Fall 17 sports preview: Field Hockey, Soccer, Volleyball, XC

By Cassidy Murray and Brian Cohen – Sports Editor and 1851 Staff

Field Hockey has an 8-1 record and is 3-0 in conference play. Photo courtesy of Emily Machado.

Women’s Field Hockey  is off to an 8-1 start, marking a school record. This is following a successful season where the team finished 12-7, making it to the GNAC semi-finals.

“Our team is very talented and they are working well and communicating,” says Head Coach Caitlin Connolly. “All of our seniors take on leadership roles on and off the field to help the group as a whole.”

This season, the squad is captained by seniors Leah Sullivan and Taylor Falco. In total, the team will be graduating seven seniors this season after losing two last season. “We were lucky last year when we only graduated two players so the majority of our team had already known and played with each other,” said senior Shannon Motz. “It gave us a leg up in the preseason so everyone could jump into working on our game,” she said.

The ladies are 3-0 in conference play, working to improve last season’s 2-4 conference record.  The team is well on their way to another successful season and are already prepared for this year’s GNAC conference.

The Lasell College Women’s Soccer team enters play this season with their eyes on an impressive eighth consecutive GNAC championship title. The Women had yet another incredible season last year where they finished 18-3-1 and made it to the NCAA championships.

The team put up a strong 10-0-1 conference record and rattled off eighteen consecutive victories. Tremendous goalkeeping by Sarah LaClair and stellar offense led upfront helped the team succeed.

This season, the women are off to a 4-4 start but carry a perfect 4-1 record in conference play. Coming into the season, the squad graduated six seniors and will be graduating four after this season. Once again, Head Coach Vito LaFrancesca in his eleventh season has been able to balance youth and senior leadership into his lineup.

The Women’s Volleyball team, fresh off their trip to Puerto Rico, has started out sporting a 5-11 overall record. While this may not look great in the books, Head Coach Mary Tom says not to worry. “This team is very focused. I have seen them mature and they are mentally sound and will do well.” Tom added “We have shown improved mental strength in our past two or three outings. It is still early and we will be ready for the GNACs.”

Men’s soccer is currently 1-2 in the GNAC. Photo courtesy of Emily Machado.

The team traveled to Puerto Rico for preseason where they played four games against out of conference schools. Senior captain Caitlyn Garcia believes that the trip helped the team in multiple ways. “It allowed us to play around with different lineups and really figure out what lineup will work best for us. It also allowed us to bond even more as a team especially with all the freshmen,” said Garcia.

Although the Women’s volleyball team has hit a rough patch, they believe they will be good to go once the playoffs roll around, and that is when it counts.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country had an interesting start to their season this year with no coach. “Starting the season without a coach was tough mentally on us. However, we came together, stronger than ever, as a team and were able to continue pushing through each workout,”said senior Kyle Vonick. Lasell recently hired Michael McGrane as the new men’s and women’s cross country/track and field head coach.

Both teams have experienced quite a problem with injuries so far this season, but senior Kyle Vonick isn’t worried. “Although we have had some injuries pop up on the team we are hoping to have a healthy team when conference championships come around. Our goal is to attain top 3 hopefully pushing towards 2nd place.”

Men’s Soccer has had started their season with a 2-7 overall record and 1-2 in conference play. Junior captain Connor Wall wants to focus on “working together and playing as a cohesive unit on the field and to operate as one.” Wall also commented on the teams’ goal.  “Our goal this season is to achieve more success, strive for playoffs, and make some noise in the conference.” The team will continue to work hard to achieve their goals and set a standard for Lasell teams to come.

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