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KANSAS CITY, MO -- Juniors Carly Zdanek (Newton, N.J.) has been named a United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III All-America Third Team selection, it was announced on Thursday night by the organization. Zdanek was the lone GNAC student-athlete to receive the national recognition, and also collected First Team All-Region honors.
Six other GNAC players earned Second Team All-Region recognition, including Lasell's Sabrina Morais, Johnson & Wales University's Olivia Cairrao, Deja Hursey and Kali Trunca, and Saint Joseph's College of Maine's Haley DaGraca and Emily DeLuca. For the cimplete All-Region teams, please click here.
Tabbed as GNAC Player of the Year, Zdanek recorded a team-high 38 points, including 17 goals for the Lasers in 19 games. Of Zdanek's goals, seven were game-winners for the Lasers. In the GNAC Championship, Zdanek would net both Lasell goals versus Johnson & Wales in a 2-0 victory, lifting the Lasers to their eighth straight conference title. Zdanek recorded a career-high 76 shots, with 46 on-goal.
Morais joined Zdanek on the All-GNAC First Team announced earlier this month. In her junior campaign, Morias recorded one goal and two assists for the Lasers, putting 11 of her 20 shots on-goal.For her lone goal of the season, Morais capitalized on a penalty-kick enroute to the Lasers 5-0 victory over conference foe Norwich on October 18th. Morais helped anchor a Lasell defense that boasted ten shutouts for the second consecutive season, with only 20 goals-against all season.
Lasell finished the 2017 campaign with a 10-1-0 conference record, finishing the season 13-6-0 with their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
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