March 23, 2009
Thereâ€™s a new lacrosse team in Boston, and it has been a long time in coming.
For several years now, lacrosse has been the fastest growing sport in America. This explosion has raged across all age groups from professionals, (Boston Cannons), all the way down to neighborhood youth programs.
Youth lacrosse programs are thriving in most Boston neighborhoods including the Parkway, Dorchester, South Boston, Charlestown, Hyde Park and others. One piece missing from this rising movement has been the lack of any high school teams at our city schools. As a step towards filling this void, The Boston High School Lacrosse Club has been formed through the efforts of Parkway Youth Lacrosse and Dorchester Youth Lacrosse.
The â€œBulldogsâ€ were organized with recruiting efforts at every Boston High School and youth lacrosse programs all across the city. The new team is made up from 30 boys from 5 city schools and 6 different neighborhoods. They are led by Coach Tim McGown, a coaching veteran of the Parkway program. An aggressive schedule is being built and so far lists games against several private and suburban schools and established programs.
Last Saturday, the Bulldogs opened up their inaugural 2009 season with an impressive 9-5 victory over a talented and well coached squad from Brookline. The Bulldogs were led on the field by the offensive attack of Kevin Verity, who blasted 6 goals past the Brookline defenders. The Boston goaltending duties were split between Derek Taylor and Brendan Downs, who both stood tall and made several tough saves. The rest of the attack-men, midfielders and defensemen on the field on Saturday included Kevin Sweeney, Matt Oâ€™Brien, Charlie Marshall, Ryan Johnston, Alex Sobchuk, Kristian Kirleis, Jonathan Spillane, Michael McDonough, Chris Kelly, Glennon Montgomery, Kieran Lane, Anthony Dowling, Eric Espinoza, Brian Carr, Jamie Banks, Brendan Carr, Raffi Yessayan, Ryan Keaney, Kevin Gribaudo and Connor Dougherty.
The Bulldogs will next face off against Boston Trinity Academy on March 25 and then B.C. High on March 27. For schedules, directions, contacts and sponsor information, please visit us at the â€œTeam Newsâ€ section of www.parkwaylax.com.