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As we wrap up our first month back on campus, our fall Garnet athletes are right in the thick of their competition schedules. A number of teams have events this weekend.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Our cross-country teams travel to Bethlehem, Pa., this weekend to compete in Lehigh University’s 44th Annual Paul Short Run. They will be among the 6,000 athletes and 450 colleges and high schools competing in the the nation’s largest intercollegiate cross country meet.

Men’s Golf

Our Men’s Golf team travels to The Bridges Golf Club to compete in McDaniel College’s Mason-Dixon Collegiate Classic this Saturday and Sunday.

Women’s Field Hockey

Our Field Hockey team hosts Franklin and Marshall College at home Saturday at noon. The Garnet will try to keep their momentum from last week’s Penalty Shootout win against McDaniel and hope to improve to .500 in Centennial Conference play.

Women’s Soccer

Our 10th-ranked Women’s Soccer team hosts Franklin and Marshall College at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Garnet will try to rebound from their first loss of the season last Saturday at McDaniel and hope to continue their undefeated record at home this season.

Men’s Soccer

Our Men’s Soccer team hosts Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Garnet hope to remain undefeated in Centennial Conference play as they face the undefeated and 11th-ranked Hopkins team.

Men’s Tennis

Our Men’s Tennis team travels to Fredericksburg, Va., to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association regionals this Friday to Sunday. Our Women’s team competed in their ITA regionals last weekend.

Women’s Volleyball

Our Women’s Volleyball team hosts the Swarthmore Quad tournament this Friday through Saturday in our very own Tarble Pavilion. The Garnet will compete Friday at 7 p.m. against Oneonta, Saturday at 10 a.m. against Widener, and Saturday at 4 p.m. against Cabrini. Oneonta, Widener, and Cabrini will also compete against one another in neutral site games at Tarble Pavilion.

Women’s Tennis Heads South For Texas

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While some sports teams play a few easier teams over spring break, the Women’s Tennis team traveled to Texas to take on some nationally ranked powerhouses and managed to play right along with them. Taking a break from the wintery weather of the North, the Women’s Tennis team played Southwestern University, #39 University of Texas-Tyler, and #20 Trinity (TX) in three outdoor matches. In addition to spending a week in the South, the team was able to climb into national rankings (#40) for the first time since 2007.

The Garnet left spring break with a 2-7 loss to Southwestern University, a 5-4 win against UT-Tyler and a close 4-5 loss to Trinity. Although they were not able to squeak out three wins, these athletes were able to stand as serious contenders in all three matches. Vivien Fernandez ’20, a member of the first doubles team, the second singles seed, and a true asset for the Garnet, was particularly proud of how they performed.

“We played three different nationally ranked teams and we didn’t let that intimidate us. Instead we used it as fuel and came close to beating two of them. We ended up winning one and only lost the other by one match,” Fernandez said.

That one victory was a particularly big moment for the team. Emma Kassan ’20, the first singles seed and a member of the second doubles team, was fired up by the win.

“If I had to choose one highlight from the trip, it would be when we defeated UT-Tyler 5-4. It was our first win of the season and it was against a nationally ranked team. It was very rewarding and shows that we can do a lot in the upcoming conference play,” Kassan said.

Overall, there were individual and team successes on the trip and there was certainly an air of excitement. Alli Wong ’17, the fifth singles seed, a member of the first doubles team, and team captain, highlighted the focus her teammates exuded throughout the trip.

On the trip I think our team did a great job staying with our opponents and fighting throughout the entire match. During a 2-3 hour match it’s really hard to stay focused throughout the entire thing and keep a positive attitude on court,” Wong said.

Both Kassan and Fernandez are joined by Shirline Wee ’20 as big new assets for their program. But, the returning players have served an experiential and equally impactful role. Wong has helped as the only senior on the squad; but returners such as Anna Scheibmeir ’18 and Julia Gokhberg ’19 have also contributed doubles and singles wins respectively for the team in those particularly close matches over spring break. This year, the Women’s Tennis team may only have one senior, but they have a spread across the classes in experience and talent.

