Orcutt Named to Lead the Providence Academy Boys Lacrosse Program
The Providence Academy Athletic Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Orcutt to the position of Boys Lacrosse Head Varsity Coach and Program Head. Chris’ background includes a wealth of coaching opportunities that will help him oversee not only the varsity team, but also PA’s entire 7 – 12 Lacrosse Program.
Orcutt has a well-established coaching background. Coach Orcutt has coached youth and high school for over eight years. He helped build the C3 Organization into one of the largest in the state. Recently he coached with the Chanhassen Storm as an assistant coach for almost three seasons in a number of roles. At the Jr. High level, the teams he’s coached have seen great success. Coach Orcutt is one of only a few coaches in the state with a US Lacrosse Level Three Coaching certification.
Chris grew up in Southwest Minnesota and graduated from Heron Lake-Okabena-Lakefield High School. He graduated from Mankato State University with a degree in aviation and business administration. Chris grew up surrounded by education. His mother was an elementary teacher and dad a school superintendent. It seems as though Chris has been a teacher one way or another most of his life. From being a team captain to being a flight instructor and sales team leader and then coach. He’s been involved in many aspects for youth from being a YMCA Big Brother to being a coach. He’s implemented many training programs at the youth level to create a system of learning and enjoying lacrosse. Coach Orcutt states, “Building a winning culture is important, but providing an inclusive environment for all to enjoy the sport with varying levels of talent is also important.”
Of his appointment Coach Orcutt reflects, “I want to get to know the players and introduce them to the new coaching staff. I want to work with every player to help them succeed and bring out their best. We will build a winner on the field, but most importantly we will build well rounded athletes and men. Players on the lacrosse team will experience a fun environment that they will enjoy as much as it will attract new players to the sport and team. Providence Lacrosse will be a team to watch for sure!”
Athletic Director Daren Messmore states, “Chris’ knowledge of lacrosse, his passion for the sport and his continuous drive to always challenge himself by learning gives him a skill set that is an excellent fit for this role at PA. Coach Orcutt and his assistance are dedicated to drive the awareness of the program and get more students involved.”
When asked what Coach Orcutt likes to do in his free time he states, “I’ve lived in Chanhassen for over twenty years. I have three children – Izzy (17), Christian (14) and Kade (5). We have a large black lab named “Ray Ray” and a cat named “Ozzy.” As a family we enjoy the outdoors, music, horses, boating, athletics and enjoying all that Minnesota has to offer. In my free time I am restoring an old Corvette, trying to learn guitar and have built my own home gym that would rival many small health clubs.”
Please welcome Coach Chris Orcutt to our community.
Spielman Tapped as New Assistant Coach for the Boys’ Lacrosse Program.
Ronnie Spielman comes to us with a wealth of playing and coaching experience. Ronnie coached with Coach Orcutt at Chanhassen last season. Ronnie graduated from Eden Prairie High School, where he excelled in many sports. After he graduated, Ronnie attended The Ohio State University on a lacrosse scholarship. Ronnie is a firm believer in multi sport athletes.
Ronnie states, “I’ve played football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, wrestling and track. I’m a big proponent of students being multi sport athletes.” Ronnie is a preschool teacher during the day. When asked what prepares him best for this new role, he states, “I love seeing how youth soak up information from people they trust and believe in. I want to do the same for these gentlemen, so I think my role will be to mold and shape these young boys into great lacrosse players and hard workers. I also want to teach them how to be great young men too, so when they leave school, I know they will be prepared and held to a higher standard than most.”
Coach Spielman has high goals for the lacrosse program. “My goal is to make this program excel to a new level. I’ve always gone off the saying “hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”. It’s not about who is the best right now, it’s about everyone putting in the work to be the best they can be. I can see us elevating to new heights if everyone buys in, so all in all I see us in the next few years being at the top of our conference. I see us making playoffs and hopefully in the near future competing for a championship against the best! Everyone will get a fair shot but it’s about how much we want to be winners. I will do my best to put these young men into the right position for success.”
Help me welcome coach Ronnie Spielman to our community.
United Girls Hockey opened their season with a 4-1 victory over New Ulm on Tuesday night. Junior Ava Wasserman recorded a pure hat trick by finding the back of the net three times during the 2nd period. United will play its second game of the season on Friday night vs Henry Sibley.
