By Alex Macdougall
After a loss against Westfield State, the Lancers rebounded with a thrilling last-minute victory against Fitchburg State on Tuesday.
With the score tied 56-56 in the last seconds of the game, Junior guard Manny Cabral was fouled and sank 2 free throws to give the Lancers the lead. Fitchburg was given a chance to tie the score, but missed as time expired.
“They were huge attempts for us,” said Cabral. “But more important than the attempts were the hustle plays to get to the line and close out the game.”
With the win, the Lancers qualify for next week’s league tournament. They are now tied with the Falcons in the Sterling Cup series.
The Women’s Basketball team also scored a victory over Fitchburg state, after suffering a loss at Westfield.
Senior, Julie Frankian posted a season-high 26 points. Backed by strong performances from Junior, Bianca Langford and Shannon El-Qasem, the Lancers rolled to a 61-48 victory over Fitchburg.
With the win, they improve to 15-9 on the season and secure a first-round home game in next week’s conference playoffs.
The Lancers have won 2 straight games this week, beating both crosstown rival Assumption and Plymouth State, to improve their record to 6-14-2 overall.
Against Assumption, the Lancers found themselves trailing 3-2 entering the third period. But thanks to Senior forward, Nathan Stanley, who had 2 goals in the third for WSU, the Lancers won in a come-from-behind victory to beat Assumption 5-3.
WSU continued their success against Plymouth. Entering the third period, both teams were tied at 2 goals apiece. But thanks to goals from Stanley, Seniors Stephen Rock and Cody Osborn, and Junior, Nicholas Drill, who scored on an empty net, the Lancers managed to break the game open and defeat Plymouth 6-3.
The Lancers now head to Westfield to take on the Owls. They play Saturday at 5:35.