At the age of nine, junior Audra Tosone began her lacrosse career for the Walpole Youth Lacrosse program. Eight years later on Sept. 1, 2017, she verbally committed to the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) to play Division I lacrosse.
Her lacrosse career began during early morning practices at Forekicks, learning the basics of lacrosse: passing, cradling, shooting and picking up ground balls in a game titled “Steal the Bacon.”
“I started playing lacrosse in third grade because that is what the age limit used to be for town lacrosse,” Tosone said.
On top of playing with her town lacrosse team, Tosone also played on club lacrosse teams since middle school, and is still competing with the Boston Laxachusetts.
During her freshman year, Tosone became a varsity defender. Transitioning to the midfielder position during her sophomore year, she is now responsible for playing both offense and defense. Tosone is one of the main goal-scorers on the team and has contributed greatly to the Rebels’ success over the past two years—a stretch that has included Two Herget Titles, Two Bay State Titles, a Division II East Sectional Championship, and a runner-up finish in the D2 State Championship in 2017. During that run to the State Championship, she scored 31 goals. So far this season, she has netted 18 goals in just eight games.
“The team has earned a really big reputation in the Bay State League,” said Tosone. “We are continuing to work hard and push each other every day. We just know where and when to put the ball and communicate so well with each other that it has made a huge impact on our season so far.”
Currently, even though the Rebels have moved up to Division I this year, Dave Ventura of the Boston Herald ranks the Rebels as the top team in the state. With wins over top teams such as Wellesley (13-11) and Needham (12-10), the Rebels remain undefeated with a record of 11-0.
When Tosone visited the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she immediately knew it was a perfect fit for both her lacrosse career as well as her academic future.
“My commitment to UMass is not only allowing me to meet my dreams of playing Division I lacrosse, but is opening up opportunities for me in college.”
Audra’s father, Mike Tosone, is the head coach of Walpole Girls Lacrosse and has held this position for seven years, following his assistant coach position for three years.
He also coached youth lacrosse teams since Audra was in third grade.
“My dad is my coach and has been my coach throughout my whole lacrosse career when playing for town,” Tosone said.
Her father is proud of her athletic achievement throughout the years and believes that her commitment to UMass Amherst is well-deserved.
“Audra had been determined since a very young age to take lacrosse as far as she could. She’s definitely worked hard and continues to work hard at improving her game. That attitude, coupled with the gift of natural athletic ability, led to the offer from UMass. As a coach and her father, I am very happy for her,” Mike Tosone said.
Tosone looks forward to finishing off her high school career and beginning the next step in her collegiate career.
“I am so grateful that I will be able to continue to play lacrosse, a huge passion of mine, for another four years,” Tosone said. “I am so excited to take my journey to the next level, and I will be able to meet not only my new teammates but future friends. I could not be more excited.”