Serriello, recently named NEWMAC offensive player of the week, has been a key factor in the Springfield College men’s lacrosse team’s recent success. In the Pride’s match against MIT, the junior midfielder was able to notch four goals on only five attempts, also tallying an assist in the game. Serriello also came up big in the maroon and white’s victory over Wheaton, beating the Lyon’s goalkeeper on three separate occasions to secure the 13-5 victory on Stagg Field. The junior was clutch in a 14-12 victory over Middlebury, posting six points, including five goals and one assist. Serriello leads his team in scoring with 21 goals, creating and converting on many offensive opportunities.
Q. What have been some main goals this year that you have been focusing on individually, as well as on the team scale?
A. Individually I’ve been focused on trying to be the best player I can be, and I want to walk off the field knowing I played my best. But as a team we have focused on one game at a time, and our coaches have really emphasized on not looking ahead, and I believe it’s been a big part of our success.
Q. What has been working offensively for your team this season?
A. Offensively we have bought into our system and whoever the six guys that are out there [are] trust each other. If one of us has the hot hand, then we work on feeding that guy. But without our defense making some big stops in tight games, we wouldn’t have had the opportunities that we’ve been given to succeed.
Q. What are some things you guys are trying to improve upon before playoffs?
A. As a whole we just have to play a complete 60-minute game and really take it to everyone on the remainder of our regular season schedule, and build on the little things every day leading up to NCAAs.
Gallo has stepped up big for the Pride this spring, leading her team in points with a whopping 31 goals accompanied by six assists. In the maroon and white’s contest against Babson, Gallo was able to net four goals and two assists, finishing the day with six points against a talented Babson squad. In Springfield’s most recent game against Smith College, the senior product out of Westfield, Mass. tallied seven points, including six goals and one assist to help her team to a 17-3 victory over the Pioneers. Gallo has stepped into the role of captain this season, leading her team to large-margin victories over New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference foes Emerson College and MIT.
Q. What offensive skills have you improved from last season?
A. Our team this year is extremely versatile. A lot of girls are trying new positions and are improving their skills so we can all be more of a threat on the field. We don’t depend on a select few to carry our team this year, and I think we’re working better as a unit than in past years.
Q. How have you adjusted to the role of a captain on your team this season?
A. I adjusted to the captain role with ease due to the other two captains, Emily Fowler and Anne Versprille, who were also captains for our team last season.
Q. You guys are about two-thirds through the regular season – are you happy with where you are at? What are some things you guys are trying to improve upon before playoffs?
A. We have improved on many aspects of our game throughout the season and we are working towards being the best team we can be before playoffs. Playing consistent in every game and practice is something we are working [on].