By Armando Machado Jr. – 1851 Staff
Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend (FFAW) took place earlier this month, October 16 to 18, and along with trips to Boston and events happening on campus, athletes celebrated senior day, or their last home games as seniors in college.
The women’s volleyball team hosted a doubleheader, defeating the Coast Guard Academy 3-0 in the first game, but losing the second by the same score to Suffolk University. Field hockey lost their match to Saint Joseph’s 2-0, while women’s soccer beat Saint Joseph’s 4-0. Men’s soccer lost 2-1 to Anna Maria. Men’s and women’s cross country did not have a meet, but se- niors were honored during halftime of the women’s soccer game.
Although it was not women’s volleyball senior day, the team still participated in games for alumni and parents alike. Senior outside hitter Taylor Hansen said her favorite part of the weekend was being able to see old friends.
“You kind of forget everyone, which is sad, but [it is] a great time when they come back to visit,” said Hansen.
When asked about her role as a senior on the team, Hansen described herself as a leader on the court even though she isn’t a captain. Hansen and the four seniors “feel less pressure” because they have “been around the block,” which allows them to mentor and support the underclassmen.
Although the team’s record doesn’t prove their endurance, they stay positive. Signature wins, such as their victory against Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, gives the team confidence going forward.
“The team’s goal this season is to make the playoffs,” said Hansen.
Danielle Hottin, senior co-captian of the field hockey team also played in her last home game at Greiller Field during FFAW.
“Senior day is an awesome experience. It’s a time to acknowledge all the seniors on their time here at the school and on the team,” said Hottin. “It was a tough loss but we’ll see them again and we know what to expect.”
John Hislop, senior defenseman on the men’s soccer team said his favorite part of the weekend was “seeing [his] friends from out of state.”
Hislop said, “Our roles as seniors are to lead and prepare the younger players to win a GNAC [Great Northeast Athletic Conference] title.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah LaClair and midfielder Caroline Murphy played in the weekend’s game with senior teammates. “Lasell women’s soccer program has such deep roots that people who graduated before us cheer us on and it’s really cool,” said LaClair.
Murphy said, “[The seniors] mean everything to our soccer team, we play for our seniors, we go out and win games for our seniors. That’s what our coach always tells us.”