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Posted Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 

2016 Hall of Fame Class Introduced at Halftime of the Boys Varsity Basketball Game on Friday, December 16.

On Friday, December 16, 2016 four individuals were inducted in the Christian High School/Lexington Christian Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. Grace Strodel, Paul Rouse '68, Jackie Vander Brug '86, and Melissa Christmas '96 were the 2016 Hall of Fame Class. An evening of celebration included a reception, an introduction at half time of the Boys Varsity Basketball game vs. Bancroft School, and the induction ceremony. 

Grace Strodel 

Jean Taber '59 presented Grace Strodel with her Hall of Fame plaque. 
Anyone familiar with Christian High School or Lexington Christian Academy is aware of the incredible impact of the Strodel Family on this community. This school’s gym wall bears Miles’ name. Grace’s own impact on Athletics has resulted in thousands of girls taking part in Trojans, Lazers, or Lions athletics. In 1949 Grace Strodel founded the Leaders Club for girls who were interested in studying the rules of sports such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball. This club would serve as the cornerstone for girls’ sports at CHS and LCA. Throughout her own time at LCA, Grace served as a mentor and coach to thousands of girls. Additionally, Every June, the Athletic Department has the privilege of awarding a female student-athlete the Grace Strodel Coaches Award. 

Paul Rouse '68

Coach Paul Rouse '68 with some of his former players and teammate and friend Reg Henley '69.
Paul Rouse'68 was a three sport athlete at LCA, competing in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He was a member on the first boys soccer team and was a key player on the Trojan Basketball and Baseball Teams. Paul would return to LCA to coach throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. His impact on the many young men that he coached is still felt today as his players speak highly of his ability, character, and leadership. Paul’s teammate, assistant coach, friend, and LCA Hall of Fame Member, Reg Henley '69 presented Paul with his Hall of Fame plaque. 

Jackie Vander Brug '86

Jackie Vander Brug '86 with her Coach Irene Campbell who presented Jackie with her Hall of Fame Plaque. 

Jackie VanderBrug was a three sport standout athlete as she competed on the then Trojan field Hockey, basketball, and girls’ lacrosse teams. Her leadership on these teams led to successful seasons and culminated in the 1986 Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 Championship with the girls’ lacrosse team. Following LCA, Jackie went on to lead the Calvin College Field Hockey Team. While playing for the Knights, Jackie was a Michigan InterCollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) all star in 1987, 1988, and 1989. She helped lead Calvin to their first ever NCAA Tournament berth in 1988 and was selected as the MIAA MVP in her Senior Season. Jackie’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Coach, and LCA Hall of Fame Member, Irene Campbell presented Jackie with her Hall of Fame plaque. 

 

Melissa Christmas '96

Melissa Christmas '96 was presented her Hall of Fame plaque by her soccer coach Scott Stevens '87.

Melissa Christmas excelled in three sports at LCA - soccer, basketball, and baseball (this was prior to the softball program getting started). Melissa was an outstanding goal keeper for the girls soccer team and a star on the girls basketball team that captured the 1995-96 Eastern Independent League title. Following her graduation at LCA she went onto a successful basketball career at Eastern Nazarene College where in her senior season she surpassed the 1,000 point mark, led ENC to their first ever NCAA tournament and Sweet 16 appearance, and was selected as conference MVP. Following college, Melissa served her country in the US Army. Following her time in the service Melissa returned to work at LCA and coach Varsity Softball, JV Girls’ Soccer, and JV Girls’ Basketball. As softball coach she led the Lady Lions to the 2012 EIL Title (first since 2000) and she was also a member of the girls’ soccer coaching staff during the 2012 Undefeated EIL Championship season. Melissa’s soccer coach Scott Stevens '87 presented Melissa with her Hall of Fame plaque. 

The evening was filled with great stories of athletic accomplishment, teams that were like families, lifelong friendships, and a deep appreciation for the LCA community. A special thank you to the Athletic Department, Office of Institutional Advancement, and the Lions' Booster Club for a great evening of celebration! 


Posted Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 

On Friday, December 16th, the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Athletic Department will honor four individuals for their contributions to LCA Athletics with induction into the CHS/LCA Athletic Hall of Fame. 

