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Athlete of the week: Josh Powell ’18

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Swarthmore men’s tennis have had an excellent season this spring. The team won their first eight conference matches and currently sit at an 8-1 conference record and a 12-11 overall record. Key to the Garnet’s success has been Josh Powell ’18. The senior from Norwich, Conn., added to his career accomplishments by picking up Centennial Conference Player of the Week honors for the week of April 23 after going 4-0 in his matches during that week. The Garnet are currently ranked at 16th nationally as they enter the Centennial Conference tournament. They begin the tournament with a home match against Haverford on Saturday, May 5.

Jack Corkery: What is your major, and what led you to choose it?

Josh Powell: I am an engineering and computer science double major. I started taking engineering classes because I was interested in a technical major that puts a lot of focus on building tangible things. Later on, I took the introductory computer science classes and enjoyed them so continued taking them.

J.C.: How did you decide to attend Swarthmore?

J.P.: I was really interested in a liberal arts school where I could study engineering and play tennis. I also loved how close the tennis team was and the overall team dynamic.

J.C.: How did you begin playing tennis?

J.P.: My dad is a really big tennis fan and a former college player. We started playing tennis when I was very young.

J.C.: What was it like being named Centennial Conference Player of the Week?

JP: The team had two big wins that week against Mary Washington and Franklin and Marshall. I was happy to be a part of that and see the tennis team rise to no.16 in the national rankings as a result.

J.C.: How do you feel about the team’s chances in the Centennial Conference playoffs and the NCAA playoffs?

J.P.: The team is confident because we have had a strong season but we recognize that we will have to win two tough matches in the Centennial Conference playoffs. We are really just focused on the Conference playoffs this weekend right now and if we win, we will start thinking about the NCAA tournament.

J.C.: Do you have any post-graduation plans?

J.P.: I am planning on travelling after graduation and will start working at Uber ATG as a software engineer at the end of July.

J.C.: What is one thing that you would change about Swarthmore?

J.P.: I am lactose-intolerant, and I wish there was non-dairy ice cream in Sharples every night.

J.C.: What is your favorite Swarthmore tennis memory?

J.P.: My favorite memory was the tennis trip to Southern California this past spring break. We had some really good results. However, for me, the highlight was spending time with the team off court, from getting Korean BBQ to just relaxing after a match.

Garnet fall in first ever trip to the Elite Eight

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For the second consecutive season, Garnet men’s basketball qualified for the NCAA tournament and made the most of it this year with a deep run to the Elite Eight, the national quarterfinals. After convincing road wins over New England College and Wesleyan University while on the road at Wesleyan, the Garnet triumphantly returned to Tarble Pavilion to, somewhat surprisingly, host the third and fourth rounds of the tournament. This marked the first time the Garnet had ever made a Sweet 16 (third round) appearance, after being eliminated by Christopher Newport during the second round of last year’s tournament, their first ever appearance under head coach Landry Kosmalski. Kosmalski, a member of the Davidson College Class of 2000, was one of the best-big-men in program history and served as an assistant coach while current NBA star Stephen Curry played at Davidson. Heading into the Sweet 16 game, Coach Kosmalski, in his sixth year with the program, had already bettered his program record win total from last season, and with an offense firing on all cylinders, the Garnet looked poised to continue padding that number.

In the first Sweet 16 game on March 9, Springfield College took down Hamilton College in a 92-90 overtime thriller. The game to follow, between the Garnet and Plattsburgh State, would be nowhere near as close, as the Garnet routed the Cardinals 93-63 in front of a packed house, in spite of it being the last day of classes before spring break. Zack Yonda 18, the fantastic senior guard and career 1,000-point scorer, showed that he was not yet ready to say goodbye to Tarble Pavilion as he led the Garnet with 19 points on 5-7 shooting, including a trio of three-pointers. Nate Shafer 20, the sophomore big, was unstoppable in the paint, going an incredible nine for 10 from the floor and recording a near double-double with eight rebounds. Zac O’Dell ’20 was similarly dominant down low, scoring 15 while grabbing 10 boards. Cam Wiley 19, who eclipsed 1,000 career points during this postseason campaign, added 14 while dishing out five assists.

