Women’s lacrosse clinches first seed in MASCAC

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Framingham played their fourth-straight MASCAC conference matchup against Salem State April 20.

The game opened with a goal from Alissa Marino off an assist from Grace Gamache. 

This began a 13-0 run by the Rams that bled into the second half of the game. 

During the run, Marino scored four goals, all assisted by Gamache. 

The two have a history of connecting for goals, and this game was just another example of it. 

Marino said, “Grace and I can read off each other very well and all we really need is to give each other a look and we connect.” 

She added, “I would say that we are both always ready for anything to happen when we are on the field. Coach has installed a mentality into us to always look for a better option while we have the ball.”

Gamache said, “I think Alissa does an amazing job of finding the open spaces and knowing when to cut and how to get open, so all the credit goes to her.”

She added, “I’ve just been lucky enough to find her at the right times. It’s really fun to play with her, and I think we work great together.” 

From then on, Framingham scored four more goals while only allowing two. They eventually won 17-2. 

Sixteen of the Rams’ 17 goals were assisted in the game. 

Head Coach James Rippey said, “This was probably the best display of ball movement and passing in Framingham State lax history, starting with our defenders clearing the ball successfully and moving it ahead through the midfield.”

Gamache said, “It was awesome – it really shows how well we work together as a team. Nobody was selfish today.” 

She added, “We really worked to look for the open girl and get the best shot off.”

Beyond assisting on all of Marino’s goals, Gamache recorded three goals of her own in the win. 

“I would have to give the credit to my teammates,” Gamache said. “My three goals were all off great assists and that was from just overall great team play.” 

The Rams were led by Gamache and Marino, as they combined for seven goals and six assists. 

Gamache received the MASCAC Player of the Week award a day later because she recorded six goals and seven assists in the week. 

Tara Palermo was awarded the MASCAC Rookie of the Week award because she scored three goals in the week, one being an overtime winner. 

In their next matchup against Mass. Maritime April 24, the Rams opened the scoring. This is the seventh time in their last eight games they’ve done so. 

This led to Framingham going on an 8-2 run for the rest of the first half.

Gamache said, “A huge point of emphasis is to come out hot, and I think it’s definitely super important to get on the board first.” 

She added, “It gives us a lot of momentum moving forward into the game.”

The Rams scored six more goals and allowed three, securing the 14-5 victory. 

Marino led the Rams again, as she scored four goals for the second-straight game. 

She attributed her scoring success to “reading the defense and waiting for one of them to lose focus on defending me and then placing my shots.” 

Eight different Rams scored in the game, and eight contributed assists. 

Framingham is now 13-3 on the season and 6-0 in the MASCAC with only one game left in the regular season.