We hope everyone had a terrific weekend and enjoyed this spectacular weather.
We want to welcome your son (and you as parents) to NCLA 5A Team for 2021.
First item of importance is there is practice tomorrow - Monday, March 22 from 5 pm - 6:15 pm - on Water Tower Turf #1 (this is the turf closest to Lapham Center and the Community Pool).
Please...your son should keep wearing a mask under his helmet.
We would like to introduce you to our coaches:
Joe Costigan - HEAD COACH - Joe is a native of New Canaan, having played lacrosse for New Canaan High School. He also played football, ran track and was a swimmer for NCHS. Joe had a terrific career in lacrosse at University of North Carolina, having played midfield for the Tar Heels from 2012-2015. Best of all, Joe isn't even the best lacrosse player in his household - that title goes to his wife, Aly Messinger Costigan, who was an All American lacrosse player for the Carolina Women's Team. Joe also holds an MBA from University of Maryland. He and Aly moved back to the area recently and we are excited to have a person of Joe's character, background and commitment giving back to the program he grew up with.
Kyle Foley - ASSISTANT COACH - Kyle is a native of South Windsor, Connecticut. We call that "Upstate" in New Canaan. Kyle played lacrosse and was a standout soccer player and diver on the swim team at South Windsor High School. Kyle is also a senior member of the Varsity Lacrosse Team at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. Kyle is a starting defensive midfielder for the Pioneers. And he is in his 3rd season as a coach in the NCLA program, having coached 5th and 6th grade teams previously in our town.
Patrick Russell - ASSISTANT COACH / MANAGER - Patrick and his wife, Robin, have lived in New Canaan for over 20 years. They have three children - Kyle, Devon, Drew - all former NCLA players. Patrick has coached and been involved with NCLA Lacrosse for 15 years. He is a volunteer and is giving back to the game he loves. Patrick is a native of Baltimore and played lacrosse for Johns Hopkins University from 1986-1989, winning a National Championship in 1987. The kids refer to Coach Russell as "Big Daddy". In addition to coaching, Big Daddy will carry the ball bucket, bring extra mouth-guards, keep stats and give every player a cool nickname.
At some point soon, there will be a post-practice meeting of the coaches and parents. We will announce this soon. And it will be a terrific way for all of us to meet each other. In the meantime, remember practice is tomorrow from 5 pm - 6:15 pm on Water Tower Turf #1.
One ground rule: THIS IS A TOWN TEAM. THIS IS PRIDE IN OUR TOWN. We are not a club team. We hold March, April and May sacred to the town program. We will represent the 06840 with pride. Red & Black. NC Pride! Please. Try to wear a New Canaan pinney and shorts to practice. No Eclipse swag, No Prime Time swag, No 2-Way swag, etc.
The only exception is the helmet - it may be the only helmet your son owns - so that is the exception if he needs to wear a non-NCLA helmet.
If he needs shorts or a pinney that says: "New Canaan Lacrosse" - Coach Russell can help them.
More bullet-points will come at a later date.
We will have fun, we will support every teammate, we will learn the game, we will become better every day.