I sometimes feel like a mother hen, but I love spending time with the team and mentoring underclassmen,” Wong said. “I can definitely see our freshman growing a lot during their first year, athletically, but also academically and socially. We’ve always been considered a ‘young’ team since my sophomore year — when we had one junior, me, and 5 freshmen — but this year we finally have a strong group of upperclassmen to lead the team and help develop a strong and cohesive team dynamic.”

These players are showing opponents they have the talent to be a real threat in the league. However, in addition to all of the hard work they have put in at practice and in matches, they have managed to find time to bond in creative ways.

Our first night in Austin we went out for dinner and then learned how to do the Texas two-step at a dance hall called the Broken Spoke. It was a lot of fun dancing and seeing some locals. We all had a great time, but I think most of us will be sticking with tennis over Texas two-steppin’,” Wong continued.

Luckily, these athletes are great at tennis and are not willing to be satisfied with the success of this trip alone. All of the players are excited and ready for upcoming conference play.

“Ever since the beginning of the year, one goal has been to make it to the playoffs,” said Kassan.

This goal was reinforced by the strong play in Texas, and the team looks forward to their first conference matchup as a nationally ranked team against the Gettysburg Bullets this coming Saturday at Gettysburg.

“Finally getting a national ranking after over ten years was a big step forward, but we have a whole season to keep climbing up the ranks,” Fernandez said.

For the team, spring break was just one of the first steps on the way to a strong round of conference play and a shot at playoffs. While their season might not be graced with nice weather and outdoor matches, it will certainly be filled with tight matches, countless demonstrations of talent, and victories as this team fights to excel in the Centennial Conference this year.  

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Baseball:

The Garnet (19-14, 3-8 CC) are beginning to turn their season around. This week, they went 3-4, sweeping Washington College and taking a game off of Muhlenberg while falling twice to both Johns Hopkins and Gettysburg. In the contests against Washington College, pitching was the story. In game one, Brian Gibbs ’17 and Charles Groppe ’19 combined to pitch eight shutout innings, helping the team earn a 3-2 win. In game two, Nate Booth ’16 picked up his fifth win of the year, throwing six innings and only conceding one run (no earned).

After going 0-4 on the weekend, the Garnet rebounded on Tuesday against Muhlenberg. Again, Booth came up big, throwing six innings and allowing no earned runs. However, it was a different senior who played the role of hero. In the bottom of the seventh, Roy Walker ’16 stepped to the plate with a man on first and the game knotted 5-5. On a 1-1 pitch, Walker walloped a hanging curveball over the left-center field wall. Jackson Ramey ’18 threw a scoreless eighth and fireballer Zach Gonzalez ’19 shut the Mules down in the ninth, picking up his second save of the year. The Garnet travel to Muhlenberg this Thursday and host McDaniel for a double header this Saturday.

Softball:

The team (10-20, 1-9 CC) had a rough weekend, getting swept by Dickinson and Franklin & Marshall. That being said, the Garnet had some bright spots. Specifically, they showed some fight in the final innings. In game two against Dickinson, they entered the bottom of the seventh down 4-0. Mary Olesnavich ’18 led off the inning with a double. The next four batters proceeded to reach base, making it 4-2. With no outs and the bases loaded, Elizabeth Curcio ’19 had a chance to tie the game. She did just that, ripping a two RBI single down the right field line. The game went to extra innings and the Garnet ultimately fell short 5-4. The Garnet host Washington College for a double header this Thursday.

Track:

Both the men’s and women’s teams traveled to Johns Hopkins for a meet last Saturday. Maggie O’Neil ’17 not only recorded a personal best in her javelin (36.6 meters) and hammer throws (35.45 m), but she also set school records in these events. On the men’s side, Noah Rosenberg ’17 also set a personal record with his javelin throw (43.79 m). Rosenberg’s classmate, Zain Hannan ’17 similarly had an impressive day. He came in eighth in the 400 m sprint and twelfth in the 200 m sprint.