The Garnet had a significant advantage in size, and that showed in their domination of the paint, out-rebounding the Cardinals 40-32 and outscoring them 54-20 in the paint. The Garnet were able to effectively shut down Cardinals’ star Jonathan Patron, holding him to 12 points on 5-14 shooting, a far cry from the 24 points per game he averaged all season. The crowd seemingly got to him as well, as Patron was called for a blocking foul midway through the second half before storming off the court and slapping the scorer’s table, for which he was assessed a technical.

Indeed, the game was never close as the Garnet held a 22-5 lead less than halfway through the first half and a 41-27 lead by halftime. At various points in the second half, they led by as much as 32. With their 30-point margin of victory, the Garnet maintained their streak of outscoring their opponents by at least 22 points throughout the tournament.

But there was little time for celebration as their win set up a national quarterfinals appointment with Springfield College the next evening, a school of 3,600 from Springfield, Mass. On paper, the Springfield team did not seem to present as much of a threat as some of their previous appointments. Springfield was unranked and only 21-8 heading into the game, while the Garnet had handily defeated no. 15 Wesleyan and no. 16 Plattsburgh State.

However, it was the sleeper team in that ultimately knocked the Garnet out of the tournament, securing the Pride their first ever appearance in the tournament’s Final Four.

It was clear from the beginning that this game would be a more difficult one than their previous tournament games, as the Garnet had shown an ability to score at will from all levels. Points came at a premium early in the first half as Springfield led 8-7 a third of the way through the opening frame. The Garnet were eventually able to find a rhythm as sharpshooter Conor Harkins ’21 scored seven straight near the midway point of the half, and the teams traded baskets until Yonda connected on a triple and an and-one layup to push the Garnet’s lead to nine. The Garnet looked to go into the break up nine, before a putback buzzer-beating layup by Heath Post gave the Pride some momentum back as they headed to the locker room.

The Pride opened up the half with a 14-2 run through the first eight minutes to retake the lead. The Garnet were able to retake the lead with just under eight minutes remaining as Ryan Ingram ’21 ran the floor to hit a three in transition. However, the Pride began to find their range from three-point territory as Cam Earle connected on three over a five-minute period while Jake Ross and Andy McNulty each hit one to push the Pride’s lead back up to seven with just over a minute left to play. The Garnet were forced to start intentionally fouling, but they were only able to connect on one of their shots the rest of the way while Springfield hit seven of eight free throws to secure the win and the berth in the national semifinals.

While scoring in the paint had come so easily to them earlier in the tournament, they struggled in the paint against the likes of Jake Ross, last year’s National Rookie of the Year, and Heath Post, who both grabbed double-digit rebounds. Ross also scored 23 playing without a single break, while Post added 18. On the Garnet’s side, O’Dell was held to 4-10 shooting while Shafer only managed to connect on one of his seven field goal attempts. For only the second time all season, the Garnet were out-rebounded 39-32. In the second half they were only able to connect on 31 percent of their field goal attempts while Springfield heated up and ultimately maintained their reputation as a giant-killer, having previously knocked Cabrini College and Albright College out of the tournament. 

The Garnet were treated to a standing ovation by the home crowd as they concluded the best season in program history, finishing 25-6 and advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time ever. The team sadly bids farewell to superb senior captains Yonda, Robbie Walsh ’18, and Jim Lammers ’18.

Swarthmore men’s basketball advances to the Sweet 16

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The Swarthmore men’s basketball team has been on the rise for years now. In fact, in the 2015-2016 season, the team had its first winning season since the 1996-1997 season. Much of the recent success enjoyed by Swarthmore men’s team has been due to its coach, Landry Kosmalski. In only five years at Swarthmore, Kosmalski has turned around a program that was consistently winning fewer than 10 games for years. Kosmalski brings vital basketball experience from his playing days as a star at Davidson College from 1996 to 2000. Kosmalski returned to Davidson after graduating as an assistant coach for the basketball team and briefly overlapped in his time there with current NBA star Stephen Curry. Kosmalski has brought a winning culture to Swarthmore and is a major reason why the team has advanced this far in the NCAA tournament.

