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Men’s Golf Kicks Off Spring Season Along Georgia Coast

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This past week the Men’s Golf team spent their break enjoying the picturesque Georgia coast and competing in an important out of conference Tri-Match.  

The team flew down to Georgia on March 11th, and stayed for the duration of the week. They competed in the Coastal Georgia Tri-Match held in St. Simons Island against both The College of Coastal Georgia and Villanova University.

With the match at St. Simons Island as their top priority, the team played four other area courses to prepare. Aside from the Sea Island Golf Club Retreat course that the match would be played on, they also played notable courses including the Plantation Course at the Sea Island Resort, Frederica Golf Club, Ocean Forest Golf Club, and the Seaside Course at the Sea Island Resort.

The Tri-Match would bring some tough opposition. Villanova and Coastal Georgia both have players that have performed well in their respective conferences. Lucas Trim of Villanova, a NCAA Division I institution, finished last season in the Top 15 of the Head-to-Head Big East Conference Player Standings with an average round score of 74.79. Coastal Georgia, an NAIA powerhouse, was preseason ranked 7th in the NAIA and fielded Eamon Owen in the Top 40 of the Head-to-Head NAIA Player Standings last year.

Albeit the field was daunting, the Men’s Golf team rose to the challenge. The team was led by Michael Chen ’17, Adam Agustin ’20, and Dan Altieri ’19. Chen fought as the top scorer for the Garnet with a 79, good for 7 over par. Behind Chen were Agustin with an 80 and Altieri with an 81.

Despite an average showing at the Tri-Match, Chen believes the team has many areas where they can improve their game. The team finished 35 strokes behind the second place team (Villanova), but they had to overcome a rough start. Early in the week the team had to shake off the rust from a long off-period between the Fall and Spring seasons. As the week went on the team’s performance progressively got better and the players hit their stride. The break also allowed the team to strengthen an already strong sense of team chemistry. Chen and other members of the team are optimistic about the upcoming Spring season and are eager to showcase their accrued prowess in their first major tournament.

“We always look forward to playing at such a high level of competition. Going forward, we know what we need to do to improve and compete. Our first major tournament is in two weeks at The Bridges Golf Club in Gettysburg, PA. We look to continue to improve day-in/day-out and take home the conference title,” Nick DiMaio ’19 said.

With a large portion of the season ahead of them, the team has work to do. They’re keeping their eye on the prize and are putting in the time and effort needed for a championship run. The observed team camaraderie and resilience shows a deep commitment to performing better in the matches to come.

Thomas and Berger highlight new era

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Over the past five years, all eyes in the golf world have been on young stars such as Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Jason Day. Now, there is a new young star on the rise, and his name is Justin Thomas. Justin Thomas was a standout golfer at the University of Alabama, earning medals at both the SEC and NCAA Regional Championships. He also won the Haskins Award while still a freshman, which is given to the most outstanding collegiate golfer each season.  He continued to build on this success on the professional stage, graduating from the Web.Com Tour and immediately making his presence known on the PGA Tour. Thomas is a fan favorite, aweing spectators with long drives and creativity around the greens.  

       He has continued to build his resume, successfully defending his title at the CIMB Classic in late 2016. Since that win, he hasn’t looked back. The twenty-three year old just captured his fourth career win on the PGA Tour last week in Hawaii — already his third win of the season. Even more impressive, Thomas shot a 59 in the first round of last week’s Sony Open, making him the youngest player in PGA Tour history to break 60.  Thomas also broke the 72-hole scoring record on his way to a seven-shot victory over a strong field including Justin’s close friend and rival, Jordan Spieth.

       After sweeping the “Hawaiian swing.” Thomas is currently first in the season long FedEx Cup race and riding some major momentum. His next appearance will be at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in early February. With an entire season ahead of him, it’ll be interesting to see how Thomas’ already record-breaking year plays out.

       Another player garnering a lot of attention in today’s golf world is Daniel Berger. Like Thomas, Berger is also a product of the junior golf circuit who has had success on tours such as the American Junior Golf Association. Berger attributes much of his success to his father, who was the head coach of the Men’s United States Tennis Association. Berger learned tennis from his father and played in both tennis and golf competitions growing up. An early tennis background has allowed Berger to thrive as not just a golfer, but also as an athlete. Many young golfers have emphasized this point by following strict workout regimes and emulating other professional athletes. Because of his unique athletic upbringing, Berger has developed a unique backswing followed by a massive rotation of the hips to square up his club and deliver a pure strike. Berger’s swing has analysts and commentators scratching their heads, while he excites old time golf fans with his scrappy and efficient game.

       Berger had a successful collegiate career at Florida State University and turned pro by the age of twenty. Berger, like Thomas, quickly got through the Web.com Tour and rapidly rose through the ranks on his way to the PGA Tour. Berger’s eccentric swing and flawless short game has translated to major success on the world golf stage. He had a standout rookie season, qualifying for the Tour Championship, finishing eleventh in the FedEx Cup, and winning the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award for 2015. He followed up his rookie year with a strong sophomore campaign; Berger started the year by recording a tenth-place finish at The Masters, his first top ten finish at a major championship.  He then recorded his first professional victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, outlasting Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker.

