By Meghan Carroll & Adam Hallenbeck – 1851 Staff & Sports Editor
Lasell men’s track and field has been having a spectacular season, filled with outstand- ing performances, specifically the breaking of three school records at Greater Boston Invitational at Harvard University on Jan. 19.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines dominant as, “commanding, controlling, or prevailing over all others.” The women’s soccer team has been just that over the past nine seasons.
In 2010, women’s soccer captured the program’s first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship. Jamie Harris scored the lone goal in the 88th minute to knock off Norwich University 1-0. Former goalkeeper Elizabeth Stickley made two saves and completed her third consecutive shutout of the GNAC Tournament to clinch history.
For the Lasers, more than a conference championship title is at stake this coming November. It would be continuing a legacy put in place by the many alumni that built the program into the dynasty it is today.
The Lasers’s record stands 11-4 overall, and a perfect 10-0 in GNAC competition. The team is led by seniors Carly Zdanek, Erika Badger, Morgan Pinksten, Emma Papile and Sabrina Morais, who have contributed to victories the past three years.
According to head coach Vito La Francesca, “These girls have been with us for four years, involved in three GNAC Championships. Each one has brought a different skillset, different personality to the program, and it has all come together to lead us to where we are now.”
Zdanek leads the Lasers in scoring, boasting 10 goals and one assist for a team-high of 21 points. The reigning United Soccer Coaches Third-Team All-American and GNAC Offensive Player of the Year recently joined the 100 points club on Wednesday, Oct. 3, during a 3-2 victory over Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.
Badger earned GNAC Player of the Week honors the week of Oct. 1, as she added two goals and one assist to her season total of eight goals and two assists. Morias and Pinksten continue to solidify the midfield and have three and two goals respectfully this season, while Papile tallied one goal.
After graduating GNAC Goalkeeper of the Year in Sarah LaClair, the Lasers turned to freshman Angela Sanzari to fill the role. Sanzari earned GNAC Goalkeeper of the Week earlier in the 2018 season and holds a .839 save percentage with 26 recorded saves. At .74%, Sanzari is ranked second in the conference for goals against average.
While the team moves forward in the season, they edge closer to playoffs. Based on the competitiveness in the GNAC, La Francresca said, “I think anyone can beat anybody in this league. With that I believe we need to have stronger practices to get us into a position to have success.” He ended saying, “these girls are hungry. “
The Lasers will close out the regular season on Wednesday, October 24 on the road at Emmanuel College. Already securing the GNAC regular season title, the Lasers will host throughout the GNAC Tournament as they attempt to clinch a ninth straight title.
The women’s field hockey team had a dominant regular season but fell short in championship. The Lasers finished with a 16-4 overall record. This sat them in first place in the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference and guaranteed the team in the number one seed in the postseason. Continue reading “Field hockey’s first final leads to frustration”→
The Lasell College Women’s Field Hockey team has taken the GNAC by storm this season posting a 7-0 conference record thus far. The Lasers have a 14-3 overall record including eight of those victories coming on their home field and they are playing with tremendous confidence.
March Madness is just getting started in men’s and women’s college basketball. Although the men’s basketball team lost in the GNAC championship this season, the team had an eventful GNAC tournament run. Relive some of the best moments of the Laser’s tourney run through these photos.
Senior center John Powell jumps high at tip-off of the quarterfinal matchup between the Lasers and Emmanuel College Saints. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
Stifling defense by junior forward Dannie Moore (L) and John Powell (R) helped the Lasers defeat the Saints. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
The Lasell fan base was in full force during the men’s only home game of the conference tournament. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
The Lasers beat the Saints 76-74 to advance to the semifinals and celebrated after a thrilling finish. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
Sophomore guard Tim Blair puts up a shot during the team’s semifinal game against the Johnson & Wales Wildcats. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
John Powell attempts to block a shot during the semifinal matchup. Powell finished with three blocks in the game. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
The Lasers bench looks on as the team wraps up a win over the WIldcats. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
Another celebration gets underway as the Lasers pulled off an upset victory over the Wildcats 68-61. (Photo by Jackie Colombie)
Senior guard Armin Omanovic (center) huddles around his teammates before the GNAC championship game agains the Albertus Magnus Falcons. (Photo by Tom Horak)
Senior forward Yordan Villalon throws down a two-handed dunk during the GNAC championship game. (Photo by Tom Horak)
The Lasers weren’t able to hold on and lost the final game 101-83 to the Falcons. Junior forward Ryan Jones (right) is consoled while teammates look on at the game. (Photo by Tom Horak)
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.