By Zach Gray – Sports Editor
With the start of the fall semester comes the start of women’s athletics here at Lasell. After winning back-to-back GNAC titles, the Lasell women’s soccer team looks to capture its third straight conference title. Ranked number one in the GNAC coaches’ preseason poll, the Lasers have a lot on their plate this upcoming season.
Sophomore Leah Pappalardo (Whitman, MA) takes over in goal this season, as Elizabeth Stickley (Mashpee, MA) graduated back in May.
“Leah’s been really good so far,” said junior defender Jill Greaney. Though it’ll be tough to fill Stickly’s shoes, Pappalardo appears to be set for a successful season.
A key part of continuing the team’s success will be its defense, says senior midfielder Emily Machado (Marshfield, MA). “I think our defense is really solid,” said Machado. Lasell opened the season 2-1, outscoring their opponents 15-4.
After finishing last season with a 3-15 record, the Lasell field hockey teams looks to improve from its 2011 campaign. Senior forward Kate Fabri (Fairfield, CT) is certain this year’s team will do much better. “We have a lot of talent and a well-structured team,” says Fabri. “I think we’ll have a better record this season than last.”
The team is carrying nine freshmen on its roster, all appearing prepared to compete. “They’re looking really good and fit,” says Fabri. “They’re really excited and ready to play this upcoming season.”
Field hockey dropped its first two games of the season, losing to WPI and MIT, 3-1 and 7-1, respectively.
After finishing 16-19 in 2011 the women’s volleyball team will returns to the court for another season. Mary Tom is back for her 15th year as head coach and she will have a young team consisting of four juniors, three sophomores and seven freshmen. So far the inexperience has shown as the Lasers lost their first four matches by scores of 3-0.