tying and winning goal against GSE with seconds left to end a hard back and forth battle. Aubrey is a team player and a true gamer!
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Emerald… Molly Ross : Molly is a great midfielder with excellent skills.  Molly did a great job going hard to goal when she’s on attack, and is a strong and aggressive defender on defense. Molly’s hard work stood out to the coaches this weekend because she was all over the field! Great work this weekend, Molly!
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Shamrock… Olivia  Sowersby and Caroline Villarin : Caroline is just full of heart and hustle. She listens, has great stick skills and is like a stealth bomber all over the field – always making plays. She is very impressive to watch because of her unselfish passion.  Her skill-set raised the level of play and set a tone of competitiveness for the entire tournament. Olivia hustled the entire day, gave her all on the field during every shift, and excelled at being a team player. She had a few good runs in the Midfield, but knew it wasn’t for her, so she asked to return to Defense, where she felt her skills would be “best utilized” (her words!). We admire that honesty and self-awareness in a 5th grade player.
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Royal… Emily Johnson :  Emily Johnson was one of the hardest workers I’ve seen in every single game. She never showed if she was tired and never gave up. Two things our team struggled with was shot placement and cutting for the goalie clears, she stepped up and did both with ease. She rode in the midfield and had some clutch goals for us to win some close games by 1. Awesome job Emily!!!
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Teal… Caitlin Conley :  Caitlin had a great attitude throughout the whole tournament, showed hustle and was making a difference all over the field during our games! Awesome job, Caitlin!!
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Blue… Anya Younie and Cam Flaherty  : Cam played a consistently high level in all facets of the game. She was especially strong in our clears as the “go to “ player when facing a tough re-defend. Anya’s play in goal was crucial to Blue making it to the Semi Finals. Anya keeps getting stronger with each tourney!
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Gold … Caroline Klim : Caroline played consistently throughout the day and came up huge with many goals for our team. Her low shots around the goalie were amazing! She played aggressively and with hustle throughout all of the games. Way to go, Caroline!
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Celtic… Isabel Pithie : Izzy was the backbone of our team during the tournament. She made crucial saves during each game and her clears set the tone for each play. Izzy’s communication and confidence rippled through the each of our games. Awesome work, Izzy!!!
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Bruins…  Lexi Swartz : Lexi has improved so much with her shooting accuracy!  Her sharp shooting put us ahead during a tie in the last second of one of our games!  Lexi always hustles on the field and is very speedy.  It’s clear that she has been working on her shooting, which puts her at the next level!
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Yellow… Caitlin Hicks : Caitlin was all over the field as a solid low defender, but also found herself transitioning the ball over the midfield and even playing a role on the attacking end. Several times Caitlin was able to nail her timing and intercept key passes into the middle of the scoring zone. If the ball went down in out defensive area, Caitlin was always there to pick it up and found a fantastic groove with her teammates, working double teams all over the field. Caitlin was on fire and it was so fun to watch her play on Sunday!
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Orange….Olivia Tilzey : Olivia hustled in each game whether we were winning and losing, playing offense or defense. When Liv got the ball from a teammate or by causing the turnover, she was quick to increase the tempo. Liv played with confidence and competed all day long. She was coachable and willing to try new things.
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Red…Brooke McLoy :  Brooke worked tirelessly all over the field, whether she was a defender, midfielder, or attacker.  Two most impressive moments from Sunday:  in our fourth game, Brooke made a clutch catch at the top of the crease and scored a beautiful behind the back shot.  Then, in our semi final game against Mass Elite Gold, Brooke was selected to represent our team in a Braveheart.  Brooke lost the draw, but as the other player got the ball and began to drive down to our goal, she was patient, staying with her attacker, and timing a perfect back check to get the ball back.  Brooke scooped up the ground ball and worked her way back down the field winning the braveheart with a well placed shot to the low corner!  What an amazing show of athleticism and game sense

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Green (HS)… Shea Jenkins : Shea was a force to be reckoned with all over the field! Her high energy play brings the team up, and she was jumping double teams and causing turnovers everywhere! Shea’s speed and accurate shooting was turning heads in Taunton!

Congrats to our POTW at BOSTON STRONG!  We hope everyone has an amazing week, please remember to do some wall ball and work on your stickwork!!!

