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.
Adam Hallenback – 1851 Staff
Amanda Ortiz goes for a jump ball to start the game versus Regis College on Jan. 19. Photo courtesy of Corinne Ciraldo.
From the moment she could walk, junior Amanda Ortiz knew that basketball and she could change the world. It was only a matter of time until she figured out how she would do it.
“Ever since I was little, my mom would tell me that I always had a ball in my hand,” Ortiz said.
By Kyle Schroeder – 1851 Staff
Despite their losses, women’s basketball always stands united. Photo courtesy of Jackie Colombie
It has been a tough two years for the women’s basketball team in terms of their record. The Lasers finished this season 5-20 after a 5-19 record the previous season. In the 2015-16 season, they went a respectable 12-14. The question that arises is: what caused this drop off? The answer is something every interscholastic and collegiate sports program deals with: the loss of key senior contributors.
Winter sports are about halfway through their respective seasons. Men’s basketball is currently in 4th place in the GNAC looking towards the playoffs. Women’s basketball recently won their senior day game against St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 68-42. Indoor track & field recently competed in the 2018 Boston University John Thomas Terrier Indoor Invitational. Men’s volleyball is looking towards their first conference game of the season.
Photos by Katie Schneider, Cassidy Murray and Allie Amos
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. More…
By Ryan Fitzgerald and Shapleigh Webster – Co-Editor-in-Chief & Senior Content Editor
The men’s and women’s basketball teams may not have finished the season the way they envisioned, but both squads celebrated Senior Day last month on February 20, with hard fought efforts and a broken record.
By Leanne Signoriello – 1851 Staff
Over the years, Lasell Athletics has taken on a unique fundraising challenge that beats your average bake sale.
The athletic program is known for getting involved in the community through a variety of service projects. Whether it be Lasell’s “Play 4 the Cure” event, held to raise money for breast cancer awareness, or working with Niños de Veracruz, who raises money to send children to school, Lasers strive to give back to those in need.
By Ryan Fitzgerald – Opinion Editor
Though the season is over, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are already looking forward to improving in the off-season.
The men’s team finished 10-16 overall, with a promising four-game win streak to end the regular season. Unfortunately, they lost in the quarterfinals of the GNAC tournament in overtime to Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.