Brian Cohen – 1851 Staff
Heading into the last week of the regular season, the men’s basketball team looks to finish off strong. The team posted a 7-19 overall record and 5-6 in GNAC play. The regular season wrapped up Saturday, Feb. 16 at Anna Maria College. The team triumphed over the Amcats 89-75, giving them a spot in the GNAC Quarterfinals on Feb. 19.
Head coach Aaron Galletta offered some thoughts about his team’s season. “I think consistency has been a struggle for us from game to game and week to week,” says Galletta. “I feel like we have been playing better here in the last two weeks of the season, but we haven’t gotten the consistency that we needed and the effort that we needed especially on the defensive end of the floor over the course of the year.”
Lasell’s offense averaged 73.4 points per game and junior captain Stefan Masciarelli looks at the offense as a positive. “I think our scoring and ability to run the offense was good,” says Masciarelli. “I think our defense and rebounding needs improvement.”
Another positive for the team is that they are graduating four seniors and have much of their team returning next season. “We are playing a lot of younger guys and hopefully the experience has been good for them,” says Galletta. “They can see what it takes to win at this level.” Senior Sam White echoed Coach Galletta’s words adding, “I think going forward into next year for the underclassmen it’s just about paying attention to detail and playing hard.”
One of the highlights of the season was Masciarelli scoring his 1,000th collegiate point. He scored it at the Feb. 7 game against Tufts University in a 101-90 loss. “It’s an awesome accomplishment,” says Masciarelli. “Although it’s a team game, I put a lot of individual time into it so it’s nice to see a personal payoff.” Galletta was also pleased to see Masciarelli score his 1,000th. “It’s great anytime a basketball player can score 1,000 points,” he said. “He’s worked hard for that and doing it as a junior is pretty cool, too.”
On Tuesday Feb. 19 the team fell short 79-99 against Albertus Magnus College at the GNAC tournament quarterfinals. Although the team faced a challenging season, most of the players will be back for next year.