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The season has officially come to an end for one Emmanuel athletic team. The men’s golf team competed in the GNAC Championship at Allendale in North Dartmouth. Senior captain Matteo Pocobene paced the Saints both days, carding scores of 83 and 80, as the team finished in seventh place out of nine teams, up from their last place finish last season. The Saints, with a combined two-day score of 695, topped teams from Suffolk and Albertus Magnus. The tournament was won for the fifth consecutive year by Rhode Island College. The men’s golf team graduates five of its eleven players, as coach Julio Avila will look to add some depth to the the strong core returning to the squad in 2016.
After dropping a heartbreaker to its rivals from Simmons on Tuesday night, the Saints women’s soccer team picked up a key win on Saturday, beating Mount Ida by a score of 5-0 on senior day. Senior captain Katelyn Fink picked up a pair of goals, while freshman Kayla Generis, senior Molly Carey, and junior Maggie Carey all picked up single goals. After falling to fourth place in the GNAC with the loss to Simmons, the team jumped back into third with the win after an upset by St. Joseph (Conn.) over the Sharks on Saturday, 1-0. The Saints wrap up their regular season this week with a pair of key conference games. They open the week on Wednesday night when they host St. Joseph’s (Maine) at Roberto Clemente Field, before traveling to Connecticut to take on the other St. Joe’s on Saturday.
The women’s cross country team came away with a victory for the second week in a row, as they hosted the 10th Annual Saints Invitational on Friday. The Saints women finished atop the field of 22 teams at Franklin Park, beating out GNAC opponent Norwich by just a single point and setting up an interesting storyline for next weekend’s GNAC Championship. Freshmen Margaret McCaffrey (second) and Mimi Duncan (seventh) and senior Chloe Pangonis (third) all finished in the top-ten for the Saints. The men’s team finished 10th in the 22-team field, paced by junior Ian Chamenko, who finished in 23rd place overall. Both teams are off this week, but return to action in the GNAC Championship on Halloween afternoon.
The women’s volleyball team had a tough week this week, as they dropped all three of their matches. On Thursday night, the Saints played host to Wheaton in a non-conference matchup, where the Saints fell 3-0. Junior Sarah Schemerhorn added 13 digs for the Saints on defense, her second-highest single game total on the season. On Saturday, the Saints traveled to Johnson & Wales for a tri-match against the host Wildcats and St. Joe’s of Maine and were unable to come away with a win. In the opener against JWU, junior Kaitlyn Atkinson’s 12 kills and senior captain Shannon Dudley’s 29 assists were not enough as the Wildcats picked up a 3-1 victory. Against the Monks of St. Joe’s of Maine, the Saints were swept 3-0, losing all three games 25-20. Freshman Angelica Czercowy led the way for the Saints offensively, picking up eight kills in the loss. The Saints, who currently sit at 4-2 in the GNAC, return to action Wednesday night in a matchup between Emmanuel and girls who cut across Emmanuel to get to class. Huge postseason implications are on the line in the matchup with Simmons, who currently sits one spot above fifth-place Emmanuel in the GNAC standings with just a week and a half remaining in the regular season. On Saturday, the Saints will take a trip towards the Common when they travel to Suffolk for a tri-match with the Rams and Albertus Magnus in two key GNAC tilts.
A late surge from the Emmanuel men’s soccer team was not enough against Mount Ida last week in the team’s only game on the slate, as they fell to the Mustangs by a score of 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. Trailing 2-0 with 9:22 remaining on the clock, senior Chuy Field buried his fifth goal of the season on a penalty kick to cut the lead to one, but the Mustangs tacked on another just three minutes later to reclaim the two-goal lead. A goal by junior Colin O’Donnell made things interesting with 57 seconds remaining in the game, but the Saints were unable to find the equalizer, dropping to 4-3 in the GNAC. The team closes out its regular season this week with a pair of GNAC games on the road against Rivier on Wednesday and at Clemente Field on Saturday against Suffolk. The two teams sit in the last two spots of the GNAC standings, so the fifth-place Saints will be looking to move up the board and host a first round playoff game.
Curtis Fraser ’16 is a staff writer and the Sports Editor for The Hub. He can be contacted at email@example.com.