By Zack Laware – 1851 Contributor
All photos by Joe Giacco
The women’s lacrosse team suffered a 15-8 defeat against Colby-Sawyer College at Grellier Field on Wednesday in their first conference matchup of the season. Senior attack Sophia Gadsden and senior midfielder Sydney Brady led the way for the Lasers. Gadsden had three goals and one assist and Brady scored twice on the day.
Senior goalie Devin Zambruno looked phenomenal in the net, keeping the Lasers in the game the entire way in what was her first career start. Zambruno made 24 saves on 39 shots, and those 24 saves are now the school record for the most saves in a game, surpassing Kristin Coderre who set the record in 2009.
Britney Wuorio was at the helm for her first game as the head coach of Lasell. Wuorio is Lasell’s all time point leader with 420 points. She wore the Lasell uniform from 2011-2014.
Brady opened the scoring just two minutes into the first quarter on a free-position shot. After back-to-back goals by Colby-Sawyer’s first-year Heather Hanson and junior Sydney Stevens, Brady evened the score at 2-2 in the opening period.
Hanson led the way for the Chargers with four goals and four assists. Stevens had four goals and one assist, and senior Caroline Tompkins’ four goals helped the trio combine for 12 of the 15 goals. First-year goalie AJ Paton earned the win for the visitors, making 11 saves. The Chargers broke the game open with eight consecutive goals between the first and second period, which gave them a 10-2 lead.
The second half was even for the most part, as each team scored four goals. Lasell saw goals from Gadsden, sophomores Teresa Kessner and Kait Bedell and senior Sophie Fistori.
Fistori, a four-year player and leader on the team, is always looking at the positives of the game and how to help her teammates improve every day. She was proud of her team’s performance and happy to be back out on the field.
“I thought we really started to click in the second half and work together as a unit. We held them to one goal in the last quarter so I am proud we were able to make the turn around. It also feels great to play another year with my friends despite covid and we will definitely be making every day count!”
The Lasers will host Salem State on March 9, with a 4 p.m. start at Grellier Field, as they look for a bounce back win.