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Men’s water polo ends regular season as sixth seed

Men’s water polo ends regular season as sixth seed

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

November 14, 2019

The Iona men’s water polo team concluded their regular season in the Northeast Water Polo Conference on Nov. 9 against Princeton in a 12-19 loss. The Gaels had a solid team at the beginning of the season, showing their best play against Johns Hopkins during the Navy Open. Iona won 18-14 against...

Plimpton, Mackic help Gaels exorcise demons from last year’s post-season loss to Rider

Plimpton, Mackic help Gaels exorcise demons from last year’s post-season loss to Rider

Joseph Agius, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

After losing to the Rider Broncs in the playoffs last year at Mazzella Field 2-0, the Gaels got their revenge in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship series, beating them 2-1 on Nov. 10. When the game was a little past the halfway mark in the first half, sophomore...

Difficult challenges hero rugby team progress

Difficult challenges hero rugby team progress

Frances Hoey, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

With just two games remaining in the Iona rugby schedule this season, the fall of 2019 has proven to be a success for the Gaels. Going undefeated in their conference from an overall 6-3 record, the rugby team doesn’t seem to have any problems getting the job done. Their biggest challenge has come...

Influx of freshmen help refresh men’s baseball team

Influx of freshmen help refresh men’s baseball team

Daniel Abbate, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

The Iona baseball team starts their season soon, and the Gaels are looking forward to improving their 14-38 record from last season. The team will start the new season with hopes to bounce back from the negative record they recorded the previous season in which they went 8-16 against teams in the...

Gaels aim to attack hard as playoffs approach

Gaels aim to attack hard as playoffs approach

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

October 31, 2019

The Iona College women’s soccer team is close to making it to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoffs after a much better spell from the team. The beginning of the season saw the Gaels struggling to rack up wins, as they scored one win out of eight matches. Since their 3-2 win against St....

Preparation, experience to help Gaels through season

Preparation, experience to help Gaels through season

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

October 31, 2019

The Iona College men’s basketball team has performed well in the past four seasons and hopes to win their fifth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship this season with the help of streamlined preparation and team experience. Having most of last year’s team helps get the team’s...

Opportunity of academic, athletic progression big motivator for Bravo

Opportunity of academic, athletic progression big motivator for Bravo

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

October 31, 2019

The combination of athletics and academics offered for athletes at Iona College works perfectly for someone who wants to work on both at the same time, according to sophomore Mauro Bravo. In Spain, where Bravo is from, athletics and academics are entirely separate. Students go to school in one place...

Smith helps lead Gaels to history books

Smith helps lead Gaels to history books

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

October 31, 2019

Junior Jamie Smith has been performing at the top of her game recently, scoring her first career triple-double against Siena on Oct. 20 and securing the volleyball team’s spot in Iona’s record books. The volleyball team is the first group of Gaels to win in the new Hynes Center. The win meant...

Gaels lack consistency throughout fall season

Gaels lack consistency throughout fall season

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

October 31, 2019

The Iona College golf team aims to work on performing their best at every tournament as they finish their fall season on Oct. 28 at the 2019 Metropolitan Intercollegiate. The season so far has been relatively good, with their lowest placing for a tie at ninth out of 17 at the 2019 Matthews Auto Collegiate...

Lack of resources are the root of Gaels struggle: Kelly

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

October 17, 2019

The Iona men’s water polo team is currently on a five-game losing streak after losing to Harvard 9-19 on Oct. 6. Head Coach Brian Kelly attributes the struggle the Gaels are going through this season to injuries, lack of depth and insufficient resources for the water polo program. “We’re like...

Experience and consistency main focus for Gaels

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

October 17, 2019

The Iona College women’s basketball team went to the quarterfinals in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference last year after a rough regular season. After being seeded ninth and having to fight their way through the first round, they gave second seed Rider a tough game, ultimately losing 54-46. Head...

Gaels add on top performers in hopes for five-peat

Daniel Abbate, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

The Iona men's basketball team is preparing for the upcoming season as they look to extend their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship streak to five in a row. On the squad, two new faces have emerged. Parker Weiss and Michael Ortale Jr. will be the only freshmen on the roster for the reigning...

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