The Lions stormed out of the dugout to greet Peiguss as she crossed home plate. After trailing 3-2, Emerson rallied to defeat Norwich in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader. In what the players called a display of camaraderie and concentration, the Lions won the first game 16-1 and the second 5-3.
Kelsey Tuthill and Alex Magistro torment opposing batters on a regular basis. The senior and sophomore have amassed 33 wins over the last two seasons for Emerson’s softball team, but their pitching methods not only differ in style — they sound different, too.
The Lions were hurt at times by miscommunication. A serve from Wentworth went right through the middle of the court uncontested — other times Emerson was out of position and the Leopards were able to take advantage.
In the second half, Emerson only committed seven penalties, compared to the Mustangs’ 13. Junior goalie Emily Saeger said it was the defense’s self-control — as they focused on snatching the ball instead of attacking Mount Ida’s players — that gave Emerson the better chance to win.
Hitting would dictate the Lions’ play throughout the day. After outhitting Southern Vermont 8-6 in the opening game, Emerson went hitless in six of seven innings as they fell 2-1 to the Mountaineers in the second matchup of the doubleheader.
Burton competed in the Junior Olympics for three consecutive years. Although his team never took home a medal at the competition, the athlete played against an international array of teams, vying against teams from Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
With few upperclassmen and nearly half of the players from last year no longer on the roster, the Emerson women’s lacrosse team will enter the 2012 season facing an uphill battle.
Senior Daniel Gold said that, although the Lions lack players, he hopes the team’s passion will pave the way for a successful season. “I think we’re going to look short numbers-wise, but we’re going to look very rich in heart and spirit,” Gold said.
After competing in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) since 1995, Emerson athletics announced Tuesday its acceptance into the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) starting in next year
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.