November 4, 2015

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VOL 93: 10 November 4, 2015

The independent student newspaper of St. John’s University

Women’s soccer’s historic season continues


The 2015 regular season campaign, to date, has certainly been the most historic for the St. John’s women’s soccer team. That trend continued on Friday night as the Red Storm took on Providence in the final regular season matchup of the season. Going into the game one fact was certain: a win would clinch the program’s first ever-regular season Big East title, the No. 1 seed in the Big East tourney and a first round bye. A loss or tie would drop the Red Storm to the No. 3 seed in the conference tourney and take away the first round bye. For 89 minutes the game would remain scoreless and the historic achievement looked like it may be slipping away. But in the game’s 89th minute, St. John’s turned to its all-time goal scorer, senior Rachel Daly, and she did just that: score. In the games final minutes the no. 23/19 Red Storm (15-2-1, 7-1-1 Big East) Their 1-0 lead would hold up as they defeated Providence (12-7, 5-4 Big East) and secured two program records, the team’s first ever Big East Regular Season Championship and the most wins in a single season (15). “I’m really proud of the girls because all season they’ve battled hard, they’ve learned lessons and that was not an easy game right there,” Stone said. “To come out on top against a very good Providence team and to win the first-ever Big East Regular Season title is a just reward for the amount of work they’ve put in and the amount of talent we’ve got as a team.” The opportunity for the Daly score developed as a result of a penalty that sophomore Shea Connors drew 30 yards out from the Providence goal. The Red Storm then turned to a little trickery as they had three players, Daly, sophomore Mikhaila Martinov and junior Morgan Tinari, line-up over the ball. Daly and Tinari faked as if they were going to send in the ball and then Martinov shot it towards a streaking Tinari. Tinari crossed the ball with precision towards the front of the net to a charging Daly. Daly headed the cross past the Providence keeper with only 1:09 left in the match to give the Johnnies the 1-0 lead. Continued on page 16

President’s dinner raises $2.1 million 3 President Bobby Gempesaw talks to the Torch during President’s Dinner 3 Men’s basketball head coach and former SJU superstar Chris Mullin makes an appearence

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Hosted by President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, the event celebrated the service aspect of St. John’s. The University said the dinner raised $2.1 million, all of which will go towards scholarships for St. John’s students. “This is one of those events from St. John’s that differentiates St. John’s from other institutions of higher education where our alumni come together to celebrate what’s important for our University, which would be to support our students,” Gempesaw said.

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The evening also presented the Spirit of Service Award to those individuals that incorporate the Vincentian mission of St. John’s through their actions. The honorees of the night were St. John’s alumni William L. Collins, Lesley H. Collins, Anissa Mitrano Shannon and James J. Shannon. Nobel Prize award nominee and the founder of the Akamasoa Association, Argentinian Reverend Pedro Pablo Opeka, was also a recipient of the Spirit of Service award. Gempesaw hosted the event for the second time, and is honored to be part of this tradition. Gempesaw also said that

some of the honorees came from humble beginnings themselves. “With a St. John’s education they were able to be successful in their professional and personal lives,” Gempesaw said. “They have a very strong feeling of giving back.” As the University’s president, Gempesaw shares the aspirations of the St. John’s students, and he is excited to see where the money is going to go. “It’s not just about one night,” he said. “It’s really about the impact on many of our fellow students.” Continued on page 3





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