The Lesley University men's soccer team will continue their season after receiving a bid into the ECAC Division III Men's Soccer Championship for the fourth time in program history. The Lynx will travel to second-seeded Lasell College on Wednesday, November 13th for a 1:30p kick-off.
No. 7 Lesley University Lynx (9-8-2, 3-3-1 NECC) at No. 2 Lasell College Lasers (15-3-2, 7-1-1 GNAC)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – 1:30p
Taylor Field – Lasell College
Lesley dropped a 1-0 decision in the New England Collegiate Conference Semifinals to Elms College, the eventual NECC Champions. The Lynx have been in close games all season, with seven of their losses coming in one-goal matches. Lesley senior goalkeeper and NECC Goalkeeper of the Year, Nathan Trucks (Guilford, Conn.), has been outstanding all season long picking up eight of Lesley's nine wins. Trucks has posted four shutouts while boasting a 0.84 goals-against average.
The bulk of the Lynx offense comes from freshman forward Erik Johansen (West Harrison, N.Y.). The NECC Rookie of the Year award winner posted a team-high 13 goals to go with his two assists for a team-leading 28 points.
This marks the fourth time in program history that the Lynx have received a bid to the ECAC Tournament. Last season, Lesley dropped a 2-0 decision to top-seeded Roger Williams University.
The Lasers earned the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) regular season crown and top-seed in the GNAC Tournament, posting a 7-1-1 record in conference play. Lasell was upset by Johnson & Wales in the GNAC Finals, playing to a 3-3 tie before the Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament on penalty kicks, 5-3. Senior Mike Skelton (Conway, N.H) was named GNAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, posting 20 goals and four assists. Sophomore Connor Fitzgerald (Marshfield, Mass.) helps Skelton up front, posting a strong season with six goals and five assists.
In between the pipes, sophomore Miguel Colmenares (Caracas, Venezuela) posted six shutouts in 20 appearances, holding a 1.06 goals-against average.
This is the fourth time the Lasers have been selected for the ECAC Tournament. In 2012, Lasell played Endicott College to a scoreless tie before the Gulls advance on penalty kicks, 3-2.
2013 ECAC Division III Men's Soccer Championship
First Round – Wednesday, Nov. 13
No. 7 Lesley University (9-8-2) at No. 2 Lasell College (15-3-1), 1:30p
No. 6 Mount Ida College (8-7-3) at No. 3 Worcester State University (11-4-4), 7p
No. 5 Colby-Sawyer College (9-8-3) at No. 4 Norwich University (11-4-4), 7 p
Semifinals – Saturday, Nov. 16th at Springfield College
No. 1 Springfield College (13-6) vs. No. 4 Norwich/No. 5 Colby-Sawyer Winner, Noon
No. 2 Lasell 2/No. 7 Lesley Winner vs. No. 3 Worcester State/No. 4 Mount Ida Winner, 2p
Championship – Sunday, November 17th at Springfield College
Two Semifinal Winners, Noon