Two quick passes set up Dan Struebing, who slammed the ball down through the Emerson block into the middle of the court, ending the season for the Emerson men’s volleyball team, and ending the Lions’ hopes of winning their first-ever playoff game.
When the match began, the two original members made it senior night in both name and deed, as they swept Mount Ida 3-0 in under an hour.
Mayo said that the Lions are still in an experimental phase. He said that, since the team is only three games into the season, it is still working on figuring out its strongest lineup.
Sloppy play by Emerson in both games of the doubleheader against Anna Maria put the Lions down early and gave the AmCats the 5-4 and 7-4 wins. The Lions had difficulty finding its rhythm early on, and constantly played from behind.
On a team filled with skilled upperclassmen, Phillips took the lead. The attacker led Emerson with 58 goals and added 10 assists during the 2011 season, finishing with 68 total points overall. Now in her sophomore year, Phillips has not let up — she put in 21 goals in Emerson’s first four games as the Lions kicked off the season 3-0 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.
Emerson sported an almost completely different lineup from the 2011 contest, but still could not take the extra step needed to top the Rams, as the team fell 7-2. The last time the Lions beat Suffolk was during a regular season match in March 2009.
Like the living green community, which stresses eco-friendliness, and the writer’s block that conducts workshops and critiques, the active living community will provide students with a fitness-minded environment. Cortizo became an RA her sophomore year, and since then she’s wanted to help create a floor like this one.
The Lions stormed out of the dugout to greet Peiguss as she crossed home plate. After trailing 3-2, Emerson rallied to defeat Norwich in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader. In what the players called a display of camaraderie and concentration, the Lions won the first game 16-1 and the second 5-3.
Kelsey Tuthill and Alex Magistro torment opposing batters on a regular basis. The senior and sophomore have amassed 33 wins over the last two seasons for Emerson’s softball team, but their pitching methods not only differ in style — they sound different, too.
The Lions were hurt at times by miscommunication. A serve from Wentworth went right through the middle of the court uncontested — other times Emerson was out of position and the Leopards were able to take advantage.
In the second half, Emerson only committed seven penalties, compared to the Mustangs’ 13. Junior goalie Emily Saeger said it was the defense’s self-control — as they focused on snatching the ball instead of attacking Mount Ida’s players — that gave Emerson the better chance to win.
Hitting would dictate the Lions’ play throughout the day. After outhitting Southern Vermont 8-6 in the opening game, Emerson went hitless in six of seven innings as they fell 2-1 to the Mountaineers in the second matchup of the doubleheader.
Burton competed in the Junior Olympics for three consecutive years. Although his team never took home a medal at the competition, the athlete played against an international array of teams, vying against teams from Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
With few upperclassmen and nearly half of the players from last year no longer on the roster, the Emerson women’s lacrosse team will enter the 2012 season facing an uphill battle.
Senior Daniel Gold said that, although the Lions lack players, he hopes the team’s passion will pave the way for a successful season. “I think we’re going to look short numbers-wise, but we’re going to look very rich in heart and spirit,” Gold said.