2016 Hall of Fame Class:

Grace Strodel

Paul Rouse '68

Jackie VanderBrug '86

Melissa Christmas '96

We invite you to join us for this special event. 

5:30 pm - Hors d'oeuvres served in the Phillips Library

Boys Varsity Basketball vs Bancroft

Halftime - Introduction of the 2016 Hall of Fame Class

7:00 pm - Induction Ceremony in the Phillips Library

*Dessert will be served. 

If you wish to attend, RSVP to alumni@lca.edu by December 13th. 

Posted Monday, Nov 14, 2016 
Boys' Varsity Soccer has been selected as the #5 seed in the NEPSAC Class D Tournament. 
On Saturday the Boys' Varsity Soccer team was notified that they had been selected as the #5 seed in the NEPSAC Class D Tournament. The Lions finished the regular season with an overall record of 9-7-1 with a record of 4-1 against Class D opponents. Their regular season performance has earned them a quarterfinal match at #4 Forman School (Litchfield, CT) on Wednesday, November 16 at 2:00 pm. 
First year Head Coach Alex Brame and the Lions are excited about this opportunity and look forward to representing our school community in the NEPSAC Tournament. We invite members of the community to join us for a bus send-off celebration at the front of the building at 10:00 am on Wednesday. It will also be a blue and white spirit day to show the community's support for our Lions' Soccer team!
Posted Friday, Oct 28, 2016 

Get your NEW LCA LIONS GEAR in time for the Holidays! The Lions Booster Club is running a special online store through Tricon Sporting Goods. Purchase your gear Friday, October 28th through Sunday November 13th. All items will be delivered to your home in time for Christmas!

Don't miss out on this newly offered, NEW Lion Logo gear! Click the link below to order NOW!
LCA Lions Gear Store

GO LIONS!!

Posted Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 

Upper School Athletics

Fall Preseason Schedule

The 2016 Fall Athletics Preseason camps for all upper school students interested in playing JV or Varsity sports will take place throughout the week of August 29 – September 2. 

Sport Registration will take place on the first day of practices, August 29:

  • Field Hockey: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Cross Country: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Boys Soccer: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Golf: Registration will take place at Patriot Golf Course on Tues. 8/30

Sport

Practice Times

Information

Cross Country

Mon. 8/29

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Tues. 8/30

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Wed. 8/31

2:30 – 4:30 pm

Thurs. 9/1

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Fri. 9/2

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Varsity Coach: Christopher Simpson

Christopher.Simpson@lca.edu

Varsity Asst. Coach: Joe Garrison

Joe.Garrison@lca.edu

Varsity Asst. Coach: Kate Ertsos

Kate.Ertsos@lca.edu

Field Hockey

Mon. 8/29

1:00 – 3:00 pm

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Tues. 8/30

1:00 – 3:00 pm

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Wed. 8/31

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Thurs. 9/1

1:00 – 3:00 pm

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Fri. 9/2

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Varsity Coach: Denise Horwood ’73

Denise.Horwood@lca.edu

Varsity Asst.Coach: Irene Campbell

Denise.Horwood@lca.edu

JV Coach: TBA

Golf

Varsity Golf Tryouts:

Tues. 8/30 & Wed. 8/31

1:00 pm @ Patriot Golf Course in Bedford, MA

*Athletes trying out should meet at Patriot before 1:00 pm

Varsity Coach: Mark Getchell

Mark.Getchell@lca.edu

Assistant Coach: TBA

 

Boys Soccer

Mon. 8/29

1:00 – 3:00 pm

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Tues. 8/30

3:00 – 6:30 pm

Wed. 8/31

10:00 am to 11:00 am

2:00 pm Scrimmage vs. Arlington Catholic

Thurs. 9/1

9:00 am – 11:00 am

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Fri. 9/2

11:30 am Scrimmage vs. Shawsheen

Varsity Coach: Alex Brame

Alex.Brame@lca.edu

Varsity Asst.Coach: Nelio Frano

Nelio.Franco@lca.edu

JV Coach: Matthew Visconti

Matthew.Visconti@lca.edu

Girls Soccer

Mon. 8/29

1:00 – 3:00 pm

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Tues. 8/30

1:00 – 3:00 pm

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Wed. 8/31

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thurs. 9/1

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fri. 9/2

8:00 Team Meeting

10:00 am Scrimmage vs. Shawsheen

Varsity Coach: Ryan Patrie ’03

Ryan.Patrie@lca.edu

Varsity Asst.Coach: Bob Patrie

Bob.Patrie@lca.edu

JV Coach: Kathryn Purinton

Kathryn.Purinton@lca.edu

 

 

Posted Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 

LCA alum and 2013 Athletics’ Hall of Fame Inductee Denise Horwood ’73 has been named the head coach of the Lady Lions’ Varsity Field Hockey Program. Horwood’s strong interest in LCA Field Hockey stems from her love of the game and for the LCA community.

