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What Tommy Heinsohn meant to Celtics fans

Embed from Getty Images When I heard Tommy Heinsohn passed away on Monday, Nov. 9, a random memory came to mind. Almost ten years ago during a Boston Celtics regular-season game, Greg Stiemsma, a former Celtics big man who was

Underdog Patriots upset Ravens at home

Embed from Getty Images I was talking to my Dad about the New England Patriots before Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. We talked about how New England only squeaked by with a win against the lowly New York Jets

The next step for pandemic-ridden pro sports after election

Embed from Getty Images Saturday became a record-breaking day as Joe Biden defeated incumbent President Donald Trump in the election—the first time a sitting leader only lasted one term since George H.W Bush was just known as George Bush back

Don’t tell athletes to “shut up and dribble”

Embed from Getty Images Basketball superstar LeBron James’ nonprofit voting organization More Than A Vote played an integral role in last week’s election by helping drive the record turnout of Black voters—a move that boosted former Vice President Joe Biden

Professor and alum earns second World Series ring in three seasons

Emerson professor and alumnus Tim Neverett ‘88 earned his second World Series ring last month as a play-by-play broadcaster with the freshly-crowned Los Angeles Dodgers, just months after starting teaching at Emerson. Neverett joined the Dodgers’ broadcast team in December

NEWMAC cancels 2020-21 winter sports season

The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Presidents Council unanimously canceled NEWMAC’s 2020-21 winter sports season Monday. Two of the three winter sports teams at Emerson, the men’s and women’s basketball teams, play in the NEWMAC and will not

Coaches get creative to tackle pandemic-era recruiting

In a typical year of recruiting for Emerson sports teams, prospective student athletes visit the campus, meet with coaches, watch a team game, and even stay in dorms overnight with a player. But during the pandemic, coaches have turned to

Emerson baseball returns to the diamond for practice

After last season was abruptly cancelled to prevent the initial spread of COVID-19, Emerson baseball will finally bounce back and return to the diamond.  The team is starting practice this week, but with a focus on conditioning. They will continue

Emerson Skunks keep ultimate disc alive through pandemic

Pandemic or not, there’s no stopping the Skunks.  The college’s co-ed ultimate Frisbee team practices two to three times a week in Boston Common during the altered semester, all while adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines.   “Historically, we would be doing

Patriots sluggish, lose to Broncos at home

Embed from Getty Images After positive COVID-19 tests postponed the game a week later than originally scheduled, the New England Patriots took the field at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon to host the Denver Broncos. And, oh boy, did New

Bruins: The clock is ticking to make improvements

Embed from Getty Images The Boston Bruins walked into the free agent supermarket hoping to acquire the goalscoring depth needed to reload and go on another Stanley Cup run next season. With top-six caliber wingers like Taylor Hall, Tyler Toffoli,

Men’s soccer earns United Soccer Coaches Academic Award honors

The United Soccer Coaches organization recognized the Emerson men’s soccer team with the Academic Award for its work in the classroom and its 3.56 cumulative team grade point average, the second-highest in the conference.  The men’s team trails only Massachusetts

Bruins: Reload or Rebuild?

Embed from Getty Images After a disappointing end to their season with a second-round playoff exit back in August, the Boston Bruins find themselves in a pickle. With an aging core of Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, and Tuukka

Men’s soccer sophomores debate on new joint soccer podcast

Men’s soccer sophomore defenders Bo Feekins and Aidan Ferguson have spent the past year creating soccer content for their individual YouTube channels. In an effort to build their platforms, they are now joining forces and starting a podcast, “The Fifty

Balanced running game lead Pats to win vs. Vegas

Embed from Getty Images After last week’s close loss vs the Seahawks saw a heavy air attack, the New England Patriots turned to their running backs to drive the Patriot bus this week. And boy did that work out well.

