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Noontime’s Senior Salute: Nicole Pacheco (Framingham State)

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Nichole Pacheco recorded 144 points with the Framingham State women’s lacrosse program in 60 contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: Framingham State University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Before her final season with the Framingham State University women’s lacrosse program concluded earlier this year, Nicole Pacheco celebrated a special milestone by netting her 100th goal during her team’s 23-13 victory against Johnson & Wales University.

The goal itself was a fitting ending for Pacheco, who has helped the Rams enjoy a great deal of success these past few years while vying for the team’s initial conference tournament championship.

With Pacheco at midfield, the Rams became a team to watch in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) – Framingham State won last season’s regular-season crown while making back-to-back appearances in the league’s tournament title game in 2018 and 2019.

Pacheco played 60 games for the Rams, recording 144 points on 101 goals and 43 assists while winning 121 draw controls. After registering 44 points in her first season, Pacheco enjoyed an impressive sophomore year, tallying career-highs in goals (38), assists (19), points (57), and draws (51). She also finished her career with 102 caused turnovers and 207 shots, including 156 shots on net.

We recently caught up with Nicole Pacheco to discuss her time with the Rams, as well as her future plans beyond graduation this spring.


Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they?

I would say there were two games I’ll always remember. The first is when we beat Bridgewater State for the first time in program history in 2018. The game itself was intense.

The second game I’ll remember is when we beat Westfield State last spring in overtime. The game felt like a scene out of a movie. We fought so hard and it was our first win against the Owls in program history.

Both wins showed how far this program has come and what it is capable of doing in the future.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for the Framingham State women’s lacrosse program these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

Friendships. It’s more than just lacrosse games and practices.

This team has always challenged one another to be better and get better, and I loved that our team fought and never gave up, especially when the odds were against us. I will miss walking down to the field together while stepping onto the turf for practices. 

I will also miss our team’s goal celebrations. Nothing was more electric than running, jumping, hitting sticks, and handshakes after my teammates or I scored a goal. The whole team would go nuts.

Do you hope to stay involved with your sport in the future? Any interest in being a coach? 

Yes, I would like to think that lacrosse will always be a part of my life, and I could potentially see myself in a coaching role in the future.

Tell me about your major. How did you choose it and what do you plan to do with it after graduation? 

I am a criminology major and plan to further my education by pursuing a master’s degree in one of the following subject matters: advanced counterterrorism or cybersecurity. After I conclude my time in the classroom, I plan to pursue a career in the criminal justice field.

Mass. College Lax: MMA’s Solari Named MASCAC Women’s Lacrosse Rookie Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Ashley Solari received some exciting news last night as she was named the MASCAC Rookie of the Week. Below is the release, courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy sports information department:

Massachusetts Maritime freshman midfielder Ashley Solari was named as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week late Sunday evening for her efforts in three matches for the Buccaneers last week.

A native of Sandwich, Mass. and a graduate of Sandwich High School, Solari netted nine goals and six assists for 15 points in a 2-1 week for Head Coach Leslie Bullis’s squad, including four goals and two assists each in a 26-10 victory over Mitchell yesterday afternoon and a 16-4 triumph over Bay Path last Thursday evening.  Solari also notched a goal and two assists in a 13-6 setback to Becker last Tuesday afternoon, and she added 11 ground balls and four draw controls to her scoring efforts on the week.

Solari leads Massachusetts Maritime in scoring with 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points through six contests this spring, and the Buccaneers return to action on Thursday evening by heading to Chicopee, Mass. to take on Elms in a non-league match that begins at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Mass. College Lax: Stack Leads Westfield State Past Worcester State, 19-10

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Worcester State sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse game:

Worcester, MA — Westfield State senior Maura Stack (Wilbraham, MA) registered a season-best six goals to go with one assist she helped lead the Owls to a 19-10 triumph over Worcester State in MASCAC Women’s Lacrosse action this afternoon at Coughlin Field.

Westfield State (8-2, 3-0 MASCAC) was also led by sophomore Stephanie Lenhardt (Duxbury, MA) finished with a hat-trick and two helpers while classmate Amanda Bouchard (Lexington, MA) and freshman Megan Griffin (Granby, CT) both chipped in with three goals apiece.

Giffin tied for game-high honors with five draws and sophomore Bridget Everett (Lexington, MA) added four to help the Owls lead in the category, 16-14.

Defensively, freshman net minder Mimi Khampaeng (Hampden, MA) was the standout as she stopped 12 of the 22 shots she saw on net to go with five forced miscues and four ground balls.

For the Blue and Gold (7-3, 0-2 MASCAC), junior Vicki O’Brien (Canton, MA) finished with four goals and one assist while she picked up five ground balls and forced a pair of miscues. Senior Daryl Powell (Beverly, MA) notched a hat-trick to go with five draws.

Freshman Jackie Connors (Ashland, MA) recorded four ground balls and a trio of caused.

