Spartan’s Seibold is a National Champion; LA Girls’ Hockey Junior Takes Title As Member of Boston Junior Eagles

Irvine, California — Add Jenna Seibold ’20 to the ever-growing list of successful skaters to wear the red, white, and blue of the Lawrence Academy Spartans.

Seibold, a junior on the LA girls’ ice hockey team, participated in the “Chipotle USA Hockey National Championship” last week in Irvine, California and brought home a title; this time wearing the maroon and gold of the Boston Junior Eagles.

Caught in-between classes here on the elm tree-shaded hillside, Seibold spoke about her team’s accomplishment and her own superlatives away from LA’s Grant rink.

“I am, for sure, still in shock about winning nationals,” said Jenna. “It’s a very big thing that our team’s been working toward since our squad was even put together.”

LA girls’ hockey head coach and athletic director Kevin Potter was one of the first to know about the win, and he immediately passed on his kudos to Seibold and her squad.

LA girls’ hockey v. St. Paul’s. Jon Chase photo

“We are very proud of Jenna and her accomplishments with the Boston Junior Eagles program,” he said. “She is a dedicated player who works hard both on-and-off the ice to be the best student-athlete she can be.”

All of that work paid off for Seibold and her teammates.

“Being a half-season team is tough just because we don’t see each other as much as other teams,” explained Seibold, “but playing in the ISL helped us all stay ready to go over the winter which was big.”

Check out the highlights from the big win for Boston.


LA’s Meier Pitches No-Hitter vs. St. Mark’s in 7-0 ISL Win

Groton, Mass. — Lawrence Academy’s Max Meier ’19 (a Stanford commit from Belmont) pitched a complete game no-hitter in an impressive April 17 outing, which featured 11 K’s and only three walks in a 7-0 win over Independent School League (ISL) rival St. Mark’s School (Southboro).

Max Meier ’19. File photo: Jonathan Gotlib, LA Communications

“I think from the beginning of the game I could tell I was going to be on,” said Meier of the win. “All four of my pitches were working really well, which is always good.

“My plan was to just attack hitters and throw strikes, and let my defense make the plays they needed to.”

Max Meier ’19, Lawrence Academy Baseball

Long-time Lawrence Academy baseball Varsity Head Coach Chris Margraf, agreed, but noted that the “no-no” wasn’t the only sign of significant gains by the Stanford-bound senior.

“Max continues to progress extremely well since our spring trip to Florida,” said Margraf, recently lauded as one of the most influential people in New England Baseball.

Meier with Coach Margraf as he signed with Stanford.

“Most impressive is that Max is a gamer,” said Margraf, whose club raised its record to 3-1. “He loves to compete. He added an RBI single in the first from the three-hole in the order.

“Max had a good command of his fastball early on and became more comfortable with his curve as the game progressed.”

Chris Margraf, LA Baseball head coach

“Overall – a great team win.”

But the early-season win registered hardly a high-five after the game ended, with Meier and LA maintaining their game-faces until after the handshakes concluded.

“I think the team knew of the no hitter once we got into the 6th and 7th innings,” explained Meier. “I didn’t start to think about it until the last few outs.

“Right after we got through the line and shook hands, everyone congratulated me and was excited for me – which was great.”

“Great” is an understated superlative, but Athletic Director Kevin Potter added his own.

“Stanford is certainly getting a good one. We are so proud of Max and his no-hitter today!

“He is an outstanding student-athlete — a leader on and off the field — and we are so proud of his accomplishment.”

Kevin Potter, Lawrence Academy Athletic Director
Re-live Meier’s no-hitter via LSP. Enjoy the call from Sam Feeley.

Boston Bruins Name LA’s Braden Doyle recipient of the John Carlton Memorial Trophy

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins announced today that defenseman Braden Doyle of Lawrence Academy and defenseman Lily Farden of Noble & Greenough School are this year’s recipients of the John Carlton Memorial Trophies.

Braden Doyle 19′ skates up ice during the game against Cushing Academy.

The John Carlton Memorial Trophies are given annually by the Boston Bruins to the outstanding male and female student athletes in Eastern Massachusetts high school hockey or junior hockey. They are given to the high school seniors “who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence.” The annual awards are named in honor of the late Bruins scout and administrator who passed away in December 1982 after a long and dedicated affiliation at all levels of the game. 

Doyle, of Lynnfield, MA completed his high school career as Co-Captain of the Lawrence Academy boy’s hockey team and was named to the All-Independent School League Team. Doyle played youth hockey for his home town of Lynnfield and the Valley Junior Warriors. Doyle was a member of the Minuteman Flames team that was ranked number one in the nation for three straight years while winning the prestigious Silver Sticks Hockey Tournament. As a freshman at Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, MN, Doyle was a member of the U-14 team that won a National Championship in 2016. Following his freshman year at SSM, Doyle joined Lawrence Academy and went on to help the LA team win the Small School ISL Championship in 2018. Doyle also earned an invite to the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Prior to the 2018-19 season, he was named a USA Today Pre-Season All American. Doyle is committed to playing collegiate hockey at Boston University. Next year, he plans to play in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Braden Doyle ’19 and the boys’ varsity hockey team celebrate their 2018 NEPSAC Champtionship.

