Fall sports preview: 7 teams offer countless reasons to cheer
August 24, 2022
August 24, 2022
Coach: Eric Da Costa (18th year)
2021 Record: 9-8 (4-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
2022 Home Opener: Sept. 3 vs. Hartford
Reason to Roar: With all four of the Bobcats’ top scorers from last season returning — Brage Aasen, David Bercedo, Sam McCann and Tomas Svecula — expectations for the 2022 campaign are high. The Bobcats were picked fourth in the 2022 Preseason MAAC Coaches’ Poll and Aasen (11 goals, 14 assists in ’21) was named to the Preseason All-Conference team. The team is seeking its fifth consecutive winning season under Da Costa, who has guided his alma mater to four appearances in the MAAC Tournament title game.
Coach: Dave Clarke (23rd year)
2021 Record: 13-5-1 (7-2 MAAC)
2022 Home Opener: Aug. 25 vs. Stony Brook
Reason to Roar: On the heels of a trip to the MAAC Tournament title game, the Bobcats were almost unanimously recognized as the team to beat in the 2022 Preseason MAAC Coaches’ Poll. Junior forward/midfielder Rebecca Cooke (Dublin, Ireland) was tabbed as the conference’s Preseason Player of the Year after registering a team-high 13 goals, including six against MAAC opponents. She’ll get plenty of help from senior Markela Bejleri (five goals, four assists) and junior Courtney Chochol (three goals, five assists) as the Bobcats seek the conference crown.
Coach: Kyle Robinson (fourth year)
2021 Record: 11-18, 9-9 MAAC
2022 Home Opener: Oct. 5 vs. Marist
Reason to Roar: The Bobcats are expected to make big strides in Robinson’s fourth season at the helm. A year after scoring a surprise berth in the MAAC Tournament semifinals, the team was picked to finish third in MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Senior Aryanah Diaz (team-leading 293 kills in ’21) and graduate student Nicole Legg (247 kills, second on the team) lead an experienced lineup poised to make a deep postseason run.
Coach: Becca Main (28th year)
2021 Record: 3-12 (1-6 Big East)
2022 Home Opener: Aug. 26 vs. New Hampshire
Reason to Roar: Sophomore forward Emilia Massarelli (10 goals, two assists in ’21) will try to follow up on a sterling freshman campaign that earned her All-Big East second team honors a year ago. A native of Argentina, Massarelli registered two game-winning goals and led the Bobcats with four multi-goal games.
Coach: Becky Carlson (12th season)
2021 Record: 3-4
2022 Home Opener: Sept. 3 vs. Brown
Reason to Roar: Closing the 2021 regular season on a two-game winning streak, the three-time National Intercollegiate Rugby Association national champs carry momentum into the fall campaign. There’s also a standard of excellence in the classroom to uphold, as a program-best 14 Bobcats landed on last year’s NIRA All-Academic team.
Men’s Cross Country
Coach: David Scrivines (first year)
2021 Highlights: Senior Cam Starr (Pelham, New Hampshire) was the team’s fastest finisher on five occasions.
Reason to Roar: Scrivines arrives in Hamden after a successful five-year tenure as the men’s and women’s cross country coach at Fairfield University. In addition to a coaching career spanning 25 years, the Springfield College graduate has worked as a scout for Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox.
Women’s Cross Country
Coach: Carolyn Martin (13th season)
2021 Highlights: The Bobcats tallied five top-five finishes as a team and finished second three times. … Freshman Liv DiStefano and junior Emily Young earned All-MAAC Team honors, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in the conference championship meet.
Reason to Roar: DiStefano and Young are back to set the pace for a team that finished 15th in the NCAA Div. I Northeast Regional Championships, one of the best team performances in Martin’s tenure.
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