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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.

Men’s Tennis 2017 Preview

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With spring just around the corner, it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that the Swarthmore Men’s Tennis team is getting ready for another successful season. While the Garnet lost Matt Hirsh ’16 and William Chung ’16 to graduation last year, they’ve filled their positions with three freshmen, Kevin Xu ’20, William Teoh ’20, and Max Gruber ’20, who are eager to leave their mark on this season’s campaign. Starting in the 2012-2013 season, the Garnet have continuously improved their record. In 2012-2013, they ended up with a humble 11-10. Last year, they finished with an impressive overall record of 15-6, going undefeated (9-0) in conference play. The Garnet look to continue on this trend even though they are slated to take on a number of nationally ranked opponents, such as No. 24 Whitman, No. 9 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 7 Carnegie Mellon, and No. 16 Johns Hopkins.

In speaking to one of the team’s captain, John Larkin ’17 about their imposing schedule, he was positive that the team is more than ready to tackle what lies ahead.

“Our team is extremely confident going into this season. The entire tennis team has been working incredibly hard. I think everyone on the team is playing with a lot of confidence. We’re hungry for some tough matches,” he said.

This confidence should not be confused with arrogance. The Garnet have surely proven themselves worthy, as they’ve made the Centennial Conference finals four out of the last five years, even entering postseason conference play last year as the top seed. After a heartbreaking loss in the conference finals to Johns Hopkins, the Garnet have come back more ready than ever to claim the conference crown. Larkin is confident this year’s team will be able to uphold, if not surpass last year’s success.

“I think the atmosphere that the entire squad has created this year is unique of my other three seasons playing tennis. I know that we have the best shot to make NCAAs that we have had in awhile. The entire team leans on each other and we are consistently holding each other to a higher standard this year. I think we’re doing a really good job of working as a group to string together a lot of confidence.”

This new approach to the season hasn’t only been noticed by the team’s seasoned veterans. Teoh has also noticed the mentality and accountability standards that the team is exhibiting.

“What has surprised me most is how committed everyone is to being a team. In high school, my tennis team had members that were not dedicated. But here, we all want to become better, and all hold each other accountable for our actions. We’re always making sure we’re staying healthy and getting better while having fun.”

When asked about the challenging schedule ahead for the team, Teoh, like Larkin, responded with confidence, citing the offseason work that they’ve put in to get themselves ready.

“We have been doing a lot of extra running and weightlifting in the offseason to prepare us for a long season. Recently, we’ve done a few intrasquad scrimmages to create real-match scenarios. Afterwards, we reflect as a team which is great for our mental game. By doing this, we feel confident our guys can go out and compete with any nationally ranked team,” said Teoh.

On top of the team’s veteran leadership and invigorating freshman focus, efforts from the sophomore and junior class do not go unnoticed. Both Mark Fallati ’18 and Josh Powell ’18 have been asserting their dominance on Centennial Conference play for some time now. Last year, Fallati finished conference play with an impressive singles record of 7-1 and 8-1 when paired with Powell for doubles. Furthermore, Fallati was named to the 2016 Centennial Conference First Team, for singles and doubles, and was crowned 2016 Centennial Conference Player of the Year.

Swarthmore Men’s Tennis, historically, has been a dominant program. With four total NCAA Division III championships (1977, 1981, 1985, 1990) the team has certainly held its own on the big stage. Men’s Tennis begins their spring play this Saturday at 8:00a.m versus Christopher Newport University. With the work that the team has put in, coupled with their confidence in their abilities, we very well may see another deep run in the NCAA tournament this year. The whole Swarthmore community looks forward to a great and historic season.  

Athlete of the Week: Mark Fallati ’18

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What he’s done:

This past weekend at the ITA Southeast Regional Tournament, the junior put together an impressive run. He made it to the semifinals in both the singles tournament alone and the doubles tournament with partner Josh Powell ’18. As a whole, Fallati amassed a 7-2 record that included wins against Washington & Lee, Mary Washington, and two wins versus Johns Hopkins.

When did you decide to focus on tennis?

I took up tennis when I was six, but wasn’t serious about it until middle school.

How does it feel being the reigning Centennial Conference Player of the Year?

It’s super cool being in the same breath as some of the far superior athletes at Swat and in the conference, but nothing matters as much as getting Swarthmore to be the 2017 Centennial Conference Champion.

