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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.