The 2017-2018 squad has been the third team to win at least 20 games in the last three years, something Swarthmore’s team was not able to do for decades prior. Last year the team won the Centennial Conference Championship for the first time in its history, beating Dickinson at Tarble Pavilion. However, no Swarthmore team prior to the 2017-2018 team had ever made it the Round of 16 in the NCAA Division III tournament. Swarthmore’s team travelled up to Wesleyan University’s campus in Middletown, Conn., this past weekend, defeating New England College and the regional hosts Wesleyan to move onto the Sweet 16 of the tournament. The NCAA tournament rewards the best teams from different athletic conferences across the country with the luxury of “hosting” the first two rounds of the tournament. Wesleyan was one of these teams. The early rounds of the bracket are separated by region; this is why Swarthmore travelled to Connecticut as opposed to California or any other campus requiring a flight from Philadelphia. The Final Four semifinals and finals of the tournament are not hosted by a team, but rather a neutral site. This year, that site is Salem, Va.

Last Friday evening, the team suited up against New England College, showcasing its mental strength after sustaining a loss to Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference Championship just a week prior. Behind a massive first half, which included a 31-3 run in favor of Swarthmore, the Garnet defeated the 21-7 Pilgrims, 90-63. The team was led in scoring by standout guard Cam Wiley, who scored 23 points in 27 minutes of action. Wiley was efficient from the field, shooting 9-16. Zack Yonda ‘18 rose to the occasion, and shot 70 percent from the field to put up another 20 points for the team. Guard Conor Harkins ‘21 also came to play with 6 three-pointers on 12 attempts, which totaled for all of his 18 points. Harkins has consistently displayed his dangerous ability from three-point range this season, boasting the second highest three-point percentage in the Centennial Conference at 45.3 percent.

The team had little time to celebrate their victory, with the next matchup occurring the following Saturday evening against Wesleyan, playing in Wesleyan’s gym in front of a rowdy home crowd. The quality of the opponent themselves did not make the task any easier:Wesleyan was ranked 15th in the country prior to the NCAA tournament, and finished runner-ups in the competitive NESCAC league, one that includes top Division III programs like Middlebury and Tufts. Wiley once again came to play, and he put up his best statistical game of the year with 27 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Zac O’Dell ‘20 added 18 points, and Yonda added 13 of his own. Nate Schafer ‘20 had a great defensive game with five blocked shots and eight rebounds, and went six-for-six at the free throw line. Swarthmore’s team as a whole was fantastic on the boards, out-rebounding Wesleyan 44-29. Perhaps more impressive was the Garnet’s free-throw accuracy, which was an impressive 95.5 percent. This was a vast improvement from the Conference Championship game against Hopkins, where the team shot 53.8 percent, and arguably lost the game at the free throw line. The team hopes to continue its good run of form from the free-throw line on Friday during Round of 16.

Swarthmore got a pleasant surprise on Sunday when they learned that they would be hosting the Round of 16 and quarter-finals at Tarble Pavilion. This is the first time Swarthmore has ever made this round of the tournament, let alone hosted it. Many Swarthmore fans believed the team had played their final game at Tarble this year after the demoralizing loss against Hopkins, but the team surprisingly earned itself a hosting position for the next two rounds of the tournament. Swarthmore’s opponent for the Round of 16 is No. 16 Plattsburgh State, who hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament on their campus in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The other game played at Tarble Pavilion will be No. 14 Hamilton College taking on Springfield College, both from New York. If Swarthmore defeats Plattsburgh on Friday, they will play the winner of Hamilton and Springfield the following night. Only two rounds stand in between Swarthmore and the Final 4 in Salem, Va. Notable teams remaining in the tournament include Centennial Conference rival Franklin and Marshall, No. 1 Whitman, No. 6 Emory, and No. 9 Augustana, among several other top 25 teams.

