Sprinting their way to the top: Women’s Lacrosse’s journey to first place

After securing the top-seed in the MASCAC and riding a nine-game winning streak, the Rams Women’s Lacrosse team is firing on all cylinders as they head into the playoffs. 

Framingham finished 15-2 last season and 14-3 this season- two records that show their sheer dominance. 

The team has also averaged a MASCAC-leading 14.06 goals per game and has only allowed 10 or more goals five times this year. They have also allowed five or fewer goals nine times. 

Senior netminder Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath has been a huge reason for why the Rams have given up so few goals. 

She has started every game for Framingham, has an astounding record of 14-3, and has made 104 saves on the season – good for fifth in the MASCAC. 

She is having one of her best seasons in net, allowing a MASCAC-best 7.92 goals per game. 

Head Coach James Rippey said, “Indigo has done a terrific job for us since she stepped on campus four years ago. She’s certainly a huge piece of our defense both vocally, and in terms of her play.”

The defense in front of her has also played a major part in keeping the opposition from scoring.

They have forced 197 turnovers on the year, which is good for third in the MASCAC, and have consistently plugged the middle of the field to keep their opponents from having easy shots. 

Junior attacker Grace Gamache said, “The defense has really clicked, and they have been the backbone of this team. Everyone is giving 100% when they’re on the field to help where they can.”

Beyond the defense, the Rams’ offense has been a thing of beauty. 

With a MASCAC-high 239 goals scored and 125 goals allowed on the year, they have certainly succeeded in the main objective of scoring more than the other team. 

“Everyone is just doing their job,” Gamache said. “Everyone has had an impactful role on this team, and we have really come together to have a successful season.” 

Five Rams have scored 20 or more goals on the year.

Alissa Marino has scored 53, the second highest in the MASCAC, just one goal behind the top scorer. Gamache has scored 39, which stands for eighth. Hanna McMahon has scored 30, Morgan Begley has 23, and Nicole Pacheco has 22. 

Fourteen other players have also scored a goal on the season, accounting for nearly the entire team. 

Rippey said, “The depth of our team is certainly one of the most important elements to our success both this year and in the future, too.” 

While the goals are certainly impressive, what is more impressive is the total number of assists the Rams have recorded all season.

The team has a MASCAC-leading 145 assists on the year, while the opposition has a total of 59 in the matchups against them. 

Gamache is tied for first in the MASCAC in assists, as she has recorded 42. 

In most of Framingham’s games this season, an assist was made on nearly all their goals. 

Gamache said, “I think it just goes to show how well we play as a team and how team-oriented we are. Nobody is selfish.”

With all the goals and assists, the Rams have scored a total of 384 points on the season, a whole two-hundred more than they have allowed to opponents. 

The 384 points are the highest number scored in the MASCAC.

Both Gamache and Marino fall in the top four in points scored on the year.

Gamache stands in second with 81, and Marino stands in fourth with 65. 

With a team stacked with tremendous players and leaders – not to mention a highly talented coach – the Rams are looking like the favorites to pull off a title run. 

Rippey said, “These next two games aren’t going to be easy, but we’ve been working hard all season to put ourselves in this position.” 

He added, “Our goal has been to win the title, and now it’s about seizing the opportunities and executing together.” 

With a game coming against Worcester State in the semi-finals, Framingham needs one win to make it to the championship. 

Gamache said, “The energy is crazy. We are all really pumped up and excited to compete for the championship.”