Looking to try something new, or continue to pursue your casual-but-competitive athletic passion? Saint Anselm club sports offers many students the opportunity to maintain their competitive interests without the commitment of participating in intercollegiate athletics sponsored by the Department of Athletics.
Saint Anselm College club sport teams are student-run organizations, recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA) and overseen by the SGA Secretary of Club Affairs with advisement from the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. Club Sports promote leadership development and physical activity and enrich the student experience by providing social, recreational, and educational opportunities to their members.
We checked in with a number of our fall clubs to see how their fall season is going.
Led by Senior President Brittany Voto, the Dance Club consists of 45 members who meet every Monday night. At each meeting, the group learns a new routine choreographed and taught by one of the members. The style of dance varies as they perform hip hop, jazz, tap, and more.
Voto, along with the other Executive Board members, Vice President Danielle Phinney, Treasurer Krystin Tavares, and Secretary Lauren Vitone, plan their annual showcase for the spring semester to display the routines they have been working on all year for family and friends. In total, they perform 20 dances, all choreographed by club members.
The group also volunteers weekly at Girls Inc. teaching dance classes and on campus at Relay for Life, the Christmas Fair, and the Valentine’s Day Dance.
Club Field Hockey
Now officially a co-ed organization, Club Field Hockey continues to grow each year. Players of all skill levels are welcome as the team’s 25 members range from beginners to more experienced, having played field hockey throughout high school and beyond.
The team looks forward to a highly competitive season with games and tournaments scheduled for October and November. They will face schools such as Holy Cross, Sacred Heart University, the University of New Haven, the University of Vermont, and Dartmouth College. With their first home game during Family Weekend on Saturday, October 22, Club President Phoebe Ferraiolo hopes for a large fan section of students and parents as the team takes on the Saint of Emmanuel College.
In season, the team practices two to three times per week with games and tournaments on the weekends, and participates in many volunteer opportunities in the off-season.
Club Ultimate Frisbee
What started out as just a group of friends throwing a Frisbee around in their spare time, the Club Ultimate Frisbee team is now in their second year of being officially recognized as a club on campus. The team has grown from 25 members last year to about 35 for the current season.
According to Club President Ellis Boettger, the team welcomes students of all skill levels and does not make any cuts. Boettger says as the club continues to grow, they're holding their own against tough competition. They practice four days a week with scrimmages on Sundays and will participate in four tournaments throughout the fall, including their home tournament on November 5. This year for the first time, they will also play in a division tournament in the spring.
Women’s Club Soccer
Since the club began working with Coach Chad Burroughs four years ago, the Women’s Club Soccer team went from just scrimmaging each other to practicing three times per week and playing games in a league against highly competitive Division I and Division II schools around New England. The 28 players enjoy club soccer because they have fun playing the sport they love without the commitment of being a varsity athlete.
President Kelsey Dulac explains, “Club soccer is such a great way to have a lot of fun with a little bit of a competitive feel.”
Kicking off the season with a win against the University of Maine, the team hopes for continued success against their toughest competition, large Division I schools like Boston College and Northeastern University. With one to two games per week, they are prepared to contend with even the most skilled teams in the league.
Other club sports competing this fall include Men’s Soccer and Women’s Rugby.