By Marty LaFica and Joe Catalfamo
The St. John Fisher baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to kick off the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational on Saturday, March 2. The Cardinals, who were receiving votes for the latest D3baseball.com poll, struggled at the plate by only putting up one and two runs in each of the games. The two losses dropped Fisher to 1-2 on the season but the Cardinals would respond the following day against Illinois College.
The Cardinals bounced back the next day and defeated the Blueboys of Illinois College 4-2 as part of the RussMatt Invite in Florida. Pitcher Allen Murphy earned the win after allowing only one run in five innings pitched. The scoring for the Cardinals got started early in the first inning with contributions from Justin Graham, Thomas Pasquale, and Michael Beimel. The victory kick started a four game win streak and five wins in the following six games.
The Cardinals finished their trip to Florida with momentum, picking up a 17-16 extra-inning win against Widener University, a 15-9 victory over John Carroll University, and winning two of three games against No. 7 University of Massachusetts Boston.
Fisher was back in action on Sunday, March 17 as the team traveled to Union, New Jersey to battle No. 24 Kean University. Empire 8 action begins against RIT at Dugan Yard on Wednesday, March 20.
The men’s golf team travelled to Savannah, Georgia over spring break to compete in the Savannah Harbor Classic where they finished in 13th place with a 36-hole score of 624 (+48).
After finishing tied for 12th place on day one, St John Fisher Senior Christopher Thompson carded 4 birdies in route to an even par final round, which claimed him the 7th overall spot at the tournament. Thompson and the Cardinals will look to improve on the 13th place finish when they head to Westminster, MD on March 30th to compete in the McDaniel Spring Invitational.
The Women’s Golf team travelled to Jekyll Island, Georgia March 15 to 17 compete in the Jekyll Island Collegiate invitational. This was the team’s first appearance this spring since claiming first in last fall’s Nazareth Fall Invitational.
While the Cardinals did not place well in the Jekyll Island Invitational, sophomore Emily Schultz shot back-to-back scores of 85 (+13) on days one and two of the tournament, which led the team in scoring.
The Cardinals will look to improve their overall score when they travel to Abbottstown, PA to compete in the two day McDaniel College Invitational on March 30th and 31st.
The men’s lacrosse team is off to a fast start this spring winning their first six games, outscoring their opponents by 109-41.
The Cardinals spent their spring break in Tampa, Florida defeating both Misericordia University and Clark University by scores of 16-10 and 17-6. Sophomore Nicholas Miller led the Cardinals in goals for the trip notching seven in the two games.
Upon returning home to Western New York, the Cardinals defeated both Brockport and SUNY Oswego by similar scores of 17-7 and 16-7. It was Nicholas Miller again piling up the goals for Fisher scoring five vs Brockport and seven vs Oswego, which improved his early season total to 28.
The Cardinals will travel across town on Wednesday, March 20th to take on powerhouse RIT in what will be the first big test in a very young season.
The women’s lacrosse team spent spring break in Clearwater, Florida splitting two games against York College of Pennsylvania and King’s College.
The Cardinals came up just short in their first match of the trip, losing to York in overtime by a score of 10-9. The Cardinals bounced back in emphatic fashion against King’s defeating them by a score of 21-3. Senior Mary Grace Doyle lead the team in scoring, notching four goals for the Cardinals.
Since returning home, the team has defeated both William Smith College and Oneonta by scores of 11-10 and 15-3. Sophomore goalkeeper Claudia Mocciaro allowed only six goals while making 10 saves in the victories.
The women will travel to Buffalo on Wednesday, March 20th to take on Buffalo State in their second-to-last game before starting conference play.
The St. John Fisher softball team opened its season March 3 at the Sunkissed Classic in Plant City, Florida against Ohio Northern University and Muskingum in a doubleheader. After beating Ohio Northern 3-2, the Cardinals dropped the second game to Muskingum 5-0. The following day, Monday, March 4, Fisher battled Simmons College to a 5-4 victory totalling eight hits between Mary Claire Grozvenor, Sarah Kubik, Sam Schermerhorn, Julia Sortisio, Ashley Prince, Sammie Torlish, and Emily Trotman. It took nine innings and the help of a Muskingum throwing error in the last inning for Schermerhorn to score the game-winning run.
The Cardinals would finish their trip to the Sunkissed Classic with a 4-5 record, picking up two more wins against Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and Bluffton University. The Cardinals are set for a doubleheader on Wed. March 20 as they travel to play University of Rochester. Looking ahead, St. John Fisher has double-headers against Keuka College, Clarkson U, and Ithaca College before they kick off Empire 8 play. The Cardinals look to protect their Empire 8 title from last year, as they flaunted a 23-1 run differential in three games through the conference tournament.
The St. John Fisher men’s tennis team started their spring break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina with a 4-5 loss to Baldwin Wallace University. Jonathan Harper and Tim Christman were victorious in singles action, along with John Miller and Jarrett Pelton picking up a win in number two doubles action. The pair of Jordan O’Connell and Christman also won in doubles action 8-4.
The Cardinals matched up with Bridgewater College, Eastern Nazarene College, Methodist University, and Drew University during their trip to Hilton Head. Dustin McCullough came out on the winning end against Bridgewater at number two singles, with Christman and O’Connell picking up singles wins as well. Although the Cardinals are still winless at 0-7, they open Empire 8 action hosting Utica College on March 30. Their next two Empire 8 matchups come against Stevens Institute of Technology and Houghton College to start the month of April.
The St. John Fisher women’s tennis team kicked off their spring season on March 3 in Hilton Head, South Carolina with a 5-4 victory over Baldwin Wallace. With singles wins from Kaili Saffran and Mikayla Santulli, the Cardinals had momentum leading into their doubles matchups. Santulli along with Caroline Seaberg defeated their competitors 8-3 in a doubles bout.
The Cardinals struggled to find wins throughout the rest of their trip to Hilton Head. They suffered two close 4-5 losses against Bridgeport College and Drew University to round out their trip.
Track and Field
The Men’s Track and Field team competed in the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship in Boston, Massachusetts over spring break finishing in 26th place out of 114 teams.
Junior Eddie Mahana claimed his first All-American award for his performance in the 60 meter hurdles event, and Sophomore Kyle Rollins placed second in the high jump to highlight the Cardinal’s efforts.
The Men’s Track and Field team will head outside as they begin their outdoor season in Geneseo, New York on March, 30th to compete in the Geneseo Early Season Invite.
The Women’s Track and Field team did not advance any competitors to the the Division III Championship in Boston this year. The Cardinals did manage to place third in the Empire 8 Championship and 16th place in at the Atlantic Regional Championship to end their indoor season.
While competing in the high jump at the Atlantic Regional Championship, Senior Haley Brust broke a six year old school record with a jump of 1.65 meters. Brust finished fourth overall in the event and also placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 5.48 meters.
The Women will travel to Geneseo along with the men to begin their outdoor season on March, 30th to compete in the Geneseo Early Season Invite.
The men’s volleyball team spent its spring break in Southern California losing all four matches in the Cal-Lu-Fornia Classic hosted by California Lutheran University.
Only in the match vs Emmanuel College did Fisher survive all five sets, losing by a score of 3-2. Fisher lost their other 3 matches to Cal-Lu, Johnson and Wales, and Rivier College by scores of 3-0, 3-1, and 3-1 respectively.
Compiled from reports by St. John Fisher Athletics.