Hurdles to pass for track and field

By LJ VP Lafiura – 1851 Staff

The sprinters train on Taylor Field ahead of their upcoming season.
Photo by LP VP Lafiura

When spring sports received clearance to resume playing, it felt like activities around campus were beginning to return to normal. No team has had an easy transition into play, but especially the track & field team. Between finding a venue to play and viable competition, this season will have many challenges.

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Cautious attendance at pro-sport events

By LJ VP Lafiura & Karissa Gaughan1851 Staff

Inside the TD Garden for the first game with fans back in attendance on March 26.
Photo courtesy of Dalton Conran

Over a year ago, the professional sports world shut down. As the pandemic raged on, sports fans slowly saw professional and collegiate sports return, but without an in-person audience. Many states, including Massachusetts, are now beginning to allow attendance as they see fit.

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GNAC competition is back for spring

By Pat Carbone1851 Staff

Lasell’s Softball team gathers between innings during the first game of a doubleheader on March 23 against Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Photo by Mike Maruk

On March 8, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) released a statement approving the 2021 spring sports season with limited conference play. The news comes after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Behind the birth of “Boomer the Torchbearer,” 12

By Kaie Quigley & Ruth Kehinde Features Editor & Digital Editor


Boomer’s birthday cake, and other blue themed sweet treats were available for students at the event.
Photo by Kaie Quigley.

The community celebrated the twelfth birthday of school mascot Boomer on March 24 at an event held by the Student Alumni Association (SAA) in Valentine Dining Hall. The event was complete with decorations, birthday cake, blue cotton candy, and a cookie monster ice cream bar.

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Kelley Sundberg to lead women’s b-ball

By Taylor VilesSports Editor

Sundberg smiles from her office as she prepares for her first season as a Laser.
Photo by Taylor Viles

Following the resignation of former women’s basketball head coach Todd Montana in August, the Athletic Department began their search for a new leader for the program. Because there was no winter season, this process wasn’t rushed and the hiring team aimed to be methodical in their selection.

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Positive outlook for Spring sports

By Taylor Viles and LJ VP LaFiura – Sports Editor and 1851 Contributor

Men’s volleyball practices Friday afternoon as they prepare for the season.
Photo by Taylor Viles

The participation in athletic events at Lasell has been layered in uncertainty over the last year, there’s no denying that. Each time Director of Athletics Kristy Walter thinks she’s close to a successful plan, it’s thrown away and she’s left to start over.

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McCarthy returns as new athletic trainer

By Josh Wolmer & Zach Kraft – 1851 Contributors

Mari McCarthy is ready to put her skills to work once the Spring season begins.
Photo courtesy of Mari McCarthy

The Athletics Department added new interim athletic trainer Mari McCarthy after beloved trainer Hilary Turner left in the Fall. McCarthy is extremely excited to be a part of the team and is no stranger to being on campus. She completed her undergraduate and graduate programs through Lasell in the five-year program before becoming employed with the University. Despite fielding offers from other colleges such as Brandeis, McCarthy chose to reunite with her alma mater. 

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