By Taylor Viles – Sports Editor
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).”