SPORTS Pride football making statement in NEWMAC
Start and bench these four players for week No. 8
Sajan Harvey is off to the races with an impressive start to his collegiate career.
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(Jack Margaros/ The Student)
Women's club rugby is growing
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Lockett Underrated; Bench Murray Looking ahead to week No. 8 By Jacob Johnson @JacobJ_7
Aaron Jones has enjoyed an up and down season in Matt LaFleurs implemented offense, which heavily emphasizes play action with running backs running downfield routes. Last week against the raiders, Jones had a fantastic 30-yard end zone grab to go with a healthy mix of yardage through the ground and air. The Packers will face the Kansas City chiefs this week (without Patrick Mahomes), and after putting up 42 points all through the air last week, I expect the packers to try to throw the Kansas City Chiefs off with a more balanced offensive plan. The Chiefs also currently have one of the worst run defenses in the league, ranking 29th in Run Defense DVOA. I see Aaron Jones having another solid fantasy performance against this suspect defense.
Lockett has been one of the more underrated players in the league for a few years now. He’s put up consistent numbers week after week, and is MVP candidate Russell Wilson’s No. 1 target. The Seahawks will face the lifeless Atlanta Falcons this week, and after a lackluster performance against the Baltimore Ravens, this is a game that the Seahawks and Russell Wilson should come right out of the gates and make an offensive statement. Expect Lockett to fully be part of the Seahawks game plan.
Pat Mahomes went down with a knee injury last Thursday night midway through the second quarter, and backup quarterback Matt Moore took the helm for the reigning MVP. Hill was not targeted by Moore until late in the third quarter, where he racked up three receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. He showed his displeasure for the lack of looks from his quarterback multiple times before his first reception. The Green Bay Packers and their new serviceable defense will head to town for a Sunday night matchup, and I fully expect Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to have an extensive game plan on keeping Tyreek Hill in check, as well as apply pressure to backup quarterback Moore.
Kyler Murray Kyler Murray has had a promising rookie season, as he’s shown flashes of what’s expected out of a No. 1 overall pick. The Cardinals are on a three-game winning streak, but now have to face the red hot (Drew Brees-less!) New Orleans Saints in the Super Dome. I’m a huge fan of Kyler Murray and I think he’s going to be one of the premier quarterbacks in the league down the road, but I fully expect this top tier Saints defense to make the rookie quarterback very uncomfortable in one of the best home field advantages in football. If you have a serviceable backup, start them over Murray.
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Sajan Harvey attended St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, where he heard about Springfield College from alumnus Stephen Levesque. (Photo courtesy of Sajan Harvey)
Need for speed Freshman Sajan Harvey has pushed himself into Springfield men’s soccer starting lineup with speedy play. By Kevin Saxe @ksaxe98
Sajan Harvey, No. 8 in white receives a pass on the end line. Between him and the goal stands multiple defenders clad in Coast Guard’s customary blue and orange. In an instant he’s worked his way around multiple defenders and passes to fellow freshman Will Lawson who buries the goal for each player’s first collegiate point. In just the Springfield College men’s soccer team’s second home game, it was
one of the first of what could be many sensational moments for Harvey on the turf that adorns Brock Affleck Field. *** Eight hundred and one miles. The distance Sajan Harvey is from home when on Alden Street. However, Harvey can’t just get in a car and drive the whole distance. No, this trip would require more than just transportation in a car. His trip home would also require
a plane over the Atlantic Ocean to get to his home in Warwick, Bermuda. However, going to college in America is not his first rodeo of being in school overseas. “I was fourteen when I came to the U.S. for my freshman year of high school.” Harvey took a chance when he was fourteen and decided to go St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Despite going to a new country, Harvey admits that the transition was
not all that daunting in part due to another family member at St. Johnsbury. “The adjustment wasn’t that hard. My cousin went the year before me and he came back and started talking about the school and that got me excited. I convinced my parents that I should go.” Before Harvey would ever set foot on the campus of Springfield College, he would have a connection to Alden Street. That connection was his high school soccer coach Stephen Levesque
who, himself, is a Springfield College graduate. Levesque, who obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degree at Springfield, talked about Harvey as someone who really blossomed in his time at St. Johnsbury. “Sajan grew socially, academically and athletically during his four years at the Academy. He came in as a quiet freshman and graduated a confident adult. He made many friends, constantly landed on the honor roll, and became a force on the soccer
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Harvey has played in 13 of Springfield’s 14 games, and tallied his first collegiate point in the second game of the season. (Jack Margaros/The Student)
field. He takes soccer and academics very seriously. Above all, he is a competitor and possesses a strong work ethic.” Even though Harvey is currently a member of the men’s soccer team here at Springfield, he wasn’t always considering a collegiate career. Anyone who has seen him play consistently will notice that one of his best attributes is the speed he possesses. That speed had Harvey thinking about potentially running track in college, but in the end it came down to what sport he enjoyed playing more. “To be honest I wasn’t thinking about playing soccer in college, I was thinking about running track. I just had so much fun with soccer and I was kind of good so I decided to play soccer instead.”
