Eli Kell-Abrams said that one of the high points of his first season with Emerson men’s basketball was getting the call from head coach Jim O’Brien informing him the team they had made the playoffs. Last night, the freshman point guard received even more good news — Kell-Abrams was named the 2012 Rookie of the Year for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.
Shortstop Ryan Garber and catcher Geoff Lopes, two of the team’s senior captains, also have high hopes for the season. The extra pitchers, they believe, will be key in carrying Emerson into the season.
As with last season, the Lions have a roster filled with both talent and experience. Four returning players were named to the All-Conference team last year, and pitcher Alex Magistro surrendered the fewest runs in the conference. Tuthill and Peiguss have both played in GNAC Championship games.
Some athletes take on personal goals in the winter when their sport is not in season. The women’s cross-country captain, Heather Hoglund, is training for a half marathon in March. She said that it’s important to get inventive with workouts, especially when it’s cold outside.
Olivia DiNucci, the second all-time leading scorer in Emerson women’s basketball history, said Saturday she will not play her senior season, saying she was frustrated by this past year of basketball and what she sees as a growing rift between athletes and Athletics Department officials.
After taking two very different roads into the postseason, the teams clashed once again in the GNAC quarterfinals. The eighth-seeded Lions were looking to pull off the huge upset, but when the final buzzer rang, their season had ended with a 82-58 loss.
The women’s team went to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship with no head coach. Now, with less than a month to go before the men’s team’s first match, the Lions have found their new man. Gavin Barton, a Boston University graduate with a masters in counseling/sports psychology, was named the new coach of the men’s tennis team after the position went unfilled for five months.
With several players missing time with injuries, the Lions entered the doubleheader against Great North Eastern Athletic Conference (GNAC) opponents Lasell and Johnson & Wales having lost six of their last seven games and sporting an 0-2 record in the conference. Before the season began, Emerson head coach Ben Read said that his team could play well enough to host a playoff game. Emerson seized the opportunity to revive that goal.
The 2011-2012 season has seen its trials and trepidations for the men’s basketball team. But this past Saturday, everything came together for the Lions as they defeated Anna Maria 68-45 for the team’s senior game.
DiNucci received the ball in the paint and attacked the undersized Simmons defenders. The 5-foot-10 guard made the basket, drew the foul, and sank the free throw to complete the three-point play... From that point on, DiNucci took over, dropping 17 second-half points to snap the six-game losing streak and lead the Lions to a 63-50 win.
Faced with stiff opposition early in the season, the Lions have gone 1-5 since their first two games...Of the opponents Emerson has faced so far, five are considered to be top teams in their conferences.
Ouellette, a broadcast journalism major, Kelsey Doherty, Luke Fraser, and Kyle Brasseur all met at the Red Sox-Yankees doubleheader at the end of the 2010 regular season. They bonded over their love for the team and quickly became close friends. A year later, they are making a documentary about their beloved park and celebrating Fenway’s 100-year-old legacy in film.
Suffolk’s defensive pressure gave Emerson problems all day. The streaky Lions lost their sixth straight game Tuesday evening — all against Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)opponents — falling to the Rams 68-55.
A slow start and failure to convert put the Emerson men’s basketball team down early against the visiting Rams. The Lions took to the court in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym on edge, missing three of their first four shots from beyond the arc in the first half and prompting head coach Jim O’Brien to call for his team to settle down. An offensive breakthrough in the second half, however, allowed the Lions to take the lead and secure a 74-64 victory.
In his final season with Emerson’s men’s basketball team, Firn has taken responsibility and become the team’s most prolific scorer. The senior forward has had a breakthrough year, with 257 points in 18 games. For the past three years, he averaged fewer than 10 points per game under former head coach Hank Smith and was third on the team in scoring last season. This year, he is averaging 14.4 points per game.