Ryan Macleod – 1851 Staff
The Lasell College Women’s Field Hockey team joined a new conference this year, leaving the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) and joining the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).
The change puts the Women’s Field Hockey team in the same conference as the rest of the athletic teams at Lasell. Lasell is one of four teams to join the GNAC from the NAC, the other three being Rivier, St. Joseph’s Maine, and Simmons. Mount Ida is in its first year as a program, Anna Maria joined from the New England Collegiate Conference, and Johnson and Wales was an independent program last year.
Michael Ghika, Assistant Commissioner of Media Relations for the GNAC discussed the decision to make field hockey a sport the GNAC sponsored.
“Mount Ida announced two years ago that it would be adding field hockey beginning in 2014-15, making the Mustangs the seventh full-time member institution in the GNAC to sponsor the sport,” he said. “A conference needs seven teams in order to gain an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, at which point the GNAC was able to begin sponsoring field hockey as its seventeenth varsity sport this fall.”
The Lasers were ranked fourth in the first ever GNAC Preseason Poll, and are currently fifth in the standings with a conference record of 2-3.