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Lesley Athletics 2011 Year in Review

Lesley Athletics 2011 Year in Review

With four teams competing in NCAA Tournament play and three others opening inaugural seasons as NCAA sports, here's a look at one of the most successful years in the history of the Lynx in our 2011 Year in Review.

January 15, 2011
Seniors lead way as Lynx keep hold of first place
Brianne Caira and Kaitlyn Wechsler each enjoyed career games, with Caira finishing one block shy of a triple-double and Wechsler tossing in a career-high 32 points to go along with 15 rebounds in a 77-59 win over Southern Vermont.

January 24, 2011
Convincing win keeps Lynx atop NECC, 62-50 over Mitchell
Kaitlyn Wechsler scored 21 points, and Brianne Caira posted 11 points and 12 rebounds. Cassidy Freed and Rachael O’Mara each turned in 11 points and 11 rebounds as Lesley topped the Mariners to stay in first place at 7-0 in the NECC.

January 27, 2011
Freshmen spark Lynx men to first NECC win
Christian Fuentes responded to his first career start with three straight three-pointers, and Kris Bennett provided the second-half sparks with a pair of monster jams as the Lynx cruised to their first NECC win, 73-61 over Mitchell.

January 27, 2011
Wechsler's record night lifts Lynx at Rivier
Kaitlyn Wechsler tied Lesley's single-game scoring record with 33 points in Lesley's 75-69 victory at Rivier, shattering Lesley's single-game free throw record in the process by hitting 15 at the stripe.

January 31, 2011
Wechsler's historic run earns NECC Player of the Week
After averaging 26 points per game over the first-place Lynx 4-0 week and setting a pair of program records, senior Kaitlyn Wechsler was named NECC Player of the Week.

February 2, 2011
Lesley sends 24 students to NECC All-Academic Team
A total of 24 Lesley men's and women's fall student-athletes from four teams have been named to the NECC Academic All-Conference Team. Lesley women's soccer, women's cross country and women's volleyball teams all led or tied for the conference lead in representatives from their respective sports.

February 15, 2011
Lynx keep playoff hope afloat; Sanchez sets FT mark
John Sanchez converted on 17 free throws on 19 attempts, both Lesley records, as the Lynx kept their hopes playoff hopes alive in an 84-77 victory at Mitchell. Sanchez posted game-highs of 21 points and eight assists.

February 17, 2011
O'Mara's career night leads Lynx over Plymouth State
Rachael O'Mara scored a career-high 32 points, helping Lesley open a 40-20 halftime lead as the Lynx knocked off Little East Conference foe Plymouth State Thursday night. Kaitlyn Wechsler added 13 points and 13 rebounds as Lesley won a third straight.

February 19, 2011
Rachael O'Mara drops 30 in Senior Night clincher
Senior Rachael O'Mara led the Lynx with 30 points and 10 rebounds as Lesley clinched first place in the NECC with a 62-49 come-from-behind victory over Daniel Webster.

February 21, 2011
O'Mara named NECC Player of the Week
Following consecutive 30-point outings in a week in which she shot 65 percent from three-point range over three Lynx wins, red-hot forward Rachael O'Mara has been named NECC Player of the Week.

February 25, 2011
Look who's back: O'Mara, Lynx back in NECC title game
Rachael O'Mara's third consecutive 30-point outing, a 20-point effort from Kaitlyn Wechsler and Brianne Caira's 11th double-double landed the seniors in their third straight NECC title game.

February 26, 2011
Lynx fall short of title as Wechsler sets scoring record
Kaitlyn Wechsler set the Lesley all-time scoring mark of 1,471 points, but the Lynx fell short of a third straight NECC Championship, falling 64-52 to Daniel Webster. The senior finished with a game-high 22 points.

February 28, 2011
Sanchez named All-NECC First Team; Trejo honored
John Sanchez was named All-NECC First Team, as the 5-8 guard led the league in assists while also finishing third in scoring. Center Jesus Trejo was named All-NECC Honorable Mention.

