Brianna Robbins – 1851 Staff
After losing only one senior from last season, the softball team capitalized on the opportunity to improve this spring with help from many returnees, some new freshman, and a brand new set of coaches.
The Lasers spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was a success, as the team compiled a 5-3 record. Last year the team went 3-7 during the same trip.
Not only does the softball team use the tournament to play different competitors on the field, but they also use the trip as a chance to get to know each other better and become closer as team. The team welcomed six new freshmen to the team and one transfer.
“We are such a close team,” said senior captain Santina Antoshak. “It is so much different this year. We are happy and we get along really well.” During the time at Myrtle Beach, Antoshak hit her first home run. “I cried,” said Antoshak. “My whole team rushed over to me at home plate and I just started crying.”
Lacy Gillotti joined the softball program as Head Coach just prior to the 2014 season. She is the fifth coach in the program’s history.
“Coach Lacy brings a good sense of humor and skill based on knowledge on and off the field,” said junior Denise Archetto. “She takes the time to get to know her players and is determined to help us reach our goals.” Before joining the Lasers, Gillotti was an assistant coach at Wellesley College. Assistant Coach Heather Rose, Lasell Alumni from 2009, joined the coaching staff along the side of Gillotti.
Following the spring trip, the team posted wins over conference foes Rivier, Emmanuel, Anna Maria, and Suffolk. Softball raised its win total and lowered its losses from last season.
The team will lose three seniors following the season: pitcher Samantha Whynot, infielder Courtney Moen, and Antoshak.