Athletic News - November 2003
Saints Fall to ECSU in 2OT; Buzzer-Beater Wins Game for E.Conn.
November 26, 2003 - On Tuesday night, the Women's Basketball Team came within 2 seconds of knocking off the \#1 team in the nation, Eastern Connecticut State University. The Saints led the Warriors at half-time, 30-29. After the 40 minutes of regulation, the game was tied at 63, sending the battle into overtime. After 5 minutes of play and with the score tied at 68, the game went into a second overtime. Emmanuel led by 2 with 1.8 seconds remaining, but Eastern Connecticut's Sandy Mosley hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Warriors the win. The Saints were led by Sophomore Guard Evita Esteves (22 points & 7 rebounds), Freshman Forward LaTeisha Johnson (21 points & 9 rebounds), and Junior Forward Paulette Johnson (16 points & 17 rebounds). Sophomore Forward Alyssa McCoy chipped in with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Emmanuel. The Saints head into the break with an overall record of 2-1. Emmanuel will play next at M.I.T. on Tuesday night (12/2) at 7:00 pm.
The Men's Basketball Team was defeated by Wesleyan University on Tuesday night, 102-86. Emmanuel was led by Freshman Guard Toliver Thomas. He had a career-high 20 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Guard Bobby Brown pumped in 15 points, including three 3-pointers, while Sophomore Point Guard Jason Brown chipped in with 11 points for the Saints. Emmanuel enters the break with an overall record of 1-2. The Saints play again next Thursday night (12/4) at Rivier College at 7:00 pm.
Women's Basketball Team Takes Tap-Off Championship; Johnson Selected Tournament MVP
November 24, 2003 - The Women's Basketball Team won the 20th Annual PEPSI Tap-Off Tournament Championship over the weekend. The Saints defeated Lasell College in their opening game on Saturday, 85-49. Emmanuel was led by Junior Guard Katey Wentworth. She had 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Sophomore Forward Alyssa McCoy chipped in with 10 points for the Saints. On Sunday, Emmanuel rolled past Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 84-65. Junior Captain Paulette Johnson led all scorers with a career-high 33 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore Guard Evita Esteves had 13 points and 6 assists, while Alyssa McCoy pumped in 10 points the Saints. McCoy and Esteves were named to the All-Tournament Team and Paulette Johnson was voted the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The Saints will travel to Willimantic, CT tomorrow night (11/25) to take on national powerhouse, Eastern Connecticut State University. Eastern Connecticut received a \#1 ranking in the national pre-season polls. The game begins at 7:30 pm.
The Men's Basketball Team advanced to the championship game in their 3rd Annual PEPSI Tap-Off Tournament. The Saints defeated Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday, 85-71. Emmanuel was led by sharp-shooting guard Bobby Brown (20 points, including 4-4 from 3-point land). Sophomore Guard Jason Brown scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and handed out 5 assists, while Junior Forward Andrew Barry scored 11 points and grabbed 7 boards for Emmanuel. Freshman Guard Toliver Thomas dished out 8 assists in his collegiate debut. On Sunday, the Saints fell to Kean University (NJ), 65-55. Barry led Emmanuel with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Barry and Bobby Brown were named to the All-Tournament Team. The Saints will travel to Middletown, CT to take on Wesleyan University tomorrow night (11/25). The game begins at 7:30 pm.
Women's Soccer Team Will Face Endicott in NCAA Tournament
November 10, 2003 - The Emmanuel Women's Soccer Team upset Western New England College on Saturday to give the Saints their first GNAC Championship. This win provided Emmanuel with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Saints will travel to Beverly, Massachusetts on Wednesday afternoon (11/12) to take on the Gulls of Endicott College in the first round of the national tournament. The game will begin at 1:00 pm. The NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament bracket can be viewed at www.ncaasports.com.
A bus for fans will leave at 11:30 am on Wednesday from outside the Administration Building. Ticket prices are \$5.00 for adults and \$3.00 for students (with a student I.D.). There are no complimentary tickets available for this event.
Directions to Endicott College are as follows:
Follow Route I-93 North OR Route 1 North to Route I-95 North to Exit 45, and take Route 128 North, toward Gloucester. From Route 128 North (Exit 45 on Rte 95): Take Exit 17 (Grapevine Road, Beverly Farms). Turn right off the exit ramp and right again after 1&\#189; miles onto Haskell Street (by the cemetery). Proceed to the end; at stop sign, turn right onto Hale Street, Route 127 to Endicott College. The main entrance is the second entrance on the right.
Women's Volleyball Team Earns ECAC Bid
November 10, 2003 - After Emmanuel's heartbreaking loss to Rivier College on Saturday, the Women's Volleyball Team received a bid to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. The 6th seeded Saints (28-4) will take on the 3rd seeded Panthers of Plymouth State University (28-7) in the ECAC Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night (11/14) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The match will begin at 7:30 pm. The winner of this match will face Brandeis University on Saturday at 12:30 pm in the tournament semi-finals. The ECAC Tournament schedule can be viewed at www.ecac.org. Information regarding a fan bus for Friday night will follow. GO SAINTS!!!
Saints Win GNAC Championship; Headed to NCAA Tournament
November 10, 2003 - The 5th seeded Emmanuel Women's Soccer Team upset 3rd seeded Western New England College on Saturday in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, 1-0. This is Emmanuel's first-ever GNAC Championship in Women's Soccer. Emmanuel's goal was scored by Sophomore Wendy Canty, assisted by classmate Liz Weaver in the 17th minute. Junior Goal Keeper Kanee Chlebda made 4 saves in the game. The Saints had three players named to the All-Tournament Team: Kanee Chlebda, Jackie Hogan, and Jessica Steverman. Wendy Canty was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Emmanuel will now advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Saints' opponent and the location of their game have not yet been determined.
