NEWMAC News: A farewell to fall

by David A. Bumpus / Beacon Correspondent, Samuel Evers / Beacon Staff, Mike Lucas / Beacon Staff, and Claire Nobles / Beacon Staff • November 5, 2014

Men’s soccer

Final record: 6-8-4, 0-6-1 in conference 

It took four years’ worth of games, but senior Jesse Senger got his first start in his final collegiate game, played Nov. 1, as part of the team’s senior day. “It was a great feeling and a great way to end my career,” said Senger. “Most importantly, we defended as a team and kept the pressure up.” Emerson lost 2-1 against fourth-ranked Babson, who went up 2-0 and held on despite a late goal from Emerson junior Jeremy Leder. The Lions, who will graduate five seniors this May, will still look for their first conference win in the 2015 season.  

 

Women’s soccer

Final record: 6-11-1, 3-7 in conference

An erratic season ended on a positive note for the Lady Lions, who beat Clark 2-1 on their final game of the year, played Nov. 1. After Clark scored in the 18th minute, junior Alyssa Giannone and freshman Alexandra Levin answered back with two first-half goals. The win was Emerson’s third victory in conference, one more than its total last year. “Not many teams have the opportunity to end with a win, especially in a conference game,” said junior Mollie Coyne, who assisted both goals. “Winning helped end the season on a high note.”

 

 

Women’s Volleyball

Final record: 15-17, 4-6 in conference

Two weeks ago, the Lions had a winning record in conference and looked like an eventual lock to become the second Emerson team to make the postseason in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. Now, at season’s end, the Lions find themselves out of the playoffs. A victory by Clark and a loss by Emerson set up a win-or-go-home scenario for the two teams on Nov. 1, which ended in a five set thriller in favor of Clark. “We knew going in that we had to have our best game, it was basically our season on the line,” said junior captain Giuli Frendak, “and we just didn’t deliver.” 

 

Men’s and women’s cross country

Assistant coach Brandon Fox predicted a last place finish for both teams in their championship meet, held Nov. 1 at Smith College, and he was correct. Between both teams, seven runners placed in the top sixty, highlighted by freshman Tim Gersten’s 50th place finish. Senior captain Ali Dokus, who finished in 53rd place, was first to finish among the women’s team members.