       Contrary to the Tiger Woods era, young stars such as Spieth, Thomas, and Berger can be described best as “friendly rivals.”  This generation has grown up contending against each other and have emphasized maintaining camaraderie in their battle for the top spot in golf. While Woods often intimidated his competition with his long drives, stoic demeanor, and cold-blooded desire to win, these young players are truly redefining the professional athletic environment. With millions of dollars on the line each week and all the pressure in the world on them, the “young guns” still find time to jokingly gamble during practice rounds, hang out off the course, and most paradoxically, beat each other when they have to. The pedigree of the professional golf has never been higher and it is truly entertaining to watch these young stars carry the game on their backs their own way.     

A tribute to The King, Arnold Palmer

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   When most people hear the name Arnold Palmer, they think of more than just a golfer. Arnie, as he was called, led a revolution among athletes, transforming the world of sports into a true business place.  Palmer exclaimed, “Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.”  His life followed such sentiments. He was an entrepreneur, getting into the clothing, beverage, and even aviation industries.  Palmer left more than a legacy behind: he laid the foundation for the future of golf and all of professional sports worldwide.  

      Palmer is an icon in part because of his humble beginnings.  He was born and raised in the small town of Latrobe, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He went on to play golf at Wake Forest University, but left after three years to pursue his dream of being a professional golfer. Palmer’s confidence and trust in his own potential was infectious and ultimately led to the growth of a cult-like fan base, more commonly known as Arnie’s Army.

      Palmer first learned the game of golf when his father handed him a golf club and watched how his son gripped it. He then proceeded to tell Palmer to never change his grip, and to never let anybody in the game take that away from him. Palmer’s golf swing is a further model of his father’s early sentiments.  This rigid motion personifies Palmer — not necessarily a textbook mold of success, but scrappy and efficient above all else. Swarthmore students can appreciate this trailblazer who constantly redefines the path of success in all endeavors.   

     While our generation never got to watch Arnold Palmer walk down the lush fairways of Augusta National, just moments away from capturing his first Green Jacket, or emotionally taking the interview stand at Oakmont after playing in his last U.S. Open Championship right in his hometown, these moments are ingrained in the minds of all aspiring golfers, regardless of age.  The emotion that Palmer displayed on and off of the golf course was simply unmatched.  He attracted so many new fans with his charisma and added a different dimension of style to the game.  Palmer was one of the first Americans to travel to Europe and Asia and compete professionally.  He was perhaps even more beloved in the U.K., where he won back-to-back British Opens in 1961 and 1962.  With a total of 76 professional wins and 7 major championship victories, there is no doubt that Palmer is one of the greatest golfers of all time.  

     Palmer’s contributions to golf after his retirement are perhaps even more noteworthy than his feats in competition.  Palmer opened up hundreds of courses around the world in an effort to expand the game of golf. Palmer also started the first golf-focused television channel, the Golf Channel, which has expanded golf coverage tremendously over the past 20 years. He sponsored a PGA event in Orlando, Florida, in an effort to combine a world class tournament with a fundraising platform for his children’s hospital and foundation. He has been spotted at golf’s most cherished event, The Masters, year after year, hitting the inaugural tee shot with his fellow competitors, legends and dear friends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.  

      While Arnold Palmer is no longer with us, his legacy is stronger than ever.  The sport of golf wouldn’t be where it is today without Palmer’s trailblazing innovation and charismatic personality. Swatties can learn a thing or two from Palmer’s ability to persevere and succeed in all the fields he explored. Our caps are off to you, Arnie.  

Weekend Roundup

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Women’s Soccer

If you weren’t already convinced of the women’s soccer team’s current dominance, then here’s some news that should change your mind: in a ranking released by D3soccer.com, the women’s soccer team was ranked as the 11th best team in the nation. They were also ranked 20th in the official national coaches’ poll top 25.

The team strengthened this deserved reputation with yet another win on Saturday, this one a 2-1 triumph away against conference opponent Johns Hopkins. The Garnet showed composure in this game after falling behind early because of a goal in the 6th minute from Johns Hopkins. They did just that and eventually evened up the game in the last minute of the first half, as Sarah Hancock ’18 scored off a cross from Hannah Lichtenstein ’17. The Garnet carried this momentum into the second half, where they took the lead early on after Katherine Zavez ’17 scored in the 53rd minute, assisted by Marin McCoy ’19. The goal was the first of Zavez’s career, and came at a fine moment as it put the team ahead for the game. It also pointed to the team’s impressive depth, as Zavez was the 20th player to score a goal for the team this season.

With an unbeaten overall record (9-0) and conference record (3-0), the team hopes to continue to prove why they are one of the best in the nation. Their next chance to do that will be this Saturday at home against in-conference opponent Gettysburg, which will be their only game this week.

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team played away at conference opponent Ursinus on Saturday and only came away with one point in the standings after ending the game in a 1-1 tie. Although the game went the full possible 110 minutes, both of the goals were scored within the first four minutes of the opening half.

The home team struck first, scoring a goal against the Garnet after only slightly more than a minute of the game had passed. The Garnet fought back immediately and put in a goal soon after, when Billy Evers ’17 scored on a free kick from 30 yards out by Ryan Meuth ’17. The goal was Evers’ first this season.

