The Berkeley Beacon

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Off the diamond, softball continues to excel

After the conclusion of their 2013 campaign, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association recognized Emerson’s softball team as the top academic team in the country, beating out 29 other Division 1, 2, and 3 schools with a 3.7 cumulative team GPA.

Very superstitious: Ritualistic freshmen anchor baseball

Emerson’s men’s baseball team (3-12) has secured one more win than they did all of last season through 15 games this season. And they’re doing it with the help of fresh faces, who are using old rituals to ease their way into the collegiate game.

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Hit Parade

Brittany Rochford “loves to hit the ball,” and she’s pretty darn good at it. The senior captain isn’t just one of the best hitters on Emerson’s softball team — she’s one of the best hitters on the Division 3 level.

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Jim O'Brien retires as men's basketball coach after three seasons

After spending three seasons as the head coach of the Emerson men’s basketball team, Jim O’Brien announced his retirement today.

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No-hit wonder: Underclassmen combine for no-hitter

The Lions’ young pitching staff made history when freshman Cal Laird and sophomore Jack Caportorto combined to throw the first no-hitter in school history in a 2-0 win.

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Two-sport athletes help women’s lacrosse team transition

Emerson’s women’s lacrosse team is in the midst of its first season of competition in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. As the team works to earn respect in its new conference, the squad will look to five dual sport athletes, who already have NEWMAC experience under their belt, to help propel their team into the playoffs.

Athletes react to new AD

Emerson announced the hiring of new athletic director Patricia Nicol on March 18, replacing Stan Nance, who took over in an interim role in May 2012 after Kristen Parnell's resignation. Nicol, who spent the last 10 years at Division 2 Southern Connecticut State University at the same position, will officially begin May 19.

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New athletic director looks to reach alumni

As Emerson’s new athletic director, Patricia Nicol said she’ll have to wait until she officially begins her duties May 19 to really have any concrete plans for changing the department. She did, however, emphasize the importance of alumni relations.

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Acclaimed ESPN journalist shares stories

Journalism professor Carole Simpson said she has been trying for six years to get her cousin to come for a visit to the Emerson campus, but he’s just been too busy with work.

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As good as Gold

He graduated Emerson with a film degree in May 2012, and now he’s entering his second year as the head lacrosse coach at Emerson. From player to coach, Dan Gold has quickly climbed the ranks.

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Men’s tennis coach faces tall task with small team, new competitive conference

The Emerson men’s tennis team was one of the school’s most successful squads in the spring of 2013. Finishing with a 10-2 overall record, the team reached the Great Northeast Athletic Conference semi-finals before losing to Suffolk University.

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Patricia Nicol accepts job to become Emerson's new athletic director

Emerson has hired Patricia Nicol to be its new athletic director, according to Dean of Students Ronald Ludman, and a statement released by the college today. Nicol is currently serving as the athletic director at Southern Connecticut State University.

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Softball underestimated heading into NEWMAC

Emerson softball coach Phil McElroy remembers seeing the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll and thinking his Lions were ranked a little bit low at eighth out of 10 teams.

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Freshman infusion has baseball looking forward

The Emerson College men’s baseball team completed its annual spring break trip to Fort Myers, Fla., and returned to Boston with a 2-7 record and a bounce in its step. Emerson’s two victories now equal last year’s win total for the entire season, although both came against Northland College of Wisconsin, which is currently 1-8.

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Women’s basketball MVP: Kristin Brice

Junior forward Kristin Brice scored nearly double the number of points of any other teammate this season.