Favorite Dance Move:

The Stanky Leg. Ask me to do it anytime.

Women’s tennis making strides

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In the 2013-2014 season, the Women’s Tennis team finished with an overall record of 9-10 and a conference record of 7-3, good enough to qualify for the Centennial Conference tournament. After crushing Muhlenberg in the first round, the Garnet then lost to Johns Hopkins in the semifinal round. Going deep into the conference tournament was not something expected of Women’s Tennis at the beginning of the season, especially due to the team’s 1-6 start to the season and small roster composed of only seven players.

Since then, the team has seen substantial growth in numbers. The 2014-2015 season featured nine total players, with last year’s team featuring 13 and going 8-2 in conference play. This season, the roster is composed of 17 total players, more than three times the number of players from just several years before. The quick increase in the number of players has been brought on by large recruiting classes. The 2013-2014 recruiting class consisted of only one freshman, but this year’s team has five. As a result, the team is very youthful, donning those new five freshman in addition to five sophomores, six juniors, and one sole senior.

Having such a young squad with few upperclassmen to rely on for experience and leadership could be challenging for the Garnet this upcoming season. The team’s success may be heavily thrust upon the underclassmen this year, some of which are excited for the opportunity. Emma Kassan ’20, a native of New York, mentions that, “There’s a lot to look forward to this year. We’re all really excited and can’t wait to get started. It helped that we put on a good showing at the Swat Invitational this past weekend.” Kassan did not over exaggerate. The Garnet cleaned house, going 29-8 overall in singles matches and 16-3 overall in doubles matches. Kassan recognizes that this continued success requires hard work and dedication, mentioning that, “There is a lot to be done and a lot to figure out between now and the beginning of conference play. We’re working really hard, practicing in the early mornings and afternoons. It’s pretty rigorous, but we also all have a lot of fun.” The Garnet have high hopes for the upcoming Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regionals next weekend in Fredericksburg, VA.

It seems like the large number of underclassmen has made an impact on the competitiveness and motivation within the team. Shivani Gupta ‘19 says, “The underclassmen will play an integral role in strengthening our team. They make it more competitive to earn a spot in the lineup, which I think has motivated all of us to work harder.”

Aside from excelling on the court, the team also puts on a pretty strong showing in the classroom. Over the summer, the team collectively was named an All-Academic team by the ITA with nine individual players being named ITA Scholar-Athletes. It seems like Swarthmore athletes often find their way onto all-academic teams.

Leading the way on the court for the team is Alli Wong ’17, the only senior on the roster. Wong has had quite an impressive career at Swarthmore. Over the last three years, she has earned her way onto three All-Centennial Conference teams, making First Team in doubles and Second Team in singles in 2015 and First Team in doubles in 2014.  Wong, a native of New York, has captained the team for some time now. She says, “Because of the small size of the team in the past, there has been a lack of upperclassmen leadership since my sophomore year. Being the only senior can be tough at times, but the coaches are really supportive.” Wong also notes that the team does not desperately lack experience, but actually has a strong leadership crew in the junior class. She also had some encourage words regarding the first-years, saying “They bring an incredible amount of energy to the team and possess pretty impressive talent overall. I think from here on out, the team can only get better.” It seems like a youthful roster is one of the team’s greatest strengths and not weaknesses.

2016 Spring Sports Preview

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The Garnet teams are looking forward to a big spring

Men’s Tennis:

Even with a starting singles lineup composed of solely underclassmen (five freshmen and one sophomore), men’s tennis (13-6, 8-1 CC) put together the best 2015 campaign of any spring team. Though the team lost in the Centennial Conference championship to Johns Hopkins, the Garnet went undefeated against the other conference teams and was nationally ranked as high as 27.

Heading into this season, expectations are high. The team returns their top six singles players —  John Larkin ’17, Mark Fallati ’18, Ari Cepelewicz ’18, Blake Oetting ’18, Josh Powell ’18 and Michael Song ’18 — in addition to doubles specialist Thomas Vernier ’17. However, even with a strong core of players, the Garnet is faced with the daunting task of defeating Johns Hopkins — a team that has not lost a conference match since 2006.

“Beating Hopkins and making NCAAs is everything,” Fallati said. “We know we’re knocking on the door of that Centennial title and we’re only rising. Seeing what women’s soccer has done the last two years battling with Hopkins and finally getting a championship — we’re trying to emulate that and get our shot at NCAAs. And we plan to do it this year.”