Feature Friday: Rae Hanlon!

This week, we are featuring one of our players new to LXC this year who is off to an AMAZING start! Meet our harp-playing, dog-loving, speedy attacker, Rae Hanlon!

Name: Rae Hanlon

Age: 11

Hometown: South Hamilton, MA

School: Brookwood School

Total years with Laxachusetts: 1

Favorite position: Attack

If you could eat 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ceasar salad and steak

What is your favorite subject in school? English

Do you have any pre-game rituals? Listening to my special playlist to get “hyped”.

Who is one person that you look up to? Why? My dad! He is funny, smart, kind

and a truly incredible person. He is always practicing lacrosse with me and my

older brother. If I could be just like him when I grow up, I would be the happiest

person alive.

Besides lacrosse, what do you like to do in your free time? I love to play with my

two dogs Chip and Dale, play soccer, READ! (especially the Serafina series for

the hundredth time), play piano hang out with friends, listen to 70s and 80s music

(it is so much better than the music nowadays) and make concoctions that may

or may not explode from time to time.

What is your favorite stick trick? BTB and Around the World.

Do you have any hidden talents? I play the harp and I can make an amazing

goat sound (it’s so accurate that when I was on a field trip at a farm, my friend

actually thought there was a goat!).

If you were an animal, what would you be? Peregrine Falcon

What is your favorite part of Lacrosse? Winning as a team and hanging with

friends between games.

Feature Friday: Sammy Gorrasi!!!

Don’t blink or you’ll miss her! 2019 Sammy Gorrasi is as speedy and shifty as they come! This week we feature Sammy, our Cape Cod native who plays Midfield, Attack, and always comes to practice and games with a smile on her face ready to run! Go Sammy Go!

Name: Sammy Gorrasi 

Age: 16

Hometown: Sandwich, MA

School: Sandwich High School

Total years with Laxachusetts: 3

Favorite position: Attack of Mid

If you could eat 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Bread or steak

What is your favorite subject in school? Video Production

Do you have any pre-game rituals? Listen to music

Who is one person that you look up to? Why? My brothers because they’ve taught me that in tough situations, suck it up and don’t complain

Besides lacrosse, what do you like to do in your free time? I like to travel, bake, play with my dogs, and make musical mashups with my piano and computer

What is your favorite stick trick? Twizzler/BTB

Do you have any hidden talents? I can blink like really really fast…..like REALLY fast

If you were an animal, what would you be? A dog, easily……I love dogs more than absolutely anything

What is your favorite part of Lacrosse? Kicking butt with my awesome teammates

 

Feature Friday: Millie Gartland!!!

Meet 2024 goalie, Millie Gartland!! Millie is a fireball in the cage, and has been a fantastic addition to LXC over the last year bringing high energy, and a hunger to improve every time she steps onto the field.  Get to know our Shakespeare-loving goalie in this weeks Feature Friday!!

Name: Camille (Millie) Gartland
Age: 12
Hometown: Belmont, MA
School: Chenery Middle School
Total years with LXC: 1
Favorite position: Goalie
If you could eat 1 food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cheese tortellini
Favorite subject in school: Math
Do you have any pregame rituals: I always put my gear on the same way, left glove first.  I also  listen to the same pregame playlist, make sure to check out the goal and net before the game starts.
Who is one person you look up to and why?  I look up to my mom. She is calm in most situations and she always fixes my “boo boos”.
Besides lacrosse, what do you like to do in your free time? I like reading poetry and writing. I am also a big fan of the Swedish professional hockey league.
What is your favorite stick trick?  Balancing the ball on my side wall
If you were an animal, what would you be? Honeybadger
What is your favorite part about lacrosse?  I love the fast pace of the game!

*Fun facts: I am a twin and love reading Shakespeare!

Say hello to Millie next time you see her at practice, shooting night, or during the season! #GOLXC #DREAMBIG #DEFENSE #GOALIELOVE

 

Feature Friday: Coach Braylan Wenzel!!

