North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie boys lacrosse team gives back

Lax Lowdown

Matt Jenkins

The North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie boys lacrosse team is busy trying to chase down the first state tournament berth in program history. But that doesn’t mean the Bulldogs are too busy to give back to the community.

This past Saturday, North Shore played a benefit game for the HEADstrong Foundation against Northeast Regional. The HEADstrong Foundation was created to raise money and awareness for blood cancer.

The foundation was created by Nick “Head” Colleluori, a lacrosse player from Pennsylvania who played for a year at Hofstra University before being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and has been run by his family since he passed away in November 2006.

North Shore senior Nick Hardy happened to watch a collegiate lacrosse game that was having a benefit for HEADstrong, and he suggested the Bulldogs do something to help the cause.

“The foundation’s colors are lime green, and Nick was watching a game and saw it. He asked me about it and I explained what it was,” North Shore coach Jeff Comeau said. “He felt it was a great cause, wanted to get involved with it and really started pushing it. The kids have done everything they can to raise money for this.”

The Bulldogs defeated Northeast Regional, 9-3, in the opener of the benefit played at Manning Field in Lynn before Nashoba Tech beat Lynn Tech, 16-2, in the second game.