Brandon Chase & Mike Skelton – Managing Editor & 1851 Staff
The men’s and women’s lacrosse teams both started their seasons in early March.
The women’s lacrosse team kicked off the season with a 13-12 victory over Curry College on March 1. It was the first victory for the women over Curry since 2006.
Coming off a 15-4 year and an Eastern College Atheltic Conference tournament appearance, this year’s squad appears poised for a run into the Great Northeast Athletic Conference playoffs. Losing only two players to graduation, 11 new freshmen faces join the women’s lacrosse team. Ashley Slattery and Britney Wuorio, who combined for 171 goals last year, are key returnees for the Lasers.
Head coach Cait Connolly, last season’s GNAC Coach of the Year, leads the team entering her third season at the helm. Women’s lacrosse has never had a losing season during her tenure.
The team plays two conference games over break; Saturday, March 16 they travel to Anna Maria College and a week after on March 23 they host Emmanuel College at noon on Grellier Field.
After coming into the 2013 season ranked third in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference’s preseason poll, the men’s lacrosse team started off on the right foot with a 17-13 victory over Salve Regina University on Saturday, March 2.
One of the new rules the team has to adjust to this season is the addition of a 30-second shot clock. If a team is taking too long getting into the attacking zone, an official can start the timer at their discretion. However, head coach Tim Dunton feels this will not change the Lasers’ game play.
“It’s something new that all of us have to get used to,” said Dunton. “We are an offense that likes to take advantage of transitional
opportunities and push tempo anyways, so I’m not sure it will have much effect on us throughout the season.”
The Lasers have a good mix of veteran leadership and young talent, as eight seniors return among a group of 17 freshmen and sophomores.
The team will play one home game during spring break on Saturday, March 23 against Western Connecticut State University.