By James Macey – 1851 Staff
Women’s soccer won their eighth consecutive GNAC Championship on November 4 in a 2-0 victory over Johnson and Wales University.
Junior forward Carly Zdanek scored both goals. Zdanek’s first goal was kicked to the top right corner of the net off of a perfect set-up from her teammate, junior Morgan Pinksten, giving the Lasers a 1-0 lead 34 minutes into the game.
Lasell opened up the second half with aggressive play, putting pressure on the JWU goalie with four shots in the first five minutes. This created a panic for JWU. Zdanek’s second goal was assisted by junior midfielder Erika Badger, which created a healthy lead to end the game. “We played as unit,” Zdanek said. “My teammates did all the hard work.”
Senior goalkeeper Sarah LaClair was unstoppable, having nine saves for the day. “It felt good to get a clean sheet,” LaClair said. “The team defense was beating with one heart.” LaClair was also awarded GNAC Goalkeeper of The Year to end her senior season. “I wasn’t expecting it at all,” LaClair said. “It was an honor and I owe it all to my teammates and coaches.”
Zdanek took home Offensive Player of the Year, while four other teammates received GNAC All-Conference selections.
Junior Sabrina Morais was awarded First Team honors while teammates Erika Badger, Caitlin Rotonelli, and Korynne Provenzano earned Third Team honors.
The Lasers have a lot to be proud of and the depth on this squad keeps improving year after year. Defense has always been a strong suit for Lasell as they shutout 10 teams in 21 games in the 2017 campaign.
After managing to clinch an eighth straight conference title, a possible repeat for a ninth seems to be the goal moving forward for women’s soccer.
“No doubt in my mind we will repeat,” Zdanek said.