By Kaie Quigley – Co-Editor-in-Chief
All photos by Joe Giacco
Saturday afternoon, the women’s lacrosse team took a 15-7 loss against the Simmons University Sharks at Grellier Field. Seniors Sophia Gadsden and Sydney Brady lead the offense for the Lasers, combining for five of the seven goals. Gadsden scored a hat trick and Brady had two scores. Senior goalie Devin Zambruno tallied 17 saves in the loss.
The game was associated to White Ribbon Week, which is organized by Lasell Stands Up each year. The White Ribbon Campaign aims to raise awareness for sexual and domestic wellness in the community. Additionally, the game fell on Accepted Students Day, which meant the bleachers were filled with intrigued onlookers.
Simmons dominated the matchup early, scoring six goals in each of the first two quarters. Grad student and Shark midfielder Abby Stoller had a hat trick by the end of the first quarter, and added two more goals in the second. Junior Sammi Hogan and sophomore Julia Chausse each contributed two goals and two assists in the first half, and Chausse finished off her hat trick in the third.
As the second half began, the Lasers found themselves down 12-2. However, it was as if a different game was being played for the final 30 minutes. At halftime, Head Coach Brittney Wuorio said they made adjustments that leveled the playing field.
“They do have a player on their team [Stoller] that is a grad student and played D1, so I used one of our players to take her out of the game,” said Wuorio. “I put Mia Sullivan Sanders, who actually is a basketball player… was her first day ever playing lacrosse, but I just had her face guard and she did a great job. We’re really proud of her.”
Wuorio’s tactics proved effective, as Stoller went scoreless in the second half. The Lasers shut down the Sharks for much of the final two quarters, and outscored the visitors 5-3 in the second half.
“We’ve been struggling a little bit with passing and catching, like the basics, and I feel like today we really showed that we’re able to do that,” said Wuorio, “which is really going to help us step up our game a little bit.”
The loss brings the Lasers record to 2-4 overall, and 2-2 in the Great Northeastern Athletic Conference. Their next game is Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Grellier Field against Saint Joseph’s (Maine).