For Levesque, who was not only a student at Springfield College but also a member of the soccer team on Alden Street, there was a certain point where he knew that Harvey had the tools to
I thought he could play at the next level, but it wasn’t until midway through his junior year when I moved him into an attacking position when I realized he was a special talent. His speed and tech-
become a college soccer player. “There were moment’s sophomore year when
nique made him virtually un-markable in the state,” he said. As Harvey’s passion for
the game of soccer grew, so too did the increasing likelihood that he could play college soccer. As he started looking at schools the list included Springfield, Western New England, University of Tampa and some schools in Canada. Levesque, like so many others who love SC as their alma mater, saw Springfield as a community where Harvey could thrive. “I went to SC for my undergrad and grad and loved the school. I had a good soccer experience there. I felt Sajan would thrive in the SC community,” Levesque said. Not only did Levesque talk up the school, but Harvey and his parents were impressed with the school and the facilities when they visited. Harvey, who once considered a col-
legiate career in track,was now not only visiting schools, but being recruited. For Harvey, who had an interest in Springfield, the feeling was mutual with head coach Tommy Crabill. “It’s hard to recruit speed, so when you see people who are that fast you put a value on that. He was a really dangerous attacker for his high school team. He is a quick learner and he’s really dangerous. We saw things in his high school games that we knew he could do at our level that we would need him to try to do his freshman year and he’s done really well.” For any first year student-athlete regardless of See Men’s Soccer continued from Page 15
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Football recovering after slow start By Darin MacEacheron @maceacheron
After dropping three of their first four games to begin the season, the Springfield College football team has strung together three important in conference victories to pull themselves back into the mix in the NEWMAC standings. After victories against Norwich and Coast Guard, Springfield took down Merchant Marine, 45-34, this past Saturday. This marks the most points the team has scored this season and it gives the Pride a 3-1 in conference record. The team put together one of their best performances collectively and three individuals were given NEWMAC offensive, defensive, and special teams players of the week for their play this past week. Fullback Tim Callahan, linebacker AJ Smith and kicker Christian Hutra provided the clean sweep for players of the week and deservingly so. “It means a lot to be up there with my teammates this week,” stated Callahan. “AJ (Smith) and Christian (Hutra) have been having tremendous seasons and our offensive line deserves a lot of credit too because they’re the reason I was able to find the holes and break
Tim Callahan accumulated a career-high 161 in the Pride’s win over Merchant Marine. (Jack Margaros/The Student)
off some big runs. It’s always a great feeling to contribute to the team and I just want to do my job in putting the team in the best situation to win.” Prior to the matchup against the Mariners, the Pride failed to eclipse over
21 points in their first six games. This offense was finally able to break out and Callahan was a key reason for their scoring success. He capped off Springfield’s first drive with a two-yard touchdown and later broke free
for a 60-yard score in the second quarter and a 67-yard touchdown in the third. Seven different players rushed the ball for the Pride and although Callahan only had 12 carries, he was able to make the
most of it accumulating a career high 161 yards and three touchdowns. Hutra was six of six on extra point conversions and added a 32 yard field goal down the stretch to expand the Pride’s lead late in the fourth quarter. The Springfield kicker has been perfect so far this year on field goals (5/5) and extra points (21/21) and will continue to add to the strong special teams play of late. On the defensive side of the ball, Smith added 13 tackles to extend his team-high to 58 tackles. Merchant Marine entered the game as the top team in the country in total rushing but were limited to 176 yards on the ground by the Pride defense. Smith has played exceptionally well this year and will keep that up if he continuously attacks the ball the way he does. While the running game looked as good as it has all season, the passing game got more involved as Chad Shade threw for a season-high 97 yards including a 55 yard strike to Andrew Smith on their first drive. While 97 yards is not anything extraordinary, it is a step in the right direction for a run happy offense that has only averaged 34.6 yards per game through the air. Consistent play for this
