Lasers Top Monks with Last-Second Shot, 98-97

Lasers Top Monks with Last-Second Shot, 98-97

NEWTON, Mass. – Sophomore forward Liam Jacobs (Plainfield, Conn.) made a layup with one second remaining to lift Lasell College (3-10, 1-0 GNAC) past Saint Joseph's College (10-3, 0-1 GNAC), 98-97, in what was the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opener for both programs on Tuesday night.

For the Monks, the loss snaps a nine-game winning streak.


In a game featuring 11 lead changes and six tie scores, Saint Joseph's seemed to be in control late and held a 91-84 advantage after senior guard Ian Mileikis (Auburn, Maine) made a layup with 4:25 on the clock. The Lasers proceeded to make it a one-point game (93-92) with an 8-2 run, which was capped by a Joe O'Brien (Saugus, Mass.) field goal at the 2:04 mark.

Mileikis hit a pair of freebies with 25 seconds left to provide his team with a 97-94 lead, but Lasell junior Stefan Masciarelli (Northbridge, Mass.) converted a layup 11 seconds later to make it a 97-96 game. After a missed free throw attempt on the front end of a 1-and-1, the Lasers rushed downcourt where sophomore guard Kevin Nunez (Dorchester, Mass.) missed a jumper with six seconds remaining, but Jacobs pulled down the offensive rebound and scored from under the rim to lift his team to the thrilling victory.


Lasell held a 17-8 advantage in points in the paint…The Monks held the advantage in points off turnovers (17-6) and bench points (19-15) in the setback.


  • Mileikis scored 22 points with seven rebounds and a pair of assists
  • Sophomore guard Jack Casale (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) notched his fifth double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds
  • Senior guard Darian Berry (Rochester, N.H.) added 16 points
  • Freshman forward David Keohan (West Newfield, Maine) was 4-5 from the floor and 5-5 from the FT line with a career-high 14 points
  • Senior forward Marc Corey (Londonderry, N.H.) chipped in with 13 points and five rebounds


  • Masciarelli was 15-28 from the field with 39 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals
  • Nunez made 11-of-24 shots and netted 25 points with nine caroms


With the loss, Saint Joseph's falls to 13-14 in the history of the series with Lasell College.


Saint Joseph's will host GNAC-rival Albertus Magnus College on Thursday at 7:30 PM.




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at