With this indomitable attitude and bevy of talent, perhaps the tennis team could be Swarthmore’s next “Boy Who Lived.”

Women’s Tennis:

Last year the women’s tennis team (9-8, 5-5 CC) came very close to making the conference playoffs. However, on the last day of the season, a loss to #6 Johns Hopkins sealed the team’s fate, sending the players home before they were ready. Though the loss was tough to stomach, 2015 provided the Garnet with many positives. Specifically, the team did not graduate any of its players. As a result, coming into 2016, the team is familiar with each other and should only improve.

Led by Alli Wong ’17 and Maria Cuervo ’18, the team has high hopes coming into the year. In 2015, Wong and Cuervo each were named to the Centennial Conference First Team for doubles. Since they were both underclassmen last year, this year they should only be able to build on their previous success and chemistry.

Among the other contributing players are Anna Scheibmeir ’18, Ashley Gao ’18 and Rachel Bronkema ’18. Last year, these three athletes played major roles and this year should be no different.

“We have so much more experience, we have strong team chemistry…and we received some very good freshmen,” Bronkema said.  “I think we will be a much stronger team than last year.”

Men’s Lacrosse:

Despite coming off a rough season where it went 1-7 in conference, finishing eighth out of nine teams, the Garnet has high hopes. The team returns its starting goaltender Cole Fox ’17, versatile attacker Cam Marsh ’18 and defensive stalwart Jack Ryan ’18. Each of these players were starters for the entire year and made many positive contributions to the team. Fox was fourth in the conference in saves (166) and had an incredible seventeen save performance against Washington College. Marsh, then a freshman, tallied an impressive 23 goals in 15 games. Ryan solidified the backend, consistently forcing turnovers and recovering ground balls.

With star seniors such as Andrew Preiser ’15, Ian Lukaszewicz ’15 and Darrel Hunter ’15 having graduated, players like Fox, Marsh and Ryan will have to fill the void.

“The departed senior class was full of great leaders and important role players,” Ryan said. “But, strong freshmen contributors should fill the gaps with little problems.”

In particular, freshmen Griffin Johnston ’19, Dylan Rittenhouse ’19 and Christian Vik ’19 have all made positive impressions and appear primed for big years.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Heading into the 2016 season, the women’s lacrosse team will have graduated its two top producers: midfielders Elyse Tierney ‘15 (49 goals, 5 assists, 54 points) and Sara Lentricchia ’15 (29, 15, 44). Just like with the men’s team, players will need to step up and fill these gaping voids.

Three players to watch this season are attacker Lizzie Kolln ’16, attacker Kathryn Restrepo ’18 and defender Tazmin Bailiff-Curtis ’16. Last season, Kolln and Restrepo anchored the attack, combining for 54 goals in 16 games. On the flip side, Bailiff-Curtis proved to be a maven on the defensive side of the ball. She was named as an Honorable Mention for the All-Conference team.

However, Restrepo believes that the entire team will need to collectively account for Tierney and Lentricchia’s production. “I wouldn’t say that any specific person is expected to step up and fill their void,” Restrepo said. “This season is going to be team effort in every possible way. We gained two really strong freshmen and I think it’s safe to say that we have high expectations for every single member of the team this year.”

Another player in particular that the team has high hopes for is starting goaltender Connie Bowen ’16. Last season, Bowen ranked third in the Centennial Conference with 133 saves. If she can play at a high level, then the burden of replacing the star seniors will become a whole lot easier.

Softball:

After a year plagued by injuries, the 2016 softball team looks to regroup in a major way. First and foremost, the 2016 team will look a lot different from the 2015 team (5-17, 1-11 CC). Though the team graduated its catcher Emma Madarasz ’15, who led the team in hitting with a .413 average, it gained seven new freshmen. Now, eleven of the fourteen players are underclassmen, giving the team a very youthful feel.

The team also returns two standout upperclassmen: Christen Boas Hayes ’16 and Sara Planthaber ’17. Last year, both players hit over .400. Boas Hayes also led the team with 17 RBI while Planthaber finished second with 13. No other player recorded more than 6.

Excited by the prospect of a fresh start, Boas Hayes said, “I am confident this season will be one of our strongest to date…. We have talent and depth on the bench this year, so we have a strong foundation to start the season.”

