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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!

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Posted Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 11:47:33 AM

LCA Senior, Sophia Petrillo has been involved with gymnastics for most of her life. She has competed at numerous regional and national competitions while training at the world renown Brestyan's American Gymnastics Club. All of the hours in the gym and hardwork have paid off as Sophia signed her commitment to attend and compete at Brown University next year. Congratulations to Sophia and the entire Petrillo family on this great accomplishment. 

Sophia Petrillo '18 pictured with her family and coaches as they celebrate her commitment to Brown University. 


Posted Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 7:17:18 AM

Trailing the #2 seed The Master's School 1-0 with under a minute to play in Saturday's NEPSAC semifinal, LCA midfielder Jarred Cummings '18 sent the ball forward into the penalty box, Julius Swaim '19 controlled the ball with his back to goal, turned and in one brilliant motion scored the game tying goal to send the match into overtime. 

Following two scoreless overtime periods, the match went into penalty kicks to determine a winner. Goalie Noah Levitz '19 made a crucial save setting up an opportunity for LCA to win. John Stevens '18 buried his penalty shot to give LCA a 4-2 penality kick victory!  

LCA will play on Sunday at 1:00 pm against the #1 seed Hyde School at the Northfield Mount Hermon School For the NEPSAC Class D title. LCA will attempt to win the championship for the first time since 2004! Go Lions! 

Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 2:34:29 PM

Boys' Varsity Soccer celebrating their NEPSAC Quarterfinal victory over BTA.  

LCA Boys' Varsity Soccer scored three goals in the span of seven minutes in the first half to claim a 3-0 halftime lead over Boston Trinity in Wednesday's NEPSAC Class D Quarterfinal. Two more goals and solid defending resulted in a 5-0 final.

LCA was led in scoring by John Stevens '18 with two goals, as well as goals from Julius Swaim '19, Jamie Bowdring '19, and Chris Iliopoulos '18. The Lions (11-6-1) will travel to the #2 seed The Master's School (West Simsbury, CT) on Saturday at 1:00 pm. with a trip to the final on the line. If the Lions prevail, the final will be played on Sunday, November 19 at 1:00 pm at Northfield Mount Hermon. 

Julius Swaim '19 scored LCA's second goal of the match as the Lions advanced to the NEPSAC Semifinals.

Posted Monday, Nov 13, 2017 1:44:00 PM

Surrounded by his family, Marc Metivier '18 signed his National Letter of Intent to play Baseball at Assumption College. 

LCA Lions' right handed pitcher, Marc Metivier '18 (Billerica) has made his decision on where he wants to play college baseball and it is as a Greyhound at Assumption College. Marc made his decision official on Monday morning as he signed his National Letter of Intent. 

Marc was a 2017 Eastern Independent League Honorable Mention Selection and received the 2017 Most Improved Player Award. During the 2017 season Metiver led the team with 20 hits and 15 runs scored while going a perfect 28 for 28 in stolen base attempts. His best pitching performance of the season was against Pingree when he pitched 6 innings without an earned run. Marc also plays club baseball for North East Baseball. He and his club team toured the Southeastern United States last summer playing in tournaments almost every weekend. 

 

Metivier will lead the Lions in 2018 in his final season before he begins his career at Assumption College. 

Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 9:58:00 AM
Alex Cravens '20 set a new course record (17:37) en route to winning the NEPSTA Division IV Cross Country Championship at Berwick Academy on Saturday, November 11. Cravens was coming off a second place finish at the EIL Championships last week and "ran a tremendous race" according to Head Coach Joe Garrison. Cravens along with captain Stephan Wallace '18, who finished 12th overall, led a boys' team that finished 5th overall out of 27 Varsity teams. 
On the girls' side, Maeve O'Brien '20 (3rd place) and Mikayla Cravens '18 (6th place) had great days as they paced the Lady Lions to a 5th place finish as well, narrowly losing out on a 4th place plaque.
For placing at the NEPSTA Championships, Alex, Stephan, Maeve, and Mikayla were invited to the NEPSTA All-Star Meet next Saturday at St. Mark's. 
LCA had a great day at the NEPSTA Championships and these young teams have set a great foundation for future success! 
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 9:38:06 AM
Lions' Varsity Soccer coached by Drago Kazakov, assisted by Nelio Franco. 

On Saturday the Boys' Varsity Soccer team was notified that they had been selected as the #3 seed in the NEPSAC Class D Tournament. The Lions finished the regular season with an overall record of 10-6-1 with a record of 5-0 against Class D opponents. Their regular season performance has earned them a quarterfinal match at home against #6 Boston Trinity Academy (9-3-3) on Wednesday, November 15 at 2:00 pm. 
First year Head Coach Drago Kazakov and the Lions are excited about this opportunity and look forward to representing our school community in the NEPSAC Tournament. LCA Athletics is excited to host a NEPSAC tournament match and hopes to have a great home crowd on hand as the Lions look to advance. 
Posted Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017 2:29:00 PM

Want LCA Lions Gear?