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offense has been a struggle at times but this showing hopefully springs this team forward for more big games. “I think this team is really coming together,” said Callahan. “This 1-0 mentality that we have is consistently talked about as a team and really brings us closer to achieving our goals each week. We just have to trust each other. I know it was easy after the start to the season we
had to get down on each other but we strapped up, collected ourselves, and went out and performed the way we needed to.” Sitting at 3-1 in the conference, the Pride are tied for second in the NEWMAC with Merchant Marine trailing an undefeated WPI squad that took down the Pride earlier this season. Springfield will need to stay hot in order to keep pressure on the Engineers for that top
spot in the conference. Callahan mentioned that in order to keep performing the way they are they need to make some more clutch defensive plays and play aggressively on both sides of the ball. “If we continue to give it 100 percent every play like we do we should be good to go.” The Pride’s final three games will all be against NEWMAC opponents including a home game on
Homecoming Weekend this upcoming Saturday at 1 p.m. against 0-6 Catholic. “It should be a good game and that crowd should be fun being that it’s Homecoming,” added Callahan. “Our fans have been really supportive, especially on this three game winning streak. They haven’t counted us out which and we want to go out and give them a show and continue to do what
we have been doing.” After their battle against Catholic this weekend, the Pride have a week off before their final two games against Maine Maritime and MIT. If the Pride can ultimately win out and extend their winning streak to six games, it puts the team in a great position.
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Due to limitations from the EEE threat in Springfield, the club women’s rugby team has been practicing at Smith College. (Photo courtesy of Beth Ann Mikos)
‘The dedication is completely flipped’ The Springfield College women’s club rugby team brings diverse athletic backgrounds to the pitch.
By Carley Crain @carley_crain12
Taking each hit and tackle, the Springfield College club women’s rugby team have pounded their way through each challenge that comes their way. With a growing squad, a new head coach and an improved mindset, this team is ready for an unforgettable year. A sport typically known for being very physically
demanding, rugby is just as much a mental game. This season, the Pride has worked on improving their overall mindset, primarily focusing on being positive and dedicated. This year’s squad is relatively young, with a strong presence of underclassmen and exemplary leadership from the upperclassmen. The team also has a new coach, who has helped lift team spirits. Despite ongoing
challenges, like field time, funding and scheduling, the Pride have proven how tough they are in times of hardship. “This season, we have 24 teammates. We have girls from every grade level. The team is very young, with sophomores composing over half of the team,” team captain Mackenzie Miller said. “Anyone can join rugby at any time, no matter what grade level. We have girls join as
first years all the way up to seniors. You don’t need rugby experience to join.” Being a club sports team on any college campus involves difficulties. The women’s rugby team, especially this year, have struggled with field time due to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus that has been a threat to the Springfield community. Campus rules have set parameters and curfews for all athletic teams due
to the ongoing concerns with the virus. These new rules have limited practice time for the Pride, but the women’s rugby team is not letting this get in the way of their season. To get practice time in, the women travel to Smith College and use their facilities. Since the team’s budget is not supported by the school, women on the team have to use their own cars and gas money to travel for practice.
