Saint Anselm College is gearing up for a host of club-level athletic events this semester. Club sports provide the perfect outlet for competitive students seeking the thrill of intercollegiate competition without the time commitment of a varsity sport. These student-run organizations rely on physical activity to help develop leadership skills and promote lasting social bonds.
Student Activities reports that there are ten club sport teams active during the semester. Although the majority of these athletes will be active later in the spring when temperatures are warmer and fields are greener, a few dedicated clubs remain active throughout the winter months.
The Dance Club is also gearing up for a busy semester full of performances. Under the tutelage of President Brittany Voto, the club practices four times a week in order to rehearse for their big finale – the end of semester dance showcase.
The showcase will be held on April 9 in the Dana Center, and is open to all students. The theme for the showcase is Party like Gatsby, and 35 members of the club are signed up to participate. With routines ranging from tap to hip hop to lyrical, the show promises to be both diverse and entertaining.
On top of the club practices, Captains Maggie Walker, Emma Bishop, and Emily Wojtowicz are responsible for leading Dance Team rehearsals. The squad is composed of 16 Dance Club members, and they run separate practices three days a week in order to prepare for their “jazz and high kick pom routines” at home basketball games, according to Voto.
One of the most popular groups on campus is Club Ultimate (Frisbee), which boasts a membership of around 40 students drawn from all four grade levels. With four tournaments already planned for the semester, the team is set for their busiest season yet.
Nine members of Club Ultimate recently represented Saint Anselm in a ‘magic hat’ tournament at Brandeis University. The Hawks were split up and mixed with players from other colleges to form diverse teams.
Club President Gregory Williams said that the tournament was an excellent opportunity for the team to meet new people. As a relatively new club, contests like Brandeis’ provide an invaluable opportunity to network and coordinate future matches.
The club also plans to participate in a tournament on February 25 in Portsmouth, NH. The tournament (aptly named Live, Freeze, or Die) will be played against local teams, including UNH and Franklin Pierce.
After February, the team does not plan to compete again until April, when they will participate in two tournaments. One of those competitions will be the New England Open, a large-scale contest against a host of teams in the region, including Boston College, Tufts, and Northeastern University.
Men’s Club Hockey
The Men’s Club Hockey is currently closing off a terrific 2016-2017 campaign. The team, which competes in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), has accrued an impressive 13-3-1-1 overall record.
Sophomore Thomas Royer has paced the team offensively this season. The forward has tallied 34 points from 16 goals and 18 assists (both team-highs) across 18 games played. His presence on the ice has played a key role in the club’s victories this year.
The 29 members of Club Hockey compete in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) Conference. The conference is composed of 38 teams from schools across the region, including Boston University, Providence College, and Harvard University.
The Hawks have clinched first place in their division (American North), and are currently ranked fifth overall in the ACHA. Club Hockey returns to competition on February 10 with an away match against Boston College.
Other clubs that will compete during the spring semester include Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Track, Women’s Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Rugby, and Softball.