After an accomplished LCA athletic career Horwood went on to play field hockey and basketball at Northeastern University. Her previous coaching stints include Gordon College, Burlington recreation department, and the LCA field hockey program (1980s & 1990s). “Coach Horwood will bring her great experience, strong ability to teach, and love of the game to the LCA field hockey program. She is committed to driving the program to excellence in the years to come,” said Ryan Patrie ’03, LCA Athletic Director.

Coach Horwood expressed her excitement about being back on the LCA sidelines saying, “I am thrilled for the opportunity to coach the Varsity Field Hockey team! I consider it an honor and privilege to work with these young ladies and improve our skills and understanding of the game. Additionally we will work hard as a team to compete at a high level in the EIL and glorify God in all that we do both on and off the field.”

If you have any questions contact Coach Denise Horwood at Denise.Horwood@lca.edu.   

Posted Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 

The LCA Athletic Department is excited to announce the hiring of Mr. Alex Brame as the Head Coach of the Boys Varsity Soccer program. CoachBrame, originally from England, has an impressive soccer coaching and playing resume that includes professional playing trials with West Bromwich Albion, Middlesborough, and Nottingham Forest. Coach Brame has 15 years of coaching experience, working with players from U8 to U18.

Currently, Brame coaches with Global Premier Soccer and coaches their National Premier League Boys U17 team (ranked 67th nationally, 2nd in MA) and pre U.S. Development Academy, Boys U11 team. “I am very excited about the direction of our boys' soccer program under CoachBrame's leadership. Student-athletes in the boys' soccer program will grow and develop their ability and understanding of the game. We are blessed to have a coach of his caliber on our coaching staff,” said LCA Athletic Director, Ryan Patrie.

Coach Brame met with the team prior to summer break and is eager to start coaching the Lions, saying “I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful program and look forward to positively impacting it moving forward."

Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 

Great fielding, offensive firepower, and dominant pitching was the recipe for the LCA Lady Lions Softball team as they claimed the 2016 Eastern Independent League Regular Season title - their 2nd straight league title! With a record of 9-0 in league play and 10-1 overall, the Lady Lions' have one regular season game remaining on Thursday, May 19 against Concord Academy. Led by pitcher Samantha Gibson '16 who has a record of 9-1, striking out 101 batters in 66 innings, while maintaining an earned run average of 1.06, LCA has been strong defensively. Gibson has also contributed with her bat. She has a .698 average with a 1.163 slugging %, 4 triples, 3 home runs, 26 RBIs and 22 runs scored. 

Shortstop Shae Roys '16 has been LCA's lead off hitter and carries a .610 average and 21 runs scored. The Lady Lions have also had strong contributions from catcher Victoria Cusanello '17 and first baseman Abigail Broadhurst '18. Cusanello is batting .535 with 2 home runs, 15 RBIs and 14 runs scored while Broadhurst's average is a .400 with 18 RBIs. Cusanello has also been great behind the plate with the LCA pitchers and having a perfect fielding percentage. 

The infield has been patrolled by third baseman Zian Perez '17 and second baseman Elizabeth Stern '18, while the outfield defense has been anchored by Bianca Pizzano '19, Gaby Franchi '16, Emily Maurer '17, Hannah Lauffer '17, Julia Lawler '16, Emma Denaro '18, and Isabella Dassau '16. As a group they have an .897 fielding percentage.

As of late, the Lady Lions are arguably playing their best Softball. Over the last three games LCA has scored 44 runs in wins over EIL rivals Beaver Country Day, Berwick Academy, and Pingree School. The team has had to endure some trials throughout the season, but has persevered and is playing their best softball when it counts the most. Coaches Scott Gibson and Kim Borgen have done well leading this group of Lady Lions. Following their game on Thursday, the Lady Lions will travel to Dana Hall on Saturday for the EIL Softball Tournament to conclude their championship season. 