February 28, 2011
Wechsler named All-NECC 1st Team; Caira, O'Mara to 2nd
Kaitlyn Wechsler was named to the All-NECC First Team, the league announced this afternoon. Fellow seniors Brianne Caira and Rachael O'Mara made All-NECC Second Team.

March 1, 2011
Gonzalez and Shaw named baseball captains
Five days before the first game in Lesley baseball history, Lynx players have chosen catcher Jeff Gonzalez and pitcher Noah Shaw as team co-captains, head coach Mike Rocco announced today.

March 5, 2011
A day of firsts on Opening Day for Lynx baseball
In the first games in program history, Lesley dropped a doubleheader to Colby-Sawyer, 10-1 and 3-0. Noah Shaw drove in the only Lynx run in Game 1 and threw a complete-game three-hitter in the night cap.

March 6, 2011
Dorval dominates as Lynx pick up first win
Freshman starter Jenn Dorval shut Penn State Behrend down over five shutout innings, limiting the Lions to two hits and striking out eight in the Lynx 9-0 win. Emily Mangiaratti went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs.

March 10, 2011
Wechsler first NECC player sent to NEWBA Senior Classic
After leading the NECC in scoring and becoming the Lynx all-time leading scorer, Kaitlyn Wechsler has become the first NECC player ever selected to the NEWBA Senior Classic, and annual all-star game that rounds up the region's finest seniors.

March 15, 2011
Trejo enjoys workout with Celtics NBDL staff
Lesley's Jesus Trejo took the first step towards playing at the next level when he participated in a private workout with the staff of the Maine Red Claws, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats.

March 22, 2011
Lynx top Regis on Reeves' record-setting senior night
Tyler Reeves set the Lesley all-time digs record, leading all players with 16, and the Lynx hit a season-high .364 as a team in a 3-0 win over visiting Regis on senior night in Cambridge.

March 28, 2011
Lau named All-NECC Honorable Mention
Outside hitter William Lau has been named All-NECC Honorable Mention after an outstanding freshman season in which he ranked among the team leaders in almost every statistical category.

April 9, 2011
No can do: Knox no-hitter leads Lesley sweep of Becker
Cassandra Knox's no-hitter led Lesley's doubleheader sweep of Becker College on Saturday in Cambridge, as the Lynx topped the Hawks 8-0 and 10-2. Lesley won for a seventh straight and ninth in 10 games.

April 11, 2011
Knox NECC Pitcher of the Week, Dorval Rookie of the Week
After leading their teams to a 4-2 week and 2-0 start to league play, Lesley University pitchers Cassandra Knox and Jennifer Dorval have been named NECC Pitcher of the Week and Rookie of the Week.

April 11, 2011
Mattox named NECC Player of the Week
After a 4-0 week in singles play and a 3-1 week in doubles action, Lesley sophomore Nick Mattox has been named NECC Player of the Week.

April 16, 2011
Apgar crushes two grand slams as Lynx rout Newbury
Sarah Apgar crushed a pair of grand slams in the second inning of Game 2, and fellow freshman Jenn Dorval went a combined 7-for-8 with five runs scored and four RBIs in a pair of five-inning wins for the Lynx, 17-1 and 19-0 over Newbury.

April 18, 2011
Lynx Brixey, Knox, Apgar earn NECC weekly awards
Outfielder Gaby Brixey was named NECC Player of the Week, starter Cassandra Knox notched the league's Pitcher of the Week award for a second straight week, and shortstop Sarah Apgar's power surge earned Rookie of the Week honors.

April 22, 2011
Knox throws another no-no as Lesley moves to 10-0
NECC Pitcher of the Week Cassandra Knox threw her second straight home no-hitter, as Lesley improved to 10-0 in league play with 9-0 and 19-1 wins over visiting Wheelock Friday evening.

April 25, 2011
Knox notches third straight Pitcher of the Week award
For the third straight week, Lynx starting pitcher Cassandra Knox has notched New England Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.

April 25, 2011
First-place Lynx move to 9-0 with 9-0 win over Wheelock
Lesley's first-place men's tennis team improved to 9-0 on the season with a 9-0 win over Wheelock Monday night. In his first time in the fifth singles slot, senior Beau Morimando was victorious, 6-2, 6-3.

