NEPSAC CHAMPIONS!

LA Spartans Football defeats Andover; earn Kevin Fleming Bowl title

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made . Take a look at these frozen moments from their big Kevin Fleming Bowl victory. More Photos Here: (Photos by Jon Chase)

FULL PHOTO GALLERY OF LA SPARTANS FOOTBALL SEASON: https://lawrenceacademy.smugmug.com/2017-2018/Athletics/Fall/Varsity-Football/

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On to the Semis! LA Volleyball Advances…

Spartans Celebrate NEPSAC Playoff Victory


Last year, the Lawrence Academy volleyball team was thrilled just to be part of NEPSAC’s final eight.

Not so this year, explained LA volleyball Head Coach Steve Engstrom after yesterday’s 3-0 victory over The Governor’s Academy in the first round of the NEPSAC playoffs.

“We’re trying to make history here,” said Engstrom. “That’s what it’s all about.”

A Big Win Over Govs

Engstrom’s 17-3 Spartans travel to Cheshire Academy for a 2:00 PM matchup with the second-seeded 16-1 Cats. CA defeated Suffield Academy in their New England Class B Quarterfinal matchup against the seventh-ranked Tigers, 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-15) – the schools first ever Class B tournament victory.

“We had a really balanced offense,” said Engstrom of his club’s victory over Govs on Wednesday. “I was excited that our setter was able to use all of our offensive tools all the way around the court.

“We played some great defense, had a strong serving day, and made very few mistakes against a very good Governor’s team.

“It was a really, really good game today.”

Travelling to CT on Saturday

However, there’s not much time to rest on any laurels, and the Spartans look to continue their march through the NEPSAC tournament.

“We’re really excited about moving on to the next round of the postseason,” said Engstrom, an hour or so learning before learning the Spartans would play in Cheshire on Saturday. “We’re having to wait and find out where and when that’s going to be.

“But we’re very excited to have a postseason win under our belt.”

Team cohesion is crucial in the playoffs, and — right now — LA’s well-tuned game is firing on all cylinders.

“We try to have fun during practices, but we know what the end goal is,” said Engstrom. “We know what we’re playing for.”

Emotions and Hopes Run High for Volleyball, Field Hockey

Spartans Begin NEPSAC Playoff Run

Two of LA’s playoff-bound squads are ready to hit the field and the court today.

“I am so proud of the heart this team has had for the entire season,” said Eliza Foster, head coach of the seventh seed varsity field hockey team.

The LA girls stand 11-6-1 going into today’s road NEPSAC playoff game versus undefeated Suffield Academy (second seed, 17-0).

“We are a team who has earned every win together,” added Foster, whose squad did not face the Tigers during the regular season.

“We are beyond excited to play in the first field hockey postseason game in a while,” she said.

Field Hockey boards a Bucky Bus today at 11:50 AM in front of the Stone Athletic Center as they prepare for a trip down the Pike, but just a few hours later the NEPSAC playoffs return to the Stone Courts.

“We’ve had a great season so far, and this is really what we were playing for,” said volleyball Head Coach Steve Engstrom, whose team is 16-3 going into Wednesday’s action.

“We had our eyes set on the postseason since the beginning,” he continued. “Getting where we are now, shows how this team has worked hard to accomplish our goals each week.”

The LA volleyball Spartans face The Governor’s Academy, who stand at 11-5, with one of those five setbacks coming at the hands of Lawrence Academy, 3-0, in Groton on Oct. 14.

Speaking with sentiments applicable to both clubs, Mr. Engstrom added, “We are ready for tough opponents here on out and excited for the challenge.”

Check out some action from the court and field below…

Four-in-a-Row for Football

This year, the Spartans sit alone at the top of the ISL

In the wake of a 49-14 victory over Tabor Academy, Lawrence Academy Football Head Coach Paul Zukauskas was only moments removed from his club’s earning a fourth-straight ISL title — and was standing mid-field in Marion, Mass. — when he was queried about his team’s victory.

“It feels wonderful,” he admitted. “I feel, like I do a lot of years, an immense sense of gratitude for the players and the work they put in.”

Undefeated at 8-0, the Spartans attained sole possession of the ISL title (after sharing the championship last year and just missing a 2016 postseason bid), en route to a 2017 NEPSAC bowl birth on Saturday, November, 18.

“I think we have great coaches; we’ve got great players – they work really hard and I appreciate that,” mused Zukauskas aloud. “I really do.”

That appreciation is mutual.

In conversation after conversation, Zukauskas’ players echo former Spartan standout (who recently set the BC freshman rushing record of 1039 yards) AJ Dillon, who this summer told LA’s Academy Journal, “Coach Z has brought me a long way.”

However, the season is a long way from over for the current batch of Spartans.

Asked what his mindset would be going into LA’s upcoming NEPSAC bowl bid, Zukausakas smiled and said, “Win!

“Work really hard and keep preparing like we’ve normally prepared and, even, prepping a little bit harder,” he added. “Whatever team we play will be really good, so we have to come out ready.”

Lawrence Academy football will host Andover in the NEPSAC’s Kevin Fleming Bowl on Murbach Field at 1:00 PM, Saturday, Nov. 18.

#GoLASpartans #football defeats Tabor Academy 49-14. LA has finished the regular season 8-0 and are ISL #champions. Congrats Spartans!

Posted by Lawrence Academy on Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Schedule is Set for Spartans in the NEPSAC Playoffs

Spartan Football, Volleyball, and Field Hockey Earn Postseason Bids

Over the span of several hours on Sunday, Lawrence Academy’s outlook on the fall semester’s athletic season went from good to great as three Spartan squads earned NEPSAC playoff bids.

SpartanBanner250First up, the seventh-seeded LA field hockey squad will head south to Suffield Academy (Suffield, CT) to take on the second-seeded Tigers at 3:15 PM on Wednesday, November 15.

Also on the 15th, third-seeded LA volleyball will host The Governor’s Academy on the Stone Courts in Groton, Massachusetts. That match begins at 3:30 PM

Finally, fresh off defeating Tabor Academy 49-14 and earning outright possession of the ISL football crown, Lawrence Academy football will host Andover on Murbach Field at 1:00 PM, Saturday, Nov. 18.

Full tournament brackets are available via NEPSAC.org.

It’s going to be a busy week (to say the least), and the best place to stay up-to-date on everything is Lawrence Academy’s Twitter account (@LawrenceAcademy). We will live tweet from all three events, uploading scores, pictures, and video to keep fans in the know.

#GoLASpartans!