Photos by Tom Horak
Brianna Robbins – 1851 Staff
Dreams of a conference title will have to wait till next year, as the men’s basketball loss to Albertus Magnus in the semifinals of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament. After losing both regular season games to the Falcons, the Lasers were ready to put up a fight for the chance to compete in the GNAC Championship. The Falcons halted Lasell’s momentum, with a 91-72 victory.
Last season, the men’s basketball team did not make an appearance in the GNAC tournament. The team finished the season with a 6-19 overall and 5-13 in the conference. The team improved immensely by finishing this season 16-11 overall and 12-6 in the conference.
“We had a lot of returners coming back, so we had good team chemistry,” said senior captain Brock Walters. “We had a different game plan for most games and would execute it the best way we could.”
The team will be losing six seniors, including captains Rob Roy, Brandon Ganesh and Walters, as well as Rob Watts, Ryan Langell and Sonny Mello.
Ganesh, the team’s leading scorer, said some of his best memories he will cherish are the ones he made off the court with the team.
“Living with those clowns over winter break definitely brought us closer together and we really bonded,” said Ganesh. The advice he gives to his team for next year is simple: “Just stick together and act like a true team, a brotherhood.”
The women’s basketball season came to a close in the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals, as the Lasers loss to Saint Joseph’s of Maine, 63-50.
“We made it to the GNAC tournament for the first time in history,” said senior Kayla Vincelette. “I worked hard all four year to accomplish that goal and I am really proud that we made it, even if it wasn’t past the first round.” The Lasers improved since last season, finishing with an overall record of 12-14 and a conference record of 5-6. Just a year ago, the team finished 10-15 overall and 4-8 in the conference.
The women’s team will be losing seniors Andrea Holcomb, Jill Greaney, and Vincelette. Coach Carla Flaherty said she enjoyed having Greaney, a newcomer, on the team this season.
“Jill joined us this year and brought the competitive nature to the team,” said Flaherty.
Vincelette and Holcomb are the first athletes to have played under Flaherty four straight years.
“Anna [Holcomb] has been with me since the beginning,” said Flaherty. “She has really brought the personality to the team.” When asked about Vincelette, Flaherty described her as “a very quiet leader, but she always leads by example.”
The team will be return plenty of key players, including junior captains Alexis Chappell and Justine Ryan. Sophomore Katie Stopera, the team’s leading scorer, will also return for the 2014-2015 season. “If the team keeps thinking positive, good things will come their way,” said Holcomb.