LA News Archive
Groton, MA – The spring sports schedule ended last week, but current and past Spartans have kept Lawrence Academy athletics in the headlines and on social media throughout the end of May and the beginning of June.
- Varsity baseball seniors Jack Harlan (Columbia) and Josh Garber (Union) are featured in this month's New England Baseball Journal (look for Jack on the cover). Tyler Beede '11, now a top prospect in the San Francisco Giants writes about his time at LA, explaining he owes "a lot of my success and personality to the teachers, coaches and people there. it's a special school." In addition Jonah Bayliss '99, who pitched at LA before taking the mound for Trinity College and several teams in MLB, writes about "3 intangibles worth improving."
- Varsity golf's Hannah Ghelfi '16, who will play for the University of Michigan next year, was recently featured in the Cape Cod Times. Ghelfi, who also played varsity girls' ice hockey at Lawrence Academy, explained her special love for the links: "You get hooked once you hit a shot that’s solid...It pays off when you practice for a long time. You really do get better if you put the work in, which I like. And it’s a sport you can play forever. You can play 10 hours a day if you wanted to.”
- Varsity girls' hockey alumna Ashley Vesci '12 (who also played field hockey and softball for the Spartans), and who recently finished her NCAA hockey career at Robert Morris University -- and currently interns with the Pittsburgh Penguins -- is looking to continue her playing career in the professional ranks. She will try out with the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women's Hockey League. "Now, all of a sudden, we have this option where we can get paid to play. And it might not be as much as they get paid on the men’s side but I still think it’s an incredible opportunity," said Ashley of the opportunity to Excelle Sports.
- Although the Tufts Jumbos fell in their bid to three-peat as NCAA Div. 3 men's lacrosse champions, LA alumnus Conor Helfrich '12 starred in the championship game, winning 20 of 27 draws in a 14-13 loss to Salisbury. Prior to the game, Helfrich told the Boston Globe "Ideally, I want to win every faceoff cleanly, but more often than not, there’s a lot of scrums, you battle a long time. You have to think on your feet. . . . I want to win one at a time.”
- The Class of '86's Rand Pecknold, who starred for the Spartans before becoming a standout for Connecticut College, recently completed his 22nd season as the head coach at Quinnipiac. There, he's led the Bobcats to two NCAA Frozen Fours in the last four seasons (and has compiled a 446-264-83 career record) and earned the Spencer Penrose Award as Division-I National Coach of the Year. Pecknold will be inducted into the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame in October.
Be sure to check www.laspartans.com throughout the summer for more updates from LA's athletic community.