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CYLAX Scholarship Winners



Press Release

Cumberland Youth Lacrosse Association (CYLAX) is pleased to announce the awarding of its second annual scholarship for previous CYLAX players.  Each recipient will receive a check for $500 for college needs.

Sophie Goddard – Sophie played Midfield and Defense for Cumberland High School (CHS).  Her career with CYLAX allowed her to form long lasting friendships with girls she plays with to this day.  She feels lacrosse has taught her numerous life lessons including being a good teammate, having a strong work ethic and learning from failure.  Sophie has given back to CYLAX by being a coach over the past three seasons including two years as head coach of one of the 7/8 girls’ teams.  Sophie has committed to playing lacrosse when she attends Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Fall. 



Liam Peterson – Liam played Defense and Long Stick Middie (LSM) for Lasalle Academy where he was named an All-American in 2019.  He feels that from an early age lacrosse has taught him the value of hard work and sportsmanship.  Liam has committed to playing lacrosse when he attends D1 Bryant University in the Fall. 





Cole Hooper – Cole played Defense at CHS through Junior year.  Starting with CYLAX in 5th grade Cole realized that the harder he worked and the more he ran, the better player he would become.  The lessons of never giving up and always working hard have continued to serve Cole to this day.  They will continue to help him at University of Wisconsin where he will participate in the Track & Field events of Weight and Hammer.  Cole could often be found helping younger CYLAX players during our indoor Winter sessions.




Jordan LeClair – Jordan played Attack CHS.  He volunteered during the CHS Clinics that were run for CYLAX players and helped the next generation of player develop their skills.  Through lacrosse Jordan has learned the value of hard work and how to be an active member of the community.


CYLAX Alumni in the News........

More honors for former CYLAX players!  Congratulations to Liam Peterson who was on the D1 state champion LaSalle Academy and has been named to various elite lacrosse lists.

Liam Peterson:





RI Defensive Player of the Year - Coach Kevin Murray Award (2019)

1st Team All State (2019)


2nd Team All State (2018)

3x Academic All State (2017 - 2019)


3x D1 RI State Chamption

Liam will continue his lacrosse career at D1 Bryant University in the Fall

by posted 06/19/2019
CYLAX in the Playoffs



CYLAX 5/6 D2 Girls vs NK

Thursday June 13, CYLAX Girls 5/6 Division II played their semifinals game against North Kingstown Lacrosse Girls 5/6 DII at East Greenwich. Contrary to the unusually cold weather the game got off to a fast paced start. North Kingstown’s big offensive unit challenged CYLAX’s defense early and often. Defenders from CYLAX worked furiously with the midfielders to keep the ball carriers from the scoring area and gain possession of the ball. The midfielders for CYLAX fought for possession on the defensive and offensive sides of the field while looking for scoring opportunities along with CYLAX attackers. Midfielder Lauren Collette was able to score two first half goals against a stingy North Kingstown defense and goalie but CYLAX was down 6-2 by half time. During the second half, CYLAX looked for more scoring opportunities as the attackers harassed North’s defenders and allowed Ava Neal, Dylan Stenovitch, and Grace Lambert to score three more goals for CYLAX. Unfortunately North Kingstown was able to score three more goals of their own and dashed CYLAX’s hopes for a come from behind victory.

All season, the girls of CYLAX 5/6 DII were humble in their victories, and kept their heads up in defeat. They’ve grown and improved each week, and came to every practice or game with positive attitudes. Their strong performances all year truly exemplify the meaning of a “never give up” mentality.

