In several situations this season, the Emerson baseball team has found itself playing from behind.
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinal was the second meeting of the year between the two teams, as Emerson defeated Mount Ida 15-8 in its season opener. Kayla Dowd powered the offense with a season-high five goals, but it was the airtight defense that ultimately led the Lions to victory.
In the past, the organization held events with speakers such as Ted Tye, a partial owner of NBA development team the Maine Red Claws and the founder and former board chairman of the Worcester Tornadoes, a minor league professional baseball team, and Ronnie Forchheimer, the ESPN senior director responsible for the video on all ESPN digital platforms. Forchheimer is an Emerson alumnus.
O’Brien said that he believes keeping eligibility for student athletes is one of the biggest struggles in inner-city schools. High school students are required to pass an equivalent of four year-long courses during the marking period prior to their athletic season, while undergraduate athletes in the NCAA must maintain at least a 1.7 GPA, depending on how many credits they are taking per semester, according to its website.
John Furey, Emerson’s cross-country coach, said that running as a bandit takes nothing away from the achievement. “You’re the same as everybody else, but at the end you don’t get the official time and you don’t get the finisher’s medal,” Furey said in a phone interview. “It doesn’t take away from the accomplishment that you made in your heart.”
Lopes’ passion for the game is evident in how he takes to the field every inning, sprinting out to his spot behind home plate, often before the opposing team’s players have even reached the dugout. He can often be seen pacing back and forth, conversing with the players at the top of the batting order when he’s in the Lions’ dugout.
Magistro got a hold of a pitch from the AmCats’ Melissa Stedman and sent it shooting between two outfielders until it dropped near the wall at deep left center. The sophomore galloped around the bases and made it to home in plenty of time. The two-run homer was part of a 10-run inning for Emerson, who would go on to trounce Anna Maria yet again, this time by a score of 16-0.
After choosing Emerson in winter 2010 to pursue her MFA in creative writing, 25-year-old Moore took the position of women’s lacrosse coach last fall.
Saint Joseph’s arrived in a blue and white swarm. The Monks rotated in 24 players throughout the course of the game, even using all three of their goalies. Conversely, Emerson played with a roster of only 15.
Two quick passes set up Dan Struebing, who slammed the ball down through the Emerson block into the middle of the court, ending the season for the Emerson men’s volleyball team, and ending the Lions’ hopes of winning their first-ever playoff game.
When the match began, the two original members made it senior night in both name and deed, as they swept Mount Ida 3-0 in under an hour.
Mayo said that the Lions are still in an experimental phase. He said that, since the team is only three games into the season, it is still working on figuring out its strongest lineup.
Sloppy play by Emerson in both games of the doubleheader against Anna Maria put the Lions down early and gave the AmCats the 5-4 and 7-4 wins. The Lions had difficulty finding its rhythm early on, and constantly played from behind.
On a team filled with skilled upperclassmen, Phillips took the lead. The attacker led Emerson with 58 goals and added 10 assists during the 2011 season, finishing with 68 total points overall. Now in her sophomore year, Phillips has not let up — she put in 21 goals in Emerson’s first four games as the Lions kicked off the season 3-0 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.
Emerson sported an almost completely different lineup from the 2011 contest, but still could not take the extra step needed to top the Rams, as the team fell 7-2. The last time the Lions beat Suffolk was during a regular season match in March 2009.