Lawrence Academy’s Josh Arruda ’19 Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Football for Merrimack College

Here’s the photo/social media breakdown of Lawrence Academy Spartans varsity football standout Josh Arruda signing his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play football at Merrimack College.

Congratulations Josh! Best wishes at Merrimack…

Joey Luchetti ’18 Named Boston Globe’s NEPSAC Athlete of the Year

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The Boston Globe conferred official honors that most on the elm tree-shaded hillside had already surmised: Joey Luchetti ’18 was the 2017 – 2018 Globe NEPSAC Athlete of the Year.

The Globe reported:

Luchetti, the Independent School League co-MVP for football, caught 45 passes for 582 yards and four touchdowns as a tight end committed to Boston College. On the basketball court, he netted his 1,000th point as a junior, the fastest since Shabazz Napier…

Joey is the first Spartan — male or female — to earn this recognition from the paper.

“This is so well deserved,” said LA Head Varsity Basketball  Coach Kevin Wiercinski, who saw college recruits for both basketball and football call on Luchetti. “Joey has been following his dreams and has put in so much hard work to achieve them.

“I couldn’t be more proud of him. Through it all, he has represented himself, his family, our programs, and our school extremely admirably. Boston College will be excited to see what we’ve seen for the past three years on our campus in this young man.”

One Eagle alumni — former Lawrence Academy Varsity Football Head Coach Paul Zukausakas — can’t wait to see his former pupil pull on Boston College’s maroon and gold.

“I have had the privilege of being around outstanding athletes, and Joey is one of the best I’ve been around,” said the NFL alumnus of watching Luchetti — known more as a basketball player prior to matriculating Lawrence Academy — transform into a can’t miss prospect on the gridiron during Coach Z’s teams’ recent run of ISL and NEPSAC success.

“His leadership and competitive spirit drove our great football season last year,” added Zukauskas. “I am thrilled about his future in football as I know he can be one of the greats at Boston College.”

For now, however, it seems fair to say that Luchetti is one of the best athletes to ever wear LA’s red, white, and blue. Congratulations, Joey!

Coach Z Announces All-ISL Awards

Lawrence Academy Football Head Coach Paul Zukauskas announced his team’s ISL award-winners on Tuesday.

The undefeated Spartans recently capped their fouth-straight ISL championship season with a NEPSAC bowl victory over Andover on Nov. 18.

NEPSAC CHAMPIONS!

LA Spartans Football defeats Andover; earn Kevin Fleming Bowl title

Social media highlights & video:

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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/

Watch the entire game here:

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