Two Lasell Women’s Soccer players named All-New England

Two Lasell Women’s Soccer players named All-New England

NEWTON, Mass. – Two standouts on the Lasell College women's soccer team were recognized for their outstanding seasons on Tuesday with selection to the 2018 NCAA All-New England Team, as announced by the United Soccer Coaches.

Seniors Carly Zdanek (Newton, N.J./Newton) and Sabrina Morais (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) were honored from Lasell, as both earned repeat selections. Zdanek was named to this year's Second Team after earning First Team honors a year ago, and Morais was tabbed a Third Team choice this year after earning Second Team honors last season.

A 5-5 forward and three-time First Team All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference selection, Zdanek led the team in scoring for the second straight year, finishing with 10 goals, five assists and 25 points. She scored two goals in four straight Laser victories in September, and ended her season tied for ninth in the GNAC in goals and 10th in points. A Third Team All-America in 2017, Zdanek completes her career with 44 goals, 20 assists and 108 points in 82 games, ranking fourth in program history in goals and points and tied for third in assists.

A 5-2 back and three-time All-Conference selection, Morais tallied four goals and five assists for 13 points this fall, tied for the team lead in assists and fourth in points. She collected three assists in a win over Anna Maria College, and she scored the game-winning goal in Lasell's playoff victory over Saint Joseph (Conn.). A four-year starter who played much of her career at midfield, Morais finishes with 15 goals, 11 assists and 41 points in 78 games. Morais was also Lasell's representative on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

Lasell finished the season with a 14-6 overall record under 12th-year head coach Vito La Francesca, and an 11-1 mark in the GNAC to capture the regular season title. The Lasers were upset by Saint Joseph's College (Maine) in the conference championship game, 1-0, breaking their unprecedented streak of eight straight GNAC titles.

For the complete 2018 NCAA Division III Women's All-New England Team, click here.


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