April 27, 2011
Lynx named NECC co-champs after loss at Mitchell
Lesley and Mitchell will share the NECC regular season crown after the Mariners 8-1 win over the visiting Lynx Wednesday night. Christian Domingo earned Lesley's lone win, beating Andrew Small, 6-2, 6-3.

April 29, 2011
Knox throws one-hitter in Game 1, earns save in Game 2
Cassandra Knox tossed a one-hit shutout in Lesley's 8-0 Game 1 win at Mitchell and pitched fellow starter Jenn Dorval out of a seventh-inning pickle in their team's 4-2 Game 2 victory, the 14th straight for the first-place Lynx.

April 30, 2011
Senior day sweep caps undefeated NECC finish
Cassandra Knox pitched her third no-hitter of the month of April, this time combining with Nicole Mercurio on the no-no. Alyson Durben went 4-for-7 on her Senior Day, including this stand-up triple in the first inning of Game 1, as Lesley finished NECC play 16-0 by winning its record 16th straight.

April 30, 2011
Lesley's Newton featured in Boston Globe
Lesley men's tennis player David Newton's unique path to Lesley University and NCAA athletics was the subject of a feature article by reporter Amalie Benjamin in Saturday's Boston Globe.

May 1, 2011
Domingo wins NECC fifth singles title
Lesley's Christian Domingo won the New England Collegiate Conference fifth singles title on Sunday, beating Mitchell College's Andrew Small, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

May 2, 2011
DiPietrantonio Rookie of the Year; four Lynx to All-NECC
Lesley freshman Paolo DiPietrantonio has been named New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Year, the league announced today. Additionally, four Lynx players received All-NECC First Team honors.

May 7, 2011
Tourney-bound: Lynx head back to NCAA Tournament with fourth straight championship, 3-1 over Elms
Lesley earned its fourth league title in a row with a 3-1 win over Elms College in Saturday's NECC Championship. Cassandra Knox pitched the Lynx to victory for a second straight NECC title game, throwing a complete-game three hitter while Alyson Durben's two-run double proved to be the difference-maker.

May 9, 2011
Five first-teamers as Lynx win big on NECC awards
Five Lesley softball players were named to the All-NECC First Team, including Jenn Dorval, who captured NECC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors, and Cassandra Knox, who was named NECC Pitcher of the Year for a second straight year.

May 12, 2011
Lynx lose wild one in NCAA opener, 7-4 to Coast Guard
Lesley fell short in its upset bid of nationally-ranked Coast Guard, losing to the No. 6 team in the nation in a wild contest in Providence. Jenn Dorval pitched solid in relief, catcher Molly Sarson went 1-for-3 with a run, and Nicole Mercurio added an RBI single.

May 13, 2011
Late comeback falls short as Lynx succumb to Gulls, 4-2
Lesley's seventh-inning, two-out comeback fell short Friday, as the No. 7 Lynx lost to No. 3 Endicott College in NCAA Tournament play, 4-2. Lesley finishes its season 29-7 after a 16-0 record in league play and the program's second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

May 16, 2011
Three Lynx players named to NFCA All-New England Teams
After the most successful season in Lynx softball history, three Lesley University players have been honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in being named to the NFCA's All-New England teams, the top regional honor.

June 1, 2011
Durben named NECC Student-Athlete of the Year
Lesley women's soccer and softball all-star Alyson Durben has been named NECC Female Student-Athlete of the Year, an honor the league reserves for its top graduating senior based on a career of outstanding athletic, academic and community accomplishments.

June 6, 2011
Women's teams win third straight NECC Champions Cup
For a third consecutive year, Lesley University's women's athletics teams captured the NECC's Champion's Cup, the league's sport-wide winnings leader board. Three of Lesley's six women's teams won NECC titles, with two more making the NECC championship game.

June 7, 2011
Nine Lynx among 89 Academic All-NECC Student-Athletes
Nine Lesley University student were among the 89 Academic All-NECC student-athletes for the spring semester, the league announced.

