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. More…
By Adam Hallenbeck & Kaie Quigley – Sports Editor & 1851 Staff
For the first time since 2010, the women’s soccer team has not been the league voted team to beat. According to the GNAC preseason poll, six out of 13 league head coaches believe last year’s winning team— Saint Joseph’s of Maine, will repeat as champions in 2019. This vote comes in spite of the Lasers’ eight conference title wins since 2010.
Women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and field hockey all had record-setting seasons. Women’s volleyball earned the fourth seed in the GNAC tournament and made it to the semifinals. Field hockey earned the number one seed and competed in the GNAC Championship for the first time in team history. Women’s soccer captured their eighth straight GNAC Championship, defeating Johnson and Wales 2-0 at home on November 4.
Photos by Cassidy Murray and Katie Schneider
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.
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.
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.
By Megan Palumbo – Sports Editor
Senior captain of the women’s soccer team, Mackenzie Kingman is the first female athlete at Lasell to earn All-American status. As of December 1, The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named Kingman on the NCAA Division III Women’s All-America Second Team. In mid-January she attended the All-America luncheon and convention in Los Angeles to be honored for her historic accomplishment.
Senior captain of the women’s soccer team Mackenzie Kingman accepts her award for All-American soccer player with her coach Vito LaFrancesca. Photo courtesy of Mackenzie Kingman
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.
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
By James Payne – 1851 Staff
Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend is one of the busiest and most popular weekends on campus and a major slate of games for several sports teams. This year field hockey and both men’s and women’s soccer celebrated Senior Day on October 15. Women’s volleyball hosted a tri-match with Emmanuel College and Framingham State. While honoring the seniors in their final seasons, teams also did their fair share of raising awareness for breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Junior forward Haleigh Butler (Center) and teammates honor Coach Vito LaFrancesca’s mother who died of breast cancer by wearing pink during the month of October. Photo by Jackie Colombie