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Saints Athletics Weekly Recap: September 14 through September 20

Sophomore goalkeeper Tori LaRoche picked up her first shutout of the season as the Saints topped Fitchburg State 1-0 on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the Emmanuel College Athletic Department. Used with permission.

Sophomore goalkeeper Tori LaRoche picked up her first shutout of the season as the Saints topped Fitchburg State 1-0 on Tuesday.
Photo courtesy of the Emmanuel College Athletic Department. Used with permission.

It was a busy week for the Saints with all of Emmanuel College’s fall sports teams in action. The week was an exciting one as well, featuring three soccer games needing overtime and a new cross-country school record.

The women’s cross country team’s Margaret McCaffrey set an Emmanuel freshman record on Saturday when she finished the 5K course at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational with a time of 19:24. The record time paced the Saints women who finished in 14th place out of 42 teams. McCaffrey was followed by senior Chloe Pangonis, who finished with a time of 19:44, sophomore Nicole Varca (20:49), and freshman Mimi Duncan (21:11). Those were just four of the 14 Saints who set personal records on the afternoon. The men’s team also competed at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational, and for the second week in a row, it was junior Ian Chamenko who led the way for the Saints, who finished 33rd out of 43 teams in the 8K race. Chamenko’s time of 27:41 topped seniors Sean Colford (29:08) and Corey Hebert (29:43), as well as freshman Jefferson Zannoni (30:43). Both teams return to action on Saturday in the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park. The women’s race begins at 11 a.m. while the men start at 12 p.m.

The men’s soccer team dropped it first two games of the week with losses to Wentworth (2-1 Tuesday) and Newbury (3-2 in double overtime Thursday), but closed out the week with an important conference win, beating the Falcons of Albertus Magnus 3-2 in overtime on Saturday. Senior Stefano Sainato netted a pair of goals for the second consecutive Saturday matinee, but it wasn’t even a Saint who netted the overtime winner, as an Albertus own goal gave the Saints the key victory in the extra session. The team sits at 3-3 on the season but remains a perfect 2-0 in the GNAC. The team returns to the field for a pair of road games this week, the first of which a non-conference matchup against the Engineers of MIT on Wednesday at 7 p.m., followed by a 12 p.m. start on Saturday afternoon at Lasell.

The women’s soccer team played three games this week, each ending in final scores of 1-0. They opened their week on the road against Fitchburg State on Tuesday, and an own goal in the 68th minute was enough to send the Saints home with a victory, as sophomore goalkeeper Tori LaRoche came away with five saves in the shutout. Their last two games of the week were heartbreakers unfortunately, a 1-0 double overtime loss to Curry College on Thursday and a 1-0 loss to Lasell on Saturday on a goal with just 2:01 remaining in regulation time. Sitting at 2-6 overall and 1-1 in the GNAC, the Saints return to the field on Tuesday when they host UMass Boston at Clemente Field at 7 p.m. before closing out their non-conference schedule with a matchup against Roger Williams on Thursday. They’ll end the week with a 3 p.m. start at Anna Maria College on Saturday, beginning a streak on nine straight GNAC games to close out the regular season.

The men’s golf team took part in just one match last week as they finished in fourth place out of five at Putterham Meadows Golf Course in Brookline. For the second week in a row, senior captain Matteo Pocobene fired the low-round for the Saints, carding a 78 on the afternoon. Pocobene was the lone returning player starting for the Saints, as freshmen Brian Daly (89) and Dave Byrne (94) and rookie juniors Tyler Russ (101) and Jack Hanrahan (104) rounded out the Saints’ scores. The team will take part in a pair of matches this week, starting with the Newbury College Invitational on Wednesday at the Saints’ home course at Franklin Park in Dorchester. The first tee time is scheduled for 11 a.m. Over the weekend, the Saints will take part in their first two-day tournament of the season, as they travel to East Longmeadow for the Elms College Blazers Invitational at Elmcrest Country Club. Tee times for the tournament are to be announced.

The Saints women’s volleyball team played in a pair of matches this week, but couldn’t overcome strong competition, dropping a 3-0 decision to Keene State College on Tuesday and a 3-1 decision on Thursday over regionally-ranked Babson. Freshman Casey Sheehan continued her strong defense this week, as she has now has led the team in digs in three straight matches. The team continues to get a balanced attack, as the Saints have had different players lead the team in kills in nearly every match this season. This week freshmen Mary Shelow (8 versus Keene State) and Catherine Hunter (5 versus Babson) led the team in the category. The 2-6 Saints return to action Tuesday night as they travel to Lesley University to take on the Lynx before traveling to the University of Southern Maine for a tri-match with the host Huskies and Eastern Connecticut State on Saturday.

Curtis Fraser ’16 is a staff writer and sports editor for The Hub. He can be reached at fraserc@emmanuel.edu.

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