Westfield State opened the game with a commanding 5-0 run over the game’s first five minutes. Griffin and Stack both had two goals each in the run.

But Worcester State answered with a 3-1 spurt to trail 6-3 with 17:18 remaining in the opening stanza. Powell, Connors and O’Brien all tallied for the hosts.

The Owls, however, closed the period by erupting with a 9-2 surge to lead 15-5 at the intermission. In the skein for Westfield State, Lenhardt turned her trick while Stack and Bouchard both hit home two goals each.

O’Brien netted a pair of markers for the Lancers early on, but the Owls scored the next three to maintain running time for the 18-8 edge with 22:34 remaining in regulation.

The Lancers ended the contest with a 3-1 run for the final score as Kilday, O’Brien and Powell all sent in goals.

The Owls led in shots (30-24) as they were 4-for-6 on free position shots. Worcester State was an effective 10-for-10 on clears and actually held the 27-16 margin in ground balls. WSU also outscored the visitors, 5-4 in the final stanza.

Senior goalie Alex Chisholm (N. Brookfield, MA) stopped three shots in the loss.

Both schools continue MASCAC play on Tuesday. The Blue and Gold head to Framingham State for a 4:30 match-up while Westfield State hosts Bridgewater State at 7 PM.

Mass. College Lax: Boyle Named MASCAC Women’s Player Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about Shavonne Boyle, who was named this week’ Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week:

Massachusetts Maritime freshman attack Shavonne Boyle was named as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week on Monday morning for her efforts in a pair of Buccaneer victories at Clean Harbors Stadium last week.

A native of Doylestown, Pa. and a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School, Boyle netted eight goals and five assists for 13 points on the week, including five markers and a pair of helpers in last Saturday’s 14-12 MASCAC opening victory over Framingham State.  She added a hat trick and three assists in a 9-8 triumph over Wheelock last Tuesday evening and chipped in with nine ground balls, five draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers on the week.

Boyle leads first-year Head Coach Leslie Bullis’s squad in scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points, as she also leads the Buccaneers with four caused turnovers and ranks second with 17 ground balls.  Massachusetts Maritime, in just its second season of varsity intercollegiate competition, returns to action on Thursday, April 4th by heading to Leicester, Mass. to take on Becker in a non-league outing that begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Mass. College Lax: Nichols Earns First Win Against Mass. Maritime

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s lacrosse game, which saw Nichols College earn its first victory of the season:

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. —  Sophomores Alyssa Bufis (Linden, N.J.) and Erica Antonison (Albertson, N.Y.) each netted four goals and an assist for five points to lead Nichols to a 13-8 non-league college women’s lacrosse victory over Massachusetts Maritime Wednesday evening at Clean Harbors Stadium.

The visiting Bison (1-3) received a hat trick from Bufis in the first 9:52 of action to take an early 4-1 lead, but the host Buccaneers (0-3) notched four unanswered tallies over the next 15-plus minutes to take a 5-4 edge on senior Kim Courcy’s (Warwick, R.I.) marker with 4:51 remaining in the half.  Antonison gave Nichols a 6-5 advantage at the break with a pair of goals that came 37 seconds apart late in the opening half, and she added two more tallies to cap a four-goal run that gave the visitors a 9-5 cushion with 21:45 to play in the contest.  Courcy and freshman Molly Smith (Westwood, Mass.) netted markers in a 4:53 span that cut Massachusetts Maritime’s deficit back to 9-7, but the Bison used another four-goal run, including a pair of tallies off the stick of sophomore Grace Murphy (Montclair, Va.) in an eight minute stretch, to seal their triumph.

Murphy finished with a hat trick and an assist for four points in the win for Nichols, which also received a pair of tallies from sophomore Sam MacMillan (Bridgewater, Mass.) as well as single assists off the sticks of seniors Shayna Ramalho (Monroe, Conn.) and Erica Silvia (Middletown, R.I.).  Courcy finished with a hat trick in the setback for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received a pair of goals from Smith to go with a marker and two assists from freshman Shavonne Boyle (Doylestown, Pa.). Senior Shelagh Hogan (North Andover, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and an assist as well for the Buccaneers, who also received a tally from freshman Janine Prokscha (Washington, Conn.) and a helper from sophomore Jillian Petrarca (Manutuck, R.I.).

Freshman AnneMarie Fana (Lawrence, Mass.) picked up her first collegiate victory with three saves in goal for Nichols, while sophomore Deb Langley (Abington, Mass.) made 14 stops in the setback for Massachusetts Maritime as the Bison outshot the Buccaneers by a 39-16 margin for the contest.

Massachusetts Maritime hosts Regis in a non-league outing on Saturday afternoon at Clean Harbors Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m., while Nichols heads to Dallas, Pa. on Friday afternoon to take on Misericordia in a non-league match beginning at 4:00 p.m.