Women’s Lacrosse impresses on Senior Day

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The Rams took on Worcester State at home for their Senior Day Game April 27.

The matchup was even for most of the first half, as it was tied 3-3 halfway through. 

But then, Framingham went on a 6-1 run to end the half.

Head Coach James Rippey said, “Coming into the game, we really wanted to push tempo. They are a good team but don’t have any depth, so we knew if we could keep the pace high and use our bench, we would wear them out.” 

He added, “I told my team heading into the game, it might be 3-3 early on, but just keep working hard and we will be just fine. They went up early, but about 20 minutes into the game, you could tell they were gassed and that’s when the flood gates opened, and we rolled from there.”

The Rams outscored Worcester State 8-1 in the second half, securing the 17-5 victory. 

The game was dominated by the duo of Grace Gamache and Alissa Marino, as they combined for eleven goals and three assists. 

“We scored five goals on penalty shots, and 11 of our 12 goals were assisted,” Rippey said. “Alissa and Grace certainly ended up finishing a lot of those opportunities, but it was a collective of teammates getting them the ball. Senior Shae Riley had a great game in particular on Senior Day.” 

One of the main keys to the Rams’ victory came on the defensive side of the field.

They were able to force 27 turnovers and Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath stopped four shots to secure her 14th win of the season. 

“The goal of the defense is to get the ball back to the offense – sometimes, that happens by creating turnovers themselves, but often, that means forcing bad shots and giving Indigo the best chances to make saves,” Rippey said.

Tree-McGrath did what she has done all year long and was aggressive in net, causing the other team to rush their shots and often lose the ball. 

“Indigo wins a lot of possessions back by coming out of the cage and making plays in passing lanes and fighting for ground balls,” Rippey said. “We are going to miss her next year.”

The Rams finish the season 14-3 on the year and 7-0 in the MASCAC to secure the first seed in the conference tournament. 

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