Women's lacrosse: New faces, same goal

by Matt Couture / Beacon Staff • April 12, 2017

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Kristina Modica has stopped over 46 percent of shots this season.
Kristina Modica has stopped over 46 percent of shots this season.

Entering play on Thursday, the women’s lacrosse team is 3-2 in conference play, placing them fourth in the NEWMAC. Last year, Emerson secured the sixth and final seed, but lost to eventual conference champion Springfield in the first round.

Scoring has been a strong point for the Lions this season—Emerson is third in the conference with 137 goals. Senior Meredith Weber leads the NEWMAC with 46.

The team did suffer a blow in losing Emily Quinn, one of its top attacks, for the remainder of the season. Quinn suffered a torn ACL in a March 21 game against Keene State. She scored 15 goals in six games before going down with the injury.

Quinn’s absence has forced Emerson to rely on a younger attack beyond Weber, led by Jenna Tomsky. Tomsky is third on the team with 21 goals, and fellow freshman Sophia Gripari has a team-best 14 assists.

Head coach Kat Egizi said the newcomers are holding their own.

“There are some times we look, and our four attackers are all new to the team this year, be it freshmen or transfers,” Egizi said. “If you told me that in the fall, that might scare me a little bit, but it really hasn’t been an issue and they’ve all really impressed me and been able to step into those roles.”

The impact of using first-year players on offense has been softened, Egizi said, because of the trust she has in junior goalkeeper Kristina Modica on the other end of the field. Modica and Victoria Kanaris made up one of the better net-minding tandems in the NEWMAC last season, stopping over 46 percent of shots, third best in the conference.

After Kanaris graduated last spring, the job was placed in Modica’s hands full time. Her 113 saves rank third in the conference, and she’s stopped just over 46 percent of shots, starting in each of the Lions’ 12 games. Modica was named the NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Week on March 13.

Egizi said Modica’s college career progressed ideally—she was able to work on skills and learning the college game as a freshman, share the load with a veteran mentor in her second year, and then take over the reins as a junior.

“She’s had, as far as goalies go, exactly the type of career that you want,” Egizi said. “It’s been huge to feel so confident in our goalkeeping and to not have to worry about that.”