As All Hallows’ Eve rapidly approaches, one cannot help but think about the things that are scariest in life. Whether it be something as large as a grizzly bear, small as a bumble bee, or even something as intangible as a spooky ghost, there are plenty of things that strike fear in the hearts of all.
However, after further review, there may be a few things that stand out as the most horrifying sights of all. These ghastly sights are none other than a few chosen members of Bryant Athletics, who are known to cause nightmares for opposing teams and their coaching staff.
These five athletes listed below are the pinnacle of Bulldog Nation. They strive for excellence and in turn they also strive to scare the daylights out of rival opponents in the NEC. So without further ado here are the athletes that are the most well known for their production of the “heebie jeebies”.
5) Emily Charpentier, Field Hockey
Appearing in 72 games for the Lady Bulldogs since the onset of her freshman year, Emily is one of the most seasoned veterans of any sport here at Bryant.
Charpentier’s toughness and determination to fight through soreness and injury to appear in that many games is reason enough for teams to fear her. However, the senior captain possesses a skill set that is amongst the top on the team with her lateral quickness and laser of a shot as highlighted in her Senior Night goal against Sacred Heart.
She currently sits at second place on the team in both total points with 10 and shot percentage with .333. Emily is set to play her final game as a Bulldog this coming Sunday when the team travels to New York to take on Siena College.
4) Franck Tebou, Football
Next on the list of frightful examples of Bryant Athletics is senior linebacker Franck Tebou. Franck comes from a genetic wealth of athletic talent, with his brother Moise Fokou currently playing for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
Not to be out shadowed by his bloodline, Franck is nothing short of a man-child for the Bryant Football team. Playing alongside talents such as Mike “the overnight celebrity” Abany, Franck has managed to lead the team in tackles with 69, solo tackles with 38, 8 tackles for loss, and a pair of sacks.
A gaudy stat line such as this is sure to cause nightmares in the minds of defensive coordinators throughout the New England Conference. Should you want to see Franck carve up opposing offensive lines, be sure to make your way down to Bulldog Stadium on November 12th as they take on St Francis.
3) Casey Ostrander, Swimming
The most interesting part of Casey’s presence on the list is that she is the only person that does not even need to be present at a competition to induce fear in her opponents.
All they need to do is look up at the record board to see her name mentioned not once, or twice, but five times.
Casey holds the school records in the 50-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Freestyle, 50-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Backstroke, and 200-yard Backstroke.
She was also named as the 2011 NEC Swimmer of the Year after taking home gold medals in the 50-yard freestyle (aka the infamous “splash and dash”), the 100-yard backstroke, and the 200-yard backstroke.
What is most scary about Casey is that she still has two years of eligibility left to improve. Bryant Swimming may have a harder time scaring the opposition if they put a shark in the pool instead of Casey! Ostrander and the rest of the Aqua Bulldogs can be seen in the pool next on November 5th as they take on UNH.
2) Maria Scocca, Volleyball
As dominant athletes come, Senior Middle Hitter Maria Scocca fits the blueprint to the letter. Her impact on the Women’s Volleyball team since her signing to Bryant as a freshman has been nothing short of astounding.
The senior captain has been an instrumental part of the team’s success, which has come to a record of 11-16 so far this season. Maria is currently second on the team in points and is only 19 kills away from being the school’s all time leader.
Listed at 6 foot 2 inches, the all purpose weapon for the Lady Bulldogs has been a force to be reckoned with in the NEC. Maria and the rest of the Women’s Volleyball team take their talents to Hamden, Connecticut this Saturday as they take on Quinnipiac.
1) Jordan Brown, Football
If you have attended any of Bryant’s Football games this year ,you are well aware as to why Brown earns the top spot on this countdown. The junior tailback for the Bulldogs has been the seminal piece of the offense this year under Head Coach Marty Fine, with 15 rushing touchdowns to go alongside 1,308 rushing yards.
Brown’s versatility is also a crucial feature of the Bulldog offense as he has a pair of receiving touchdown and a 95 yard kick return that he took all the way back for a touchdown.
On any given snap Brown can take the ball across the goal line from any point on the field. This is sure to strike fear in the heart of any member of an opposing defense. Jordan is sure to touch the ball in next Saturday’s tilt against U Albany.
So there you have it, a list of the most intimidating forces on our fair campus. While they come in many different sizes and shapes they all have one thing in common, the ability to induce fright in the hearts and minds of the opposition.
If you happen to see them in the hallways of the Unistructure, or even perhaps on the field of battle, be sure to thank them for their efforts and be grateful that they are on your side.
We at The Archway wish all of these athletes the best of luck in their campaigns to petrify the opposition in sheer terror well beyond this weekend and hope the student body will support their endeavors by keeping it loud in the Dog Pound.