By Bridget Walsh
Tuesday, Sept. 19
In the Elizabethtown College Fall Invitational, the men’s golf team finished 10th out of 28 teams in the Hershey Country Club in their fall opener. The top finisher for the Bulldogs was senior Schuyler Hart who tied for 27th on a 7-over 78 day and had one birdie and 10 pars in the invitational. Freshman Jax Buist, junior Chris DellaSala, and junior Adam Sutovich also competed and all shot 9-over 80. Buist had 10 pars, DellaSala shot one birdie and nine pars, and Sutovich carded 12 pars. Rounding out the competitors for the bulldogs was senior Ryan Gutshall who finished 11over 82 with a birdie and nine pars.
At Cedar Crest College, the women’s tennis team swept all matches for a 9-0 victory in their fall opener. In singles competition, senior Kelly Nguyen, sophomore Sarah Lightner, sophomore Sarah Chan, freshman Alex Rodier, freshman Sabrina Ricciardi, and sophomore Kelsey Kazlauskas all swept their individual matches. In doubles action, Nguyen teamed with sophomore Amber Achenbach, Lightner teamed with graduate student Sophia Chen, and Rodier and sophomore Amanda Becker teamed up to dominate and finish out the sweep.
The women’s field hockey team fell to Kean University, ranked 19th in the country at the Division III level at the time, 6-0 on their home turf. Despite holding Kean to just one goal in the first half, the bulldogs were unable to hold off the explosive Kean offense in the second half. Senior Autumn Klucsartis had one defensive save, and sophomore Katarina Polyviou made 10 saves in the cage.
In their conference opener, the women’s volleyball team swept Delaware Valley in three straight sets. The Bulldogs recorded 15 service aces across the three sets, led by sophomore Crystal Fernandez with four. Sophomore Morghan Shoemaker recorded 11 kills, freshman Julia Bradford had 31 assists, and junior Natalie Gray led the defense with 12 digs.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
The men’s soccer team held off local Lehigh Valley rival Muhlenberg College with a 1-0 double overtime victory at home. With 3:45 remaining in the second overtime period, junior Alex DiRienzo shot past an advancing Muhlenberg defender and was blocked by the goalkeeper. The rebound went right back to DiRienzo who managed to get the ball to roll into the back of the net to end the game. Senior Dan Sulpizio recorded his fourth shutout this season and had four saves in the non-conference win.
At Lebanon Valley College, the women’s soccer team lost 3-2 on a late goal by Lebanon Valley that ended the Bulldogs’ comeback effort. The Bulldogs were down two goals early in the match before sophomore Sydney Amato off assists from senior Angelica Bertola and junior Erin Crystal just 1:24 after the second Lebanon Valley goal. Then, Bertola tied the game off an assist by freshman Rachel Medlar. With 5:13 remaining, Lebanon Valley scored the game-winner despite the Bulldogs’ efforts. Junior Hayley Jacobs recorded seven saves within goal in the loss.
Thursday, Sept. 21
Sophomore Kylie Honnick-Payne tied the single-game record with four goals in the DeSales field hockey’s 8-1 victory against Bryn Athyn in non-conference action on their home turf field. Sophomore Kristie Hansen finished with two goals and an assist. Senior Maggie Zaleski redirected a pass from sophomore Claire Gogel, who also recorded her first goal of the season off an assist from freshman Grace Denarski.
Friday, Sept. 22
In a non-conference match in Reading, men’s tennis defeated Albright College 6-3. Freshman Danny Lynn recorded two wins, one at No. 1 singles and the other at No. 1 doubles where he competed with junior Jorey Ferraro. The other doubles win came from senior Bryan Hayhurst and freshman Dominic Ferraro at No. 3 doubles. DeSales had a sweep at the No. 4, 5 and 6 singles by junior Josh Ferraro, freshman Cameron Germano and sophomore Ahmad Kanan.
Also in non-conference tennis action, the women’s team defeated Albright College 8-1. They swept all three doubles matches with the duos of Nguyen and Achenbach, Chan and Lightner, and Rodier and Becker. In singles action, Lightner, Achenbach, Chan, Rodier, and Kazlauskas all recorded wins.
Saturday, Sept. 23
At the Purple Valley Classic held at Williams College, the men’s cross country team placed 16th out of 26 teams. The top finisher for the Bulldogs was junior Gabe Lamm, who finished 66th overall with a time of 27:48. Other top finishers include freshman William Summers (28:13.5), freshman Hailemichael Geiger (28:42.2), sophomore Nick Cauley (29:00.5) and freshman Joey Wells (29:07.0).
In a home non-conference match, the women’s soccer team was shutout by Stevenson University in a 2-0 loss. The best opportunity for the Bulldogs came mid-way through the second half when senior Rachel Logue attempted a penalty kick, but the Stevenson goalie made the diving save to preserve the shutout. Jacobs made two saves in the Bulldog’s goal.
