Lawrence Academy Spartans Girls’ Basketball Will Host NEPSAC Class B Playoffs on Wednesday

With a 16-5 record, Lawrence Academy girls’ basketball received a home berth in the 2019 NEPSAC Class B Playoffs.

Head Coach Donna Mastrangelo and squad, the No. 2 seed, will host the No. 7 seeded Williston Northampton School varsity on Wednesday, February 27, at 3:00 p.m. on the Stone Courts.

“This is the most challenging time of year as eight teams now advance and are playing for the same prize,” said Coach Mastrangelo. “We are up against some adversity as well dealing with some injuries.

“So, we are simply going to do our best to make sure everyone is mentally and physically ready to play in what is now our most important game of the season.”

Donna Mastrangelo, Head Coach

However, there’s no doubt that making the postseason is a “big deal” in-and-of itself.

The Spartans missed last year’s postseason after pushing their way into the Class B semifinals in 2017.

“We are so proud of our girls basketball team and their coaches for once again advancing to the New England playoffs,” said Athletic Director Kevin Potter. “They are a talented group and have worked hard during the regular season to earn a top seed playoff spot.

“We look forward to cheering them on this Wednesday versus Williston!”

Lawrence Academy Spartans Boys’ Hockey Claims ISL Keller Division Title; Will Host NEPSAC Playoffs Wednesday

On the strength of a 10-3 win over Tabor Academy on Saturday, February 23, the Lawrence Academy Spartans boys’ hockey varsity claimed the top spot in the ISL’s Keller Division.

The victory also ensured that LA would have the No. 3 seed in the upcoming NEPSAC playoffs. The Spartans host No. 6 Northfield Mount Hermon on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5:00 p.m. in Lawrence Academy’s Grant Rink.

“To get this win on senior day like we did, in that fashion means everything to us,” said LA captain Drew Bavaro ’19. “We know how hard we worked to get to this point and we know how much talent we have in our locker room and to see it all come together on a day like today it was unbelievable.”

Postgame, Lawrence Academy Director of Athletics Kevin Potter said:

First I would like to Congratulate the Coaching staff and the players for an incredible regular season! We are so proud of the boys’ hockey team’s accomplishments this season. Winning the ISL Keller Division 12-1-1 is one of the toughest goals to achieve in prep school hockey.

Kevin Potter, Lawrence Academy

The proud AD added, “They also finish the season with only 2 losses and nailed down a top-four seed in the Elite Tournament!

“I am looking forward to watching them compete for LA’s 2nd Elite Division New England title.”

However, there’s work to be done — Northfield Mount Herman also has eyes on the top NEPSAC prize — and the LA team transitioned quickly from celebration to conformity with the season-long game plan.

“Winning the ISL doesn’t happen every day and to do it with my brothers means the world,” said Bavaro. “We are excited to see what our future holds, but I can’t wait to get back to work on Monday.”

NEPSAC Playoffs
2019 NEPSAC Hockey Playoffs

“Complex Systems” – Works by Simko & Zipeto Coming to LA’s Conant Gallery

Opening on April 5, 2019, at 6:00 PM at Lawrence Academy

Complex Systems

Lawrence Academy welcomes the works of Laurie Simko & Diana Zipeto

Complex Systems

Opening Friday, April 5, 2019 6:00-7:30 PM

Live music and refreshments…

On display through May 6
in the Conant Gallery (entrance on Rt. 40)

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 9 AM-4 PM, Saturday and Sunday 12-4 PM

Lawrence Academy Artists Earn Recognition

Recently, artists at Lawrence Academy received recognition for their work in the arts.

ArtandWriting.Org announced:

Photo: Jessica Fatzinger ’20

After many months of hard work, of editing and revising, and of crossing fingers, the time to find out whether a work has received a Gold Key has finally arrived! Students across the country and around the globe spent hours making their creations, and it was our privilege to view and read them all. So, without further ado, here are the 2019 Gold Key, [Silver Key, and Honorable Mention] recipients!

  • William Adam ’19, Silver Key
  • William Adam ’19, Honorable Mention
  • William Adam ’19, Gold Key
  • Jessica Fatzinger ’20, Honorable Mention
  • Kelli Gifford ’20, Honorable Mention
  • Brandon White ’19, Silver Key
  • Brandon White ’19, Gold Key
  • Brandon White ’19, Silver Key
  • Brandon White ’19, Silver Key
  • Dasha Zhuravleva ’19, Honorable Mention

Art and writing submissions are processed and judged first at the regional level by Affiliate Partner organizations. Students who receive Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Awards are celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies across the country.

Gold Key works are then automatically advanced to the national level where work is considered by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts.

Photo: “Faces” by Will Adam ’19

Squash: “The most enjoyable sport on Earth…”

Mickey Feeney ’19

Senior Mickey Feeney and his fellow Spartans head into their final match of 2019

By Nicole Yeaton ’20

Just judging from his happy-go-lucky outward demeanor, you wouldn’t think that Mickey Feeney ’19 has such a serious side.

However, those who know him best, see him as a dedicated student, school president, and competitive squash player.

But why squash, in particular?

Feeney says squash is a demanding sport requires the perfect balance “of strength and finesse,” which draws in many prospective players.

In a recent interview, Feeney, a long-time player on the Lawrence Academy Varsity Squash Team, raved about the opportunity and experiences alongside his fellow Spartans.

“The culture of the LA squash team is what really drew me in,” he said. “The culture is one that is very fun, accepting, supportive, and at the same time competitive.”

This year, Lawrence Academy competed in the 2019 U.S. High School Team State Championships, where Mickey gushed about his experience.

In one word, he described the tournament as “electric.”

“The experience definitely boosted the enthusiasm and motivated the team to continue improving,” he said.

Overall, Mickey believes “squash is the single most enjoyable sport on Earth,” as he culminates his high school squash career tomorrow, Saturday, February 23, at Brooks School.

Good luck to Mickey and everyone on the squash squad at Brooks…