Feature Friday: Jen FOX

This week’s Feature Friday is featuring the one and only, JEN FOX! Jen is a Braintree native (go WAMPS!) who played at Merrimack College (Go Warriors!) and is a phenomenal coach. Currently coaching at Roger Williams University (Go Hawks!), Jen was recognized for her greatness and was named Coach of the year! Way to go, JFox. We are so lucky to have you as a part of our LXC FAM!

Name: Jen Fox

Hometown: Braintree, MA

School: Braintree High Schoool

Total years with Laxachusetts: 4+

Favorite position: I played defense in college but have really grown to love the midfield position! You get to do it all: shoot, assist, ride, make big stops on defense, and battle on the draw circle! Not to mention, midfielders are usually the fastest and grittiest kids on a team!

Where did you play in college? Merrimack College

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

What is your favorite subject in school? In college I loved all my marketing and advertising classes

Do you have any pre-game rituals? I have 2 game-day playlists I must listen to! On my drives into work on game days, I must listen to one particular game-day playlist I created then in my office or bus ride (for away games) I need to listen to my 2nd favorite game-day playlist! It’s all about the pump up music- even for coaches!!

Who is one person that you look up to? Why? Tough to pick just one… but if I had to pick, I’d have to say my very first college coach at Merrimack, Katie Lambert-Conover. “Lambert”, as we call her, was my first real strong female role model. Lambert pushed my teammates and I to be better in every aspect of the game and even though she gave us tough-love at times, I truly believe she taught us life-long lessons and skills that I now continue pass on to my players. Lambert also never gave up on me which she very well could have. I honestly believe that if she didn’t push me to be better both on and off the lacrosse field, I wouldn’t have had such an amazing experience in college which I truly believe led me to falling deeper in love with the game of lacrosse and ultimately leading me down my coaching career path. Lambert currently coaches at Stonehill College now and not only kicks butt there as a coach but also kicks some serious butt as a mom and wife as well. She, along with so many other coaching moms (Tracey Sullivan, Acacia Walker) continue to kick butt and impress me with juggling both lacrosse and family life while making it all look so easy!! I want to be them when I grow up!! #futuremomgoals

Besides lacrosse, what do you like to do in your free time? I love the ocean so spending quality time with family and friends especially by the ocean is a must! I’m a BIG Newport, RI fan so spending time there is always a must when I have free time!

What is your favorite stick trick? Love me some TWIZZLER shots!

Do you have any hidden talents? Not many people know this but I was a competitive dancer for 12 years.

If you were an animal, what would you be? A HAWK! GO RWU!!

Where do you coach? What is most special about that place? I coach at Roger Williams University in beautiful Bristol, RI. I’d have to say the location and the people make this place super special and one of a kind! Our campus is literally steps from the ocean and there’s a great sense of community here! Feels like home to me!

What is your favorite LAX memory? Up until today, I’d have to say winning the CCC conference championship last year and then experiencing the first round of the NCAA DIII tournament! It was truly one of the best experiences of my entire life!

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

Feature Friday : Aubrey McMahon

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Check out this week’s #FeatureFriday featuring the one and only Aubrey McMahon, native of South Weymouth, MA.  If you have ever seen Aubrey play, you could compare her speed to her favorite animal! ….Check out her feature! Great work Aubrey, we are proud to have you as a part of our LXC fam!!
Name: Aubrey McMahon

Age: 11

Hometown: South Weymouth

School: Abigail Adams Middle School

Total Years with LXC: 1 Year

Favorite Position: Midfield

If you could eat 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Mashed potatoes! (YUM!!)

What is your favorite subject in school? Math

Do you have any pregame rituals? Listening to my dad’s playlists

Who is one person that you look up to? Why? I have two people, I look up to my Dad and Mom because they are there for me and do as much as they can to help our family.

Besides lacrosse, what do you like to do in your free time? I like to hang our with my younger brothers who are twins.

What is your favorite stick trick? The motorcycle!

Do you have any hidden talents? I can do a good back flip off of my tube into the water!

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

What is your favorite part of Lacrosse? I like the speed of the game, you can never take a  break when you are on the field.

Where are they Wednesday: McKenzie Gallasso!

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One of our 2017’s, McKenzie Gallasso, is starting strong at New England College!   McKenzie is one of our former goalies at LXC, from South Windsor, CT. McKenzie is a Kinesiology major at NEC, and tearing up the lacrosse field as a Freshman! We are so impressed by the season she is having this year that we wanted to update our LXC players and families on how things are going!

Last week the NEC Pilgrims went 3-0, adding to a 6-game winning streak. The Pilgrims are now 7-2 on the season, and McKenzie had her first collegiate shut out with 10 saves in a conference game!!  If that wasn’t enough, McKenzie went on to have 15 saves in a 18-17 overtime win against Gordon College, a team they haven’t beaten since 2010. With her all star performance, McKenzie earned defensive player and rookie of the week for the NAC Conference weekly honors!!!!!

We are so proud of our LXC players representing Laxachusetts at the college level!  Keep up the good work, McKenzie! We will be following you at New England college!

#Dreambig #LXC #classof2017

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

 

Feature Friday: Olivia Sowersby!

This week, we are featuring the Pembroke Laxer, Olivia Sowersby!  Learn about this figure skating stud below and welcome her to LXC when you see her this spring!

Name: Olivia Sowersby

Age: 11

Hometown: Pembroke

School: Bryantville Elementary

Total years with Laxachusetts: First year!

Favorite position: Defense and Midfield

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

What is your favorite subject in school? Math

Do you have any pre-game rituals? Just pass with your friends

Who is one person that you look up to? Why? Ashley Wagner (figure skater). Because of how hard she works.

Besides lacrosse, what do you like to do in your free time? Figure skate or hang with my friends.

What is your favorite stick trick? Face dodge

If you were an animal, what would you be? Dog or a giraffe.

What is your favorite part of Lacrosse? Staying active, and learning how to work as a team.

 

Check out Olivia on the field at Spring League or Pembroke this spring! #LXC #Laxonlax

Feature Friday: Anna Kiernan!

This week, we feature Hingham native, Anna Kiernan.  Anna has been a standout player since joining LXC this summer! You can welcome Anna to LXC by sharing your guacamole with this Chipotle-loving laxer.  Learn more about Anna below!! 

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Name: Anna Kiernan

 

Age: 12

Hometown: Hingham, MA

School: Hingham Middle School

Total years with Laxachusetts: First year

Favorite position: Midfield

If you could eat 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?  A chicken burrito with guacamole from Chipotle

What is your favorite subject in school?  English

Do you have any pre-game rituals?  I usually carpool with my friends and in the car we listen to upbeat songs and sing along!

Who is one person that you look up to? Why?  I look up to my mom because she always pushes me to do my best, and even though she works really hard as a nurse practitioner, she always finds the time to practice with me and my sisters and coach our town teams!

Besides lacrosse, what do you like to do in your free time?  I play field hockey, I ski, I waterski, I row, and I hang out with my family & friends!

What is your favorite stick trick? The rainbow

Do you have any hidden talents?  I can waterski with no hands!

If you were an animal, what would you be?  I would be a bluebird because I’ve always wanted to fly and my favorite color is blue.

What is your favorite part of Lacrosse?  My favorite part of lacrosse is winning draws, scoring goals, and setting my teammates up for good shots.

 

Watch Anna in the Midfield this spring at Hingham or at our Spring league starting soon! #LXC #featurefriday #laxislife