Lexington Christian Academy has seen top student-athletes from the Greater Boston Area come through its doors. Since the year 2000, a total of 23 championship banners have been hung on the gymnasium walls! History is made each season at LCA!
See below for current news stories from LCA Athletics!
Posted Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017
In his first and only season thus far at the helm of the Lady Lions Varsity Softball team, Coach Brian LaHair helped guide LCA to its 3rd Eastern Independent League Title in program history and was named the 2015 EIL Coach of the Year. Following a year teaching and coaching at Nantucket High School, Coach LaHair has returned to LCA to lead a young, but talented team in 2017.
Coach Patrie, LCA Athletic Director, spoke with Coach LaHair about returning to LCA.
Coach Patrie: What did you miss about LCA?
Coach LaHair: "Having coached for other schools, there is really no place like LCA. The school's dedication to both academics and athletics is unmatched. The players genuinely care about the sports that they play and the name across the front of their jersey. The support that the athletics programs receive from the LCA community, boosters, administration, and most importantly the players and coaches is like no place I have been before."
Coach Patrie: What do you look forward to as you return?
Coach LaHair: "I am thrilled to be back at LCA. I look forward to getting to work with some familiar faces as well as the new additions. I am happy to be back coaching in the EIL, this is an extremely competitive league, with great coaching and players from top to bottom. I also look forward to getting the girls into our new fitness facility here at LCA, this is a great addition to athletics and a great way to help get our girls in softball shape early in the season."
Coach Patrie: What are your expectations for this year?
Coach LaHair: "The expectations for our team is the same as every year. Be better everyday. I expect us to be competitive in the EIL and compete once again for the EIL championship. We are back to back champs, we have the biggest targets on us and we know that we will get every teams best effort. But titles those are in the past. It is nice to see the banners hanging in the gym, but it is the 2017 season and time to focus on the new year."
Coach Patrie: What are your long-term goals for the program?
Coach LaHair: "We want to remain a championship program, producing well rounded student athletes. I think that this program has a bright future."
Coach LaHair and the Varsity Softball team will get to work soon as practices begin March 13. Tryouts will take place throughout that week. The Lady Lions enter 2017 as back-to-back defending EIL Champs and look to make their own history this season.
Coach LaHair (standing, far right) and the 2015 Lady Lions won the EIL Title. Coach LaHair's message remains the same in 2017: Be Better Everyday.
Posted Monday, Feb 6, 2017
Jason Calandra '17 is now 1st in career wins at LCA with 117 victories on the wrestling mat.
Entering the match with Concord Academy on Friday, January 27, LCA Wrestling captain Jason Calandra '17 was tied atop the all-time career wins’ list (116 wins) in LCA history with a familiar face - his older brother and LCA Assistant Coach, Nathan Calandra '10. The Calandra family has been wrestling at LCA since oldest brother, Brian '07, started in 6th grade. The 2016-17 season would be the last to see a Calandra wear the LCA singlet and Jason has helped to strengthen the family legacy.
Wrestling at the 152 lb weight class this year, Jason is currently ranked #2 in New England. His victory over his Concord opponent gave him 117 wins for his career - the LCA record! His coach and brother, Nathan Calandra, said that as soon as he broke the record in 2010 – previously held by Jason Mills ’09 – his 5th grade brother, Jason, said he would beat him one day. Now that he has Nathan said, “I couldn’t be happier.”
Ever since the oldest Calandra brother, Brian, came home one day in 6th grade saying he’d joined the wrestling team, wrestling has been a major part of the Calandras’ life – not just in season, but off season camps, training and even bouts on their kitchen floor. As Jason reflected upon reaching this milestone he said, “I have always wanted to surpass Nathan. Ever since the day he set the record I had my eyes locked on that number as my goal. Finally, being able to have that goal realized makes all of my hard work up until this point worth it and now it seems surreal.”
Jason Calandra '17 with his Coaches Charlie Cowen, Reid Mosquera, Mark Getchell, brother Nathan '10 (2nd from right) and mother, Dorothy.
Now that Jason holds the record, he knows that there is still much to compete for in the final weeks of his LCA wrestling career. It is sure to be a bittersweet time for the Calandras as they conclude a combined 21 seasons of LCA Wrestling. Looking ahead to the EIL, NEPSAC, and National tournaments, Jason exclaims “I will do my best to keep going with the record but NEPSAC's and Nationals provide their own challenges and new opportunities to strive for excellence.” That ambition to strive for excellence is an indication of Jason prioritizing the process of becoming the best wrestler he can become rather than just focusing on the winning. Wrestling is too physically and mentally demanding to focus on results. On how he has dealt with the pressure of competition, Jason says, “there is always a great deal of stress that a wrestler goes through. I found comfort in offering my anxiety up to God because I knew that he would protect me from injury and in that comfort, I could calmly perform to the absolute best of my ability.”
With the end in sight, both Jason and his family are grateful to the LCA Wrestling program for all it has meant to them, “We are very fortunate to have benefited from our boys’ participation in LCA's outstanding wrestling program. Guided by outstanding coaching and support we've seen great success and a team that the school, kids, and parents can be proud of,” say Jason’s parents Michael and Dorothy.
Jason wishes to extend thanks to his greatest support group – his family, remarking, “I would like to thank my brothers in light of my achievement. As much success as I have had, I cannot deny that I might not have even been a wrestler if it wasn't for them. They encouraged me when I just started wrestling all the way until my senior year. Brian, Nathan, and the rest of my family have been the greatest support for me and I could not have done it without them.”
As much as the Calandra family is grateful to the LCA Wrestling program, LCA returns the gratitude for their involvement at LCA. Nathan points out that “the real record to beat is not only most individual wins, but most wins by a family, which currently stands at 317!” – a record not likely to be broken. In addition to the individual accolades the Calandra boys have contributed to 8 EIL Team Championships. Beyond the records LCA was blessed to have such quality people as Michael and Dorothy Calandra partnering with LCA in the education of their children – Michelle ’04, Brian ’07, Nathan ’10, and the new record holder, Jason ’17.
Jason Calandra '17 and his senior wrestling teammates Zach Schell, Felipe Pinto, Chase Krivickas, and Edmond DeAngelis all placed at last Saturday's Northern New England Tournament. This group makes up arguably one the strongest classes in LCA Wrestling history.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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:
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.
*Middle School Practices will begin Monday, March 28.