Rams bolster defence
“It captured my interest,” she said. “Dal AC offers strong science programs and it gives me the opportunity to continue to play soccer.”
Lynds joins a women’s soccer program that had a rough 2018 season in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA). The Rams finished joint-bottom of the seven-team conference with the Crandall Chargers with a 1-11 record while surrendering a league-high 49 goals in 12 matches. It was a season of transition for the Rams after going all the way to the national championship tournament in 2017 and finishing atop the conference standings at 8-1-3 (W-L-T).
Nonetheless, the centre back is looking forward to trying to return the Rams back to contending status and further her skills at the college level.
“I’m looking forward to playing in the ACAA,” she said. “I’m very determined to give my best effort every time I step on the field to support the goals of my team.”
Lynds patrolled the pitch with the Cobequid Cougars varsity high school side this Fall and also has experience at the club level with the CC Riders and XFC programs. Currently she is playing senior women’s winter soccer in New Glasgow.
Rams coach Jackie Ryan is excited to add a player of Lynds experience to the fold.
“She’s an elite player who will join our program and be a difference-maker right away,” she said. “She brings a lot of skill, experience and leadership, not to mention a great character that will be an amazing addition to our program.”
Lynds has been playing soccer since she was four years old. That experience, and her position at the back, has allowed her to be able to anticipate the play and convert that to her teammates up the pitch.
“I enjoy playing defence,” she said. “It allows me to see the field and read and communicate the play to my teammates.”
Baillie will continue the family tradition at the DAL AC. Her mother Jean , played for the NSAC Rams and was a Nova Scotia College Conference MVP , while her brother Jack has just completed two years for the Soccer Rams, before moving to continue his Engineering Degree at DAL Halifax in the fall of 2019.