Articles by Blake Emerich
May. 20, 2016
Crew triumphant in fourth straight overall Dad Vail victory
In Philadelphia, racing on the Schuylkill River is a long standing tradition for crew. It’s held a number of regattas, like the Navy Day Regatta and the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in the fall. But, the most anticipated race on the Schuylkill in the spring season is always the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. What also seems to be tradition, in recent history, at least, is Drexel University grabbing the win at this last race.
May. 13, 2016
Darkhorse Leicester City wins unlikely Premier League title
In the penultimate weekend of the 2015-2016 Premier League season, first-time champions Leicester City lifted the trophy in front of their home fans in what was a beautiful moment for all fans of the sport. As the season winds down and teams have only one or two games left, the scrap for safety becomes the biggest focus. This year’s relegation battle includes Norwich City, Newcastle, and Sunderland, with Aston Villa confirming their drop to the Football League Championship a few weeks earlier after a dismal season which saw them end the year with their third different head coach this season.
May. 6, 2016
Last race before Dad Vail is successful showing for crew
In their last races before the much-anticipated Dad Vail Regatta, the Drexel University men’s and women’s crew teams competed April 30 and May 1 respectively.
Apr. 29, 2016
Crew races continues success on the Schuylkill
The Drexel University men’s crew team competed in the Bergen Cup, hosted on the Schuylkill River by St. Joseph’s University April 23.
Apr. 22, 2016
Crew races to six gold medals on the Schuylkill
This past weekend, April 16, the Drexel University crew team hosted the 50th annual Kerr Cup Regatta, named in honor of Dr. Thomas Kerr, on the Schuylkill River. Kerr was the founder of Drexel Crew, as well as their former physician.
Apr. 15, 2016
Crew successful at George Washington Invite, Knecht Cup
The Drexel Men’s Crew participated in the George Washington Invitational April 8 and 9. Both the varsity eight and the second varsity eight won their Friday morning races. The varsity eight is currently ranked at number 14 in the nation. Georgetown posed a difficult task as Drexel’s varsity eight in the Sandra Lee Sheller II just barely came away with a victory, winning by just seven tenths of a second with a time of 5:35:90. That may sound close, but somehow the second varsity eight found a way to make their race even closer by defeating Georgetown by only five tenths of a second. The second varsity eight raced in the Lois Krall boat and finished with a time of 5:41:10.
Apr. 8, 2016
Team earns second place at Towson Invitational
Photo courtesy Drexeldragons.com The Drexel University golf team placed second at the Towson Invitational April 3. The event was played in tough, windy conditions, with only one golfer shooting below par on Sunday. Senior Chris Crawford contributed heavily to the Dragons’ second place finish by shooting 145, one-over-par, over the two days. His strong performance this past weekend was a follow-up to his second place finish from the previous week’s outing on March 29 at the Anteater Invitational in Irvine, California. Other members that helped to contribute to the second place finish were junior Yoseph Dance and freshman Michael Cook. Dance finished in a tie for eighth with a six-over 150 two-day total, while Cook tied for 27th. His eighth place last weekend finish earned Dance’s his fourth top ten finish of the season. The winners of the tournament were the Georgetown University Hoyas. The Hoyas finished with a 605, narrowly edging out the Dragons by four strokes, who finished with a 609. Rounding off the podium was St. John’s University and Fairfield University who tied with a total of 614. The Dragons’ next match is the Finegan Invitational, which is hosted by La Salle and will be played at the Philadelphia Country Club on April 18. The Finegan Invitational will be Drexel’s last tournament before the CAA Championships begin on April 22.
