STRAIGHT TO EIGHT: Women's Soccer Crowned 2017 GNAC Champions

STRAIGHT TO EIGHT: Women's Soccer Crowned 2017 GNAC Champions

NEWTON, Mass. (11/4/17) – For the eighth consecutive year, the Lasell College women's soccer team captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) title, defeating the second-seeded Wildcats of Johnson & Wales 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Taylor Field.

With an overall record of 13-5, the Lasers earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth year in a row, while the Wildcats finish the 2017 campaign at 16-4-1.

Like she has done all season, junior Carly Zdanek (Newton, N.J.) was the hero of the match, scoring both goals for the Lasers.  Zdanek's first goal came at the 34-minute mark, when Morgan Pinksten (Pelham, N.H.)  found her through the right side. Zdanek lofted the ice breaker past an outstretched Colleen Lynch, giving the Lasers a 1-0 that rolled into halftime.

Overall, the Lasers held a 19-12 advantage in shots, as senior Sarah LaClair (Belchertown, Mass.) saved all eight bids on net from the Wildcats. Lasell kept the high pressure on, opening the second stanza with four shots in the first five minutes. Zdanek struck again in the 53rd minute, this time on a pass from classmate Erika Badger (Scituate, Mass.), to give the Lasers some breathing room heading into the final third of the contest.

The Wildcats had their best opportunities toward the end of the contest, as Kali Trunca and Cat Nolan tested LaClair, but the senior keeper stood tall in net to preserve the shutout, the 24th of her career. Lynch made seven saves in the effort, and drops to 16-3-1 this season.

The NCAA DIII women's soccer selection show is set for Monday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m.