Goals: Lauren Collette (2), Ava Neal (1), Dylan Stenovitch (1), Grace Lambert (1)

Goalie saves: Neala Bentley (7)


CYLAX 5/6 D1 Girls vs Providence

Thursday night under the lights at Tucker Field, the #7 seed CYLAX Girls 5/6 D1 team hosted the #2 seed Providence Girls 5/6 D1 team in a quarterfinal playoff game for the RIYLL Championship.  Providence came out of the gate with 2 quick scores but soon after midfielder Kiley DeFusco scored CYLAX’s first goal. Despite strong defensive play by Abby Skurka, and Nina Piotti, Providence responded with 2 more goals. Not deterred CYLAX battled on and followed with 2 more goals by one by midfielder Maggie McDonald assisted by attack Aviva Olitsky and the other scored by attack Navi Legend. The scoring continued back and forth throughout the first half which ended with a score of CYLAX- 5 and Providence 7. The other two 1st half goals were scored by Legend and DeFusco.   The CYLAX Girls returned to the field ready to close the gap but unfortunately it was not to be.  Cumberland scored 3 goals in the 2nd half and despite tough CYLAX defense by defenders Kaitlynn Samek, Maddie Belanger, Legend  and midfielders Emily Bourke and Lucy Biggs, Providence was able to score 4 more resulting in a final score of CYLAX-8, Providence -11 . Second half goals were scored by Legend (2) and attack Ella Pirri. Attack players Delaney Kennedy and Sophie Sullivan were also key in assisting the 8 CYLAX goals.   Goalie Chloe Bryda was amazing in goalie making 8 saves.


CYLAX 7/8 D1 vs Stonington (Quarter) and NK (Semi)

Quarter final Match:

The CYLAX Boys 7/8 Division 1 team played their Qtr Finals match on Friday afternoon against a tough Stonington Team down in Ct.  The two teams were evenly matched and the word of the game was "Poise" because it appeared it would come down to whichever team controlled the ball last would decide who won the game.  The game was tied up 8-8 with 8 min left in the match.  Cylax took the lead 9-8, but Stonington fought back to made it 9-9.  CYLAX took back the lead 10-9 and Stonington came right back to tie it 10-10 with under 3 min to play.  The CYLAX team did an amazing job controlling the ball and kept the ball on the offensive side at they patiently waited for an opening in the Stonington Defense.  With less than 10 sec remaining, Collin Spencer found Garrett Clare open and feed a beautiful pass, and Garrett did not hesitate and put a nice shot past the goalie for the 11-10 win as time expired.

This win was 100% a team win.  Colby Enos made save after save to keep the team in the game.  The Defense of Hayden Almeida, Patrick Giroux, Jake Acciardo and James Bruck stood tall all day and did outstanding in the transition game to keep the ball in the offensive side of the field.

The short handed middies played their hearts out and never gave up.  Everyone stepped up and played a role.  Mason Koloski, Derrick Wood and Connor Murray all contributed with face-offs wins.  Goals and assists were provided by Ronan Peterson (3G, 2A), Garrett Clare (4G, 2A), Andrew Palma (3G, 1A), Mason (1G, 1A), Derrick (1A) and Clyde Shannon (1A).  With the win, the boys earned a spot in the Semi Finals against #1 ranked North Kingston.


Semi Final match:

The boys 7/8 Division 1 team traveled to the beautiful URI campus Saturday to play in the Semi Final game against top ranked North Kingstown.  Both teams strategies where the same, hold the ball in the offense zone, keep the game close and play for the last shot at the end of each qtr.  At half time both teams where within one goal of each other (4 Cumberland to 5 NK).  The Cumberland Middies did an amazing job playing short handed and the boys were asked to run extra long shifts.  Andrew Palma and Collen Spencer where able to move the ball effectively down the field and passed effectively with the Attacks to control time of possession.  Our goalie, Colby Enos, WAS AMAZING again, playing out of his mind and keeping the game close… The lead was traded back and forth throughout the game.

With 10 min left in the game Cumberland went up 5-4; but NK fought back to tie it up 5-5.  At that point, the boys had left everything they had on the field and the lack of subs finally caught up with them.  NK went on to win 9-5; but the final score does not represent the effort that the boys put forth all day.  Goals and assists were provided by Ryan Wymes (2G), Andrew Palma (3G), and Jack Wymes (1A).  The CYLAX Boys proved that they deserved to be one of the 4 best teams in the state and traded leads with the #1 ranked team right up until the last 5 minutes.  This wrapped up an amazing run for the CYLAX Boys 7/8 Division 1 team in 2019.

by posted 04/29/2019
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