LXC Celebrates the Class of 2018 at Gillette Stadium!

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! Class of 2018 Boys.Girls 4.30

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

Financial Aid Workshop Announced!

 On April 8, Laxachusetts and College Funding Services (CFS) have partnered to host an educational workshop,  centered around college financial planning. During this event, we will discuss various Scholarship/Financial Aid strategies for your family.

 If you’re not 100% certain your child is receiving a full athletic scholarship, we strongly encourage you to attend this workshop hosted by experts in the college financial aid and athletic scholarship field. This is suitable for high school families of all ages.

Here’s a look at some of the topics we will cover:

  • How to determine if your family will qualify for financial aid.

  • What should you do if you don’t qualify for financial aid.

  • How to successfully negotiate your financial aid package.

  • How scholarships and financial aid overlap: what you need to know.

  • Understanding the timeline and requirements of the financial aid process.

  • …and more!!

 

Date: Sunday, April 8

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Marriot Residence Inn, 180 Forbes Road, Braintree, MA 02184

Seats are limited! To register click here:
Reserve
your spot

 

January 2018 Wall Ball Winners Announced!!

Congrats our January 2018 Wall Ball Winners!  This month’s challenge winners are getting a NEW Crux head with LXC Strung MESH!  Congrats girls!

High School Winners:
Kylee Horlbeck 2020
Sadie Estey 2019
Middle School Winner:
Bella Juliano 2023
Youth Winner:
Maggie Slimbaugh 2025
If you missed out in January, keep an eye out for our next challenge starting after February vacation!
#Dreambig #Wallballislife #Stickwork

“Where Are They Wednesday” Featuring 2017 Annie Wilson!

The Laxachusetts Girls program is SO PROUD to have graduated our first recruited class last year! We decided to check-in with some of our former players to see what they are up to their first semester of college!  Kicking off our “Where are they Wednesday” is Annie Wilson,  a talented defender from the LXC class of 2017!  Annie was a stand out defender for us, and has successfully finished her first semester at St. Lawrence University! See what Annie has to say below about her college lax experience!

Name: Annie Wilson                                   

Nickname: Annwin

Former High School: Concord Carlisle High School

Total Years Playing Lacrosse: 13

College / University Attending: St Lawrence University

Mascot: Saints

Field of Study / Major: Psychology

Favorite spot on campus: My room

Favorite part of college lacrosse: The level of competition

Hardest part of college lacrosse:  It’s a huge step up from high school, a lot more work is expected from the coach and your team.

How many players are on your lacrosse team? 21

Favorite position on the field: Defense

Current position you are playing: Defense

Fall Ball Highlight: Winning all of games during the play day.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Being invisible

Any advice for our LXC players interested in playing in college?  There is a college out there for everyone and everyone will find the right college for themselves. Work hard and put in that extra time and you will be able to achieve great things!!

Such great advice from the wise Annie Wilson! Stay tuned to “where are they Wednesday” to see how some other 2017’s are enjoying their first semester of college lacrosse!

GO LXC!!!!

Why Do You Play?

BEHIND THE WHISTLE

By Lindsey Munday, Head Coach, University of Southern California @USCTrojansLax

I think it is safe to say that when someone asks the question, “why are you involved in lacrosse?” a popular answer may be “well, because I love it.” That is why I’m involved in this beautiful game. I absolutely love it, and I have a blast being involved in it. I love the speed, I love the skill, but most of all, I love the relationships and experiences it has given me.

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But if love is at the core of why we are involved, then why do we let outside factors affect it so much? Why do we let scholarship offers, playing time, or wins and losses get in the way of enjoying every second we are lucky enough to play, coach, or watch this awesome game? Don’t get me wrong; I…

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Be the Athlete we NEED to Coach

For the 12 hours that I sat, observed and marked rankings at Laxachusetts tryouts this past weekend, I couldn’t help but ponder..

With such a large amount of players to choose from, and with limited spots this year, what is it that REALLY makes us choose one player over the other? What makes one stand out among the madness?

Lots of players have athletic “potential.” Women’s lacrosse is a game where coaching is crucial. Stick work, can be developed when a player is exposed to the proper mechanics. Game IQ and position-specific skills, strengthens with experience and effective teaching. It’s our program’s philosophy and we passionately believe: it’s OUR responsibility as coaches to teach you the intricacies of the game and to give you all the tools you need to be successful. 

So at tryouts, as we minimized the coaching to fully observe the RECORD number of players trying out this year… 

We were seeking the subtleties that cannot be taught.

Specifically… 

Speed. Honestly, this is the number 1 thing we look for. Not only when you are put on a line to do sprints, but more significant is the speed you play at IN the game. When the ball is in your stick, PUSH IT. Be fast. BLOW by your defender. Don’t hold anything back in your tank. Don’t play at 70 mph, play at 110. When it’s not in your stick, BUST it back to the defensive end or be the first one down to the attack to initiate a fast break. I assure you this is the BEST possible way you can stand out and you can QUICKLY get positive markings down next to your name just by exhibiting speed. We don’t care if you drop the ball. We don’t care if your mechanics aren’t perfect. But if you beat everyone down the field? We will want to coach you.

Work Ethic & Grit. To reiterate: we don’t expect or seek perfection (that’s what coaching is for!). Believe it or not, we care very little about how far along your skills are, but we want someone who demonstrates the work ethic. We want the grit. We want the hustler. We want the risk-taker. We want the spark on the field. We want to know that you are the type of player who will go home when we are not at Laxachusetts and use our tools to do everything you possibly can to become a better lacrosse player.

Passion & Personality. My fellow coaches and I, are absolutely obsessed with the game of lacrosse. We coach embodying this passion and we believe that this feeling is a vital part to being successful at the sport. We want the same from our athletes. So beyond the game… Are you having fun? Did you bring positive energy to the drill? Are you paying attention when we are talking with eye contact and head nods? Are you attempting to make new friends? Are you encouraging your teammates and trying to make them look good? Are you coachable when we ask you to try something new? Are you talking on both defense and attack? (even if you don’t know what to say, a #laxxyy rule of thumb for LIFE: ALWAYS talk.) In those two hours of simply observing your behavior and personality, it becomes obvious to us who will bring something special, fun, and unique to our program. Because at the end of the day, loving the sport and those you play it with is why we all show up.

So.. I encourage all of you.. don’t blend in; stand out. Don’t hide; play fearlessly. Make mistakes, take a few risks, and leave your comfort zone. Force us to have to put down our pens for a moment, look at each other and say, “I NEED TO COACH THIS KID.”

Be the player we NEED to coach.

We were absolutely THRILLED with the energy, skill level, and general buzz and excitement that surrounded our first weekend at tryouts. It was a hot, sticky weekend, and many of you pushed it to the next level. The talent pool this year is incredible, and we cannot WAIT to unravel the potential that exists within our teams this year.

Keep working hard, stay #laxxyy and we hope to see many of you next week!! 

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