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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Leo Kagan

Leo Kagan, Sports Editor

Leo Kagan (he/him) is a freshman journalism major from the North Shore of Boston. He currently edits The Beacon’s sports section. He is also a member of Noteworthy, one of Emerson’s a cappella groups. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to Wallows and eating Ben & Jerry’s.

Latest from Leo Kagan
Bruins on Boylston: Measuring losing streak concern levels with the Yikes-o-Meter

Bruins on Boylston: Measuring losing streak concern levels with the Yikes-o-Meter

February 2, 2023

Encircling the faceoff dot in the middle of the ice at PNC Arena in Raleigh, the Carolina Hurricanes lifted their arms and clapped together with a crowd of 16,680 in celebration of a rugged win against...

Bob Socci has served as the Patriots’ radio play-by-play announcer since 2013. (Courtesy: Bob Socci)

Voice of Patriots radio embraces a new challenge: teaching at Emerson

February 1, 2023

Almost every Sunday afternoon, from early September to mid-January, Bob Socci steps into a broadcasting booth situated a few dozen rows up from the field at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, right along...

The womens basketball team is 7-12 this season.

Winter sports update: Men’s and women’s basketball chug along, milestones, and more

January 30, 2023

While the majority of Emerson’s student body wasn’t strolling on campus for the entirety of the winter holiday break, a few athletes stayed behind, continuing their seasons even in the absence of their...

Boston Bruins face off against the Calgary Flames on November 10, 2022. Photo by Leo Kagan

Bruins on Boylston: Which Bruins were All-Star snubs?

January 28, 2023

The NHL released its initial selections for the 2023 All-Star Game—the league’s best players all gathered on the same sheet of ice for a weekend—on Jan. 5, with every franchise represented by a single...

The Boston Bruins face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.

Bruins on Boylston: Revisiting preseason queries and posing three current questions

December 9, 2022

Plenty of NHL teams faced questions entering the 2022-23 season. Would the Colorado Avalanche play their way to a second consecutive Stanley Cup? Would the Calgary Flames play at the same high level after...

Senior Cali Bruce was pivotal to the Lions success in the 2022 Season.

Women’s soccer’s first All-American on her time at Emerson, growth, and more

December 8, 2022

After starting 56 games, scoring 21 points, earning three First Team All-Conference honors, and winning a NEWMAC championship, senior midfielder Cali Bruce might be near the end of her Emerson College...

Senior Cali Bruce raises the womens soccer teams first-ever NEWMAC Championship cup.

Senior spotlights: Women’s soccer seniors made history with balanced culture, united drive

December 7, 2022

Resilient, decorated, momentous, and victorious. This year, the Emerson women’s soccer team represented the purple and gold in a light it hadn’t shined before. Boasting the conference’s Coaching...

Patrice Bergeron (via Beacon Archives)

Bruins on Boylston: Why you should doubt the Bruins’ strong start

November 30, 2022

The Bruins have played 22 games in the 2022-23 season, roughly a quarter of the regular season matchups they’ll take part in before the postseason, for which they are an absolute lock.  The Bruins,...

The 23 Seniors were the first in Lions history to lead mens soccer to the NEWMAC finals.

Senior spotlights: Men’s soccer seniors guided team to landmark playoff run with quality leadership

November 30, 2022

The Emerson men’s soccer team came extremely close to winning a NEWMAC Championship, but fell to Babson College 1-0 in the finals on Nov. 5, ending not just a strong playoff run, but the careers of the...

Sophomore defender Yoshiko Slater was named to NEWMACs First Team All-Conference.

Women’s soccer team earns six All-Conference selections, two other awards

November 19, 2022

After a historic season, the Emerson women’s soccer team—which won the NEWMAC championship on Nov. 5—added to its trophy case Thursday after being awarded six All-Conference selections, Coaching...

First-year PG Jacob Armant drives through the Fighting Scots defense.

Basketball doubleheader yields wins for men’s and women’s squads

November 10, 2022

The Emerson men’s and women’s basketball teams each secured season-opening victories Tuesday night—the men steamrolled Gordon College 95-51 and the women defeated Wentworth 71-64. Playing back-to-back...

Senior spotlights: Women’s volleyball seniors elevated the program and built a positive culture

Senior spotlights: Women’s volleyball seniors elevated the program and built a positive culture

November 9, 2022

At the end of every women’s volleyball season, the dismantling of the net in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym marks the end of Emerson’s seniors’ careers. After a five-set NEWMAC playoffs...

The Bruins drew criticism from their recent signing of Mitchell Miller (via CreativeCommons)

Bruins on Boylston: Bruins must sever ties with new signing

November 6, 2022

20 year--old Mitchell Miller inked his NHL entry-level contract on Friday, becoming a Boston Bruin for the next three years.  For most young players, this would be a joyous and prideful moment, the...

Head Coach David Suvak lifting the NEWMAC trophy

Emerson’s women’s soccer clinches NEWMAC championship with 1-0 win over Clark

November 6, 2022

As the scoreboard counted down at Rotch Field Saturday afternoon, senior midfielder Cali Bruce—along with her teammates—was focused on making sure the Emerson Lions’ one-goal lead would not be erased....

TD Garden.

Bruins on Boylston: It’s early, but the Bruins have all the pieces of a championship contender

November 3, 2022

The last time the Boston Bruins lifted the Stanley Cup was 2011. It’s been just over a decade—not long compared to franchises that have been in limbo for half a century—but in the City of Champions,...