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the sport, there is typically some sort of adjustment period adjusting to the college game. Add onto the fact of being a first year student on a team that consists of nearly two-thirds first year students, and it is a situation that is not necessarily easy. Despite being on a team with so much unproven talent, at this level
Injuries have also been an issue for the team this fall, as team captain Rachel Lavalley tore her ACL in the first game of the year. Unlike NCAA Div. III teams on campus, the women’s rugby team gets little to no funding from Springfield. This definitely poses a challenge, but the women have worked hard to set up their own fundraisers to raise money. For Halloween this year, the women are selling goodie bags in the Campus Union from Oct. 21 to the 25th. All proceeds from this fundraiser will help the team travel to games and tournaments. Resilient and determined, the women of the club rugby team this fall are eager to learn more about the sport. Since rugby is not offered at most traditional high schools, many athletes on the team are still learning the in’s and out’s. Many of the women have different backgrounds in a wide
Harvey has done enough to earn the trust to be playing consistent minutes for Crabill. Harvey attributes that to “playing the same way I played in high school and trusting my ability to show the coaches I deserve to play.” For Harvey and the way he plays, it hasn’t gone unnoticed by Crabill who has seen him sticking to what he does best in his game even when the games have
gotten tough. “When the game gets tough he plays to his strengths which is getting behind on the dribble, changing pace, running past people, being patient in defending. I think the way he plays to his strengths has really helped him build his confidence.”
variety of sports, bringing uniqueness and athleticism to the team. Team dynamic and chemistry has tremendously improved this season from last year. This summer, Miller and Lavalley worked rigorously on recruiting girls and connecting with all members of the team. Both captains were also extremely passionate about being able to receive treatment from the schools athletic trainers as well as working with a strength and conditioning coach. Patience and persistence helped the girls get weekly lift times as well as being assigned an athletic trainer, just like varsity sports teams on campus. A new head coach has also helped motivate the team. Chris St. Onge joined the Springfield squad last season, and has guided the team into becoming a more positive and determined set of women both on and off the field.
“Second half of last year we got a new coach and his name is Chris. He is probably the best thing that has happened to the program,” team captain Rachel Lavalley said. “He came and he knows about rugby. He has been coaching forever and used to be in charge of the refs. He is really into the rugby community everywhere.” The women’s rugby team competes in the Div. II New England Wide Collegiate Rugby Conference (NEWCRC), featuring some New England Womens and Mens Athlete Conference (NEWMAC) teams, like Smith, Coast Guard and Mount Holyoke. With the fall season winding down, the women are looking forward for the spring rugby season, as they are planning to compete in a variety of different tournaments as well as competing in non-conference games. “Our goal as a team this year is to continue
*** Rewind back to Sept. 21
against Coast Guard. The Pride would hold on to defeat the Bears 2-1, with Harvey having a highlight reel assist on what would hold up as the game-winning goal for the Pride. Despite their record only being 2-4 since that game, Harvey feels the team has started to play better as of late. “We’re all adjusting and I think we’re coming together nicely. I feel like we’re starting to become
closer as a team. I’ve noticed we’re playing better soccer.” For the Pride, they have just three games remaining, including two crucial conference matchups this Saturday, Oct. 26 against WPI, and Nov. 2 against Wheaton. In between will be the Pride’s final home game of the season on Tuesday Oct. 29, against non-conference opponent UMass Boston.
The women’s club rugby team has been assigned an athletic trainer and now has scheduled lift times in the varsity weight room. (Photo courtesy of Beth Ann Mikos)
to grow and improve. Throughout the season, our skills are constantly improving which can be seen on the pitch. Rugby is a physically and mentally demanding sport, “ Miller said. “Each practice and lift allows for forward progress in both areas. As a captain, my personal goals for the team are to expand our skills and knowledge of the game
while still having fun.” Overcoming adversity and attacking each challenge sums up the strong women representing Springfield on the rugby field. “Everyone is taking this year very seriously and everyone wants to be good,” Lavalley said. “The dedication is completely flipped from last year.”