Lacrosse Standout Ashley Slattery Takes the Next Step
Ashley Slattery '13
Lasell's Ashley Slattery is well positioned for the future - combining athletic and leadership skills to set the stage for an athletic training and coaching career.An athlete from an early age, Slattery played three sports in high school and varsity lacrosse early - as a freshman. Even upon entering Lasell, Slattery managed both basketball and lacrosse through junior year, but lacrosse was always her passion.
"I love lacrosse and knew that I wanted to play in college even when I was still in high school," says the senior captain. "But my senior year [at Lasell] I knew we were doing big things."
During the Spring 2013 season the team had high hopes for its performance in the GNAC conference (x-x at print), meanwhile Slattery's awards have piled up.
The Weymouth High School graduate has collected a slew of honors, including women's lacrosse 2010 Rookie of the Year (GNAC), 2011 1st team All Conference, 2012 1st Team All Conference and a 2013 national ranking of 15th in the nation (midfielders) in NCAA Division 3 by the LaxPower national poll, but her coaches praise both her skill and attitude.
"I have coached hundreds of lacrosse players and Ashley stands in a very select group who have the ability to influence the direction of a program," says Adam Green, Associate Head Coach for Lasell Women's Lacrosse. "While her domination with goals and assists is impressive, it is the intangible characteristics of physical and mental toughness and the ability to make others around her better, that sets her apart."
A reluctant leader, Slattery was hesitant when her coaches named her captain of the ladies lacrosse team as a junior. But she learned to embrace the role.
"I preferred to lead by example and worry about how to improve my own game [but] being captain forced me to become more vocal and work on my communication skills. I had to make the team my priority and put them first, as well as take responsibility for my actions," she says.
The experience has also proved fruitful off the field as she focuses on the future.
Slattery currently interns at Beacon Hill Athletic Club, where she already has a job after graduation, and is simultaneously working toward a certified personal trainer's license. This summer she plans to obtain a strength and conditioning specialist's license, then she will set her sights on coaching lacrosse.
"Lacrosse is very important to me and I definitely want to keep it a part of my life after I graduate," she says.
With only a few months before graduation and limited time between lacrosse, school, an internship, and an off campus job, the book worm hopes for a few moments of downtime to finish the Inheritance trilogy and ponder the lessons she's learned at Lasell.
"Being a student athlete sharpened my leadership skills because I had to not only have great time management with classes, school work, and practice, but I also had to learn from my experiences and identify my strength and weaknesses," she adds.
No doubt she will put it all to good use.