The team has now ensured its qualification for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference playoffs with a conference record of 5-2-3. The Lions, scheduled to face Anna Maria College on Oct. 19 for the final conference game of the season, are looking forward to a deep run in the playoffs.
Negrete said that ever since he began at the college his interests lied in working in sports media.
The Lions roared back in the second half with a strike from junior Jonny Havens into the bottom right corner of the net, lighting a fire under the entire team.
With Monday’s win over Rivier College, the Lions extended their conference regular season game winning streak to 19. The team’s last regular season conference loss was against Simmons on Oct. 28, 2010.
Scarpaci and his players agreed that this game wasn’t one of the team’s best tactically, but because of the team’s relentless play, it was able to pull out a victory.
More Emerson errors allowed the Saints to pad the score by adding three additional goals, including one on a penalty kick.
Throughout the second half, the Lasers kept up their physical play by continuing to push the Lions off the ball and pull at their jerseys. Lasell doubled Emerson’s number of fouls, committing eight over the 90 minutes.
Between games, Rice said that head coach Ben Read readied the team with information of Wellesley’s strengths.
The power of the pair is evident on the court, as well, where the two perform as a doubles team with Russell taking the net and Mosser covering the ground behind. The pair is currently 7-0.
As the director of the Massachusetts Olympic Development Program, Scarpaci has had the opportunity to work with other amateur players at a high level.
Men’s cross country clinched the victory over SUNY-Maritime College by one point, receiving top team honors. Senior Kyle Oppenheimer finished second with a time of 28:40, while senior Christopher Colon placed fifth place with 29:51.
Despite the team’s slow starts in each set, the players’ communication and encouragement with one another was constant.
Emerson lost the match 6-3 overall. It was the team’s first conference loss of the season. The Sharks defeated the Lions in the conference fianls last season by the same score.
Scarpaci, who has led the program since 2003, said he knew the transition wouldn’t come easily for the new players, 11 of whom are freshmen.
The freshmen quickly proved they were up to the challenge by scoring all of Emerson’s goals in its first three victories of the season, as well as in its recent tie against Albertus Magnus.