2017 Fall Club Sports Update

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Saint Anselm’s club sports teams are student-run organizations that enable students to participate in competitive intercollegiate games while enhancing member’s social and educational experience on the Hilltop. Clubs that are recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA) are overseen by the SGA Secretary of Club Affairs with advisement from the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

Clubs offer a venue for students seeking to supplement their academic experience at Saint Anselm with athletic achievements. Hawks form lasting bonds with their teammates while enjoying one or more of many creative physical outlets suited to their individual athletic interests. In addition to fostering a sense of community, club sports provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills.

We spoke with five of the fall semester’s active club teams, and highlight their seasons here.

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Club Hockey (Men’s)

Club Hockey most recently hosted University of Massachusetts Lowell, recording a 5-4 victory in an overtime thriller. The win brings the Hawks to a 7-1 record on the season, firmly entrenching their hold on the top position in the NECHA American Conference Northeast division. With 13 games left in a regular season that stretches into February, there will be plenty of opportunities for fans to watch playoff-hopeful Hawks club hockey.

The Hawks upcoming features include two home bouts against Boston College and Bentley University this weekend (November 4 at 4:30 p.m. and November 5 at 5 p.m., respectively). Next weekend the club will host the University of Vermont and the University of Maine.

The men’s team is led by President and Captain Samuel Buran. He is assisted by co-captains Thomas Royer (the club’s vice president) and Michael Doyle. There are 28 players on the club roster.

Club Hockey (Women’s)

Women’s Club Hockey has 22 skaters on their official roster, headed by co-captains and co-presidents MaKayla Sterling and Marisa Gervasi. They will finish off their 2017 campaign with a busy slate of home matchups against various DI and DII colleges and universities.

On November 5, the Hawks will host the University of New Hampshire in a Sunday afternoon tilt in Sullivan Ice Arena at 2 p.m. After the Wildcats come to town, the Hawks will finish their final home games against the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, and Westfield State before hosting Boston College on November 19 at 2 p.m. to wrap up the regular season.

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Club Rugby (Women’s)

Women’s Club Rugby is concluding a great fall campaign. Led by President Jacqueline Glendye, Vice-President Emily Lowe, and captains Sarah McAndrews and Morgan Brady, the Hawks have battled numerous colleges, including Stonehill and Roger Williams College.

The 28 members will have one more home game this season at 12 p.m. on November 4 against Providence College. Glendye encourages anyone who is interested in rugby to attend, as “new members are always welcome throughout the season and the school year.”

Club Soccer (Women’s)

Under the direction of fifth-year coach Chad Burroughs, women’s Club Soccer turned their nine games this season into a 3-2-4 record. Alongside President Samantha O’Neil, club Captains Meghan James, Kayla Wilson, and Erin Connelly lead the 26 members of the squad. The team finished their season at home against Brandeis University, recording a tie in the contest.

Next spring, the club will host an exhibition tournament and a free soccer clinic for local children. By providing an opportunity for Manchester youth to learn how to play soccer, the club hopes to actively engage with the community while promoting their sport as a fun and healthy outside activity.

Club Ultimate (Co-Ed)

Under the new leadership of President Randy Jack, Club Ultimate continues to be one of the most popular options for students seeking fun athletic competition. With an official roster of 38 members, the co-ed club provides an engaging opportunity for participants to learn the fundamentals of the sport while bonding as a team and competing in numerous intercollegiate events.

Captained by Madeline Dunn, Margaret McNeil, Zachary Demas, and Gregory Williams, Club Ultimate is concluding a busy fall semester with multiple tournaments, including an October 28 matchup against the Panthers of Plymouth State University. The club will host a tournament on November 11, so be sure to check out the action and support the Hawks.

Other clubs teams that compete during the fall semester include Men’s Rugby, Golf, and Men’s Soccer.

 

Therapy Dogs Reduce Finals' Stress

Student William Endicott with three dogs at Saint Anselm College's Pet-a-Pooch

Some special guests visited campus last week thanks to three inventive students who organized the first ever "Pet-a-Pooch" to help Saint Anselm students de-stress during finals. Throughout the day, Thursday through Sunday, May 2 – 5, therapy dogs of all sizes and shapes stopped by with their owners in tow to hang out, play, and be held by eager students.

“I’m so happy people seem to be loving it,” said sophomore Meagan DiDonato who organized the program with fellow students Gianpaolo Rufo ’13 and Jon Wells ’15.

“It takes their mind off everything and they can relax. It is definitely a good study break.”

On Thursday, Diane from Paws for Friendship brought her three rescue dogs: Mojo, Sarah and Munchkin, a miniature pinscher, toy poodle, and toy Chihuahua respectively. On average 40 to 50 students at a time sat in the North Lounge in Cushing, patiently waiting their turn to hold the small dogs.

Somehow I was lucky enough to hold all three of them. It brightened up my whole week after being so totally drained from biology and french that day, it helped me unwind and relax," said freshman William Endicott.

The rest of the weekend delivered border collies, golden retrievers and Saint Bernards. Students came and went, taking study breaks or stopping-by after a final to pet the pooches.

Students from service societies Koinonia and Teddys staffed the event and the organizers hope these groups will take over organizing this event in the future, making it a tradition during finals.

Junior nursing major Molly McClintock stopped by Thursday afternoon and couldn’t get enough of little dog, Mojo. “It was good to have a brief time to get a little love and get back to work,” said McClintock.

She was only one of many who voiced their appreciation for the program and hoped they would see their furry friends again next semester.