By Armando Machado – 1851 Staff
The Lasell women’s soccer team has gotten used to winning. The expectations for this season were nothing short of a seventh straight GNAC championship win. “We knew we were going to have a good year because we have players that score a lot of goals, but also players that have a ton of assists,” said junior goalkeeper Sarah LaClair.
The GNAC Championship was held on Saturday, November 5. The Lasers were losing to Albertus Magnus 0-1 for most of the game until the 70th minute when sophomore midfielder Sabrina Morais scored to tie it for the Lasers. With 1:55 left, senior Megan Cullen scored the game winning goal. “This year, being down one goal was the first time we had ever been down [in a GNAC final],” said Cullen. “The reason we ended up winning the game was because we believed in each other, we never gave up, and we refused to lose.”
After going 0-2-1 and scoreless to start the season, the team won 18 straight games, which was the second longest win streak in Division III women’s soccer. The first win of the season was 2-1 over Colby Sawyer on September 14. “It was nice to finally get the win because we’d been working so hard,” said Cullen.
“Starting our season off 0-2 was definitely not the way we had planned for it to go. However, we didn’t let it affect our confidence. Instead, we learned from our mistakes and changed our formation, but we also used it as motivation to finally get our first win, and that’s what we did against Colby Sawyer,” said Cullen. “Getting the first win under our belt was everything that we needed to keep pushing ourselves forward.”
Women’s soccer had the number one seed in this year’s GNAC tournament, which was crucial for all playoff games to be played on Taylor Field. The team faced familiar opponent Amherst College in the first round of NCAAs on November 12. The Lasers battled Amherst to a 0-4 loss knocking the team out of the tournament.
Cullen said out of her time spent at Lasell, she would remember the dedication of the coaching staff. “The amount of hours and heart that they poured into the program is unbelievable. They are the ones who push us harder and harder each year because they want nothing but the best for us and the chance to prove to the teams outside our conference that we are good enough to play with them,” she said.