NEWTON, Mass. (10/26/13) – The Lasell College women's soccer team clinched the Great Northeast Athletic Conference regular season championship and the top seed in the GNAC tournament with a 4-1 victory over St. Joseph's College of Maine on Saturday afternoon at Taylor Field. The Lasers improved to 13-3-1 overall and 10-0-1 in conference play while the Monks slipped to 14-3 on the season and 9-2 in the league.
Bridget Lynch (Dover, N.H.) scored a pair of early goals for Lasell, Kayla Lynch (Dover, N.H.) added a goal and an assist and senior Arianna DiOrio (Revere, Mass.) added a goal in her final regular season match at home.
Lauren Chouinard (Gorham, Maine) recorded an unassisted goal for the Monks in the contest.
Lasell wasted no time, pushing the ball up the field on a perfectly played through ball from Erin Smith (Gorham, Maine) that set up Kayla Lynch. Kayla took a couple of touches before crossing the ball to Bridget Lynch who netted the match's opening goal just 1:46 into the contest. Bridget Lynch then struck again with only 3:12 gone in the contest on an unassisted goal that gave Lasell a 2-0 with just over 85 minutes still left to play.
Lasell controlled the action in the opening 45 minutes, outshooting the Monks 9-1 and winning four corners to the visitors zero.
DiOrio scored on a rebound in the 60th minute when St. Joseph's keeper Jaci Lorenzen (Windham, Maine) saved a Bridget Lynch shot but was unable to control the rebound, giving Lasell a 3-0 lead. An unassisted goal by Kayla Lynch in the 62nd minute put Lasell in front 4-0.
Chouinard got the visitors on the board in the 75th minute with her unassisted goal, but St. Joseph's was unable to threaten further, falling 4-1.
Leah Pappalardo (Whitman, Mass.) made one save in net for Lasell to earn the victory while Lorenzen made seven saves for St. Joseph's while being credited with the loss.
Lasell will close out the regular season with a non-conference road match at Rhode Island College on Wednesday October 30th at 4:00 p.m. St. Joseph's will host the University of Southern Maine in their regular season finale at 3:00 p.m.