Feb. 19, 2016
Close race remains at top after matchweek 26 of Barclay’s Premiere League
Matchweek 26 of the Barclays Premier League started out the morning of Feb. 13 with a fixture between Sunderland and Manchester United. United had been finding form recently and were starting to look like the team everyone so famously knows. However, that all changed when they arrived at the Stadium of Light. Within the first three minutes, Sunderland were up 1-0 thanks to a free kick by January signing Wahbi Khazri. From that point on, United looked the better side of the first half, and in the 39th minute they got their goal through young Frenchman Anthony Martial. Juan Mata hit a low powerful drive towards the bottom left corner of the goal which Vito Mannone saved beautifully. Unfortunately for him, he could only parry the ball away and Martial was the first to get there, floating a chipped shot over the sprawled out goalkeeper knotting the game at one. The game stayed at 1-1 until the 82nd minute when January signing Lamine Kone leapt high above the United defense, heading the ball on goal, which David de Gea fumbled and eventually knocked into his own net. The game finished like this, with Sunderland taking all three points and the possibility of Champions League football looking even slimmer for Manchester United. The other score lines on Saturday were a 1-0 win for Southampton over Swansea, a 2-2 draw between Norwich and West Ham, a 2-1 win for Watford over slumping Crystal Palace, a 3-1 victory for Stoke City over Bournemouth to get them back on track after a rough patch of games, a 1-0 hard fought win for West Brom over Everton, and a 5-1 thumping of Newcastle by Chelsea. The West Brom win was quite incredible, as they scored in the 15th minute and basically went into a shell, taking wave after wave of pressure from Everton, somehow managing to maintain their clean sheet. Chelsea came out brightly in their win, scoring three goals in the first 17 minutes and never looking back. Sunday morning saw arguably the matchup of the season when first place Leicester took on third place Arsenal. The game started with Arsenal dominating possession, and in the 16th minute, some of the best action of the game occurred. Aaron Ramsey was set free, with just him versus the goalkeeper, but Kasper Schmeichel came flying off his line, and beat Ramsey to the ball with a sliding effort, springing a counter attack for Leicester. Marc Albrighton got on the ball for Leicester and swung in a beautiful cross to the back post, which found the head of Vardy, but veteran Petr Cech got down in time to block the shot and keep Arsenal tied. The drama started in the 45th minute when Jamie Vardy got on the ball after the referee smartly played an advantage for a foul on N’Golo Kante. Vardy got into the box and controversially went down after a foul by Nacho Monreal, and the ref gave the penalty. Vardy stepped up and fired the ball into the bottom corner giving Leicester the lead at the half. Shortly after the second half began, Leicester defender Danny Simpson picked up a yellow card. Just five minutes later he picked up another yellow, and was sent off leaving Leicester with 10 men for the final forty minutes or so. Leicester packed in tightly, but it wasn’t enough as substitute Theo Walcott found the back of the net in the 71st minute after a headed pass from Olivier Giroud. That wasn’t all, though: Monreal won a free kick in a dangerous position in the 94th minute. Ozil took the free kick, finding Danny Welbeck, playing in his first game since April, who headed the ball in to give Arsenal the 2-1 win and cut the gap between them and Leicester at the top of the table to just two points. The second game of Sunday saw Liverpool absolutely demolish bottom of the table Aston Villa. The final score was 6-0 with goals for Daniel Sturridge, James Milner, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Yaya Toure. The chances of Villa surviving relegation are looking nearly impossible by now as they are eight points away from safety. The final game Feb. 14 saw Tottenham take on Manchester City in another clash of the top four, with Tottenham starting the matchweek in second and Manchester City in fourth. City’s captain Vincent Kompany was back in the starting lineup for the first time since November due to injury. The first half was solid defensively for both teams as they felt each other out. The fireworks started nine minutes into the second half when Tottenham’s Danny Rose collected the ball on the wing and swung in a cross that caught the arm of City’s Sterling according to referee Mark Clattenburg. A penalty was given and Harry Kane stepped up and sent it right down the middle giving the Spurs the 1-0 lead. Now the game had opened up, and City were pressing. They brought on youngster Iheanacho in the 66th minute, who in turn finished off a nice sequence with a shot into the upper corner just eight minutes after coming on. Back at a level score, it was anyone’s game. Lamela was substituted in for Tottenham in the 81st minute and just two minutes later he sent a brilliant through ball towards Eriksen who gathered it and slotted it home past the onrushing Joe Hart. This was Eriksen’s fifth goal of the season and also a nice birthday present as he turned 24 that day. It ended up being the winning goal despite a strong push by the home side to try and claw back a draw before the final whistle blew.
Feb. 12, 2016
United States men’s national team downs Canada in dramatic fashion
The United States men’s soccer team took on Canada in their second friendly match of 2016 on Feb. 5.
Feb. 5, 2016
USA m. soccer grabs win in friendly match with Iceland
The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team opened up their 2016 account with a friendly match against Iceland Jan. 31. The game was played at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles with the U.S. naming a starting lineup with two debutants. Iceland also used this friendly game as a way to give youngsters an opportunity and prepare for the upcoming Euro 2016 championship.