Intramurals: Everything you need to know

By Taylor Viles Sports Editor

Players pose for a group picture following the spring intramural basketball championship. Photo courtesy of Conner Peters

Many students’ dreams of playing sports come to an end when they graduate from high school. Entering into collegiate athletics is competitive even at Division III, but the intramurals program at Lasell gives students the opportunity to stay active on campus while not subjecting them to the grueling schedule belonging to the varsity teams.

“Right now for intramural sports, we have basketball, two-hand-touch football, floor hockey…dodgeball…and then just some faculty versus student games,” said grad assistant Conner Peters (‘21). Peters was hired by the athletic department after his graduation last May to lead the intramural program for this school year and the next one.

This school year has seen growth for the program unlike any before. “Last semester, we hit the most participants we’ve ever had in Lasell intramural history,” said Silva.

Most intramural sports play a “season” against teams made up of their peers, providing the possibility of exciting competition against friends. The non-season formats are for smaller tournament events. “It’s very fun and games, no tryouts,” Peters said about the intramural program. “It’s a lot of fun, just go out there and have fun with your friends,” said Peters.

Intramural basketball is a six-team league that plays out of the athletic center during the fall and winter. The season is currently wrapping up, but there are a couple more intramural events taking place before the end of the semester. There was a football tournament on April 24 and Peters is hopeful of a dodgeball tournament the week before students leave for summer.

According to sophomore sports management major Riley Silva, the one-day tournaments are something the program hopes to focus on a little more. These one-day events could include other sports like cornhole.

When asked about the possibility of expanding the program to compete against intramural programs at other colleges, Peters said it’s a discussion that still needs to be had with his immediate bosses, Director of Athletics Kristy Walter and Assistant Director of Athletics Cait Connolly.

Potential additions in terms of sports could be tennis, as there is the multi-purpose court located on Seminary Avenue, beach volleyball, and maybe even a spikeball tournament. “I just need to make sure we have enough participation,” said Peters. “I need the students to say ‘that’s what we want.’”

If a student came to campus and decided they wanted to get involved in an intramural, Peters says it’s easy to do so. “I would recommend if they have social media, go to the intramural page (lasell_intramurals) [on instagram], or they can email me at my school email (cpeters@lasell.edu).”

Men’s Volleyball run to GNAC finals

By Pat Carbone – Copy Editor

Theo Zaharewicz, Tucker Merritt, and Jordan Shinaut prepare to block the ball against Rivier. Photo by Karisa Gaughan

On April 9, the number two seeded men’s volleyball team traveled to first seeded Wentworth Institute of Technology to battle for the 2022 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship. The Lasers came up short as Wentworth claimed victory in three sets and move on to the DIII NCAA Tournament as GNAC Champions.

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Hooked on news early on

By Marie C. Franklin Faculty Advisor

Associate Professor of Journalism and Advisor of The 1851 Chronicle, Marie C. Franklin, smiles for the camera while being interviewed by Today Australia three years ago. Photo by Alex Balletto

My love of journalism goes back to before I even started school. I’m three, maybe four, sitting on my daddy’s lap, soaking up time with him, as he reads his morning newspapers. Providence Journal, Wall Street Journal, Boston Herald American. “Daddy, who is that man in the picture?” I asked. “President Dwight Eisenhower,” my father would reply, and then he’d turn the page.

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“It’s Gone to Your Head” Review

By Abi Brown & Rachel Shepard – Arts Editor & Copy Editor

From April 6 to 16, in the Wedeman Art Gallery located in Yamawaki Center for the Arts, was its latest exhibit, cleverly titled “It’s Gone To Your Head.” 

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Vanderhorst turns dark time to bright future

By Taylor Viles Sports Editor

Graduate student Kevin Vanderhorst shined equally on both sides of the court during the recent winter season. He averaged 12.6 for both points and rebounds per game. Photos courtesy of Janard Jones / Lasell Athletics

In October 2019, the 1851 Chronicle sat down with men’s basketball player Kevin Vanderhorst before his first full season following a six-month cancer battle. Two-and-a-half years later, we are circling back with Vanderhorst to check in on how his college experience has progressed.

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Bryan Baumann is a stud

By Josh Wolmer & Nico Manganiello – 1851 Contributor & Digital Sports Editor

Sophomore captain Bryan Baumann settles under a fly ball. Photo courtesy of Janard Jones

For the first time since 2011, the baseball team has a sophomore captain. Bryan Baumann has stepped into a leadership role on a young team that features 14 first-years and 11 sophomores. 

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Legacy of a “coach-tain”

By LJ VP LaFiura & Rachel Shepard Sports Editor & Copy Editor

Senior captain Elise Stanbury poses during media day before the start of her season. Photo courtesy of Elise Stanbury

When senior captain Elise Stanbury joined the track and field team four years ago, there were only three other throwers. Now, the throwers have 10 members between the men’s and women’s teams thanks in part to her leadership.

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