 

Women’s Tennis:

Last week, the tennis team came through with two big conference wins. Last Wednesday, they defeated Ursinus 6-3. After dropping all three doubles matches, the Garnet singles players responded. Not only did all six players emerge victorious, but also none of them dropped a set. The team carried this momentum into Saturday where they defeated F&M 6-3. This win was particularly noteworthy because F&M had defeated Swarthmore two years in a row. Swarthmore (5-1) holds sole possession of third place in the conference and has positioned itself in a good position to make the conference tournament. This week, the Garnet have home games against Bryn Mawr on Thursday and Dickinson on Saturday.

 

Men’s Tennis:

The win streak is now at eight games for the men’s tennis team after their 5-4 win against 29th-ranked F&M on Saturday. The Garnet had a 2-1 lead after doubles play thanks to wins by Mark Fallati ’18/Josh Powell ’18 at #1 and John Larkin ’17/Blake Oetting ’18 at # 3. Larkin also earned a win in the #2 singles match, as did Josh Powell at #5 and James Hahn ‘19 at #6. The victory keeps the Garnet undefeated in conference play going into their next match against Dickinson on Saturday at home.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Despite forcing overtime, the men’s lacrosse team were eventually defeated by F&M 9-8 on Saturday. The Garnet had a 4-0 lead going into the second quarter, but were pushed back on their heels as F&M responded with four unanswered goals. The teams were deadlocked for most of the match after that, with F&M holding an 8-7 lead with one minute left in regulation. However, Cam Marsh ’18 was able to score a goal, one of his team-high three for the game, to tie the score at 8-8 and push the game into overtime. Unfortunately for the Garnet, F&M ultimately put in the game-ending goal in overtime. The team’s record is now at 2-3 in conference play and 7-5 overall. They host nationally-ranked conference opponent Dickinson on Saturday.

 

Women’s Lacrosse:

The women’s lacrosse team had its senior day match against F&M on Saturday, where they honored the six seniors on the team: Elizabeth Upton ’16, Christine McGinn ’16, Nathalie Perry-Freer ’16, Lizzie Kolln ’16, Tazmin Baliff-Curtis ’16, and Connie Bowen ’16.  They couldn’t savor the moment for too long though, as they were handily defeated by their opponents, ranked 5th in the country, 15-0. F&M scored 12 of those goals in the first half to seal up the result fairly quickly. The team will get a chance to improve their conference record, 1-4 after the loss, when they play at Dickinson on Saturday.

 

Men’s Ultimate:

After a stellar regular season, the men’s ultimate team played in the East Pennsylvania D-III Conference Championships last weekend. The Earthworms went in seeded 4th but ended the tournament in 3rd place, surprising many teams along the way. The Garnet had a 6-4 lead against Lehigh, a powerhouse ranked 1st in the conference, before they turned on the gas and pulled off the comeback win. They also had a 11-9 lead against Haverford, ranked 2nd in the conference, before losing 12-11. To earn 3rd place, the Worms defeated 3rd-seeded Muhlenberg 12-11 in their last game of the tournament after losing to them earlier in the weekend in pool play. Max Franklin ’19 led the team with 27 assists while Lee Tarlin ’17 had a team-high 16 goals for the weekend. With the result, the Worms earned a bid to the Regional Championships in Oberlin, OH on April 29-30.

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Men’s Lacrosse

On Sunday, the men’s lacrosse team (6-4, 1-2 CC) went out to play nationally-ranked Gettysburg and were overwhelmed en route to a 14-4 loss. Gettysburg started off the game with nine unanswered goals, which prevented the Garnet from ever really getting back into the game. Nathan Relich ’18 scored two goals for the Garnet, while Cam Marsh ’18 and Will Black ’16 also added one apiece. The team has a chance to bring its conference record back up this weekend when they play at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.