At Muhlenberg’s trimatch, the volleyball team split the day, defeating Dickinson College, 3-1, and falling to Muhlenberg, 3-2. Against Dickinson, the team held a strong defensive front, recording 110 digs and eight team blocks. Junior Gabby Savite’ recorded doubledouble with 17 kills and 22 digs, freshman Noel Kelly had 11 kills, and Shoemaker had seven kills, 11 digs, and four blocks. Gray led the defense for the Bulldogs with 28 digs, and Bradford finished with 41 assists and 15 digs.
After forcing the fifth set in a battle with local rival Muhlenberg, the volleyball team could not recover from an early Muhlenberg run in the decisive final set. Kelly finished with a team-high 14 kills, Shoemaker added 12 kills, and Savite’ posted her second double-double of the day with 12 kills and 25 digs, and freshman Grace Merritt added nine kills for the offense. Bradford totaled 48 assists and 12 digs, and Gray had 23 digs on the defensive end.
In their second straight double overtime match, the men’s soccer team held off Lancaster Bible College, 1-0. The lone goal of the match came 58 seconds into the second overtime period as junior Justin Habick scored his fourth goal of the season on a penalty kick. Sulpizio recorded his fifth shutout of the year and made eight saves in the win.
At Delaware Valley University, the field hockey team claimed their first conference win with a 3-2 victory. Honnick-Payne scored twice, including the game winner with 5:44 left in the contest. Freshman Erin Chioffe scored her first collegiate goal off a corner and an assist by junior Chelsea DeFrancisco, and Honnick-Payne followed suit off an assist by Chioffe. Polyviou made four saves in the goal for the Bulldogs.
Monday, Sept. 25
Against local rival Moravian College, the men’s tennis team posted a 6-3 victory in non-conference action. In doubles, Lynn teamed with Jorey Ferraro and Hayhurst teamed with freshman Dominic Ferraro to give DeSales a 2-1 lead heading into singles competition. Lynn, sophomores Ben Greb and Kanan, and D. Ferraro recorded wins in singles to secure the victory.
Tuesday, Sept. 26
At Penn State Brandywine, the women’s tennis team had a clean 9-0 sweep in nonconference action. In doubles, Nguyen paired with Achenbach, and Ricciardi and Gabby Serratore posted wins, with the third doubles forfeited. Nguyen, Chan, Rodier, and Kazlauskas secured wins.
Also at Penn State Brandywine, the men’s tennis team inched their way to a 5-4 win. At doubles, Hayhurst teamed with D. Ferraro for the lone doubles victory. The Bulldogs got wins at Nos. 1, 4, 5 and 6 singles by Lynn, Kanan, Josh Ferraro, and D. Ferraro, respectively.
Bertola recorded the 100th point of her career in the women’s soccer team’s 5-1 win against local rival Muhlenberg College. She is one of three players in history to achieve this milestone. Bertola scored the first goal off a loose ball in the box, then assisted Goad on a give and go. Goad scored again when the ball deflected off a defender from centering pass by Crystal. Then, Amato struck on an assist by Bertola on a shot that went off the far post and into the net. The final goal of the match came as freshman Anja Wilson scored her first career goal off a free ball in the box from sophomore Claire Bassetti. Freshman Lia Gaccione made one save in goal.
Wednesday, Sept. 27
In their eighth straight victory and fifth straight shutout, the men’s soccer team defeated Albright College 3-0. Sulpizio made six saves in the win. Sophomore Javaughn Hussett started the scoring off with an assist from Reichard after beating a defender off a one-on-one break away for the lone first half goal. In the second half, junior Michael Kirby scored off a penalty kick after there was a handball by Albright inside the box. Junior Max Cortina scored the final goal of the match on a shot from the far-left wing.
At Widener University, the field hockey team lost 1-0. The best opportunity for the Bulldogs came when Honnick-Payne’s shot was saved and a follow-up shot by sophomore Madison Brader was blocked by a Widener defender. Polyviou made five saves in goal.
The volleyball team snapped Eastern University’s 84 match win streak with a 3-2 victory in MAC Freedom conference action. This was Eastern’s first loss in conference play since joining the conference in 2008. DeSales took sets 1, 2 and 5, and held off a late spurt by Eastern to claim the match. Savite’ finished with her ninth double-double of the season, recording 18 kills and 17 digs. Kelly added 14 kills, and Shoemaker had 13 kills and a team-high three blocks for the offense. Gray added 25 digs to lead the defense, and Bradford had 46 assists.
Thursday, Sept. 28
At the Moravian College Fall Invitational, the men’s golf team finished the match tied for fifth out of the 12 teams that competed. Gutshall and Hart shot 10over 81s, tying for 12th place individually. Gutshall carded one birdie and eight pars, and Hart shot two birdies, one eagle and four pars. DellaSala and Buist both carded 89s on the day to round out the Bulldog competitors. DellaSala had five pars, and Buist recorded four pars.