Ethan Filipski and Tim McColgan selected to represent Massachusetts at Best of Texas Lacrosse Tournament in Dec
BOSTON, MA – Ethan Filipski and Tim McColgan of Reading were selected to the Mass Bay Colonials boys lacrosse team that will travel to Houston, Texas on Dec 10-11 to compete in the Best of Texas Lacrosse Tournament. Filipski and McColgan were selected from over 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, Mass Youth Lacrosse, and was founded to promote and celebrate town-based lacrosse and the elite athletes who commit to their communities each spring,” said Joey Picard, Colonials founder and General Manager.
Filipski and McColgan are both 7th year players with the Reading Youth Lacrosse Program. Filipski plays Midfield/Face-off and McColgan Attack/Midfield. The boys are currently in 8th grade at Parker Middle School and Coolidge Middle School respectively. 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 our state on-and-off the field.
2022 is the third iteration of the Mass Bay Colonials, but the first time with both a boys and girls team, as Mass Youth Lacrosse added a girls league to the organization in 2022. The Mass Bay Colonials will send a boys team (class of 2027) and a girls team (class of 2027/2028) to Houston to compete against teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and others from across the Southwest.
The 2027 Boys Team will be led by head coach Nathan Kittler. Kittler is the head coach at Natick High School and was named the 2022 Eastern Mass Lacrosse Coach’s Association Coach of the Year. Kittler will be assisted by Ed McCarthy, a long-time youth and high school coach who has been a Mass Youth Lacrosse Coach Education trainer for the past 5 years. Rounding out the coaching staff is Tom Spangenberg, the current Chair of Mass Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors, former president of the board, and long-time youth coach with Dover-Sherborn Youth Lacrosse.
“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 Texas this winter.”
The 2022 Mass Bay Colonials Boys team will have 22 athletes representing youth lacrosse programs in Andover, Cambridge, Framingham, Grafton, Hamilton-Wenham, Holliston, King Philip, Lexington, Marblehead, Melrose, Natick, Newburyport, North Andover, North Central, Norwood, Pentucket, Reading, Stoneham, Wachusett, and Wayland.
About Massachusetts Youth Lacrosse (MYL) – MYL, a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization, was founded in 1992 by a group of town youth lacrosse programs that had the common goal to promote the growth of the game of lacrosse throughout Massachusetts by providing leadership, guidance, training, and structure to anyone interested in lacrosse. Over 110 town programs participate in MYL with over 1,000 teams and 14,000 players participating in an 8-week Spring Season followed by the largest youth lacrosse Jamboree in the country over two weekends in Devens, MA. In the Spring of 2022, a new Girls League launched with 21 town programs and 2,000 girls players. Over 70 girls programs will be participating in 2023. For more information, visit www.massyouthlax.org.