Swarthmore is focused on defeating Plattsburgh State this upcoming week, but they will also have their eyes on the other games taking place. The only team that both Swarthmore and Plattsburgh have played this year is Middlebury College, a NESCAC powerhouse school. Swarthmore defeated Middlebury in January 91-75 when Middlebury was ranked no. 2 in the country. Plattsburgh lost to Middlebury about a month prior, 92-68. This is hardly a credible metric given that both games occurred months ago, but it raises a compelling point. The NCAA tournament gives teams the opportunity to play out-of-conference games that would never occur otherwise. Swarthmore aims to fill their non-conference schedule with challenging opponents like Middlebury. Plattsburgh and Swarthmore would likely never play one another under normal circumstances. It will be interesting to see how these teams handle the game, given that they have no prior experience with each other.

That being said, glancing at the statistics some Plattsburgh players boast, it is clear who Swarthmore’s defense should try to neutralize. Jonathan Patron is a 6 foot-2-inch, 245-pound power forward who averages 24.3 points per game, which is more than any player on Swarthmore’s roster. Robbie Walsh ‘18 and Schafer will have their hands full in the paint with Patron, but both players have performed very well in the NCAA and Centennial Tournaments, so this challenge won’t be anything new. Eli Bryant ‘18 also appears to be lethal from three-point range, averaging 16 points a game. Overall, Plattsburgh averages 88.2 points per game and 74.3 points against per game. For comparison, Swarthmore averages 78.8 points per game and 67.3 points against per game. It’s going to be a great game, and one that Swarthmore will need support from all of its faithful fans to win.

With the team in unfamiliar territory this deep in the tournament, every friendly face in the stands will count. The student-athletes on the basketball team have been working since November toward this game, balancing their challenging classes and grueling practices all year. The team even sacrificed two weeks of their winter break to practice and play games in January. The tournament has provided a wonderful opportunity for the men’s team to show what Swarthmore basketball is all about. While spring break starts this Friday, any students sticking around should make their way to Tarble Pavilion to support the Garnet. I encourage all who can to come support the team at 7:30 pm this Friday, and help the team out in any way possible.

Garnet fall to Hopkins in the conference final

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This past weekend saw the Garnet take to the Tarble Pavilion court for likely the last time this season as they played host to the Centennial Conference Championship tournament. They ultimately fell in a bitterly contested final at the hands of Johns Hopkins.

Action began on Friday evening as Johns Hopkins played Franklin and Marshall in the first of the semifinals, with Hopkins pulling out a tough 50-49 win over the Diplomats, the second one possession loss in a week for the Diplomats at the Tarble Pavilion. Swarthmore had beaten them 58-56 earlier in the week to secure the hosting rights for the Centennial Conference Tournament.

The second game of the night saw Swarthmore taking on the Ursinus College Bears, who had beaten Dickinson in the tournament play-in game earlier in the week. The drama in that game began even before the opening tip, as Zac O’Dell ’20 broke the rim with a thunderous two-handed slam during warm-ups. Thankfully, there were spare parts on hand and the rim was fixed in short order.

The Garnet surrendered the first basket of the game but never looked back after that, eventually breaking the game open in the latter part of the second half to secure a 68-49 win over the Bears. At some points the game turned into the Cam Wiley show as the junior guard showed off the speed and aggression that led to him being named an All-American and Centennial Conference MVP last season. Wiley scored 23 on 10-17 shooting, and he was able to effortlessly drive to the rim all night, in addition to showing off an indefensible floater. His performance put him just 32 points of crossing the 1,000-point threshold; impressive given how he had only played in 14 games off the bench as a freshman. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists in an impressive all-around performance. Chants of “MVP” rang out through a packed student section on every touch by Wiley.

Swarthmore’s trio of big men also performed admirably in the game, helping to hold Ursinus to only a 29.8 field goal percentage, and out-rebounding the Bears 44 to 32. Nate Shafer ’20 was in double figures for both points and rebounds as he recorded his fifth double-double of the season. O’Dell also added 11 points while Robbie Walsh ’18 chipped in with nine points and seven boards.

The one troubling statistic from the game was the Garnet’s cold shooting from the charity stripe, as they only converted eight of their 19 free throw attempts. This was a sign of things to come in the Conference Championship game against Johns Hopkins.

