Weekly Recap: Nov. 4, 2016

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Women’s Soccer by Scott Levine

Clark Women’s Soccer finished their season with a 5-1 loss at Emerson, giving them a 2-7 conference record. Clark did not qualify for the NEWMAC Championships, but co-captain forward Kara Fischer (‘17) said the team showed improvement from previous seasons.

“Some of the teams we beat this year, we hadn’t beat in a while. I’ll remember those games as a stepping stone that showed that we are getting better,” said Fischer.

The team won 1-0 against Coast Guard at home on Sept. 24, and ousted Babson 4-1 in Wellesley on Oct. 15. Fischer scored two of Clark’s four goals that game.

“I like to say that’s my lucky field because I’ve scored three goals there now,” said Fischer.

Fischer said being done with college soccer will probably not feel real until she doesn’t have to report to training camp in the spring.

“I’ve made a lot of close friends and I love everyone on the team,” she said. Fischer added that she is optimistic for the team’s future because of the strong recruiting classes the past three years and the coaching of Head Coach Brie Smith.

“She’s such a smart coach, and she just cares so much,” said Fischer, “So I can’t see anything going bad.”

Field Hockey by Scott Levine

Clark Field Hockey lost 2-1 on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Smith after losing in a close 3-2 overtime game the previous week.

New Head Coach Callie Lekas brought in new strategies that team was on board with, but the improvement was not immediately reflected by the win column.

It was the last year of college field hockey for co-captain Olivia Cotton (‘17). Though she will not be part of the team’s improvement going forward, she believes Clark is poised to win more games in the conference.

“I think everyone wants their senior year to be the best year, to make it to postseason, which unfortunately we didn’t do. We didn’t win a NEWMAC game,” said Cotton. “But I think we have to take the positives from it. Regardless, we had a fun season with a great group of people.”

The last two conference games might have been losses, but both were close throughout.

“Everyone acknowledged that we competed the last two games against very strong NEWMAC teams,” said Cotton.

Cotton said the team believes it has set itself up well for next season.

“[Head Coach] Callie [Lekas] is optimistic about carrying that into next season, and I think everyone else is too,” said Cotton.

Women’s Cross Country by Alika Gillard

Clark Women’s Cross Country raced at Smith College in the NEWMAC Championships this past Saturday. Captain Kristen Glennie (‘18) made the All-Conference team and finished 15th place overall, with a 5k time of 19:38.

Glennie is the first runner to receive All-Conference honors in almost a decade, the first women’s team member in over two decades, and the fourth Women’s Cross Country member in Clark history. As a team, Clark finished seventh place in the conference of 11 teams, earning its best placement in almost twenty years.

“I’m excited to see how it’s going to grow. The freshman work hard and want to continue that trend, which is pretty gnarly,” said Glennie.

She hopes to continue being a strong leader for the team, “‘Do the best you can’, that’s my leadership style. I do the best I can to make them work hard.”

The team has no graduating seniors, but has strong first-year and upperclassmen runners to continue this upward trend. The women’s cross country team will finish their season on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the NCAA New England Regional Championships.

Men’s Cross Country by Alika Gillard

Clark Men’s Cross Country placed seventh out of eight teams in the NEWMAC Championships at Smith College this past Saturday. One Clark runner, Alex Hull (‘18), placed in the top 50 of the 8k race, at 43rd place. Hull had a time of 27:51, followed by Ryan Van Dine in 71st at 29:32, and Sam Smith in 76th place, at 29:58.

Two first-years comprised the rest of the top five. Satchel Smith (‘20) came in 4th for the team and 77th overall with a time of 29:58, followed by Thomas Alden (‘20) in 79th at 30:11. The men’s team will be losing three seniors this year: Sam Smith, (‘17), Rhys Duquette (‘17), and Ethan Winslow (‘17).

The NCAA New England Regional Championship is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, and will conclude the season.

Volleyball by Aaron Trachtman

Clark Volleyball took on Wellesley 7 p.m. at the Kneller on Tuesday in the first round of the NEWMAC Championships. Clark won in three sets, and coasted to 25 points in all but the second set. In the second set, the Cougars were lifted by Marina Ramos (‘18), who had some aggressive spikes on the sides and down the middle. Savannah Sanford (‘17) had some great defensive plays, making three digs in a row during the second set, and saving one ball with her foot.

