By Tristan Davis – 1851 Staff
Upon reading the resumes of Bridget and Kayla Lynch, you’d be hard pressed to find an all-star team, award, or honor they haven’t already been a part of. Bridget Lynch, a three-time GNAC Offensive Player of the Year and three-time scholar athlete, has been named to the All-New England second team twice. She also holds program records in career goals and points in a game. Kayla Lynch is no stranger to impressive accolades either. The three-time GNAC All-Tournament Team member and three-time scholar athlete was recently named to the Academic All-Region first team. Both are exercise science majors and shine as brightly in the classroom as they do on the field. But what do you award two players that have already been awarded everything?
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently announced their 2014 All-Region teams, and both sisters were named to the first team. The Dover, New Hampshire natives are the first ever Lasell student-athletes to be named to the team. Bridget Lynch posted a 3.91 GPA in the classroom while scoring a team-leading 32 goals. Kayla Lynch recorded a 3.97 GPA while tallying seven goals, fourth on the roster.
It’s been a stellar four years for the women’s soccer program. They recently captured their fifth GNAC title, and led the conference in total goals scored. On Saturday, November 15th, they took on an impressive Williams College squad who ended their 2014 campaign with a record of 17-5 overall.
In preparation for the national tournament, the Lynch sisters said it’s just like playing any other team.
“I’m not doing anything different to prepare for the national tournament,” said Kayla Lynch. “I try to treat all games the same, in my head it’s just another game. It doesn’t matter that they are nationally ranked. As a team we have been preparing the same way we did all season and have high hopes for the outcome Saturday.”
As for life after college, the Lynchs’ Exercise Science degrees will be put to good use. Both will take a year off to earn more prerequisites before working on their ultimate goal of becoming physician’s assistants. Looking back on their careers, both said they had help along the way.
“My Coach Vito has definitely made me successful on the field, I have improved so much since having him as a coach,” said Bridget Lynch. “My teammates have also helped me become so successful because I couldn’t have accomplished all that I have without them. My parents are definitely the main reason I am successful off the field.”