Weekend Roundup

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Field Hockey

The field hockey team came out with intensity in their home game against Ferrum College last Saturday, which they ultimately won 4-0. With 38 shots taken by the Garnet compared to Ferrum’s two, Ferrum had no choice but to give in to the unrelenting pressure.

As it was also Senior Day for the Garnet, the five seniors were honored prior to the game: Audrey Allen ’16, Julia Thomas’ 17, Erin Gluck ’16, Laura Hyder ’16, and goalkeeper Ainsley Parrish ’16. They lived up to the honor by contributing a fair share to the win. Gluck scored the first goal of the game in the 17th minute, her team-high 14th goal of the season. She also added an assist later on. Allen scored the second goal of the game. Parrish saved one of the two shots taken by Ferrum, helping the Garnet keep a clean sheet. Notable performances among non-seniors include Jane Blicher ’18, who scored the third goal of the game, and Kathleen Carmichael ’19, who scored the last goal of the game in the 45th minute.

The team’s record currently stands at 4-12 overall and 0-8 in-conference. Their next game will be at Bryn Mawr on Friday, followed by their last game of the regular season at Haverford on Saturday. This will give the Garnet two opportunities to add wins to their subpar conference record before they close out their season.

Men’s Soccer

Although they took a 1-0 lead against Dickinson last Saturday, the men’s soccer team ultimately ended the game in a 1-1 tie. After a scoreless first half, Michael Nazfiger ’18 got the Garnet on the board with a goal in the 59th minute off a corner by Billy Evers ’17. However, the team let the lead slip away in the 83rd minute as Dickinson capitalized on a dangerous set piece situation. The Garnet couldn’t put in a goal in the final minutes of regulation, pushing the game into overtime. The game remained locked in the tie despite Dickinson’s four corners and the Garnet’s two shots during the period.

The tie put the Garnet at fifth place in the conference standings, which is the final spot that gets to play in the postseason conference tournament. They entered the game in sixth place, so the tie was not a failure in the end as it pushed them into playoff position. Their conference record, as of that game, stands at 2-2-3.

The Garnet’s next and final game will be at Haverford on Saturday. There, they will hope to clinch a playoff spot and keep their season alive. If they do qualify for the Centennial Conference playoffs, the first round game will be this Wednesday.

Women’s Soccer

After going undefeated throughout the season, the women’s soccer team finally saw their streak end last Saturday, when they were handed their first loss by Montclair State at home. The game was close, but the Garnet ultimately could not recover from an early goal by Montclair that ended up deciding the match, which ended with a score of 1-0.

The matchup was bound to be intense, as it pitted the 13th-ranked Garnet against the 19th-ranked Montclair. Montclair scored with a header off of a free kick in the 15th minute. The Garnet tried to rebound as it had been able to do so often this season, taking control of the game’s pace and flow but being unable to score by the end of the first half. The second half was a similar story, as the Garnet outshot Montclair 8-4. Katie Dougherty ’18 finished the game with 5 shots, a mark of her strong effort to put in the equalizer despite not being able to do so.

The team honored its nine seniors prior to the game. They were Tazmin Bailiff-Curtis ‘16, Amanda Bosworth ’16, Emily Gale ’16, Caela Long ’16, Reba Magier ’16, Cappy Pitts ’16, Aine Schanche ’16, Emily Telford-Marx ’16 and Melissa Trofa ’16.

Despite the loss, the team’s record stands at an impressive 13-1-1 overall, and 7-0-1 in conference play. The Garnet will have their undefeated conference record tested twice more, as they will face Bryn Mawr at home on Thursday and finish the regular season at Haverford on Saturday. The conference playoffs begin on Wednesday, with locations and matchups to be determined.

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team ended their fall season last Saturday at the Rutgers Camden Invitational at Pennsauken Country Club. They played on a par-70, 6250 yard course. Out of 14 teams, the Garnet ended the invitational in a respectable fifth place with a 327, 20 strokes behind first place Rutgers University-Camden.

Individually, the team had a few impressive performances. Nick DiMaio ’19 had the best results for the team, tying for 3rd place out of 72 individual competitors. He shot a 76, 6 strokes behind the first place individual. Dan Altieri ’19 placed 17th after shooting an 82, with Drew Langan ’17, Andrew Pak ’16, and Thomas Kim ’16 all shooting in the 80s as well.

With the fall season done, the Garnet will now be looking to improve on their results, individually and as a team, going into the spring season.

Volleyball

Over the weekend, the women’s volleyball team went out to the Eastern University Quad-Match in St. Davids, Pennsylvania with high hopes. Unfortunately, they didn’t fare very well, losing all three of their matches in three sets, 3-0. Their first loss was on Friday against Stockton, followed by losses on Saturday against Susquehanna and Eastern.

Against Stockton, Swarthmore played close in the first and third sets, which they ended up losing 25-21. Sam DuBois ’16 performed well for the team with eight digs, 19 assists, and 4 kills. The match against Susquehanna was similar, as they lost the first set 25-21 and 25-23. Eastern, ranked 14th in the country, proved to be too difficult of a matchup for the Garnet to stay close as they were outclassed in the three sets 25-19, 25-16, and 25-17.

The Garnet fared much better in their Senior Day match last Tuesday, defeating Bryn Mawr at home in three sets 25-15, 25-21, 25-12. The three seniors, Sam Dubois ’16, Madison Heppe ’16, and Anastasia White-Torruellas ’16, were honored before the game. Dubois had eight digs and 27 assists, a match-high, while Heppe led the team with 10 digs. Olivia Leventhal ’18 impressed with 17 kills, as did Malia Scott ’18 with 13 assists and nine digs.

Thanks to their dominance in Centennial Conference play, where they have an 8-1 record, the Garnet has already clinched a spot in the conference playoffs. Their last match will be at Haverford on Saturday; if they win, the Garnet will earn home-court advantage for the semifinals and finals if they make it through to those rounds.

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