By Roberto Sancho – 1851 Staff
The Lasers’ field hockey team pulled out a win against the Rivier University Raiders on Wednesday, 4-3 in double overtime. This victory marks the first North Atlantic Conference win for the season.
The Lasers seemed offensively dominant for the majority of the game, but could not capitalize on 19 of their 23 shots on goal, in large part due to the Raiders’ goalkeeping duo of Makenzie Flagg and Colleen Albert.
“We just couldn’t finish,” said Lasell Head Coach Caitlin Connolly about the missed opportunities.
Lasell took a commanding lead in the middle of the first half with a goal off Flagg, Rivier’s first goalkeeper. They added a second goal three minutes later with an Ainslee Thompson rip with the assist going to Kate Fabri. The Lasers went into halftime up 2-0.
The Raiders bounced back quickly with two unassisted goals by Presleigh Skelley within the first seven minutes of the second half. However, the Lasers came back with a goal of their own, produced by a beautiful run up the wing by Samantha Smithers who passed it right in front of the goal to Francesca Ceppetelli who dove to put the shot past the Rivier keeper.
Lasell did not keep the lead for that long because four minutes later, Rivier dribbled a goal past Laser goalkeeper Cassie Aviles off a corner. The two teams fought hard for the rest of the half, but no one could score another goal and they ended regulation tied 3-3.
In the first overtime, Lasell was on the offensive the majority of the time, but couldn’t get past Rivier goalkeeper Colleen Albert, who made multiple kick saves. The teams ended the first extra time deadlocked. When the teams came out for the second overtime, they were both gassed. However, a minute into the second overtime, Lasell took advantage of a counter attack when Thompson crossed it to Smithers for an open goal to seal the win for the Lasers.
The win brings the Lasers to a 3-4 record while the loss for the Raiders brings them down to 1-6. Lasell’s next opponent will be Thomas College on Friday at 3, where Coach Connolly looks to see some improvement from her squad.
“We just need to work a little bit on some of our mistakes in the second half to prevent the overtime,” said Thompson. “(We want to work on) more situational things so we can make sure we make less mistakes in the second half.”