By Megan Palumbo – Sports Editor
Senior captain of the women’s soccer team, Mackenzie Kingman is the first female athlete at Lasell to earn All-American status. As of December 1, The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named Kingman on the NCAA Division III Women’s All-America Second Team. In mid-January she attended the All-America luncheon and convention in Los Angeles to be honored for her historic accomplishment.
When asked how she felt traveling across the country to be recognized Kingman said, “Definitely nervous. The caliber of players around you is just insane, along with the coaches and professionals.” However, nerves turned into calm gratitude as Kingman surrounded herself with the most important people in her life.
Joining Kingman on the road to L.A. were her family, boyfriend, roommate, and coaches. “There were a lot of important people around who have contributed to my success, and it was important that they were all there to experience this with me,” said Kingman. “The luncheon was the best moment because I had everyone there supporting me.”
Head Coach of the women’s soccer team Vito LaFrancesca said, “The trip was an incredible experience. I learned a lot from a number of respected coaches, and it was an honor to be a part of the All-America ceremony.”
Kingman, a four-time GNAC champion, couldn’t have had a more “Cinderella Story” ending to her soccer career as a Laser. In addition to the All-America honors, she is the only defender from New England to be recognized as well as one of the seven players from New England to make it on the First or Second All-America Team.
Being recognized by surprise, Kingman said, “Going into the season I definitely just wanted it to be the best season for me personally, and for the team. I didn’t go in wanting to get this award, but it’s an added bonus when you get recognized at the end of the season for all your hard work.”
“It was truly an honor to be able to coach Mack. She is the perfect player you want on your team; selfless, passionate, and hard-working,” said Emily Machado, Sports Information Director. Machado is also the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Lasers and said, “The national recognition she has received this season is well-deserved, and we’re so proud of all her accomplishments throughout her career.”
Kingman will be remembered for years to come in Lasell’s athletic history. Not only contributing to four of the Lasers’ seven consecutive GNAC Championship titles, but now adding regional and national recognition. Kingman plans to always stay involved in soccer and will “never hang up [her] cleats.”