Athletics Roundup: Walsh Picks Up From Last Year

Alex Wright

Alex Wright

Baseball

Post baseball (1-6-1) is two weeks into its 2017 season. The Eagles played six games in North Carolina to begin the year and earned a 4-2 win over LeMoyne on Feb. 18 for their first win. Post nearly knocked off #14 Mercyhurst on Feb. 25, but a two-run walk-off home run by the Lakers sunk the Eagles. Last time out, Post and Southern Connecticut played to a 6-6 tie in New Haven in a game that was called due to darkness. Junior Alex Wright is batting .400 on the young season with three doubles, a triple, and three RBI to lead Post. Junior Don Walsh, who hit a school-record nine homers last year, has hit three so far this season. The Eagles head to Florida during Spring Break for five games beginning with a doubleheader against Stonehill on March 11. Post will play its first game at the newly-renovated Municipal Stadium on Saturday, March 18 against defending CACC Champion Felician at 12 p.m.

Alsharif Blackman 3

Alsharif Blackman 3

Men’s Lacrosse

Men’s lacrosse is 1-2 three games into their season. The Eagles dropped the season-opener to Chestnut Hill 17-8 but rebounded with an 11-7 win over American International. Last time out, Post was defeated at home by Franklin Pierce 12-5. In the victory over AIC, the game was tied 1-1 after the first quarter, but Post outscored the Yellow Jackets 5-2 in the second and never trailed. Seniors Mitchell Kinney (3 goals, 4 assists) and Alsharif Blackman (2 goals, 5 assists) lead Post with seven points each. Senior Trevor Buchas has a team-high five goals. The Eagles return to action on March 18 on the road at St. Anselm in Manchester, N.H. Face off is at 12 p.m. Post will be back at home on March 25 against the University of the District of Columbia at 1 p.m.

Aolani Hermosura and Rose Varrone

Aolani Hermosura and Rose Varrone

Women’s Lacrosse

The Post women’s lacrosse team (0-2) has dropped its first two games of the season. The Eagles were defeated by Molloy 21-3 to open the year and followed that with a 19-1 loss to Assumption. Toni Deren has been the Eagles leading scoring this year with three goals, while Aolani Hermosura has scored once. Post continues its eight-game homestand to begin the season on March 14 with its first-ever meeting with Shepherd at 2 p.m. The Eagles have partnered with three charities this season and will play games to raise money in support of Coaches vs. Cancer, Lax4Life, and Yards for Yeardly.

Men’s Tennis

Post men’s tennis (3-2) opened its spring season going 2-1 during a three-match stretch in upstate New York. The Eagles defeated Daemen 6-3 to begin the year and followed it up with a 7-2 victory over regionally-ranked Roberts Wesleyan. Post dropped a tough 6-3 match to LeMoyne to conclude the trip. Freshman Samuel Urban was named CACC Men’s Tennis Rookie of the Week on March 6 as he went 6-0 in singles and double over the three matches. Post is currently ranked #7 in the East Region with the next rankings due to come out on March 15. The Eagles will also be heading to Florida during Spring Break with matches against Illinois Wesleyan (March 14), Flagler (March 15), Palm Beach Atlantic (March 16), Saint Michael’s (March 17), and Eckerd (March 17). Post’s first home match will be on March 31 against Wagner.

Kate Dawson

Kate Dawson

Softball

Post softball opens its season next week with eight games in Clermont, Florida as part of the National Training Center Spring Games series. The Eagles begin with games on Sunday, March 12 against Franklin Pierce and Concord. Post returns two-time First Team All-CACC honoree senior Kayla Kresley. Kresley batted .317 and led the Eagles with 15 doubles, eight home runs, and 39 RBI last year. Second Teamers senior Kate Dawson and junior Emily Schaffer are also back for Post who was picked to finish fifth in the CACC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Head coach Tracey Garofalo enters the year just four wins away from becoming the first softball coach at Post to win 200 games in her career. Post’s first home game of the year will be a doubleheader against American International on March 19 beginning at 1 p.m.

Josh Conlan

Josh Conlan

Golf

The men’s and women’s golf seasons get underway next week with both teams traveling to North Carolina for tournaments. The men begin on March 13-14 at the Barton College Intercollegiate at Wilson Country Club in Wilson, N.C. The women will be at Lane Tree Golf Club in Goldsboro, N.C. for the Lady Trodog Invitational on the same dates.

Track and Field

The Post track and field team will begin its first season under new head coach Rick Hammer on March 25 at the Wesleyan Spring Classic in Middletown, Conn.

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