Weekend roundup

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.

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