Homecoming weekend was a huge success

Nick Ciocchi, Reporter

Sporting and entertainment events drew droves of people to campus for Homecoming 2014.

The men’s soccer team hosted King’s College on Oct. 4 in a thriller game. The Cougars played well on the offensive and defensive sides.  Matt Norcini added a goal to get things started for the Cougars. Nick vonEgypt scored off a corner to break the 1-1 tie with less than three minutes remaining in the game. The goal lifted the Cougars’ intensity for the rest of the game. Junior goalkeeper Barry Fitzgerald made two great saves in the final minutes to wrap it up. The Cougars go on to win 2-1 and improve their recorded to 7-3-2 and 1-0 in Conference play.

The seventeenth ranked women’s soccer team also hosted King’s, and Megan Mahoney dominated the competition, scoring three of five total goals.  Jacqueline Stevens and Emily Szeflinski scored one goal each. Alex Gallager, Meghan Antrim, Erin McGreal and Alex Alcheevsky had assists. King’s was never a threat, and the Cougars won 5-0. Goalkeeper Maureen Ciccosanti and Alyssa Pojero each played a half to help complete the shutout.

The field hockey team brought in more good news with its roll over Manhattanville, ending the game 6-1. Colby Eldridge led the team with three goals, Lindsay Hischak added two,  and Jennifer O’Neill added one. The Cougars began their run with just eight minutes into the game when Hischak struck first. At the half, the Cougars led 3-1. In the second half the Cougars broke it open and pounded the Valiants  24-4. Angela Pasquini had a great game in net to help the team improve to 6-5 overall and 2-0 in the Freedom Conference.

A different kind of talent was evident in the Oct. 3, talent Show, when students, family and friends lined up to enter Lemmond Theater. The entrance fee was $1, which was donated to the Sisters of Mercy in honor of the university’s 90th anniversary.  The theater packed in 750 spectators.

Senior Anthony Sergio was served as emcee with junior Nick Ciocchi.

“It was great to be a part of the talent show especially being a senior,”  said Sergio.  “I wanted to have fun with it. We had am amazing turnout and I think the show couldn’t have gone better. In fact, the whole weekend was a great success as it was awesome to see the alums that came back to see the show and support our sports teams. Homecoming 2014 couldn’t gone any better and I am very pleased in going out with great memories for my finally year here.”

Senior Cael Evans attended the talent show. participated in a skit with nine other  students and was even a part of the Homecoming Court.

“Homecoming weekend was an awesome experience to be a part of – everything, including the talent show and also being on the Homecoming Court this year. It’s a bittersweet weekend because you’re excited for it and have been waiting for it and then when it’s over, you realize that it’s all gone being a senior this year,” said Evans. “This was by far one of the best weekends I’ve had up here and couldn’t ask for anything else than hanging out with my Misericordia family.”

First time talent show participant,  junior Al Reda, said the show was made great by the audience.

“Being that this was my first time performing in the talent show at MU, it was a lot of fun and a great experience. I thought all the acts were really good in their own way, and the outcome of seeing most of the University come out to see the show made it that much better. I already have some ideas for next year’s show, so be prepared for an even better act.”

Senior Connor Campbell took the crown as homecoming king and he was joined by Caitlin Vitale who received the most votes for homecoming queen.