Senior middle blocker Jillian Kay scoring a kill against Smith College in the NEWMAC quaterfinals

Women’s volleyball season ends in five-set heartbreaker

November 3, 2022

A final ball whistled past diving Emerson defenders, silencing a roaring crowd at the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym on Tuesday night, ending a tight 3-2 match against Smith College in the NEWMAC quarterfinals.   After...

The Emerson Womens Volleyball Team (courtesy: Ben Read)

Women’s volleyball wins annual “You Can Play” game

October 26, 2022

The women’s volleyball team dispatched the Endicott College Gulls in three sets on Thursday, earning a sixth consecutive home-court win in the annual “You Can Play” game. The You Can Play Project,...

The 2022-23 Emerson Womens Basketball Team (Courtesy: Bill Gould)

Women’s basketball looking to bounce back

October 26, 2022

Despite battling through a tough 2021-22 campaign, Emerson’s women’s basketball team remains hopeful for a better season this year, prepped with a wealth of experience to take to the court.  COVID-19...

Patrice Bergeron (via Beacon Archives)

Bruins on Boylston: New system yields rewards and creates problems

October 19, 2022

Former Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy was not who fans would’ve expected to be fired last summer. If anyone, it would’ve been General Manager Don Sweeney, whose questionable drafting and trade deadline...

The win bumped the womens volleyball teams record to 14-3.

Women’s volleyball secures 13th win of the season, defeating Salve Regina

October 19, 2022

As the fans poured into the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, the women’s volleyball team took on the Salve Regina Seahawks during Family Weekend, delivering a crowd-pleasing home sweep.   Heading...

Courtesy: Creative Commons

Seven observations from the Bruins’ preseason finale loss

October 12, 2022

The Boston Bruins fell 5-3 to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, concluding their preseason with a home-ice loss.  The loss to the Devils was the Bruins’ final test ahead of their Wednesday...

Shannon Norton 13 (Courtesy: Shannon Norton)

Alum finds traction in WNBA and NBA G League

October 5, 2022

Shannon Norton ‘13 was recently promoted to Operations Coordinator for two professional basketball teams, and is now aiming higher.    Emerson alum Shannon Norton ‘13 is climbing the ranks...

Junior goalkeeper Ava Salti is also a guard on the womens basketball team. (Courtesy: Kayla Buck)

Nothing but net: Women’s basketball player becomes dual-sport athlete

October 5, 2022

For Ava Salti, sports are everything—more obsession than pastime.    With a quick glance into her dorm room, you’d notice a New York Islanders and Golden State Warriors jersey hanging on...

Zdeno Chara (via Creative Commons)

What is the Bruins’ longtime captain’s legacy?

September 28, 2022

Boston Bruins legend and longtime captain Zdeno Chara retired last Tuesday, ending his 25-year career by signing a one-day contract with the Bruins.  Chara was dominant as one of the NHL’s premier...

Five questions facing the Boston Bruins as preseason approaches

Five questions facing the Boston Bruins as preseason approaches

September 21, 2022

With just weeks left before the start of the NHL season, one might be tempted to call the Boston Bruins predictable. In the last 15 years, the team has qualified for the playoffs 13 times. Aside from...

Men’s soccer team tramples Lesley University 8-1, wins 8th Charles River Cup

Men’s soccer team tramples Lesley University 8-1, wins 8th Charles River Cup

September 21, 2022

Lining up to shake hands with the Lesley University Lynx, Emerson men’s soccer players were all smiles Tuesday night as they prepared to hoist the Charles River Cup for the 8th time in team history....

Tuesday’s win was the second of the season for the Lady Lions.

Women’s soccer routs Plymouth State 5-1 in second win of the season

September 19, 2022

The Emerson women’s soccer team defeated its NEWMAC rival Plymouth State Panthers 5-1 on Tuesday, securing the Lions’ second win on the season.  The Lions, well rested after six days off between...

The Skunks were officially recognized on campus as an organization in 2019.

Emerson Skunks seek to expand community this season

September 14, 2022

As the fall semester kicks off and the temperature begins to mellow out, Emerson’s ultimate frisbee team, the Skunks, reclaims its spot on the baseball field in the Boston Commons for another year of...

The win bumped the womens volleyball teams record to 14-3.

Women’s volleyball team tops Brandeis with clutch third-set finish

September 13, 2022

The Emerson women’s volleyball team beat the Brandeis University Judges 3-0 on Thursday thanks to the strength of a narrow victory in the third and final set of the match.  Nearly a year ago to the...

Women’s volleyball team starts off strong with pair of wins

Women’s volleyball team starts off strong with pair of wins

September 8, 2022

Emerson’s women’s volleyball team dropped just one set in its season opener, beating both Simmons and Manhattanville College in a Sunday doubleheader on the Lions’ home court.  The team’s would-be...

Emerson College Womens Volleyball team (Beacon Archives)

Women’s volleyball team strives to reach new heights at the start of the season

September 6, 2022

Following their first-round defeat in last year’s NEWMAC Championship, the Emerson women’s volleyball team is on a mission of redemption, aiming for accolades higher than ever before.  “We really...

Coming fresh off the French soccer scene, Sophomore Hugo Berville looks forward to the routine of playing soccer at Emerson.

From France to Emerson: Men’s soccer recruit travels internationally to find his place in world of sport

August 30, 2022

The Emerson men’s soccer team added a new international player to its roster, recruiting Sophomore midfielder Hugo Berville from Villejuif, France ahead of the 2022 season.  With 11 players being...

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