Allie Forman has been busy in goal for the Bridgewater State lacrosse team.
The former Marblehead High goalie leads the MASCAC in saves with 100, and earlier this season broke the school record for most career saves.
The senior faced 24 shots and made 13 saves in a 13-3 loss to Plymouth State to set the career standard for the Bears. Her 522 mark eclipsed the 512 set by Jo-Ellen Maurgo 17 years ago.
Before Senior Day against Framingham State, Forman’s achievement was recognized along with all of the seniors on the team. BSU went on to win that game, 10-6, for Forman’s 35th career victory.
“It’s very exciting, and I didn’t realize I was even close to doing it until I saw a write up saying I was only 12 away,” said Forman, who is a communications major. “All our seniors were honored, and my record was announced to the fans. After the win I got the game ball and put it right next to the one from my first collegiate win. Those are two things I’ll always cherish along with my MASCAC Rookie of the Week honor in my freshman year. My teammates were all very supportive and offered congratulations.”
But breaking records is not what Forman has in mind for her last year. Instead, she is focused on helping her team win the MASCAC playoffs and an automatic bid to the NCAA’s once again.
The Bears are in good shape with a perfect 4-0 conference record with three games remaining. The regular season crown could come down to the final game against Westfield on April 29. Currently both teams have 4-0 conference records.
This past week the Bears beat Worcester State, 19-12 and Mass Maritime, 14-5. The team is 8-6 overall and plays at Salem State this coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. Forman is concentrating on leading her team in the playoffs where a win will take them back to the NCAA’s.
“We lost to Springfield in the first round of the NCAA’s a year ago; so we want to go deeper into the tournament this time,” said Forman, who has started 11 games and has a 47.4 save percentage. “I’m hoping we can win the league again; it will be the 10th straight time if we do. I want that title and a longer NCAA run than any other Bridgewater State team ever had before I graduate.
“I’ve been so lucky to be on a strong team with great talent and to play with a wonderful group of girls. We’ve won three conference championships since I’ve been here. It’s going to be exciting coming home to play Salem State. I think my Mom has extended invitations to everybody. I’m hoping my high school coach Annie (Madden) will be there because I owe a lot to her. She helped me to improve my game so much.”
Forman’s youth coach Amy Gilliland is the one who decided she should be in goal, and her brother Blake Forman helped her gain strength. He is the strength and conditioning coach for the Marblehead football team and a physical trainer at the Jewish Community Center.
“Blake always gives me good advice, and I get in shape during the summer with his help,” Forman said. “I’ve been playing lacrosse for 13 years and was fortunate to go to Marblehead High where there’s a great program. I’m glad I chose Bridgewater State because my four years here have been a lot of fun and very rewarding.”
When her collegiate career finally does come to a close, Forman hopes to stay involved with the game as much as she can.
“I can’t believe my lacrosse days are almost over, but I would love to play in a summer league with some of my former teammates job to keep in shape. I hope that day doesn’t come for a while and we keep winning in the playoffs.”
Madden said she is happy Forman is doing so well, and plans to try to see part of the game at Salem State after Marblehead’s game against Masco.
“Allie has always been a very hard worker,” said Madden. “She did a great job for us, and it’s nice to see she’s doing the same at Bridgewater.”
Missing pro football? NFL player agent Sean Stellato is hosting his annual Draft Day Party at the Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton on April 27 to benefit the Junior Golf Fund which is connected with the Salem Boys and Girls Club. He’ll be assisted by New England Patriot Super Bowl champions Rob Ninkovich, Ryan Allen, and Brandon King along with a couple of former Pats. General admission which includes food, soft drinks, and games is $25 and VIP tickets are $75.
Angelo Pizzo, screenwriter of the movies Hoosiers and Rudy will be in attendance. He is working on a movie about Stellato’s book No Backing Down, and a movie teaser will be shown.
Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at email@example.com.