Fall sports season playoff round-up

By Kaie QuigleyCo-Editor-in-Chief

The fall sports season came to a close in November for all teams. Five of the six fall teams competed in the playoffs this season, with men’s soccer being the only team to miss out on the postseason. The wrap of the season and completion of the playoffs brought the announcement of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) end-of-season awards and honors. In total, nine Lasers were honored by the GNAC in their respective sports.

Continue reading “Fall sports season playoff round-up”

Connolly assumes Assistant AD role

By Rebecca OsowskiFeatures Editor

Former field hockey coach Cait Connolly observes her team from the sidelines on Grellier Field during the 2021 season. Photo by Mike Maruk

After 12 years with the field hockey program, coach Cait Connolly has stepped down to assume the new role of Assistant Athletic Director. The announcement was made in a @lasellathletics Instagram post on November 3, less than a month after Connolly won her 100th career game with the Lasers.

Continue reading “Connolly assumes Assistant AD role”

Field hockey routs Albertus Magnus in offensive showcase 

By Nico Manganiello – 1851 Contributor

Players on both teams battle for the ball in the Lasell crease. Photo by Nico Manganiello

Field hockey improved to a 6-3 conference record as they took down Albertus Magnus 10-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Grellier Field. The win was a real team effort as the Lasers had nine different goal scorers. 

Continue reading Field hockey routs Albertus Magnus in offensive showcase “

Lasell fall sports on top 

By Zack Laware – 1851 Contributor

Lasell fall sports had some great recognition coming into the season as the Women’s volleyball, soccer, and field hockey teams all placed in the top five of their respective Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) preseason poll.

Continue reading “Lasell fall sports on top “

Regular Season Wrap-Up: Fall Edition

The end of the regular season draws closer for the fall sports teams of Lasell. With playoffs beginning for most teams on Saturday, Nov. 5, the Chronicle breaks down each team’s season to get you ready for the playoff madness. (NOTE: The Men’s Soccer team will receive a full season wrap-up in the upcoming Nov/Dec issue, make sure to check it out.)

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

By Adam Hallenbeck Sports Editor

After running all over the Northeast area this season, the men’s and women’s cross country teams look to have a strong finish in the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship race. “This year has been a lot better than the past few years…we have been smart with how we have been training compared to the last two years,” said senior captain Matt Holden. Continue reading “Regular Season Wrap-Up: Fall Edition”

Fall athletes leave their seasons behind

By Brian McLoughlin & Brian Cohen – Sports Editor and 1851 Staff

Field Hockey

The field hockey team had another strong season, despite coming up short
in the GNAC Championships to the Saint Joseph’s Monks. The Lasers finished with an overall record of 14-7 while posting a strong 6-1 record in GNAC play. “Getting to the conference championship is where we want to be,” said head coach Caitlin Connolly. “I was really proud of the team for working hard over the season to get there.”

Continue reading “Fall athletes leave their seasons behind”

Field hockey looks to Flannery, Taylor in GNAC push

Brian McLoughlin – 1851 staff 

One year removed from a loss at Grellier Field to Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, the women’s field hockey team is pushing towards another Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) postseason run.  

While losing the reigning GNAC Goalkeeper of the Year Denise Landry and first team All-Conference defender Taylor Falco to graduation, the Lasers returned an offensive core with seniors Cailin Flannery, Julia Franzik, and junior Sam Taylor. 

The team carries a 12-5 record for the season, including a solid 5-0 in conference action. Behind the dynamic duo of Flannery and Taylor, the Lasers have proven to once again position themselves as a league contender.  

Previous GNAC Coach of the Year, Caitlin Connolly looks at this season differently than last year’s. “You’re going to graduate seniors every year and you’re hoping that over the course as you recruit players that athletes are growing and getting better,” said Connolly. “When we approach this year it’s who we are as a team and where do the pieces of the puzzle need to fit, and what’s our identity.”  

Blazing the trail for team identity is Flannery, who has continuously set records for the Lasers, including breaking her own personal and previous school record of 45 points in a season during Lasell’s 6-0 victory over Framingham State University on October 17. Flannery now stand as the programs all-time points leader with 172 career points, 64 goals and 44 assists.  

Not only has Flannery’s success been felt on campus, but she also sits high in multiple NCAA Division III statistics categories this year. Averaging 1.12 goals per game, she is ranked 24th in the nation, and 18th in Division III for points per game with a 2.71 average. In the GNAC, Flannery has reached a conference high in both points and goals.  

Three-time GNAC Player of the Week Taylor is second in all of Division III for assists per game with 1.02. She has 14 goals, 15 assists for 43 points this season, not far behind Flannery.  

Nationally in Division III, Lasell is in the Top 15 for three statistical categories. Lasell has averaged a 12th-best 4.12 goals per game, 13th-best 10.53 points per game and outscored their opponents a 12th-best average of 4.04 goals per game. The latter is good for second place in the GNAC, behind Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, who sits at fourth in Division III.  

Taylor mentioned the team has been having a good season so far. 

 w“We just need to keep playing the way we are and continue connecting on the field as a team and never let the other team have that momentum swing.” 

Taylor added, “We have all the skills as a unit to make it that far again, so with that comes desire and dedication. Not saying it will be easy, but we sure do stand a chance.”  

On the other end of the field, the Lasers have seen quality goalkeeping from freshman Sofia Rodriguez. Rodriguez has been honored three times with GNAC weekly honors, with one Goalkeeper of the Week nod, and two Rookie of the Week awards. The freshman goalkeeper has played in nine games and boasts an impressive .722 save percentage behind 65 career saves this season.  

“[The goalies] have been working really hard and our defense is really strong in front of our goalkeepers. I think the hiring of a goal-tending coach has made a huge difference for them” said coach Connolly. 

Lasell will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday, October 24 when they travel to Saint Joe’s of Maine for a battle to claim the GNAC regular season title, and home field advantage in the GNAC Tournament.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