With an overall record of 6-6, the Springfield College women’s lacrosse team may not be receiving as much attention as they deserve. Although the record may not exactly reflect it, there is some undeniable talent among these women.
Senior star goalie, Anne Verpsrille, continues to shock opponents with her precision. She currently ranks 17th in the country in goals against average (6.96) and 31st in save percentage (.521) – impressive to say the least.
Versprille is part of a powerful captain trio along with fellow seniors Kelly Gallo and Emily Fowler. These three accomplished women do not take their leadership obligations lightly.
“You always have to be leading by example on and off the field, and you have to be able to put the team before yourself,” explained Versprille. “I really believe that any one on this team would do anything for one of their teammates, which isn’t true of every team.”
During a standout performance against the Beavers, the victorious Pride proved the saying, “Practice makes perfect” correct.
At the 16:13 mark of the first half against the Beavers, Gallo netted back-to-back goals to put the Pride up 4-2. Following Gallo’s double netters, a four-goal outburst erupted on Stagg Field. With an 8-2 lead, Fowler seemed extremely pleased with herself after contributing to such an important string of points.
With solid defense from her team, Versprille was only faced with five shots, all of which she gracefully saved. Six different Pride players finished the game with three points or more. When the leaders of a team make team unity a priority, the cohesiveness binds the team together that much more.
In their next contest against Smith College, Gallo led the way for the Pride with seven points, including six goals and one assist. Gallo opened the game with a pair of goals in the first two minutes of the contest in which the Pride won, 17-3.
“The three of us are in constant communication with each other, the coaches and the rest of the team to ensure that we are all on the same page. We make sure that every member of the team knows their individual role, each of which contribute to create one strong, functioning unit as a team,” explained Fowler. “With that said, we continue to motivate the team as a whole, ensuring that we never lose sight of our team goals for the season. Our team is as much of a family off the field as we are on the field.”
With a positive attitude, an acquired set of skills and dedication to each other, the women’s lacrosse team exhibits admirable team chemistry that allows them to excel on and off the field. The team captains have been described as “approachable,” seeing as constructive criticism is a valued technique of theirs.
“The underclassmen respect their [captains’] hard work and dedication. The underclassmen trust the captains and feel like they can go to them when they need advice,” said coach Kristen Mullady. “They see the improvement that the captains make on a daily basis and strive to get better every day. The captains put in extra time to get where they need to be. The underclassmen see this and also put in the extra time to improve themselves.”