By LJ VP LaFiura & Cam Deniso -1851 Contributors
Lasers, their coaches, and their families gathered for pictures at their respective playing surfaces during Senior Day. Many of them have been teammates since their first year at Lasell.
With fall sports seasons winding down, veteran Lasers were able to celebrate their Senior Days across campus. The soccer teams and the field hockey team enjoyed these festivities during the spotlight of Family, Friends, and Alumni Weekend, including a soccer doubleheader at Taylor Field. The women’s volleyball team celebrated later that week on October 21.
One of the first events was the women’s soccer game at Taylor Field. This season the team honored eight players. Those included Alexandria Lorenzo, Maddie Burke, Serena Speight, Rebecca Beringer, and Angela Sanzari, and graduate students Erin Petrocelli, Narissa Libby, and Korynne Provenzano.
In their game against Johnson and Wales, the team got off to a rough start in the first half. A lack of possession contributed to a two-goal deficit at halftime that soon turned into three just minutes into the second half. A long shot by junior Bobbi O’Guin got the Lasers their lone goal in a 3-1 loss.
“My senior day was amazing, and I’m not quite sure if the full effect of it all has hit me yet,” said Speight, who is set to graduate in May. “The amount of effort our teammates put into making it the best of the season was astounding. The surprises, the crowd turnout, and the feeling of a supportive community made Senior Day feel like the best day of the school year and I don’t think I could ever forget it”.
Meanwhile, over on Grellier Field, the field hockey team had a senior celebration of their own. This season, they had four seniors; Kait Duarte, Sofia Rodriguez, Claire Shepherd, and Grace Marc-Aurele.
The Johnson & Wales Wildcats spoiled another Laser celebration as this game did not go any better than the women’s soccer game. The Lasers were shut out while only taking three shots. First-year goalie Courtney Tello made seven saves on 13 shots, but the Wildcats prevailed with the 6-0 win.
“Senior Day was super meaningful, it was a great day all around to be a Lasell field hockey player,” said four-year Laser Marc-Aurele. “The younger girls get us gifts and we’re honored by our coach and by our game staff. They got us flowers which was fantastic. I got to see my family and they got to announce our stats. I felt very appreciated as a Lasell athlete.”
Later, on Taylor Field, the men’s soccer team got their turn. They celebrated seven seniors and one junior; Zack Laware, Jake Ouellette, Nathan Smith, Dylan Thambirasa, Edson DaSilva, Kevin Pitt, Alexander Tavitian, and Youssef Danguir.
In another matchup against Johnson & Wales, the Wildcats got on the board in the first half with a penalty kick score by senior JP Rioux. Rioux scored again in the second half as the men’s soccer team fell 2-0.
“Having senior day was a special moment for me. It’s been a crazy ride to this point and I would have never expected it to be at Lasell,” said Laware, a former transfer from Newbury College. “But I wouldn’t trade it for the memories I made the last three years. It also meant a lot for my godparents to see me play for the first time.”
The last senior night was for the women’s volleyball team. They celebrated four senior careers: Meg Roberts, Jess Langan, Corina Lombardi, and Juliana Denning.
The women’s team wasn’t able to cap off the night with a win as they lost to Rhode Island College.
“The class coming in with me, we had about seven girls and it kind of whittled down to four so it meant a lot to me that those four girls stuck in the program with us for those years,” said longtime setter Langan. “As you probably know, we lost our teammate Alysha [Rentas], so it meant a lot to be out there together for her. We’ve just all been through a lot together so it was really nice.”