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Top Five UMass Women’s Lacrosse Bench Celebrations – Massachusetts Daily Collegian

After photographing numerous women’s lacrosse games in Massachusetts this season, I always found myself looking at the bench after a Minutewomen goal. With UMass averaging 16 goals per game at Garber Field, there were plenty of unique bench celebrations to keep the team energized and having fun.

Graduate goalkeeper Bridgette Wall leads most of the festivities. Whether it’s running up and down the bench with the UMass flag or getting the entire team involved, Wall is one of the biggest hype women for her teammates.

“I think they’re just having so much fun, and the team feeds off that energy, so it’s just so exciting,” head coach Jana Drummond said. “I would have to say my favorite is when they make the pyramid and (Paris Melberg) is at the top and from there they just cheer at the top of the pyramid.”

  1. Human pyramid

I agree with Coach Drummond; the human pyramid is by far the best couch party I’ve seen all season. It’s creative and not always easy to execute, especially on the sidelines of a lacrosse field. With Melberg at the top of the pyramid, a teammate hands her a stick to cheer with, while everyone else smiles and has fun.

  1. Bench press

The first time I saw this, I couldn’t identify what the crowd on the sidelines was cheering for. Once I moved to the other sideline, I realized it was sophomore Cat Lucus pretending to press the bench with her stick. Wall serves as the bench and freshman Katie Onderdonk is the spotter, while the rest of the team walks around cheering. I like the creativity of this party, but since a spectator can only see what’s going on if they’re on the other side of the field or at an angle from above, I couldn’t give it the number one spot to give.

  1. Bowling

After going back and forth between second and third place, I decided to rank bowling after the bench press, even though bowling does involve a larger portion of the team. Wall acted as the bowling ball and one of her other teammates or an assistant coach pushed her towards ten of her teammates who stood like bowling pins. When Wall made contact, everyone fell to the ground. I’ve always been a fan of the bowling party and it’s a great way to get more of the team involved, rather than just a few people.

  1. Basketball Dunk

Seeing Wall hold one of her teammates up in a circle with her arms and Jeilinne Bonilla jumping and dunking was one of the more unique celebrations I’ve seen this season, and it’s definitely a fun one. The only downside is that there are not many players involved.

  1. Limbo line

Having a limbo line is classic. It’s simple, everyone on the team is involved and it’s just a fun way to celebrate a goal. The Minutewomen dance as they walk under the lacrosse stick that serves as a bar, and it’s an infectious celebration that goes along with the goal music.

Honorable mentions:

Kick line

After a UMass goal, all the Minutewomen lined up on the bench and danced the traditional Rockettes kick line.

Waving the UMass flag

A fan attending a UMass women’s lacrosse game won’t get the full experience until he sees Wall on the sidelines waving the flag.

Stick wave

This was a celebration that anyone could be a part of as the full bench lined up and waved their sticks. It almost made the top five, but is a go-to for most teams, so it fell just short based on uniqueness.

Devin Lippman can be reached at (email protected) and followed on X @devinlippman.