Wuorio on attack at Lasell
Britney Wuorio has been an offensive dynamo for the women’s lacrosse program at Lasell College since her arrival on the Newton campus.
A Great Northeast Athletic Conference first-team selection in 2011, she was the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year last spring when Lasell set a program record with 15 wins.
The junior from Bolton was leading the conference this season through nine games with 69 points, punctuated by 47 goals.
“I came here when Brit was a freshman and I noticed right away that she was fast, skilled and a lefty shooter, which added a dynamic dimension to our crease attack,’’ said head coach Cait Connolly.
Riding a six-game winning streak after Wednesday’s 20-9 win over visiting Emerson, Lasell (8-2 overall, 5-0 GNAC) is coming off back-to-back ECAC tournament appearances the last two seasons.
“There’s a lot more games ahead to see if this is going to be her finest all-around season, but Brit has grown more comfortable in controlling our attack, she’s defending better, and she’s done a great job regaining possession of the ball and as a feeder,’’ said Connolly.
Wuorio, ranked eighth nationally in points for Division 3 as of last weekend, has been named GNAC Player of the Week twice this season.
Her latest honor was announced Monday, following a week in which she scored 12 goals and added 8 assists in two games, including 5 goals and 4 assists against defending conference champion Norwich during Lasell’s 17-5 victory on March 27.
Wuorio, a soccer player and lacrosse captain at Nashoba Regional High, also suited up for the Indoor Action Sports lacrosse club team.
“Playing for IAS gave me exposure to college recruiters,” she said. “I liked the idea of a small liberal arts school close to Boston, and with a new coach it was a clean slate for every player, including myself.’’
Norwich knocked off Lasell in the GNAC title game the past two seasons, the Lasers’ only conference losses.
“Both years we had a really good team so it was disappointing,’’ said Wuorio, “but we only lost one senior, we have depth up front and several promising freshmen.’’
A natural lefty, Wuorio said she is working to improve her right-handed shot to add to her versatility and shake her loose offensively.
“I think I’ve scored two or three times righty, nothing spectacular, but it does give me more confidence. I may not have the hardest shot, but I have quick feet and I’m able to get into the best position to shoot, but most of all I play to win,’’ she said.
With 171 career goals and 78 career assists for the Lasers, Wuorio’s obvious importance to Lasell’s attack results in face guarding and being double- and, sometimes, triple-teamed by defenders.
“She handles the pressure pretty well, and we also ask our other attackers to provide off the ball movement to help her out,’’ said Connolly.
Lasell’s roster includes two local freshmen, Bridget Doherty (Franklin High), who had 8 goals and 3 goals from her attack position; and Bridget Munnelly (Bellingham High), who has adapted well to the midfield.
Doherty “improves every day and has been even better than I thought she would be,’’ said Connolly, a former two-sport athlete at Regis College in Weston. “Certainly as a freshman she has things to work on, but she’s very quick, has fantastic stick skills, and a high lacrosse IQ, and does everything we ask of her.’’
Both Bridgets were recruited by Lasell assistant coach Adam Green.
“Bridget Doherty was primarily a playmaker in high school and we’re trying to develop her into a more balanced player,’’ said Green, a 1980 Watertown High graduate who played lacrosse at Brigham Young University.
“Bridget Munnelly has been a great surprise for us. She was pretty much an offensive player in high school, but we needed help at defensive wing and she’s done a fantastic job at the position.’’