Both teams attacked plenty throughout the remainder of the game, with the Garnet taking 20 shots to the Bears’ 14. However, neither was able to break through the others’ defenses and goalkeepers for the decisive goal. Goalkeeper Tyler Zon ’16 contributed to the Garnet’s defense with 4 saves.

Last night, the Garnet played a non-conference match against Rowan at home, and lost 1-0 after Rowan scored the only goal of the game in the 28th minute. Although the Garnet were able to put more shots on goal, five as opposed to Rowan’s three, they ultimately were unable to find the back of the net.

The Garnet’s record stands at 4-7-1 overall and 1-2-1 in Centennial Conference play. Up next for the team is a home match against conference opponents Gettysburg on Saturday.

 

Volleyball

With two more wins this week after defeating Johns Hopkins on Saturday and Washington College on Tuesday, the volleyball team extended their current win streak to 13 matches. The wins also maintained the Garnet’s undefeated conference record (4-0) and added to their impressive overall record (14-3).

The first win was special because it was the Garnet’s first road victory at Johns Hopkins in more than two decades. Although they dropped the first set 15-25, they rebounded and picked up the next three sets 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 en route to a 3-1 victory. Sarah Wallace ’18 led the Garnet in kills with 15, while Olivia Leventhal ’18 was close behind with 10 kills and a block. Malia Scott ’18 served up 5 aces as well.

The team carried this momentum into their home match against Washington on Tuesday, which they won 3-1 by a score of 25-13, 25-19, 13-25, 25-22. Sarah Girard ’19 had a match-high 26 digs. Sam Dubois ’16 had two block assists and 38 assists total, which brought her past the 2,500-assists mark for her career,

For the week ahead, the team has two more conference matches. The first is on Saturday at home against Gettysburg, followed by an away match at Ursinus on Wednesday. The Garnet hope to continue their undefeated streak and uphold their dominance in the Centennial Conference thus far.

 

Field Hockey

The field hockey team (1-8, 0-4 CC) continued to struggle against conference opponents this past weekend and fell to both Ursinus College and Johns Hopkins 8-0 and 3-1, respectively.

The Bears, ranked 8th in the nation, proved to be the team’s most challenging opponent thus far and forced the Garnet into a 5-0 deficit within the first 15 minutes. Swarthmore countered with four shots during the first period, three of which were on goal, but ended the period without touching the back of the net. The second period was marked by a barrage of shots from the Bears’ offense which resulted in Ursinus’ 19 shots taken compared to Swarthmore’s 0. Out of Ursinus’ 24 on-goal shots, goalkeeper Zelda Bank ’19 recorded a total of 10 saves to lessen the Bears’ offensive impact. However, the Garnet conceded two more points during the second half for a 8-0 loss.

The team attempted a comeback against Johns Hopkins after the Ursinus loss, but ultimately fell to the Blue Jays as well. The Garnet suffered a 3-0 deficit within the first 34 minutes of the game but rallied soon after to score their first goal of the game. Erin Gluck ’16 broke the Garnet’s dry spell off of a corner shot taken by Ursula Monaghan ’17 and finished the goal off near the left post. Both teams were unable to find the back of the net in the second period during which Bank recorded a total of six saves. Goalkeeper Ainsley Parish ’16 also recorded a total of 5 saves in the first period.

Today, the Garnet will travel to Chestertown, Maryland and go head to head with conference opponents Washington College in the hopes of earning their first conference win of the season.

 

Cross Country

Katie Jo McMenamin ’16 highlighted the women’s cross country team’s performance this past weekend as she earned first place in the Paul Short Brown 6K run. Running against a whopping 387 athletes from all three divisions, McMenamin finished the race in 21:23 and crossed the finish line three seconds ahead of the second place finisher. McMenamin’s finish helped launch the Garnet to 10th place out of the 45 teams that competed from all three divisions.

The men’s team competed in the Paul Short 8K run (which included 354  runners from all three divisions and 39 teams total). Paul Green ’15 led the way for the Garnet and finished in 105th place in 25:58. Corey Branch ’17 finished second for the Garnet in 26:12.

Both teams will compete in their final meet this Saturday in the Inter-Regional Border Battle before facing their conference opponents in the Centennial Conference Championships hosted by Johns Hopkins on October 31.

Golf

The men’s golf team tied for seventh place with Gettysburg College this past weekend in the Mason-Dixon Classic. Dan Altieri ’19 continued to lead the way for the Garnet and carded a par 72 on the first day and 76 on the second. This performance follows his two prior first-place wins, which were his first two collegiate tournaments as well. His outstanding performance thus far earned him the title of Centennial Conference’s Golfer of the Week last Tuesday.

On the second day of the tournament, Nick DiMaio ’19, Drew Langan ’17 and Michael Chen ’17 all followed close behind Altieri and shot 77, 78 and 79, respectively.

The men will travel to the Patriot’s Glen National Golf Club this weekend to compete in the Revolutionary Collegiate Classic hosted by Ursinus College.

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Baseball

The baseball team closed out its season with a 4-1 victory away at Gwynedd Mercy on Monday. Nathan Booth ’16 allowed one unearned run and fanned six in a complete game effort, while the offense provided one run each in the fifth through eighth innings.

Over the weekend, the team struggled in its final conference matchups of the season. On Friday, the Garnet lost their final home game 12-6 against Ursinus. Cal Barnett-Mayotte ’18 had a notable game, going 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI. The team tried but could not come back from a deficit that got as wide as nine runs during the sixth inning.

