Max Berkowitz – 1851 Staff
Coming off a season ending with a disappointing loss to Becker College in the quarterfinals of the GNAC Tournament last year, men’s lacrosse hopes its key returners can spark a rally to push them far into the spring. Junior goalie David Walen looks to stand tall in net as a leader of the team, while dynamic midfielder Dylan Fernandez looks to provide support. Sophomores Andrew Suh, Casey Sullivan, and Pat Egan look to take charge on offense for the Lasers. Lasell will miss graduated senior defender Matthew Keiler, whose strong skills held the opposition from putting the ball in the net.
“Our skill set is way better than it has been in previous years,” said coach Tim Dunton. “A GNAC Championship is our goal and we are in the top four of our conference. It’s just a matter of putting the pieces together for us. Our returners have a bad taste in their mouth from last year. We have to work hard, take care of the little things, and everything will take care of themselves. Time will tell, but as long as we focus on the fundamentals, we will be successful this year.”
Key games this year for the team include home games against conference foes Norwich on March 8 and Mount Ida on March 26. A key non-conference game includes a trip to Plymouth State on March 11.
The women’s team is coming off a season in which they captured the GNAC title by defeating Simmons, 15-14. The Lasers are going to rely heavily on dual senior captains Britney Wuorio and Jen Lemoine to push the team to a second title. Returning after a season off, goalie Alexa Katsigianis looks to have a strong showing in net for the Lasers. Also returning to the field are sophomores Ashlee Pechulis at midfield and defensive wing Bridget Munnelly. Both are expected to fill the gaps of graduated seniors Ashley Slattery and Rebecca Stanton.
“We have to keep challenging our athletes in practices as the season progresses,” said co-head coach Cait Connolly. “As the games get more difficult, practices will keep getting harder for our players to make sure they are on top of their game. We only lost two seniors last year and we have a lot of returners that are looking to help the newcomers jump on board with our program.”
Key conference matchups for the women’s team include Norwich on March 25 and Simmons on March 29.