Hopefully, for the Garnet’s sake, the team will be able to finish the year as well as it expects to start it.

Baseball:

Last season was a difficult one for the Garnet. After starting out with a record of 16-4 and 4-2 in conference, the team dropped 13 of its last 15 games, including its last 12 in conference. However, there were numerous positives from last season. Shortstop Wesley Fishburn ’17, pitcher Nate Booth ’16 and pitcher Aidan Miller ’17 headlined these positives.

Fishburn batted .399 and took home the Conference’s Golden Glove Award, which is handed out to the league’s best fielder. Booth led the team in ERA (2.50) and ranked second in the conference in saves (6). Last but not least, Miller, who finished with a stellar 2.61 ERA, threw the school’s first no-hitter since 1997.

In addition to these three standouts, the team has brought in twelve freshmen — many of whom are looking to make an immediate impact. Keep an eye out for pitcher Ricky Conti ’19, outfielder Andrew Kvasnicka ’19 and utility man Justin Pontrella ’19.

 

In Remembrance of a Sportsman, Jerry Kolhberg ’46 from his friend, Mike Mullan

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In Remembrance of a Sportsman, Jerry Kolhberg ’46 from his friend, Mike Mullan

This summer, in early August 2015, we lost Jerry Kohlberg ’46 as he passed away at age 90.  Please allow me a few words on the life and times of “Mr. K,” a man of high achievement in the world of finance, a generous benefactor to Swarthmore’s campus and people, especially our students, an intellectual at heart and a sportsman.

I met Jerry my first week at Swarthmore in 1978 on the tennis court, naturally, and it was a good meeting that lasted a lifetime.  We had many fond times playing tennis together after that as well as many meaningful conversations.  Our games were always laced with friendship, banter and humor with a well-concealed competitive bent typical of the Kohlberg style and approach to sport and life.

 Jerry came to contribute to our sports programs at Swarthmore, his name buried behind many needy projects, the track and weight rooms and naturally the Mullan Tennis Center, a construction he faithfully pursued and financed.  Jerry also sponsored the addition of a fitness center when we had none at the College, understanding the need for exercise facilities for all students to temper the strain of intense intellectual pursuits.  Mr. Kohlberg eschewed any public attention to his gifts with the one exception of Kohlberg Hall, a project those close to him convinced him to rightfully claim in a public way.  I was naturally flattered to be associated with the tennis center, but, given Jerry’s penchant for modesty, not surprised that he chose to remain in the background, attaching my name to the tennis building, honoring a simple coach and teacher of the sport he loved.

 Jerry was ambitious and accomplished but he never celebrated achieving in sports — winning — and during the years when the men’s tennis team won championships, the end-game was hardly mentioned, the trophies best tucked away for private remembrance. It was as if he knew that the rewards and lessons of intense, college-level sport were all internal — small tests of physical skill and exertion, the required allegiance to team, adhering to a sometimes elusive sporting code of decency and respect for others, and the overcoming of personal doubts and fears in and through athletic competition.  The only comment Mr. K ever delivered to me was his fondest wish that our students would simply be sportsmen on the court, followers of a traditional style of sporting honor bequeathed to him in his youth and at the college, and too often ignored in contemporary sport competitions.

 Jerry always found time for tennis; he was a wily player who used his skills to the max, did not have much of a serve but had a deadly forehand, serviceable volleys and, naturally, plenty of stamina to make it through to the end.  He seemed to approach tennis and sport as an intellectual puzzle — the strokes maddeningly difficult to master and maintain, the quick movements to the ball and back an aesthetic opportunity, the required focus on task essential to performance a necessary if often fleeting component of the game, the competition with the self to say nothing of the opponent, the ultimate challenge.

 And, for Jerry, it always came back to Swarthmore, his college during the days of great doubt in World War II, a quiet college campus for his studies but also a place of the imagination where egalitarian principles and people mattered. As we take the courts and fields this year, train for the coming contests and work on our skill, strength and stamina, let us pause for a moment and remember, praise and be inspired by the lifework of our departed colleague and sportsman, Jerry Kohlberg ‘46.

Mike Mullan, Men’s Tennis Coach

 

Weekend roundup

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Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team fell to both Centennial Conference opponents Muhlenberg and Washington College this past week, losing 3-6 against Muhlenberg on Friday and 7-2 against Washington yesterday.