Celtics season comes to an end in game 6 loss to Heat

Just past the nine-minute mark in the final quarter of game 6 last night, the Boston Celtics were up 96-90 against the Miami Heat. Boston was on their way to forcing a game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. If

Celtics settle down, win game 5 to extend ECF

And just like that, the Celtics are back. After a disastrous game 4 loss to the Miami Heat, the Celtics rallied and got back to playing their style of basketball last night as they beat Miami by a score of

Celtics sloppy play results in 3-1 deficit in ECF

After a solid game 3 win on Saturday night to climb back into the Eastern Conference Finals, did the Boston Celtics have a repeat of that performance up their sleeves for game 4 last night? The answer to that? Nope.

Women’s volleyball seniors reflect on shortened careers

Last fall, the women’s volleyball team shocked the conference. In the two games leading up to their first ever NEWMAC championship game, in their first ever NEWMAC playoff run, they fought back from being two sets down and won as

Boston responds in game 3 with decisive win

And just like that, we have ourselves a series, ladies and gentlemen. The Boston Celtics made a statement last night with a wire-to-wire game 3 win, 117-106, vs. the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston rolled in like

Boston squanders winnable Game 1 to Heat in OT

Embed from Getty Images The Boston Celtics had every chance to win game one of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night in the NBA Orlando bubble, but costly misses paired with some late-game heroics

Eligibility extension brings back Franklin for fifth season

On June 26, men’s lacrosse team co-captain and recent graduate Austin Franklin posted a statement on Instagram ending with the words “I’m back.” It indicated his return to the team for the 2021 season, making him the latest athlete to

Fitness center reopens with safety protocols in place

Months of preparation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by the college’s fitness center staff culminated in the official reopening of the facility Tuesday morning. The fitness center instituted new safety precautions, like one-way traffic on the staircase and elevator of

Bruins: Unexpected underdogs heading into playoffs

Embed from Getty Images The Boston Bruins find themselves as underdogs heading into the first round of the playoffs, following three lackluster performances in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. Boston entered the Eastern Conference bubble

College announces decision to cancel fall sports

The college announced its decision Tuesday afternoon to cancel all competitive sporting events for the fall 2020 athletic season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement from Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe and Associate

Renegades to relive championship through ESPN documentary

When the Women’s Football Alliance’s Boston Renegades’ owner abruptly left the team weeks before the 2015 season, Molly Goodwin was one of three former players who stepped in to lead the team. Since then, the Renegades have won two league

Emerson Esports resume competitive season

When John Lyons ‘20, a member of one of the college’s competitive “Overwatch” video game teams, learned that his final season of competition was postponed until further notice, he said he was shocked and upset. “When the semester ended originally

Lions claim 35 spots on NEWMAC Spring All-Academic team

The cancellation of spring sports at the college left many student athletes devastated; however, senior pitcher Sam Knox said the announcement of the NEWMAC Spring All-Academic team brought some positivity amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic.  “It’s really great to be

Fitness center promotes physical activity with virtual race

With the college’s fitness center closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the center’s staff is encouraging students to walk, jog, run, or even ski five kilometers to stay active.  The fitness center announced a virtual 5k challenge on April 13,

Houston recognized for leadership off the court

Men’s basketball center Jarred Houston was scrolling through Twitter on April 9 when he found out he earned the Emerson Recognition and Achievement Student Leader of the Year Award. “This means a lot because of the amount of work I

Skunks stay connected despite abbreviated spring season

When Emerson announced the college would be closing its campus and moving to online learning in March, the ultimate disc team’s spring season was about to begin.  The Skunks, who received school-affiliated org status from Student Engagement and Leadership in

Coaches plan to adjust scouting processes amid pandemic

Emerson coaches are taking a new approach to scouting this spring after high schools decided to cancel their sports seasons in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The National Collegiate Athletic Association and New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference

Chris Taylor ‘11 pursues passion of working in NBA

As the Assistant General Manager of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Chris Taylor ‘11 finds himself in many high-pressure situations. Whether he is discussing a potential trade with agents or talking to NBA personnel about signing a player to a

Patriots: Stidham will be the starter, for now

Embed from Getty Images With quarterback Tom Brady heading to Tampa Bay next season, New England Patriots fans are anxious to know who will start week one. The Patriots are without a franchise quarterback for the first time since 1994. Although