June 23, 2011
NCAA honors Mangiaratti as national runs leader
The NCAA has announced that Lesley leadoff hitter Emily Mangiaratti led all players in the nation in runs per game in 2011. The sophomore averaged 1.42 runs per game in leading the Lynx to the NCAA Tournament.

June 28, 2011
Leah Lipschitz names women's basketball head coach
Former Boston University and Emmanuel College player and Mount Ida College assistant coach Leah Lipschitz was named the fifth women's basketball head coach in Lesley history.

July 26, 2011
From Lynx to Leones: Trejo continues climb to pros
Jesus Trejo, Lesley’s all-time scoring and rebounding leader, has embarked on his professional career after signing on to play for the Leones de Santo Domingo of the Ligo de Nacional Baloncesto (LNB) of the Dominican Republic.

August 29, 2011
Lynx soccer teams conduct clinics for America SCORES
The Lesley University men’s and women’s soccer teams traveled to Quincy, MA on Friday, August 26th to participate in their annual community service project with America SCORES.

September 1, 2011
Lynx silence Lions in season opener

Ali Sozeri's first career hat trick as goalkeeper Max Perkins earned his first shutout since 2009 in Lesley's 4-0 win at Eastern Nazarene.

September 4, 2011
Lightning strikes twice in comeback for Domingo's Lynx
Trailing 1-0 in the 83rd minute, two nearly identical headers from Christian Domingo, both coming on indirect kicks from Ari Sinanis, lifted the Lynx to a 2-1 victory over visiting Mount Ida.

September 12, 2011
Lesley's Jackee Sanchez named NECC Player of the Week
Sophomore Jackee Sanchez has been named NECC Player of the Week after a ten-point week in which she scored four goals and added two assists over a pair of Lynx victories.

September 12, 2011
Abubakar nets game-winner in final ticks of 2-1 OT win
Lesley’s Ahmed Abubakar celebrates with teammate Dallas Eubanks after scoring the game-winning goal with eight seconds remaining in overtime in a 2-1 win over Suffolk.

September 19, 2011
Career games for Sanchez, Apgar as Lynx topple Amcats
Lesley jumped out to a 7-0 halftime lead behind four first-half goals from midfielder Jackee Sanchez and three assists from Sarah Apgar, and with their sophomores' career games, the Lynx coasted to an 8-0 win at Anna Maria.

September 19, 2011
Lynx sophomores take men's, women's NECC honors
Lesley sophomore cross country runners Kyle Casiglio and Leah Miller have been named New England Collegiate Conference Runners of the Week, the league announced this afternoon.

September 21, 2011
Lynx silence Lions, retain Charles River Cup
Lesley shut down Emerson with a 2-0 victory Wednesday night in the Charles River Cup, retaining the Cup for the third consecutive season. Ali Sozeri and Ari Sinanis each scored for the Lynx, the second straight game the duo has scored Lesley's first two goals.

September 25, 2011
Lynx stay undefeated in NECC with sweep of Mariners
The first-place Lynx improved to 3-0 in NECC play with a 9-0 sweep of visiting Mitchell College, as Lesley's Emily Scolaro picked up wins in fifth singles and third doubles.

September 26, 2011
Lesley's Smith named NECC Player of the Week
Women's tennis' Nicole Smith has been named NECC Player of the Week after a 2-0 week in a pair of victories for the first place Lynx.

September 26, 2011
Big week earns Sanchez NECC honors
Jackee Sanchez was named New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week after scoring five goals and 10 points in a pair of Lynx wins.

September 27, 2011
Benway named director of athletics
Associate athletics director and head softball coach Jen Benway was promoted to director of athleticsm, replacing Stanley Vieira, who left Lesley after 12 years of service.

October 1, 2011
Determined Lynx outlast Elms, 3-2, in NECC opener
Kayla Henry led all players with 33 kills and Kate Miller tossed a match-best 33 assists in Lesley's 3-2 win over Elms in both team's NECC opener on Saturday.

October 3, 2011
McCormack, Miller garner NECC weekly awards
Lesley University cross country runner Caroline McCormack was named New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week and Leah Miller was named NECC Runner of the Week, the league announced Monday.

