Weekend Roundup

Baseball

An encouraging streak of in-conference success ended for the men’s baseball team on Tuesday, when they lost 3-1 to Washington College at home. Coming into the game, the team boasted two sweeps against conference opponents Haverford and Gettysburg in the last week. The loss brings the Garnet’s conference record to 4-3.

The Garnet’s 14-10 victory against Haverford on Thursday, which followed their 12-10 victory the day before, marked the first time in 15 years that the team had swept the regular season series against Haverford. The game was tied 4-4 in the sixth inning. However, that was when the Garnet began to build up a lead that proved to be insurmountable for Haverford despite their best efforts.

Against Gettysburg, the Garnet stayed strong through 14 innings and eventually came on top, 10-9, after a single from Scoop Ruxin ’15 that drove in Cal Barnett-Mayotte ’18 for the walk-off win. Their efforts were rewarded with an easy, darkness-shortened 11-3 win in the second game of the doubleheader.

Garnet catcher John Lim ’16 earned both Centennial Conference and ECAC South Region player of the week honors, hitting .600 in the team’s four victories last week.

Their next game is at Washington College today at 3:30 p.m.

Softball

After losses against McDaniel, Franklin & Marshall, and Muhlenberg in the last week, the women’s softball team is mired in an eight-game losing streak. Their struggles are further illustrated by their 0-7 conference record, with only eight conference games remaining to improve it.

The first game against McDaniel last Thursday was discouraging, as the Garnet lost 8-0 and only managed to get one hit. They showed that they still had fighting spirit in the second game when they closed an 8-0 McDaniel lead to 8-5. However, McDaniel ultimately ran away with the lead to win 14-6.

The team had trouble generating offense on Saturday against F&M, who blanked the Garnet in both ends of the doubleheader. The first game against Muhlenberg on Tuesday was shortened due to the rain, and the Garnet did not get a chance to make up for their 6-1 loss after the second game was postponed.

Up next for the team is a doubleheader at home today against Penn State Brandywine. The team will look to get back in the win column against the non-conference opponent before playing away at Dickinson on Saturday, where they will have a chance at getting their first conference win.

Men’s Lacrosse

On Saturday, the men’s lacrosse team was in position to pull off the upset against undefeated, third-ranked Gettysburg but eventually lost 11-10 in overtime. Although the team will regret the loss, the control they displayed for most of the game represented what has been a solid season thus far.

Until a tying goal from Gettysburg in the final minute of regulation play, the Garnet actually had held the lead for the entire game. After the first quarter, the team had a 4-0 lead and seemed to have a decent chance at the win.

Unfortunately, that was the largest leading margin the Garnet would have, as Gettysburg maintained consistent pressure throughout the game. This gave Gettysburg the chance to tie the game up at 10-10 and push the game into overtime, where they scored the winning goal.

The offense’s impressive performance was led by Ian Lukaszewicz ’15, who had five goals and one assist. Because Gettysburg outshot the Garnet 41-27, Cole Fox ’17 saw a lot of action and made 16 saves.

The loss dropped the Garnet’s record to 6-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Garnet’s next game is on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Clothier Field, where they will play conference opponent Franklin & Marshall.

Women’s Lacrosse

The women’s lacrosse team was overpowered by ninth-ranked Gettysburg on Saturday in a 18-3 loss. During the first half, Gettysburg built a comfortable 12-0 lead that left the Garnet with essentially no chance of a comeback.

On offense, the team was unable to generate shots, taking only nine while only getting six on target. Gettysburg, on the other hand, had 32 shots, of which 27 were on target, putting immense pressure on Connie Bowen ’16 and Corinne Candilis ’17 in goal. During the second half, Elyse Tierney ’15, Sara Lentricchia ’15, and Lizzie Kolln ’16 got the Garnet on the scoreboard with a goal apiece. Their goals brought their total goals on the season to 34, 18, and 17 respectively. Tierney currently has the fourth-most goals in the Centennial Conference.

