Fall sports are back for the BSU Bears, after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes football, field hockey, soccer, volleyball, and so much more. We are so excited to have our student-athletes back for the fall season! Lets get caught up on the first two weeks of action.
Football: The Bears Football team is back and started the season in upstate New York, as they faced the Ithaca Bombers. James Cahoon started his first career game for the Bears, as he went 16 for 30 passing, with 180 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns as he found Ryan Verria and Kyle Torres for scores. Junior running back Adam Couch ran it in from 23 yards out for the first TD of his Bear career. With BSU being down 31-20, Itaca ran away with this one as they added three more touchdowns in the fourth, and the Bears would go on to lose 52-20.
The Bears held their home opener last Saturday, as they hosted the University of New England Nor’easters (UNE). A great first half found the Bears 20-6 early on after Cahoon had two passing touchdowns in the half. The Nor’easters then tied it up at 20 in the fourth to send the game into OT. After the Nor’easters kicked the go-ahead field goal, the Bears attempted to tie the game late but Shane Drake’s kick got blocked as the Bears would loose 23-20 in heartbreak fashion. The Bears’ next contest will continue a three-game set at home as they take Plymouth State on the 18th looking for win number one.
Women’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team started their season in Boston as they faced the #7 MIT Engineers on September 4th. The Bears would have a tough time finding the back on the net as they were shutout 2-0, while Sophomore Goalkeeper Tory Viola-Laughery stopped 11 shots . BSU only got 4 shots on goal as they struggled to get into the MIT zone.
The lady Bears had their home opener last week against Wheaton. Unfortunately, the Bears got shut out again as they allowed two goals off of corner kicks, and Wheaton won 3-0 to spoil the home opener.
After starting the season 0-2 it was time to stop the bleeding early before the loosing spiraled out of hand. The team traveled down to Newport to take on Salve Regina, and the Bears came back to Mass with their first win of the season after a 4-0 victory. Two goals from Juniour forward, Michelle Belcher proved to be the difference as the team grabbed its first win of the season. The Bears will be traveling to take on Emanuel this Thursday, before coming back home to take on Salem State this weekend.
Men’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team started the season down in Providence where they faced the Johnson & Wales Wildcats on September 1st. After a very defensive 1st half, no team scored despite the high number of shots. In the 2nd half, Johnson & Wales scored the first goal at 53′. Just under 20 minutes later, the Bears scored their first goal of the season when Junior David Nelson netted one from far out. However, in the final minutes of the game Johnson & Wales would score the next two goals to seal the win against the Bears.
The team’s home opener would come a week later as they faced the Rhode Island College Anchormen (RIC). The first goal for the Bears came from graduate student Kevin Roberts at 17 minutes in the first half. Later on in the second half, Nelson and Robson Montrond scored within a minute of each other to extend the lead for the Bears. BSU would shut out RIC 3-0 for the first win of the season.
The second home game of the season came on Saturday the 11th when the Bears faced the Wentworth Leopards. The Leopards were strong defensively with a first half shutout and two second half goals. BSU added one late as they would go on to drop a second game with a score of 2-1.
The team returned home to take on Eastern Nazarene on Tuesday the 14th, and the results were in the Bears favor. A early goal for BSU lead the way in a 2-1 win to bring the team to 2-2. The Bears are back in action Saturday afternoon when they travel to take on Salem State.
Field Hockey: Field Hockey started their season at home against the Nichols last week. The team was slow as they suffered a 3-0 shutout loss to begin the season. Bears freshman goalie Emily Ronan stopped 9 in the loss. After traveling to Connecticut, the Bears found themselves at .500 on the ride back as they defeated St. Josephs 4-1 with three goals in the second half. The lady Bears are back in action Thursday as they take on WPI.
Volleyball: The Volleyball team started the season in Norton on September 1st as they faced the Wheaton Lyons. The Bears only won the third set as Sophomore Abigail Reardon led the team with 9 kills. Senior Sydney Rice had 13 points along with 6 kills and a block. Saaida Reid and Amber Arruda each added two blocks for the Bears in the defeat.
The teams home opener was on September 4th when they took on the Lesley Lynx. BSU would go on to shut out the Lynx 3-0 in straight sets. Senior Gabryella Serrano led the ladies in points with 13 and kills with 7. Reid and Arruda each added blocks for the Bears. Sophomore Bethany Votta led the Bears in assists with 8 as this was a huge factor in the Bears first win.
The Bears would add another win last week as they went on to defeat Fitchburg State winning 3-2. The ladies are back in action next Thursday, when they travel to Gordon.
Women’s Tennis: The Women’s Tennis team traveled to Weston to face the Regis Pride to kick off the season. In singles, the Bears won 4 out of 6 competitions before Madeline Von Ruden and Abigail Ramer won a doubles competition for the team, pulling the Bears to a 5-4 win over Regis.
Madeline Von Ruden won the Little East Conference player of the week and rookie of the week for her performance against Regis. On Saturday the 11th, The Bears had their home opener against the Castleton Spartans, where the Bears would go on to win all 9 sets in the match and move on to 2-0 on the season. The Bears will continue a three-game homestand, when they face off against Roger Williams on the 16th and Rhode Island College on the 18th.
Cross Country: The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country team traveled to Attleboro to compete in the Wheaton College Quad Meet with Wheaton, Babson, and UMASS Dartmouth. The Bears placed 2nd for the women’s meet behind Wheaton with 68 points. The top runner in the women’s meet was Julie Glavin while Ashley Schepis was the only other Bears runner in the top 15.
For the men’s meet, the Bears placed 3rd with 72 points behind Wheaton and Babson. The Bears top runner was Kevin McBirney at 8th place fir BSU. Their next meet will be on September 18th at the UMASS Dartmouth Invitational.