Are you a new LCA family in search of great LCA apparel, a returning family who wants to display their Lion pride, or a CHS/LCA Alum? The online LCA LionsStore is NOW OPEN through Sunday, September 10. You can easily purchase great gear that will be delivered to your home within just a few weeks of the online store closing. 

Visit the LCA Lions Online Store and show your Lion Pride today!


Posted Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 10:12:00 AM

Local Air Force Academy graduates and lacrosse alumni will conduct a free clinic for middle and upper school boys on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 am to Noon. The clinic will cover a number of topics and skill sets and will be a valuable experience for any age or ability. The clinic will be led by Air Force Academy Lacrosse graduates who wish to provide this service to the LCA community. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Any questions contact Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach Ryan Patrie at Ryan.Patrie@lca.edu.

2016 Air Force Lacrosse Clinic participants. The 2017 Clinic will be on April 29th. 

Posted Friday, Mar 31, 2017 10:57:56 AM

Teal Bunbury, New England Revolution Midfielder, will be visiting LCA on April 6. 

Athletes in Action Visit on Thursday, April 6

The LCA Athletic Department is excited to announce that on Thursday, April 6, Teal Bunbury, Midfielder with the New England Revolution and capped U.S. Men's National Team Player will be visiting. Along with Walt Day of Athletes in Action, Teal will be speaking about his professional soccer career, his faith, and what it means to be a Christian competitor. The event will take place in LCA's Activity center beginning at 3:30 pm. LCA Students, parents, and faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

In advance of his appearance, check out Teal Bunbury's New England Revolution bio and his outstanding goal against NY Red Bull in the 1st Leg of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. 


Posted Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 12:08:43 PM

Boys' Varsity Basketball were notified on Sunday that they were selected as the #5 seed in the NEPSAC Class D Tournament. The Lions had a competitive schedule this season and were able to finish 5-2 against Class D opponents. That mark was good enough for the tournament committee to grant the Lions a tournament bid. 

As a result, LCA will travel to Trumbull, Connecticut on Wednesday to take on the #4 seed, Christian Heritage in the NEPSAC Class D Quarterfinal. This is the 4th NEPSAC Tournament appearance in the last five years for LCA. This season the team was led by tri-captains Trey Scaro '17, Ethan Tanner '17, and Jesse Welch '17. 

The Lions know it will take a total team effort to come away with a victory and advance to Saturday's semifinal. "This is exciting for the players and coaching staff. It's a goal every team sets before the season gets underway and our team is looking forward to the opportunity," said Ryan Patrie '03, LCA Athletic Director.

Wednesday will be a Blue Crew day at LCA as students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wear their LCA gear in support of the team. There will also be a send-off celebration at 10:00 am in the Activity Center. All are welcome to join us as we send the Lions off in prayer as they look to win and advance!

Captain Trey Scaro pushes the ball up the floor in a recent game against Providence Country Day. The Lions will play Christian Heritage in the NEPSAC Class D Quarterfinals on Wednesday. 

Posted Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 1:09:00 PM

Upper School spring sports practices will begin on Monday, March 13. It is expected that any student-athlete not away during this time attends these practices. Teams may also have strength and conditioning sessions scheduled with Ryan Fraser, LCA Fitness Coordinator, during this week as well and will be notified by their coach of the schedule. 

Sport

Days

Times

Coach Info

Baseball

Monday - Friday,

March 13-17

1:00 to 2:30 pm - Strength & Conditioning

2:30 to 4:00 pm - Practice 

(Outdoors or Indoors)

Varsity Head Coach:

Jordan McCarthy

Jordan.McCarthy@lca.edu

Varsity Assistant:

Ben Check-Davis '07

Varsity Assistant:

Alan Nahigian

Softball

Monday - Friday,

March 13-17

5:30 to 7:00 pm - Practice 

(3:30 to 5:30 pm if Outdoors)

Varsity Head Coach:

Brian LaHair

Brian.LaHair@lca.edu

 

Boys Lacrosse

Monday - Friday,

March 13-17

Sat. March 18

10:30 am to 12:00 pm - Strength & Conditioning

1:00 to 2:30 pm - Practice 

(Outdoors or indoors)

10:00 am to Noon

(Sat. 3/18)

Varsity Head Coach:

Kenny Stirling

Kenny.Stirling@lca.edu

Varsity Assistant:

Ryan Patrie '03

Girls Lacrosse

Monday - Friday,

March 13-17

4:00 to 5:30 pm - Practice 

(3:30 to 5:30 pm if Outdoors)

Varsity Head Coach:

Brittney Murphy

Brittney.Murphy@lca.edu

JV Head Coach:

Denise Horwood '73

*Any students wishing to participate in March Break practices must be registered with the Athletic Department. 
Posted Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 1:16:17 PM

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 2:42:00 PM

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 2:32:00 PM

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 2:45:00 PM

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. 

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