The Berkeley Beacon

Friday, August 22, 2014

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From roommates to rivals, alumni follow hockey dreams

The first person Ian Tasso met on Emerson’s move-in day in September 2007 was fellow freshman Jesse Liebman. “He walked into my room with his hockey bag and goes ‘Hi, I’m Jesse, I play hockey,’” said Tasso with a grin, “and that’s how the legend was born.”

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The Gross product: Sophomore ranks nationally in volleyball stat

Jared Gross is not the most physically imposing volleyball player. At 5-foot-9, he’s easily the shortest player on the Emerson men’s team. Despite that hurdle, the sophomore from Wexford, Pa. managed to finish second in all of Division 3, with 3.25 digs per set.

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Women’s basketball set to welcome deep recruiting class

Taking a step back this after season joining the more competitive New England Women’s and Men’s Conference, women’s basketball head coach Bill Gould has a singular focus heading into next season: competition.

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Swimming with the big fish

On a fall morning of his first semester of freshman year, Zach Dean, a journalism major, was watching ESPN’s polarizing morning debate show First Take, and found himself wanting to present his own opinion.

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Saints bounce Lions in GNAC volleyball quarters

A frustrated Benjamin Read looked on as Ashanti Jackson gathered and leapt head and shoulders above Emerson’s blockers for the last of his 14 kills.

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Off the diamond, softball continues to excel

After the conclusion of their 2013 campaign, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association recognized Emerson’s softball team as the top academic team in the country, beating out 29 other Division 1, 2, and 3 schools with a 3.7 cumulative team GPA.

Very superstitious: Ritualistic freshmen anchor baseball

Emerson’s men’s baseball team (3-12) has secured one more win than they did all of last season through 15 games this season. And they’re doing it with the help of fresh faces, who are using old rituals to ease their way into the collegiate game.

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Hit Parade

Brittany Rochford “loves to hit the ball,” and she’s pretty darn good at it. The senior captain isn’t just one of the best hitters on Emerson’s softball team — she’s one of the best hitters on the Division 3 level.

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Jim O'Brien retires as men's basketball coach after three seasons

After spending three seasons as the head coach of the Emerson men’s basketball team, Jim O’Brien announced his retirement today.

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No-hit wonder: Underclassmen combine for no-hitter

The Lions’ young pitching staff made history when freshman Cal Laird and sophomore Jack Caportorto combined to throw the first no-hitter in school history in a 2-0 win.

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Two-sport athletes help women’s lacrosse team transition

Emerson’s women’s lacrosse team is in the midst of its first season of competition in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. As the team works to earn respect in its new conference, the squad will look to five dual sport athletes, who already have NEWMAC experience under their belt, to help propel their team into the playoffs.

Athletes react to new AD

Emerson announced the hiring of new athletic director Patricia Nicol on March 18, replacing Stan Nance, who took over in an interim role in May 2012 after Kristen Parnell's resignation. Nicol, who spent the last 10 years at Division 2 Southern Connecticut State University at the same position, will officially begin May 19.

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New athletic director looks to reach alumni

As Emerson’s new athletic director, Patricia Nicol said she’ll have to wait until she officially begins her duties May 19 to really have any concrete plans for changing the department. She did, however, emphasize the importance of alumni relations.

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Acclaimed ESPN journalist shares stories

Journalism professor Carole Simpson said she has been trying for six years to get her cousin to come for a visit to the Emerson campus, but he’s just been too busy with work.

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As good as Gold

He graduated Emerson with a film degree in May 2012, and now he’s entering his second year as the head lacrosse coach at Emerson. From player to coach, Dan Gold has quickly climbed the ranks.