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.
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.