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Saints Athletics Weekly Recap: October 26 through November 1

The Emmanuel College women’s cross country team are your 2015 GNAC Champions! Photo courtesy of the Emmanuel College Athletic Department. Used with permission.

Emmanuel College has a new conference champion.

The women’s cross country team earned its second GNAC title in the last three years over the weekend finishing with 49 points, beating second-place Simmons by 15 points. As has been the case the entire season, the team was paced by freshman Margaret McCaffrey, who finished the race second overall with a time of 20:08. After the race, McCaffrey was named GNAC Rookie of the Year. Following McCaffrey were senior Chloe Pangonis (seventh, 20:44), freshman Mimi Duncan (10th, 20:57), freshman Marwah Haq (12th, 21:03), and sophomore Nicole Varca (18th, 21:30). Finishing in the top ten, McCaffrey, Pangonis, and Duncan were named to the All-GNAC Team, and head coach Tony DaRocha was selected as GNAC Coach of the Year, the seventh time winning the award his career. Senior captain Sarah Barnard was selected as Emmanuel’s representative on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

On the men’s side, the Saints cross country team finished in fourth place in the GNAC Championship, which was won in dominant fashion by Norwich, which placed seven runners in the top ten. Emmanuel junior Ian Chamenko was one of just three runners not wearing Norwich maroon and gold to cross the finish line in the top ten, as he finished in fourth place with a time of 28:28 in the 8K race. Senior Sean Colford was the second Saints finisher in 12th place overall with a time of 29:28, followed by classmates Corey Hebert (19th, 30:24), Max Bukowiec (39th, 31:44), and Craig Schoaf (40th, 31:55). Hebert was named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship team after the race. Both the men’s and women’s teams will take part in the ECAC Championship on Saturday at Williams College with start times to be announced.

The women’s soccer team took part in a thriller on Saturday in its GNAC Quarterfinal matchup against Albertus, and it took a dramatic penalty kick shootout to determine the winner. After playing all of regulation and two overtime periods without a goal, it was sophomore goalkeeper Tori Laroche who became the hero. Tied at two after four rounds thanks to goals from junior Maggie Carey and senior Katelyn Fink, Laroche came up with a huge diving stop in the top half of the fifth round. Immediately following the clutch save, Laroche herself, a first-team all-state forward in her senior year of high school, stepped to the penalty spot with a chance to send her team to the GNAC Semifinals, and she left no doubt about it. A quick strike to the bottom left corner of the goal left Albertus’ keeper frozen, giving the Saints the victory. The third-seeded Saints move on to face JWU on Tuesday night with the winner advancing to the GNAC Championship on Saturday.

The men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end in a crushing GNAC Quarterfinal loss to Norwich on Sunday by a score of 1-0. The lone goal in the game came with just seven minutes remaining in regulation time on what was an intended cross that found its way into the top corner of the net. The Saints had a number of chances, particularly in the second half where they had nine shots, but were unable to beat the Norwich keeper. Senior James Withers had seven saves for the Saints in the loss. The team finishes the season with a mark of 5-11-1 overall and graduates seven seniors from its squad.

The women’s volleyball team wrapped up its regular season last week and is now preparing to host a GNAC Quarterfinal. The Saints opened the week with a dominant 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-9) victory over St. Joseph (Conn.) on Tuesday night, that saw the Saints spread out the attack well. Twelve different Saints had kills on the night, paced by junior Cassie Chruscielski with nine. On Thursday night, the Saints hosted Salve Regina on Senior Night and claimed its first five-set win of the season, 3-2 (19-25, 26-24, 30-28, 11-25, 15-6). Senior Shannon Dudley dished out 40 assists on the night, while junior Kaitlyn Atkinson led the way with 13 kills for the Blue and Gold. In the regular season finale, the Saints struggled against their rivals from Rivier, losing 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-22). The Saints enter the postseason as the fourth seed in the GNAC Tournament and host #5 Anna Maria on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. in the JYC Gym.

Curtis Fraser ’16 is a staff writer and the sports editor of The Hub. He can be contacted at

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