Dynasty: women’s soccer captures fourth straight GNAC title


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.”

Although Lasell dominated the offensive zone in the first half, the Lasers were held to only one goal courtesy of Kayla Lynch in the 40th minute. Lasell held the Rams to one shot in the first half, while the Lasers managed to take 13 shots. The Lasers lead 1-0 at halftime.

The second half was an offensive explosion for the Lasers. Bridget Lynch started the scoring at the 54th minute with a goal assisted by freshman Mackenzie Kingman. Seven minutes after, Lynch scored her record-setting 33rd goal. Two minutes later, Kayla netted her second goal of the game, extending the lead to 4-0. In the 77th minute, freshman Megan Cullen joined in on the scoring with a goal assisted by senior Jill Greaney. Bridget Lynch registered her third goal of the game three minutes after, putting the Lasers up 6-0. Suffolk would finally get on the scoreboard with a goal from senior Taylor Miranda with two minutes left in the match. It was too little too late for the Rams, as Lasell took the GNAC title, 6-1.

Greaney, Kayla Lynch, senior Jamie Osterberg, and senior Arianna DiOrio earned All-Tournament team honors. Bridget Lynch was named tournament MVP.

“I wanted to win for the seniors since they’ve won every year,” said Bridget Lynch. “I didn’t want to [mess] things up for them.”

“I couldn’t ask for better teammates,” said Greaney on the class of 2014. “We’re a family.”

“It’s amazing,” said DiOrio. “We don’t know what losing feels like, but it takes a lot of hard work and we’re a bunch of girls full of heart. We’re the start of the dynasty.”