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

 

All Elite Tournament Wrap up!

This past weekend, we had the opportunity to attend our first winter tournament in Plymouth, The All Elite Tournament! This 7v7 tournament forced our girls to think outside of the box with quick transitions, fast break, slow break and big defensive plays. As a club, we were ready for the challenge, and had 2 teams win their division! Way to go Hunter and Celtic!! We are so proud of how all of our girls played!!!!

  A message from ALL coaches…

HIT THE WALL! Across all age groups, we need to clean up our stick skills. We have put a lot of time in during practices to work on our stick work, but it is SO IMPORTANT that you do your part outside of practice so we can move on to new concepts! During practices we will be starting stick work competitions. You will be competing against different locations to see what location can finish their stick work first….that means that YOU need to do your part by working on stick work outside of practice.

And now on the the Players of the Weekend…..

HunterTess DeSantis and Millie Gartland!  Tess and Millie were the back bone of our defense this weekend. Tess had phenomenal foot work, speed, and caused multiple turnovers during our games. Coming in with an awesome attitude that she would play “anywhere”, Tess showed determination and hard work all over the field. Millie did a phenomenal job in net this weekend. Her point blank saves, clears under pressure , and caused turnovers were a crucial part to our championship win. Great job Tess and Millie!!

LimeEsme Coes!  Esme stepped up huge for us this tournament. She was the first to communicate in the midfield and was extremely smart about being offsides and holding for her teammates, which is key in a 7v7 tournament. She was great on defense, coming up with caused turnovers, especially by jumping into the double teams. On offense, she made smart cuts, and was a great target inside, giving us opportunities to feed and score.  Esme did all the little things at every position on the field. Great job Esme!!!

BlueBella Juliano and Paige Curran!  Both girls played amazing in our games on Monday. They had lots of goals and assists for our team and played strong in the midfield. Our team was 3-0-1 for the day and both Bella and Paige were integral pieces to our success. The girls fought hard all day against some tough competition!

Pink: Meghan Lawson!  Super shout out to Meghan Lawson who earned player of the week recognition from the pink squad.  Meghan’s energy and hustle went above and beyond expectations on and off the field. Great Work Meghan!!

Red: Emma Davis!  Emma was aggressive all over the field! She settled the ball on offense, drew the double team, and quickly dumped the ball to the open player. She also came up with some key ground balls in the defensive end which resulted in goals for the team. Nice job, Emma!

OrangeCasey Mitchell!  Casey competed hard in every game and was always open to coaching. She’s a tremendous 1v1 defender and generated so many turnovers by reading the pass, to intercept the ball.  She did an excellent job in transition, dodging and moving the ball up the field. Great job, Casey!

Yellow: Julia Fortier!  Julia showed tremendous leadership and never gave up! Despite defensive breakdown at times, Julia continued to make HUGE saves! Her communication throughout the game was fantastic, and she was rock solid all day. Way to go, Julia!

Celtics: Mia Peterson!  Mia had great defensive slides and was crucial in transition.  She played team defense the entire tournament! Mia was constantly communicating to her teammates, sliding to help and being one of the most aggressive players on the field. Defense wins championships and we did!

Bruins: Genevieve Littlejohn!  Genevieve hustled very hard throughout the entire day.  She also showed great leadership, bringing the team together pre and post-game.  She always kept it positive and supported her teammates. Great job, Genevieve!

Shamrock: Macy Antonopoulos! Macy was a tenacious defender this past weekend.  Her aggressive play was noticed all over the field.  She was great 1v1, and had great defensive slides, and crashing.  Macy was a true leader on defense! Great work Macy!

Emerald: Elizabeth Blake!  Elizabeth played extremely well and understands the game very well.  She was crucial in helping to move the ball up the field, and was able to get a lot of shots on net to help us stay in the game!  Elizabeth was also willing to help out and play defense, and was very quick to recover from the midfield!

 

“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!!!!

