On its 10 Year anniversary, Watertown Youth Lacrosse Comes full circle with addition of Alumni Coaches
From the Waterdown Tab June 19, 2008
“..years from now, Watertown parents and kids may look back on June 7, 2008, as the day it all started. With borrowed nets and equipment, a heat index hovering around 100 degrees and with many kids having to attend family graduation parties, AAU Basketball playoffs and mandatory baseball practices, well over 75 kids participated in a free lacrosse clinic at the Casey Parker Park”
10 years ago, when the idea of forming Watertown Youth Lacrosse was hatched around a kitchen table, getting the kids to try a new sport was not a concern. Nor was finding a place to play thanks to Tom Sullivan in the recreation department, Moxley field was lined and made available. The biggest obstacle was finding coaches who knew the game. With the Lax Gods looking over us, guys like Jim Helie, Tom Shortt and John Beagan stepped up and filled the void.
Now on our 10th anniversary, The 2018 Board of Directors at Watertown Youth Lacrosse are pleased to announce, that players from WYL’s inaugural season and 2103 WHS grads, Matt Johnson and Danny Loprete are “coming home” to coach this year’s U15 team!
“We as a program have always looked to find former college players to help coach our kids” said Watertown Youth Lacrosse President Jim Helie. “And now as a program, I feel we have finally come full circle and couldn’t be prouder in welcoming back Matt and Danny to coach our 2018 U15 teams. Since day one, Tom Shortt and I have tried to teach and instill in our players what it means to “Honor the Game” and play “The Watertown Way”. To have Matt and Danny come back, after stand out careers at the High School and NCAA level, to pay it forward by giving back to the program to coach our kids is pretty special”.
Johnson and Loprete are excited about the new challenge as well. “We can’t wait” said Johnson, a four-year starter at St. Anselms. “My Mom and Dad helped start Watertown Lacrosse and be able to come back and coach in Watertown where it all began is pretty cool”. Those thoughts were echoed by Loprete, a four-year starter at Merrimack who last year played for a National Championship. “Coach Shortt was our 1st coach and taught us the game that has given us so much and when he brought up the possibility of Matt and I coaching the U15’s after the High School Alumni game, we were all for it! Matt and I are best friends. We were teammates in youth lacrosse and at WHS and competed against each other in College. To now be coaching together is going to be a blast”
The former WYL and WHS teammates and college competitors are looking to incorporate a style of play they learned through out their careers. “We are going to be a ground ball machine” said Loprete. The game starts and ends with possession and ground balls are going to be the most important stat we keep on this team”. “Our team is going to be Fun, Fast and Ferocious. Teams are going to hate to play us” said Johnson. “We are going wear teams down by being the most fundamentally sound and the best conditioned team in the league. We will never be out worked by anyone”
Watertown Youth Lacrosse couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary present.
Sorry folks but Victory Field is still under snow and temperatures aren't supposed to bring any meaningful melting. Clinic and practice are cancelled tomorrow but we will attempt to reschedule for next week.
Speedball and gym sessions start this week at Hosmer!
We will be having an program meeting and uniform distribution on Monday, March 19 from 7PM -8:30 PM at the Lowell School Cafeteria. Coaches and Board members will be on hand to answer any questions regarding the upcoming season.
Due to Victory Field still under snow the lacrosse clinic for K-4th graders scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. We will try again on Sunday at 10AM but if the field is still under snow, I will send out a message.
Participants in the Boys Youth Program DO NOT need a seperate USLacrosse membership. MBYLL will be providing YEAR ROUND insurance for all members who plan to participate in organized lacrosse activities for the entirety of 2018, regardless if it is an MBYLL related activity. Meaning, if they play for a separate club lacrosse program, they're still covered.
ParticipantsMUST register with MBYLL prior to registering with Watertown's program. They will need a specific MBYLL confirmation number in order to register with the town.