Girls Lacrosse: 100th point just the beginning for Granby’s Ella Laliberte

  • Granby's Ella Laliberte notched her 100th career point in the second quarter against Chicopee Comp on Thursday. GAZETTE STAFF / FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 6/4/2021 9:41:17 PM

Her 100th career point is likely just the start for Granby girls lacrosse sophomore Ella Laliberte.

She reached the milestone in a 10-5 home win over Chicopee Comp on Thursday.

After entering the game with 94 career points, Laliberte factored into the Rams’ first five scores with an assist and four goals.

“We talked about that as a team. We try to get everybody their goals and achievements,” Granby coach Allie Roy said. “Everyone was on their game to catch her passes.”

As the second quarter opened, Roy turned the offense over to Laliberte so she could hit the mark with a goal.

“Everyone wants to get their 100th point on a goal,” Roy said. “We knew that we wanted to get her next one on a goal so we told her go out there and do her thing.”

The ball hit the net, and Laliberte celebrated with her teammates. No one prepared flowers or balloons since they weren’t positive she would reach it. Six points is still a lot for one game even if you average that many.

“There was a few people that had made signs and stuff. She was a little nervous,” Roy said. “We knew Comp was a good team so it would be a tough one.”

Laliberte finished with eight points on five goals and three assists. She has 51 goals and 14 assists this season. She’s the second Granby player to reach the mark this year after junior Gabby Walz hit it against Westfield on May 25.

“It’s crazy that she missed a season and still got it,” Roy said. “If she had her freshman year last year, she definitely would have gotten it.”

Laliberte played as an eighth-grader in 2019 and amassed 50 points before she was even in high school. Roy named her the team’s rookie of the year.

“I was like wow this girl is something different,” Roy said. 

Even though Granby didn’t have a lacrosse season last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Laliberte kept working on her game. She played in a winter league and joined Lax Plus, a Springfield-based club that receives a lot of college interest.

“Everything about her has gotten better. She’s faster, her stick skills are better, her shot is insane. It’s so hard and fast.” Roy said. “You can tell in that COVID year she didn’t slack off. I do see a big future for her in lacrosse.”

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.




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