|College:||Wentworth Institute '99|
Vito La Francesca took over the helm of the women’s soccer program in the Fall of 2007. In 2012 he lead the Lasers to a 3-1 defeat of Amherst College in the first round of the NCAA tournament, becoming the first team in the history of Lasell College to win an NCAA tournament game. He has accumulated an overall record of 75-33-9, including back-to-back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, and three straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships during the 2010, 2011 and 2012 campaigns. His team has qualified for the GNAC tournament every season, and also appeared in the ECAC Northeast Regional tournament in 2009. In his tenure he has seen 20 of his players be named to GNAC All-conference teams and LaFrancesca was named the GNAC Coach of the Year in 2007.
La Francesca was the assistant coach at Babson College in 2006 before his tenure at Lasell. Prior to moving to the collegiate level at Babson, he had very successful stints as the head coach at Beaver Country Day (2004-2006) and Watertown High School (1999-2002). He has been coaching women's soccer in various capacities since 1997 and holds several advanced coaching degrees.
La Francesca earned his Associates Degree in Engineering Technology from the Wentworth Institute of Technology, in 1997, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth, in 1999. He is currently working at Harvard Medical School in the Engineering and Construction division and resides in Reading, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.
Year Overall Conference
2007 11-7-0 Overall 8-5-0 GNAC GNAC Qtr. Finals
2008 10-6-2 Overall 7-3-2 GNAC GNAC Qtr. Finals
2009 9-6-2 Overall 8-2-2 GNAC GNAC Qtr. Finals
2010 14-4-3 Overall 8-2-2 GNAC GNAC Champions – NCAA First Round
2011 16-5-1 Overall 11-2-0 GNAC GNAC Champions – NCAA First Round
2012 15-5-1 Overall 9-2-1 GNAC GNAC Champions - NCAA Second Round
Total 75-33-9 43-11-7
|Title:||Asst. Women's Soccer Coach|
Jim Swift joined the Lasell College women's soccer staff as an assistant coach beginning in the 2007 season. During his tenure on the women's soccer staff the Lasers have collected 75 victories, three Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships, and appeared in the NCAA tournament three times. Coach Swift has been instrumental in the development of outstanding goalkeepers for Lasell since joining Coach LaFrancesca's staff.
Before joining the Lasers staff, Swift served as the head women's soccer coach at Mount Alvernia High School beginning in 1993. He lead his teams to seven Catholic conference championships during that time, and his team was honored with the MIAA Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of their 2007 campaign.
|Title:||Asst. Women's Soccer Coach|
|College:||Endicott College '13|
Christine Silva was named an assistant women's soccer coach at Lasell College prior to the 2013 season after completing an outstanding four-year career at Endicott College. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management in May of 2013, and was named to the Endicott College Dean's list all four years of her career.
Silva was selected to the All-Commonwealth Coast Conference teams following her junior and senior seasons, and named to the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-Region team in each of her final two season of eligibility. Silva appeared in all 92 games during her Endicott career, garnering starts in 90 of the contests. A versatile defender, she also netted five goals and eight assists in her career to finish with 18 career points.
In her senior season, Silva helped lead the Gulls to a 14-5-4 record and the program's first-ever ECAC New England Championship. Endicott advanced to the postseason all four years, reaching the NCAA tournament second round her freshmen year, the ECAC championship game her sophomore year, and the ECAC quarterfinals during her junior season. She was a key contributor in a class that finished 61-25-6 during their careers.
Silva gradutaed from Stoneham high school after earning All-Conference honors in each of her four seasons, and played her club soccer with the Boston Blast and Boston Aztecs. As a junior at Endicott she worked in the marketing and sales department at Aztec soccer club, helping the club develop their new logo promote their branding initiatives.
Beginning in June of 2012 Silva began coaching with the Precision Soccer Club, working with athletes from age 4-14.