The Garnet faced off against the Blue Jays of Hopkins on Saturday night, looking to bring a second straight Centennial Conference Men’s Basketball Championship trophy to Tarble Pavilion, and likely secure the hosting rights to the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. Swarthmore had previously beaten Johns Hopkins at Tarble Pavilion during the regular season, but lost a double overtime heartbreaker in Baltimore only a few weeks prior to this game.

The game was a closely fought defensive battle throughout as both teams played deep into the shot clock. Near the end of the first half, it looked like the Garnet were beginning to break things open as they went on a 7-2 run to enter the half up nine in front of a boisterous home crowd of over 1,000 people. However, it was Hopkins that came out of the locker room firing. During one four-minute run early in the second, the Garnet were held without a field goal while the Blue Jays went on a 9-0 run, giving them their first lead of the game up 41-39. The teams traded baskets back and forth until Hopkins found themselves up by six with only three minutes left to play. The Garnet managed to claw back into it as a Shafer block and Wiley drive in transition cut the deficit to two with just over a minute to play.

The Garnet at that point were forced to start intentionally fouling and eventually sent Michael Gardner to the line, where he converted both shots of a one-on-one to push the lead to four. Wiley once again quickly drove to the basket and converted the lay-up, and the Garnet were again forced to foul on the inbounds, sending Gardner back to the line, where he once again hit both of his shots, and sent the lead back to four points. Wiley was fouled on his next drive, and managed to convert a pair of clutch free throws to once again cut the lead to two points. But again, it was Gardner to be fouled on the inbounds, and Gardner again to drive the dagger into the Garnet’s heart with his third straight converted one-and-one to put the Blue Jays up four with only eight seconds left. Wiley once again flew down the court and released an NBA-range three, only to see it fall just wide. Zack Yonda ’18 managed to grab the rebound, but couldn’t convert the shot from close range, and the Blue Jays managed to grab the loose ball to kill the clock, securing for themselves Centennial Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Gardner was named MVP of the tournament, likely helped by his clutch free throw shooting to help secure Hopkins the win. It was also the first win at Tarble Pavilion as a coach for Blue Jays head coach and Garnet basketball alum Josh Loeffler ’03.

Cam Wiley was once again impressive, scoring 20 points and showing his ability to score at will when it was needed. But it was the cold free throw shooting in part that doomed the Garnet, as they only connected on seven of their 13 attempts.

However, the Garnet still qualified for the NCAA tournament on the strength of their 22-5 record, and they will travel up I-95 on Friday to Wesleyan University to face off against New England College in the first round.

How Sweet It Is: Garnet Advances To NCAA Round of 16

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Like a phoenix reborn from the ashes, the women’s soccer team has reveled in their second chance opportunity. Though Swarthmore (18-2-1) will never be able to get back that tough loss against Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference Championship, the team is on the verge of something that could be much sweeter – a trip to Kansas City: the setting of this year’s NCAA Final Four.

This past weekend, Swarthmore, the tenth-ranked DIII team in the nation, hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. Needless to say, they took advantage of this privilege. They defeated St. Joseph’s College – Long Island (9-10-2) in the first round by a score of 5-2 and edged out Catholic University (17-3) in the second round by a score of 1-0. Now, they are just two games away from the Final Four.

Though the final score against St. Joseph’s may suggest it was blowout, the game was actually much closer than the score indicated. In fact, it was actually St. Joseph’s who struck first blood. In just the fourth minute, a St. Joseph’s striker broke away from the defense and converted on a one-on-one against Swarthmore goalie Reba Magier ’16.

Although the team could have gone down early, none of the players panicked.

“We definitely were not discouraged at all,” midfielder Miranda Saldivar ’17 said. “We didn’t even come together [to meet] as a team because we knew that we weren’t going to lose the game. We already had the mentality that we were going to [respond] and that we were going to win.”

Just minutes later, it was clear the composed attitude that Saldivar alluded was going to pay off. In the 13th minute, one of the team’s top scorers and first team All-Conference member, Hannah Lichtenstein ’17, took matters into her own hands. After sustained Swarthmore pressure, Lichtenstein stole the ball from a defender just outside the box. She agilely dribbled it between two defenders and into the box. Suddenly, she cut to her right, beating the defender. Yet, as she was about to break free, the defender stuck out her foot, tripping Lichtenstein and sending her to the penalty stripe. Lichtenstein buried the PK, tying the game at 1.