Women’s Lacrosse

Women’s lacrosse (5-6, 1-3 CC) also played Gettysburg, ranked 6th nationally, on Sunday. They did not fare much better than the men’s team as they ultimately lost 14-3. Goalie Connie Bowen ’16 still notched ten saves, but could only do so much against Gettysburg’s 34 shots. Elizabeth Wainwright ’19 and Taylor Chiang ’18 provided goals for the Garnet early on in the game that kept them close, only behind 4-2. However, Gettysburg then scored ten goals that put the game well out of reach. Shivanni Chinnappan ’18 assisted Kathryn Restrepo ’18 with 10:56 left for the Garnet’s third and final goal. The Garnet will face even tougher competition on Saturday, when they host fifth-ranked F&M.

Men’s Tennis

Simply put, the men’s tennis team (10-5, 5-0 CC) cannot be stopped right now. They played Gettysburg on Friday and swept them 9-0, marking their seventh straight win. At doubles, the teams of Mark Fallati ’18/Josh Powell ’18, Ari Cepelewicz ’18/Thomas Vernier ’17, and James Hahn ’19/John Larkin ’17 defeated their opponents easily. Everyone gave stellar performances in singles as well, kicked off by Evan Han ’19 at No. 5 singles blanking his opponent for a 6-0, 6-0 win. The Garnet, currently ranked 24th in the country, will have their undefeated conference record challenged when they play at F&M this Saturday.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team (4-5, 3-1 CC) continued their solid run against conference opponents on Friday night with an 8-1 win against Gettysburg. The only loss of the day came on No. 1 doubles. Although most of the singles matches were pretty straightforward wins, the No. 1 and No. 2 matches were slightly closer. At No. 1, Julia Gokhberg ’19 lost her first set before rebounding to win the final two 7-4 and 10-8. Arya Jemal ’19 also went to three sets at No. 2, but in the end had a solid 6-0, 2-6. 6-4 victory. The Garnet will be heading out to play F&M on Saturday.

Softball

The softball team (10-16, 1-5 CC) went into last Tuesday’s doubleheader against Rosemont College needing a win to break their four-game losing streak. They ended up getting two, blanking Rosemont 6-0 and 11-0 to sweep the day. In game 1, McKenzie Ward ’19 pitched a gem, recording the complete game shutout and 11 strikeouts. In game two, Emily Bowman ’18 and Frankie Ponziani ’18 combined for the shutout, combining for 10 strikeouts and allowing only one hit. On offense, Marit Vike ’19 and Bekah Katz ’19 contributed significantly in both games. Vike went 4-for-7 on the day, driving in two runs and scoring two more. Katz went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. The team will try to carry its momentum into its next game against conference opponent Dickinson at home on Saturday, followed by F&M on Sunday.

Baseball

Last Friday, the men’s baseball team (16-10, 0-4 CC) hosted crosstown rival Haverford and came up short, losing, 10-0. The loss was their sixth in a row, dating back to March. Wesley Fishburn ’17 still found some success on the day, going 2-for-5 at the top of the order. After Haverford scored ten runs in the first seven innings, pitcher Griffin Kammerer ’18 came in for relief and settled things down, allowing only one hit and no walks during the final two innings. The Garnet have a busy weekend coming up, with games against conference opponents Washington College, Johns Hopkins, and Gettysburg.

Track & Field

The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Osprey Open at Stockton University on Saturday. The men had four out of the top five finishes in the 800-meter run, including Ethan Lee ’16 who placed first with a time of 2:28.29. For the women, Kate Hannah ’17 put up the best performance, placing first in the 1500-meter run. The two teams also sent two runners apiece to compete at Princeton on Friday. In addition to Katie Jo McMenamin ‘17 pulling off an amazing result in the 5K (see our Athlete of the Week for more info!), Spencer Friske ’16 also did well with a second place finish in the 5K in 14:50.87, the second-best time in school history.

