It’s not crazy, it’s sports

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Every great player or coach possesses the drive to train as hard as they can to become the best. Whether it’s lifting in the weight room, sprints in the gym, or practice on the field, these athletes and coaches prepare themselves for the challenges faced in sports. Though physical training is argu­ably the most effective part of preparation, many athletes and coaches have found it necessary to prepare themselves with rituals or routines. These rituals are commonly known as superstitions. Continue reading

Game, set, match: Anderson and Dionne call it a career

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As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. That’s the case every year at the conclusion of the men’s volleyball season. With a 3-0 Greater Northeast Athletic Conference semifinals loss to top-seeded Rivier on April 10, seniors Tim Anderson and Matt Dionne wrapped up their collegiate careers. The April 5th Senior Day celebrated the careers of Anderson and Dionne, but it was actually the second time they participated in a senior day together. The two Danville, NH natives graduated from Timberlane Regional High School in 2010 and have been friends since seventh grade. Continue reading

The name game

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What’s in a name? When it comes down to it, a name is just letters. A name doesn’t necessarily define who we are as people, but it can be a great first impression. This is especially true in the world of sports, where names are remembered forever.

Most sports names aren’t special, but the person behind the name can make a plain name legendary. Take Michael Jordan for example; it isn’t a fancy name whatsoever. Because of Jordan’s greatness, his name has become a worldwide brand. Hank Aaron is another plain, but legendary name. His longtime reign as the homerun champion of baseball made Hank Aaron a great name. Continue reading

Back to football

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The best season is finally here: autumn. The air gets cooler, days become shorter, trees lose leaves, and my farmer’s tan will even out to a beautiful pasty white. Summer’s blistering heat finally dissipates, as comfortable weather settles in for a few months. It’s a time where I can say goodbye to sunburns, dysfunctional air conditioners in my bedroom, and dehydration. Don’t get me wrong; I love the summer. I mean, who couldn’t? But, with the departure of summer comes the arrival of one thing: football.

That’s right, the most popular sport is back and my favorite team has started off on the right foot. There’s nothing like watching 22 players battling it out on the pitch. The goals, corner kicks, and saves are just some of the things that make the 90 minutes of play exciting every fall. Wait, did you think I was talking about the NFL? I should have said soccer. Continue reading

Dynasty: women’s soccer captures fourth straight GNAC title

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The women’s soccer team won its fourth straight Great Northeast Conference title with a 6-1 victory over Suffolk University on October 9. Junior Bridget Lynch led the game with three goals, as twin sister Kayla scored twice. Bridget’s hat-trick gave her 33 goals on the season, a Lasell record. The program also set the single-season wins record with 17. The Lasers improved its record to 17-3-1 with the win.

“It feels amazing,” said Coach Vito LaFrancesca. “It’s like a dream come true. We talked about it all year long. To get it to happen is totally out of this world.” Continue reading

Laser Nation, where are you?

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Picture this: it’s an arena filled with thousands of fans waiting for a college basketball game to tip-off. There’s a section at mid-court filled with student body members covered in face paint. Each student is jumping up and down to the introduction music with their arms on the shoulders beside them.

As the players get ready for the game to begin, the students are chanting in unison. The game begins, and the fans are go- ing wild. Their hands go up during every free throw, in hopes the away team will miss. It’s not necessarily going to work; it’s more of a superstition. Every game it’s the same: first ones there, last ones out. They come out in big numbers to silence the away team’s supporters. The “super- fans” support the college’s teams no matter how good or bad they perform. Does this seem like the fans of Lasell College? I can easily say absolutely not. Continue reading