The Mercyhurst women’s rowing team traveled to Camden, N.J. on March 29 for their first tournament of the season. They competed in the DII/DIII Women’s events at the Murphy Cup.
This spring season is the rowing team’s championship season, when they get a chance to qualify and possibly participate in the NCAA championships.
Prior to the start of spring season at the Murphy Cup, the rowing team scrimmaged against Skidmore College in Oak Ridge, Tenn. At the scrimmage, the Lakers had two varsity women’s fours and a women’s novice eight competing.
The Mercyhurst baseball team is off to a solid start this season as they are 18-8 overall.
On March 27 and 28 the Lakers swept their rival, Gannon University, in a four-game series. After this game, junior Dan Altavilla was named PSAC West pitcher of the week for the second consecutive week and junior Giancarlo Saia was named PSAC player of the week.
“The team is playing well overall, we swept cross-town rival Gannon all four games and that is very difficult to do. Because of the rivalry, it’s always an intense series.”
The Mercyhurst women’s lacrosse team has recently jumped to No. 13 this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.
After having an eight game winning streak, and obtaining a record of 9-1 and 5-0 in the PSAC, they have rightfully earned their spot.
The Lakers took on Edinoboro on Saturday, April 5, at Tullio Field and beat the Fighting Scots 12-5.
The Mercyhurst University softball team fell twice to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) on Saturday afternoon at Podbeilski Field. The Lakers dropped a 9-1 decision in game one of the doubleheader and fell 6-4 after a late rally.
Mercyhurst is now 9-15 overall this season and fell to 3-5 in the PSAC West division.
During the second game against IUP, the Lakers had three hits in the first inning. Sophomore Allison Yule and junior Becky Malaga connected singles before senior Courtney Smith tallied her second homerun of the season for 3 RBI.
The Mercyhurst women’s water polo team lost a pair of Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) matches at the North East Aquatic Center Saturday. coming from winning the CWPA Divison II Championship on March 22.
The Lakers fell, 13-9, to No. 9 Princeton and then dropped and fell, 11-5, to Bucknell later that evening.
The Lakers have record of 9-8 with senior Cailin Jope leading the team with 38 goals scored, 10 assists, earning a total of 48 points this season for her team. She also has a team high of 31 steals.
Freshman Jena Clinch follows with 20 points scored, 24 assists and 40 points total.
Along with Jope being named Southern Division Player of the Week, sophomore Jesse Sworden was selected as the Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week by the the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) last week.
“It feels good to know that Mercyhurst is not being overlooked. Having team members earn this award shows that we are competitive within the Southern division,” Sworden said.
“It’s cool to receive the Southern Award, there are a lot of good players in the Southern Division and for me to be selected feels great,” Jope said.
The Mercyhurst men’s golf team placed 10th at the St. James College Invitational on March 20-23. The team traveled to North Carolina for this invitational and finished with a team score of 955.
“Our team had a rough first two rounds but in the third round when the team shot a 304, they had one of the best rounds in the whole tournament. That was encouraging for everyone on the team” Sophomore Ryan Kaufmann said.
Dylan D’Urso and Jeremy Landowski of the Mercyhurst wrestling team received All-American status after just day one of the NCAA Division II National Championships.
The championship meet was held in Cleveland, Ohio on March 14-15.
To receive All-American status, a wrestler must be in the top eight in their weight class. Also, wrestlers have to win at least two matches at nationals.
“Anytime you have guys place at NCAAs it’s exciting. These guys have dedicated a great deal of time and effort to achieve their success. We also have some other very talented guys who have the ability to replicate their success at the national tournament, which is very exciting for our program,” Head Coach Mike Wehler said.
D’Urso is a sophomore and made his second appearance at the National Championship, coming back even stronger than last year after falling short of All-American status in the quarter finals.
“Coming into nationals this year I knew I was physically in better shape because I was not cutting as much weight and my body wasn’t drained. We work extremely hard every day throughout the season, so I knew my conditioning would be as good if not better than everyone else in my weight as well,” D’Urso said.
After starting off the tournament with a win 2-1 victory, D’Urso fell in the quarter finals but came right back to pin his opponent in 3 minutes and 15 seconds time to receive the All-American honor.
D’Urso also finished third overall at the championship. This is the highest finish a Mercyhurst wrestler has had since 2010.
“From a mental standpoint I was much better prepared this year. I knew that I was one of the top guys in the country and deserved to be recognized as that. I didn’t let the pressure of succeeding get to me and just took one match at a time and focused on what I could control out on the mat. Coach Wehler did a great job of convincing me how well I really could do,” D’Urso said.
Red-shirt sophomore Landowksi started off the tournament with a loss but won two consecutive matches in the quarter finals right after with a 6-4 decision and an 8-7 decision to earn his All-American honor. Landowski finished No. 8 at the tournament.
“I feel the biggest thing that helped me be an All-American was the extra workouts I did. I like doing a lot of cardio because I feel like it helps me physically and mentally. My teammates pushing me at practice also helped me accomplish this feat,” Landowski said.
Mercyhurst’s baseball team’s Dan Altavilla twice was named the PSAC West Pitcher of the Week on Thursday, March 24 and again on Monday, March 31, Altavilla is the first player on the team to win a weekly honor from the PSAC this season.
“It is an honor being named pitcher of the week for the west. But with that being said, this would not have been possible without my teammates providing production both offensively and defensively. It is always a great feeling being able to pitch with the support of such a great group of guys” Altavilla said.
Altavilla got the first honor after he pitched his first collegiate no-hitter on March 21 against Clarion.
This was the Lakers home opener weekend and their first PSAC game of the season. During the game, Altavilla walked only one batter and struck out 12, which was a career high for him.
“Pitching a no-hitter has been a career goal that I had set for myself prior to coming to Mercyhurst. It is a great feeling knowing that the extra work and practice I put in with my teammates and coaches is paying off,” Altavilla said.
The final score of this no-hitter game was 3-0. The Lakers won 3 out of the 4 games played against Clarion.
As of the Clarion games, Altavilla has pitched 22 innings and has allowed only 1 run on every 8 hits.
A lot of commitment to the team and individual work outside of practice is needed to excel like that.
“I try to spend every hour that I can outside of the classroom in the gym, at practice with the team, or at individual work outs with the coaches. As a team, we invest a lot of our time into the game and our success so far has come from that” Altavilla said.
The Lakers are 15-5 overall after this past week’s sweep over Gannon and are 7-1 in the PSAC.
Their next game will be a doubleheader against IUP on April 1 at noon and 2 p.m. at Mercyhurst’s baseball field.
The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team advanced to the Frozen Four after defeating Cornell University with a 3-2 score on March 15.
Out of these three goals scored, two points were made on a power play. This put the Lakers in third place for best power plays.
The Lakers were ranked the seventh seed going into the NCAA Frozen Four and played against the third seed Clarkson University on Friday, March 21.
The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team ended its season Friday evening during, double overtime game against Canisius, with a score of 5-4, in the Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N. Y.
“I thought the game against Canisius went very well. Sure we lost in double overtime, but that’s hockey. We played well as a team, competed hard; it just wasn’t in the cards for us that night,” said senior Daniel O’Donoghue.