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The regular season has come to a close for two more Emmanuel College athletic teams, and GNAC tournaments get underway for four teams this week.
The men’s soccer team saw the book close on its regular season this week with a pair of games, as it opened its week on Wednesday with a 2-2 draw against Rivier. Goals from senior Chuy Field and junior Jordan Maurer were not enough to put the Saints over the edge, who twice squandered one-goal leads on their way to their first tie of the season. The Saints again couldn’t hold onto a lead when they took on Suffolk in the season finale on Friday, falling 2-1 to the visiting Rams. Up 1-0 on a first half goal by Field, the Saints allowed the equalizer in the 67th minute before Suffolk put the Saints to bed with just under eight minutes remaining. The loss sees the Saints regular season end with a mark of 5-10-1, 4-4-1 in the GNAC, good for a five-seed in the conference tournament. The team will travel to Norwich to take on the fourth-seeded Cadets in the GNAC Quarterfinals on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
The women’s soccer team clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the GNAC tournament when it bested the Monks of St. Joseph’s of Maine on Wednesday night by a score of 3-0. Senior captain Katelyn Fink scored a pair of goals for the second consecutive game to lead the Saints, as junior Courtney Freadman added an insurance marker with under a minute to go to seal the win. The Saints closed out their season on Saturday when they played to a scoreless tie against St. Joseph (Conn.). Sophomore keeper Tori Laroche made four saves to earn her third consecutive shutout. The team has earned the three-seed in the GNAC tournament and will host St. Joseph’s (Me.) on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Clemente Field in the GNAC Quarterfinals.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams will also take to the course in the GNAC Championships on Saturday. Both teams were idle last week, and hope the rest they got will help boost them to high finishes in the conference tournament, which takes place Saturday hosted by St. Joseph’s College of Maine. The women’s race kicks off at 1:00 p.m. with the men to follow at 2:00.
A huge week for the Saints women’s volleyball team has solidified the team’s spot in the GNAC tournament that starts next week. The team opened its week with a massive 3-1 victory over its rivals from across the street Simmons on Wednesday. The Sharks came out on fire to open the match, coming out on top in the first game 25-15. Simmons had a .519 hitting percentage in the first game and it looked like it would be a quick night for the Sharks, but Emmanuel buckled down to win the next three games and take the match. Senior captain Shannon Dudley dished out 31 assists on the night, while junior Cassie Chruscielski (11 kills, eight digs) and freshman Angelica Czercowy (10 kills, seven digs) both flirted with double-doubles in the team’s most important win of the season. The Saints weren’t done with their winning ways, and they carried their momentum from the Simmons victory to a tri-match at Suffolk. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Saints had their highest hitting percentage of the season at .309 on their way to a dominant 3-0 win over the host Rams (25-7, 26-24, 25-18). Chruscielski once again led the way for the Saints with 12 kills, while senior Brittany Tutalo had seven kills and an impressive .583 hitting percentage in the victory. In the second match of the doubleheader, the Saints again came out on top by a 3-0 score, this time over Albertus Magnus College (25-16, 25-19, 25-18). Offensively, the Saints spread out the attack, with Tutalo and Chruscielski leading the team with five kills each, while junior Haley Walinski chipped in four service aces in the win. The team wraps up its regular season this week with three matches. They open the week on Tuesday night with a home match against St. Joseph (Conn.) before hosting Salve Regina on Thursday to wrap up its home schedule. The regular season finale takes place on the road on Saturday against first-place Rivier. The matchup against the defending conference champions will act as a strong test for the Saints, who currently sit at third place in the GNAC at 7-2 with two conference showdowns remaining.
Curtis Fraser ’16 is a staff writer and the Sports Editor for The Hub. He can be contacted at email@example.com.