Doyle, of Lynnfield, MA completed his high school career as Co-Captain of the Lawrence Academy boy’s hockey team and was named to the All-Independent School League Team. Doyle played youth hockey for his home town of Lynnfield and the Valley Junior Warriors. Doyle was a member of the Minuteman Flames team that was ranked number one in the nation for three straight years while winning the prestigious Silver Sticks Hockey Tournament. As a freshman at Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, MN, Doyle was a member of the U-14 team that won a National Championship in 2016. Following his freshman year at SSM, Doyle joined Lawrence Academy and went on to help the LA team win the Small School ISL Championship in 2018. Doyle also earned an invite to the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Prior to the 2018-19 season, he was named a USA Today Pre-Season All American. Doyle is committed to playing collegiate hockey at Boston University. Next year, he plans to play in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Farden, of Hingham, MA completed her high school hockey career with over 100 points and helped lead her team to three Independent School League titles and two New England Prep School Athletic Conference championships. She was recently named Dvision One Player of the Year in the NEPSAC and also Most Valuable Player of the ISL for the 2018-19 season. Farden was also honored as a First Team All-New England and First Team All-ISL defenseman for the third year in a row. Lily was a member of the Under 18 Team USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team that won a gold medal at the World Championships in Dmitrov, Russia in 2018. For the past two years, she has been a USA Today Pre-Season All-American, an All-USA Girls Hockey Player of the Year Finalist and a member of the American Family Insurance All-USA Girls Hockey Team. She is a two-sport captain and three sport varsity athlete at Nobles in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse. She has also excelled in the classroom earing Highest Academic Distinction at Nobles for four consecutive years. She will play college hockey at Harvard University next year.

Past winners of the Carlton Trophies include Charlie Coyle of the Bruins, Ryan Fitzgerald of the Providence Bruins, and Jillian Dempsey and Mary Parker of the Boston Pride.

Nicolette Arnold ’19 Named All-NEPSAC Class B Player of the Year

Groton, Mass. — Lawrence Academy has its first-ever All-NEPSAC Player of the Year in girls’ basketball, Nicolette Arnold ’19 (Derry, NH).

Nikki Arnold ’19. Jon Chase photo

Arnold, the squad’s captain, who joined fellow girls’ varsity basketball player Ashley Evans ’20 (Londonderry, NH) on the 10-person 2019 NEPSAC Class B first team, paced the Spartans throughout the 2018 – 2019 winter season.

Known on campus as “Nikki,” Arnold will join the varsity at Sacred Heart University next fall. She was the fifth-ever woman to join Lawrence Academy’s 1000-point club and helped lead the Spartans to the precipice of the New England championship.

Currently on Winterim working with the Give Kids The World program, Arnold got the good word from her head coach, Donna Mastrangelo.

“Only one player gets ‘Player of the Year’ and that is just outstanding,” said Mrs. Mastrangelo of the accolade, a new benchmark for her program.

“I just spoke with Nicolette down in Florida a bit ago and [the emotion] was certainly felt over the phone,” added Coach Donna. “She is just a little overwhelmed and beyond thrilled about this news.”

Congratulations to Nikki and all of the girls’ basketball Spartans for an amazing season.

Girls’ Basketball: A First and a Familiar Foe

Coach Mastrangelo – LA’s NEPSAC Entries Appreciate Spartan Nation’s Support

LA girls’ basketball v. Middlesex. Jon Chase photo

Generally, playoff games need little in the way of hype, but it would be wrong to label Saturday’s NEPSAC Semifinal between The Governor’s Academy and Lawrence Academy as “just another game.”

“We are looking forward to hosting for the first time; the NEPSAC Semifinals,” said LA Head Coach Donna Mastrangelo on the eve of the matchup. “As the #3 seed, Govs is an excellent team who has been coming on strong late in the season.”

What the coach didn’t say is that Lawrence Academy and Gov’s have a long-time rivalry in many, many varsity sports. And, never mind the many heated regular season matchups between the two semifinal squads, the Spartans have faced Governor’s twice in recent NEPSAC quarterfinals, with GA taking the matchup in 2015 and LA emerging victorious in 2015.

“We did not get the job done vs. them on the road a little over a week ago falling short with a score of 40-36,” said Coach Mastrangelo. “It was a battle of a game that did go back and forth.”

But that game was in Byfield, Mass., and on their opponent’s home court.

“Although we know that Gov’s will have great fan support this coming Saturday, now it is our time on our home court,” added Coach Mastrangelo.

Oh, and by the way, there’s a higher prize in store for the winner on Saturday.

“We have not gotten to the Finals since 1995,” explained Coach Mastrangelo. “We want to make it our day and, as a team, get ourselves to that championship contest at Loomis Chaffee on Sunday.”

But there are several factors that weigh into that winning equation, including the strength of their opponents, the natural ebbs and flow of the season, as well as the nature of LA’s academic schedule.

You see, LA heads into Winterim this Monday, and many students may be enjoying a three day weekend with family.

Gov’s, on the other hand, has classes in session on Monday. So, Coach Mastrangelo is calling on her sixth player – Spartan Nation.

“We want to thank everyone for the fan support this past Wednesday during our Quarterfinal contest vs. #7 Williston Northampton,” she said. “It did help tremendously to have that encouragement for our girls.

“We know that this coming Saturday is a busy time with Winterim approaching and with the completion of final grades, but we do hope that the LA community can rally up and cheer on the girls’ basketball team along with the boys’ varsity hockey team [playing at KUA].

Lawrence Academy Head Coach Donna Mastrangelo

“These moments are special and take a great deal of time and commitment,” added Mrs. Mastrangelo. “We hope to see the support for both programs and help these players continue their quests for NEPSAC Championships!”

Spartan Nation

Good luck to the girls’ basketball team…