Although the loss was unfortunate, the Garnet still have a winning overall record at 6-4. The loss brought their conference record to 2-2, giving the team plenty of opportunities to recover in their five remaining games this season, all of which are in conference.

The team’s next game will be away at  Franklin & Marshall on Saturday, followed by a home game against Muhlenberg on Wednesday.

Men’s Tennis

John Larkin ’17 of the men’s tennis team was named the Centennial Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week on Monday. This is his second time receiving the honor this season.

Larkin’s recent success, along with the rest of the team’s, was highlighted last Saturday when they continued what has been an impressive season thus far with a 9-0 sweep of Gettysburg at home. Ari Cepelewicz ’18 and Mark Fallati ’18 won at first doubles, Harrison Lands ’15 and Josh Powell ’18 at second doubles, and Larkin and Blake Oetting ’18 at third doubles. In singles play, Larkin, Fallati, Cepelewicz, Yosuke Higashi ’18, Michael Song ’18, and Matt Hirsh ’16 all had victories for the Garnet.

The win left the Garnet undefeated in its three conference games this season and brought their overall record to 7-4. The team was ranked 29th in the nation following the victory.

The Garnet’s next game will be this afternoon away at Johns Hopkins.Then they will play Franklin & Marshall at home on Saturday before heading out to McDaniel on Sunday. All three games are in conference, giving the Garnet a chance to take a commanding position at the top of the Centennial Conference.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team broke a three-game losing streak last Saturday with an 8-1 victory against Gettysburg, followed by a close 5-4 win against Ursinus College. Alli Wong ’17 and Anna Scheibmeir ’18 each won their respective doubles and singles matches in both games.

The Garnet was stout in doubles play over the course of the two games, sweeping against Gettysburg and going 2-1 against Ursinus. The singles matches against Ursinus were hard-fought by both teams. For the Garnet, Scheibmeir and Ashley Gao ’18 were pushed by their opponents into playing three-set matches at second and fourth singles respectively. Ultimately, both players won their matches, and Gao’s 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-4 decision sealed the win for the Garnet.

With the two wins, the Garnet now have a winning record (3-2) in conference play as well as in overall play (7-5). Their five remaining regular season games are all in-conference. The momentum that the team has gained with these two wins will be valuable going into the coming weeks.

This Saturday, the team will continue conference play with a home game against Franklin & Marshall. They will stay at home for the following match against Bryn Mawr on Wednesday.

Track & Field

Members of the men’s and women’s track & field teams competed in Princeton’s Sam Howell Invitational last Friday. The whole team then competed the next day at the Osprey Invitational at Richard Stockton University.

At the Sam Howell Invitational, Spencer Friske ’16 and Sid Kakkar ’17 competed from the men’s team and Indy Reid-Shaw ’17 and Liz Tawa ’15 competed from the women’s team in the 5,000-meter run. Friske placed 27th overall while Kakkar placed 47th. Friske’s 15:11.41 was his collegiate best. Reid-Shaw placed 22nd overall and second among D-III athletes. Tawa was 33rd.

At the Osprey Invitational, the men had multiple notable performances. Jonas Oppenheimer ’15 won the 1,500-meter run. Corey Branch ’17 and John Gagnon ’17 took third and fifth respectively in the event. Peter Sayde ’17 and Erick White ’15 took third in the 100-meter and 800-meter dashes, respectively. The 4×100 meter relay team placed second. Colton Aho ’15 placed fourth in both the javelin and discus.

The women’s team also performed well in the invitational. Natalie McLaughlin ’17 won 5,000-meter run and Sarah Nielsen ’16 won the 800-meter run. Becky Tang ’18 placed second in the 100-meter high hurdles. The women also had third and fourth place finishes 200-meter dash and 1,500-meter run.

Both teams will head out to the John Hopkins Invitational on Saturday where they will hope to have another string of dominant performances.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *