They say there’s no “I” in team. One person won’t help a team be successful; it takes the chemistry of a team to pull it all together and to win. The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team knows just that.
With March Madness officially ending, it’s time to focus on spring sports, but that doesn’t mean the madness won’t continue.
The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team has been off to a crazy hot start, starting their season with a 11-2 (5-0 NEWMAC) record. The last time they started this hot was in 2001, when they finished 18-1.
Last season, the Pride suffered from many injuries on the field. With a strong returning nucleus and great incoming freshmen class, there was a positive outlook for this season.
“I knew we had a lot of potential coming into this season, we just had to take things day by day,” Kristen Mullady said, “and the potential certainly lived up to the hype.” “Our goal is to win back the NEWMAC title, and to reach NCAA’s. We’ve had a strong schedule and we’ve done well, I don’t plan for that to stop.”
Seniors Michelle Dorsey (41 goals) and Kerstin Lindrooth (32 goals) lead the team in scoring, as they sit atop the NEWMAC standings.
Following the unstoppable duo of Dorsey and Lindrooth are juniors Bianca Raniolo and Heather Raniolo, who hail from the same town, yet have no relation. Bianca is credited for 25 goals while Heather has sent home 22.
“We have several, several players who can put the ball in the back of the net,” Mullady said. “In the past few years it was only a few players we’d look for, this year everybody can do it.”
The Pride’s shooting percentage is 54.6 percent overall, six percent higher than Mount Holyoke’s 48.4 percent.
With good offense comes great defense, another area in which the Pride excel. Springfield is leading the conference with 5.20 goals allowed per game, while they average 13.60 goals for per game.
In the Pride’s seven most recent games, they’ve outscored their opponents 93-38, winning all of them and keeping their season rolling with ease. Despite the winning streak, the tone was set from the beginning of the season.
Earning two dominant wins over Eastern Connecticut State (16-1) and Western New England (19-9) got the ball rolling. Dorsey, impressive as always, scored four goals against Eastern Connecticut St. and she currently leads the NEWMAC conference in total goals scored.
In her career at Springfield, Dorsey has 165 career goals with a shooting percentage of 48.6 percent. As a freshman, she started in 19 games, totaling 38 points on 28 goals and 10 assists.
“It’s not just me, we work well together on offense to make many options off of every plays.” Dorsey said.
Dorsey’s stats are lovely to look at, but the team stats make all the difference. Without teamwork, the Pride would most likely not be where they are currently.
“The chemistry is the reason for our success. We’re all one big family, you can see it on the field,” Dorsey mentioned. “We pick each other up just as you do for any family member.”
The Pride are currently ranked 19th in the country, while their only losses on the season have come to top ranked Trinity and 14th ranked Amherst.
“We’re never going to settle,” Dorsey said. “Every day we work at getting better and it’s paying off.”