Basketball Senior Day: A coach’s perspective

By Ryan Fitzgerald & James Payne – Co-Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Staff

Senior Armin Omanovic (Left), Yordan Villalon (Center) and John Powell (Right) were honored during Senior Day in February. Photo Courtesy of Lasell Athletics.

Senior Day: an annual college sporting event commemorating the seniors on each team for their hard work over four years. However, the men’s and women’s basketball teams celebrated Senior Day with no four-year seniors on either roster. The women’s team had no seniors while the men’s team had three; Armin Omanovic, John Powell, and Yordan Villalon. None of the three played at Lasell for four years.

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Tiger’s roar not yet threatening

By James Payne 1851 Staff

After approximately 16 months in the clubhouse, Tiger Woods made his return to competitive golf this week. In Albany, Bahamas, Woods hosts his own tournament, The Hero World Challenge. The tournament always contains a prestigious invite-only field from the top 50 players of the official rankings. This year’s field consisted of 18 players and finished with 17 after Justin Rose withdrew following the first round on Thursday.

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Basketball set for new season

By James Payne & Danielle Rafuse

The women’s and men’s basketball teams have made preparations for this season and debuted with home wins on November 15.

The women’s team lost six seniors and Assistant Coach Ashley Finnegan at the end of last season. Todd Montana, entering his third season as Head Coach of the team, will look to improve on last season’s 12-14 record (5-6 in conference) and a GNAC tournament quarterfinal loss. Continue reading “Basketball set for new season”

Rain delay helps end sports’ longest championship drought

By James Payne – 1851 Staff

Steve Bartman, please show us your face again. You have been forgiven.

An achievement that nobody thought could ever be done, has been done. And no, I’m not talking about flying cars or time travel (although, “Back to the Future” almost predicted this feat with their time travel).

I’m talking about the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series. 108 years of goats, black cats, misery and waiting has come to an end. The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and today they are parading around Chicago to celebrate.

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Lasers come together to raise awareness

By James Payne – 1851 Staff

Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend is one of the busiest and most popular weekends on campus and a major slate of games for several sports teams. This year field hockey and both men’s and women’s soccer celebrated Senior Day on October 15. Women’s volleyball hosted a tri-match with Emmanuel College and Framingham State. While honoring the seniors in their final seasons, teams also did their fair share of raising awareness for breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Junior forward Haleigh Butler (Center) and teammates honor Coach Vito LaFrancesca’s mother who died of breast cancer by wearing pink during the month of October. Photo by Jackie Colombie

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2016 World Series features Cubs, Indians and…Red Sox

By James Payne and Ryan Fitzgerald – 1851 Staff & Co-Editor-in-Chief

The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series. First time anyone can say that with truth to it since 1945. The Cleveland Indians will make their first appearance since 1997. The Cubs haven’t won it all in 108 years and the Indians haven’t taken home the trophy in 68 years. History is before us and it feels humbling to witness it. But you know who else is in the World Series this year? A lot of former Boston Red Sox.

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Bruins honor two legends before home opener

By James Payne – 1851 Staff

After starting the season on a three game road trip, winning two and losing one, the Bruins returned to Boston for their 2016 home opener. They faced off against the New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden on Thursday, Oct. 20 and skated to a 2-1 win. What caught the eyes of those watching wasn’t what happened during the three periods but rather the ceremonial puck drop before the game.

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Previewing the Bruins 2016/17 season

By James Payne – 1851 Staff

The Boston Bruins are coming off a disappointing season after failing to make the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Their big acquisition of the off-season was signing forward David Backes from the St. Louis Blues, and veteran center Dominic Moore, who makes the Bruins his tenth team in a 13-year career thus far. The Bruins lost Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly to free agency, and bought out Dennis Seidenberg’s contract.

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