Women’s soccer shoots to continue historic run Reply

Brian McLoughlin1851 staff

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.

Field hockey’s first final leads to frustration Reply

By Matt Ferris – 1851 Staff

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Field hockey had a historic season and made it deep into the GNAC playoffs, ultimately losing to Mount Ida in the championship. Photo by Cassidy Murray

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.  More…

Machado says goodbye, takes job at Wentworth Reply

By Seán McGlone & Cassidy Murray – Editor-in-Chief & Sports Editor

Sports Information Director and Lasell alum Emily Machado recently announced she would be leaving Lasell after four years as SID. Machado will take over as Athletic Communications Coordinator at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  More…

Straight to eight was a success Reply

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.

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Women’s soccer didn’t fail to show dominance as the team shut out Johnson and Wales University (JWU), winning their eighth consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference title on November 4. The Lasers ended the game with a 2-0 victory on Taylor Field, regaining the top spot in the conference. Photo by Katie Schneider.

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Field hockey rises to top of GNAC Reply

By Brian Cohen – 1851 Staff 

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.

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Men’s basketball GNAC tournament photo gallery Reply

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.

A sweet seventh victory for women’s soccer Reply

By Armando Machado – 1851 Staff

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.

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The women’s soccer team won the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference for the seventh year in a row on November 5. Photo by James Payne

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Dynasty: women’s soccer captures fourth straight GNAC title 1

Junior Bridget Lynch lifts her twin sister Kayla after the two connect for a goal. Bridget scored a hat-trick and tallied an assist as Kayla scored two and assisted one. The team’s 6-1 victory over Suffolk University gave the program its fourth straight conference title, a Lasell record. (Photo by Tom Horak)

Junior Bridget Lynch lifts her twin sister Kayla after the two connect for a goal. Bridget scored a hat-trick and tallied an assist as Kayla scored two and assisted one. The team’s 6-1 victory over Suffolk University gave the program its fourth straight conference title, a Lasell record. (Photo by Tom Horak)

Zachary Gray – Co-Editor-In-Chief

The women’s soccer team won its fourth straight Great Northeast Conference title with a 6-1 victory over Suffolk University on October 9. Junior Bridget Lynch led the game with three goals, as twin sister Kayla scored twice. Bridget’s hat-trick gave her 33 goals on the season, a Lasell record. The program also set the single-season wins record with 17. The Lasers improved its record to 17-3-1 with the win.

“It feels amazing,” said Coach Vito LaFrancesca. “It’s like a dream come true. We talked about it all year long. To get it to happen is totally out of this world.” More…