the year that was 2018-19 Take a stroll down memory lane as we highlight the top moments during a whirlwind 2018-19 season.


  • Posted overall record of 11-7-1 to go with a 7-3-1 record versus NEWMAC opponents
  • Went 5-2-1 in October to lock up No. 3 seed in NEWMAC Tournament
  • Topped Babson twice for the first time in program history, first on October 20th and again on October 30th in NEWMAC Quarterfinals
  • 1-0 shutout over Babson in NEWMAC Quarterfinals marked first ever NEWMAC postseason win
  • Jess Frost, Paige Haley and Amanda Benavente all earned First Team All Conference nods, while Megan Rose snagged a Second Team All Conference spot


  • Won its opening six of seven matches in a season where they finished 15-14 overall and 2-8 in conference matches
  • A program first: The Lions took a set against No. 21 MIT, 25-23, back on October 23rd
  • Saw two Lions add their names into the women's volleyball record books as they reached program milestones in a home tri-match sweep over Suffolk & Mount Holyoke on September 22nd - Fara Cohen notched her 1,000th kill alongside Moira Brennan, who dished out her 2,500th assist


  • Capped off 2018-19 season riding six game win streak to finish 17-9 overall and 11-5 in the NEWMAC
  • Posted back-to-back postseason trips with program's best conference record since joining the NEWMAC in 2013-14
  • Saw Charlie Boyle reach 1,000 point milestone in win over Mount Holyoke
  • Captured historic first time wins over both Babson and Springfield
  • Charlie Boyle garnered recognition on First Team All Conference


  • Brought Emerson its first NEWMAC Championship title after dominating No. 5 WPI, 93-75
  • Earned first time bid in NCAA Division III Tournament down at Rowan University
  • Only team in NEWMAC to split season series with every team
  • Head coach Bill Curley was named NEWMAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year for first time since joining Lions in '14
  • Freshman Zach Waterhouse snagged the coveted Rookie of the Year honor
  • Geoff Gray placed on First Team All Conference followed by a Second Team All Conference spot for Jack O'Connor


  • Saw senior Mark Piorkowski place on GNAC Men's Volleyball Third Team All Conference
  • Piorkowski etched his name into Emerson men's volleyball history as the senior registered his 1,000th career kill on April 2nd at Regis (Mass.).
  • Took second consecutive trip to the postseason as the No. 6 seed


  • Finished season posting an overall record of 10-9 to match a 2-6 NEWMAC record
  • Kicked off spring campaign winning its first four of five matches
  • Picked up key NEWMAC victories over Smith (4/6) and Clark (4/19)


  • Collected impressive collection of postseason hardware after a 2018-19 season that saw the Lions finish 9-9 and 1-5 in the NEWMAC
  • Picked up first ever NEWMAC victory in 5-4 battle against Springfield (4/13)
  • Saw freshman Bass Lin snag Rookie of the Year with an All Conference Singles spot
  • Freshman Maximo Lawlor also paced on All-Conference Singles team
  • Aaron Bergeron, the head coach of the Lions, collected his first NEWMAC Coach of the Year honor


  • Swept season series with Clark in a 5-2 win on 4/9 and a comeback 7-6 victory on 4/16
  • Junior Jack Fox sent down a career high batters in 4-3 win versus Lasell on 3/19
  • Fox also collected Second Team All Conference honors after a 5-5 season that saw the pitcher strike out a NEWMAC third best 67 batters

Men's Lacrosse

  • On April 20th, the Lions picked up the program's historic first NEWMAC victory in thrilling fashion with a 7-6 overtime win over Wheaton (Mass.) where freshman Skyler Celotto netted the game winner with five seconds remaining in overtime
  • Celotto, who completed his rookie season co-leading the Lions with 30 goals, earned himself a spot on Second Team All-Conference


  • Completed the 2018-19 season at 20-20 overall with an even 9-9 NEWMAC record
  • Strung together a late six game win streak to push the Purple back into the playoffs, this time as the No. 5 seed
  • Behind freshman Mary Kuczkowski's two-RBI single, the team collected its first win in postseason play with a 3-2 upset over No. 4 Springfield before falling to WPI and Wellesley
  • Both Neely Eddleston and Kallista Leonardos represented Emerson on Second Team All-Conference


  • In a year filled with firsts, we rightfully recognize our coaches that were at the helm of our student athletes, leading to three Coaches of the Year.
  • Men's Basketball - Bill Curley
  • Women's Basketball - Bill Gould
  • Men's Tennis - Aaron Bergeron


  • Two Emerson freshman student athletes captured the coveted Rookie of the Year title in their respective sports, marking the first time the Lions have earned the accolade since the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Men's Basketball - Zach Waterhouse
  • Men's Tennis - Bass Lin





  • Men's Cross Country - Ethan Michaud
  • Women's Cross Country - Cristina Ashbaugh
  • Women's Soccer - Alexandra Hanson
  • Men's Soccer - Avery Niles
  • Women's Volleyball - Moira Brennan
  • Women's Basketball - Kate Foultz
  • Men's Basketball - Trevor McLean
  • Softball - Alena Jones
  • Men's Lacrosse - Bailey Kennedy
  • Women's Lacrosse - Jen Litchfield
  • Men's Tennis - Maximo Lawlor
  • Women's Tennis - Thea Nagle
  • Baseball - Joe Paladino
  • Men's Volleyball (GNAC) - Sam Willinger


A huge thank you from all of us in the athletic department to all of our dedicated student-athletes, coaches, families, friends, Emerson staff outside athletics, etc. for making this past season the most memorable and exciting one to date.

It was quite a ride to be on this past year, from a NEWMAC Championship, three Coaches of the Year and two Rookies of the Year - that we certainly hope continues for future years to come.


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