Clark Women’s Soccer has been competing hard this October, but the results haven’t always been there. The team has done a good job controlling the tempo of the game, but has had trouble capitalizing on opportunities. Against Wellesley on Oct. 20, the team dominated possession in the second half, and almost got a goal when forward Kara Fischer’s (‘17) volley sailed just right of the goal. Wellesley was able to take advantage on the counter attack and netted two goals. The team will play their next game on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. against Emerson as they look to produce more goals from what has been a healthy and aggressive offense of late.
Clark Men’s Soccer has continued to be competitive against every team they have faced so far this year. Sometimes their effort has resulted in victory, as was the case against Western New England on Oct. 15, and Mount Ida on Oct. 7. Other times the team fell tragically short, as was the case against Babson on Oct. 10 and MIT on Oct. 17, which resulted in a 1-0 overtime loss. While the team was disheartened by the losses, they were glad they were able to go toe to toe with the tougher teams in the NEWMAC. “We can play with any team in the league,” said co-captain Tj Zirkman (‘17). He said that the challenge this season has been finding ways to seal the deal and score goals. The team will play its next home game on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. against Emerson College, one of the weaker teams in the conference. “If we play the way we have [against MIT and Babson], we should blow them out of the water,” said Zirkman.
Clark Women’s Tennis ended their season at Wheaton College on Oct. 10 in a hard fought 6-3 loss. The team played their last home game of the season on Oct. 6 against Smith. Many spectators came out to watch the Cougars trounce Smith in a 6-3 victory. Some people even made posters honoring seniors Phoebe Hughes (’16), Ye Jung Kim (’16), Kera Snyder (’16), and Rebecca Kravetz (’16). Snyder won at #4 singles, and at #3 doubles with Kravetz. Hughes won #2 doubles with partner Adrien Horowitz (’19).
Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team placed 21st out of 27 teams in this week’s invitational held at Connecticut College. Clark’s top runner was Alex Hull (’18) who finished the race with a time of 27:23. Other top runners include John Allard (‘16) at 27:07 and Rhys Duquette (‘17) at 28:13. Their next race will be on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 12 p.m. where the Cougars will run in the Plansky Invitational.
Women’s Cross Country
Cross country placed 17th out of 27 teams in this week’s invitational held at Connecticut College. Maddy Doyle (‘19) lead the pack with a time of 23:47, and Kristen Glennie (‘18) was not far behind coming in at 24:10. Their next race will be on Saturday Oct. 24 at 12 p.m. where the cougars will run in the Plansky Invitational. This will be the last race before the NEWMAC championships.
Clark Field Hockey has emerged from a busy two weeks of three NEWMAC games and one non-conference game with four losses. The team’s most recent NEWMAC game against Springfield College on Tuesday, Oct. 20 was a close one, with the Cougars scoring two goals in the second half to tie the game 2-2. Just when it looked like they were about to head into overtime, Springfield scored on a ball that bounced off the goal post to take a 3-2 lead with less than five minutes on the clock. The Cougars were unable to score again to stay in the fight, an issue the team has faced throughout their conference games. Captain Maria Manning (‘16) notes that due to serious injuries, the team has lost two of its starters and now only has three subs. “That being said, we [have] to overcome these obstacles and try to keep positive as much as possible,” said Manning. She hopes that the team can keep up the intensity as they head into the last two weeks of the season, in which they will play two conference games. The team’s next home game (also their final game of the season) will be on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. on the Granger Turf Field against Smith College.
The volleyball team continued their dominance on the court this week as they are pushed to number three in conference standings. They are 6-2 in the Newmac and 17-4 overall. The games against Wellesley College and Framingham State were both blowouts, as the Cougars won all three sets in each game. Mia Cattaneo (‘17) also had a big week by reaching 1,000 digs in her Clark career. The team then went on to churn out a 3-2 victory against Wheaton in the Kneller on Oct. 20 after being down 2-1 after three sets. The next game is Friday at UMass Boston at 3 p.m. They will spend the rest of their weekend at the UMass Boston Beacon Invitational where they will play UMass Boston, Bowdoin College, Augsburg, and Roger Williams University.