Adam Palmer – 1851 Staff
A new school year means the start of the fall sports. Preseason is the one word that has a different definition to every player. The beauty of preseason is no matter what players did last year, everyone starts with a clean slate. Some teams do come in with an advantage of talent, but the potential for each team is determined during the few weeks of grueling practices in the August heat.
The Lasell women’s soccer team looks to continue its success in the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference, where they’ve won the three GNAC championships in a row.
In the first preseason poll, the Lasers were chosen as the top team in the GNAC rankings. They have started the season with a 3-1 record. The team scored a total of 21 goals and gave up four, with two of the games ending in a shutout in favor of the Lasers. Junior Bridget Lynch scored nine goals through the first four games and her sister, Kayla, scored three goals.
With a disappointing loss in the GNAC playoffs at home last season, the men’s soccer team returns to show they are the team to beat in the conference. They started off strong with three straight wins. Senior Mike Skelton scored three goals in the three game span. Sophomore goalie Miguel Colmenares dominated in the first three games, only giving up a single goal in the first game.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams started off their season at the Keene State Alumni Cross Country meet. On the women’s side, seniors Solange Carpenter and Jess Smith were the two top finishers for the Lasers, with Carpenter finishing 63rd and Smith finishing 65th overall. The men’s top finisher was sophomore Alex Weselcouch who finished 47th overall. At the Smith College Meet, the Lasers finished placed 16th, with sophomore Jamie Russo finishing 100th. Weselcouch was first of the men to cross the finish line, placing 33rd.
The Lasell women’s volleyball started the season at 3-2, which included a 3-0 home opener victory against Wentworth. In the home opener, the Lasers won the sets by the scores of 25-22, 27-25 and 25-22.
Women’s field hockey started with a 1-2 record. However, the Lasers two losses were both by only one goal. The team’s 2-1 loss to WPI went to double overtime. The first Laser win came against Wheelock, as Lasell dominated by a score of 10-0.