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 Sydney Thomas!!!

Welcome back to Coaches Corner! The second installment of our coaches #FeatureFriday is the lioness herself, SYDNEY THOMAS!!! Make sure to ask her about the WINDIANS!….or to teach you how to do a sick stick skill.

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Name: Sydney Thomas

Age:  24

Hometown: Medina, OH

High School:  Medina High School

College: Loyola University Maryland

College Major: Business Administration

Total time with LXC: 1 year…..and counting!!!

Favorite position: Midfield or crease attack (she’s sick at it…)

When did you start to play lacrosse? 5th grade

What or who inspired you to start playing? A family friend who I played soccer with his daughter

Did you or do you play any other sports? I played soccer, basketball, and softball through high school. I still play all 4 in leagues in my free time (HOLY SMOKES!!!)

If you could eat 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Dill pickles (obviously)

What was/is your favorite subject in school? Math/Science

Do you have a favorite professional sports team? Cleveland Indians #windians

Do you have any pets? The cutest wiener dog ever named, Penny!

What is a fun fact about yourself? I’m related to 2 presidents. 2nd John Adams and 6th John Quincy Adams

If you were an animal, what would you be? Lioness

If you had a super power, what would it be? Ability to see into the future/change the past

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!!!!

 

The Magical World of Disney!

What an amazing weekend we had with our High School LXC teams down in Disney World!!! Our 2019’s, 2020’s and 2021’s traveled south for the weekend to the Presidents Cup and Debut Tournament in sunny Orlando, Florida!  Our teams were competitive in the midfield, attacked the net on offense, pressured the ball on defense, and worked as a unit all over the field for an exciting fall season wrap up.  Our girls were so excited to play in some warm weather, and brought great energy to each and every game played.  We faced a variety of teams, and no matter what the outcome, every single person on the field got a little bit better this weekend, and everyone came together as a unit. The coaching staff is proud of our girls for showing other clubs what Laxachusetts is made of… grit, tenacity, and teamwork!

Now for our POTW (players of the weekend)…

2019 Black: Clarissa Hurley! Clarissa was a huge presence on both ends of the field this weekend. She made huge hustle plays, especially key the draw and in midfield transition.  She is scrappy and explosive on the draw, and puts tons of pressure on the ball in the midfield .  Way to go hard this weekend Rissa!

2019 Green: Elizabeth Hennessey! Elizabeth is an incredibly smart player off ball, boxing out on the draw, cutting to create space on attack, and sliding to cover her teammates defensively.  She takes time to see the field, and make smart unselfish plays that open up opportunities for her team.  This weekend, Elizabeth’s attention to detail on the draw made her stand out as our POTW, boxing out, and coming up with huge draw controls when we needed it most. Way to get after it “Henny”!

2020 Black: Hadley Bosworth! Hadley played lights out this weekend in every single game. She had an amazing presence on the field and used her voice to keep the defensive intensity going. With her diving saves, communication and interceptions, she is a huge part of what made our team so successful this weekend. Hadley showed such heart and hustle even playing through her injury. Amazing job Hadley, keep up the great work!

2020 Green: Amel Vernon! Amel was on fire this weekend, pressuring the ball, sliding to cover her teammates, and safely transitioning the ball to our offensive end.  Amel is a smart and selfless defender who is always sliding to back her teammates up, and shutting down key attackers on the opposing team.  Excellent work, Amel!

2021: Ashley Wong! Ashley worked incredibly hard this weekend all over the field. Playing in the midfield, she left everything that she had on the field. Ashley hustled to every 50-50 ball, played aggressively, crashed hard on defense and shot with a purpose. Ashley’s positive attitude and heart were shown this weekend. She did her job this weekend! Amazing job this weekend, Ashley!!

Now that have our Vitamin D fix and our roller coaster high, we are ready to focus our off season efforts on Sunday team practice, and weekday shooting nights!!! Check out our website for the closest location to you!  #LXC #Dreambig