Lauren Lukis is in her 15th season at the helm of the Bentley University women’s soccer program in 2017.
Lukis led the Falcons to a highly successful 2016 campaign that saw her team push for a playoff spot in the highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference to the final day of the regular season. The team got off to a roaring start with an unbeaten record in its first seven matches at 5-0-2. Later in the season, they defeated AIC, which finished in 2nd place, 2-1 in a dramatic double overtime match.
At season’s end, forward Ana Tantum, who finished her career T-2nd in Bentley history in goals and 4th in points, was named 2nd team All-Conference for the second straight season. Two players, Stephanie Helin and Riane Hunt, were named All-Rookie. Four players were named to the All-New England teams.
Lukis has led Bentley two berths in the NE-10 playoffs in the 2003 and 2007 seasons. In 2007, the Falcons returned to the postseason after a four-year absence following a resurgent season that saw them move up six spots in the league standings from the previous year.
The 2011 campaign saw the Falcons earn 15 more points in Northeast-10 play from the previous season, the biggest jump among the conference’s 16 teams. Lukis also guided Bentley to the first win in program history over traditional conference power Franklin Pierce.
Lukis had a successful first season at the helm in 2003, leading the Falcons to new heights as they were ranked nationally (No. 20 on Oct. 22nd) for the first time in the program’s history. Bentley finished its first season under Lukis at 10-6-2, 7-5-2 in the NE-10 and qualified for the postseason.
Lukis, a Holliston native, came to Bentley after two years as an assistant coach at Brandeis University (2001-2002) and one at UMass-Lowell (2000). She has earned a national coaching diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Lukis played two seasons at Bentley, helping the Falcons to their first .500 season (8-8-3 in 1995) and first winning season (13-5-2 in 1996). A starting midfielder both seasons, she amassed 20 points in 39 career games. She also was a two-year letterwinner in track while at Bentley.
She finished her collegiate career at Clark, where she was also a two-year starter before receiving her degree in psychology in 1999. In 1998, the Cougars finished 17-2-1, were ranked third in Division III, and captured the league championship.
Post college, Lukis has played with the Azzurri in the Eastern Massachusetts Division I Women’s Soccer League. She also played with the Rhode Island Rays of the W-League for six seasons. In addition, Lukis also served as captain of the Massachusetts Regional Select Team, who she led to four regional championships. With the Select Team, she competed in the 2002 and 2003 U.S. Soccer Festival and the 2003 Donnelly Cup.
In 2004, Lukis competed with the Mass. Select Team in the Regional Tournament in Binghamton, N.Y. She was chosen to the Region I team for her work in Binghamton and was named captain of the team, which participated in the U.S. Soccer Fesitival in Milwaukee.
Her success on the field continued as a member of the Senior Select Women’s Soccer Team. She led the team to four straight Region I titles, the most recent coming in 2008, and she earned Most Valuable Player honors in the 2005 Region I Tournament. Lukis and her Massachusetts teammates also represented Region I at the Donnelly Cup in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
As a result of her outstanding play during the Region I tournament in 2005, Lukis was named to the USASA National Select Team (also known as the USA National “B” Team). She was one of just 36 players to make the squad and participate in the USASA National Select Team Camp, which was held in July 2005 at the Home Depot Center. In the summer of 2009, she was a member of the Boston Aztecs of the WPSL and the Boston Breakers’ reserve squad.