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SPR-SUM 2017

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SPRING 2017 \ PIERCE 19 I t was the night that spawned a campus social media phenomenon. Caught on camera in the waning seconds of men's soccer's 1-0 win over No. 2 Southern New Hampshire University at Sodexo Field on Sept. 28, head coach Roy Fink all but lost his mind. Leaping up and down, arms waving, wildly gesticulating, pumping up the crowd, the fiery Israeli was ready-made for the Internet. The celebration would be turned into an animated GIF which continues to periodically resurface, to much delight, across Raven Nation. The win was the signature victory in a resurgent season for Fink's men's soccer program. The team had fallen on hard times under its previous leadership, missing the NCAA Championship for three straight seasons and ultimately falling to just a 5-9-3 record and missing the postseason entirely as Fink got settled into his first year on campus in 2015. This fall though, the head coach — who came to Rindge after three seasons at fellow Northeast-10 Conference member New Haven — has shown the Ravens are headed in the right direction. The upset of SNHU capped a 6-1-0 September to open the season and was part of a 7-2-0 record at home on the year. The Ravens returned to the Northeast-10 Championship, where they defeated SNHU again to advance to the semifinal, before falling on the road at Adelphi. More importantly, the squad returned to the NCAA Championship, collecting the program's first berth since 2012. The Ravens were done in by Merrimack, 3-2 in overtime, in the first round, but have plenty of reasons to look forward to the future. Chief among them is Swedish midfielder Jacob Blixt. The freshman sensation led the NE10 with 10 assists on his way to tallying 9-10-28 on the season. It was good enough to earn him Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year honors, as well as consensus All-America Third Team accolades, NSCAA All-East Region First Team honors and an All-Northeast-10 First Team nod. It's enough to get any coach excited. A Return to Prominence Men's Soccer The win was a signature victory in a resurgent season for Fink's men's soccer program. MARISA KETTERMAN/ATHLETICS The Ravens' starting lineup stands at midfield prior to their 1-0, upset win over No. 2 Southern New Hampshire on Sept. 28 at Sodexo Field. T wenty-five student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 GPAs during the fall semester. They and their fellow student-athletes who earned 3.5 and higher GPAs were honored at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet. Those with perfect GPAs are: BASEBALL Andrew De Fanti '19 Tyler Price '19 FIELD HOCKEY Sarah Bjorn '19 Morgan Caisse '17 Carly Canavan '18 MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY Joshua Ercolini '18 MEN'S ICE HOCKEY Austin Christopher '17 Shepheard Stahel '20 MEN'S LACROSSE Hunter Francoeur '19 MEN'S SOCCER Niklas Laudahn '20 MEN'S TRACK & FIELD Alex Bonitto '17 Mark Choiniere '17 John Delahanty '17 ROWING Taylor Palmer '20 SPRINT FOOTBALL Nick Wood '20 VOLLEYBALL Kelsey Hausman '17 Madison Klusendorf '16 WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY Briana Ellis '20 Sarah Hart '18 Rebecca Zylak '20 WOMEN'S LACROSSE Colleen Leonardi '17 WOMEN'S SOCCER Anna Holtschlag '17 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD Catherine Purves '20 Eileen Savinelli '20 RAVENS ROUNDUP HONOR ROLL Scholar-Athletes

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