Field hockey’s first final leads to frustration

By Matt Ferris – 1851 Staff

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Field hockey had a historic season and made it deep into the GNAC playoffs, ultimately losing to Mount Ida in the championship. Photo by Cassidy Murray

The women’s field hockey team had a dominant regular season but fell short in championship. The Lasers finished with a 16-4 overall record. This sat them in first place in the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference and guaranteed the team in the number one seed in the postseason. 

The Lasers received a bye in the playoffs to put them in the semifinals. The semifinals game was played on Wednesday, November 3. Prior to playing this game the Lasers had to wait patiently to find out who their opponent would be.

The Lasers faced off against the school’s longtime rival, Mount Ida College in the semifinals. The game was a stalemate, neither team wanted to go home empty-handed. Lasell goalie, Denise Landry, had five saves keeping out all the shots on goal she faced. In regulation play, the game ended 0-0, sending the game into overtime. In the 72nd minute, junior Cailin Flannery knocked in the game-winning goal to beat Mount Ida and send the team to their first GNAC final in program history. “I shot it, I didn’t see it go in, but I heard it and I knew… then I blacked out,” said Flannery.

The women were set to play their first Finals in program history against the same team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year, St. Joseph’s.

“[The team] was all really pumped, but very nervous too,” said Flannery. “Coach [Connolly] told us before the game, we’ve kept it the same all season, don’t worry about anything. The only thing that matters is Lasell Field Hockey.”

In the second half, the scale tipped in one direction. In the first five minutes of the second half, St. Joseph’s (ME) put themselves up 1-0. After that, Lasell was not able to come back. The Lasers went on to lose the game 3-0.

“It was an incredible feeling,” said Flannery about playing in her first championship. “We never had made it passed the quarterfinals, and I think that just showed how hard we worked.”

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