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Lions not quite at home in the NEWMAC: A year in review

Emerson athletics released its first logo, three teams made the playoffs, and the department introduced its new director, Patricia Nicol.

NEWMAC News: Spring season wrap-up

For the second straight year, no spring sports will qualify for the NEWMAC playoffs.

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After 389 days, baseball is winless no longer

The baseball team snapped a 36 game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over Coast Guard Academy on April 15.

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Men's volleyball caps best season with most awards yet

Emerson’s men’s volleyball team had four players recognized by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference’s end-of-season awards.

NEWMAC notes

Football is coming to the NEWMAC in fall 2017.

Men's volleyball pondering postseason position

With three games left in the men’s volleyball season and a 2 1/2 game lead over Albertus Magnus College for the sixth and final playoff spot, the task is simple: win and they’re in.

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Men's lax showing improvement; other NEWMAC notes

In six games this season, the men’s lacrosse team is 3-3 and has already equalled its win total from the last two seasons combined.

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Men’s and women’s ball both ousted in first round

Both the men's and women's basketball teams lost in the first round of the NEWMAC playoffs on Feb. 25.

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Michael Brown, professor and champion for athletics

Professor Michael Brown has been at Emerson College “forever,” he said. He’s had front-row seats to the athletic department's myriad changes over the past 45 years.

New option for sports minor brings optimism

The recently introduced Individually Designed Major program, designed in part for undergraduates to create a sports communication minor, is drawing optimism from sports-minded professors and student-athletes alike for the future of a better developed sports culture at Emerson.

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Lady Lions looking for a proper sendoff

When it comes to discussing the annals of women’s basketball at Emerson, head coach Bill Gould, now in his eighth year, said he would rather let the past be the past.

Coach Scarpaci leaves lasting legacy

Jared Scarpaci is Emerson’s longest-serving head coach and has left a lasting legacy in charge of one of the school’s most successful programs.

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Ex-NBA player shares tale of redemption

Former NBA player Chris Herren came to speak to student athletes at Emerson on Jan. 22.

NEWMAC News: Playoff picture Jan. 29

With the end of basketball season just around the corner, find out what the playoffs look like right now for the Emerson Lions.

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Undermanned Lions volley for best season yet

For the men’s volleyball team, the 3-1 set loss to the Engineers was a building block for the rest of the season.

Men’s soccer searches for new head coach

The Emerson men’s soccer head coach, Jared Scarpaci, will be stepping down after 11 seasons in the position.

Rotch Playground may soon have new neighbor

Emerson’s men’s and women’s soccer teams may be overshadowed by a professional team within the next five years.

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St. Thomas awaits equally scorching hot Lions

Women’s basketball has now won three games in a row, with only one loss this season, finding success in a balanced team dynamic.

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Women's ball loses star in opener

The Lions lost their leading scorer, rebounder, and best all-around player from last year, senior Kristen Brice, to an eye injury in the first half of their first game of the year.

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For alum, part-time hobby now a full-time blog

Chuck McKenney, who played for Emerson's basketball team in the 1990s, now runs a Celtics blog.

NEWMAC News: A farewell to fall

A final look at the fall sports' seasons.

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Winner determined in logo contest

Just months after Emerson Athletics withdrew an embattled logo produced by an external firm, a collegewide vote selected a revised design by the firm as the Lions' official mark.

Volleyball close to playoff berth

The Lions currently have a two game lead for the seventh spot, and a win over Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Oct. 28 or Clark University on Nov. 1 would clinch a berth in the NEWMAC tournament.

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Women's basketball looks to outrun competition

After the women’s basketball team reached the quarterfinals in the final season of its old conference two years ago, its season last year—the first in its new conference—was ultimately forgettable.

Athletic department extends logo submission deadline

After saying a committee would work to improve its controversial new logo, the Emerson Athletic Department instead decided to hold a design competition open to the college community, which it announced on Sept. 25.

Softball completes academic three-peat

Emerson’s softball team has a longstanding reputation of being successful both on the field and in the classroom.

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Men's soccer confident despite NEWMAC stumble

The men's soccer team lost another NEWMAC game on Saturday, but it's way to early to start panicking about the team's future.

Cheap tickets now available at Fenway

While there will be no excessive beard growing or magical playoff runs this fall for the Boston Red Sox, there is now an opportunity in the twilight of the 2014 season to attend a game at Fenway Park for just $9.

Women’s soccer wins big

The Lady Lions’ soccer team won their first game of the 2014 season on Sept. 9 in an impressive fashion, outscoring Mount Ida by a tally of 9-0.

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From hardcore to hard knocks: Alum lands at NESN

“Throughout pretty much all of high school and college I was split between playing guitar in hardcore bands and being into sports,” said Doug Kyed, who is now entering his second full season as Patriots beat writer for

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New director looks for big change in first year

After spending the summer reaching out to the campus community, Patricia Nicol said she is optimistic about her inaugural season as athletic director at the Division III level.

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From roommates to rivals, alumni follow hockey dreams

The first person Ian Tasso met on Emerson’s move-in day in September 2007 was fellow freshman Jesse Liebman. “He walked into my room with his hockey bag and goes ‘Hi, I’m Jesse, I play hockey,’” said Tasso with a grin, “and that’s how the legend was born.”

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Saints bounce Lions in GNAC volleyball quarters

A frustrated Benjamin Read looked on as Ashanti Jackson gathered and leapt head and shoulders above Emerson’s blockers for the last of his 14 kills.

Athletes react to new AD

Emerson announced the hiring of new athletic director Patricia Nicol on March 18, replacing Stan Nance, who took over in an interim role in May 2012 after Kristen Parnell's resignation. Nicol, who spent the last 10 years at Division 2 Southern Connecticut State University at the same position, will officially begin May 19.

Emerson alumnus Barboza lands at ESPN Boston

As a freshman at Bishop Connolly High School in nearby Fall River, Mass., Scott Barboza ran two weeks’ worth of sprints during the preseason for the school’s freshman basketball team and promptly decided his career in sports was not going to be as a player.

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Chance of a lifetime: Journalism major interns at ESPN Boston, hooks on as Red Sox beat writer

Most of the 250,000 college students in the Boston area saw the Red Sox’ improbable run to the World series on a television screen, enduring every rant Fox commentator Tim McCarver could rattle off as the team redefined clutch hitting seemingly every game.

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Gould leads from his post

A veteran of women's basketball programs like Boston College, Stonehill and Bentley, post specialist Bill Gould has brought an expert eye as Emerson's longtime women's basketball coach.