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EC Athletics Weekly Recap: February 22 through February 28

Lena Negri G'16 (22), Jen Chalk '17 (10), and Sarah Higgins '16 (15) were all in double figures for the Saints in Saturday's GNAC Championship Game, but their strong performances weren't enough, as the team fell 66-62 to St. Joseph's (Me.). Photo courtesy of Olivia Cavalieri '17

Lena Negri G’16 (22), Jen Chalk ’17 (10), and Sarah Higgins ’16 (15) were all in double figures for the Saints in Saturday’s GNAC Championship Game, but their strong performances weren’t enough, as the team fell 66-62 to St. Joseph’s (Me.).
Photo courtesy of Olivia Cavalieri ’17

Two EC teams took part in the GNAC tournament, and one suffered a crushing defeat in the championship game.

The women’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 66-62 defeat in Saturday’s GNAC title game to St. Joseph’s College (Me.). In a game that featured 13 lead changes, the Saints were unable to hold the lead when the clock struck zero, as SJC went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the game’s closing minutes to claim their second GNAC title in three years. Graduate student Lena Negri, who became the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points in Thursday’s Semifinal win over Johnson & Wales, led the Saints with 23 points and 12 boards, but the forward fouled out of the game in the final minute on a questionable offensive foul call that left the Saints one less option looking to tie in the closing minute. At the game’s conclusion, Negri and guard Sarah Higgins ’16 were named to the All-Tournament Team. The loss ends the women’s basketball team’s season with an overall record of 21-7.

After advancing to the GNAC Semifinals with a road win over Anna Maria on Tuesday night, the Emmanuel men’s basketball team could not keep up with the top-seeded JWU Wildcats, falling by a final score of 97-79. Seniors John Clay ’16 and Kyle Davis ’16 led the way for the Saints, adding 20 and 15 points respectively in their final game as Saints. JWU, the nation’s 24th-ranked team and Saturday winners of the GNAC title, shot an impressive 60 percent from the field on the evening, including a lights out 7-for-11 (64 percent) from beyond the arc. The season comes to a close for the Saints with the semifinal loss after a 10-17 campaign.

The men’s lacrosse team fell to 0-2 on the young season as the team dropped a 14-7 decision to New Jersey’s Kean University on Saturday. Midfielder Mike Rogers ’16 scored the game’s opening goal just six seconds into Saturday’s matchup, but the Cougars responded with the next seven goals, all in the first quarter, to take away any early momentum the Saints previously earned. Chris Curtis ’16 and Tony Cibelli ’17 led the Saints with two goals each in the loss. The Saints will take the field in Boston for the first time this season on Wednesday as they take on the MIT Engineers on the road.

The men’s volleyball team had a quiet week with just one match, but made it count as they swept Newbury College 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 27-25) on Monday night. Rookie outside Erik English ’19 paced the Saints on the evening, picking up 16 kills, while captain Barrett Wingard ’16 continued his torrid season offensively with 13 kills. The team plays a pair against Boston foes this week, starting with a home matchup against MIT on Tuesday night before taking a short trip down the street to face their rivals from Wentworth on Thursday night.

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