Mike Skelton – 1851 Staff
The Lasell women’s soccer team had their historical season come to an end Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament against Brandeis. In a hotly contested battle, the Brandeis Judges came away with a 3-0 victory.
Just a day after a monumental win over nationally ranked Amherst, the Lasers couldn’t create the same type of magic against Brandeis.
The Judges got on the board early in the first half. Just twelve minutes in a long ball was driven into the box and flicked on to a rushing Sapir Edalata who touched the ball over Lasell keeper Ashley Parrelli for the opening goal.
Lasell struggled to generate quality scoring opportunities and went into the half down 1-0 while being outshot 9-6.
Brandeis came out gunning in the second half, scoring an opportunistic goal just three minutes into play. A cross into the box was misjudged by the Lasell defense and Madeline Stein was left all alone at the back post and was able to bring the ball down and slot it by Parrelli for the second Judges goal.
Brandeis struck again 11 minutes later off a corner kick as Haley Schacter was able to connect with a header to the upper right corner of the net.
Lasell started throwing numbers forward in an attempt to get back into the game, but were unable to break down a defensively disciplined Brandeis squad. Brandeis continued to possess the ball and slow the game down until the final buzzer, ending the Lasell women’s soccer team’s season.
The Lasers finished with a record of 15-5-1.
Although their season ended with a loss, but the 2012 women’s soccer team has many accomplishments to be proud of.
From a team perspective, they won a 3rd straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship and made their 3rd consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. They were also the first ever Lasell athletic team to win an NCAA tournament game when they upset nationally ranked Amherst College 3-1 in one of the most exciting games of the season.
A plethora of individual awards were handed out to Lasell players. Kayla and Bridget Lynch were named to the GNAC all conference first team with Jamie Osterberg receiving second team honors. Bridget Lynch was also named GNAC player of the year, finishing the season with 24 goals and 6 assists.
Kayla Lynch, Reegan Brackett, Jamie Osterberg and Parrelli were all named to the GNAC all tournament team with Bridget Lynch also won the GNAC tournament MVP award.
The players of the team credit much of their success to how close they are on and off the field.
“All of my years here at school have revolved around being with the team,” said Brackett. “We’ve been like a family this year and it showed with the way our season turned out.”
For many players Sunday’s game was the final time they would ever play soccer for Lasell
“I love playing soccer and this team has really enhanced my experience at school,” added senior Courtney Callanan.
The women’s soccer team graduates six seniors this year. Though their time playing soccer at Lasell has ended, they have been a part of one of the most successful teams in Lasell College history.
“These four years have been unforgettable,” said senior Emily Machado.