Marissa’s Minutes: Feb. 21-27

Lancers v Owls in overtime

By Marissa Avanzato

On Sunday, Feb. 21, the Lancers baseball team recorded their second win of the season against crosstown rival, Clark University.  The Lancers used nine different pitchers. Starting pitching, Junior Tyler Barrie, tossed the first scoreless inning, with no hits, and only one walk. Tyler Barrie recorded his first win of the season. Other pitchers who kept the score at zero were freshman Kyle Sullivan, sophomore Josh Riley, junior Andrew Reed, freshman Kevin Valentine, and senior John Boyd. Jake Ryan, George Bielizna, and Michael Powers all had doubles, while Josh Creamer had a triple. Jake Ryan and Adam Barry finished the game with two RBIs, while Mike Ferrara, Josh Pageau, Michael Powers, and Josh Creamer, finished with three RBIs. Freshman George Bielizna finished with four RBIs. The Lancers are expected to play again on March 5 at SUNY- Purchase for a double header.

The women’s basketball team traveled to Bridgewater State for a MASCAC Tournament Quarterfinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 23. They faced a tough ten-point (55-45) loss to knock them out of the tournament and end their season. Freshman Britt Herring had a game high of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Close behind her was fellow freshman Kaitlyn Berkel, scoring 12 points and maintaining 12 rebounds. The Lancers finished this game at 71 percent for free throws and 39 percent for all other shots. In the first and third period, they outscored the Bears, but it wasn’t enough to pull through for the win. To end the season, Britt Herring was named MASCAC Rookie of the Year!

Lancers v Owls in overtime
Lancers v Owls in overtime

The men’s basketball team also played a MASCAC Tournament Quarterfinal game, hosting the Westfield Owls. A one-point, nerve-wracking game (91-90) ended the season for the Lancers. In the first half, both teams went back and forth quite evenly, but in the second half, the Lancers pushed through to gain a six-point lead at the halfway mark. With 23 seconds left in the game, Westfield tied the game at 81, leading both teams into overtime. Overtime went back and forth and foul shots were key in winning this game. Junior Ryan DiBernardo fired up a three-point shot with nine seconds left in overtime. Westfield soon after missed their free throws, giving Worcester a chance to pull through for the win, but they couldn’t fire off a shot in time and faced a one-point loss.  To end the season, freshman Alex Santos was named MASCAC Rookie of the Year, and Paul Brooks and Bilal Shakir were both named to the first-team All-Conference squad!

The men’s ice hockey team traveled to Salem State to not only finish MASCAC regular season play, but their season as well.  Unfortunately, they did not qualify for the MASCAC tournament. They concluded their season with a 9-3 loss. Salem fired the beginning shots, maintaining a lead quite early in the game. Seniors Joe White and Nick Drill fired pucks into the net, with a three-minute difference, which tied the game at 2. The Lancers scored again at the end of the second period, when Jim LeNoir fired a deep shot into the net. With the three Lancer goals, Salem kept firing shots at goalie Drew Case, who made 27 saves in the game. The Lancers faced a 9-3, Salem State, conference loss, to end their season.

Our Lancer winter sports have concluded for the year. Stay tuned for the continuation of baseball, with opening games from softball and lacrosse coming up soon!

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