This weekend we kicked off our summer tournament circuit at UMass Amherst on Saturday AND Sunday! 8 of our high school teams played in the New England Cup Showcase Saturday and Sunday, playing against teams from MA, NH, NY, NJ, VT and RI. The girls left everything on the field and looked awesome. On the youth side, at the New England Invitational, 11 LXC teams played girls from MA, NH, NK, NY, VT and RI as well. Neon, Blue, Hunter and Army all made it to the playoffs for their brackets! It is important to remember that we come to these tournaments to get better! During the summer, we will see teams from all over the country who will challenge our stick skills, agility and our mental toughness. Our coaches LOVE what we saw this weekend and are super excited to see what our teams have in store for us this summer!!!
As a reminder from our coaches…….all players should be putting in time outside of tournaments and practices to work on their stick skills and SHOOTING! Go back to your lax journals from the winter and check out some of the skills you learned during shooting nights! Or YouTube some Kayla Treanor’s shots 🙂
And now, on to the Players of the Weekend!!!
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEKEND
2019 Black : Hope Alto AND Caroline Thomas
Hope was a huge impact for LXC Black this weekend! She was excellent on the draw and came up with 50/50 balls all over the field. She hustled so hard in the midfield, played awesome defense and was a threat on attack with great off ball movement and drives to cage. Keep up the great work, Hope!
Caroline had a great attitude this weekend and played with heart. She had great pressure defensively and played awesome 1v1 defense. Her footwork looked great and she played with confidence in the defensive end forcing her attackers wide.
2020 Black : Mary Butler
Mary had an amazing weekend at Umass. She played so consistent and gave 100% every time she stepped on the field. Her defensive footwork and pressure was phenomenal, and she would come out of nowhere and get so many interceptions and 50/50 balls. Mary cleared the ball well for us after getting some grub balls and moved it easily upfield. Keep up the great work and hustle, Mary!!
2020 Green : Abby Godwin
Abby was incredible all of the field. When we needed a spark, she would fly out of nowhere to win the draw control. Her hustle on defense caused multiple turnovers and was key in our fast transition. On offense, she was dynamic with the ball either feeding, passing or creating lanes for her teammates! Great work Abby!
2020 Gold : Caroline Davey
It was very hard to pick a POTW for 2020 gold, the whole team worked so hard! But Caroline “Kiki” Davey never stopped running all weekend! She was our go to player for transition, energy and draw controls. Anywhere we needed a sub she was willing to go. She was versatile, coachable and never stopped hustling! Way to go Caroline and the rest of 2020 gold!
2021 Black : OUR ENTIRE TEAM!
This weekend our team went UNDEFEATED (4-0) and because we played on field #10 all day Saturday we decided our team motto for the weekend was going to be play like “Dime Pieces” aka shoot for a 10 out of 10 every game! For each game we set a goal for Attack, Midfield, and Defense and every game, half by half, we accomplished those goals! Every win was a complete team effort and this team had FUN while doing it!!
3 highlights of 2021 Black:
1. Our ability to make our teammates look good on attack!
2. Our RIDE! It was Unbelievable!!
3. Our Backer Defense that we just threw in at half-time of 2 of our games
2021 Green: Audrey Cole
Audrey showed off her skills everywhere on the field this weekend. She played with heart and hustle in every game. Winning draw controls, coming up with crucial ground balls, causing turn overs on defense are just a few of what made Audrey our POTW this weekend. We especially loved Audrey’s strength, speed and sharp stick skills this weekend. Keep up the great work, Audrey!
2021 Gold : Genevieve Littlejohn
This weekend Genevieve showed tremendous hustle and was all over the field for the team. She was fighting for draw controls, pressuring out on defense and helping to light a spark on attack. Genevieve also showed great leadership qualities pointing out defensive and offensive opportunities to her team on the sideline and at the half. The drive and work ethic shown this weekend made Genevieve our play of the week. Keep it up!!
