NEWTON, Mass. - Senior Megan Cullen (Amesbury, MA) drove home two goals to send the No. 1 seeded Lasell women's soccer team to the GNAC semifinal for the seventh season in a row and end the season for the No. 8 seed University of Saint Joseph. The Lasers bested the Blue Jays of Saint Joseph, 2-0, to improve their overall record to 16-2-1 on the year. The Blue Jays, who met Lasell in the GNAC semifinal last season, played in their final game of the 2016 campaign and finish at 6-11-1 overall.
Casey Meissner (Sandwich, MA) and Sabrina Morais (Arlington, MA) assisted both goals of the contest for Lasell.
The Lasers controlled the entire post-season match, holding a 24-4 and 11-0 advantage in shots and corner kicks, respectively. Lasell's back line yielded the Blue Jays to just three shots on net in the full 90 minutes played, which were all stopped by junior keeper Sarah LaClair (Belchertown, MA).
In the 26th minute, Lasell opened the scoring as Meissner sent a through ball between two USJ defenders to Cullen's feet, who poked the ball past the left side of USJ's freshman keeper Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, NY). The Lasers penetrated the net three more times after the marker, but Ricci was there to make the stop each time in her 15th cap of her freshman campaign.
Lasell converted on its first scoring opportunity in the second half, as Morais chipped a diagonal ball to space for Cullen, who then netted her team-leading 20th goal of the season.
The Lasers remained composed in the back as Saint Joseph picked up its sense of urgency and pushed forward. Lasell would catch Saint Joseph with an offside trap five times, to keep the visiting score at zero.
LaClair improves to 15-2-1 overall between the posts for the Lasers with three saves on the day in her seventh shutout of the season. Ricci closed her rookie campaign at 6-9-1.
The Lasers will move on and host the Monks of Saint Joseph's Maine on Wednesday, November 2 with kickoff slated for 2:00 p.m. The loss concludes the 2016 season for the Blue Jays.