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Men’s Lacrosse (2-7) (0-4)

March 10
L, 15-5 @ Navy
Navy opened the game with a strong six points in the first quarter. The Leopards had a strong second half, scoring two points in each quarter, but it was too little too late as Navy kept up their performance and scored six more in the final quarter and came away with the win.

March 13
L, 12-6 @ Cleveland State
Lafayette and Cleveland State kept up with each other in the first three quarters. The Leopards scored two points per quarter and Cleveland scored two in the first and third quarter, and three in the second. Cleveland State pulled ahead in the fourth quarter, scoring five goals in the last 15 minutes of the game and handing Lafayette the loss.

March 17
L, 19-11 vs Lehigh
The Leopards’ offense had their best game so far this season, topping their previous season-high of 10 points by one in their game against Lehigh. The performance by the offense was not enough, as Lehigh put up 19 goals of their own to seal the victory.

Women’s Lacrosse (3-5) (0-1)

March 10
W, 13-5 vs St. Bonaventure
Lafayette ended their five game home stand with a win against St. Bonaventure. Junior attackers Jane Kirby and Emma Novick kept up consistent scoring, combining for five goals, and senior midfielder and co-captain Kristin Schaen netted four of her own.

March 14
L, 15-11 @ Siena
Siena doubled up Lafayette in the first half, 8-4. The two teams traded goals back and forth for the first 17 minutes but Siena eventually pulled away. Both teams scored an impressive seven points each in the second half, but Siena won the game dropping the Leopards under the .500 mark.

March 17
L, 16-14 @ Holy Cross

The Leopards started off their contest against Holy Cross down 9-4 at the end of the first half. They then put up a valiant effort, scoring 10 points in the second half. Holy Cross bounced back, especially in the last two minutes, defeating Lafayette by two.

Women’s Tennis (6-6) (0-1)

March 11
W, 6-3 vs Slippery Rock
Lafayette defeated Slippery Rock 6-3 in their spring break opener last week. All of Lafayette’s doubles pairings, Lesnick/Snyder, Block/ Conrad and Cooke/Hill, won their matches, putting the team at a huge advantage. Freshmen Alexa Cooke and Samantha Snyder also won their singles matches along with sophomore Meredith Block, securing the win for Lafayette.

March 14
L, 4-3 @ Savannah State
In the second match of their spring break trip, the Leopards lost to Savannah State by a narrow one point margin. Although three of the six singles matches resulted in a Lafayette point, the Leopards couldn’t secure any doubles wins, ultimately resulting in their defeat.

March 16
L, 6-1 vs George Mason
The Leopards ended their spring break trip with a loss against George Mason. Sophomore Grace Conrad was the only Leopard to earn a point, winning both sets of her singles match 6-3.

March 18
L, 6-1 vs Villanova
Freshman Cecelia Lesnick was the only member of the Lafayette women’s tennis team to earn a point in their last match against Villanova, bouncing back from her 0-6 first set with a 6-2 win in her second set. Villanova unfortunately defeated the Leopards in the rest of the singles matches and all the doubles, ending the day with a loss for the Leopards.

Baseball (8-12) (0-0)

March 13
W, 10-6 @ Longwood
Lafayette defeated Longwood in extra innings. Lafayette clinched the victory in a decisive five-run tenth inning with senior first baseman Patrick Nelson and sophomore outfielder Brandon Posivak recording two RBI each in the inning.

March 14
L, 8-6 @ VCU

Lafayette fell behind early as VCU managed to score five runs at the bottom of the first inning. Lafayette took the lead by the end of the fifth inning, but VCU came back strong in the bottom of the sixth and Lafayette could not recover.

March 16
L, 12-3 @ George Mason
Lafayette struggled to keep up with George Mason in their series opener. George Mason had the lead at the bottom of the first inning and maintained it or was tied with the Leopards throughout the rest of the game. A huge seventh inning by George Mason kept a Lafayette victory out of reach.

March 18
W, 3-2 @ George Mason
The Leopards started strong in the first game of the day against George Mason, plating two runs at the top of the first inning. George Mason tied up the game 2-2 by the end of the fourth inning, but the Leopards emerged victorious after the efforts of senior infielder Steven Cohen and sophomores infielder John Marti and outfielder Luke Robinson in the winning run during the eighth inning.

L, 13-12 @ George Mason
The Leopards’ second game against George Mason started off slow with Lafayette down 7-2 through two innings. The Leopards’ performance improved as the game went on, but they were not able to complete a comeback, eventually losing by one run.

Women’s track and field

March 16 & 17

@ 49er Classic

The Leopards joined around 90 schools at the Classic. Freshman Gabi Galletta earned 9th place all-time in the Lafayette history books in the 5000-meter. The team recorded eight new personal bests on the day, two of which were earned by junior Amy Hewlett.

Men’s track and field

March 16 & 17

@ 49er Classic

The men recorded 6 personal bests, two of which were by sophomore Tyler Hubeny. Hubeny is now 10th all time for Lafayette in the 100-meter hurdles. Senior Dave McGriff won first place in the discus and hammer events.

Softball (2-17) (0-0)

March 14

L, 6-3 @ Penn

Three Lafayette errors allowed the Quakers to lead 2-0 early, and once the Leopards allowed three more runs in the fourth, it was a deficit the offense could not overcome.

March 16

L, 7-6 vs Siena in Washington, D.C.

The Leopards surrendered six runs in the first two innings, but fought back in a crazy third inning, where they batted around and came away with three runs on one hit. Lafayette got within one run in the seventh inning, but the come back fell short.

L, 9-0 (5) @ George Washington in Washington, D.C.

Freshman outfielder Paige Grover’s single was the only hit on the day for the Leopards as they were outmatched by the Colonials, who went into the game on a six-game winning streak.

March 17

L, 4-3 vs Brown in Washington, D.C.

Another Leopards comeback bid fell short as Lafayette rallied in the 6th inning to cut the deficit from 4-1 to 4-3, but couldn’t drive home a tying run to force extra innings.

L, 7-6 @ George Washington in Washington, D.C.

Senior second base Samantha Sweigart started the scoring with an RBI double. Grover, senior shortstop Brooke Wensel and senior infielder Miranda Skurla took free bases on a pair of walks and a hit-by pitch, respectively. Junior catcher Maddie Wensel brought the Leopards within one run with a single, but the Colonials retired junior pitcher Stacy Gordon to end the game.

March 18

W, 13-3 (5) vs Brown in Washington, D.C.

Maddie Wensel went 4-4 and scored three runs. Gordon gave up three runs in 0.1 innings, but made up for it with a three run homer. A decisive eight-run fifth inning sealed the Leopards’ second win.

Disclaimer: Amy Hewlett is the sports editor and did not edit the track and field recaps in this article.