Last Sunday, the Boston Youth Lacrosse Association boys’ teams opened their season at Moakley Park. The seventh and eighth grade boys’ team defeated their foe from Braintree, 4-2. The fifth and sixth grade boys’ team defeated Braintree, 5-4, while the third and fourth grade boys’ team battled Braintree to a 3-3 tie. The first and second grade boys’ team did not play.
The head coach for the seventh and eighth grade boys’ team is Tim Hill.
“We played a hard fought game against Braintree and came out on top,” Hill wrote. “Nolan Callow was in net and had a great game. It was a collective effort in the first game of the season and the boys stepped up big to get key ground balls and played well on man down defense.
“My coaching philosophy is a blue collar work ethic philosophy,” he added. “Hard word as a team beats individual talent any day. Ground balls win games. There are no individuals on the team, the team wins, loses, and functions as a group.”
Hill grew up in Lexington and attended the Fesenden School in Newton from grades five through nine. He played hockey and lacrosse, before going to the Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H., where he was recruited to play lacrosse. He also played varsity hockey and football at this New Hampshire school. Graduating in 2007 from Holderness, Hill was recruited to play lacrosse at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and was a member of the college’s inaugural team.
At Fessenden, Hill played attack for five years but transitioned to midfield at Holderness, realizing a newly-found love for taking face-offs and playing both offense and defense. Then at Rollins, Hill was a three-year starter at midfield, taking face-offs and playing offensive midfield. During his junior season, he transitioned positions again, playing long-stick midfield and started some games at defense as well.
Hill has been involved in coaching since 2003. He coached at the Nantucket Sports Camps for three years during the summer months for athletes ages 7 to 14. After graduating from Rollins in 2011, Hill moved back to Boston and has been a head coach for the South Boston Youth Lacrosse program (now the Boston Youth Lacrosse Association) since 2011. He serves on the program’s board of directors. Hill was recently appointed as a liaison to the Boston United Select’s team and also serves on the board of directors for them as well.
On the girls’ side of the ledger, the seventh and eighth grade team defeated Revere, 18-1, and the fifth and sixth grade team lost to Methuen, 13-10.