College notebook: lots of spring activity Saturday on the hill

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. — Washington College’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams opened their respective Centennial Conference seasons with a win on the road Saturday, March 23.

The Shore ladies (7-2) won at Ursinus, 20-13, to close out a four-game road trip. They pieced together a 9-1 run that bridged the second and third quarters to pull away from a 6-6 deadlock.

The 20 goals represent a program best in the series that spans 34 games.

Washington sophomore midfielder Anna Wilson led all players with five goals. Sophomore Piper Evans and junior Tobin Chambers each had four goals from attack, while sophomore Mia Salvatierra (two goals) dished out four assists.

Senior midfielder Abby Laubach totaled eight draw controls, giving her 45 for the season.

McKenna Seasholes was credited with 14 saves.

Washington returns home Saturday, March 30 to face off against Centennial Conference rival Gettysburg, the 2023 national runner-up. Game time is 1 p.m.

Gettysburg (79 points) is the coaches’ pick to win this year’s conference crown, garnering seven of the 10 first-place votes in the preseason poll.

Franklin & Marshall, the defending Centennial champion, earned the other first-place votes and is the second choice with 75 points.

Haverford (64), Washington (55) and Ursinus (47) round out the top five.

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WESTMINSTER — In men’s lacrosse, Washington led wire-to-wire at McDaniel on March 23, scoring the first 11 goals on the way to a 16-9 victory.

Washington is 49-4 in the series, having won 24 games in a row.

For the winners, senior Connor Garrison scored five goals and junior Grant Matthews handed out six assists from attack. Cam Carrigan contributed three goals and an assist, while Mac Hale (two assists) and Luke Brennan (one assist) each had a goal.

Freshman Colin Gray (five saves) went the distance in the cage.

Gabe Velasquez and Owen Boone collectively won 16 of 24 face-offs.

Washington (3-6, 1-1 CC) will play its first home conference game Saturday against Muhlenberg. Game time is 4 p.m.

The Shoremen are coming off a 16-7 loss Wednesday night at Haverford, after trailing 10-2 at halftime

Roman West scored 19 seconds in to give the Fords (6-4, 2-0 CC) a lead they never relinquished. The spread was 4-1 after the opening quarter.

Carrigan was two-and-two as the Shoremen’s only multiple goal scorer.

Gray (23:35, 10 goals allowed, four saves) and Will Charvala (36:25, six goals allowed, four saves) split time in the cage.

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CHESTERTOWN — In women’s tennis, Washington (1-6) will open conference play Saturday at 11 a.m. at home against Bryn Mawr.

WC is projected to finish in the middle of the pack.

Johns Hopkins, the 16-time defending Centennial Conference champ, collected all nine possible first-place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team) and 81 points to land atop the preseason poll. 

Swarthmore, which gained the other first-place vote, is the second choice with 73 points. Then comes Haverford (65), Franklin & Marshall (57) and Washington (44) to round out the top five.

Gettysburg (43) is sixth, followed by Bryn Mawr (29), Ursinus (26), Dickinson (23) and Muhlenberg (9) to close out the poll. 

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HAMPTON, Va. —  The Shore sailors placed ninth last weekend at the Hanbury Trophy regatta hosted by Christopher Newport.

What was scheduled to be a two-day regatta was downsized to one day because of high winds on Sunday.

Ten races in each division were completed on Saturday.

Junior Joseph Bonacci was Washington’s skipper in the A Division, with freshman Nora Clark and junior Hunter Jacob (races 5 and 6) as crew. Their best finish was second in the third race.

Junior Kennedy Jones was Washington’s skipper in the B Division, with senior Laurel Krause (races 1-2 and 7-10) and junior Grayson Wright (races 3-6).  Their best finish was third in the eighth race.

North Carolina State (74 points) headed the 14-school fleet. Old Dominion was a close second with 79 points, followed by Hampton (82), NC State’s second team (86) and the Merchant Marine Academy (102) to round out the top five.

Next up is the MAISA Spring Women’s Open in Geneva, New York, March 30-31. William Smith is the host.

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CHESTERTOWN — The softball team opens conference play Saturday with a twin bill at home against Ursinus.

In a preseason poll of conference coaches, Ursinus, which fell in the 2023 championship game to Swarthmore, was picked to finish second.

Washington and Dickinson tied for fourth, each with 40 points.

Swarthmore was picked to repeat, collecting six first-place votes and 72 points.

Ursinus (55) gained two first-place votes as the second choice overall and Gettysburg (48) received the other first-place vote to follow in third.

Muhlenberg (28), Haverford (24), McDaniel (15) and Franklin & Marshall (12) rounded out the voting in sixth through ninth, respectively. 

Washington is 9-10-1 on the season following a March 21 split at home with New York University.

The locals won the first game, 2-1, in nine innings on Julie Weglarz’s one-out single down the left field line that plated Hannah Solge.

Lexi Barnhart (3-5) pitched a complete-game gem, spacing out three hits and one walk.

NYU won the second game, 6-4, after building a 3-0 lead on Chloe Stone’s two-run home run in the first inning and Madi Hand’s solo shot in the fourth that hit the top of the left-center field fence and dropped over.

After scoring twice in the seventh to close to 6-4, Washington loaded the bases with one away but the rally stalled.

Washington outhit its guest, 8-7, and drew eight walks, but stranded 14 runners.

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SALISBURY — In baseball, No. 5-ranked Salisbury defeated Washington, 17-6, Wednesday to complete the season sweep of its Delmarva Peninsula rival. (The Sea Gulls won the first game of the series, 8-5, in Chestertown on March 22).

SU (18-4) never trailed after scoring five runs in the first inning, but Washington (5-16) got a chunk of those runs back in the top of the third. With one down and a man on second, Ty Everitt doubled home one run;  two batters later Logan Yi went deep to left-center to close the gap to 5-3.

Salisbury punched back with another five-spot in the bottom of the third, and was never threatened after that.

Freshman righty Cole Williams (6-1) earned his team-leading sixth win of the season by tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. His line included two hits, no walks and four strikeouts on 44 pitches.

Yi had a big day at the plate for the Shoremen, going 3-for-3 with a double, homer and two RBI.

Everitt (double, three RBI) and Nick Miller both went 2-for-4 and scored two runs.

Junior right-hander Alex Martin (1-3) took the loss after surrendering five runs (three earned) in the first inning.

Washington opens conference play Saturday with a doubleheader at home against Dickinson, beginning at noon.

In the preseason coaches’ poll, Dickinson is picked to finish second and Washington, which was 2-16 in the CC last year, is picked to finish last.

Defending champion Johns Hopkins, the 2023 national runner-up, received all nine possible votes (coaches cannot vote for themselves) and 81 points.

Dickinson received the other first-place vote and was second with 67 points.

Franklin & Marshall (64), Swarthmore (56) and Haverford (55) round out the top five. 

Gettysburg finished sixth in the voting with 37 points, followed by McDaniel (33), Ursinus (28), Muhlenberg (17) and Washington (12).

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