While we're disappointed that there are no games to recap in 2020, it gives us an opportunity to look back on some of our favorite moments of the last decade (or so)! We'll be reposting the recaps and other media right here on Thursdays or Fridays every week throughout the fall semester.
After starting the season with a small meet in 2015, the cross country teams had their traditional first big race of the season two weeks later at UMass Dartmouth. Both Brandeis teams topped the field thanks to a pair of younger team members. Between the two teams, there were six top-20 finishes. Ryan Stender '18 paced the men to a 23-point win over Division II East Stroudsburg, while Emily Bryson '19 was fifth overall to lead the women to a 30-point win over ESU.
The most-played rivalry in men's soccer program history had a special flavor five years ago, as head coach Mike Coven was in search of his 500th career victory. After a scoreless regulation and first overtime session, the Judges had a set piece deep in the Babson zone with just under three minutes left on the clock. Midfielder Josh Ocel '17, the program's all-time leader in assists, put the free kick onto the head of Jake Picard '16, who scored his second-straight game-winning goal.
The 2011 season opener was memorable for the identity of the first goalscorer. The game-winner came early in the second half thanks to then-sophomore Mary Shimko '14. Who knew that, nine years later, Mary would be selected to succeed Denise Dallamora as the second head coach in program history.