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Baseball:

The team (16-5) was off this past weekend. This Saturday, 4/2, they travel to Dickinson for a doubleheader—their first conference games of the season. Heading into Conference play, Ryan Burnett ’17 leads the league in steals (13), Aidan Miller ’17 leads the league in saves (4) and Joe Jackson ’18 ranks second in home runs (4).

Women’s Tennis:

Last Saturday, the Garnet (3-3, 2-0 CC) made quick work of McDaniel, sweeping all of their matches (9-0). In the nine matches, the women only dropped eight games total. Maria Cuervo ’18, Ashley Gao ’18 and Arya Jemal ’19 all won by the score 6-0, 6-0. Jemal, with her partner Amanda Izes ’19, also won her doubles match without conceding a game (8-0). Her impressive play earned her the title of Conference Player of the Week for March 21-27. The Garnet’s next opponent is The College of New Jersey. They will face-off this Saturday at the Faulkner Courts.

Men’s Tennis:

The men’s tennis team (5-5, 1-0 CC), ranked 31st in the country, also had a great Saturday, pulling off a 7-2 upset victory against 20th-ranked Washington & Lee. It began with a sweep of all three doubles matches, with the teams of John Larkin ’16 and Blake Oetting ’18, Mark Fallati ’18 and Josh Powell ’18, and Ari Cepelewicz ’18 and Simon Vernier ’19 earning the wins. Then, in singles play, the Garnet won the No. 1, No. 3, No. 5, and No. 6 matches. Fallati, after winning in doubles and the No.1 match, was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week. The team’s next opponent will be conference rivals Johns Hopkins on Saturday at home.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Despite an impressive 4-2 start to the season, the men’s lacrosse team lost 18-8 against Ursinus on Saturday in their first conference game of the season. After Ursinus went up 9-1 in the first quarter, the closest the Garnet ever got was a six-goal deficit in the second quarter. Matt Johnson ’18, who had missed two games due to injury, had a team-high three goals. Overall, though, the Garnet were outdone offensively, as they were outshot by Ursinus 45-25. The team will be looking for a better outcome in their next game at non-conference opponent Misericordia on Saturday.

Women’s Lacrosse:

This past weekend, Swarthmore (3-4, 0-1 CC) traveled to Ursinus for their first conference match. After a hot start that included two goals each from Elizabeth Upton ’16 and Lizzie Kolln ’16, the Garnet burst out to a 9-2 lead. However, in the second half, the lead quickly dissipated and the game went into overtime. With 22 seconds left in period, Swarthmore conceded a goal which capped off Ursinus’ impressive comeback. The team hopes to rebound in their next conference match against Bryn Mawr this Saturday at Clothier Field.

Golf:

This weekend the Garnet finished fifth out of eleven teams at the McDaniel Spring Invitational. Nick DiMaio ’19 led the Garnet, shooting a +6. He placed sixth out of sixty-three participants. Michael Chen ’17 also had a good weekend, shooting a +9 and finishing in 12th place. The Garnet play their next match on April 3 at Hershey Country Club.

Softball:

The past week did not go so well for the softball team, who struggled through a five-game losing streak that was finally broken Tuesday night. The first two losses were during a doubleheader on Thursday against Widener, in which the Garnet were outscored by a total of 16-2. Against Penn State in a doubleheader on Saturday, the team didn’t fare much better despite playing at home and lost both games. Things were starting to look grim when the Garnet lost the first game of the doubleheader against Muhlenberg, but they finally came through in the nightcap for a 3-2 victory. Despite starting down 2-0, the team rallied back in the fifth with runs from Marit Vike ’19, Amanda Lopez ’19, and Sara Planthaber ’17. Now, the team has a chance to build some momentum in their next matchup, a doubleheader at conference opponents Gettysburg on Saturday.

Badminton:

On Sunday, the women’s badminton team went out to Edison, N.J., to compete in the Northeast Collegiate Championship. There, they placed third out of five teams in the Division 2B bracket with a 2-2 record, earning wins against University of Connecticut and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mary Htet ’19 and Hailie Xie ’19 both won eight games. The team’s next competition will be the Pennsylvania State Open on April 8-9.

