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Senior Soccer Star is Lasell’s First Female All-American

MacKenzie "Mack" Kingman '17 was the first female athlete in Lasell history to earn All-America honors.

MacKenzie "Mack" Kingman '17

While most of Lasell's student body was on winter break in January, MacKenzie "Mack" Kingman '17 was having lunch in Los Angeles with her family and soccer coaches. The 21-year-old was being honored at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) annual convention which celebrates All-America players at the youth, high school and college levels.

Kingman is the first female athlete in College history to earn All-America honors, the only New England defender this year to earn either First or Second Team All-America status, and one of just seven players from New England schools selected overall. She is also the first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) female honoree, and is the only player, male or female, given an NSCAA All-America honor in 2016.

Being chosen as an All-American is both an honor and a surreal feeling," the four-time GNAC champion says. "It means even more to end my Lasell soccer career with this opportunity to represent my team and the College as a whole." A three-time All-GNAC honoree over her Laser career, Kingman was named the league's Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while earning her first, First Team All-Conference spot. Kingman startedin all 22 games in the program's winningest season and anchored the defense for a team that allowed just 18 goals all year and earned 10 of its 18 wins in shutout fashion.

"Mack has deeply impacted our program since day one of her freshman year," Head Coach Vito La Francesca tells Leaves. "She came to us as an attacking midfielder and played a little defense in her sophomore year. It wasn't until this year that she converted to a permanent defender," he continues. "Much of our program's success has been through her leadership and talent."

Kingman played in 85 of Lasell's games over her career at the College, a mark that ranks third in the Lasers' all-time record books, and scored four goals and 12 total points. She helped Lasell win GNAC championships in each of her four seasons. This year's senior class, including Kingman, did not lose a single Conference match during their entire career after finishing in Fall 2016 with a 10-0-1 GNAC mark.

Kingman is now the third Lasell athlete to be recognized at the All-America level, as Michael Skelton '14 was honored in 2013 also by the NSCAA, along with José Guitian '09, a D-3 Hoops All-American back in 2009.

Coming from East Bridgewater, MA and "a smaller town high school," Kingman tells Leaves she knew she would be "better suited for a smaller college, and Lasell offered two major areas I was interested in, Hospitality Management and Fashion Retail Management." The Women's Soccer team, with its winning history, she adds, "was definitely a bonus and made Lasell an easy choice."

Characteristically modest about her achievements, Kingman is quick to say that "soccer is based on teamwork, and you have to learn to trust every player who steps on the field with you. Not focusing on individual talents and awards is what makes our Lasell team like a family, with amazing chemistry that sets us up for success, along with great guidance from our coaches."

"The award may have my name on it, but in reality it's a team effort."

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