Adam Hallenbeck – Sports Editor
After a disappointing loss in the quarterfinals of the Great Northeast Athletic
Conference (GNAC) championship tournament last year, the 2019-2020 men’s
basketball team is looking to bounce into a strong new year with a team mixed with
experiences and backgrounds.
Taylor Viles – 1851 Staff
Amanda Ortiz (left), recently named Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player of the Week on Nov. 25, pulls up for a jump shot in the 93-70 loss against non-conference opponent Framingham State University. Precious Montgomery (right) takes a foul shot while players around her brace for the potential rebound.
photos by Katie Peters
The women’s basketball team hasn’t finished above sixth place since they joined the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) in 2007. In fact, these Lasers haven’t enjoyed a winning season during those 12 years, but something about this current team is different.
By Brian McLoughlin & Brian Cohen – Sports Editor & 1851 Staff
The men’s basketball team after a thrilling 72-71 victory over Regis College. Photo by Andrew Modugno.
Men’s basketball opens up the 2018- 19 campaign with three games in five days beginning on the road at Fitchburg State on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12:00 p.m. Two days later, the Lasers will host Regis a non-conference home opener at 7:00 p.m. Hopping back out of conference action, the Lasers host 2017 National Champion Babson on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
By Megan Palumbo – Sports Editor
In the midst of basketball season, Lasell’s athletic game staff has been working hard to broadcast games through an online live-stream video. In addition to the live coverage of games, staff members began play-by-play coverage over the video to add a more professional feel when fans are watching online.
Senior James Payne (L), junior Greg Camillone (Center) and sophomore Cameron Brennan (R) live-stream sporting events online with commentary and coverage.
Photo by Tom Horak
Brianna Robbins – 1851 Staff
Both the men and women basketball teams had standout athletes represented in the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference this season. Senior captain Brandon Ganesh and sophomore forward Clyde Niba were both placed on the GNAC Second Team All-League, while sophomore guard Richard O’Brien was named to the GNAC Sportsmanship Team.
Photos by Tom Horak
The men’s and women’s basketball teams each lost their respective games in a Tuesday night doubleheader.
Women’s basketball started the doubleheader against the University of St. Joseph’s, as the Lasers fell to the Blue Jays, 71-59. Lasell junior Alexis Chappell had a game-high 18 points and sophomore Katie Stopera led with seven assists. Lasell falls to 9-10 overall (2-3 GNAC).
No. 9 Amherst traveled to 1844 Commonweath Ave to take on the men’s team, defeating the Lasers 95-74. Senior Brandon Ganesh had a game-high 35 points for Lasell. The Lasers fall to 10-8.
Both teams play again on Saturday, February 8.
Men’s basketball defeated Emmanuel, 82-66 on Saturday December 7. Sophomore Clyde Niba lead the Lasers with game-highs in scoring (33 points) and rebounds (14 boards).
Reginah Sanyu – 1851 staff
The men’s basketball team is sporting three new faces this season, all of whom are expected to contribute to a successful season: Senior Ryan Langell, junior Eric Thomas, and sophomore Clyde Niba. “With [Niba, Langell, and Thomas] on the team, they bring more of that competitive spirit and team oriented mind sets,” said senior captain Brandon Ganesh. More…