Weekly Recap: Oct. 21, 2016

Scarlet Staff

Photo courtesy of Clark Athletics

Volleyball by Scott Levine

Clark Volleyball rebounded from a tough Springfield loss last week to take care of Wellesley and Connecticut College.

Wellesley snuck up on the team in the third and fourth sets of last year’s playoffs, but the Cougars were able to put them away in three sets this time. The team was able to beat Wellesley in three sets this go around, and did not let up.

“It’s all mental at this point for us. It’s not our ability, we all know we can beat these teams,” said outside hitter Marina Ramos (’18). The Cougars followed this up with a 3-1 victory against Connecticut College whom they had lost to in the fifth set last year, and a 3-2 victory against Wheaton on Tuesday.

The Cougars will play Bates College next weekend to test their strength against another NESCAC opponent. The team has played top Division III competition all season to keep themselves sharp, something they need to be against opposing conference schools. “They’re out to get us. We used to be an underdog, but now we’re not,” said Ramos.

Clark will resume conference play against WPI on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and then return home the following Saturday for senior day against Emerson.

Women’s Cross Country by Scott Levine

Clark Women’s Cross Country ran their first two 6k races of the season in the James Earley Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 8, and in the Connecticut College Invitational this past Saturday.

Captain Kristen Glennie (’18) placed first for the Cougars after placing second behind Nicolina Braccio (’20) for all races prior this season.

Glennie attributed this to her experience when running 6k, stating that the younger Braccio had less practice running in races with the extra kilometer. “It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s enough so that if you get to the 5k and you have nothing left, you’re gonna just die,” said Glennie.

The Connecticut College course ended near the water of the New London, Conn. coast, and the team took their cool down run literally by splashing in the ocean. “There was a dead jellyfish in the water, but it was still cool,” said Glennie.

The team will race next on Saturday, Oct. 29 in the NEWMAC Championships in at Smith in Northampton, Mass.

Men’s Cross Country by Jay Sundar Rajan

Clark Men’s Cross Country ran at Connecticut College Invitational on Saturday morning at Harkness State Park.

Some of the afternoon’s best performances were by Ryan Van Dine (‘18) who placed 166th with a time of 28:52, and Sam Smith (‘17) who placed 185th with a time of 29:20. Many of the other team members set personal bests on the course.

The team will race next at the NEWMAC Championships hosted by Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Women’s Soccer by Aaron Trachtman

Clark had a huge win this week against fellow NEWMAC team Babson College. The women travelled to Babson to play the Beavers, and in the beginning it was all Babson. Some key defensive plays and luck helped the Cougars keep the game 0-0 in the 29th minute.

Clark scored their first goal off a deflection from the keeper, which fell right to co-captain Kara Fischer (‘17), who tucked it away. The second goal was by co-captain Emma Denault (‘18), who slammed home a rebound off of a Hannah Crook (‘20) shot attempt.

The third goal Clark scored shortly after came off of a Crook corner kick, which landed to Fischer who headed it home. Clark took advantage of their set plays, gaining two scores off of them. Babson was able to get a goal against Clark, but Clark responded. Erika Palacios was able to beat her defenders and put the ball away. This final goal was a nail in the coffin, and Clark won 4-1.

The Cougars play at home against Wheaton on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m.

Men’s Soccer by Simone McGuinness

The Cougars took the the Fitchburg State Falcons to overtime this past Wednesday coming away with a thrilling 3-2 win. The match was aggressive and physical, with a total of five yellow cards and 27 fouls. Clark went down a goal early in the game, but responded with a goal apiece from Tj Zirkman (’17) and Sean Munroe (’20) in the same half. Fitchburg State then equalized the game to make it a 2-2 match until the end of regulation time.

At the 92nd minute of overtime, Charlie Lane (‘20) retrieved the ball from a corner kick, dribbled down the right side of the field, and lofted the ball into the box. Munroe was able to find the ball and get by two Fitchburg defenders where he buried the game-winning-goal into the back of the net. “It was honestly a sigh of relief [when I scored], it was a game we wanted to end in regular time and go home and rest for Saturday against MIT,” said Munroe.

The Cougars honored their five graduating seniors in a conference game against MIT this past Saturday: Zach Blais, Vinny Morra, Michael Spanos, Alistair Richardson, and Zirkman.

In a 3-1 win over the Engineers, three different Clark players secured the win for the team. Munroe found the back of the net first at 7:19 in the first half. The Engineers responded at 41:00 with an equalizing goal. Just 29 seconds later, Trevor Sheridan (‘20) launched a throw-in that junior Ethan Ziemba (‘18) tapped into their goal. The second half comprised of four yellow cards and 17 fouls. Amongst the physicality, the Cougars sealed their win with a third goal blazed into the net by Jonathan Guilherme (‘20) at 87:36.

“The team played a complete game and really seemed to want to get that win for us seniors which means the world to us,” said Zirkman. “To get such a big win on senior day just shows how far we have come as a team and a program.”

The Cougars have two more conference games, both away. They will play Emerson on Saturday, Oct. 22 and Wheaton on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Field Hockey by Scott Levine

Clark Field Hockey faced tough conference opponents Wheaton and Springfield this week. The team played Wheaton close all game, losing 3-1 due to some late goals from the Lyons.

Despite coming up short, co-captain defender Alyssa Williams (‘17) wrote in an email to The Scarlet that she sees improvements from the team. “It’s hard to look at scores and asses how we played because we have been playing really well, the ball just isn’t finding the inside of the cage,” she wrote. “Our play has improved so much from the beginning of the season.”

The loss to Springfield disqualified the Cougars from postseason play, but Williams added that while this current team is she is hopeful for what the team is building going forward. With the amount of people returning next year and the new energy that [Head Coach] Callie [Lekas] brings to the program the improvement isn’t going to stop after our season, the team is building into something that will bring success,” wrote Williams.

The team will look to continue this improvement against Wellesley College for senior day on Saturday, Oct. 22, and finish the season at Smith on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Women’s Tennis by Lynn Pescaro

Women’s Tennis ended with an 8-1 loss to Roger Williams University to complete the season with an overall record of 5-10 and NEWMAC score of 1-7. They were not the result the team wanted, but this is a developing team and five wins is a good starting point for next year. This is only the second season for Head Coach Dan Herbst and first season for Graduate Assistant Coach Rebecca Kravetz (’16). The team will lose one senior, co-captain Amy Fallon (’17), who finished with a singles record of 5-6.

The NEWMAC schedule is extremely difficult with teams like MIT, Wellesley, and Babson, which lost a combined three matches. Clark’s one conference win was against Emerson.

The NEWMAC Championships begin Oct. 19 and last year’s winner, No. 1 seed MIT, is the team to beat with 8-0, 8-0 record.