Rugby starts season 2-0 after win at Nichols Reply

By Zach Gray — Sports Editor

After a dominant 36-0 win over Rhode Island College back on April 1st, the Lasell College Rugby team continued its winning ways by defeating Nichols College 14-0 on April 6th. Junior Antonio Nesbitt contributed to most of the scoring, scoring a try and a conversion. Sophomore Ricky Hawkes added to the Lasers’ lead with a second half try.

Lasell opened the scoring with a Nesbitt try in the first half. Sophomore Joe Gately was successful with the conversion, putting the Lasers up 7-0. Lasell’s defense was strong throughout the first half, as they prevented the Bison from scoring. More…

Women’s lax dominates Reply

The lady Lasers rolled against Anna Maria College, winning 21-1 on the strength of six goals from junior Ashley Slattery.
Photo courtesy of Todd Montana

By Zac Vierra — Copy Editor

The lady Lasers lacrosse team came back from an early hole to defeat the Uni- versity of Maine Farmington 16-6 on March 25, at Grellier Field.

After the Beavers took a 2-0 lead to start the game, Lasell came back with a vengeance. Junior Ashley Slattery catapult- ed the Lasers onto the board first at 18:53, sparking a 5-0 run by Lasell. Farmington struck back with a goal at 1:33, but Lasell scored two goals in the final 22 seconds to take a 7-3 lead into the locker room.

Slattery and sophomore Britney Wuorio each scored a pair of goals in the 7-1 run to end the half. Wuorio finished with five goals while Slattery completed the hat trick.

After the break, the teams traded scores before Lasell pulled away. With the Lasers up 9-5, sophomore Bridget Ryan (three goals) found the back of the net at 17:08, the first of five unanswered goals for the home team.
Lasell’s record is 6-1 on the year.

Baseball, softball teams train in Florida Reply

By Zach Gray — Sports Editor

While many students used spring break to travel or get away from school, the Lasell College baseball and softball teams travellled to Florida not to soak up the sun, but to prepare for the upcoming season. Because of the New England weather, the teams are stuck inside the gym for most of the preseason practices. The trip south to warm weather almost guarantees the teams playing 10 games each.

“Our spring trip to Florida is a major part of our season,” said Greg Harjula, head coach of the baseball team. “We use the trip as a time to see what improve- ments players have made since the fall and to figure out who our best nine players are for the remainder of our season.” Harjula added that the wide range of competition allows the coaching staff to evaluate every player in multiple games. More…

Saints’ bounties expose hypocrisy Reply

By Zach Gray — Sports Editor

After a lengthy investigation, the NFL has handed multiple suspensions and fines to the New Orleans Saints for con- ducting a “bounty program” for the past three seasons. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams conducted a program from 2009-2011 in which play- ers were rewarded thousands of dollars for knocking players out of games. Other coaches and personnel were aware of the program, but didn’t intervene.

After much evaluation, the NFL suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for the entire 2012 season. Other suspensions include Ex- Saints (and current Rams) defensive coordinator Williams (who was suspended indefinitely), Saints general manager Mickey Loomis (eight regular-season games), and Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt (six regular-season games). The Saints must also forfeit their second- round picks in the 2012 and 2013 NFL drafts, as well as pay a $500,000 fine. More…

Men’s lax routs Wentworth Reply

Senior Pat Bresnahan scored a goal and added an assist as the men’s lacrosse team scored 16 goals against Wentworth in its home opener on St. Patrick’s Day.
Photo courtesy of Todd Montana

By Brandon Chase — Opinion Editor

The men’s lacrosse team picked up its second win of the season with a 16-7 shellacking of Wentworth Institute of Technology on St. Patrick’s Day. More…

Lasell Women’s BBall picks up senior night win Reply

Lasell’s women’s basketball team picked up their fourth win of the season in a non-conference blowout against the Lesley Linx, 63-41 on senior night at Lasell.

Seniors Jo Bishop (So. Burlington, VT), Kelsey Converse (Laconia, NH) and Kara Hinthorne (Rockland, MA) were all honored with flowers in a ceremony before the game.  The trio of seniors were also in the starting lineup for the Lasers.

As the game began the teams traded baskets for the first six minutes.  With Lesley leading 13-12, Justine Ryan (Norwood, MA) hit back to back threes to give Lasell the 18-13 lead.  The Lasers would not look back. More…

Window Seat: Bridge Trouble Reply

So, this is what the other side of the bridge is supposed to look like?

Nearly a year removed from what turned out to be a painful 2010 season for the Red Sox in more ways than one, the team was supposed to have evolved into a powerhouse. Boston was supposed to cross the “bridge” that General Manager Theo Epstein put in front of it two winters ago and be on their way to a third World Series title in this young century in 2011.

After limping to the finish line in 2010, Epstein and the Sox paid a massive toll to cross that loathsome bridge, spending $142 million on a shiny new left fielder to go along with the first baseman they imported from the west coast in exchange for a who’s-who of Boston’s top prospects.  So far, only one of them has panned out.

That new left fielder coming to Boston was supposed to be a coup for the Sox, not only for what he’d bring to Fenway, but what he’d take away from a Tampa Bay Rays franchise seemingly destined to return to the American League cellar without him.

Not long after Carl Crawford arrived, he found himself featured in a commercial where he bragged, “I’m always a threat to steal.” He wasn’t being entirely untruthful.

But, as it turns out, the only thing he’s stolen since he got here is John Henry’s money.  As a result, he already finds himself in danger of joining the likes of Edgar Renteria, J.D. Drew and, yes, John Lackey on the list of free agents that never quite panned out for the local nine. Fortunately, or perhaps not, he’s got six years left to earn the money that he’s already been guaranteed.

Through 142 games, Boston finds itself in second place behind a Yankees team that wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near as good as they’ve been while at the same time clinging to a slim lead over the Rays in the wild card race.

That alone is reason enough for the Sox to begin constructing the panic room that they’ll undoubtedly have hide in this winter should the (once) unthinkable scenario of missing the playoffs come to pass. But wait, like all those infomercials selling us stuff we don’t need, there’s more.

The man that was supposed jettison Boston over the bridge and help sink the reigning AL East champions at the same time has instead been at the root of their struggles. Even though it’s hard to blame a team’s failure on one player, he’s doing the best he can to prove that it’s possible. Crawford has stolen 17 bases so far this season. That’s three more than Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon and three less than his replacement in Tampa’s outfield, the not-so-legendary Sam Fuld.

When he arrived, Crawford was ready to drive in more runs, hit for more power, get on base more often and, of course, steal more bases. Instead, he’s seen mind-numbing declines in every major offensive category while at the same time proven that he is indeed a threat to steal.