By Lance Forrest – 1851 Staff
The 2014-15 Lasell College men’s basketball team has been selected. The 16 roster spots have been filled. The intense pre-season is over and now it’s time for the team to focus on what is ahead. With only six returners, this year’s team is comprised of mostly transfers and freshmen.
Head Coach Aaron Galletta knows what it’s like to prepare a team that consists of newcomers, realizing there is a buffer period where the players need to come together to form new relationships within the squad. Having five new members from Florida make this process easier.
This year’s captains Mike Valone and Brock Walters will help govern the team and create a competitive environment.
“Expectations for this season are high. As always, we want to stay competitive in the GNAC [Great Northeast Athletic Conference] and play at a high level versus out of conference matchups,” said two-year captain Walters.
Returning junior Logan Liberty knew from the beginning that this season was different. Having only six returning faces, two new athletic trainers, and even a new assistant coach for the team iterates that this new-fangled squad is distinctive from past teams.
“We look forward to coming together as a new team to win some games and overall have fun playing this great game,” said Liberty.
The season tipped off November 18 at Babson College in Wellesley. The Lasers lost 65-87. The home opener is on November 20 in the Athletic Center versus Rhode Island College at 7 p.m. The first four games on the schedule are out of conference, the rest are versus GNAC teams. The team will disperse for a two-week Christmas break, coming back to the first game of 2015, January 6 versus Johnson and Wales University.
Coach Galletta points out there is no singular game to pick out of the schedule. Instead, he stressed that “the next game is the biggest game.”
The Lasers will finish off November with a total of four games and hope to push into December and the winter months with a full head of steam. The Lasers play at Nichols College on November 22 and versus Brandeis University at home November 25 at 6 p.m.