Marissa’s Minutes: Feb. 14-20

Natasha Gomez celebrates Senior Day.

By Marissa Avanzato

The Lancers finished up regular season games for winter sports this past week.

Ice hockey hosted a Division II Assumption matchup on Tuesday, the 16th.  They lost a close 4-3 matchup. The first period consisted of no scoring, but with four minutes into the second period, Assumption took the lead; two minutes later, Worcester State’s Alex Pommerville tied the game at one.  Pommerville was assisted by Mike Moran. The second period went back and forth as Assumption scored again at the 12-minute mark, and then shortly after with help from Joe White, Mike Moran scored. The score was tied at two going into the third period. Just two and half minutes into the third period, Brian Allen scored, assisted by Cody Weaver and Kyle Baker, giving the Lancers the edge.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for the Lancers, because Assumption scored back-to-back goals to maintain the 4-3 win.  

The men and women’s basketball team traveled to Framingham State on Wednesday, Feb. 17 for conference play. Both teams suffered a loss.

The women’s final score was 68-42.  Freshman Kaitlyn Berkel had a team high for the Lancers, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds. Senior Natasha Gomez had seven points and seven rebounds, and freshman Kate Suprenant had eight points. The Lancers were 50 percent at the free throw line and fell to 4-7 in MASCAC play.

The men’s final score was 67-64 as the Lancers suffered a three-point loss.  Bilal Shakir led the team with a game high of 24 points, while Alex Santos recorded 15 points (nine off three-point shots) and Paul Brooks had ten points and eight rebounds. The Lancers shot 74 percent at the free throw line and moved to 7-4 in the MASCAC.

On Saturday it was senior day for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams playing their last regular season day against Westfield State. Each team celebrated only one senior.

Natasha Gomez celebrates Senior Day.
Natasha Gomez celebrates Senior Day.

For the women’s team, senior Natasha Gomez had the first shot of the game as she drove to the hoop to begin her last home game. Gomez finished the game with six points and six rebounds. Freshman Britt Herring led the Lady Lancers, scoring 19 points and capturing 9 rebounds, while her fellow freshman, Kaitlyn Berkel, recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the 75-67 loss, the Lancers shot 67 percent at the free throw line and shot 28 percent at the three-point line.  The Lancers fell to 4-8 in the MASCAC.  They qualified for the MASCAC tournament and will travel to Bridgewater State on Feb. 23 for a quarterfinal game.

For the men’s team, senior Manny Cabral recorded eight points for the game to help clinch the 91- 79 win. Junior Ryan DiBernardo led the Lancers with a game high of 20 points, while Jamal Mustapha recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds. Close behind, scoring 15 points and having 6 rebounds, was Bilal Shakir. Paul Brooks had a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds, and Alex Santos also finished with ten points. The Lancers finished MASCAC regular season play, with a 8-4 record and will host Westfield State in a quarterfinal MASCAC tournament game, on Tuesday, the 23rd.  

The men’s ice hockey team had another home game this week hosting a conference rivalry, Plymouth State. It was senior night for the Lancers, but sadly it did not end on a win.  Plymouth State edged the Lancers 4-1. Marcus Mazur had the only goal for the Lancers in the third period with three minutes left in the game. Andrew Etheridge assisted Mazur on the goal. Within the last minute and even last two seconds, Plymouth scored two goals to end the game. Goalie Max Kirkwood had 31 saves and the Lancers conference record fell to 3-13-1.  On Feb. 23 the Lancers play their final game at Salem State.

The women’s indoor track and field team traveled to Middlebury for the Division III New England Championship. Overall, they finished at 25 and a total of five Lancers qualified for this tournament. As for the men’s, they placed 14th, and had nine participants qualify for this event.

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