On Saturday, the Garnet were swept in a doubleheader at Franklin & Marshall by scores of 6-1 and 5-2. The team committed five errors during the first game, contributing to the four unearned runs given up by pitcher Aidan Miller ’17. Both teams were only able to muster up five hits during the first game.

F&M took command in the first inning of the second game by scoring three runs. Max Kassan ’18 took the loss for the Garnet after giving up five runs and 11 hits, while Barnett-Mayotte contributed a run and an RBI.

Although they did not make the playoffs, the team can be proud of earning their sixth straight winning season after going 18-17.

Men’s Tennis

On Saturday, the men’s tennis team closed out a stellar regular season with an 8-1 victory at Haverford. The team’s final record is 12-5 overall and 8-1 in conference play.

The Garnet won all three of their doubles matches. Classmates Mark Fallati ’18 and Ari Cepelewicz ’18 earned the win at first doubles, Harrison Lands ’15 and Josh Powell ’18 at second doubles, and John Larkin ’17 and Blake Oetting ’18 at third doubles.

In singles play, Larkin earned his second win of the day at first doubles. Fallati narrowly lost his match at second doubles 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-7). Cepelewicz and Oetting also earned two wins after victories in singles play, while Yosuke Higashi ’18 and Michael Song ’18 added wins at fifth and sixth singles respectively.

After the match, the Garnet ranked sixth regionally and 27th nationally. They are seeded second for the Centennial Conference Tournament which will begin at home on May 2 at 1 p.m. They will play F&M; if they win, they will go on to play in the finals at Johns Hopkins on May 3.

Women’s Tennis

In their last match, the women’s tennis team lost 9-0 to Johns Hopkins at home on Saturday. With the loss, the team narrowly missed the chance to qualify for the Centennial Conference Tournament. They ended the season as fifth seed in the conference after Muhlenberg won a tiebreaker for fourth seed later in the day.

The Garnet fought valiantly against sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins, but was not able to avoid the sweep. The loss put their final record at a respectable 9-8 overall and 5-5 in-conference.

The team also lost last Thursday at Haverford 2-7. Rachel Bronkema ’18 and Ashley

Gao ’18 won their match at third doubles, while Alli Wong ’17 earned the team’s second point with a win at first doubles after three intense sets.

All nine players currently on the roster will be returning for the team’s next season. Six of these are first-years and one is a sophomore, indicating that the team will only continue to grow and add to their achievements in the foreseeable future.

Track & Field

The men’s and women’s track & field teams competed in two events this weekend, the Penn Relays on Friday and the Lion Invite on Saturday at the College of New Jersey. They both had notable performances and look to be in solid shape for the fast-approaching Centennial Conference Championships.

At the Penn Relays, the men’s team fielded a 4×100 meter relay team in the college division and a 4×400 meter relay team in the POP Haddleton MAC race. The next afternoon at the Lion Invite, the same 4×100 team consisting of Jason Heo ’15, Zain Hannan ’17, Peter Sayde ’17, and Tim Vaughn-Ogunlusi ’15 had a third-place finish of 43.76 seconds. Other notable performances included Erick White ’15, who was fourth place in the 800-meter run and John Gagnon ’17, who earned second place in the 5000-meter run.

Osazenoriuwa Ebose ’15 kept adding to her list of achievements at the Penn Relays, where she set the Centennial Conference shot put record with a 46-feet, 10.75-inch toss. Out of 50 competitors, she was sixth in the shot put as well as 20th in the discus throw. At the Lion Invite, Lulu Allen-Waller ’17 finished second in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles as well as eighth in the 100-meter high hurdles. Jenna Cody ’16 also performed well, placing fourth in the 5000 meter run.

The Garnet will compete next at the Centennial Conference Championships, which will be at Muhlenberg this weekend.

Golf

The men’s golf team headed out to play the Centennial Conference Championships last weekend at DuPont Country Club. The men’s program finished the tournament third out of seven teams.

The men recorded a total of 931 at the tournament. Andrew Park ’15 finished fifth with a 226 and qualifies for a spot on the All-Conference team. Michael Chen ’17 was next for the Garnet at 12th with a score of 237. Yousaf Razvi ’18, Andrew Pak ’16, and Drew Langan ’17 had overall scores of 237, 238, and 240 respectively.

Amanda Beebe ’15 entered the women’s championships at Blue Ridge Country Club as an individual. She was 21st after the first day and had a score of 111 in the second round en route to finishing 28th out of 33 players. Beebe finished with a total score of 213. She was the only woman on the team as well as a tri-captain.

Men’s Lacrosse

After initially starting off with a lead, the men’s lacrosse team lost at Haverford 14-8 on Saturday. The Garnet had a 6-2 lead early in the second quarter but were the subjects of a Haverford comeback that included 10 unanswered goals. Haverford took the lead in the third quarter and never gave it back; by the fourth quarter, they led by margins as large as six goals.

Andrew Preiser ’15 had four assists, while seven different players scored for the Garnet. Cole Fox ’17 took the loss after making 11 saves. As a team, the Garnet were outdone by Haverford in most categories. They were outshot 36-24, committed 21 turnovers to Haverford’s 17, had 24 ground balls to Haverford’s 36, and lost the faceoffs battle 14-11.