Celotto reflects on award-winning season

On Monday, March 2, sophomore midfielder and captain Skyler Celotto earned the NEWMAC Men’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week Award, ten days before his season ended prematurely.  Celotto said he appreciates the recognition from the New England Women’s and

Women’s lacrosse grabs last round of NEWMAC awards

Freshman goalie Nina Khosla and senior attacker Jenna Tomsky earned the final NEWMAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Athlete of the Week awards of the 2020 spring season on Monday. Khosla and Tomsky found out about their respective awards when

Patriots: Saying goodbye to a hero

I’ll always remember the game that got me hooked on football. On Jan. 10, 2015, the New England Patriots battled the Baltimore Ravens in a dramatic AFC Divisional matchup. This game is still one of my all-time favorites, as the

NEWMAC cancels spring seasons, Emerson ends non-conference competition

The college plans to cancel all non-conference athletic games starting Monday after the NEWMAC announced it was canceling all conference games starting Monday, officials said. The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference unanimously voted to cancel all-conference spring sporting

Five-run ninth inning propels Lions to win

A walk-off single by freshman catcher Matt Nachamie earned the Lions a 9-8 win Wednesday afternoon over visiting Lasell University. Senior pitcher Jack Fox pitched six innings, while sophomore pitchers Bryan Simmons-Hayes, and Michael Logerwell pitched one each. Fox gave up

Women’s lacrosse records second consecutive victory

The women’s lacrosse team defeated Nichols College Wednesday evening 17-4 for its second consecutive win. The Lions roster totaled four assists, forced 21 turnovers, and recorded 26 groundballs. Through the last three games, the team has scored 39 goals, recorded

Men’s lacrosse ends four game road trip with loss

The men’s lacrosse team concluded its four-game road trip with a 15-5 loss against the University of New England Wednesday night.  Sophomore midfielder Skyler Celotto led the team in scoring with three goals. Sophomore midfielder Alex Hrisanthopoulos and freshman attack

O’Connor and Boyle receive all-conference honors

Although the men’s and women’s basketball teams both closed out their seasons with losses in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC playoffs, two key players received postseason recognition from the conference. Men’s basketball senior forward Jack O’Connor received a First-Team All-Conference

Lions wrap up nationwide spring break competitions

Emerson’s spring sports teams traveled across the country for their 2020 spring break trips, playing 29 games in five states.  The baseball team, men’s and women’s tennis team, and women’s lacrosse team all traveled to Florida for their spring break

Emerson Athletics to continue spring schedules

The athletic department will not cancel any future contests or events despite the college’s transition to online classes due to COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, according to Athletic Director Patricia Nicol.  “It’s a mutual decision from the campus, from myself,

Clydesdale caps career with conference award

Women’s basketball senior guard Natalie Clydesdale won NEWMAC Player Of The Week on Feb. 24, in the final week of her college career, but she said the accolade is barely crossing her mind. “As great as it is to be

Baseball falls to Framingham State University 13-4

The baseball team returned to their home field Tuesday night with a 13-4 loss against Framingham State University Rams.  Junior Johnny Maffei completed only 3.2 innings against the Rams, giving up ten hits and eight runs. The Lions utilized senior

Women’s lacrosse snaps 29-game losing streak

The women’s lacrosse team broke a streak of 29 consecutive losses on Monday with a 17-5 victory over Rhode Island College. Senior midfielder Jenna Tomsky led the team with nine points, and senior midfielder Camille Mumford scored four goals to

Celotto’s six goals propel Lions to road win

Sophomore midfielder Skyler Celotto scored six goals in the men’s lacrosse team’s 15–6 victory over Nichols College on Saturday.  The Lions scored three goals in the first quarter, holding Nichols to two. The Lions continued the scoring in the second

Lions awarded two all-sportsmanship team selections

On Thursday, March 5, the NEWMAC released the Winter Sports All-Sportsmanship Teams, recognizing two senior Lions.  According to the conference’s website, the award recognizes student athletes who best represent the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference and its ideals. 

