Starting in 2017, the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference will adopt football into its repertoire of sports, according to a Wednesday press release on the NEWMAC site.
A number of teams in the NEWMAC already have football teams—Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Coast Guard and Worcester Polytechnical Institute, among others—that will leave their current leagues and join the conference.
“This is a wonderful moment for the NEWMAC,” H. Kim Bottomly, the chair of the NEWMAC Presidents Council, said in the press release. “This growth is a testament to the continued academic and athletic excellence for which NEWMAC schools are known."
As for Emerson? It’s possible that the Lions’ undefeated record since 1880 will be kept intact, as they were not one of the seven teams announced.
Baseball still dealing with inclement weather
The baseball team, now 0-16 after three weekend losses to MIT, had its April 7 game against Springfield College postponed to April 21.
This is the latest of six games delayed or cancelled because of the weather.
“It’s not necessarily a bad thing that we are getting these games pushed back,” said Steve Cameron, a junior on the team. “A day in which we don’t play is just another day we can get more reps and prepare better for our next opponent.”
The Lions’ next opponent is the Wheaton Lyons, which they are scheduled to play once on April 10 and twice on April 11.
Softball struggling to produce
The Lions are 8-12 through the first month of the season but are winless in the only games that affect playoff positioning.
Their NEWMAC record stands at 0-8. They have been shut out in three of those games, and haven’t scored more than three runs in any of those contests. As a team, the Lions are hitting just .262, compared to their opponents’ batting average of .350.
The team has 10 more conference games, and need just three more NEWMAC wins to better their win total in conference from last year.
Men’s lax on the way up
For perhaps the first time in the short history of the lacrosse program at Emerson, there are tangible signs of major improvement.
The Lions are 5-6 this season—already four more wins than last season—and have a strong group of underclassmen. The third and first highest goal scorers are freshman, and the second highest is a sophomore.
“We’ve definitely shown some signs of maturity that we haven't shown in years past,” said head coach Dan Gould. “The team is growing, we are still young, and we’ve got a ways to go. I think the guys are buying in. They want to be successful.”
The Lions haven’t been competitive in NEWMAC play this year—losing the first two conference games by considerable margins—but will have five more chances to pick up their first conference win, starting with a home matchup against Springfield on April 11.
Tennis turning it around
After dropping the first three matches of the season, the Lions have been playing better tennis as of late, winning their last two decisions against Lesley University and Wheelock College.
At 2-3 through five games, this season has already been more successful than last season, in which they finished 0-10.
Their next opponent is Babson College on April 11.