The Garnet’s final game this season was last night against Vassar at home. As of Saturday, the team had an overall record of 6-8 and finished conference play with a record of 1-7. After a hot 6-2 start this season, the team struggled to win games in the stretch and will look to improve its performance next season.

Women’s Lacrosse

The women’s lacrosse team ended its season at home against Haverford last Saturday, who they lost to 17-10. Although the Garnet matched Haverford in the second half, recovering from a 10-3 deficit after the first half proved too difficult.

Elyse Tierney ’15 opened up scoring for the Garnet to tie the game 1-1 early in the first half. However, Haverford soon went on a run to build a 5-1 lead. Taylor Chiang ’18 broke up Haverford’s streak with a goal to make it 5-2, with Kathryn Restrepo ’18 scoring seconds later to close the gap to 5-3. Haverford then scored five unanswered goals to close out the first half.

The Garnet were unable to challenge for the lead after that. Sara Lentricchia ’15 led the team with three goals and one assist. Restrepo added three goals total, Tierney had two, and Christina Labows ’18 also scored a goal. Connie Bowen ’16 took the loss after making seven saves.

After an encouraging 6-3 start, the Garnet lost seven of their last eight games and ended the season with four consecutive losses. The team will look to improve next season on its 7-9 overall and 2-7 conference record.

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Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team earned its fifth conference win of the season over Dickinson College this past weekend after returning home with a 7-2 win.

The match began with wins from all three doubles teams. Alli Wong ’17 and Maria Cuervo ’18 defeated their opponents 8-4 in No. 1 doubles while Ashley Gao ’18 and Rachel Bronkema ’18 teamed up to win at No. 2 doubles with a similar score of 8-3. Abby Schmidt ’16 and Anna Scheibmeir ’18 closed up doubles play with a 9-7 win.

Singles play only saw one loss throughout the match. Wong destroyed her opponent and only gave up one point in No. 1 singles, claiming a 6-0, 6-1 decision. Scheibmeir’s game lasted for three close sets, ultimately resulting in a victory of 2-6, 6-3, 10-4. Gao also returned with her second win of the day as she defeated her opponent 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Bronkema closed the game with a win at No. 6 singles with a 7-5, 6-1 decision.

With only two conference matches left, the women travel to Haverford today on the Black Squirrels’ home court and will move on to Johns Hopkins this coming Saturday in a home game at 11 a.m. as they close out their season play.

Golf

The men’s golf team returned home with its first win of the season after the players defeated both Widener and Ursinus in the Widener Invitational this past Monday.

Senior captain Andrew Park highlighted the team’s performance as he placed first out of 16 competitors total with a final score of 69 on the par 71 course. Michael Chen ’17 followed Park’s lead as he placed third overall and finished with a score of 77. Both Jason Joliffe ’16 and Yousaf Razvi ’18 finished with identical scores as they, along with one competitor from Ursinus, tied for seventh with scores of 82. Drew Langan ’17 followed close behind and placed tenth, firing a score of 87.

Amanda Beebe ’15 also competed on Monday but traveled to the Gettysburg Invitational to compete as an individual and ultimately tied for 27th at the close of the match. She fired a 102 on the par 72 course.

Beebe was also recently named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Women’s At-Large Academic All-Area Team. One of ten student-athletes and one of only two golfers to receive the title this year, Beebe also serves as one of seven Swarthmore students to earn the title this academic year. Her next competition takes place at the Clubs at Colonial Ridge, where she will compete in the Centennial Conference Women’s Golf Championships.

The men will also look to the Centennial Conference Championships as their next match as they prepare to host the competition at DuPont Country Club starting this Friday and ending on April 26.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field

This past weekend, the men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Widener Invitational and returned home with a total of three wins, all claimed by the women’s team.

Lulu Allen-Waller ’17 headlined the meet yet again as she returned home from the Widener Invitational with two wins in both hurdle events. She simultaneously destroyed her competition and finished with a personal record in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.17 seconds. She also won first place in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 1:03.76.

Osazenoriuwa Ebose ’15 claimed the third win for the Garnet after launching the discus 132-4. She also placed second in the shot put with a mark of 42 feet, 10.75 inches.

Although the men did not return home with the gold, their meet was highlighted by an excellent performance by Jason Heo ’15 in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.21 seconds. Colton Aho ’15 also performed well in the shot put after launching a 43-4.50 to earn fifth place.

Both the men and women return to the track today as they compete in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Men’s Tennis

This past week was bittersweet for the men’s tennis team as it fell 9-0 to Johns Hopkins University last Wednesday. The team suffered its first conference loss of the year, but had some notable performances. Mark Fallati ’18 and Ari Cepelewicz ’18 went three sets in their match at No. 1 doubles, but ultimately fell 8-4.

On Saturday the team turned it around and came out strong against Dickinson College. They won 8-1 and secured another win in the Centennial Conference. John Larkin ’17 played with a slight injury and still defeated his opponent at number one singles by a score of 6-0, 6-1. The team won all of their singles matches and lost only one doubles match.

The team swept Washington College 9-0 at home yesterday and will play Haverford College this Saturday.

