WOW! What a night celebrating the Laxachusetts boys & girls class of 2018! This is the second graduating class for the girls, and we have so much to celebrate! This class has helped our program grow into the team that we are today. Many of these graduating seniors have been with us from the beginning. We took pictures, mingled amongst the boys and girls parents and players, enjoyed dinner, acknowledged all of our graduating seniors, announced our 4 awards this year, and ended with a sendoff from former Patriots Superbowl champion, Rob Ninkovich! If you don’t know our class of 2018, they are a hardworking, gritty, and skilled team who saw so much success because of their teamwork on the field. We are so proud of these seniors, watching them grow from youth players to an incredible group of young women and talented lacrosse players. Tearful goodbyes, but we cannot wait to follow you as you move on to the next stage of your athletic and academic careers!
This year, our LXC class of 2018 awards went to;
Dream Big Award: Shea Jenkins & Maddy Cooney!
Shea Jenkins is relentless. She has one speed that is unmatched by most all opponents. She is the only player I have ever known to draw a yellow card on her opponent by using her head to check the other players stick with the ball in it. Although the referees call was questionable, this type of play optimizes Shea. She steps on the field in games and in practice with determined grit to make herself and those around her better. In all that Shea does she brings 100%. Shea will attend Harvard University next fall where she will continue to spark greatness in all that she does. Congratulations, Shea
Maddy Cooney is our second recipient of the Dream Big Award. A fierce competitor and a loyal friend, Maddy never ceases to bring contagious energy to everything she does. She is the type of player that we love to coach and brings with her the right mindset to make anything and everything happen. On the field, her coaches and teammates count on Maddy to make hustle plays that inspire those around her. Her scrappy and determined play will help her find success throughout her college career. We can’t wait to watch Maddy “Dream Big” and spread with the Boston College Eagles next year.
Commitment to Excellence Award: Jane Earley!
Jane Earley is this year’s recipient of the Commitment to Excellence award which is given to a player that consistently and substantially exceeds all expectations. An exemplary student, she is always looking for ways to challenge herself on the field and in the classroom. She is a loyal teammate who will find success in all that she does because of internal drive to make those around her better. Her improvement and talent on the field is a result of her dedication to the sport of lacrosse and her personal success as a student athlete. She is a versatile player, a trusted teammate, and a role model to those who follow in her footsteps. Middlebury is lucky to have you, Jane! We can’t wait to watch you dominate the NESCAC next spring.
Leadership Award: Jordyn Arakelian
From the creation of the 2018 class, Jordyn has been the definition of a leader on and off the field. Her work ethic, selfless play and dedication to push herself to the highest level, makes her an all around threat on the field and truly the “glue” that held this team together. Her leadership ability shines through her ability to communicate with her teammates, her passion for the sport of lacrosse and her confident, decision-making skills. Jordyn’s ability to be multi-dimensional whether it be taking draws, her superb field vision or impeccable shooting accuracy makes her essential to our success on the field. Jordyn is the type of player to lead by example and inspires those around her to be great. Jordyn will attending the College of the Holy Cross in the fall 2018.
New: The David Higgins Memorial Award: Siobhan Higgins
This award is in honor of David Higgins, who passed away suddenly in July 2016. David was the father of four Laxachusetts players, James, John, Siobhan and Mary Kate. David loved the outdoors and was an avid sportsman who enjoyed lacrosse, golf, fishing, running, tennis and skiing. His greatest love though was coaching Duxbury youth sports. He was an active coach and mentor for many years. His kind spirit, patience and enthusiasm for sports left a lasting, positive impact on a countless number of Duxbury youth players. This award is to honor his passion, commitment and inspiration to succeed.
This year, the David Higgins Memorial Award is presented to his daughter Siobhan Higgins. Siobhan is one of our most spirited, dedicated, hard working lacrosse players in the class of 2018. She had an incredibly difficult road ahead of her after her father passed. She decided to look for a school closer to her family and found the perfect home at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where her father also went to school. Siobhan represents everything Laxachusetts stands for in her passion and commitment to the sport of lacrosse. Every time Siobhan stepped onto the field, she did so with a huge smile and contagious energy. We are so proud of Siobhan’s resilience and look forward to watching her become a Minutewoman!
Best of luck to our Laxachusetts class of 2018, as the head into the final few weeks of senior year, and onto the big leagues to continue their love for the sport of lacrosse! #DREAMBIG