The Berkeley Beacon

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Women's tennis still shrouded in secrecy

There has been no announcement from the Emerson College Athletic Department regarding a recent major hire. Despite the radio silence, Emerson’s women’s tennis team has been operating under the leadership of coach Sue Sookiasian for nearly a month. The news of Sookasian’s hiring was buried — she was not made available to the Beacon until Sept. 25 — along with the rest of a difficult three years for the program.


Emerson sports roundup: Oct. 3-9

Welcome to the first installment of the Emerson sports roundup, a weekly feature recapping every game from the previous week.


Men's soccer takes step forward vs. WPI

Emerson conceded a goal just before halftime and then again in the 62nd minute, but a standout performance by sophomore goalkeeper Carter Bowers kept the goal-starved Lions in it with a strong performance in a 2-0 loss at WPI’s Alumni Field.


Women's volleyball falls to Wheaton in five sets

Emerson’s women’s volleyball team played Wheaton College for the first time as a member of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference and hosted the Lyons for the first time since Emerson coach Ben Read and Wheaton coach Craig Letourneau swapped positions in 2011.


Thorne leads Lions in loss versus Springfield

Springfield College went to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament last year and was ranked number one in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, so Saturday, Sept. 28 was an inopportune time for Emerson women’s volleyball head coach Ben Read to be absent from the match.


Women's soccer pockets first NEWMAC victory

Women’s soccer head coach David Suvak said sophomore Alyssa Giannone’s goal was the best he’s seen at Emerson since he began coaching the team in 2010 — not least because it gave Emerson its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference win in program history.


Dokus emerges as Lions' frontrunner

Ali Dokus, a junior writing, literature, and publishing major from Littleton, Mass., secured her first collegiate win and helped Emerson finish second as a team, coming in with a time of 20 minutes and 35 seconds, a full 11 seconds ahead of the next-closest runner.

A sit-down with Emerson's new women's tennis coach

Sue Sookiasian took over the Emerson College women’s tennis program on Sept. 11 following the Lions’ home loss against Roger Williams University. The newest addition to the Emerson athletic department sat down for a formal interview with the Beacon on Sept. 25.

Men's soccer falls to defending NEWMAC champ

It wasn’t the result the Emerson men’s soccer team was hoping for out of its first ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference match, but the Lions faced a tall task against the reigning NEWMAC champions from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Saturday at Rotch Field.


Women's soccer drops NEWMAC opener late

The women’s soccer team fell 2-0 against Wellesley College in the program’s first ever conference match as part of the NEWMAC, but the final result didn’t fully reflect the run of play in an evenly played defeat at Rotch Field.


Fitness center beefs up over summer

After a two-week undertaking that started this June and extended into July, Emerson College’s Fitness Center — located in basement of the Little Building has an all-new look, which includes an updated layout, freshly painted purple and gold walls, and improved equipment.


Molly Caron center stage at Gillette Stadium

Emerson freshman Molly Caron sang the national anthem at the New England Patriots home game this past Sunday, but the long road to what she called an unforgettable experience traces back to another memorable moment at Gillette Stadium nearly a year ago.


Youth boosts women's soccer team

Like many other teams this year, the Emerson women’s soccer team boasts a trove of young talent with 11 freshmen. Coach David Suvak, who was recently promoted to full time, said his team will be challenged year, but he was happy with the way his young team has progressed.

Women's volleyball coming of age

With seven freshmen and six sophomores, youth has taken over women’s volleyball coach Ben Read’s 18-player roster. The infusion of talent over Read’s first two recruiting classes has helped the third-year coach continue a winning tradition in one of Emerson’s most competitive sports.


A day in the life of an Emerson student-athlete

Most Emersonians already have a tough time balancing their schedule, but student-athletes have even more commitments than a regular student, making college life a challenge.