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For the second week in a row, Emmanuel College athletic teams had an incredibly impressive week, dropping only one of seven contests, while both the men’s and women’s basketball teams picked up crucial victories to enter the final week of the regular season red hot. The men’s volleyball team suffered the only loss of the week, dropping a match to Lasell, a team expected to receive some votes in this week’s national polls after a big 3-1 win over nationally ranked Wentworth last week.
The Emmanuel women’s basketball team had a huge week with matchups against unbeaten St. Joseph’s (Me.) and their rivals from Simmons, but were able to pull off important victories in both games. Senior guard Sarah Higgins ’16 led the way for the Saints in a 71-66 victory over St. Joe’s on Tuesday. Her 19 points included her 1,000th point late in the second quarter, making her the 22nd player in program history to reach the mark. Previously atop the GNAC standings, the loss dropped the Monks into a three-way tie with the Saints and JWU for the conference’s top spot. Looking to build on their big win from earlier in the week, the Saints had no problem taking care of their rivals from across the street on Saturday, downing the Simmons Sharks 92-54 on Senior Day. Four Saints (graduate student Lena Negri 19 points, Higgins 18, Jen Chalk ’17 10, and Alexis Ezell ’17 10) finished in double figures in the win that improves the team’s GNAC record to 9-1 on the season. The Saints close out their regular season with just one game this week, as they travel to Albertus Magnus on Saturday for a matinee against the Falcons. The Saints have secured a spot in the top-three of the GNAC standings and are guaranteed to host a first round tournament game on Tuesday, February 23 in the JYC Gym.
Congratulations Sarah Higgins on scoring 1,000 career points! pic.twitter.com/KGbdVvL2L8
— EC Saints (@ECSaints) February 10, 2016
The EC men’s basketball team picked up a pair of clutch wins of their own this week, extending their GNAC win streak to five games. The team opened its week by hanging on against Norwich en route to a 73-70 win. Freshman Max Butterbrodt ’19 led the Saints with 16 points off the bench, 14 of which coming in the opening half, as the Saints held on despite a late Cadets surge, which ultimately came up short. Coming off the big win, the Saints kept the ball rolling with another huge win over Anna Maria 80-79 on Saturday afternoon. The Saints victory moved the two squads to 8-8 in conference and into a deadlock for fourth in the GNAC standing with two games remaining for each side. With a chance to win on a full-court inbounds pass with 1.1 second remaining, an eight-footer from Anna Maria’s Kyle McKissick clanked off the back of the rim as the horn sounded, giving the Saints the huge win. Junior forward Matt Raine ’17 paced the Saints offensively, chipping in 15 points while adding nine boards in the win. Senior John Clay ’16 added a double-double on his Senior Day, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The team closes out its regular season play with a pair of GNAC road games against teams ahead of them in the standings. The brief road trip opens on Tuesday night at Lasell and is followed by a trip to Albertus Magnus on Saturday.
The Saints men’s volleyball opened its week on Thursday with a 3-0 (25-15, 32-30, 25-17) non-conference victory over Elms College, thanks to an impressive 15 kills from senior captain Barrett Wingard ’16. The senior wasn’t done however, as he repeated the feat with another 15 kill performance in the 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 31-29) loss to Lasell in the opener of a Saturday doubleheader. The team quickly recovered from the tough loss however, as they were able to pick up a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-19) win over Mount Ida to close out their week. A Wednesday night rematch with the nation’s number one team from Springfield headlines the team’s week ahead, followed by a tri-match Saturday against Johnson & Wales and Emerson in Providence.
The GNAC announced its pre-season lacrosse polls this week, and a familiar name sat atop the men’s poll. The two-time defending champion EC men’s team ranked first in the conference, receiving all but two of the first-place votes, and will open its 2016 campaign on Saturday on the road at Salve Regina. The women’s team was picked fourth in the GNAC’s pre-season poll and will open its season in Bradenton, Fla. against Baldwin Wallace on March 6.
Curtis Fraser ’16 is a staff writer and the sports editor for The Hub. He can be contacted at email@example.com.