Field hockey rises to top of GNAC

By Brian Cohen – 1851 Staff 

The Lasell College Women’s Field Hockey team has taken the GNAC by storm this season posting a 7-0 conference record thus far. The Lasers have a 14-3 overall record including eight of those victories coming on their home field and they are playing with tremendous confidence.

“We have all meshed well,” said junior Cailin Flannery. “We have taken the chemistry we built off the field and brought it on the field.”

Flannery has built a nearly unstoppable front with junior Nikki Pignone and sophomore Samantha Taylor. In total, the trio has combined for 43 goals while tallying 113 total points. “We all know where each other are,” said Flannery. “The three of us are clicking well.”

Overall, the Lasers have scored 70 goals in just 17 games averaging 4.1 goals per game. At the same time, the team defense has been strong as well, allowing an average of less than one goal per game. Much of this credit goes to the entire defense along with senior goalkeeper Denise Landry. Landry is coming off her second GNAC Goalkeeper of the Week award.

“Everyone in front of me deserves a lot of credit,” said Landry. “The defense has played a big part of our success. They don’t allow many shots and when they do they are jumping all over the rebounds.”

This season Landry has posted 14 wins in 17 games while shutting the opposition out four times and making 78 total saves. Along with crediting her defense, Landry says “I just tried to sharpen some of my skills during the offseason. The biggest was getting up quicker after diving for a shot.”

While this season has been a successful one, the ladies still know there is work to do. “We just need to keep our heads up and we can’t fall into a funk. We can’t allow ourselves to get nervous of the pedestal that we have been put on,” said Flannery.

The team finished with an undefeated conference record and will play at home in the GNAC playoffs on November 1.  “When we play at home, everyone wants it,” said Flannery, “We have that home field pride and do not want to disappoint our fans.”

The Lasers have had a tremendous season, however, they realize there is still a road ahead of them to capture that GNAC Championship.

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