The game stayed tied through halftime and into the second half. However, in the 62nd minute, Swarthmore broke through. This time, it was Swarthmore’s other top scorer and All-Conference member: Marin McCoy ’19.

It all started from a beautiful lead pass from Caroline Khanna ’17. With open space ahead, Khanna found McCoy up the left sideline. McCoy, a lefty, took three precise touches until she was in the eighteen-yard box. It was not an ideal angle; McCoy was about ten feet to the left of the goalpost and twelve feet from the net. The goalie also had good positioning, shading towards the near post. Yet, none of those factors could stop McCoy, who unleashed a perfect shot. Channeling her inner David Beckham, McCoy “bended” the ball just inside the near post and over the keeper’s head.

When asked how she put so much bend on the ball, McCoy modestly played down her ability.

“I honestly couldn’t tell you [how I did it],” she said. “It ended up moving in a way that was beneficial. I find the spin on the ball is very hard to manipulate so it was fortunate that it bent the way that it did.”

After the goal, the momentum completely shifted in the Garnet’s favor. In the 65th minute, Saldivar booted a cross to a cutting Katie Dougherty ’18, who edged out the defenders and tapped the ball into the net. Just three minutes later, Saldivar was at the center of it again. She executed a swift pass to Mele Johnson ’17 who promptly rocketed a shot from just outside the eighteen-yard box with her left foot. The goalie had no chance; it sailed over her head, connecting with the twine. An animated Johnson let out some emotion, flashing a quick, mini fist pump.

Even after putting the nail in St. Joseph’s coffin, Johnson still kept making plays. In the 75th minute she found Claire O’Brien ’18 on a beautiful through ball which sent O’Brien to a one-on-one with the keeper. O’Brien converted, making the game 5-1.

During the game, which finished 5-2, Swarthmore Coach Todd Anckaitis did a tremendous job managing his team. In addition to coming away with the win, he was able to get 22 of his players into the contest (St. Joseph’s only played 13). From a numerical perspective, it may seem as if Anckaitis wanted to reward some of his substitute players with some time in an NCAA tournament game. However, this was how Anckaitis managed his players throughout the year.

“The bulk of our team comes in off the bench and has been critical to our success all season,” he said. “We’ve got a toolbox full of 33 different and unique tools that have all helped build this season to what it has become and each person has contributed.”

Anckaitis showed additional confidence in his bench on Sunday’s game against Catholic. His faith paid huge dividends. Substitutes Sarah Hancock ’18, Izzy Branco-Lo ’18, O’Brien and Johnson all increased the energy, elevated the level of play, contributed to the only goal of the game — where Hancock converted off of a Johnson assist. Though it might have seemed strange that, in the most important game Anckaitis leaned on his reserves rather than his starters, Anckaitis’ reasoning was sound.

He said, “We have depth so we can accommodate for that fatigue. Honestly the mental fatigue of multiple Saturday/Sunday weekends is more challenging here at Swarthmore because of the academic load and not having Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday to get some work done. We are trying to help the players balance that by canceling and shortening some practices but it is hard to make up for an entire day missed for three weekends in a row.”

Interestingly, Anckaitis devised a coaching strategy that takes into account the academic rigors of Swarthmore. Because of his understanding of both the physical and mental fatigue that some of these student-athletes have gone through, Anckaitis evenly spread out the minutes between the players. Not only did this allow the players to perform with a higher intensity, but it also reduced the chance for a fatigue-based miscue.

The Garnet play their next match Saturday at 1:30 at Messiah College against the Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls, a Texas team that is coming off of a big win against #2 Trinity College (Texas). The match promises to be a good one. And, if the team sticks to its gameplan, the players are confident they will be able to emerge victorious.

“Every game is going to be high intensity and every team is going to bring their A-game,” Saldivar said. “I feel like if we just play our game and bring it, it’s a winnable game. All 33 of us know that we can do it.”

If Saldivar’s hunch holds true, then the Garnet will clinch its first Elite Eight berth in school history and be able to keep their magical season alive for at least one more day.

