Brain Cohen — 1851 Staff
Freshman goalkeeper Makena Leazer (middle) preparing to make a save. Photo courtesy of Lasell Athletics
Women’s field hockey freshman goalkeeper Makena Leazer was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Rookie of the Week on Sept. 4. Leazer was given the honors following the Lasers’ first two games of the season against Becker College and Nichols College.
“I was really surprised when I found out about the honor,” said Leazer. “I was honored to receive that recognition.”
In her first two collegiate games, Leazer had a goals against average of 1.50 and a .800 save percentage, while accumulating 12 saves.
Competing in eight games this season, Leazer has posted a 1.75 goals against average and a .788 save percentage, leading the Lasers to a 5-4 record overall, and 3-0 in the conference.
Leazer believes the key to her success is keeping a positive attitude. “I tell myself to keep an open mind and not be nervous,” said the freshman keeper. “I want to just play my game and focus on what is happening in the moment.”
Transitioning from playing a sport in high school to playing at the college level can be difficult, but Leazer appears to be handling it just fine. “I think I’ve adjusted well,” said Leazer. “It’s quicker and more intense with a change in speed. I love it! There is definitely more of a competitive edge.”
There is no doubt Leazer is getting support from her upperclassmen teammates. Senior forward Cailin Flannery affirms Leazer is transitioning well to the faster play. “It’s a big switch but she’s definitely getting there. We all know what the freshman are going through. We are here to help every step of the way.”
Leazer has big shoes to fill in goal after the Lasers lost star goalie Denise Landry due to graduating last May. However, Flannery is thankful to have a string of strong net minders. “It’s very exciting. We had a strong senior goalie last year who played great and it is good to have a freshman step in and play strong as well,” said Flannery.
“Our biggest expectation is that everyone brings their best,” said Leazer. “As long as we come together and put a 100 percent effort on the field, there is nothing left to give and success will follow.”