Men’s basketball dominates glass, picks up first home win

By Zack Laware1851 Contributor

All photos by Zack Laware

At 7 p.m. on November 16, the Lasers took on the Eastern Nazarene Lions of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) in a non-conference matchup at the Lasell Athletic Center. It was the second home game of the season, and they came away victorious by a score of 83-75.

Looking at the stat sheet, Eastern Nazarene had the slight edge in every statistical category. The Lions shot 50% from the field- the highest percentage the Lasers have allowed all year. In their three previous games, the Lasers had held their opponents to 42% from the field. Where the Lasers did have an edge over the Lions, was rebounding. They outrebounded the Lions 42-26 in total, and 16-4 on the offensive boards.

Graduate forward Kevin Vanderhorst dominated the offensive glass for the Lasers, grabbing seven of his 13 rebounds on the offensive end. Vanderhorst finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and also made his shots count from the free throw line, going 10-11 on the night.

Senior EJ Day, the Lasers leading scorer so far this season averaging 22.2 points, contributed 20 points on 7-15 shooting. Day went on a 9-0 run by himself in the first half, hitting three long range three pointers, putting the Lasers up 25-14 at the time.

Senior Kevin Nunez posted 17 points, and freshman Conan McCusker had 11 points including the three pointer that put the game out of reach.

Eastern Nazarene’s leading scorer sophomore Bernie McGuinness led the way with 13 points, while junior Levi Grady-White and senior Corey McGhee each had 12 points. Junior Nick Manzo also included 10 points for the Lions in their effort to keep the game close.

Junior Matt Rothberg got his first minutes of the season for the Lasers in the second half. Rothberg played six minutes, contributing two rebounds and forcing multiple turnovers. “It felt good, and I am always ready,” said Rothberg. I’m here for teammates whenever they need me and I am happy that we got the win tonight.”

The Lasers will have a long break before their next game on the road as they face Wheaton College on November 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball drops first game of the season 

By Nico Manganiello – 1851 Contributor

All photos by Nico Manganiello

At 7 p.m on November 6, the Lasers took on the Husson Eagles in a non-conference matchup at the Athletic Center. It was the season opener for the Lasers, who lost 86-78. 

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Women’s soccer advances to GNAC championship

By Kaie Quigley – Co-Editor-in-Chief/Digital Sports Editor

All photos courtesy of Joe Giacco

On Wednesday afternoon at Taylor Field, the No. 2 seeded women’s soccer team defeated No. 3 St. Joseph’s College of Maine 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Great Northeastern Athletic Conference (GNAC) tournament. The Lasers will now move on to their tenth title game in school history, and look to take home their ninth GNAC cup— all of which have been under head coach Vito La Francesca.

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Future bright for women’s volleyball

By Izzy Woods & Pat Carbone – 1851 Contributors

The young Lasers celebrate winning a point during their recent senior night game against Rhode Island College. Photo by Karissa Gaughan

Twelve first-year players have joined the women’s volleyball team this season: Emily Cerasani, Ashlee Long, Camila Lopez, Mckenna McCool, Hope McFall, Juliana Medini, Sabine Milton, Sasia Neerman-Hinds, Tori Scambray, Madalyn Scully, Mia Sullivan-Sanders, and Emily VanHouten.

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Coaches Corner: Dieter Treusdell

By Josh Wolmer – 1851 Contributor

Coach Truesdell setting the offense up for their next drill during practice on October 19.  Photo by Josh Wolmer

Dieter Treusdell has stepped in as the new Head Coach for men’s lacrosse after a five-year stint from Bill Mason came to an end in the spring. In those five years, Mason led the men’s lacrosse program to four championship games, and two Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship wins, which automatically granted them access to two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament appearances.  

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Fall teams celebrate senior day

By LJ VP LaFiura & Cam Deniso -1851 Contributors

Lasers, their coaches, and their families gathered for pictures at their respective playing surfaces during Senior Day. Many of them have been teammates since their first year at Lasell.

With fall sports seasons winding down, veteran Lasers were able to celebrate their Senior Days across campus. The soccer teams and the field hockey team enjoyed these festivities during the spotlight of Family, Friends, and Alumni Weekend, including a soccer doubleheader at Taylor Field. The women’s volleyball team celebrated later that week on October 21.

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