This week's sports recap.
On game days, while most of his teammates are listening to pump-up music, Carter Bowers can be found listening to the Disney station on Pandora radio.
As Columbus Day came to a close, Midnight Madness returned to Emerson College, kicking off the 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball seasons. Midnight Madness events are common to open the first day basketball teams are allowed to practice under NCAA guidelines, but Emerson skipped the tradition last year.
Sophomore outside hitter Giuli Frendak stepped up to serve with the Lions ahead, 14-13, in the decisive fifth set against visiting Babson College. Frendak didn’t strike the ball clean, her serve still dropped in for a shallow ace down the middle to send Emerson to a 3-2 victory at the Bobbi Brown & Steven Plofker Gym.
After securing the program’s first ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference win two Saturdays ago, the Emerson women’s soccer team was in the mix late against a top NEWMAC opponent this past weekend in Central Mass. against Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The Lions came out attacking in the first half, but gave up two goals within four minutes late in the second half to fall, 2-0, to WPI on Saturday, Oct. 5.
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.
Welcome to the first installment of the Emerson sports roundup, a weekly feature recapping every game from the previous week.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.