The Women's Volleyball Team was defeated by Rivier College, 3-1, in the GNAC Tournament Championship match on Saturday. The Saints lost the first two games, 24-30 & 26-30, then fought back to win the third game, 30-21. Rivier topped Emmanuel in the 4th game, 30-28. The Saints were led by Sophomore Rachael Ziminsky (18 kills & 15 digs), Freshman Amy Miklus (14 digs & 10 kills), and Senior Kristal Brennan (41 assists & 11 digs). Brennan now has a total of 1,007 assists this season. The Saints are currently 13-1 in the GNAC and 28-4 overall. They will wait to hear about a potential Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament berth.
Saints Slam JWU; Storm Into Conference Final
November 7, 2003 - The Women's Volleyball Team topped Johnson & Wales University on Thursday night, 3-1, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference semi-finals. The Saints won the first game, 30-22, lost the second, 23-30, and won the next two, 30-12 and 30-22. Emmanuel was led by Freshman Amy Miklus. She had 17 kills in 31 total attacks, with only 1 error, giving her a hitting percentage of .516 for the match. Freshman Kendra Barry chipped in with 12 kills, while Sophomores Andrea Basteri and Rachael Ziminsky had 10 kills apiece. Senior Kristal Brennan led all playmakers with 44 assists. Brennan now has a total of 966 assists this season.
This win, Emmanuel's 28th, set a new program record for most victories in a season. The Saints, still seeking their first conference championship, are returning to the GNAC final for the second time in three years. Their last appearance was a 3-0 loss to Johnson & Wales in 2001.
Emmanuel will take on 2nd seeded Rivier College in the GNAC final on Saturday (11/8). During the regular season, the Saints defeated the Raiders, 3-2 in a 5 game thriller. The championship match will be played at the Holmes Sports Center at Simmons College at 2:00 pm. The winner of this match will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Women's Soccer Team Upsets Simmons; Saints Advance to First GNAC Championship
November 4, 2003 - The Emmanuel Women's Soccer Team upset top-seeded Simmons College on Tuesday in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament semi-finals. The two teams went scoreless for 90 minutes of regulation, sending the game into overtime. Five minutes into the first overtime, Freshman Nicole Davis shook three Simmons defenders and scored the winning goal for the Saints. Emmanuel will now advance to the GNAC Championship on Saturday (11/8). The Saints will take on the winner of the other semi-final game, featuring Western New England College and Johnson & Wales University. The location and time of this game have not yet been determined.
Women's Soccer Team Advances to GNAC Semi-Finals
November 3, 2003 - On Saturday, the 5th seeded Women's Soccer Team upset 4th seeded Saint Joseph College in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals. The Saints defeated the Blue Jays, 4-1, on the road in West Hartford, CT. The first Emmanuel goal was scored by Freshman Catherine Bruno, assisted by Freshman Nicole Davis, at 19:21. Sophomore Kacie McGlasson scored unassisted at 32:13 to give the Saints a 2-0 half-time lead. The Blue Jays scored early in the second half, but Sophomore Jessica Steverman came back to score an unassisted goal, pushing the Saints further ahead. Freshman Jessica Sehovich scored assisted by Freshman Jackie Hogan in the 87th minute to seal the victory for Emmanuel. Junior Goal Keeper Kanee Chlebda made 6 saves in the 90 minute contest. The Saints will now play top-seeded Simmons College in the GNAC semi-finals tomorrow (11/4). This game will be played at Pine Manor College at 2:00 pm. The winner of this game will play for the GNAC Championship on Saturday against the winner of the other semi-final game between (\#2) Johnson & Wales University and (\#3) Western New England College.
The Women's Volleyball Team clinched the top slot in the conference on Saturday when they swept a GNAC tri-match. The Saints defeated Saint Joseph College, 3 games to 0 (30-20, 30-17, 30-24) and Pine Manor College, 3 games to 0 (30-23, 30-15, 30-8) in their last regular season matches. Emmanuel was led by Sophomore Andrea Basteri (20 kills), Freshman Amy Miklus (14 kills & 8 digs), Senior Melissa Dos Santos (14 kills & 5 blocks), and Freshman Kendra Barry (11 kills & 7 assists). Senior Captain Kristal Brennan led all playmakers with 73 assists in the 2 matches. On Saturday, Brennan broke the Emmanuel College record for most assists in a season. She now has a total of 890 assists this season. The Saints improved their record to 11-0 in the GNAC and 26-3 overall. Emmanuel will host the quarterfinals of the GNAC Tournament tomorrow night (11/4) at the Holmes Sports Center at Simmons College. The match will begin at 8:00 pm. Emmanuel's opponent has not yet been determined.
The Women's Cross Country Team placed 5th out of 12 teams at the GNAC Championship meet at Rivier College on Saturday. Emmanuel was led by Captain Betsy Suda. She finished 2nd overall with a time of 20:45 in the 5K. Freshman Nyrie Emslie finished 2nd for Emmanuel and 10th overall with a time of 22:30. Other top finishers for Emmanuel were Freshman Holly Rosa (24:19), Sophomore Susan Aguiar (25:45), and Sophomore Laura Mason (26:47).
The Men's Cross Country Team placed 6th out of 10 teams in the GNAC Championship meet. The Saints were led by Freshman Carlos Escobar. He finished 1st for Emmanuel and 7th overall with a time of 28:45 in the 8K race. Junior Bobby Brown finished 2nd for the Saints with a time of 32:34. Rounding out the top five for Emmanuel were Junior Scott Holmes (34:22), Junior Derrick Trotman (36:29), and Junior Randy Lewis (38:02).