Winter Club Sports Update

Saint Anselm Dance Team

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.

Saint Anselm Dance TeamDance Club

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.

Club Ultimate

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.

"Out Cold" Ski and Board Trips Announced

On the slopes with "Out Cold"

The "Out Cold" ski and snowboard program has announced their slate of trips for 2016! "Out Cold," sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs provides students the opportunity to visit area resorts at reduced costs. Whether your skill level is advanced or beginner, this is a great chance to experience the wealth of skiing and snowboarding that New Hampshire has to offer. Liam Anderson, a junior says, “the most convenient part for me and many others is the pricing; through the school we can get all-day lift tickets for unheard of prices.”

The scheduled trips are:

  • Saturday, January 23 to Loon Mountain (bus departs at 6:30 a.m.)
    • Payment due before leaving campus for Christmas Break
  • Saturday, February 6 to Waterville Valley (bus also leaving at 6:30 a.m.)
    • Payment due Wednesday, January 27
  • Saturday, February 20 to Gunstock Mountain for afternoon/night skiing (bus leaving at 2:30 p.m.)
    • Payment due Wednesday, February 10

Each trip costs $45. This fee includes lift tickets, round-trip transportation, and for Loon and Waterville, a food voucher. Registration can be completed in the Student Activities and Leadership Programs office.

The Gunstock trip includes free rentals, but there is an additional charge for rentals on the other two trips. Helmet rentals, which are recommended, is an additional charge at each mountain.

“Out Cold is a great experience, the variety and quality of the resorts makes it a great time for beginning, intermediate, and advanced skiers,” says Anderson. Christine Balquist ’17 added, “Out Cold trips are a great opportunity for Saint Anselm students; I look forward to going on them every year! Student activities does a great job running the program.”

If you have and questions, do not hesitate to stop by the Student Activities and Leadership Programs office in lower Cushing.

Women's Rugby Battles for National 7's Championship

Saint Anselm College women's rugby

The Saint Anselm College Women’s Rugby Team is traveling to West Point, New York to challenge for the American Collegiate Rugby Association’s National 7’s Championship. The eight-team tournament is being held at the United States Military Academy May 2-3.

Saint Anselm College women's rugbyLed by senior captains Haley Mount and Brooke Judd, Saint Anselm is looking to capitalize on its successful Spring 7’s campaign.

Sixteen members of the forty member squad have been selected to travel and compete. Despite losing key members Kaitlyn Fisher and Elisha Griffin to injury, the women boast an experienced squad that includes All-Conference players including seniors Elizabeth Duffy and Basirat Sanni; as well as sophomores Taylor Bergstrom and Mary “Frankie” Mullen.

In order to qualify for the national tournament, the team participated in their regional tournament hosted by Stonehill College, on April 11. There, the Hawks remained undefeated throughout, until dropping a close, hard fought championship match to Stonehill.

Thanks to an impressive tournament performance that caught the attention of the Selection Committee, Saint Anselm was invited to join the “Field of Eight.”

The Women will play three matches on Saturday. The schedule has Saint Anselm in Pool Play facing Davenport University at 10 a.m., Stony Brook University at 12:40 p.m., and Bloomsburg University at 3 p.m. Sunday matches will be determined based on Pool Play results.

The tournament can be viewed via livestream on YouTube. Saint Anselm College vs. Stony Brook University will be shown live at 12:40 p.m.

Campus Activities Board Sponsors "Welcome Back Week"

Welcome Back Week 2012

Campus Activities Board (CAB) has a full week of activities planned to welcome Anselmians back for another great year on the Hilltop. Starting on Monday with ice cream, and concluding Saturday with an athletic spirit event, a fun week is ahead. Welcome Back Week 2012The schedule of events is listed below.

Visit social.anselm.edu – Saint Anselm's social media hub – to view the latest social media produced by students, and Saint Anselm College as Welcome Back Week continues.

Monday, Sept. 3

(12-1 p.m.) Free Ice Cream!

Join CAB in front of Alumni Hall near the Saint Anselm statue for free ice cream and light-up mugs. YOLO!!!

Tuesday, Sept. 4

(7 p.m.) BBQ and Concert!

Bring your appetite and a blanket for a BBQ and a concert by Jared Mahoney on the grass outside the patio of Cushing!

Wednesday, Sept. 5

(7-11 p.m.) Laser Tag on the Quad!

Prepare for the end of the world by playing laser tag on the quad. Grab your friends and get ready for battle!

Friday, Sept. 7

(8-11 p.m.) "The Hunger Games" showing

Bring a blanket to the quad and watch The Hunger Games while you snack on popcorn and candy on the quad!

Saturday, Sept. 8

(10:30 a.m.) Shaklette XC Invitational

Come support the Saint Anselm College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country team as they take on a talented field of runners! Come get a t-shirt and other give-aways on the soccer fields behind Baroody! GO HAWKS!!!!

CAB is one of seven committees of the student government and is the primary coordinator of entertainment and events for the student body. The board consists of five sub committees: coffee shop, promotions, special events, and trips and travel. These committees program regular performers, comedians, musicians, trips, give-aways, and special events such as Welcome Back Week, Christmas with CAB, Winter Week, and Party Your Classes Off.

College Hosts 23 Teams at Regional Mock Trial Tournament

Alyssa Hatem '12 with fellow teammates

Last weekend, February 17 – 19, Saint Anselm College hosted more than 185 students as part of the American Mock Trial Association’s (AMTA) Qualifying Tournament. Twenty-three teams from colleges and universities all over New England competed in four rounds. Saint Anselm mock trial captain and club co-founder, Alyssa Hatem ’12, received the All Region Attorney award. There were also awards given for All Region Witness and 2012 Spirit of AMTA. [Read more…]