HARWICH – Monomoy lacrosse player Elijah Beasley joined the ranks of fellow Shark athletes Connor Santoni, Cole Curry and Kyle Charlot last week when he celebrated the signing of his official letter of intent to play for UMass Boston in the fall.
Beasley first picked up a lacrosse stick somewhere around fifth grade and was immediately hooked.
“I'd never touched a stick before that,” he said. “I caught on pretty quick in youth, and then in seventh grade started playing with the high school team. Something is different about it. Once I'm on the lacrosse field I just feel like a whole different person. I just love the sport and everything about it.”
Beasley's career has not only included playing for Monomoy, but also with the South Coast Buzzards practicing out of Taunton, and the Cape Cod Kings. He caught the UMass Boston coach’s eye last summer.
“In the beginning of the summer the coach texted me and asked for a visit, and came to a few of my tournaments,” Beasley said. “I went and visited and loved the campus.”
Beasley was offered a spot in the program, making a verbal commitment in July before signing the formal documentation last week.
“Besides lacrosse it's a great school,” he said of UMass Boston. “I want to major in biology and they're a really good research facility, and Boston's Boston. There's no city better. It's the greatest city in the world and to play lacrosse there is such a plus.”
Beasley said being able to play at the college level is amazing.
“It means everything,” he said. “Everything I've ever done lacrosse-wise has been for college. All of these showcases and tournaments. I don't know that I'd enjoy college without lacrosse.”
Along with his coaches, Beasley credits his mother, Nicole Theoharidis, for being his number one supporter.
“She's had to take me up to Taunton every single week since I was a sophomore for an hour-and-a-half practice that started at 9 p.m., not getting home until midnight to do my homework, taking time off to go to North Carolina for showcases or Vermont for tournaments. She never complained about it once.”
Beasley said she's helped him return to good health after injuries, and has always been quick to replace broken sticks or worn cleats.
Monomoy head coach John Kent said he appreciates Beasley's spirit.
“His heart. His intensity,” he said. “He gives his all for every second he’s out there. I know I can always count on him for maximum effort.”
When Kent came on the scene several seasons ago, he sought out assistant coaches to learn more about his players.
“What one of the coaches said to me was, ‘I love Elijah, and you'll love him too for his desire, toughness and persistence.’ He was definitely right,” said Kent. “He's been our ground ball king for the past two years. Ground balls are really about desire and hard work.”
Kent praised Beasley for his continued determination.
“He'll run through a wall for you,” Kent said. “That's the thing that's really impressed me.”
Kent said other teams seeing Beasley's level of play have been motivated to up their own intensity.
“It's a bittersweet feeling, his senior year, because I know I have him just one more year and then he's moving on,” said Kent. “I'll be proud of what he does and root for him as hard as I can, but I'll also miss the fact that I'm not going to see him as much on the field.”