Zachary Gray – Sports Editor
As the 2013 women’s lacrosse season comes to a close, so does the impressive career of senior Ashley Slattery. The center from Weymouth achieved several career milestones, including scoring her 200th career goal and breaking the college’s career points record of 322. The exercise science major has been an important part of the team, as pointed out by both her coach and teammates.“She’s always had that presence on the field since she’s been here,” said head coach Cait Connolly. The Lasers coach has been with Ashley and the team for the past three years. “She does everything for us. She’s everything a coach is looking for.”
Along with her high scoring, Slattery leads the team in assists. Slattery’s move from defense to center came with the change from high school to college lacrosse. The change proved to be successful, as she’s constantly setting up opportunities for the other players to score, as Connolly pointed out. Slattery’s teammate junior Britney Wuorio credits the Weymouth native for the success they’ve both shared this season.
“Ash and I always joke… about how we are telepathic on the field because we can always tell what move the other person is going to make,” said Wuorio. “This has been helpful because we both constantly give each other assists and goals, which has definitely helped our season.”
Both Slattery and Wuorio were featured in the April 7 editions of The Boston Globe South and West, respectively.
Wuorio and the other underclassmen have learned a lot from Slattery over the past four years, as the center has taken many of her teammates under her wing. “I think she’s a great person with everybody,” said Connolly. “She sets a good example.”
Slattery’s presence is something that simply cannot be replaced. Whether it’s coming up with ground balls, causing turnovers,
scoring, or assisting goals, the Weymouth native does it all.
“Ashley is one of, if not the best, players on our team,” said Wuorio. “I don’t know what we are going to do next year without her.”
“She’s going to be huge shoes to fill next year,” said Connolly.