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Women's volleyball digs in

A quick 2-0 set lead for the Assumption Women’s Volleyball team was not enough, as Southern New Hampshire slipped by in 5 sets with the 3-2 set victory at Laska Gymnasium on Wednesday, September 14. The Greyhounds had everything working for the first two sets, winning 25-21 in the first and 25-18 in the second, before losing the 3 and 4 sets by identical 2-point margins (25-23). The third set was not as close, as Assumption lost by 7 points, the largest point margin of the match.
The Greyhounds with a 1 and 6 record have had a tough start to the season under first-year head coach Elyse Rowland—who played collegiately at Northeast-10 foe Pace University from 2009-2012.

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Matthew Wessenberg a swing above the competition

Golfer Matthew Wessenberg walked off the 18th green at the Newport National Golf Club for the Bentley Invitational carding an 85 to end the 2015-16 season, his worst 18 hole total for the year. The current senior and returning captain for the Assumption College men’s golf team is poised to bounce back after last season’s end.
“We have a young team this year,” said Wessenberg. “We finished off the year really strong, making it to the NCAA tournament, and we hope to repeat that this year and go farther than that, even with a younger team.”
In 15 rounds last season, Wessenberg averaged 79.2 strokes per round, third best for Assumption, as well as two top 10 finishes, tied for the most on the team. His best outing came at Tall Grass Golf Club, where Wessenberg shot 73 and 74 finishing tied for eighth in the Dowling College Tournament.

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Amazing week of football

Domination, heartbreak and triumph: very familiar words when describing college football, and with two weeks down with the third being wrapped up by the time this article comes out, we have seen quite a few examples of each.
The season kicked off with a pair top 25 games, and the results could not be more skewed. No. 9 Tennessee barely escapes with a win against Appalachian State with a final score of 20-13 after going to overtime. However, later that night, No. 19 Louisville demolishes the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 70-14.

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Men's soccer strikes first

The Hounds picked up their first win of the season on Saturday against Saint Thomas Aquinas. Assumption won their home opener by a score of 4-2 after a three-goal explosion from the Hounds offense.
The Hounds scored first in the 22 minute off sophomore forward Chase Gurcan’s first of two goals.
The Spartans were quick to respond in the 30 though off of a shot from freshman forward Michael Suflita to tie it up 1-1.
Shortly after the start of the second half in the 50 minute, Spartans midfielder Jonathan Garces scored to make it 2-1 Spartans.
The Hounds would begin their scoring explosion 17 minutes later in the 67 minute. Senior forward Ethan Morrow scored to tie the game at 2.
The Hounds pulled ahead 3-2 in the 76 minute off a shot from freshman forward Simon Trcka.
About three minutes later in the 79 minute, sophomore forward Chase Gurcan scored his second goal of the game to give the Hounds some insurance as they pulled ahead 4-2.

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What do sports mean to you?

Firstly, I would like to welcome all of you sports fans or people who have made your way all the way to the end of the paper. My name is Edward McMahon; I am a senior here at Assumption College. I study Writing and Mass Communications with a minor in marketing. I am extremely excited to say that I am the new sports editor of Le Provocateur.
I would like to pose this question; What do sports mean to you? Now, it may look like a simple question, but its answer is a lot more complicated. There is no one set answer, like on a test, no true or false. Sports mean a variety of different things to everyone. It could mean the time you get to share with your loved ones. It could mean the release from the everyday hustle and grind of work, a place where the stress just fades away in the winding minutes of the fourth quarter and your team is up by a touchdown. Sports in one way or another affects millions of people every week, heck, every day. This fascinates and motivates me.

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The hounds continue to dominate early on

After winning the Northeast-10 conference and finishing with an 11-2 record, the Assumption College men’s football team spent the summer working hard and training to improve, never settling for the success of last season.
The work paid off, as the team has started off 2-0 this season. The Greyhounds defeated Kutztown 45-21 on September 3 and Pace 59-16 on September 9.
The team has moved up to 17 in the American Football Coaches Association National Poll, the highest ever in the school’s history. The poll dates back to 1921 and has over 11,000 members. The amount of voters is unknown.
After two games, the Greyhounds average 544 total yards per game, 247 yards on the ground and 297 yards through the air.

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Hounds drop match at Bentley

Coming off a 7-2 win against Saint Michael’s, the Assumption College Men’s Tennis team looked to keep their momentum going against Bentley in their match on Saturday, April 16.

The Greyhounds started strong in the Northeast-10 matchup. Juniors Chris Waung and Marco Leung kicked things off with an 8-6 win in the No. 1 doubles match over Bentley’s Brendan McCarthy and George Semander.

In the No. 2 match, sophomore Ryan Foster and first-year Reb Mariano ended up in a 7-2 tiebreaker. The Hounds kept up their winning streak going and earned a close 9-8 win. Juniors Casey Hodor and Tom Knight ended up losing the No. 3 doubles match 8-4.

Going in to the singles matches, the Greyhounds were up 2-1.

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Iverson selected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

There has been an ongoing barbershop style debate about who the best six-foot-and-under guard to ever play the game of basketball was. Ironically, “The Answer,” the nickname given to Allen Iverson at the start of his career, is now simple.

On Monday, Iverson was selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and he spoke in front of a crowd filled with thousands of fans and supporters. Undeniably, everyone was moved by the man who was once a dominant force and assassin, on and off the court.

Iverson was the 2001 NBA Most Valuable Player. He won three NBA Scoring Titles, was an 11-time NBA All-Star and the 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year. He was the number one overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.

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Baseball falls against No. 8 ranked SNHU

On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Penmen Field in Manchester, NH, the Assumption College Baseball team dropped a Northeast-10 Conference divisional doubleheader to No. 8 ranked Southern New Hampshire University.

The Hounds are 14-19 on the season and just below .500 in the conference with an official record of 9-10. The most impressive part is that the Hounds have an 8-2 record at home.

On Saturday, the Hounds fell by a 7-6 final in 10 innings in game one, followed by an 18-3 setback to the No. 8 ranked Penmen in the second game.

Game one was the better of the two games, as the Hounds stayed right with the highly ranked Penmen. The game started with momentum in favor of the Penmen who put together three hits in the first inning to jump out to an early 3-0 lead.

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More than just something to do

People are always telling you to get involved, but it doesn’t always have to be something stressful or something to add to your résumé. Sometimes, it can be fun.

Intramural sports have always been integral to the student experience at Assumption. Whether it’s flag football or one of the more unique sports like Battleship, intramurals allow students to take their minds off academics for a bit and get some exercise while forming long-lasting friendships.

But like any other program, the challenge always lies in raising student awareness. If students don’t know about the sports or when signups are, they can’t capitalize on one of the many great opportunities Assumption has to offer.

“Students need to know when signups are,” said Mike Rodier, the director of campus recreation. “The tricky part is knowing how the students like to receive that information.”


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