Alex Thomas & Joe Brown
The Springfield College Pride women’s lacrosse team is off to a terrific start to their season. The Pride sport a solid 4-1 record this season, and are attempting to make a run at the NCAA Tournament. The Pride have tons of solid players and goal scorers, but no one shined quite like Allie Davis did just a weekend ago.
Davis netted six points in the Pride’s weekend victory over Roger Williams. The Pride improved to 4-0 at the time, and will now be on their way to Florida for two games over the break.
Q. How rewarding is it to see yourself put in an effort like the one against Roger Williams?
A. A lot of effort was put into the game not only by myself, but [by] my teammates [as well]. Getting an assist was more rewarding than a goal because I helped out another teammate, and the connection from a pass to a goal is what you work on all season during practice.
Q. Do you expect to be one of the team’s top weapons as the year goes on?
A. This season individually I am expecting to have a better season than last year, where I was recovering from an ACL surgery. I have gained my speed and quick movements back, which will benefit me and my team.
Q. Is a trip to the NCAA tournament a goal you hope to achieve this year?
A. Without a question we will make it to the end and have the potential to win NEWMACs and go to NCAAs again. We have girls who have stepped up and filled the spots of the seniors from last year, so we are just as good, maybe even better than we were last year – so NEWMACs is in the future for us.
Nick Ferry, Men’s Volleyball
Junior libero Nick Ferry has been a stalwart on the Springfield College men’s volleyball team’s defense all season long. The 6-foot starter is averaging 2.30 digs per set, and has 152 digs on the season to pace the No. 2 ranked Pride. Ferry was at his diving and digging best once again yesterday, on March 13, when he led the team with 9 defensive digs in a four-set victory on the road at New York University. His play has helped to set up a quick transition game for the Pride’s offense, which is leading all of Division III volleyball with a hitting percentage of .391. The Pride are currently on a 13-game winning streak.
Although he is one of the smallest players on the court at 6-foot, the Valencia, Calif. Sport Management major has a huge game that can match up with the best the sport has to offer. Ferry and the Pride are off until March 26, when they host Rivier at 6 p.m. in Blake Arena as they look to extend their 13-game winning streak.
Q. How important is a good defense to set up the team’s offense?
A. I like to think that playing great defense means you’re making the opponent’s offense that much weaker.
Q. How long do you think the team can keep this winning streak going? Or is it not really all that important to you?
A. I’m not too concerned with any winning streaks. I’m more concerned with the team’s focus and progress toward our final goal.
Q. What is it like being surrounded by “giants” all the time on the court? Do you feel any intimidation?
A. I’ve been surrounded by “giants” my whole playing career. I guess I get used to it. And considering my dad is 6-foot-6-inches I haven’t been too intimidated. I just wish I were as tall! They are all gentle giants anyway.
Q. What are your plans for spring break?
A. I am going home for spring break to relax and spend some time with the family. Definitely going to the beach quite a bit as well.