By Kaie Quigley & Pat Carbone – Features Editor & 1851 Contributor
The spring sports season is almost back. As players prepare to compete for the first time in almost a year, here are the athletes likely to turn heads:
Jordan McComb– Women’s Lacrosse
Jordan McComb is a graduate student from Cumberland, Rhode Island pursuing her master’s degree in sports management. She is returning for her sixth season after being granted a relief year of eligibility due to COVID-19. The three-time All-GNAC midfielder’s career stats land her in the Lasell women’s lacrosse record book multiple times. Most notably, McComb is currently ranked eighth in career assists (37), seventh in career goals (175) and points (212), sixth in career ground ball (142) and draw controls (148), and fourth in caused turnovers in her career (73). She also set the individual record for shots in a season in 2019 (155) and is ranked third and fourth for goals in a single game (9,8). As a first-year, McComb was part of the GNAC championship team in 2015. This season, the super-senior captain will be looking to lead the Lasers back to the big game.
Brianna Gendreau- Softball
Brianna Gendreau, junior infielder and athletic training major from Warren, Rhode Island, is moving into her third season for the team. Though she only has one full year of play under her belt, Gendreau showed promise in those 34 games in 2019. As a first-year, she was third on the team in at-bats, proving to be a valuable part of the lineup in her first season. She also ranked third in extra-base hits with five doubles and three triples to go along two stolen bases that season.
Alexis Truesdale- Softball
Another member of the softball team to keep an eye on this season is senior curriculum and instruction major Alexis Truesdale from Wakefield. The outfielder led the team in steals in her sophomore season in 2019 with eight— four more than anyone else on the roster. Truesdale has also recorded 13 hits in each of her two full seasons, batting at .235 for her career.
Joe Sullivan- Baseball
Joe Sullivan is a graduate student from Sandwich, MA, pursuing his master’s degree in integrated marketing communications. He is returning for a fifth year after his senior season was cut short due to COVID-19. Sullivan has captained the team for two years and was Male Torch Bearer of the Year in 2019. In five games played in 2020, he had a .389 batting average and four RBIs. The returning senior led the team in RBI (29) and Home Runs (four) last season, and bats .342 for his career while also boasting a .514 slugging percentage over four years on the team. The catcher will be batting fourth in the lineup this season.
Andrew Fidalgo- Men’s Lacrosse
Andrew Fidalgo is a senior finance major from Wilbraham and an attackman for the men’s lacrosse team. Fidalgo had 28 goals and 26 assists for the 16-2 Lasers on their way to finishing as runner-up in the Great Northeastern Athletic Conference (GNAC) in 2019. The two-time All-GNAC selection moves into his fourth year with his career goal and assists totals at 47 apiece, excelling in his role as both a scorer and facilitator. Fidalgo will lead the attack for the Lasers as they chase their second GNAC championship.
Jan Baranowski- Men’s Volleyball
Middle blocker and entrepreneurship major Jan Baranowski from Wheeling, Illinois had an impactful first-year last spring. The 6-8 sophomore’s name is already inked in the record book three times after just 22 games in his 2020. Baranowski had seven blocks in three sets against D’Youville College, eight blocks in four sets vs. head coach Jeff Vautrin’s former squad Elms College, and 10 blocks in five sets vs. Nichols College, placing him in the top-10 for blocks in three different categories.