The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys Lacrosse program celebrated a great moment when four players committed to playing at the collegiate level during a ceremony at the Athletic Center Dec. 16.
Jake Klepacki ’23 and Evan Spillane ’23 signed to play at St. Anselm University, Cole Stevens ’23 at Northeast-10 Conference rival Pace University, and Cole Hambley ’23 at Roger Williams College.
“This is the second signing we’ve had this year,” WMA Coach Mike MacDonald said. “We already had three Division I players sign so we’re happy with the direction of the program. Everything these guys have been able to accomplish in the classroom, getting themselves into a great college, lacrosse has been a key, opening up some doors for them. We’re proud of what these guys have been able to do at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, winning a championship last year and moving toward the next one this year.”
All four players were members of the 2022 championship team.
Coach MacDonald regarding the four players who signed:
“Cole Hambley has been a great addition to the WMA community. We’re really proud of the efforts he put in last year, stepping up for his teammates. He was a key contributor to our championship run.”
“Cole Stevens has made major improvements as a player and student here at WMA. We’re proud of what he was able to bring to the table last year for our lacrosse program, and we’re looking forward to that leadership and development this season as well.”
“Evan Spillane is one of the top face-off guys in New England. We’re looking forward to seeing him in that same role this year. His leadership has been key, and we’re going to be looking for that leadership and another big year from him so we can put up another championship banner.”
“I can’t say enough about Jake Klepacki. He’s an unbelievable kid. He’s always quick with a joke to make you laugh, but he’s a kid who knows how to turn the switch on. When the whistle blows, we know we’re going to get Jake at his best. We’re proud of him and his strong efforts for our program.”
Jake on WMA: “WMA lacrosse has meant a lot to me. The program taught me to work and helped me become the man I am. It showed me what to do on and off the field with my work ethic and what to do to play at the next level. I wouldn’t be here without Coach Mac and what he’s done for me and the program, winning the league last year. Everyone is part of the family, and that’s what helped us win last year.”
Evan on why he chose St. Anselm: “The thing that stood out about St. A’s was the team motto: Everything is about culture. Everyone is brothers and the coach is awesome. It was the right fit.”
Cole Stevens on committing to Pace: “Since I started playing the sport, playing at the next level has always been the dream so this day kind of solidifies that. I’m glad to share it with three of my friends from the school, and I can’t wait to keep playing.”
Cole Hambley on WMA: “I want to thank WMA and all the coaches I’ve had, as well as my family. It’s kind of been a rollercoaster for me the last two years with my concussion and all the adversity I faced. WMA got me on the right track, and I’m grateful the Academy gave me the opportunity to help me get recruited to play college lacrosse.”