By Kaie Quigley – Co-Editor-in-Chief
The fall sports season came to a close in November for all teams. Five of the six fall teams competed in the playoffs this season, with men’s soccer being the only team to miss out on the postseason. The wrap of the season and completion of the playoffs brought the announcement of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) end-of-season awards and honors. In total, nine Lasers were honored by the GNAC in their respective sports.
Women’s Cross Country:
The final event of the year for the women’s cross country team was the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III East Regional Championship. The event was held at Franklin Park in Boston, and five runners competed for the Lasers. First-year Aly Richard was the top finisher for the Lasers at 156 out of 220, turning in a time of 28 minutes and 21 seconds. Senior Emma Vierling was next best, finishing in 198th with a time of 32 minutes, 11 seconds. First-year Molly Cochrane finished in 206th with a time of 34 minutes and 52 seconds. Seniors Averie Greeley and Sophie Fistori finished next to each other at 211 and 212. Greeley finished with a time of 38 minutes and one second, and Fistori finished just behind her at 38 minutes and 19 seconds. The Lasers finished in 29th place as a team.
Men’s Cross Country:
Also competing at Franklin Park was the men’s cross country team who had two runners competing in the NCAA Division III East Regional Championship. Senior Joan Guzman was the best finisher for the Lasers, crossing the line in 33 minutes and 24 seconds to finish in 210th place out of 236 competitors. Junior Zack Kirsch finished just a few spots behind in 215th place, and posted a time of 34 minutes and 21 seconds. Since the Lasers only had two runners in the race, they were not able to post a team score for the event.
The seventh-seeded women’s volleyball team saw their season come to an end after losing to second-seeded Simmons in the quarterfinal of the GNAC playoffs. The underdog Lasers fell just short of an upset, losing 3-2 in a close-fought match. With a final record of 16-13, this young team posted the first winning record for women’s volleyball since 2013. Two first-year standouts took home awards after the season. Sabine Milton, who led the team in points (321) and kills (252), was named to the All-GNAC second-team, and All-Rookie team. Mckenna McCool was also named as part of the All-Rookie team, finishing second in points (315) and kills (233) for the Lasers.
The women’s soccer team made it to the GNAC Championship game this year after defeating St. Joseph’s College of Maine in the semifinal game. However, they were bested by Johnson & Wales 3-0 in the final. Five players were honored by the GNAC after the season concluded. Graduate Korynne Provenzano (‘21), Junior Bobbi O’Guin, and first-year Alyssa DeOliveira all earned first-team All-GNAC honors, while seniors Erin Petrocelli and Serena Speight were each named to the second team. First-year Priscilla Martinelli was named to the All-Rookie team, and DeOliveira was also selected as GNAC Rookie of the Year.
The sixth-seeded field hockey team fell to third-seeded St. Joseph’s College of Maine 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the GNAC tournament to finish their season. This is the fourth year in a row the Lasers have been knocked out of the playoffs by the Monks. The Lasers ended with a record of 7-11, and had two players selected to All-GNAC teams. Senior Claire Shepherd was named third-team All-GNAC, while junior Sheridan Blaha was named to the All-GNAC second team. Kait Duarte was also honored by being selected to the All-GNAC Sportsmanship team.