From field hockey to lacrosse, Alexis Raymond is proving to be a true double-threat in the collegiate ranks.
Fresh off a fantastic first year with the Fitchburg State field hockey team, the fleet-footed freshman is getting back into the goal-scoring groove this time as a member of the Falcons women’s lacrosse team.
A 5-foot-3, freshman attack, Raymond currently has nine goals, five assists and 14 points in the Green and Gold’s first eight games. The Tewksbury native has even netted three goals and 12 ground balls over her team’s last three contests.
As a result, Fitchburg is back at the .500 mark at 4-4 entering this week’s action.
“We’re doing pretty well,” said Raymond, 19. “We’ve developed our chemistry a lot more on and off the field. That really helped, and we’ve learned how to work together. ”
A criminal justice major, Raymond was recently tabbed Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, March 7. The first-year Falcon earned the weekly accolade after collecting 10 points off four goals and six assists as well as 12 draw controls, seven ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Putting up points at the collegiate level is nothing new for the freshman. Raymond enjoyed a tremendous rookie campaign with Fitchburg’s field hockey team this fall, netting a team high 16 points, off seven goals and two helpers. She was also selected for Fitchburg State’s 12th Player Award by Little East Conference (LEC). The Fitchburg State field hockey team concluded its 2021 campaign with an overall record of 2-16 and a 1-11 mark in conference play.
For Raymond, there’s only one speed when it comes to her game – all out!
“I just like to play as if I can get taken out at any moment,” said Raymond. “I really don’t care about the points or anything, I’d just rather have my teammates get the points. I’m more about setting up plays and playmaking. ”
Her teammates have accepted her with open arms, making the transition from high school ranks to college a smooth one.
“They were actually very welcoming,” said Raymond. “I wasn’t too sure about how it was gong to be because I was coming in late. I wasn’t able to participate in the fall season. They were very welcoming. They really love to do team bonding activities and it’s just a fun time. ”
Born and raised in Tewksbury, Raymond first picked up the lacrosse stick in middle school.
“I had a really nice coach who taught me everything,” said Raymond, who has also been an avid ice hockey player since the age of four. “I’d watch it on YouTube. A bunch of games would always pop up and I love watching those. All my friends were playing it, so I said why not? ”
A three-sport athlete at Tewksbury High, she was a member of the All-Conference team, while also earning team MVP honors in field hockey, in addition to earning the Coaches Award in ice hockey, before graduating in 2021.
Originally recruited by Fitchburg to play field hockey, Raymond relishes the challenging workload.
“I thought it was mostly going to be just field hockey, and I’d have lacrosse on the side,” Raymond said. “But it’s becoming a dual thing now.”
According to teammate Brooke Johnson, Raymond has injected plenty of life into the squad’s offensive attack.
“She’s definitely quick on the draws,” said teammate Brooke Johnson. “She’ll pick up all the ground balls. She’s a fighter. I think that really helps, as well as her sharpshooting off the attack too. She’s a good body for us. That really helps. ”
Raymond has also enjoyed reuniting with former Tewksbury High teammate Samira El-Hakim. A 5-foot-8 junior, El-Hakim has helped anchor the Falcon’s defense, generating five ground balls in five games, all starts, this season. The Tewksbury High grad (’19) is majoring in elementary education at the University.
“I’ve had a lot of fun with her,” said Raymond. “I think (Samira) was a junior when I joined the high school team. We got to know each other very well and love playing together. ”
As she looks ahead, Raymond and the Falcons are looking to reach rarified air moving forward, but it is taking it one game at a time.
“I’m thinking we’re going to be picking up a few more wins, or at least playing as if we should be winning a little more,” said Raymond, who is already eyeing more Redmen reunions against old teammates on Worcester State and Bridgewater. “We’ve got some nice chemistry developing.”
And when it comes to the Fitchburg fanbase, everyone loves Raymond.