COVID-19 may have slowed things down a year or two, but it’s time for the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys’ Lacrosse team to hoist a banner in Greenhalgh Gymnasium.
The Titans enjoyed possibly the best season in lacrosse history at the Academy, and with that came many rewards.
After leading WMA to its first league title since 1989 and finishing with a 12-1 record, Coach Mike MacDonald was named Coach of the Year for the Western New England Secondary School Lacrosse Association Division II.
Postgraduate Will Hardy ’22 earned all 12 votes from the coaches en route to being tagged the league’s All-American. Will, who will play at Division I Jacksonville University next season, also earned All-American status in his senior year at Tully (New York) High School.
Also, nine WMA players earned all-league status. Making the First Team were Richie Joseph ’22, J.J. Fox ’23, Jake Klepacki ’23, Luke Robinson ’23, Evan Spillane ’23 and Brendan Herbert ’22, while Jack Ansart ’22, Hudson Perham ’22 and Cam Cosenzi ’22 were selected to the Honorable Mention list.
Quotes from Coach MacDonald
On winning the league title: “Our goal at the beginning of the year was to go undefeated and win the league championship. We were very close to that. We lost one game to Pomfret, but since then we were undefeated. It was a great accomplishment by the boys. The seniors took ownership of the season to lead the way and steer the ship in the right direction.”
On the team having possibly the best season in school history: “It’s been a long road. We’ve always been trying to put up that banner. The year COVID-19 hit we had a really good team, and last year we had a strong team but were only playing teams from Massachusetts. But this was a special group. They put it all together and understood the hard work of the alumni from the past. Because of their dedication, they have established themselves as one of the best teams in school history.”
On Will Hardy being named All-American: “He had great competition guarding him every game. I think four points was his lowest game, which for most people is a career highlight. He did it all for us all year long, but with Will the biggest asset for us was his leadership on and off the field, doing and saying the right things, which is exactly what you want from a postgrad.”
On being named Coach of the Year: “It was an honor. The two coaches who were up for it were me and the Canterbury coach, who’s a buddy of mine. We ended up winning that. But that Coach of the Year Award is more of a Team of the Year accomplishment. Like everyone who got awards at the end of the year, it’s hard work and dedication from everyone as a group. There’s one name on it but it represents the entire community at WMA.”