The Lions were sloppy in possession, turning the ball over 22 times, over twice as many as the Jumbos, which let down some impressive Emerson defense.
Sophomore Kat Rice said the magnitude of the tournament was overwhelming and the team needed to approach the game differently.
Ludman added that Emerson must aim to match the level of support that future NEWMAC rivals are giving their student-athletes.
The Rivier crowd created a loud hostile environment that included harsh signs and made it difficult for Read to communicate with players on the court, he said.
Scarpaci said that staying on the offensive and not backing down was key to defeating the Monks.
The Saints scored two goals within a minute to take the lead and eventually beat Emerson 2-1.
Dennis Connors, a sophomore performing arts major, said he first saw curling in the winter Olympics, but he didn’t anticipate the sport’s difficulty.
The Lions started down 0-2 after Simmons took the first two doubles matches, but the pairing of Mosser and Russell, team co-captains, proved too powerful for Simmons.
The team has now ensured its qualification for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference playoffs with a conference record of 5-2-3. The Lions, scheduled to face Anna Maria College on Oct. 19 for the final conference game of the season, are looking forward to a deep run in the playoffs.
More Emerson errors allowed the Saints to pad the score by adding three additional goals, including one on a penalty kick.
As the director of the Massachusetts Olympic Development Program, Scarpaci has had the opportunity to work with other amateur players at a high level.
One of the freshmen the team will rely on this year is Juliana Tucker. Read said the freshman setter could be a GNAC Rookie of the Year candidate and will be integral to Emerson’s success this season.
Read said he feels the team could not only make the GNAC tournament, but earn a first-round home game.
Two Emerson students are trying to create their own magic with the help of J.K. Rowling's idea.