Baseball

The baseball team dropped Centennial Conference matchups to Muhlenberg, McDaniel (twice) and Ursinus. The losses put the team’s conference record at 4-11. The team fell to Muhlenberg 9-3. Bright spots included Wesley Fishburn ’17, who recorded three hits, and Aidan Miller ’17, who pitched five innings while allowing three earned runs.

The team traveled to McDaniel College Saturday and fell twice to the Green Terror by scores of 8-7 and 16-7. Luke Alventosa ’15 pitched 8 innings in the first game, allowing seven earned runs in the loss, but picked up a no-decision.

The Garnet fell to Ursinus on Tuesday, 11-2. Fishburn’s hitting streak was snapped at 25 games, as the shortstop finished the day 0-4. The Garnet’s senior day and final home game will be Friday against the Bears at 3:30.

Softball

Saturday was senior day for the softball team as they hosted Haverford College. Unfortunately the team did not play as well as they would have liked and lost both games of the doubleheader by scores of 8-0 and 8-1.

In game one Mary Olesnavich ’18 recorded her fifth loss of the season (3-5), but came without run support. The Garnet threatened to score in the third inning, but were unable to take advantage of the opportunity.

The Garnet had similar offensive struggles in game two. The team produced only one hit, but were able to get a run across in the fourth inning as Emma Madarasz ’15 led off the inning with a single and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice.

Men’s Lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse team played a tough, long game at home last night against conference opponent Washington College, whom they eventually lost to 10-9 in overtime. Six different players scored for the Garnet, but, sadly, it was not enough for the win. The loss extended the team’s losing streak to five games. The Garnet’s record now stands at 6-7 overall and 1-6 in-conference.

Last Saturday, the men’s lacrosse team lost 9-5 away at Dickinson, also a conference opponent. The Garnet got themselves into an insurmountable hole, trailing 8-0 after three quarters of play. While they showed life with a five-goal burst in the final quarter, it ultimately proved to be too little, too late.

Matt Johnson ’18 scored four of the Garnet’s five goals during that quarter, which was a career-high for him. Along with his two goals last night, he currently has 16 goals on the season.

The loss last night marked the Garnet’s last home game against a conference opponent for the regular season. They have two games remaining, the first away at conference rival Haverford on Saturday and the finale against Vassar at home next Wednesday.

Women’s Lacrosse

Women’s lacrosse hopes to close their season on a strong note coming off of a loss last Wednesday to Muhlenberg College by a score of 20-15 here at Swarthmore. Sara Lentricchia ’15 recorded four goals and Elyse Tierney ’15 recorded three.

The team came back on Saturday to Clothier Field to play Dickinson College. Unfortunately they fell again by a score of 18-11. However there were some bright spots coming from the Garnet’s offense. Both Taylor Chiang ’18 and Shivani Chinnappan ’18 had career-high games by scoring two goals each. Tierney put in three to the back of the net. The team picked up their fifth Centennial Conference loss, but plans to come back strong against Washington College on Wednesday and Haverford College this weekend here at home.

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Women’s Track and Field

Four members of the women’s track and field team came home with first place finishes after competing in the Johns Hopkins Invitational this past Saturday. Lulu Allen-Waller ’17 came home with two wins this past weekend in both the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles with times of 15.82 and 1:03.76, respectively. Her time of 1:03.76 in the 400-meter hurdles came close to breaking Kenyetta Givens’ first place record time of 1:02.72.

Sarah Nielsen ’16 and Osazenoriuwa Ebose ’15 also finished first in the 1,500-meter run and the shot put, respectively. Nielsen crossed the finish line in just 4:43.52 seconds and barely ran past the second-place finisher from Johns Hopkins. Ebose earned another win in shot put as she recorded a throw of 42-feet 9.50 inches.

The women will return to the track this Saturday in the Widener Invitational.

Men’s Tennis

The 27th nationally ranked men’s tennis team continued to dominate their conference opponents this past Sunday as they swept their fourth conference opponent this season, McDaniel, 9-0. All three doubles teams contributed to the win including No.1 doubles pair Mark Fallati ’18 and Ari Cepelewicz ’18 who defeated their opponents 8-6. No. 2 doubles pair Harrison Lands ’15 and Josh Powell ’18 and No. 3 doubles pair Matt Hirsh ’16 and Michael Song ’18 both won their matches by a score of 8-3.

Singles saw the same fate as their doubles counterpart as all six members were victorious. Fallati won at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-3, Cepelewicz won at No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-2, and Powell only gave up one set at No. 3 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Yosuke Higashi ’18 followed Powell’s footsteps and only gave up two sets during the match, winning 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. Hirsh won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 singles while Lands closed out the night with a sweep of his opponent 6-0, 6-0.

However, the team’s winning streak came to a close after getting swept by #10 nationally ranked Johns Hopkins 0-9. The team hopes to get closer to repeating their 8-1 conference record last season as they travel to Carlisle to face Dickinson College this Saturday.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team split their two conference matches this past week as they lost 7-2 to Franklin and Marshall this past Saturday but defeated Bryn Mawr 8-1 yesterday afternoon.

Maria Cuervo ’18 helped earn both of the team’s points against F&M as she and No. 1 doubles teammate Ali Wong ’17 earned the team’s first win. Cuervo went on to earn the team’s second point at No. 3 singles 6-1, 6-3.