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To say it was a good weekend for the Garnet would be an understatement. Swarthmore teams pounded their opponents and ultimately compiled a 7-0 record. Ultimately, if these teams continue to play at their current levels, more championships might just be on the way.

Women’s Soccer:

Last Saturday, the Garnet (4-0) were posed with their toughest task of the season: Rowan University. Not only was Rowan ranked 14th in the nation at the time, but they also trounced the Garnet last season (a 4-1 loss). This year, however, the Garnet would have their revenge.

Right out of the gate, it was clear that the Garnet would not allow a repeat of last year occur. In the 6th minute, Marin McCoy ’19 set the tone, heading in her fourth goal of the year. On that play, the goalie slipped as she was coming out to play the ball, leaving McCoy alone for the easy header.

After that goal, Rowan never regained its footing. In the 61st minute McCoy added another goal and, just eight minutes later, Hannah Lichtenstein ’17 notched her fifth goal of the year. Swarthmore would not relinquish the lead, ultimately emerging victorious by a score of 3-0.

With the win, Swarthmore improved to 4-0 with a whopping 28-0 goal differential. In fact, the impressive performance was enough to catapult the Garnet into the national rankings. As a result, when they open their conference season this Saturday at Franklin & Marshall, the 20th-ranked Garnet should have all the confidence they need.

Men’s Soccer:

After dropping the first two games of the season, the Garnet (3-2) have rebounded nicely. Last week, the Garnet won all three of their games including a 1-0 contest against Wilkes University.

In that game, the Garnet dominated the action, outshooting Wilkes 24-4. However, it took some time before Swarthmore was able to find the back of the net. In the 59th minute, Michael Nafziger ’18 did just that. He broke the drought after converting a pass from Alec McLean ’16.

The Swarthmore back end, led by goalie Ross Bednar ’18, was able to preserve the 1-0 lead. The victory gave Bednar his first career clean sheet and his first collegiate victory.

The Garnet will look to continue its winning ways this weekend at Franklin & Marshall.

Field Hockey

This year, the Garnet (1-2) have been showing some signs of promise. Last Saturday, they defeated Immaculata 8-2. In the game, scoring was not hard to come by. Clare Perez ’18 and Erin Gluck ’16 both recorded two goals, whereas Jordyn Bell ’17, Katherine Ianni ’17, Ursula Monaghan ’17, and Julia Thomas ’16 each scored one. Goaltender Ainsley Parrish ’16 recorded her fourth career college victory.

The Garnet will open their conference season at home this Saturday against Franklin & Marshall.

Women’s Tennis

Last weekend, Swarthmore hosted the Swat Invite, a three-team tournament. Each team member played a total of four matches. Overall, it was a solid showing for the Garnet. Anna Scheibmeir ’18, Rachel Hechinger ’19 and Ashley Gao ’18 all went 4-0. Meanwhile, Rachel Bronkema ’18, Alli Wong ’17, Amanda Izes ’19, and Jackie Lane ’16 all went 3-1.

Though the team starts their conference season in the spring, on September 29 the team will travel to Fredericksburg, VA for their second and final fall tournament.

Volleyball

With a 9-1 Conference record in 2014, the Swarthmore volleyball team has incredibly high expectations for this season. And so far, it looks as if those expectations can be met. This weekend, the Garnet (6-3) won the Greensboro College Invitational. Swarthmore dominated in all four matches, capturing 12 of 13 sets. In their championship performance, Swarthmore received contributions from many members of the team.

Sam Dubois ’16 and Sarah Wallace ’18 were both named to the All-Tournament team (Wallace was also the tournament MVP), Olivia Leventhal registered 56 total kills, Malia Scott ’18 had eight aces, and Sarah Girard ’19 had 44 digs.

The team travels to Neumann College for a tournament this weekend and will open its conference season on September 26 against Dickinson.

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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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