Youth Lacrosse Stars Will Represent Massachusetts in Orlando

November 29, 2018

Lunenburg's Griffin Caiozzo is one of four Leominster Rebels Youth Lacrosse players who have been selected to represent Massachusetts at the Orlando Lacrosse Open in Florida this weekend. COURTESY PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

BOSTON -- The Leominster Rebels Youth Lacrosse program received good news earlier this month when it was announced that four of its players had been selected to represent Massachusetts at the Orlando Lacrosse Open in Florida.

Chase Courtemanche and Griffin Caiozzo of Lunenburg and Carson Reirden and Vinny Pusateri of Leominster were selected to the Mass Bay Colonials 12U and 14U boys’ lacrosse team that will travel to compete in Orlando this weekend. They were selected from more than 200 athletes from 125 town lacrosse programs from Central and Eastern Massachusetts.

“The Mass Bay Colonials is an extension of our community-based youth league and was founded to promote town-based lacrosse and the elite athletes who commit to their communities each spring,” said Joey Picard, Colonials general manager and director of Mass. Bay Youth Lacrosse League operations.

Courtemanche is a fifth-year player with the Leominster Rebels Youth Lacrosse program. He plays midfield/attack and is currently in fifth grade at Turkey Hill Elementary School. Caiozzo plays goalie and is currently in eighth grade at Lunenburg Middle School. Reirden is a sixth-year player for the Rebels who plays attack and is currently in sixth grade at St. Anna’s School in Leominster. Pusateri is in eighth grade at St. Leo’s and plays long-stick midfield. He’s been playing lacrosse for five years. Both Courtemanche and Reirden also play club lacrosse for Laxachusetts.

In addition to performance at the tryouts, players submitted recommendations from coaches, teachers and community leaders to earn a spot from the selection committee. The Mass Bay Colonials seek to not only bring the most talented youth lacrosse players from Massachusetts, but the players who can proudly represent their state both on and off the field.

MBYLL President Tom Spangenberg will be the head coach of the U12 Red Team. Spangenberg has been involved with youth lacrosse in Massachusetts for the past 25 years as a coach, referee and administrator. Rick Zaccardo will be the Red team’s assistant coach. Zaccardo is a longtime MBYLL board member and was a 12-year coach and program director for Reading Youth Lacrosse.

The U14 Blue team will be led by head coach Matt James. James is the head coach at Melrose High School and was named the 2018 Eastern Mass Lacrosse Coach’s Association Coach of the Year. James will be assisted by Chris Gugino, an MBYLL Select League coach and former midfielder at Endicott College in Beverly.

“As a league, we focus on many important facets of the game designed to grow lacrosse and honor its sacred traditions,” said Spangenberg, “and the Colonials is one such example of how we’re uniting our towns, prioritizing teaching the skills in a fun environment, and promoting the importance of character, community, and camaraderie. We’re thrilled to bring the finest athletes and coaches from our small community to a much larger one in Florida this winter.”

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