Ana Mercado (‘19) entered the game with kills that came at times when Clark had lost several points in a row. Hannah Fox (‘17) also had some timely kills.

In the third set, Clark took over, winning 25-14. This was punctuated when Ramos came flying through the air on the left side, and put away a set that elicited a roar from the stands. Despite Wellesley’s hustle and grit, Clark was too much, and took the match.

Clark will play Springfield on Saturday Nov. 5. If Clark wins, they will play the winner of the semifinal game against MIT and Babson in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 6.

In an earlier matchup this season, Clark lost 3-0 to Springfield, but Ramos said she feels prepared for the rematch.

“We have been working hard everyday to achieve our goal of winning the NEWMAC Finals and this is the first step to reaching that goal. It is important to believe in ourselves and know we can do it,” said Ramos.

“This year, the team has been the closest out of my three years here,” added Ramos. “We work so well together and are always there for each other, that I think that has helped us succeed. I am just happy to have this group of girls in my life and grateful that we get to do all of this together. I think our year would have been much more different if it weren’t for how close we got.”

Men’s Soccer by Scott Levine

Clark Men’s Soccer lost 4-0 to Wheaton College in Norton on Saturday. The Lyons needed to win the game to make the NEWMAC Championships. Clark had clinched the third seed the previous week against Emerson.

“They came out ready to go, they knew they had to win this game…and we were on the opposite of the spectrum,” said co-captain Mike Spanos (‘17).

Spanos said the team was disappointed with its effort.

“It was a quiet bus ride home, for sure,” said Spanos. “Coach wasn’t happy, the players weren’t happy with themselves.”

Spanos suffered a minor injury twenty minutes in that sidelined him for the game. Julian Feshbach-Meriney (‘19), the other starting center back, also sat out due to illness.

“He might have fought through it,” said Spanos, if the game mattered more, but Feshbach-Meriney and a few others dealing with illness opted to rest to prepare for next week’s NEWMAC Semifinals game.

“It’s nice that we got a break here, so we can get them back to 100 percent and then really go after it,” said Spanos.

Clark will play Springfield at Babson on Saturday, Nov. 5 in what is Spanos’ first playoff game. If they win, they will play the winner of the semifinal game against Wheaton and Babson in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 6.

“We can’t be more excited,” said Spanos, “[We’re] very nervous, we definitely feel the pressure. That’s for sure. but we put ourselves in this position and look to solidify Clark University as a men’s soccer powerhouse.”

Women’s Swimming and Diving by Giulia Elena Casella

Clark Women’s Swimming and Diving finished fourth at the Worcester City Championships hosted by Holy Cross at the Hart Center Pool on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Sasha Kumar (‘20) won her first collegiate event, finishing first in the 50-yard backstroke.

Melissa Orzechowski (‘17) had three individual top five finishes. She came in second in the 500-yard freestyle and in the 200-yard freestyle, and fifth in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

Karina Urquhart (‘17) had two individual top ten finishes. She came in seventh in the 200-yard individual medley, and tenth in the 100-yard individual medley.

Quinn Mitchell (‘19) came in eighth place in the 50-yard butterfly.

The 200-yard medley relay of Kumar, Urquhart, and Orzechowski posted a fourth place.

Other top ten finishes happened in the 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.

The Cougars are off until next Tuesday, when they take part in the Ted Mullin Hour of Power. Their next meet will be on Saturday, Nov. 12, when they visit Bridgewater State.

Men’s Swimming and Diving by Giulia Elena Casella

Clark Men’s Swimming and Diving finished third at the Worcester City Championships hosted by Holy Cross at the Hart Center Pool on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Bill Holloman (‘19) was sixth in the 50-yard breaststroke, and was tenth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Dylan Schrama (‘19) finished sixth in the 200-yard individual medley.

Eddie McCluskey (‘17) finished eighth in the 50-yard butterfly, and the 200-yard freestyle.

Other top ten finishes in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Marco Moneti (‘19) finished sixth in both the 1-meter and the 3-meter dive.

Steven Castiglione (‘18) was fourth in the 3-meter dive.

The Cougars are off until next Tuesday, when they take part in the Ted Mullin Hour of Power. Their next meet will be on Saturday, Nov. 12 when they visit Bridgewater State.