Name: Braylan Wenzel

 Age: 25

Hometown: Bourne, Ma

School: Bridgewater State University

Total years with Laxachusetts: 6 months

Favorite position: Low D
If you could eat 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ice cream- all flavors just to not ruin my favorites. Eating strawberry ice cream would be the equivalent of broccoli
What is your favorite subject in school?
Science/ math, english was my nemesis- no Mrs. Larson I will not read aloud , just because cindy lou-who “popcorned” me.
Do you have any pre-game rituals? Celine Dion (@CoachCLancy)
Besides lacrosse, what do you like to do in your free time?
making fake limbs, pickle ball and anything active. In the winter I do a lot of skiing and in the summer I’m a cape kid and spend as much time as I can on the water!
What is your favorite stick trick?
Queener Crippler
Do you have any hidden talents?
Sonic the hedgehog for sega genesis- Dr. Robotnik never stood a chance
If you were an animal, what would you be?
seahorse, exploring old pirate ships on the sea floor sounds like fun.

What is your favorite part of Lacrosse?

The excitement right before the first whistle

Feature Friday: Coach Nicole Nath!!

Before featuring some players during the winter, we are going to mix it up and introduce you to some of our amazing coaches!  Welcome to the COACHES CORNER!

This week, we are kicking it off with PA Native, NICOLE NATH. If you see Nicole at practice or at a tourney, make sure to ask her about her balance beam skills!!!

Name: Nicole Nath

Age:  23

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

High School:  Seton La-Salle High School

College: Seton Hill University (not seton hall)

College Major: Mathematics

Total time with LXC: 5 months

Favorite position: Midfield!!

When did you start to play lacrosse? 

I started playing lacrosse my sophomore year of high school.

What or who inspired you to start playing?

I really wouldn’t call it inspiration, but my brother used to make fun of me all the time for not playing any real sports in high school so I decided to try out for our high school lacrosse team because they were really bad and no one ever got cut.

Did you or do you play any other sports?

In high school, I also ran cross country and was on the swim team.

If you could eat 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Teddy’s peanut butter

What was/is your favorite subject in school?

Math… nerd for life

Do you have a favorite professional sports team?

Let’s go Steelers!!!!

Do you have any pets?

Unfortunately, no </3

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

I really enjoy all things health and fitness so a majority of my free time is spent reading health articles or looking at work out/training plans.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I used to do gymnastics as a child and can still perform my level 8 beam routine, back handsprings and all.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A golden retriever puppy, always in puppy form.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

Super speed!!

 

Thank you Nicole for being our Coaches Corner this week!  Stay tuned for some more Q/A’s with our talented coaching staff! 

DREAM BIG!!!!

 

Feature Friday: Tessa and Esme Shields

 

Meet Laxachuzians, Tessa & Esme Shields. 

Tessa and Esme Shields are two sisters who have both shown hard work and dedication to Laxachussetts this winter! Tessa’s speed makes her a presence in the midfield and her hard work and dedication is contageous. Esme is always focused, working hard to improve at every practice, challenging her teammates to be better. These sisters are always putting in the extra effort,and raising the level of play for all of their teammates. Keep working hard, we are so happy to have you as part of our Laxachussetts family! Untitled-2.png

Name: Tessa Shields
Age: 13
Hometown: Ipswich, Ma
School: Shore Country Day School
Total years with Laxachusetts: 1 year
Favorite position: Midfield

 

If you could eat 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Bagels

What is your favorite subject in school?
Math

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
No

Who is one person that you look up to? Why?
My mom, because she’s smart and strong.

Besides lacrosse, what do you like to do in your free time?
Play soccer, and hang out with friends

What is your favorite stick trick?
Around-the-world

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A monkey

What three items would you take with you if you were going to be stranded on a desert island?
Food, My best friend (Caroline), lacrosse sticks!!

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Name:
Esme Shields
Age: 11
Hometown: Ipswich, Ma
School: Shore Country Day School
Total years with Laxachusetts: 1 year
Favorite position: Midfield

 

If you could eat 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chicken Enchiladas

What is your favorite subject in school?
Math

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
No

Who is one person that you look up to? Why?
Alex Morgan, because she’s a good soccer player and has self-confidence.

Besides lacrosse, what do you like to do in your free time?
Read and play soccer

What is your favorite stick trick?
Behind the back

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A dog

What three items would you take with you if you were going to be stranded on a desert island?
Food, water, and a phone