Mike Skelton – 1851 Staff
The dream for the three-peat was not denied as the Women’s soccer team defeated Simmons College 2-0 on Taylor Field Sunday. It was the third straight GNAC Championship for Lasell.
The victory came courtesy of goals from Great Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC) tournament MVP Bridget Lynch and senior captain Mary Farley.
While the score indicates a close game, Lasell was able to stifle the Simmons attack for most of the afternoon, outshooting them 16-10. Goalie Ashley Parrelli and the defense were able to keep the clean sheet for the third straight game. Lasell wasn’t scored on throughout the entire tournament.
Lasell immediately started the game on the attack, but went into the half tied at 0-0 despite outshooting Simmons 7-4. They came out of the second half firing, scoring almost immediately. 47 seconds into the half, junior Ari DiOrio crossed a ball into the box was misjudged by the Simmons goalie and the opportunistic Mary Farley got the final touch to put the ball in the back of the net for her first goal on the season.
Bridget Lynch slotted the ball by the Simmons goalie on a breakaway in the 71st minute off a through ball from her sister Kayla Lynch to round out the scoring and clinch a third straight NCAA birth for the women’s soccer team.
Parrelli collected her second consecutive effort with two saves on the day. Lasell’s defensive trio of Jamie Osterberg, MaryKate Dunphy and Jill Greaney continued their strong run of form, limiting opponents scoring opportunities and helping to post their third consecutive shutout.
“I was very confident knowing I had my keeper (Parrelli) behind me as well as my two outsides (Dunphy and Greaney),” said Osterberg. “The team as a whole has great chemistry. Chemistry makes or breaks a team. It also determines if you will have a winning or losing season. With that, our team is unlike any other because we are a family.”
Osterberg also acknowledged that the huge home crowd and home field advantage was a major boost to the team.
Lasell boasted five players on a list of 12 players on the 2012 GNAC All-Tournament Team. Sophomore Kayla Lynch, junior Jamie Osterberg, seniors Ashley Parrelli and Reegan Brackett were honored along with tournament MVP sophomore Bridget Lynch.
Lasell can now look forward to their third straight trip to the NCAA tournament. The NCAA tournament is comprised of the top college teams throughout the entire nation.
“In preseason we set that as our main goal to get the 3rd straight GNAC Championship in a row and go to NCAA’s for the third straight year,” said Farley. “Moving forward, our new goal is to make history and win our first NCAA tournament game for Lasell.”
The women’s soccer team will have to wait until late Monday or possibly Tuesday to find out their seeding for the tournament. Because of the extreme competition, it is unclear if they will get a home game or will be forced onto the road.
Stay posted and continue to support the women’s soccer team as they look to extend their season and make Lasell history.