Spring Teams Celebrate Their Completed Seasons
The idea of a spring athletic season may be more of an ambition than a realization based on the past few months. Over 30% of the scheduled competitions for LCA Athletics were either delayed or cancelled because of rain, requiring many adjustments on the part of coaches, student-athletes, and parents. The teams, however, braved the daily schedule changes and the cloudy skies to complete their competitive seasons. The seasons, too, came with many highlights.
Each team took time to recap the highlights and honor team members with each of the four Athletic Department awards: Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, Superior Dedication, and Sportsmanship.
A comprehensive list of the award winners for each team can be seen here!
Varsity Girls Lacrosse finished with an overall record of 4-8-1, including 3-5-1 in the Eastern Independent League (EIL). The team had seniors Marley Vazquez (Bedford, MA) and Emily Picardi (Belmont, MA) elected to the EIL All-League 1st Team, with senior teammate Karolline Braga (Somerville, MA) elected as EIL All-League Honorable Mention. Marley and Emily also were named to the New England Preparatory School Women’s Lacrosse Association (NEPSWLA) All-Star Team. It was the second-straight year that Marley was named to the team.
Marley led the team in goals (57) and was tied for 2nd in assists (5) with senior Juliana Mills (Arlington, MA). Emily led the team in assists (6) and was 2nd on the team in goals (25). Braga was 3rd on the team in goals (23).
Marley’s offensive production on the season vaulted her into the LCA record books. She completed her career tied for 6th all-time in assists (28), and 3rd all-time in goals scored (139) and total points (167).
Click here for a complete review of Girls Lacrosse statistics.
Varsity Boys Lacrosse finished with an overall record of 5-9, including 3-6 in the EIL. Sophomore AJ Vazquez (Bedford, MA) and junior Christian Lachman (Lexington, MA) earned EIL All-League 1st Team honors, with junior goalie Justin McDonald (Waltham, MA) earning Honorable Mention for the EIL.
AJ led the team in goals (29), assists (22), and groundballs (48), completing an impressive season for the underclassman. Justin broke his own program record for season saves with 181.
Highlights on the season included a thrilling win over Concord Academy, and an offensive explosion against Bancroft School.
Click here for a complete review of Boys Lacrosse statistics.
Varsity Baseball finished the season with an overall record of 4-9, including 2-9 in the EIL. Junior Eric Walker (Danvers, MA) was selected to the EIL All-League 1st Team, with junior Nate Grimley (Wilmington, MA) earning EIL Honorable Mention honors.
Eric and Nate shined brightly for the Lions this year, with either one of them leading the team in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, hits, triples, homeruns, RBIs, stolen bases, and runs scored. On the mound, Nate also led the team in strikeouts, collecting 39 Ks in only 20.1 innings pitched.
Click here for a complete review of Varsity Baseball statistics.
Varsity Softball finished the season with a record of 6-7, including 4-5 in the EIL. Junior catcher Emily Schuh (Wilmington, MA) earned EIL All-League 1st Team honors, with sophomore shortstop Kallan Roys (Billerica, MA) earning Honorable Mention honors.
A season highlight for the team was a complete game shutout of Portsmouth Abbey School by LCA’s Samantha Gibson ’16 (Billerica, MA). Samantha is the first 7th grader in program history to be a member of the varsity squad, and proved to be quite a player for the Lions as she finished in the top three on the team in hits, doubles, homeruns, stolen bases, and runs scored. On the mound, Gibson also led the team in ERA and strikeouts.
Schuh proved to be a the stand-out player for the Lions this year, collecting 22 hits on her way to leading the team in RBIs, stolen bases, and runs scored. Her leadership from the catcher’s position proved invaluable as well.
Click here for a complete review of Varsity Softball statistics.