Record-setting season for winter sports

By Josh Wolmer & LJ VP LaFiura – 1851 Contributors

EJ Day dribbles on Anna Maria defender Jakai Alexandre during a recent game. He surpassed 1000 career points earlier this season during his senior season. Photo courtesy of Janard Jones/Lasell Athletics

The winter season for Laser sports is almost over and it has been historic. Men’s and women’s basketball as well as track and field are having some of their best seasons in recent history. Multiple players have recorded individual program records and milestones.  

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Elms prevails over Lasers in overtime thriller

By Taylor Viles – Print Sports Editor

Lasell’s Juju Nealy practices her three-point shot less than an hour from her game-tying basket from the same spot. Photo by Taylor Viles

Two evenly matched teams took the floor for a Monday night game at the athletic center on February 7. The Lasell women’s basketball team (8-10 overall) welcomed the Elms College Blazers (8-7 overall) to campus for the start of their busy week, and this game did not disappoint.

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Lasers rally past Wildcats after tough loss

By Rebecca Osowski – Features Editor

Following a two-point loss on Thursday to Elms College, the women’s basketball team was looking for a strong performance to get back on track. They did so on Saturday versus the Johnson and Wales Wildcats, a team with only two wins. After a slow first quarter, falling behind 6-0 and trailing 12-10 going into the second quarter, the Lasers broke out, defeating the Wildcats 50-38.

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Ortiz hoists women’s basketball into history

Taylor Viles1851 Staff

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.

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Newton North native finds her niche

Adam Hallenback – 1851 Staff

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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.

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Women’s basketball in a good place despite low records

By Kyle Schroeder 1851 Staff 

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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.

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