University Sports Refresher
Morgan Douglas – Sports Editor
Owls’ baseball is off to a hot start after opening the season down south with games in Florida and South Carolina.
They could not have asked for a better start to the season, jumping out to a perfect 9-0 record, but have come back to earth a bit dropping three of their last seven games to put their record at 13-3 as of this writing.
Although conference play has yet to begin in the NE10, the Owls have the highest winning percentage (0.813%) of any team in the conference to this point.
The offensive production for the Owls has been the most impressive aspect, as they have scored 10 or more runs six times already and are undefeated when scoring at least seven runs.
Owls’ baseball will next take the field on Saturday, March 26 on the road against the College of Saint Rose. The team has yet to play its home opener which will take place on April 2.
Owls’ softball began over spring break with the team playing its first eight games in Winter Haven, Fla. and finishing with a 4-4 record.
Catcher Jacqueline Dumont, a senior, leads the team in home runs (2) runs batted in (7) and total bases (17) and is tied for the team lead in hits (9) with infielder Katrina Roy, a sophomore.
As the Owls fly north, their first matchup will be a doubleheader against Post University on the road on Monday, March 21.
Despite the .500% record, softball has outscored their opponents 34-27 in the first eight games. A positive run differential is a promising sign as the season ramps up.
Following Monday’s doubleheader, softball enters a three-game homestand which begins with another doubleheader on Wednesday, March 23, against Saint Thomas Aquinas, a team they defeated 8-2 in Fla. earlier in the season.
Owls’ Lacrosse only played one game over break, a road loss to Flagler College this past Saturday by the final score of 13-11.
Attacker Karlie Rowe, a senior, continued her fine start to the campaign by scoring another three goals. Rowe has scored three or more goals in three of the teams four games to start the season.
Rowe is currently tied with attacker Bayleigh Takacs, a senior for the team leader in goals, as each has scored 10 goals apiece to this point.
Takacs has recorded at least one goal in every game this season.
The Owls will look to improve on their 1-3 record when they take the road yet again to play Pace University on Wednesday, March 23.
Owls’ Gymnastics competed all over the East Coast during spring break with meets in Maryland, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
It culminated in the Inaugural Gymnastics East Conference Championship where the Owls placed fifth out of eight schools.
Although a fifth-place finish may not sound like a tremendous feat on the surface, look closer.
The team’s meet score of 194.200 broke the program’s previous record of 192.800 set in February 2020.
In the process, gymnastics also broke the program’s record on the vault which they themselves set back in February 2021 and the program’s bars record with a score of 48.625, breaking the previous record set back in 2019.
Up next for gymnastics is the NCAA East Regional Championship set for Friday, April 1 as the Owls look to build off their record-breaking performance.
Track and field:
Men’s track and field head coach John Wallin was named East Region Men’s Coach of the Year, an honor voted on by the US Track Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association following the completion of the 2022 NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships in Pittsburg, Kan. Which concluded on March 12.
2022 marked Wallin’s eighth time winning the honor for indoor track.
For outdoor track, which begins Thursday, March 24, Wallin has won East Region Men’s Coach of the Year nine times.
Freshman Ella Maclean was named NE10 Women’s Track Rookie of the Year for the indoor season, the announcement was made on March 10.
Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to Raleigh, NC to begin the outdoor season with a meet at NC State.