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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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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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Women’s basketball MVP: Kristin Brice

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

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Men’s basketball loses Emerson’s first NEWMAC playoff game at MIT

One of the most noteworthy seasons in Emerson College athletic history came to a close Wednesday night in Cambridge as coach Jim O’Brien’s blue collar men’s basketball fell in a competitive game against Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 64-56.

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AD search group decides on four finalists, Nance included

The long process to hire a permanent athletic director at Emerson College has finally entered its final stages. On Feb. 14, an email from Dean of Students Ronald Ludman to athletic staff and team captains announced the four finalists picked by the 12-person Athletic Search Committee, which Ludman chaired.

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Lions roar: WPI win highlights historic week

Emerson’s transition into the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference brought with it fresh challenges that were too much to overcome for the other five team sports that have already made the transition. But a scrappy men’s basketball team led by coach Jim O’Brien has overcome the odds this winter, following a December upset of then-No. 1 Amherst College with another monumental week to begin February.

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Emerson sports roundup: Jan. 30 - Feb. 6

A roundup of Emerson's athletic teams from the past week.

Search committee to review AD candidates

A 12-member search committee assigned to fill Emerson's athletic director vacancy will meet on Jan. 30 to pare down what Dean of Students Ronald Ludman said is a list of over 90 applicants to become the college's new permanent AD

Emerson Sports Roundup: Jan. 23-29

The week in Emerson men's basketball, women's basketball and men's volleyball games.

Emerson Sports Roundup: Jan. 16-22

After leading by eight points at the break, Emerson was able to withstand a late rally from the visiting Lyons (7-7, 2-3) and go above the .500 mark in conference.

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Athletic Department innovates with QR codes

A posting on the official Emerson athletics website on Dec. 18 announced that as of Jan. 4, all game-day programs are accessible on phones, tablets, and laptops via QR codes.

Emerson sports roundup: Jan. 4-15

A roundup of Emerson games between January 4-15.

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Emerson Sports Roundup: Nov. 21 - Dec. 4

The past two weeks in Emerson sports.

Emerson sports roundup: Nov. 14-20

This week in Emerson sports.

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Lady Lions stay undefeated, take victory in NEWMAC opener

Four other Emerson sports teams had tried and came up on the short end in their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference games, but the women’s basketball team penned a different ending Wednesday night at home.

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Women's basketball ready to run

Look for the Emerson women’s basketball team buck convention during its first season in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, as head coach Bill Gould has decided to play a run-and-gun style despite the current NEWMAC trend of grinding, halfcourt basketball.

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Women's volleyball team given option to not play

Eight of the 18 players on the Emerson women's volleyball team passed up the chance to play in the ECAC postseason tournament and missed the Lions' season finale.

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Bringing concussions to light

Freshman Molly Caron has led an effort to reform concussion protocol in Massachusetts high schools. At Emerson, concussion policies go above the NCAA standard.

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Looking back at the fall sports season

Men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball all concluded their seasons. Now it's time for a look back at the seasons that were.

DeStefano joins athletic department staff

The Emerson athletic department announced the addition of former two-sport star Lindsay DeStefano on Oct. 15 to its staff. The college’s newest athletic administrator will perform a jack-of-all-trades role, according to Interim Athletic Director Stanford Nance, who was in charge of the search process.

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Righini ends winless stretch for women's soccer

Sophomore midfielder Tayllar Righini leads the Emerson women’s soccer team in goals this season, and no goal was more important than her most recent one.

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Women's volleyball win's five-set thriller

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.

WPI engineers late goals to oust visiting Lions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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With a Lion's heart, Keeling sought challenges

His laundry list of accomplishments mark former Emerson Athletic Director Rudy Keeling as a pivotal figure in changing Emerson sports from an arts school afterthought to a rising Division 3 program, but those who knew Keeling say that receiving credit meant little to the Lions’ self-assured leader.

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Search for permanent Emerson AD on the horizon

Over 15 months after the resignation of former Athletic Director Kristin Parnell, Emerson has hired Alden & Associates to conduct a national search for a permanent AD. Former Associate Athletic Director Stanford Nance has been serving as interim AD since Parnell's departure.