One of the freshmen the team will rely on this year is Juliana Tucker. Read said the freshman setter could be a GNAC Rookie of the Year candidate and will be integral to Emerson’s success this season.
Rice said that she enjoys her spot at middle blocker because it is much more active than what she was used to from softball, where she was a pitcher and first baseman.
The email listed the fourteen members named to the group, which includes alumni, faculty, and current students. The group will work to assess various aspects of the Emerson Athletics Department, Pelton said. The committee, according to Pelton’s email, will focus not only on Emerson athletics, but also on intercollegiate athletics and fitness programs.
Two former Emerson men’s basketball players, Dan Bisaccio and Alex Yoh, accepted positions as graduate assistants with the women’s basketball team at Marquette University, said Emerson Head Coach Jim O’Brien.
The GNAC awarded 93 Emerson Athletics students with All-Academic honors for the 2011-2012 year, blowing runner-up Saint Joseph’s College of Maine out of the water by a 31 student lead.
In several situations this season, the Emerson baseball team has found itself playing from behind.
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinal was the second meeting of the year between the two teams, as Emerson defeated Mount Ida 15-8 in its season opener. Kayla Dowd powered the offense with a season-high five goals, but it was the airtight defense that ultimately led the Lions to victory.
In the past, the organization held events with speakers such as Ted Tye, a partial owner of NBA development team the Maine Red Claws and the founder and former board chairman of the Worcester Tornadoes, a minor league professional baseball team, and Ronnie Forchheimer, the ESPN senior director responsible for the video on all ESPN digital platforms. Forchheimer is an Emerson alumnus.
O’Brien said that he believes keeping eligibility for student athletes is one of the biggest struggles in inner-city schools. High school students are required to pass an equivalent of four year-long courses during the marking period prior to their athletic season, while undergraduate athletes in the NCAA must maintain at least a 1.7 GPA, depending on how many credits they are taking per semester, according to its website.
John Furey, Emerson’s cross-country coach, said that running as a bandit takes nothing away from the achievement. “You’re the same as everybody else, but at the end you don’t get the official time and you don’t get the finisher’s medal,” Furey said in a phone interview. “It doesn’t take away from the accomplishment that you made in your heart.”
Lopes’ passion for the game is evident in how he takes to the field every inning, sprinting out to his spot behind home plate, often before the opposing team’s players have even reached the dugout. He can often be seen pacing back and forth, conversing with the players at the top of the batting order when he’s in the Lions’ dugout.
Magistro got a hold of a pitch from the AmCats’ Melissa Stedman and sent it shooting between two outfielders until it dropped near the wall at deep left center. The sophomore galloped around the bases and made it to home in plenty of time. The two-run homer was part of a 10-run inning for Emerson, who would go on to trounce Anna Maria yet again, this time by a score of 16-0.
After choosing Emerson in winter 2010 to pursue her MFA in creative writing, 25-year-old Moore took the position of women’s lacrosse coach last fall.
Saint Joseph’s arrived in a blue and white swarm. The Monks rotated in 24 players throughout the course of the game, even using all three of their goalies. Conversely, Emerson played with a roster of only 15.
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.