Lasell basketball to the conference semifinals

By Stephen Brennan

As the clock winded down on Tuesday night, you could see the emotion go from cheek to cheek on the Lasell Basketball players as they realized they had just won their first conference tournament game as a collective group. Lasell College defeated Emmanuel College 80-73 at home. After the game was tied at 40 a piece at halftime, Lasell took the little control that they could in the second half and fought their way to a much deserved victory. With this win, the Lasell men move onto to the semifinals conference tournament game against #1 seed and the #23 team in the nation Albertus Magnus College.

In the biggest game of the season, Lasell got the most out of their players that they could. Javon Williams was the leading scorer with 25 points, but he got a lot of help especially from sophomore bench star Ernest McNeil who had 11 points and 12 rebounds, his first double double of the season. Although Javon was without a doubt the leading scorer it was a team effort. They could not have won the game without every ounce of help they got from every player that stepped on to the court that night. This was a much needed win for the team and the program. The team leap frogged from 10th to 4th position in the conference standings.

The Lasell fan base came out in bunches Tuesday night tosupport of their home basketball team as well, and the crowd had a huge effect on the game. When there was a run, the crowd would get wild and it would rattle Emmanuel College. The next time Lasell plays is Thursday night. The team goes in with nothing to lose and everything to win, and they will without a doubt play their hearts out in order to advance to the conference championship game.

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Lasell College enters round one of the playoffs

By Will Henry

On Tuesday the 21, the Lasell College Men’s Basketball team will face judgment day, or the first round of the GNAC (Great Northeast Atlantic Conference) playoff rounds. The men’s team has entered the playoffs as the third seed with a three way tie between them, Emmanuel, and Johnson and Wales (RI). Each of the three teams have a GNAC record of 11 wins and 7 losses and an overall season record of 12 wins and 13 losses.

The team will play Emmanue at Lasell at 7p.m. Lasell gained home court advantage over Emmanuel for the game tonight due to a victory over Norwich University up in Northfield, Vermont. During this game, Lasell guard/forward Sean Bertanza passed the 1,000 career point mark by sinking his only three point shot early during the second half of the game and finished with a total of 19 points. Guard Arthur Alexander led the lasers in scoring with a career high of 27 points and by going an impressive seven out of ten from the three point line. Seniors Javon Williams and Nate Disessa each finished with point totals of 20 and 3 points each for their final regular season games. To read more about this Lasell Men’s basketball victory, you can visit the school’s sports website.

The team knows that this could be the last “hurrah” for certain players. Both Williams and Disessa are graduating at the end of the school year and they will be missed as players and classmates, and not to mention dear friends to many of the students here on campus. The entire team will surely be committed to win for these two, knowing that they won’t get another shot at it as college athletes.


Playing For a Cause

By Charlie Dilella

This Saturday, February 11, the Lasell women’s and men’s basketball teams will host Albertus Magnus. The proceeds from both these games will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and to promote cancer awareness.

The teams, along with the rest of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), will participate in the Play 4Kay initiative  from February 10 through the 20.  The 14 schools associated with the Division III conference come from Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

The women’s teams will wear pink warm-up shirts before their 1 p.m. game in order to raise awareness. The men’s team will follow at 3 p.m.

The Kay Yow Cancer Foundation was is named after longtime long time North Carolina State University women’s basketball coach Sandra “Kay” Yow.  Since it establishment in 2007, it’s goal has been to aid and find a cure in the fight against various cancers affecting women today. It does this through raising money for scientific research, providing financial assistance for those who need it, and creating public awareness of these impact cancers.

Up to her passing in 2009, Yow worked in conjunction with other charities and companies such as Nike, the V Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. For more information regarding the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or ways you can get involved, visit the foundation’s website.

When asked about attending the game, senior , 22, Mikhail Krevosky said, “I was planning on attending the game regardless, but its great that students and other people become aware and have the chance to get involved with this charity.”He added that, “I’m glad that Lasell is donating the proceeds from the game to the foundation.”


Taking on Albertus Magnus

By Stephen Brennan

On Saturday, at 3 pm the men’s basketball team of Lasell College will be hosting the men’s basketball team of Albertus Magnus College. Lasell has improved greatly, moving to a 10-12 record and 9-6 in conference play this year. They are fourth in their respective conference right now.

This Saturday is a big game day for Lasell College, since they’ll be playing the number one team in the conference. Albertus Magnus is 21-1 and 15-0 in conference play, and has moved into the top 25 in the nation for division three men’s basketball for the first time in school history.

When I asked the team’s starting point guard, Arthur Alexander, about the significance of this game, he responded by saying it would be big.

“This could be a huge turning point near the end of the season for us. We could use this win to propel us through the conference tournament and even into the Division three tournament.”

Any win right now would be a special confidence boost for the team and could greatly benefit them down the road, especially against one of the top 25 teams in the nation. It would help Lasell make the division three tournament for the first time in school history. But to get this win at home, they are going to need a lot of help from the home crowd.

At the last home game against rival Mount Ida, the Lasell student body came out in large numbers. For the school white out against Mount Ida the crowd played a huge role. Alexander said, “there really are no words to describe what it’s like to play in front of a crowd like that. It gets you more motivated than anything in the world because you do not want to let down the fans.”

Lasell College will hopefully bring the same enthusiasm to the game on Saturday to root on against Albertus Magnus.


Basketball Senior Days at Lasell College

By Will Henry

Last Monday evening at 7p.m.,  Senior Day took place for the women’s basketball team and on Tuesday evening at 7p.m., for the men’s basketball team.

Senior Day is important for the school’s sport’s teams because it is on those days that we recognize the seniors that play for both of the teams. The men’s team will have two of their players recognized while the women’s team will have three. Nate Disessa (No. 21) and Javon Williams (No. 32) will be noticed for the hard work and dedication that they have displayed all season with Disessa running the court as the Point Guard and Williams as the Power Forward. Williams has played all four years of his eligibility at Lasell while Disessa has spent one-and-half years here at Lasell.

For the  women’s team, the three players will be recognized are Kelsey Converse (No. 4), Kara Hinthorne (No. 23), and Joanna Bishop (No. 24). Bishop has played all four of her college years here at Lasell. She has been a mainstay in the starting lineup this season providing veteran leadership and a defensive presence on the court. Hinthorne, who has also played at Lasell for four years, has mainly come off the bench but has added a scoring punch and leadership when needed. Converse has both started and come off the bench for Lasell this season but provides the same kind of presence as Hinthorne while on the court.

For more information, read up about these athletes at laserpride.lasell.edu


Hoops For Aids

By Kevin Paul

On November 30th at Lasell college they will be holding a special event called Hoops For Aids. Everybody should be there and support this cause. It will be held in the Athletic Center, you will need a one dollar donation to enter. All the donations will be donated to help for the search for the cure against Aids. So come support the fight, you can sign up a team to play or you can just come and watch some good basketball games and win prizes.

To sign up your team email Tsmith@lasell.edu, first come first serve when trying to enter and there is a ten dollar entrance fee to compete. I think this is great for the school to do, to try and help people with this disease by raising money and it is really a way to brinstudents together in a fun way. Everybody should go to this event and support the cause, you will feel good at the end of the day knowing that you are helping a lot of people in this world with this virus, and its only a dollar so there is no excuse not to go.

“I cant wait for this event, I haven’t played basketball in a little bit so I might be a little rusty, but my team will win,” said Terrell Barham, 19, a sophomore at Lasell.