 

Weekend Roundup

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Women’s Soccer

This weekend featured a whirlwind of emotions for the women’s soccer team. As the top seed in the Centennial Conference tournament, the Garnet had high expectations. In Saturday’s semifinals versus Ursinus, the team did not disappoint. Though the teams were tied 0-0 at the half, Swarthmore wasted little time in the second half before they put the game out of reach. In the 49th minute, Amanda Bosworth ’16 headed in a perfect corner kick from Melissa Trofa ’16. Just one minute later, Katherine Zavez ’17 scored off of a pass from Katie Dougherty ’18. Finally, in the 53rd minute, Caroline Khanna ’17 tallied her eighth goal of the season, effectively putting the nail in Ursinus’ coffin. Swarthmore preserved the lead, winning the contest 3-0.

On Sunday, Swarthmore faced off against Johns Hopkins in a rematch of last year’s final. Marin McCoy ’19 opened up the scoring in the sixth minute with her 14th goal and conference-leading 38th point of the season. McCoy actually set the school record for points in a season, edging out the mark Katie Kanuka ’10 set in 2006 (37).

In the 58th minute, however, Hopkins struck back. They scored on a scrum in front of the net. Initially, it appeared that Swarthmore goalie Reba Magier ’16 had made the save, punching it out of the net. Yet, the referee ruled that the ball crossed the goal line, awarding the goal to Hopkins. From where the referee was positioned, it did not seem like she could have been able to tell that the entire ball crossed the line, but the goal stood nonetheless.

Ultimately, the game went into double overtime and finished in the 102nd minute when Hopkins took advantage of a Swarthmore defensive miscue.

Despite the loss, the Garnet still moved up two spots in the NCAA DIII rankings to number 10 in the nation.  Furthermore, they were given an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and will be hosting the first round of the tournament for their bracket this weekend. Their next game will be at 5 pm on Clothier Field this Saturday versus St. Joseph’s College. If they win, they will play again on Sunday, also at home.

Volleyball

Just like the soccer team, the volleyball team gave everything they had this past weekend. On Saturday, the team faced off against Haverford in the conference semi-finals. After losing to Haverford the weekend before, the Garnet came out firing on all cylinders. They won both the first and second sets by a score of 25-16. However, they dropped the third and fourth by scores of 18-25 and 23-25.
In the fifth set, Swarthmore regrouped. They went blow for blow with Haverford and even earned a match point at 14-13 (teams play to 15 in the fifth set). However, the Garnet could not convert and ultimately lost the set 16-18.
Though they lost, all-conference players Sarah Wallace ’18 and Sam DuBois ’16 had stellar games. Wallace recorded a double-double with 18 kills and 23 digs, while DuBois also notched a double-double with 37 assists and 15 digs. Sarah Girard ’19, another all-conference player, also had a nice game with 21 digs.
The team is not done with their season yet. They qualified for the ECAC tournament and played a quarterfinal match last night against FDU-Florham. Madison Heppe ’16 set a new program record in career digs. The Garnet will face their next opponent, Lebanon Valley, on Nov. 14.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming

The men’s and women’s swimming teams went out to a dual meet at Franklin & Marshall’s on Saturday, where the men dominated en route to winning 180-65 while the women were dealt a close defeat 133-129.

F&M’s men were unable to overcome the Garnet in capacity, who won every event and took first and second place in seven of them. Many of the men’s swimmers won multiple events, including Liam Fitzstevens ’17,  Jeff Tse ’19, Michael Lutzker ’19, and Charles Yang ’19. The 200-yard breaststroke was a fine example of the team’s performance, as CJ Cling ’18, Jason Fu ’18, and Jerry Gu ’19 took first, second, and third in the event, respectively.

Although the women’s team was ranked two places below F&M in the preseason poll, they put up a fight that showed they were very much level. Ashley Hwang ’18 came in first in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races, while Emily Bley ’19 also won two events. Despite these and many other impressive performances, however, the Garnet was unable to get the win.

The men’s team currently has a 2-0 record while the women are 1-1 (all meets in-conference so far). Both of the teams will compete next in a meet next Saturday at Widener, where they hope to add crucial wins to their conference record.

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