First round loss ends men’s lacrosse season Reply

Mike Gunning- 1851 Staff

Another season is in the books for men’s lacrosse after losing to Becker College, 12-8, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Quarterfinals (GNAC) on April 23. The team finished with an overall record of 8-8 and an impressive 7-2 record against in conference opponents. They were able to finish third in the GNAC behind Norwich University and Mount Ida College.

After a rough start to their season where they dropped four of their first five games, the Lasers rebounded nicely the rest of the way winning seven of their last 10 regular season games before losing to Becker in the GNAC tournament.

Sophomore Robbie Palazzo led the team in goals with 38 and scored on an impressive 47.5 percent of his shots. Fellow sophomore Andy Puopolo led the team in assists and total points with 19 and 56, respectively.

The team had a solid mix of young talent and veteran leadership having nine seniors on the squad this year. The men’s lacrosse team is graduating captains Dan Clark, Jake LaMorte, Atticus Robert, and Matthew Keiler, along with seniors Brendan Ham, Bobby Spellman, Tyler Silliman, Gavin O’Dell, and Ladson “LT” Shaello-Johnson.

Led by underclassmen, this Lasell team has a bright future ahead of them. “I was very happy withthe way the younger guys played and this team is going to be stacked next year,” said LaMorte.

“Next year they will be solid with returning starters such as Andy Puopolo, Dylan Fernandez, Robbie Palazzo, and David Walen,” said Keiler.

That being said, it won’t be easy to replace the departing seniors.

“We had some great players that are going to be hard to replace on the team but great teams always have the next guy to step up,” said LaMorte.

The departing Lasers won’t be easy to replace, but they also won’t be forgotten, as they have left a lasting mark on the underclassmen and on this program.

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