Games Needed / Coaching Positions Open 2020

Hi all – I’m combining the “Games Needed” info with the “Coaches Needed” info below. If any of this information is out of date, please contact Dave Walsh (

Games Needed:

  • Newburyport needs JV games. Team is mostly freshmen, so frosh games work too. Contact Josh Wedge:
  • Tewksbury needs two non-league games. Contact Zach Jacobs:
  • Waltham needs scrimmages. Contact Russ Sorin: 781-258-8401,
  • Triton needs varsity games. Contact Jeff Comeau:
  • Needham needs a couple varsity games. Contact Dave Wainwright:
  • St. John’s Shrewsbury is looking for non-league games. Contact Justin O’Leary:
  • Newton South needs Varsity and JV games. Contact Joe Richardson:

Coaches Needed: 

  1. Wayland is looking for a JV coach, and a Varsity assistant (defensive) coach. Contact Justin Shaberly:
  2. Stoneham is looking for a Varsity Assistant Coach. Contact Matt Debenigro at 781-467-8196 or
  3. Lowell HS’s head coach position is open. Here is a link to the description of the job.
  4. Scituate HS is looking to hire a JV lacrosse coach. Contact Mark Puzzangara:
  5. Catholic Memorial is looking for varsity assistant coaches. Contact head coach Matt Callahan at
  6. Melrose is looking for a JV coach. Contact Matt James: 978-985-5557 or
  7. Reading is looking for a Varsity assistant, defensive coach. Contact Charlie Hardy:
  8. Silver Lake Regional High School (located in Kingston, ma) is looking to hire a Freshman coach. Contact head lacrosse coach Derek Weckbacher at or 781-264-6038

Successful 2020 EMLCA Clinic!

On behalf of the entire EMLCA, a big “Thank you!” to:

  • Rocky Batty and Babson College for providing us the space for this past weekend’s excellent coaches clinic, and sharing his thoughts on recruiting from a college coach’s perspective
  • John Todd for sharing with us the details of his Hingham program that make them so consistently successful (along with a few X’s and O’s)
  • Brian Vona for helping to arrange the several presenters, and for presenting himself regarding recruiting
  • and last but most especially, to Jeff Brameier of Darien HS, for sharing his wisdom what makes for successful programs, along with some of his offensive wizardry

A reminder to those who couldn’t make it that our $40 annual dues, which pay for events like this, are now due. You can pay online or by check. The details are on the “Join/Renew” page. And receipts will be sent out to all those who paid by cash or check this past weekend.

Good luck to everyone this season!

Fundraiser for One of Our Own

Hello EMLCA colleagues, friends and family – Please see the message below from Brian Vona and Tim Jason, and consider contributing to this very important cause. Thank you.

As you may have heard, Lincoln-Sudbury’s beloved trainer, Yoshitaka Ando, passed away earlier this week of complications from Esophageal cancer. He leaves behind four school-aged children, Lucas, Kyle, Marcus and Olivia. We are trying to mobilize the lacrosse community to pitch in and help Ando’s family out.  

We set up a GoFundMe for Ando’s Family at this link 

Some of you may have met Ando – he was a staple on our sidelines, at camps, at college games, everywhere. Put simply, he just loved lacrosse. He loved the game, and he loved the community associated with the game. We can’t begin to comprehend what his loss means to our school, but right now we want to do everything we can to support his family. 

If you wouldn’t mind passing on this link to your respective communities, we would really appreciate it! 

Brian and Tim

Italian National Lacrosse Team tryout

Dear Coaches and Lacrosse Enthusiasts,

My name is Brian Vona, I am the Men’s coach for the Italian National Lacrosse Team. I would appreciate it if you could forward this note to any prospective players with Italian Lineage who would be interested in becoming part of the Italian National Lacrosse Team or the Italian Developmental Team.

The Italian National Lacrosse Team will be hosting an American based tryout on Thursday,  August 8th at St. Anthony’s High School in Melville, NY. The tryout will be held from 2pm to 6pm.

To tryout for the team you must prove lineage with any of the following (Parent, Grandparent or Great Grandparent born in Italy).

The purpose of the tryout is choose players for both teams. One of which will compete in the European Championships in Wroclaw, Poland in July 2020. That team will also be the basis for choosing our team to represent Italy in the world games in British Columbia in 2022.  The Italian Developmental Team will also compete internationally as well as locally within the US.

To make one of these teams you will need to attend the tryout this summer OR be seen by the evaluators in a college or professional game by or before October 31, 2019.

In addition to our tryouts, we are looking for volunteers to get involved with the Italian American Lacrosse (IAL) which will focus on developing our National teams as well as building the sport of lacrosse in Italy. We are looking for people to get involved at all levels and will announce our Board In October 2019.

Please see the links below to register as a player or to get involved in the IAL

Again, since the tryout is drawing near, could you please forward this as soon as possible to your contacts.

Thank you,
Brian Vona
Men’s National Team Coach
C 617 438 4855

EMLCA Academic All-Americans 2019

Below are the 2019 EMLCA Academic All-Americans. Congratulations to these outstanding student athletes, their lacrosse programs, and their schools.

Last Name First Name School
Morgenstern Jeremy Andover
Grunes Benjamin St. John’s Prep
Freitas Matthew Catholic Memorial
Collins Nolan BC High
Rocha Matthew Melrose
O’Dwyer Justin Westwood
Spiegel Sean Plymouth
Fox John Chelmsford
Hayes Patrick Burlington
Clark AJ Andover
Cuklanz Kyle Hull
Berney Alexander Needham
Davis William Franklin
Arsenault Liam Franklin
Theriault Jay Masconomet

2019 EMLCA All-Americans

Hello EMLCA Coaches – Below is the list of players recognized as 2019 EMLCA All-Americans. Congratulations to these individuals and their programs!

First Team Second Team
Jason Child – Attack – Needham

Will Kenney – Attack – Hingham

Michael Lampert – Attack – Wayland

Matt Lazzaro – Attack — Franklin

Matt Ward – Attack – Lincoln-Sudbury

Michael Chabra – Midfield – Austin Prep

John Herlihy – Midfield – Lincoln-Sudbury

Andrew Perry – Midfield – Xaverian

Mike Tobin – Midfield – Reading

Cole Biggins – Defense – Duxbury

Dylan Gardner – Defense – Xaverian

Drew Leahy – Defense – St. John’s Prep

Patrick Morrison – Defense – Franklin

John Schofield – Defense – Medfield

Jacob Alexander – Specialist – Franklin

George Egan – Goalie – Hingham

Mason Fitzgerald – Goalie – Cohasset

Hunter Adam – Attack – Newton North

Aidan Carroll – Attack – BC High

Matt Gill – Attack – Duxbury

Michael Hauptman – Attack – Medfield

Jake Mabardy – Attack – Winchester

Collin Almeida – Midfield – Falmouth

Christopher Cusolito – Midfield – Melrose

Jake Erikson – Midfield – Acton-Boxboro

Jake Higgins – Midfield – Hingham

Isaac Tallino – Midfield – Natick

Hayden Bean – Defense – Winchester

Charlie Cook – Defense – Concord-Carlisle

Cam Raycroft – Defense – Dover-Sherborn

Ryan Slattery – Defense – North Andover

Charlie Egan – Specialist – Hingham

Craig Yannone – Specialist – St. John’s Prep

Teagan Alexander – Goalie – Xaverian