After graduating six players from last year's New England Collegiate Conference championship squad, seventh-year women's soccer head coach Paul Vasconcelos announced his seven-member recruiting class that will join the team this fall.
The Lynx announced the addition of defenders Brooke Bruneman, Jasmine Sanchez and Morgan Zack, midfielders Lindsey Bos and Tara Coleman, along with forwards Cassidy Hopkins and Marysol Flores.
"We had some important holes to fill this year," said Vasconcelos. "We feel we kept with our recent success of getting high-academic kids from all over the country. We look forward to watching these student-athletes contribute to our winning tradition."
Morgan Zack (Bellavue, Wash.) played her high school ball at Issaquah High School (WA) where she saw action at both defender and midfielder and was three-time All-KingCo Conference selection. She also played club for Lance Fischbach at Wastington State powerhouse Eastside FC.
"Morgan is an athletic kid who has a great work ethic and can play both in the back and in the midfield. We had been working on getting a kid from Eastside for sometime and couldn't be happier with Morgan," Vasconcelos said.
"Lindsey is a hard-working, intelligent player that played in a very competitive league in Southern California. She is a great teammate and can play a few different positions for us and has a cannon of a free kick that we are looking forward to see in action."
"Cassidy is a talented player who played and trained in a strong club system. We feel she will give us good depth at the forward position and be a great player for us in the future.
"Tara is an athletic kid, who plays tough and competes. Tara will give us some depth in our midfield."
Jasmine Sanchez (Chino, Calif.) joins Lesley from Rio Hondo College (CA) where she was the captain of the Roadrunners along with being a First-Team All-Foothill Conference selection and named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American.
"Jasmine is an outstanding student-athlete who is an ideal fit here at Lesley. She is a tough, hard-nosed defender that gives us immediate experience in the back line."
Joining Sanchez in Cambridge is Rio Hondo teammate Marysol Flores (Pico Rivera, Calif.). Flores was also a First-Team All-Foothill conference selection under Rio Hondo head coach Jennifer Tanaka.
"Marysol is a quick, athletic player who can play anywhere on the outside. She has a great shot and is going to play more of an attacking role with us."
Brooke Bruneman (San Francisco, Calif.) travels to Cambridge from San Francisco, Calif. where she was captain at St Ignatius High School where she played defense and midfield. Bruneman was named a West Catholic Athletic League First-Team selection and played her club ball at Marin FC Soccer Club.
"Brooke is a kid we really liked from the first time we saw her. She has a great mix of speed, height and athleticism and we think she has the ability to be a great back here at Lesley."
Lesley went 16-3-2 in 2012 and was undefeated in NECC play at 8-0. The Lynx open practice August 19th and kick off the regular season on August 30th in Cambridge against Suffolk University.