WESTFORD – On June 3, the Westford Academy’s varsity and JV lacrosse teams dedicated their game to promoting mental health awareness and breaking the mental health stigma, raising $ 700 for St. Vincent de Paul in the process.

The WA lacrosse players presented their team with mental health awareness t-shirts as well as their rival Concord-Carlisle’s college and JV players that day. At the end of the game, both teams stood together to raise awareness of the mental health problems of teenagers and young adults.

WA Co-Captain Cole Barisano took the lead on the project, along with fellow Captains Brian Ellis, Matty Sepe and Craig Tucker. Cole lost a friend to suicide two years ago and wanted to honor the friend’s memory.

The four captains posted a message to the Westford community: “As we complete our high school lacrosse careers at Westford Academy, we as captains as a team and with our community want to help end the stigma surrounding mental health problems. We’d like to invite Concord Carlisle athletes and parents to stand together before the varsity game against Westford Academy on June 3rd. Westford Academy’s boys’ lacrosse will accept donations for St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent de Paul provides financial support for low-income families and assistance in finding mental health services for anyone in need. “