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.

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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.”