Lady Lions celebrate their recent win over Berwick Academy, clinching the 2016 Eastern Independent League title.

 

 

Posted Monday, May 2, 2016 

In an all school assembly on Friday morning, April 29th, it was announced that three Lady Lions Varsity soccer players were selected to the National Christian School Athletic Association’s (NCSAA) Northeast Super Regional team: defender Courtney Teehan ’16, and midfielders Meaghan Hayes ’16  and Shae Roys ’16. Additionally, Hayes and Roys were selected as 1st team All American.

Teehan was arguably the Eastern Independent League’s top defender and was also selected as EIL All-League. Hayes finished the 2015 season with 18 goals and 17 assists, finished 3rd in the EIL in points, and was also selected EIL All-League. Roys led the EIL with 18 assists, chipped in 15 goals, and was also selected EIL All-League. Roys was also named NCSAA 1st Team All-American in 2014 and has committed to play soccer at NCAA Division 2 South New Hampshire University next fall.

"All three young women were great captains for our program last fall and contributed greatly to the success of the program over the last four years," said Head Coach Ryan Patrie, "Their ability, but more importantly their leadership and competitive spirit will be missed. This is a great honor for all three and their team is extremely proud of them."

Congratulations Lady Lions on this great accomplishment! To read the NCSAA press release visit the NCSAA Girls Soccer Fall Awards page.

  

2015 LCA Girls' Soccer Captains Shae Roys & Meaghan Hayes were selected as NCSAA 1st Team All-Americans, while Captain Courtney Teehan was selected to the NCSAA Northeast Super Regional Team. 

Posted Friday, Apr 29, 2016 

At an all school assembly on Friday morning, April 29, six varsity Lady Lions field hockey players were awarded certificates for being selected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad for the 2015 season. The National Academic Squad program recognizes high school juniors and seniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2015-16 academic year. 

2015 NFHCA Award Winners:

Back Row: Gabriela Rivera ’16, Olivia Petipas ’16, Stephanie Ananth ’16

Front Row: Mariam Pitan ’17, Elva Ge ’17, Annika Johnson ’17

Posted Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016 

Varsity Baseball at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

This year, the LCA Baseball team travelled to Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports for a week of Spring Training.  The team spent 6 days in Florida, competing in games, working hard at practice, receiving training from Olympic and NFL coaches Brooks Johnson and Tom Shaw, and enjoying the entertainment of Walt Disney World.  

Varsity Baseball training at Disney's Wide World of Sports. 

We experienced an incredible atmosphere for baseball, playing at an incredibly well kept complex, competing with teams from across the country, even Alaska.  We were also able to catch an Atlanta Braves Spring Training Game against the Miami Marlins.  

Varsity Baseball attends an Atlanta Braves Spring Training game. 

Outside of baseball, friendships amongst teammates grew through other attractions at Walt Disney World.  The team travelled to all four of Disney’s parks, The Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot.  We also were able to get in a round of miniature golf, a fun night along the Boardwalk, and at Disney Springs.  It was an exhausting week, fitting in as much baseball, and as much fun as possible, but it was well worth it.  The team has grown a tremendous amount because of this trip, both in skill level and in friendship, and I’m excited to see where this start can take us.  

-Head Coach, Jordan McCarthy (2015 EIL Coach of the Year, Baseball)

Posted Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 

Upper School Spring Sports teams will begin to hold practices throughout the week of March 14. Please contact the Varsity Coach if you have any questions.

Sport

Days

Times

Coach Info

Baseball

Monday –Saturday, March 14-19

Spring Training Trip to Florida

Jordan McCarthy

Jordan.McCarthy@lca.edu

 

Softball

Tuesday –Thursday

March 15, 16, 17

3:30 to 5:00 pm

Michael Curtin

mcurt5041@yahoo.com

 

Boys Lacrosse

Monday –Friday,

March 14-18

3:30 to 5:30 pm

Kenny Stirling

Kenny.Stirling@gordon.edu

 

Girls Lacrosse

Monday (3/14), Tuesday (3/15),Friday (3/18)

3:30 to 5:00 pm

Brittney Murphy

Brittney.Murphy@lca.edu

 *Middle School Practices will begin Monday, March 28.

