DWC’s athletic future remains cloudy
NASHUA – There is still a lot of unknown with regard to the rest of the athletic year involving Daniel Webster College as department officials reportedly are continuing to work on the plan for the remainder of its final academic year of operation.
But some things are evident in the aftermath of the school basically being taken over by Southern New Hampshire University:
One, the rest of the fall season, according to the emails sent out last week by officials, will go on as scheduled. That’s good news especially for the men’s soccer team, which has New England Collegiate Conference title and NCAA tournament aspirations.
While conference games are the priority, obviously, mark down this Sunday’s noon game at Eagle Field vs. Rivier University. Depending on what happens for the spring, it could be the last men’s athletic contest between the city rivals. Rivier had made it known last spring that it was taking a break from the annual Midnight Madness men’s basketball game that had been a schedule staple the last four years and the teams, even before all the DWC uncertainty began, weren’t on the 2016-17 schedule.
Eagles men’s basketball coach Donald Morris, Jr. did not return calls to The Telegraph but an Eagles men’s hoop player anonymously sent an email to SNHU officials pleading the student athletes’ case to keep the programs intact through at least the winter.
While there’s been no formal announcement, women’s ice hockey will not continue, according to several sources. The program reportedly lost several recruits due to the uncertainty after finishing last year, and no 2016-17 information such as schedule and coaches are listed.
Men’s hockey is continuing as scheduled, as coach Eric McCambly said last week he had a full roster set to go, with the first practice in about a month. Games will be at Nashua’s Conway Arena.
The men’s wrestling coach of the last two seasons, John Archambeau, has resigned and assistant Brandon Gauthier has been named interim coach, according to the school’s website.
As for the spring, sources say there are still plans being formulated. In all, it will certainly be an emotional next few months on the school’s Nashua campus.
The Eagles (3-3 overall), who were at Nichols on Wednesday have their second conference game set for Saturday at home vs. Southern Vermont. The Eagles won their NECC opener, 1-0, vs. Lesley with an overtime goal by – who else – Kevin Herrera. Herrera now has four goals on the season, three of them game-winners.
As for the Rivier Radiers, they dropped three of their first five games but are scoring at a much better clip – nine goals thus far – than a year ago. At last look, Riv was led by Lynn, Mass., senior Mike Russo’s three goals and three assists, followed by two goals and two assists by another senior, Alex Armstrong (Wakefield, R.I.). The Raiders are 0-2 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference and have another conference game Saturday at Anna Maria.
Perhaps the biggest game of this week involving either local college is the Rivier women’s volleyball trip Wednesday night to Providence, R.I., to face Johnson & Wales in a battle of unbeatens. J&W stands at 10-0 on the young season. It’s the only scheduled meeting between the two GNAC heavyweights this regular season.
The Raiders, meanwhile, are 11-0 after wins over Colby and Regis this past weekend. Senior Lauren Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) is having a monster season, with 126 kills (3.15 per set) and a .435 hitting percentage. Junior Bethany Trevino leads the team with 172 digs (4.41 per set).
Despite the off-court news, DWC women’s volleyball is alive and well. Bedford junior Hannah Koehler was named NECC Player of the Week as the team posted a 3-1 mark in the last seven days.
Koehler averaged 3.92 kills per set along with nine total blocks, three assists and hit .398 overall. She had 12 kills in a win over Nichols, 13 in a loss to Anna Maria, 14 and 12 in wins over Suffolk and Pine Manor.
The Eagles were 6-4 overall going into Tuesday’s non-conference matchup vs. Clark University.