October 3, 2011
Casiglio, Reseska named NECC Runner, Rookie of Week
Lesley University cross country runner Kyle Casiglio was named New England Collegiate Conference Runner of the Week and freshman Evan Reseska was named NECC Rookie of the Week, the league announced Monday.

October 8, 2011
Fralick hat trick lifts Lynx in overwhelming 14-0 win
Jenna Fralick scored a hat trick in Lesley's 14-0 win over Wheelock Saturday afternoon. Eleven other Lynx scored a goal a piece as the Lynx outshot Wheelock 55-3.

October 10, 2011
Senior Michelle Side named NECC Player of the Week
Lesley's Michelle Side was named New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week following a 2-0 effort in first singles play.

October 10, 2011
Johnson named NECC Rookie of the Week
After leading the Lynx in kills in both matches during the Lynx 1-1 week, freshman Danielle Johnson has been named New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week.

October 10, 2011
Berreondo named NECC Rookie of the Week
Lesley's Herbin Berreondo was named NECC Rookie of the Week after tallying a goal and an assist in the Lynx 12-1 win at Wheelock on Saturday.

October 10, 2011
Casiglio, Miller named NECC Runners of the Week
Lesley University sophomores Kyle Casiglio and Leah Miller have been named New England Collegiate Conference Runners of the Week, the league announced Monday.

October 11, 2011
First-place Lynx improve to 5-0 in NECC with 5-0 win
With sole possession of first place in the balance, Jenna Fralick tied a Lesley record with three assists and Veronica Halen scored her league-leading 13th and 14th goals of the year in leading the Lynx to 5-0 in NECC play with a 5-0 win over Becker.

October 14, 2011
Lesley's Leah Miller finishes in 1st, leads Lynx women to victory at Saints Invitational; men finish 3rd
Leah Miller finished first out of 162 runners with a time of 19:39 in leading the Lynx women to a first place finish out of 17 teams at Friday's Saints Invitational. The Lynx men finished 3rd out of 16 teams.

October 17, 2011
Casiglio, Miller again named NECC Runners of the Week
For a second straight week, Lesley sophomore cross country runners Kyle Casiglio and Leah Miller were each named New England Collegiate Conference Runner of the Week, the league announced Monday.

October 24, 2011
Michelle Side named All-NECC; Lynx win team award
Lesley's Michelle Side was named All-New England Collegiate Conference First Team, the league announced Monday. The Lynx also won the NECC's Team Sportsmanship Award.

October 26, 2011
Sozeri's soccer evolution featured in "Daily Progress"
Lesley's Ali Sozeri's evolution from Turkish basketball recruit with soccer dreams to American soccer all-star is the subject of a feature article in today's issue of "The Daily Feature" in Charlottesburg, VA, where the Lynx forward starred as a prepster.

October 29, 2011
Lynx men, women cross country repeat as NECC champs
Both the Lynx men's and women's cross country teams repeated as NECC champions on Saturday, with Leah Miller winning NECC Runner of the Year at 19:07 and Elize McKelvey coming in third at 19:47.

October 30, 2011
Seniors connect on game-winner in senior day win
Beau Morimando assisted to fellow senior Christian Domingo on the game-winning goal in the second half of Lesley's 1-0 win over Newbury on senior day at Edward Field.

October 30, 2011
Lynx come back from 0-2 for 3-2 senior day victory
Lesley rallied from an 0-2 deficit to knock of second-place Newbury, 3-2, Sunday afternoon on Kayla Henry's senior day. Henry led all players with four service aces as the Lynx have now won five of their last seven.

October 31, 2011
Johnson named Rookie of the Week, Lynx earn No. 5 seed
Lesley's Danielle Johnson has been named New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week, the league announced Monday. The freshman led Lesley to a 4-0 week and No. 5 seed in the NECC Tournament

November 1, 2011
Sanchez tabbed as preseason All-America Honorable Mention, NECC Player of the Year by D-III News
Lesley senior point guard John Sanchez has been chosen as a Preseason All-American and named NECC Preseason Player of the Year by D-III News.

