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NEWMAC News: A farewell to fall

A final look at the fall sports' seasons.

NEWMAC News: Playoff picture Oct. 23

With fall sports winding down, find out where the Lions are in the playoff hunt.

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Former place kicker anchors Lions' defense

After being one of the last players cut on the competitive Merrimack College soccer team, Ryan Carino, now a starting center back on the Emerson soccer team, decided to test his foot skills at something new.

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Soccer scores big with incoming class, transfers

After a winless first season in New England Women’s and Men’s Conference games, the men’s soccer coach brought in six freshmen to bolster his roster for this year.

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Women’s basketball set to welcome deep recruiting class

Taking a step back this after season joining the more competitive New England Women’s and Men’s Conference, women’s basketball head coach Bill Gould has a singular focus heading into next season: competition.

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Hit Parade

Brittany Rochford “loves to hit the ball,” and she’s pretty darn good at it. The senior captain isn’t just one of the best hitters on Emerson’s softball team — she’s one of the best hitters on the Division 3 level.

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No-hit wonder: Underclassmen combine for no-hitter

The Lions’ young pitching staff made history when freshman Cal Laird and sophomore Jack Caportorto combined to throw the first no-hitter in school history in a 2-0 win.

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Men’s tennis coach faces tall task with small team, new competitive conference

The Emerson men’s tennis team was one of the school’s most successful squads in the spring of 2013. Finishing with a 10-2 overall record, the team reached the Great Northeast Athletic Conference semi-finals before losing to Suffolk University.

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Freshman infusion has baseball looking forward

The Emerson College men’s baseball team completed its annual spring break trip to Fort Myers, Fla., and returned to Boston with a 2-7 record and a bounce in its step. Emerson’s two victories now equal last year’s win total for the entire season, although both came against Northland College of Wisconsin, which is currently 1-8.

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Unconventional path takes Johnson from walk-on to star

Kelsey Johnson showed up to Emerson’s accepted students day in the spring of 2012, she was as much of an unknown as the rest of the incoming freshmen he hadn’t recruited.

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East meets west: volleyball welcoming to California kids

If the state of Texas is known as the mecca of high school football, then the same can be said about California and its intensive volleyball scene. No state produces more players than the Golden State.

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A Skype date with men's basketball great John Karalis

John Karalis, 40, was the first in a string notable men’s basketball players to graduate from Emerson College during the tenure of longtime coach Hank Smith, who led the team from 1994-2011. Karalis was a four-year starter and a two-year captain, finishing his college career with over 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds. He became the first Emerson athlete to play professionally, briefly continuing his basketball career overseas in Greece.

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Gross Gains

When the Emerson men’s volleyball team played nationally ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier in the year, sophomore libero Jared Gross had one of the best sequences of his career, according to head coach Ben Read.

Men’s volleyball starts off with back-to-back wins

The Emerson men’s volleyball team won its first two games in a dominant fashion, beating Lesley University and Newbury College.

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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Men’s volleyball team looks to improve in 2014

The Emerson men’s volleyball team took big strides during its 2013 season with a team made up of seven freshmen and four upperclassmen.

Emerson sports roundup: Jan. 4-15

A roundup of Emerson games between January 4-15.