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It was another exciting and historic week for Emmanuel College athletics, which finished off with one team setting a new program record.
The men’s soccer team avenged a tough 9-0 loss across the Charles against MIT on Wednesday, but didn’t dwell on the defeat. They jumped all over Lasell on Saturday, beating the Lasers with three second half goals on their way to a 3-0 win. With the win, the Saints improved to 3-0 in GNAC action, the best conference start in program history. Seniors Chuy Field and Stefano Sainato scored the first two goals in the win, before sophomore Jason Miech netted his first collegiate goal with just under five minutes remaining to close out the win. Senior James Withers made three saves for Emmanuel to pick up his first clean sheet of the season. The Saints, now at 4-4 overall, have a pair of road matchups this week, as they travel to Emerson on Wednesday and Norwich on Saturday.
The Saints women’s soccer team had a strong week, picking up two wins in three games on the week. The Saints opened on Tuesday with a strong 2-0 victory over UMass-Boston, with both goals coming from freshmen, as Mikayla Guthrie and Kayla Generis both picked up their first collegiate goals, while sophomore Tori LaRoche picked up eight saves on her way to her second clean sheet of the season. The Saints dropped a tough decision to the unbeaten Hawks of Roger Williams by a score of 2-0 on Thursday, but returned to the win column on Saturday with a big 1-0 GNAC victory over Anna Maria. Senior Hannah Konicki broke a scoreless tie with just under six minutes to play to seal the win for the Saints, who improved to 2-1 in the GNAC with the win. Overall, the team now sits at 4-7 on the season, and returns to action on Wednesday night when they host Suffolk at Clemente Field at 7 p.m. The Saints follow that up with a ride up to Norwich, where they face off with the Cadets at 2 p.m.
The men’s golf team had its busiest week of the season to date, taking part to two tournaments last week, starting off on Wednesday at the Newbury College Invitational at Franklin Park in Dorchester. The Saints struggled without a few of its top players, finishing in tenth out of 11 teams on the afternoon with a combined score of 350. The Saints were paced by junior rookie Tyler Russ, who turned in an impressive 84 on the par-70 course. Russ was followed by senior Curtis Fraser (87), freshman Dave Byrne (87), and senior Barrett Wingard, who carded a 92 in his first collegiate match. Over the weekend, the Saints traveled to East Longmeadow to take part in their first two day tournament of the season at the par-70 Elmcrest Country Club. The team finished in 14th place out of 20 teams on the weekend, finishing with a two day total of 676. Senior captain Matteo Pocobene continued his strong season, pacing the Saints in both days of the tournament, a feat he’s accomplished in every tournament he’s played in this season. His two-day total was 158 (81-77), which included four birdies on Saturday. Following Pocobene were sophomore Colin Cordero with a 167 (85-82), Byrne with a 174 (90-84), and Fraser with a 177 (87-90). The Saints return to the course just once this week, as they travel to the Westfield State Invitational at Tekoa Country Club on Wednesday. The first group is set to tee off at 11 a.m.
The Emmanuel women’s volleyball team traveled to Lesley University on Tuesday night, and despite a double-double from sophomore Cassie Chruscielski, couldn’t overcome the host Lynx, dropping a 3-0 decision. Chruscielski had 11 kills and 14 digs on the evening, followed closely by freshman Mary Shelow, who added eight kills and nine digs in the loss. The team traveled to Maine for a tri-match with Eastern Connecticut State and University of Southern Maine, where the Saints were unable to come away with a win. The first matchup against ECSU saw the Saints fall in the fifth set, however no statistics were provided on the match. In the second half of the double-header, the Saints jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on the host Huskies, before dropping the final three sets to lose 3-1. Chruscielski came up just one dig shy of her second double-double of the week, finishing with 12 kills and nine digs. Freshman Casey Sheehan and junior Sarah Schemerhorn shined defensively, with 15 and 12 digs respectively. The 2-9 Saints kick off their GNAC schedule this week when they play host to Mount Ida on Wednesday night in the Jean Yawkey Center Gym. The team then travels to Norwich with the soccer teams on Saturday to take on the Cadets. First serves are set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Freshman Margaret McCaffrey continued her torrid rookie campaign this week, as she led the way for the Saints women’s cross country team once again at the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park on Saturday. The rookie, who earlier in the week was named GNAC Women’s Cross Country Rookie of the Week, finished the 5K in 19:44, good for 12th place out of 161 runners, as the Saints finished in seventh place out of 12 teams. Senior Chloe Pangonis (20:13), sophomores Marwah Haq (20:51) and Nicole Varca (20:52), and freshman Mimi Duncan (21:02) rounded out the top five times for the Saints. On the men’s side, it was junior Ian Chamenko who led the Saints, who ran the 8K with a time of 27:45. The time helped the Saints finish in fourth place out of seven teams on the afternoon. Following Chamenko were seniors Sean Colford (29:49) and Corey Hebert (30:13), freshman Jefferson Zannoni (30:53) and senior Max Bukowiec (31:14). Both teams are off this week, but will return to action on Saturday, October 10 at the Runnin’ Monks Invitational in Standish, Me.
Curtis Fraser ’16 is a staff writer and the sports editor for The Hub. He can be reached at email@example.com.