James Macey – 1851 Staff
Men’s Basketball made it to the Great Northeastern Athletic Conference semifinals but lost 97-86 against the number one seed, Albertus Magnus Falcons. Finishing fourth in the GNAC, the team secured a spot in the postseason for their third consecutive year.
Lasell relied on its chemistry and motion offense throughout the season. That style of play got them to the GNAC semifinals. “The motion offense started working once players started trusting each other and knowing if they pass the ball that the guy would be there to catch it,” senior captain Dannie Moore said. “Once people knew where to attack in the offense it opened up a lot of game winning shots for us.”
Despite falling short in the semifinals, junior Joe O’Brien highlighted this season was different than previous years. “We had a lot of young guys come in and they needed to step up. In the past, we’ve had an older team. Derek and Dannie did a great job of leading us this season,” O’Brien said.
Welcoming nine fresh players to the roster played a huge role for the 2017-18 season. “The challenges we faced as a team was not really knowing what other guys could do on the court so that messed up [our] chemistry first semester,” Moore said. “We had a transfer and freshmen on the team coming out of high school that were taught other things and they hadn’t learned how to make the right plays at the right time in the game.” While overcoming challenges early on, the team still battled with individual obstacles towards the end.
For any sport, injuries are a likelihood of the game. Moore had suffered three ankle sprains throughout the season, but still managed to obtain 578 minutes of playing time this season and 10 points overall in playoffs. Moore says that as a senior captain his teammates looked at him as “a leader and a person with a lot of energy and firepower.” Moore’s personality and leadership role allowed him to support his teammates until the final seconds of the season.
Sophomore guard Stefan Masciarelli and junior guard Tim Blair were acknowledged with All-Conference honors at the end of the 2017-18 season. Masciarelli received a spot on the All-Conference First Team, while Blair was recognized for an All-Conference Second Team award.
Along with Moore, the Lasers say goodbye to seniors Scott Arsenault, Derek McMahon, and Dillian Foss, who have helped to build up the basketball program up during their time at Lasell. The team is still hungry for a GNAC title since last winning the championship in 2008. This goal may be a reality with Masciarelli, who led the team in scoring with 18.2 points a game, followed by Blair with an average 15.1 points per game.