The team’s well-fought match against Muhlenberg served as its first Centennial Conference loss of the season. The match began on a good note as the team swept the doubles competition. Ashley Gao ’18 and Rachel Bronkema ’18 dominated in No. 3 doubles and won 8-3. No. 2 doubles followed suit when Jackie Lane ’16 and Anna Scheibmeir ’18 also defeated their opponents 8-3. Alli Wong ’17 and Maria Cuervo ’18 added to the team’s third victory point and won 8-4.

However, singles play was not as successful. After a hard-fought battle, Wong fell in No. 1 singles to her opponent in a tiebreaker 7-6(1), 6-2. Lane was also close to winning as she lost the first and second set 7-5, 6-4 respectively.

The two team points earned by the Garnet against Washington were due to the efforts of Wong and Cuervo in their No.1 doubles match, which they won 9-7. Wong went on to win the team’s second handily at No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-0.

The team will travel to New Jersey this Friday as it competes with their final non-conference opponent, The College of New Jersey.

Men’s &Women’s Track and Field

This past Saturday, the men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Chester to compete in the Danny Curran Invitational hosted by Widener. The meet was highlighted by the women’s team, whose members Osazenoriuwa Ebose ’15 and Lulu Allen-Waller ’17 brought home first-place wins.

Ebose won first place in both the shot put and the discus throw. Her winning discus throw posted a 123-feet, 0-inches mark while she threw her way to a mark of 39-5 in the shot put.

Allen-Waller recorded a time of 1:06.78 to win the 400-meter hurdles, bringing home the third win for the Garnet. She also performed well in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.67 seconds, earning her second place.

Stuart Arbuckle ’17 and Corey Branch ’17 highlighted the men’s performance at the meet placing 10th and 11th respectively in the 800-meter run. Arbuckle crossed the finish line at 2:02.04, while Branch followed close behind at 2:02.38.

Men’s Lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse team continued its winning ways against Misericordia on Saturday, defeating them 13-9 at home. Eight different players scored goals for the Garnet, three of whom were freshmen that scored two goals apiece. As a result, the team now boasts a 6-2 record.

However, the victory was not easy by any standards. The Garnet fell behind early on in the game as Misericordia jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter. The team responded to the deficit with six unanswered goals and never gave back the lead after that, although Misericordia tied up the game at 8-8 in the third quarter.

Among others, Andrew Preiser ’15 and Matt Johnson ’18 had stellar games on offense. Preiser had one goal and five assists, of which three were in the pivotal second quarter. Johnson had two goals, including the one that ultimately decided the game, and three assists.

The two teams were fairly even in shooting and turnovers. The Garnet did win faceoffs 16-9 and also benefited from a penalty by Misericordia in the third quarter that effectively put an end to their chances of making the comeback.

Looking ahead, the rest of the team’s games are against conference opponents. The team will try to improve on their 1-1 conference record when they play undefeated Gettysburg at home on Saturday and play McDaniel away on Wednesday.

Women’s Lacrosse

On Monday, the women’s lacrosse team pulled off a hard-fought comeback victory at home against Drew 12-11 that puts their winning streak at five games. Elyse Tierney ’15 led the team with five goals, bringing her total count to 32 after eight games.

The Garnet got onto the scoreboard first as Tierney put in the game’s first two goals. Drew quickly came back, however, and commanded a 8-5 lead at the half. During that half, Drew outshot the Garnet 20-15 and had fewer turnovers, 8-13.

Although it looked like they had been backed into a corner, the team had a nice rebound in the second half. They scored seven of the 10 goals in the half, and went ahead after Kathryn Restrepo ’18 put one in to bring the score up to 11-10. There was a brief scare when Drew came within one point with a minute left in the game, but the Garnet were able to close out the game and feel good about their strong second half.

It will be two weeks until we’ll be able to see the team play at home again. Next week, the team plays at Gettysburg on Saturday, where they hope to add more wins to their conference record. That will be followed by another away game at Widener next Wednesday.

Baseball

After seeing their eight-game winning streak finally end on Sunday against Dickinson, the men’s baseball team rebounded yesterday with a 12-10 home win against rival Haverford. The Garnet had a comfortable 12-6 lead going into the top of the ninth inning. Although Haverford scored four to come within reach, Nathan Booth ’16 was able to close out the win and earn the save.