Lions defeated in final match of spring break

The men’s tennis team fell to the University of Charleston by a score of 7-2 in the Lions’ final match of their spring break trip.   The Golden Eagles swept the Lions in doubles play,  the first time during the trip

Cardinals sweep Lions in Arizona

The softball team returned to the field in Tucson, Arizona, on Wednesday for a doubleheader rematch against the St. John Fisher Cardinals, falling in both games after losing to the Cardinals on Tuesday. The first game remained scoreless through the

Tennis defeated in Orlando matchups

The men’s and women’s tennis teams fell to North Central College by scores of 6-3 and 8-1 respectively. The Cardinals took the men’s doubles matches by a score of 2-1. Sophomores Bass Lin and Maximo Lawlor earned the Lions’ only

Lions fall to undefeated Widener

The men’s lacrosse team is now 1-2 on the season following a 17-7 loss to undefeated Widener University. Freshmen attacker Cameron McNeal scored a goal off an assist from sophomore midfielder Peirce Eldredge in the first quarter, but the Pride

Softball swept in dramatic doubleheader

The softball team lost two extra-inning games to the St. Fisher College Cardinals and the University of Mary Washington Eagles on Tuesday. The Lions and Cardinals played each other for the first time in school history, and the Cardinals led

Lions build winning streak behind singles play

The men’s tennis team defeated Midway University by a score of 5-2, the Lions’ second-consecutive win on its spring break trip. The Lions fell in doubles play, earning one win from freshman Robert Comunale and senior Brock Higley in the

Team effort leads Lions past Bearcats

The baseball team earned the first win of its spring break trip Tuesday afternoon against Saint Vincent College by a score of 6-4 in Auburndale, Florida. Junior Johnny Maffei pitched six innings, giving up eight hits and four runs. Relievers

Nachamie home run not enough in loss to Neumann

Freshman catcher Matt Nachamie hit his second home run of the baseball team’s spring break trip in the team’s second loss to Neumann University Monday afternoon in Winter Haven, Florida.  Senior Sam Knox pitched his first game of the season,

Baseball defeated in Florida opener

The baseball team lost the first game of its spring break trip Sunday afternoon to Chatham University in Orlando, Florida.   Senior pitcher Jack Fox completed five innings, gave up four runs on three hits, and struck out seven batters. Relief

Lions record first spring win in Orlando

The women’s tennis team opened its spring break trip with a 5-4 win over King’s College in Orlando, Florida.  The Lions got on the board with a number-four singles win from sophomore Thea Nagle, who won both of her sets.

Balanced scoring leads Lions to first victory

The men’s lacrosse team’s weekend road trip ended with an 8-4 victory over Mount Saint Mary College, marking its first victory of the season.  Senior attack Austin Franklin, sophomore midfielder Skyler Celotto, and sophomore attack Hunter Gervais all scored twice

Men’s volleyball swept by conference opponent

The men’s volleyball team lost its third straight conference game to Lasell University in straight sets on Friday, remaining winless in GNAC play. Lasell took a 2-0 lead in the first set after a ball handling error by the Lions.

Men’s lacrosse falls in season opener

The men’s lacrosse team opened its season on Wednesday at Rotch Field with a 17-7 loss against the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Head coach Matthew Colombini said he sees the hard work his players are putting in as they prepare

Women’s basketball season ends after quarterfinal loss

The sixth seed women’s basketball team lost by a score of 77-65 to third seed Smith College in the NEWMAC quarterfinals. This is the second season in a row the Lions lost in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic

Men’s basketball falls in tense NEWMAC Quarterfinal

The men’s basketball team lost to the United States Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday by a score of 80-78 after a potential game-winning three-point shot fell short, ending the Lions’ season with a 14-12 record. Coast Guard made its first

Softball looks to reach new heights as season nears

The softball team ranked fifth in the NEWMAC conference in 2019. This season, with nine players entering their sophomore season, the team is aiming to not only return to the playoffs but climb higher in the conference rankings. “Being in

Freshman volleyball player stands out above the net

Going into high school, freshman middle blocker Parker Gray had several options on the table to play baseball in college. Four years later, he’s starting on the Emerson men’s volleyball team, putting up 10 kills in four of his last

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