November 2, 2011
Lynx survive wild playoff battle on Ali's record effort
Sophomore Ali Sozeri tied a Lesley record with four goals in No. 3 Lesley's 5-3 win over No. 6 Mitchell in NECC Quarterfinals play in Cambridge Wednesday night.

November 3, 2011
Lynx back in title game after 2-0 win over Becker
No. 1 Lesley got a long first half score from Kate Ryder and an early second half header from Jackee Sanchez in advancing to a fourth straight NECC Championship, 2-0 over No. 4 Becker.

November 4, 2011
Lesley advances to NECC Championship, 3-1 at DWC
For a third time in four years, Lesley will return to the NECC Championship, this time with a trip to the NCAA Tournament at stake. Ari Sinanis' second half penalty kick snapped a 1-1 tie and was the eventual game-winner.

November 6, 2011
Lynx dominate Mounties in NECC Finals; NCAA's next
After tying a Lesley record with four goals in the Lynx victory over Mitchell on Ali Sozeri made league history Sunday, becoming the the first player with a hat trick in an NECC Championship in Lesley's 4-0 win.

November 7, 2011
Lesley sends three to NECC Men's Soccer First Team
For a second straight season, Ali Sozeri, Ari Sinanis and Christian Domingo were all named to the All-NECC First Team, the league announced.

November 7, 2011
Lesley's Halen named NECC Player of the Year
Lesley's Veronica Halen has been named 2011 New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year, the league announced this afternoon. Lynx head coach Paul Vasconcelos was again named NECC Coach of the Year.

November 7, 2011
Johnson named All-NECC Second Team, Ortwein honored
Lesley freshman Danielle Johnson was named All-New England Collegiate Conference Third Team, the league announced today. Megan Ortwein was named All-NECC Honorable Mention.

November 10, 2011
Goalkeeper Perkins featured in Thursday's Boston Globe

Lesley's Max Perkins leads the Lynx into the program's first NCAA Tournament game on Sunday, but for the goalkeeper, taking the field has sometimes been the biggest obstacle.'s Marvin Pave explains.

November 12, 2011
Lynx can't hold early lead in NCAA loss at Babson
Lesley's Ari Sinanis put the Lynx ahead 1-0 just two minutes in, but the Beavers tied the game two minutes later and added three scores in the last 10 minutes for the 5-1 NCAA Tournament win.

November 12, 2011
Lynx women 23rd, men 31st at NCAA Regionals
Lesley women's cross country raced to a program-record 23rd-place finish and the men finished in 31st place at NCAA New England Regionals hosted by Bowdoin College.

November 19, 2011
Lynx outshoot Canton, win New England College Tip-Off
Lesley's John Sanchez scored a game-high 21 points in the Lynx 66-53 victory over SUNY-Canton to win the New England College Tip-Off Tournament.

November 21, 2011
Domingo selected to NEISL Senior All-Star Game
Lesley defender Christian Domingo has been selected to play in the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) Senior All-Star game on Sunday, November 27.

November 29, 2011
Fralick selected for NEWISA Senior Bowl
Lesley's Jenna Fralick has been selected for the 2011 NEWISA Senior Bowl, a collection of the top graduating talent from throughout New England.

December 3, 2011
Lynx men's, women's track compete in first NCAA event at Jay Carisella Track & Field Invite
The men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed in their first meet as NCAA programs at the Jay Carisella Track & Field Invitational at Boston's Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center.

December 6, 2011
Lesley names Lok-Tin Yao men's volleyball coach
Lok-Tin Yao was officially named new Lesley men's volleyball coach. Yao enters with a track record of success as an assistant at Wheaton and Emerson.

December 13, 2011
Bennett dunk chosen as finalist for ECAC Play of the Week
Kris Bennett's two-handed, and-one facial was chosen as a finalist for ECAC Play of the Week.

December 15, 2011
Fralick named NSCAA All-New England
After a career year as a senior, Lesley forward Jenna Fralick has become the first Lynx women's player ever named to an NSCAA all-star team.

December 15, 2011
Lynx send record three to NSCAA All-New England
Lesley men's soccer sent a program-record three players to the NSCAA Division III All-New England North Team in Christian Domingo, Ari Sinanis and Ali Sozeri.