Posted Monday, Mar 7, 2016 

Girls Varsity Basketball had one of the most successful seasons in program history. Under the leadership of 1st year head coach Steve Schmidt and his assistant coach Brittney Murphy (2nd year), the Lady Lions rattled off an impressive 19-1 regular season record and captured an undefeated Eastern Independent League Championship. LCA would go on to defeat Winsor and Pingree to claim the 2016 EIL A Pool Tournament Championship and headed into the NEPSAC Class C Tournament as the #3 seed.

LCA hosted #6 Wilbraham & Monson and jumped out to an early 24-6 lead and did not look back. The Lady Lions advanced to the NEPSAC Semifinals with a 62-38 win. Last Saturday LCA hosted the #7 seed, St. Andrew’s in front of a packed house in the Miles M. Strodel Gym. The semifinal was an incredibly exciting affair as LCA played great defense and hit some big shots down the stretch to win 69-67 and advanced to their first NEPSAC title game since 2013.

On Sunday, the Lady Lions and many LCA faithful traveled to Noble & Greenough to take on the #4 seed Proctor Academy. Proctor started strong and established a 10 point lead. LCA tried to chip away at the deficit, but were not able to overcome it as Proctor held on 61-45. LCA finished the season an incredible 23-2 and NEPSAC Finalists. The team played great defense throughout the season and played a fun-to-watch, fast paced offense. The 2015-16 season was one for the LCA girls basketball record books.

Watch the finish of the NEPSAC Class C Semifinal Game between LCA & St. Andrew's on Saturday, March 5!

Posted Friday, Mar 4, 2016 

Coming into Wednesday’s clash with Wilbraham & Monson Academy in the NEPSAC Class C Quarterfinals, the Lady Lions basketball team had relied upon great team defense and transition offense all season long. Wednesday would be no different. Captain Jamese Word ’16 led LCA on the defensive end, constantly applying pressure and forcing turnovers. Her teammates then converted those turnovers into points. Within the first ten minutes of play, LCA jumped out to a 26-4 lead over the visitors.

As the game went on the team relied upon their hustle and tenacity on the defensive end, not allowing Wilbraham & Monson the chance to get back into the game. Offensively, the Lady Lions were led by captain Shae Roys ’16 with 24 points and 5 assists while Melissa Romao ’16 also scored 21 points and had 2 assists of her own. Samantha Gibson ’16 and captain Courtney Teehan ’16 played great on both ends of the floor for LCA. Brooke Krivickas ’20 stepped up in a big way as LCA experienced foul trouble in the first half. All in all, it was a great team effort and the home crowd gave LCA a big advantage. In the end, LCA defeated Wilbraham & Monson 62-38.

The Lady Lions will now host St. Andrew’s on Saturday, March 5 at 2:00 pm. The NEPSAC Semifinal will be a rematch from December 18 in which LCA defeated St. Andrew’s 56-42. The Lady Lions are looking for their first trip to the NEPSAC Title game since 2013. The first 100 fans in attendance at Saturday’s game will receive a Chick-fil-a free food coupon! Come out and support the Lady Lions as they look to advance to the NEPSAC Finals. 

Posted Monday, Feb 29, 2016 

On Selection Sunday the Lady Lions Varsity Basketball team were notified that they had been selected as the #3 seed in the NEPSAC Class C Tournament. LCA wrapped up the regular season 19-1 and captured an undefeated Eastern Independent League Championship. On Saturday, February 27, the team traveled to Winsor School for the EIL A Pool tournament. LCA defeated Winsor and Pingree to claim the EIL Tournament Championship. 

The 21-1 Lady Lions will take on the 14-5 Titans of Wilbraham & Monson Academy this Wednesday, March 2 at 4:00 pm in the Strodel Gymnasium at LCA. The winner of Wednesday's Quarterfinals will play in the NEPSAC Semifinals on Saturday, March 5. 

Wednesday will be a Blue and White day around LCA! Come out and support the Lady Lions on their quest to win a NEPSAC Championship. 

Girls Varsity Basketball has already claimed the EIL Regular Season and Tournament Titles and will host Wilbraham & Monson Academy in the NEPSAC Quarterfinals this Wednesday at 4:00 pm 

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