Dickinson, the Garnet’s first conference opponent, swept the doubleheader on Sunday with scores of 12-6 and 8-3. Errors were the story of the day, with the Garnet committing five in each game. The team never led in game one, and lost the lead in game two during a fifth inning in which Dickinson had four hits while the Garnet had three errors.

The win against Haverford yesterday was encouraging, and put the Garnet at a 13-4 record. They will have to improve on their 1-2 conference record as the season progresses to prove that they are capable of showing dominance within their conference as they did against non-conference opponents (12-2 record). The team will play Haverford again today at 3:30 p.m., although the game will be held at Haverford this time. In the week ahead, the Garnet will play conference opponents Gettysburg on Saturday and Washington College on Tuesday.

Softball

The women’s softball team dropped to 4-6 on Sunday after being swept by Gettysburg in a doubleheader at home. Emily Bowman ’18 took the loss in the first match despite limiting Gettysburg to two runs in her first five innings pitched. In the second game, Frankie Ponziani ’18 suffered an unfortunate loss where errors were more to blame than bad pitching.

Going into the day, the Garnet faced the exciting prospect of breaking in their new field. Unfortunately, the team did not seem quite comfortable just yet, as the errors may have indicated. They will have to work to build a home-field advantage.

In the first game, however, the team showed signs late in the game that they could threaten and make a comeback on the new field. In the seventh inning, the Garnet trailed 7-3. Then, they scored one run and loaded the bases with two outs. Hopes of redemption for the team disappeared after a groundout that ended the game.

Next up for the team is a doubleheader today at home against McDaniel, another conference opponent. The in-conference matches continue on Saturday against Franklin and Marshall at home and away at Muhlenberg on Tuesday.

Spring break roundup

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Track and field

The men’s and women’s track and field teams opened up the outdoor season last Friday at the USF Invitational down in Tampa, Fla. Both teams showed that they came to compete, as the women had six top-10 results while the men had four.

Thrower Osazenoriuwa Ebose ’15 continued with the types of stellar performances that marked a successful indoor season in which she was named Centennial Conference Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. At the USF Invitational, she placed second in the discus throw and third in the shot put. Lulu Allen-Waller ’17 achieved personal collegiate-best marks in the 100-meter high hurdles and the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, as did classmate Anise Charles ’17 in the 200-meter dash.

Jason Heo ’15 highlighted for the men by placing sixth in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.52 seconds, .06 seconds short of his personal best. Zach Kronstat ’15, Emmanuel Schorsch ’15, and Andrew Jansen ’18 also had top-10 performances in the triple jump, javelin throw, and shot put, respectively.

The next day, Sarah Nielsen ’16 placed eighth in the mile at the NCAA D-III Indoor Track and Field Championships. In the process, she became the fifth athlete in the women’s team’s history to earn all-America recognition indoors.

Both teams will compete next in Widener University’s Danny Curran Invitational on March 27 and 28, looking to build on a great start to their outdoor season.

Men’s tennis

The Garnet went 1-2 over a spring break that consisted of a competitive set of matches against nationally-ranked opponents. Although they lost to 31st-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology and 19th-ranked University of Mary Washington, the Garnet earned their second win of the season against 37th-ranked Washington and Lee.

Despite the losing record during that time, the team still had great performances that showed why they are a force to be reckoned with. Mark Fallati ’18 remained undefeated at second singles until the spring break finale against the Mary Washington, during which he fought to three sets but ultimately lost 6-2, 2-6, 10-8. One of the highlights of the trip was the team’s sweep of singles play against Washington and Lee en route to a 7-2 victory.

On Tuesday night, the men’s tennis team hosted second-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, who dominated the Garnet and won 9-0. CMS did not lose a set in any of its singles matches. Fallati and Ari Cepelewicz ’18 kept it close in second doubles, but ultimately fell 8-6.

The team will continue with a packed schedule this week. They host Ursinus College Thursday night before leaving Friday morning to play at DePauw University on Saturday and Kenyon College on Sunday.

Women’s tennis

The women’s tennis team went to Hilton Head, S.C. over spring break and left with three wins against all three of their opponents: Westminster College, Randolph College, and Albion College. There were streaks and sweeps everywhere for the Garnet, making it fitting that they won their last match against Albion with a 9-0 sweep.

