By Colin Froment – News Editor
The men’s lacrosse team traveled to Baltimore this past spring break to play University of New England at Johns Hopkins University. Although the team was defeated 16-9, they toured various aspects of Maryland throughout their stay.
The Lasers flew down on Thursday, March 15 with the game scheduled the following day. The team’s full agenda included touring Johns Hopkins’ campus and field to be familiar with the playing conditions and visiting the National Aquarium in Baltimore. On Saturday, the team got a chance to watch Duke University’s Men’s Lacrosse face off against Towson University at Towson.
“[The trip] was on the affordable end, but still gave us an opportunity to spend some time in a hotel together. I think this creates a bonding experience for the team,” said Head Coach Bill Mason.
The trip was organized through a Snap! Raise fundraiser, which the team managed themselves. Details and efforts of the fundraiser were posted on snap-raise.com with a goal to raise enough money for the trip and a surplus for updated equipment at Lasell.
“We bought a new bounceback that we share with women’s lacrosse. We also bought a new net…just all the basic equipment that we need,” said Mason.
189 team family members, friends, and alumni donated, placing among the highest amount of donations compared to years past.
The team’s initial goal of $5,000 was exceeded with a total of $13,952 raised. They had previously fundraised by working in concessions at Gillette Stadium and by selling team gear.
“It was all social media driven,” said junior Captain Dave Sheehan. “People could just go into their email and donate whenever they want. It had an unlimited possibility of reaching anyone.”
“We have a ton of support from our families, alumni, and alumni parents donating” said Mason. “…without them I don’t know if we wouldn’t have been able to raise as much as we did.”
Despite the loss against University of New England, team members found that the trip boosted morale and improved dynamics among teammates. “It’s always nice to get away with your team and get closer to them,” said junior long stick midfielder Evan Abatiell. “When you stay in a hotel, you get to know these guys more personally as opposed to just being on the field. It really helped our team chemistry.”
The most important aspect of team sports is working as a unit. “We’re a pretty close group to begin with, but we definitely get closer when we struggle,” said Sheehan. “On the bus ride back, we all came together…if we’re going to put the season in the right direction, it’s on every single one of us to do it together.”
Sheehan encourages other campus teams to embark on similar trips for recruiting purposes and team bonding exercises. “This was our time to enjoy that,” he said.
The team hopes to keep the tradition of embarking on trips alive for future players, too, by encouraging traveling to larger destinations.
“We got the amazing opportunity to play at a historic field,” Abatiell said. “I want to thank the people who donated and supported us.”