The team won all three of their doubles matches against Bryn Mawr as No.1 doubles pair Wong and Cuervo returned to the court to sweep their opponents, 8-0. No. 3 doubles pair Abby Schmidt ’16 and May Dong ’18 also swept their opponents with a score of 8-0. Ashley Gao ’18 and Rachel Bronkema ’18 came close to a sweep as they won 8-2 in No. 2 doubles. Wong, Cuervo, Gao, Bronkema and Sophia Schuster ’18 all won in singles play as well at No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively.

The team will return to the court this Saturday as they face their eighth conference opponent, Dickinson, in an away game at 1 p.m.

Golf

The men’s golf team placed sixth among 12 schools this past Monday in the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational. Senior captain Andrew Park led the Garnet by tying for fourth place individually and carding a 74 and 76 in the opening and final round. Both Michael Chen ’17 and Drew Langan ’18 followed behind Park and finished with scores of 158. Yousaf Razvi ’18 rounded out the team’s score and carded a 167. Amanda Beebe ’15 finished in 29th place individually and carded a 101 after one round.

Langan returned on Tuesday to lead the men’s golf team against Ursinus by tying for second overall and matching his career high of 76. Razvi carded an 82, earning him eighth place out of 24 competitors total. Beebe also competed in the match and finished 11th out of 20 golfers, carding a 103.

The team will play one final match at the Widener Invitational next Monday before they begin to compete in the Centennial Conference Championships starting on April 24.

Softball

Last Saturday, the softball team broke its eight-game losing streak in the first game of a doubleheader at Dickinson with a 9-5 victory. However, the team lost the nightcap 9-1 and were with a 1-8 conference record at the end of the day.

The results in the first game were encouraging, as the Garnet jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by a grand slam from Christen Boas Hayes ’16. Boas Hayes had six RBIs total throughout the game, a career best. Mary Olesnavich ’18 was the winning pitcher for the Garnet, giving up five runs, two earned, in seven innings.

Dickinson responded to the loss with a lopsided win in the night game. The Garnet found themselves trailing 7-0 after two innings and were unable to recover. Their only run came on an RBI single in the fourth inning from Boas Hayes. In five innings, the Garnet were able to muster up only four hits before the game was called due to the eight-run rule.

The team’s next game is at home against Widener at 4:30 p.m. today. That will be followed by a doubleheader at home against Haverford, giving the team a chance to improve on its conference record.

Baseball

Aidan Miller ’17 of the baseball team was named the Centennial Conference player of the week last Monday. Miller received the honor a day after pitching a no-hitter against Washington College, the Garnet’s first since 1997. As of Monday, he led the Garnet with a stellar 2.17 ERA.

Miller was the highlight in what has otherwise been a down week for the Garnet. They dropped a doubleheader to Johns Hopkins on Saturday, followed by a 1-0 loss at Washington College despite Miller’s no-hitter. The struggles continued with a 4-6 loss on Tuesday at Muhlenberg that marked the fifth straight game that the team had lost.

The Garnet performed well early in their first game against John Hopkins, leading 4-1 at the end of the fifth inning after Roy Walker ’16 and Scoop Ruxin ’15 had two RBIs apiece. Johns Hopkins then proceeded to score eight runs in the seventh and eighth inning to win the game 8-4. They carried that explosive production on offense into the second game, in which they dominated the Garnet 17-2.

The game against Muhlenberg was close, with both teams tied 4-4 before Muhlenberg broke the tie late in the game. The loss sank the Garnet’s conference record to 4-7.

Yesterday afternoon, the team lost 2-9 at Immaculata. Next up for the team is a home matchup with DeSale today at 4 p.m., followed by a rematch with conference opponent Muhlenberg on Friday at home.

Women’s lacrosse

The women’s lacrosse team was dominated by third-ranked Franklin & Marshall on Saturday, losing 15-3. The loss put the Garnet at a 7-5 overall record and 2-3 conference record.

F&M never gave the Garnet a chance to get into the game, kicking it off with six unanswered goals and going into the half with a 9-2 lead. Lizzie Kolln ’16, Taylor Chiang ’18, and Elyse Tierney ’15 each scored a goal apiece for the Garnet.

The Garnet were dominated both offensively and defensively. F&M outshot the Garnet 36-11 and forced them into 27 turnovers while committing only 12 themselves.

Hopefully, the Garnet will not dwell too long on a loss against a team that was ranked the top in the nation at the beginning of the season and will instead focus on the three games that they have left for the regular season. All of these are in-conference, giving the Garnet plenty of opportunities to end the season with winning overall and conference records as well as bid for a spot in the playoffs.

This Saturday, the Garnet will play against Dickinson at 1 p.m. at home, where they have yet to lose a game this season. After that, the Garnet will play at Washington College on Wednesday night.

Men’s lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse team had only one game this week, a 15-6 loss against F&M at home last Saturday. The loss put a damper on the team’s senior day, where players honored their eight seniors prior to the game.

Joe Hagedorn ’15 scored his first career hat trick for the Garnet during the game. He scored the first goal of the match less than a minute in, giving the Garnet a promising start. Ultimately, however, F&M overpowered the Garnet with 41 shots, of which 31 were on target.

