South Orange, NJ – On Friday evening, the college season tipped off. The recurring theme, whether you were in Lexington or Poughkeepsie, (or South Orange) was a new beginning. A new season, starting 0-0 with new expectations.
Here, the Seton Hall women hosted Longwood. The theme of ‘newness’ was accentuated as Tony Bozzella was coaching his first regular season game at his alma mater. Bozzella rebuilt several programs, the most recent being Iona, which he left in great shape upon making the change last spring.
The result saw Seton Hall defeat Longwood of the Big South 63-46, a positive beginning for a Seton Hall team Bozzella admits is a “work in progress.” It is a term he uses with enthusiasm, having been through the challenge of rebuilding and approaching it with energy and a positive approach.
New season, off to a good start. On this night when there were surprises, disappointments and the like, beyond the theme of starting anew, we realize winning never gets old.
The view from the press table at Walsh Gym:
Officials Mara Wager, Duane Mack and Shannon Feck huddle during a timeout:
Tony Bozzella confers with his assistants...to the right is Lauren DeFalco, who starred for Bozzella at Iona:
The Pirates huddle, with win No. 1 in the books:
Tony Bozzella fields a question in his office:
Ka-Deidre Simmons (14 points, 7 assists, 4 steals) in a postgame interview following a well-rounded job well done: