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.
The Lions also caught some tough breaks, including a potential equalizer from freshman midfielder Alex Van Pelt in the 78th minute that clanged off the post. Seven minutes later, Albertus Magnus’ Alex Zapata was able to tap a goal in after a shot glanced off the post bounced away from Bowers’ outreaching grasp.
The Falcons wasted little time, responding five minutes later with their second goal. Albertus Magnus forward Danielle Figueroa kicked a breakaway along the right side, into the left corner and past Emerson goalie Allie Altman. Figueroa’s first goal of the season tied the game at 2-2, forcing what would become double overtime.
In a matter of minutes, junior Jonny Havens and freshman Adam Halliday scored. As a final goodbye, Emerson’s Jacob Lawrence pounded one last goal through the opposing net from the 18-yard line, leaving the final score at 4-1, Emerson.
The Lions’ defense came out talking as Altman yelled the numbers of approaching Suffolk players to her defenders, and defenders warned the offense about open players on side line throw-ins and corner kicks.