The Garnet’s second goal came in the second quarter, after Cam Marsh ’18 scored on an assist from Andrew Preiser ’15. Matt Johnson ’18 added two goals in the second half. Hagedorn’s third goal came with less than a second left in the match, earning him a hat trick that was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing result for the Garnet.

Currently, the team’s record stands at 6-5 overall and 1-4 against Centennial Conference opponents. The team’s next game will be on Saturday at Dickinson, followed by a home game against Washington College on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Sarah Hancock '18 and the Swarthmore women's soccer team are preparing for a showdown tonight
Sarah Hancock ’18 and the Swarthmore women’s soccer team are preparing for a showdown tonight.

Volleyball continues to roll

Swarthmore’s volleyball team continued to dominate Centennial Conference opposition this week, defeating Dickinson College and Washington College. The Garnet has yet to lose a set in its three conference matches, outscoring the Red Devils, Shorewomen and the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats by a combined total of 225-145.

Saturday’s win marked a milestone for Madison Heppe ’16. The libero became just the ninth player in Garnet history to record 1,000 digs. Heppe described her satisfaction with reaching the milestone, saying, “getting the 1,000 dig record was a goal I wanted to achieve before I graduated so it feels pretty good getting it now as a junior.” She made sure to spread the credit, adding, “my awesome teammates make it all possible.”

The freshman class continued to lead the Garnet front line. In particular, Sarah Wallace ’18 continued to shine, recording eight kills in the Dickinson match. Wallace has a team leading 168 kills, with her 3.50 kills per game average good for third in the conference.

Swarthmore’s next matches will take place on Saturday, with the team hosting both Johns Hopkins University and Neumann University. The Hopkins match begins at 12 p.m. at Tarble Pavilion. On Wednesday, the Garnet will travel to Gettysburg in what is shaping up to be a battle of underated teams.

Women’s soccer set for tonight vs. Johns Hopkins

Defense has carried the women’s soccer team throughout the season, but on Saturday, #25 Dickinson finally broke through Swarthmore’s stout back line. The Red Devils’ second half goal was enough to defeat Swarthmore 1-0, handing the team its second loss of the season. The Garnet fell to 2-1-0 in Centennial Conference play.

Dickinson’s goal was the first allowed by keeper Reba Magier ’16 in over four hours of game time, dating back to a September 13th loss to Rowan. Magier recorded five saves in the losing effort. Emma Sindelar ’15 launched two shots on goal but came up short in her attempt to break the school’s all-time scoring record.

Magier credited much of her scoreless streak to her defense for limiting opposing shot opportunities, saying, “I haven’t had many shots on me lately because my defense is doing so well and keeping it out. Unfortunately, Dickinson was able to get a lucky chance on goal, but overall we still have been dominating all the games we have played.”

Tonight represents perhaps the biggest game of the young season for Swarthmore, as the Garnet play host to 8th ranked Johns Hopkins University. Swarthmore currently sits in a tie for fifth in the conference. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, are tied with Dickinson for first in the conference and will represent the most challenging competition the Garnet has faced this year. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Clothier Field.

Men’s soccer falls to J.H.

After an undefeated early season, Swarthmore men’s soccer has struggled through a gauntlet of an early season schedule. Two of Swarthmore’s three opponents were nationally ranked, with the team dropping a 2-0 decision to #6 Franklin & Marshall and suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of #21 Muhlenberg.

On Saturday, Swarthmore suffered a particularly difficult defeat at the hands of Johns Hopkins, falling 3-2 in overtime. Things looked promising at the start for Swarthmore, as a first half goal by Marc Geschwind ’18 was followed in the 58th minute, when David Geschwind ’16 found the back of the net.

Unfortunately, the advantage did not hold as the Blue Jays answered with two quick strikes to force overtime, before winning on a 93rd minute golden goal.

Swarthmore will look to turn its season around beginning tomorrow night, when the team hosts Ursinus in a match that will begin at 7 p.m. at Clothier Field. Facing Ursinus should represent an opportunity for the Garnet to build confidence, as the Bears are winless thus far in conference play.

Golf opens season at Muhlenberg Invitational

The men’s golf team traveled to Muhlenberg in the team’s first tournament of the season. Andrew Pak ’16 led the way for the Garnet, shooting an 80 to tie for 41st place. Also competing were Drew Langan ’17 and Yousaf Razvi ’18 who shot an 82 and an 84, respectively.

Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Amanda Beebe ’15 placed 11th in the Stevenson Invitational in Hempstead, Maryland.

The Garnet next compete this weekend in the McDaniel Invitational, which tees off Saturday at 9 a.m.

Men’s tennis travels for ITA

While the spring is the traditional season for tennis, the men’s team traveled to Fredricksburg, Virginia this past week to compete in the ITA Southeast Regional Tournament.

Four Garnet players earned victories led by Thomas Vernier ’17 and Harrison Lands ’15, who each reached the semifinals of their draws. Ari Cepelewicz ’18 and Mark Fallati ’18 were both successful in their first collegiate competition. Cepelewicz won his first singles match before emerging victorious in his first doubles match with Fallati.

While Vernier conceded that “the team didn’t do quite as well as it was expecting,” he remained confident about the spring season. “We really think we have our best chance of winning the conference in the last four years,” the sophomore added.

Swarthmore heads into the off-season for the next several months before it resumes play in the spring, with hopes of continuing its legacy of winning seasons.

 

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