Intramurals: Everything you need to know

By Taylor Viles Sports Editor

Players pose for a group picture following the spring intramural basketball championship. Photo courtesy of Conner Peters

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 (cpeters@lasell.edu).”

Men’s Volleyball run to GNAC finals

By Pat Carbone – Copy Editor

Theo Zaharewicz, Tucker Merritt, and Jordan Shinaut prepare to block the ball against Rivier. Photo by Karisa Gaughan

On April 9, the number two seeded men’s volleyball team traveled to first seeded Wentworth Institute of Technology to battle for the 2022 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship. The Lasers came up short as Wentworth claimed victory in three sets and move on to the DIII NCAA Tournament as GNAC Champions.

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Vanderhorst turns dark time to bright future

By Taylor Viles Sports Editor

Graduate student Kevin Vanderhorst shined equally on both sides of the court during the recent winter season. He averaged 12.6 for both points and rebounds per game. Photos courtesy of Janard Jones / Lasell Athletics

In October 2019, the 1851 Chronicle sat down with men’s basketball player Kevin Vanderhorst before his first full season following a six-month cancer battle. Two-and-a-half years later, we are circling back with Vanderhorst to check in on how his college experience has progressed.

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Bryan Baumann is a stud

By Josh Wolmer & Nico Manganiello – 1851 Contributor & Digital Sports Editor

Sophomore captain Bryan Baumann settles under a fly ball. Photo courtesy of Janard Jones

For the first time since 2011, the baseball team has a sophomore captain. Bryan Baumann has stepped into a leadership role on a young team that features 14 first-years and 11 sophomores. 

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Laser teams see Spring season success

By Kaie Quigley & Payton Herbert – Co-Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Contributor

Taylor Field scoreboard reads 10-3 with the softball team on the brink of victory. Photo by Mike Maruk

The spring sports season is in full swing for Laser teams, and many programs are consistently tallying wins in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. Namely, the baseball, softball, and lacrosse teams have all succeeded in their own ways thus far in 2022.

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Softball swept by Simmons

By Nico Manganiello – 1851 Contributor

Photos by Mike Maruk

The softball team fell twice to Simmons at Taylor Field on Saturday, dropping their conference record to 5-7. The Lasers lost game one by a score of 4-1 and game two 10-1. It was a quiet day for the Lasers offense against a top pitcher.

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Ferreira’s walk-off single knocks off Framingham State in extra innings

By Zack Laware – 1851 Contributor

Photos courtesy of Janard Jones / Lasell Athletics

First-year Griffin Ferreira had the walk-off single into center field in the bottom of the 10th for the Lasell University baseball team during a 9-8 win over Framingham State Tuesday evening at Brandeis University’s Stein Diamond.

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Softball splits doubleheader with Eastern Nazarene

By Zack Laware – 1851 Contributor

Photos courtesy of Janard Jones / Lasell Athletics

First-year Samara Turgeon of the Lasell University softball team went a combined 5-of-7 batting, with two runs, one triple and one double, in a double header split with Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday at Taylor Field. Lasell dropped the first game 5-2, but completed the comeback in the second game to win 15-14.

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