YOUTH PLAYERS OF THE WEEKEND
2022 Shamrock : Kate Collins
Kate was the one I turned to when I needed ANY position filled. She happily played middie, defense, or attack whenever I needed her. She even took the draw and was very successful after having never really done it before. She was always hustling and giving her all even in the last game of the day when the rest of the team faded. I think she has a lot of potential to go far in her lax career!! Very coachable and good speed. Great job, Kate!
2022 Forest: Kendall Donovan
This weekend Kendall was playing at a very competitive pace! She was willing to play all over the field, and succeed in every position she played. Kendall has an amazing sense of the defensive position and very aggressive in going fully into a double. Kendall also has a great attacking sense as she is extremely agile and is able to get passed defenders. She was also extremely coachable, taking every direction she was given! Overall Kendall was a great player to coach!
2022 Jungle : Emma Davis
This weekend Emma Davis played fearlessly. She was quick off the line, obtaining several draw controls in every game. She did an excellent job battling for the ground balls, coming up with many in our defensive end as well as thru transitions. Emma supported her teammates, sharing the ball on offense, moving quickly thru transitions, and getting herself back and set up on the 8M on defense. When things didn’t go our way, Emma did not get discouraged. Instead she kept her head on a swivel, looking for ways to create scoring opportunities. Emma’s enthusiasm for competition helped her teammates success and that earned her the POTW for this tournament!
2022/23 Pine : Summer Foraste
Summer did a great job in goal this past weekend. She made great decisions in her clears and her positioning for shots was great. Each game, she brought a great attitude and kept her cool in cage. I was so impressed with leadership and coach ability. Awesome job, Summer!
2023 Teal : Sophia Barker
Sophia really stepped up for us this weekend. She was ready to play in any position and ended up playing midfield for us every game for almost the whole game. She had some key draw controls, amazing hustle, and caused turnovers. She brought the ball up the field with ease and had a contagious positive attitude. Great job, Sophia!!
2023 Royal : Erin Packard
Erin is listed as an attacker but when we moved her to D this past spring she was a force to be reckoned with. The same went for this past Sunday! She was ALL over every ball that was dropped by the other team and I knew if the ball was down inside the 12 she was going to end up with the GB, sprinting out to start the transition. She is a very solid and reliable defender and look forward to watching her grow as a player!
2023 Blue : The Whole Team!
This week LXC Blue was down a couple of players but still managed to make it to the Finals. Though there were several girls who absolutely raised their game to the next level, the greater result of the weekend was working and playing as a team from the goalie out! Could not be more proud of this crew and look forward to an awesome summer!
2024 Army : Alexis Barton
Alexis was amazing on the draw circle this weekend. She was the first to many ground balls and boxed out the other team to gain draw controls. Alexis was gritty and hustled in the midfield! We wouldn’t have won as many draw controls without her!
2024 Hunter : Aubrey McMahon
2024 Hunter had a huge weekend this weekend with some amazing team wins so this was a tough choice, but our play of the week is Aubrey McMahon! Aubrey worked hard from end to end all weekend! She puts everything she has into her game and came up really big for us on the draw. She played tough, buckle down defense and had some great dodges and shots in the attacking end. Aubrey’s true grit really shined through in her battle during our championship braveheart where she never let up, despite having run four lengths of the field 1v1 against a tough opponent. Aubrey’s grit, heart and hustle this past weekend are we she is our POTW! Keep it up!
2025 Neon : Maggie Slimbaugh
This weekend Maggie was a standout player on the entire team. Her stick skills are phenomenal. Her speed allowed her to blow by everyone on the field to help lead out team on all areas of the field. She constantly looked for her other teammates to translation the ball up the field, assist them on their goals, win draw controls for the team, and ride hard to turn her opponents and get a caused turnover. She was the game changer for the team and played any position asked of her with a smile on her face. Maggie was a quiet presence on the field, but all of her teammates recognized and followed her example of hard work and engagement.
2025 Marines : Sophie Casagrande
Sophie played out of her mind this weekend in net. Stepping to the ball, winning ground balls, making near perfect clears were just a few examples of why she is this weekend’s POTW for the Marines team. Sophie’s positive attitude, want to get better and coachability make her a player who we all LOVE to have on our team! Great job, Sophie!!