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Lady Hounds 8-10 in NE-10

The Assumption College women’s basketball team lost two games and won one last week, bringing their record to 13-10 on the year.

Their losses came against Franklin Pierce University, 80-59, on Saturday, February 7 and on Wednesday, February. 11 against Stonehill College, with a score of 71-64.

Senior co-captain Caitlin Ackerman led the way for the Lady Hounds, totaling 31 points and 11 rebounds this week. Ackerman scored 16 points on Saturday and 15 on Wednesday.

Assumption College sophomore Jaclyn Storey contributed significantly in the Franklin Pierce game, scoring 16 points coming off of the bench, as well as six rebounds. Junior co-captain Kelly Conley contributed in the Stonehill game with 17 points and three steals while shooting four-for-six in field goals and 8-for-11 in free throws.

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Super Bowl XLIX hero played Division 2 football

The story of Malcolm Butler is one of never giving up on one’s dreams. Butler was sitting as an undrafted rookie, without a contract, when his agent, Derek Simpson, received a phone call came from the New England Patriots. There was one roster spot left and they wanted to give Butler the chance to join the team.

After impressing the Patriots during training camp and making it through cuts that were being made to the 53-man roster, Butler was never guaranteed playing time because there were several cornerbacks ahead of him on the roster Despite this, Butler stuck around, never giving up on his dream. It wasn’t until he reached the Super Bowl that his life changed forever. 

Butler was substituted into Super Bowl XLIX, on Sunday February 1during the final play, when a Patriot’s coach decided that the recommended play required one more cornerback.

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Losing streak continues for Hounds

The Assumption College men’s basketball team lost to Franklin Pierce University on Saturday, February. 7, to Stonehill College on Wednesday, February. 11 and to Merrimack College on Saturday, February 14. Their record is now 8-15 on the season and 5-13 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Franklin Pierce 67 Assumption 64

Assumption sophomore Jack Sullivan’s buzzer shot with time expiring came up just short in Franklin Pierce’s 67-64 win. After Assumption junior Junior Julian Aiken made a three with an assist from senior Jimmy Zenevitch to bring Assumption College back to within three, 67-64.

Prior to Assumption’s comeback, Franklin Pierce held a 12-point lead, 57-45, with five minutes left in the game. They started the second half with an 11-0 run, leading 36-26. Aiken cut the lead to 38-33 with a layup, but Franklin Pierce would extend their lead to eight with a three from Vilmont following Aiken’s layup.

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Derrick Man receives All-American honors

Senior Derrick Mann has been a crucial part of the Assumption football team throughout his career as a Hound. This past year, Assumption had a seven-win season, marking their best record in 20 years. He is one of the top defensive ends in the league and adds an aspect to the defense that makes it hard for any offense to move the ball. On Sunday February 1, Mann was named a D2Football.com Honorable Mention All-American.

Mann’s awards include being named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, New England Football Writers Association All-New England Player, Worcester Area Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, amongst other awards.

This season, the defensive end piled up an incredible 68 tackles, 43 of them being unassisted. Mann also caused five fumbles and had three fumble recoveries. Two of the three recoveries were returned for touchdowns, leading the Northeast-10 Conference.

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Nationally ranked teams no problem for Lady Hounds

With a win against Adelphi University on January 17, the Assumption College Women’s Basketball team remains undefeated against teams ranked in the USA Today Division II National Poll.

According to WBCA.org, the USA Today Sports Committee, consisting of 32 head coaches at various Division II institutions, votes on the USA Today Division II National Poll. The poll is updated every Tuesday by 1 p.m.

Assumption College does not have a member on the Sports Committee.

Amongst ranked teams beaten by Assumption College are Adelphi, Stonehill and Bentley University. Stonehill currently ranks seventh and Adelphi 11th in the poll. Bentley University is not currently ranked, but was at the time when Assumption played them. Assumption College is not ranked within the poll.

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Hounds drop two and win one in recent games against AIC, SCSU and Pace

Assumption Men’s Basketball keeps moving forward despite challenges.

On January 24, the Assumption College men’s basketball team suffered an 85-73 loss to American International College in an NE-10 match-up, in which the Hounds were the clear underdog against the number one ranked Yellow Jackets. The Hounds suffered a rough first half, even trailing by up to 20 points at different points in the first half.

In a huge second half surge led by junior Karl Ziegler, sophomores Kamali Bey and Marcus Murray, the Hounds cut AIC’s lead to 6 points late in the second half, although the Hounds were never able to take the lead. AIC was led by their two lead guards, Bobby Harris and Cameron Dobbs who respectively combined for 50 points on the night.

Ziegler led the Hounds with 21 points and 8 rebounds, Bey followed with 17, and Murray 13.

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NE-10 recognizes Hemhauser, Laughlin

Two players on the Assumption College ice hockey team earned NE-10 Conference Weekly Honors after their notable performances over the last two games.

Junior goaltender Chris Hemhauser continued his hot streak in net, snagging his third NE-10 Player of the Week honor this season. Hemhauser put up some extremely impressive numbers over the past week, notching a total of 56 saves, a .966 save percentage and just 1.41 goals against in two contests. He also posted a season-high 45 saves in the Hounds’ 1-0 loss to Saint Michael’s on January 20.

First year Cam Laughlin also had a productive week as he earned his very first NE-10 Rookie of the Week honor. Despite the Hounds’ 6-5 loss to Suffolk on January 22, Laughlin tallied three points on two goals and an assist, leading the Hounds in scoring. His two goals on Thursday were the first two of his collegiate career.

They will be back in action tonight, February 4, when they travel to Stonehill College.

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Patriots prove deflategate speculators wrong

During the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl, allegations began flying; it was said that the footballs used in the AFC Championship game were deflated, giving the Patriots an unfair advantage. According to the NFL rulebook, “game balls must be inflated with between 12.5-13.5 pounds of air.” After launching an official investigation, the NFL found that 11 of the 12 footballs the Patriots provided were underinflated. The penalty for tampering with the footballs is a $25,000 fine, but NFL officials have yet to charge any players with breaking this league rule.

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Bruin's Bergeron leads team in scoring so far this season

The Bruins have had an up and down season thus far, and are currently sitting in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, a far cry from the President’s Cup which they had achieved last year.

Captain Zdeno Chara, who sustained a major injury at the beginning of the year, and Alternate Captain Patrice Bergeron, who leads the team with 32 goals, and was recently nominated to his first NHL All-Star game, have been leading the Bruins so far, this season. The Bruins number two and three scorers are Swedish teammates Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg, who solidify the third line with Alternate Captain Chris Kelly.

Tuukka Rask, a Vezina winner from a year ago, has greatly struggled this year, although his recent play is showing an indication of heading in the right direction. The Bruins defense in many ways is led this year by Dougie Hamilton, who not only has 26 points, good for fourth on the team, but has also managed to stay healthy this year.

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Patriots' spirit goes undeflated in Super Bowl XLIX

For the fourth time since 2001, the New England Patriots are the Super Bowl champions.

Led by the game’s most valuable player, Tom Brady, the Patriots refused to allow speculation of deflating game balls during the AFC Championship interupt their chances of winning Super Bowl XLIX.

The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in a game that for some Patriots’ fans was too close for comfort at times.

“It was an intense game that came down to the final seconds, but those are the most fun to watch,” said junior Kyle Forbes.

The game became even more intense when a fight broke out with only 20 seconds left. Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was ejected for a hit to the face of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Boston will be cuing the Duck Boats for another Championship Parade through the City, on a date to be announced. The first Duck Boat Parade was held after the Patriots won their first Super Bowl in 2002.

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