Worcester Lacrosse breaks the mold

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The Worcester Warriors don’t look like your average lax bros, in more ways than one. The team doesn’t have all matching helmets, for starters, and the ethnic makeup of the group is far different from many of the programs Worcester goes up against.

“We play teams from these little towns, and they look at me like they’ve never seen a black guy before,” sophomore Phil Adarkwah said with a smile. “They just stare at me, Malik (Jenkins), Livingston (Jenkins) and Paul (Yiadom). Then we just go out and scrape them.”

Harry Jones has coached the combined Worcester high school boys lacrosse team to its third straight postseason appearance.

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Harry Jones has coached the combined Worcester high school boys lacrosse team to its third straight postseason appearance.

“We do feel a little bit out of place, but we embrace that,” senior Kyle Farrell said. “As raw athletes, we are a little out of place. Yeah, not all of our helmets match, and we don’t have a booster club. We don’t even have a JV program. It is what it is, and we do our best to make it work. Our uniforms might not all match, but that’s OK.

“We don’t want to fit in, we want to stand out.”

The Warriors, under the highly motivated guidance of coach Harry Jones, have indeed been standing out the last few seasons. The program’s ascension to the ranks of contender, though maybe not in your stereotypical lacrosse town or well-heeled fashion, should probably come as little surprise.


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