MBK: Two Lasers named to All-GNAC Third Team for 2019-20

MBK: Two Lasers named to All-GNAC Third Team for 2019-20

NEWTON, Mass. – Two standouts on the Lasell University men's basketball team earned post-season honors from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) on Monday with selection to the 2019-20 All-Conference Team.

Junior forward Kevin Vanderhorst (Lawrence, Mass./Lawrence) and sophomore guard EJ Day (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) were Lasell's representatives on the All-GNAC Team, both earning Third Team honors. The All-Conference Teams are selected by a vote of the GNAC's 12 head coaches.

In addition, Day was named to the GNAC All-Tournament Team following Sunday's championship game, and junior Keith Poitier (Hartford, Conn./Sports and Medical Sciences) was Lasell's representative on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

A 5-8 guard, Day averaged 25.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 16 games since becoming active at the mid-season break. He shot 48.4 percent from the field (132-of-273), 43.3 percent from three-point range (45-of-104) and 78.8 percent from the free throw line (93-of-118). Day averaged 25.2 points in conference play, second-best in the GNAC, and 5.1 assists against GNAC opponents, fourth-best in the league. Day scored in double-figures in all 16 games he played in, pouring in at least 20 points in 11 games, at least 30 in six outings, and a season-best 45 points in a win over Regis College.

A 6-3 forward, Vanderhorst averaged 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for the Lasers, shooting 50 percent from the field (161-of-322), 41.9 percent from three-point range (36-of-86) and 70 percent from the free throw line (70-of-100). He finished second in the GNAC in rebounding, 12th in scoring, and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage. Vanderhorst posted 15 double-doubles in his 27 outings, 14th-most in the NCAA Division III, and he ranked 28th nationally in rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in all but two games this season and collected double-digit rebounds 16 times.

Lasell finished the season with a 10-17 overall record under 14th-year head coach Aaron Galletta, and finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in the GNAC with a 6-5 mark. The sixth-seeded Lasers upset third-seeded Emmanuel College in the GNAC Tournament quarterfinal, but suffered a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals to second-seeded Albertus Magnus College.

2019-20 All-GNAC Men's Basketball Team

Jahmerikah Green-Younger, Albertus Magnus
Mike Rapoza, Anna Maria
Delshawn Jackson Jr., St. Joseph (Conn.)
Jaecee Martin, St. Joseph (Conn.)
Jack Casale, Saint Joseph's (Me.)

Dana Bean, Colby-Sawyer
Marcus Fox, Emmanuel (Mass.)
Emmett Riddick, Emmanuel (Mass.)
Brian Hogan-Gary, Johnson & Wales (RI)
Jordan Powell, St. Joseph (Conn.)

Bobby Perette, Anna Maria
Tyreek Perkins, Albertus Magnus
EJ Day, Lasell
Kevin Vanderhorst, Lasell
Thomas Duffy, Suffolk

PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Jack Casale, Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Jaecee Martin, St. Joseph (Conn.)
Taelon Martin, St. Joseph (Conn.)
Shawn Conrad, Anna Maria
Anna Maria College

Jack Ryan, Albertus Magnus
Javon Smith, Anna Maria
Pat Coffey, Colby-Sawyer
Zachary Crisafulli, Emmanuel
Bryan Davis, Johnson & Wales 
Keith Poitier, Lasell        
Josh Dumay, Norwich
Gibou Njie, Regis
Joshua L'Heureux, Rivier
Ryan O'Neill, Saint Joseph (Conn.)
Zac Manoogian , Saint Joseph's (Maine)
Cameron Powers, Suffolk

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