Quote from the coach: “Ava Wasserman is on pace to score 54 goals in 18 games this season.”
The boy’s hockey team like many others skated into action on January 4th this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are all grateful to be on the ice again with friends and teammates.
The season opener on January 14th was marked with many firsts. The first game in new jerseys and uniforms, the first win of the season, and first high school goals scored. The boys traveled to conference rival Minnehaha Academy, where Senior Captain Joshua Koskie (PA) logged his first win of the season between the pipes. Minnehaha opened the scoring, but less than a minute later Senior Captain Thomas Vos (PA) tallied the first Providence goal of the season and tied the game 1-1. Shortly after, again Vos scored, increasing the lead to 2-1. With Vos launching the Providence scoring, Sophomore Johnny Hendrickson (PA) tallied his first High School goal and wouldn’t be denied the opportunity to add a second. With Senior Alex Doucette (PA) adding a shorty, Junior Jack Reller (PA) adding two goals, and Junior James Smith (Legacy) adding a goal to the mix, the Providence Academy hockey team skated away with an 8-2 win.
With the excitement of the win in their heads, the team went to practice and prepared to take on another conference rival, Blake. The Bears ended their 2020 season 3rd in Class 2A State Tournament and are a formidable foe. The boys from Providence welcomed the challenge but fell to the bears 6-0 on Tuesday, January 19th. A bright spot was the support from all the Lions fans that found a way to obtain the highly sought after ticket to the event. They cheered on their Lions and gave the boys energy all the way through the 3rd period.
On Thursday, Jan 21st, the boys hosted the Breck Mustangs. The Mustangs, a long-time IMAC rival and a very talented team, fell to the Lions of Providence Academy in their home opener 4-1. The first period was even in many areas, shots were even, the score was even, however the chances and momentum favored the Lions. A tie game through almost two periods, Breck snuck a shot in the Lions net with 27 seconds left in the 2nd period. The Lions did not sit back and settle to regroup in the 3rd period. Sophomore Johnny Hendrickson (PA) lit the lamp with 1.4 seconds left in the period to tie the game. As the Lions regrouped in the intermission, the boys said “Coach, we’ve got this” and they did. The 3rd period was all Lions, scoring 3 more goals. Senior Thomas Vos (PA) added 2, and Junior Josh Mogeni (PA) added a goal. The Lions record improves to 2-1.
For their next game, they travel to take on a newcomer to the league Gentry Academy, currently ranked 3rd in Class 1A hockey.
Last Saturday the Lions traveled west to take on top section foe Rockford. The Lions jumped them from the start with a man to man press and were able to capitalize on the turnovers they forced. Going into the half the Lions had a 43-17 advantage thanks to a Brooke Hohenecker 3 at the halftime buzzer. The second half saw a continuation of the strong defense and the Lions were able to secure the victory in a dominating fashion by a score of 63-38. Leading the Lions in scoring were 9th Grader Brooke Hohenecker who scored 22 points and knocked down 6 3 pointers in the process and 7th Grader Maddyn Greenway who poured in 25 points.
On Tuesday, the Lions hit the road again and went to St. Agnes. While there the Lions continued their defensive dominance and came away with a 59-19 win. This game had a very balanced scoring attack from the entire team with 4 girls scoring in double figures and a 5th with 8 points. The Lions were led in scoring by 9th Grader Brooke Hohenecker who made another 4 3 pointers in the contest bringing her season total up to 13 and giving her the 1st place position in 3 pointers made this season.
On Friday the Lions travel to Breck to take on the Mustangs in their first conference game of the season.
The Providence Academy Boys basketball team enters Friday night’s home game against Breck with a 2 and 1 record.
We lost to Minnehaha Academy who is ranked in the top 10 in the nation, but it was a valuable learning experience, and we hope to grow from that set back. We came back with a strong performance Tuesday night by beating St. Agnes 74 – 47. We started a line up of young men who have not had the chance to start and they made the most of their opportunity by racing out to a 16 – 0 lead, so proud of that group.
Mark McCarthy had 13 points, Liam Carney followed with 12 points, Jimmy Fafinski and Aiden Lampe had 10 points to lead the Lions.
Starting tonight with Breck we have a 3-game stretch against some quality opponents. Monday, we travel to Blake to play the #7 ranked team in the state. Thursday night, #10 ranked St. Croix Prep visits Providence Academy.
As always, we sure appreciate your support.
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