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Saints Athletics Weekly Recap: October 5 through October 12

Freshman Dave Byrne and the men's golf team are now finished with their regular season and are preparing for the GNAC Championship this weekend. Photo courtesy of the Emmanuel College Athletic Department. Used with permission.

Freshman Dave Byrne and the men’s golf team are now finished with their regular season and are preparing for the GNAC Championship this weekend.
Photo courtesy of Mike Broglio and the Emmanuel College Athletic Department. Used with permission.

A conference tournament, a major rivalry game, and some games with important playoff implications highlight the schedule for the Saints athletic teams this week, but first, how the teams got to this crucial week in the season:

The Saints women’s cross-country team quite literally ran away with a victory on Saturday at the Runnin’ Monks Invitational, dominating the field of twelve teams in their 5K race. Freshman phenom Margaret McCaffrey once again paced the Saints, continuing her unprecedented rookie campaign. The freshman ran the race with a time of 20:43.4 to finish in second place overall, but she wasn’t the only Saint near the top of the leaderboard. In all, five of the top seven finishers in the race donned the Emmanuel Blue and Gold, with senior Chloe Pangonis (21:03.4) finishing in third, while sophomores Nicole Varca (21:23.0) and Marwah Haq (21:34.6) and freshman Mimi Duncan (21:37.5) finished in fifth, sixth, and seventh respectively. On the men’s side, the team finished in fifth place out of 13 schools in the 8K race, thanks in part to top-10 finishes from junior Ian Chamenko (third, 28:42.3) and senior Sean Colford (10th, 29:40.7). Following Colford were senior Corey Hebert (30th, 31:07.6), freshman Jefferson Zannoni (35th, 31:23.8), and senior Craig Schoaf (47th, 31:56.9). Both the men’s and women’s teams return to action on Friday when they host the 10th Annual Saints Invitational at Franklin Park. The women’s race is set to begin at 4 p.m. with the men to follow at 4:45 p.m.

The men’s golf team started off its busy week with a victory in its lone home match of the season at George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park, beating Mitchell, Suffolk, and Daniel Webster on Wednesday. Sophomore Colin Cordero paced the Saints on the afternoon, firing a 77, just one shot behind the individual medalist from Mitchell. Cordero was followed by freshman Dave Byrne (87), senior Barrett Wingard (94), and freshman Anthony Springthorpe (94), to give the Saints a total score of 352, good enough to beat second-place Mitchell by six strokes. The following day, the team traveled to Tekoa Country Club, where they finished in seventh place out of ten teams in the Westfield State Invitational. Cordero, Byrne, and Springthorpe all carded 89s on the day, while juniors Tyler Russ (91) and Jack Hanrahan (97) rounded out the Saints’ scores. The team closed out its regular season with a two-day tournament at the University of Southern Maine Fall Classic on Sunday and Monday, where the Saints finished in seventh place out of eight teams. Senior captain Matteo Pocobene paced the Saints on both days, carding a pair of 78s on the weekend for a total of 156. Cordero (85-81-166), Byrne (89-82-171), freshman Brian Daly (87-87-174), and senior Curtis Fraser (86-91-177) rounded out the scores for the Saints, who enter this weekend’s GNAC Championship with high hopes. The two-day tournament takes place this season at Allendale Country Club in Dartmouth, Mass. with tee times to be determined.

The women’s soccer team kept on rolling last week, picking up a pair of wins to stretch their winning streak to five games. On Wednesday night, senior Molly Carey picked up the lone goal as the Saints defeated Rivier by a score of 1-0, while it was classmate Katelyn Fink who provided the heroics against Albertus Magnus on Saturday, netting the game winning goal with 17 minutes to play in another 1-0 victory. The pair of shutouts helps stretch sophomore goalkeeper Tori Laroche’s shutout streak to 187:25, which she and her defense will look to continue on Tuesday against their rivals from Simmons, a game which can be read about on The Hub immediately following the final whistle. The rivalry game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. holds major postseason implications, as the teams are locked in a tie for third place in the conference with records of 6-1 in GNAC play. The Saints will then close out the week when they host Mount Ida on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for noon.

The women’s volleyball team started off with a pair of tough losses in non-conference play against Framingham State on Tuesday and nationally-ranked MIT on Thursday, but rebounded with a pair of massive conference wins when they hosted Anna Maria and Lasell in a tri-match at the JYC Gym on Saturday. In the opener of their double-header, the Saints bested the Amcats 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-20), thanks to a team-leading 12 kills from senior Brittany Tutalo. In the second half of the double-header, junior Sarah Schemerhorn recorded 27 digs and senior Shannon Dudley dished out 42 assists as the Saints finished out the sweep with a 3-1 win over Lasell (25-13, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22). Four Saints added at least nine kills in the win, led by junior Kaitlyn Atkinson with 13 and freshman Mary Shelow with 12. The Saints, who improved to a perfect 4-0 record in the GNAC with the sweep, take on Wheaton College on Thursday night in a non-conference matchup, before traveling to Johnson & Wales for a tri-match on Saturday with the host Wildcats and St. Joseph’s College (Me.).

After losing twice last week to Daniel Webster (2-0) and JWU (7-2), the Saints men’s soccer team returned to the win column with a 2-0 win over Anna Maria on Monday night to snap a four-game losing skid. Junior Jordan Maurer picked up his first goal of the season in just the seventh minute against the Amcats, a goal that held up as the game-winner thanks to a six-save shutout by senior James Withers. Senior Chuy Field added an insurance marker just before halftime in the win. The team sits alone in fifth place in the GNAC with a 4-2 conference record and looks to improve on that when they host the third-place Mustangs of Mount Ida (4-1-1 in the GNAC) on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

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

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