By Bridget Walsh and Lauren Trumbull
Sports Editor and News & Features Editor
Tuesday, Oct. 17
The men’s soccer team recorded its 11th shutout of the season, scoring 3-0 against Delaware Valley University. Within the first 57 seconds of the game, freshman Sean Tunney scored the first and only goal in the first half after junior Max Cortina earned a free kick, sending a ball into the middle of the box where Tunney headed the ball for the goal. Assisted by junior Alex DiRienzo and freshman Cooper Moyer, junior Justin Habick took a shot into the net for the second goal after Moyer kicked a pass into the box where DiRienzo then passed the ball to an open Habick. After taking a pass from DiRienzo, freshman Kishan Modessa scored his first career goal, and the third goal for the game, finalizing the score at 68:01. The game brought senior Dan Sulpizio his 10th win of the year, tying him with Rusty Riedmiller for the single-season mark, and leaving him two shy of tying for the career record recording his 19th career shutout.
Wednesday, Oct. 18
In a record-breaking MAC Freedom game, the women’s soccer team beat Delaware Valley University 8-0, moving DeSales into just one point in its last two games of earning a spot in the MAC Freedom postseason tournament. Senior Angelica Bertola became the all-time leading scorer in women’s soccer history, with the nine points breaking the single-game points record. Bertola moved into first place with 122 career points and tied DeSales’ Hall of Famer for the all-time lead in career goals with 51. Her four goals and one assist in Wednesday’s game lead her to own the singleseason points mark with 48 this season, including 21 goals and 6 assists. Bertola was not the only one to break a record this game, freshman Rachel Medlar broke the previous 11 record in the single season assist mark giver her 13 on the season.
As for the Bulldogs’ third straight shutout, Bertola made the first goal unassisted after receiving a long pass in the box from senior Rachel Logue. Just over 11 minutes later, Bertola took her second goal with an assist from senior Gabby Lucchese. With 2:59 left in the firs thalf, junior Erin Crystal took another assist from Lucchese to score the third goal.
Unassisted, Bertola earned her hat trick at 5:05 into the second-half. Following that, Medlar took a shot 25 yards out for the fifth goal of the game. The sixth goal, and Bertola’s fourth overall, was through an assist from Medlar. Sophomore Sydney Amato scored the last two goals, with Medlar assisting on the first.
Also aiding in the Bulldogs win was freshman Lia Gaccione and junior Haley Jacobs, who each made one save.
In another victory against Delaware Valley University, the golf team won by 70 shots, ending with 324-394 in a dual match at Brookside Country Club. Both senior Schuyler Hart and senior Ryan Gutshall finished the match with two birdies and eight pairs, with Hart posting a match-low 78 and Gutshall ending with a 79. Junior Chris DellaSala posted an 83, and freshman Jax Buist and junior Adam Sutovich posted an 84.
Saturday, Oct. 21
On their senior night, the field hockey team suffered a 3-2 loss in conference action to Misericordia University. The Bulldogs started the game strong, scoring the first goal, but fell short in a late second half comeback effort.
Sophomore Kylie Honnick-Payne scored her twelfth goal of the season on a loose ball in the box when she shot it just past the goalkeeper. Misericordia countered with all three of their goals, giving them the 3-1 lead at the half.
Honnick-Payne broke the scoreless second half with just over 20 minutes left in the game. Sophomore Brader passed the ball to Honnick-Payne who shot her thirteenth goal of the season from the top of the circle.
Despite controlling the game for most of the second half, the field hockey team could not overcome the first half Cougar goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Katarina Polyviou made one save in the loss.
The men’s tennis team traveled to WilkesBarre to compete in the MAC Fall Individual Tournament. In singles competition, freshman Danny Lynn and juniors Jorey and Josh Ferraro both advanced past their first round match but fell in the quarterfinals. In doubles action, the team of Dominic Ferraro and Josh. Ferraro advanced to the second round but fell in the quarterfinals. Sophomores Ahmad Kanan and Ben Greb both advanced to the second day of competition.
Kanan won two matches on Saturday to compete in the semifinals on Sunday where he fell to the top seed in No. 6 singles. Kanan and Greb teamed up in No. 4 doubles and advanced on a quarterfinals win on Saturday before falling in Sunday’s semifinals match.
Wednesday, Oct. 25
In their final conference match of the season and amidst the senior night festivities, the volleyball team conquered King’s College, 3-0. This win pushed the Bulldogs to 7-0 in conference matches and solidified the top seed in the MAC Freedom playoffs.
The win also gives the volleyball team its fourth consecutive 20+ win season, and eighth in head coach Michele Zabinski’s 13 years. Despite a solid effort from the Monarchs, the Bulldogs were able to finish strong in each set to claim the win.
With her nineteenth double-double of the season, junior Gabby Savite` led the offense, recording 17 kills, 12 digs, three blocks, and hit .438 for the match. Freshman Noel Kelly contributed with 14 kills and hit .375, and sophomore Morghan Shoemaker finished with eight kills and three blocks.
Defensively, freshman Julia Bradford had 43 assists, and junior Natalie Gray finished with a match high 20 digs.
Thursday, Oct. 26
The field hockey team clinched the final MAC Freedom playoff spot in a 2-1 victory over King’s College. The berth is the fourth in team history and first since 2014. All three goals were scored in the first half, and the defense held King’s to just three shots in the second half.
Honnick-Payne recorded both goals for the Bulldogs for her fourteenth and fifteenth goals of the season. The first came on a loose ball in front of the goalkeeper that trickled in. The second came off an assist by senior Kelly meade who deflected her shot to Honnick-Payne who fired the ball past the goalkeeper off a corner. Polyviou recorded two saves in the conference win.
With her second goal, Honnick-Payne set the single season scoring record with 36 points. The previous record of 35 was accomplished just twice.