Alli Wong ’17 and Maria Cuervo ’18 went undefeated at first doubles to kick off each of the victories. The team swept third doubles throughout the three victories as well. Wong and Cuervo also won all of their singles matches, setting the tone for the Garnet’s dominance. Ashley Gao ’18 had impressive performances throughout the break as well, with two doubles wins with Rachel Bronkema ’18 and three singles wins.

With a four-game winning streak dating back to March 1, the Garnet have plenty of reason to be confident going into their next match on Saturday against McDaniel College, their first Centennial Conference opponent this season. From there, they head over to play Oberlin College on Sunday to close out a busy weekend.

Women’s Softball

With one of the most packed spring break schedules, the women’s softball team went down to Fort Myers, Fla. to kick off their season. Although they started off with three wins, the team lost some momentum and closed out the break with a 4-4 record.The Garnet put out a high-scoring offense in all of its wins, driving in at least 10 runs in each. Likewise, it struggled to put up runs in the games that it eventually lost, failing to score more than three runs and even getting shut out once.

However, solid pitching performances often kept the Garnet close, as three of their four losses were only by one point. One of the more notable games like this was a 1-0 loss to Geneva, in which Swarthmore pitcher Emily Bowman ’18 dueled the opposing pitcher and lost, despite giving up only four hits and striking out eight over six innings. Bowman also provided 4.2 scoreless innings of relief the previous night to keep Swarthmore within distance of opposing Drew, who ultimately won 4-3. Mary Olesnavich ’18 also pitched strongly throughout the trip, posting a 1.58 ERA in 13.1 innings pitched. Swarthmore’s pitching overall was solid, with a 2.83 ERA over the course of the trip.

The team’s doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday against Widener University was postponed. Their next matchup is a doubleheader at home against Penn State Brandywine at 3 and 5 p.m. today.

Men’s lacrosse

During spring break, the men’s lacrosse team won two games to bring their win streak to a total of four games. The games, in which Swarthmore went against Gordon College and Whittier College, were both played in California. However, the Garnet showed that they can win in any way needed on enemy territory, as they easily defeated Gordon 16-8 before pulling out a close 13-12 win against Whittier.

The game against Gordon was never really in question. Although Gordon did score first, the Garnet responded with eight unanswered goals by the half and built themselves a comfortable 12-3 lead as they went into the final quarter. Cam Marsh ’18 and Ian Lukaszewicz ’15 led the team by scoring four goals apiece, while Andrew Preiser ’15 led in assists with four.

Against Whittier, the Garnet had a respectable 10-5 lead going into the final quarter. Whittier would not go down easily, though, as they trailed just 12-11 with less than a minute left. Goalie Cole Fox ’17 stepped up under the pressure and was able to turn away a shot attempt that was soon converted to a goal by the Garnet. The Garnet survived a goal in response by Whittier in the closing seconds to escape with the win. Fox performed well in both matches, saving 16 and 15 shots respectively, and now has a 3-0 start to his season.

The Garnet will look to continue their winning streak this Saturday when they play Ursinus College, their first Centennial Conference opponent this season, at home.

Women’s lacrosse

Following a winless spring break, the women’s lacrosse team came to life at home against Alvernia on Tuesday as they earned a 17-4 victory. The first half of the victory showcased the Garnet’s offensive explosiveness, evidenced by the team’s 12-3 lead at the half. Overall, 8 different players scored for the Garnet; Sara Lentricchia ’15, Kathryn Restrepo ’18, and Elyse Tierney ’15 had four goals apiece. In the second half, the team displayed their defensive abilities as they kept Alvernia to only one goal. The victory was the definition of a full-team effort, the kind the Garnet hope to have in future games.

Over spring break, the Garnet lost its two games against Lynchburg and Rochester. The team struggled to put away shots against Lynchburg, netting only five out of 24. Restrepo scored a hat-trick to mark one of the positives in the 11-5 loss. The game against Rochester was much closer. During the first half, the Garnet was able to equalize after being down 4-2, and trailed 6-5 at the half. Restrepo had yet another hat-trick along with Lentricchia, but the team ultimately fell 14-10 as Rochester turned the ball over only twice and had twice as many shots as the Garnet in the second half.

The team’s next game will be away against Eastern University, where they hope to start to build some momentum for the rest of the season.

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