Spring Sports Aim for Freedom Championship

By Hutton Jackson
A&E and Online Editor

This article was originally published in Issue 14, Fiftieth Year of The Minstrel (April 28, 2016). Click here to view the entire issue. 

As May approaches, so does the end of the spring sports teams’ regular seasons. With only a few games left, the spring athletes are giving their maximum effort in an attempt to reach their goal of winning the MAC Freedom Conference Championship.

Note: All statistics and records in this article have been updated as of April 29 to reflect the most current standings. 

Senior Chris Polaski started and threw for eight innings to get the team a win this past Wednesday against Moravian College.
Senior Chris Polaski started and threw for eight innings to get the team a win this past Wednesday against Moravian College. Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Baseball
Record: Overall 22-13; Freedom 12-6
Ranking: Tied for second in the Freedom Conference
Notable Upcoming Games: Delaware Valley (Away, April 29); Delaware Valley (Home doubleheader, April 30)

Baseball has secured a playoff berth for the seventh straight year and heads into its final conference series this weekend against Delaware Valley with a potential two-seed on the line. Both DeSales and Manhattanville are 12-6 in conference, with DeSales holding the tiebreaker after winning all three games of their regular season series with Manhattanville. Once in the playoffs, the Bulldogs will aim to knock off top-seeded Misericordia, who has eliminated DeSales from the playoffs five years in a row.

Ryan Loughlin scored his 100th career points in this week's game against Manhattanville, making him fifth all-time in goals in program history. Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Ryan Loughlin scored his 100th career goal in this week’s game against Manhattanville, making him fifth all-time in goals in program history. Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Lacrosse
Record: Overall 6-7; Freedom 6-0
Ranking: Tied for first in the Freedom Conference
Notable Upcoming Games: Eastern University (Away, April 30)

Men’s lacrosse secured a Freedom Conference playoff berth on Saturday, April 23 with its 17-6 win over Wilkes University and set a program record for most conference wins and longest win streak after beating Manhattanville College 18-4. After starting out 0-7, the team has gone 6-0 in conference play, averaging 15 goals a game and outscoring its last six opponents 90-42. The team will play Eastern University, who is also undefeated in the conference as of press time, this Saturday for a chance at the top seed and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Freshman Madeline Nasir hit a three-run home run in the team's second game against Eastern this past weekend to help the team achieve its sixth win of the season.
Freshman Madeline Nasir hit a three-run home run in the team’s second game against Eastern this past weekend to help the team achieve its sixth win of the season. Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Softball
Record: Overall 6-27; Freedom 2-10
Ranking: Eighth in the Freedom Conference
Notable Upcoming Games: Delaware Valley (Away doubleheader, April 30)

The defending Freedom Champs have had a rough year and will miss the playoffs after going 11-3 in conference last year. Losing five upperclassmen to eligibility and senior DJ McCauley, an All-Conference and NFCA All-Region pitcher, to injury has required a major adjustment for the team. The team is currently last in the conference heading into their final matchup with Delaware Valley and will look to finish strong in order to gain momentum going into next season.

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