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Weeks 24-25 News and Notes: Spring sports swing into full gear

(c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
(c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

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This Week's Schedule

Tuesday, Mar. 8
Baseball at Stevenson, 2:30

Wednesday, Mar. 9
Men's Lacrosse vs. Montclair, 4:00
Women's Lacrosse vs. Hood, 7:00

Friday, Mar. 11
Baseball vs. New England College (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 6:00

Saturday, Mar. 12
Women's Lacrosse vs. Elizabethtown, 12:00
Men's Lacrosse at Lycoming, 11:00
Baseball vs. Wells (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 6:00

Sunday, Mar. 13
Softball vs. Salve Regina (Clermont, Fla.), 2:15
Baseball vs. Keene State (DH) (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 3:00
Softball vs. Utica, 6:30 (Clermont, Fla.), 6:45

Monday, Mar. 14
Baseball vs. Framingham State (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 9:00
Softball vs. Wheaton (Mass.) (Clermont, Fla.), 10:00
Softball vs. Ripon (Clermont, Fla.), 12:15

Wednesday, Mar. 16
Softball vs. Farmingdale State (Clermont, Fla.), 9:30
Softball vs. Mt. St. Mary (Clermont, Fla.), 12:00
Baseball vs. Wells (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 3:00

Thursday, Mar. 17
Softball vs. SUNY Geneseo (Clermont, Fla.), 9:30
Softball vs. Wisconsin Lutheran (Clermont, Fla.), 12:30
Baseball vs. Albertus Magnus (DH) (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 3:00
Women's Lacrosse vs. Roger Williams (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 3:00

Friday, Mar. 18
Baseball vs. Salem State (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 12:00
Softball vs. Eastern Connecticut State (Clermont, Fla.), 2:00
Softball vs. Carleton (Clermont, Fla.), 4:15

Saturday, Mar. 19
Baseball vs. Salem State (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 9:00
Men's Golf at The Ruckus (Williamsburg, Va.)
Men's Lacrosse at Alvernia, 1:00
Women's Lacrosse at Colorado College, 2:00

Sunday, Mar. 20
Men's Golf at The Ruckus (Williamsburg, Va.)

Tuesday, Mar. 22
Men's Lacrosse at Bryn Athyn, 4:00

BASEBALL

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel scored 57 runs in a four-game sweep of Lesley over the weekend.

• The Green Terror ranks in the top 16 in Division III in five offensive categories. McDaniel has the most triples of any team in the country with 13 through just eight games. That total is keying a slugging percentage of .607, which ranks 16th nationally. The team is 14th in batting average (.393), on-base percentage (.507), and scoring (13.0 runs per game). The Green Terror is also seventh in Division III with 11 sacrifice flies.

• McDaniel has scored eight or more runs in each of its last six games – all victories. However, the pitching has also recently caught up with the hitting, allowing just four runs over the last three games combined after giving up six or more in each of the first five contests. The team's earned-run average has dropped to 4.32, which is fourth in the Centennial Conference.

• Both the offense and pitching have had their relative success with two outs as well. As an offense, the Green Terror is hitting .490 with two outs while the pitching staff has allowed just two two-out hits all season (.077 average). McDaniel has 23 two-out RBIs while its opposition has zero.

MEN'S LACROSSE

LAST TIME OUT: St. Vincent scored six straight goals and held on to defeat McDaniel 13-11 on Saturday.

• Wednesday's home game against Montclair is the only home game for the Green Terror between the opener on Feb. 23 and the final non-conference game on Apr. 3. McDaniel, which enters the week 1-2 on the road, plays eight of nine on the road during that stretch.

• Nick DeLoriers enters the week atop the conference leaders in points with 20. He is the only Centennial Conference player with double-digit goals and double-digit assists in the early going. He has a conference-best 10 helpers and ranks ninth with his 10 goals.

• Jason Heeley has won double-digit faceoffs in each of the last two games. After winning 15 of 17 at the X against Goucher on Wednesday, he controlled 16 of the 25 he took against St. Vincent on Saturday.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel scored five straight goals in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and defeat Susquehanna 18-13 on Saturday.

• The Green Terror has had a different leading scorer in each of its first three games this season. Lillian Kim led the way in the opener at Goucher with a career-high four goals. At Shenandoah, it was Kealey Allison pacing the squad with six goals. Acadia Noll led the team on Saturday at Susquehanna with a career-high five tallies. In total, five different players have recorded at least one hat trick in the first three games. Emma Miller had three against the Hornets while Emma Legacy chipped in three against the River Hawks.

SOFTBALL

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel swept Hood in the home opener on Saturday, winning game one 5-3 and used a seven-run third inning for a 13-7 victory in the nightcap.

• Evie Craig blasted her first collegiate home run in the seven-run third inning on Saturday. With the bases loaded and two outs, she sent an 0-1 pitch down the left-field line for the Green Terror's first grand slam since Mar. 30, 2019.

• Isabella Sylvester recorded hits in each of her first five collegiate plate appearances. Her streak ended with a hard-hit flyout to center field in the fourth inning of game two on Saturday. The rookie is hitting .714 on the year a double, three RBIs, and three runs scored.

MEN'S GOLF

LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel fired the low round of the tournament with a score of 290 in a comeback attempt to close out the fall season with a two-day score of 591 and finish second at the Mason-Dixon Collegiate Classic on Oct. 9-10.

• The Green Terror opens the spring season after a fall in which the team fired four sub-300 rounds. Four of the six players who played nine rounds in the fall enter the spring with a stroke average of 77 or better. Ryan McGarry averaged 71.78 in the fall with three rounds of par or better. Chuck Csejka had a 72.78 average with four rounds of par or better. Matt Messenger (75.56) and Dell Grieser (76.56) joined the quartet in their first semester of collegiate golf. Messenger had an even-par 72 in the opening round at the Mason-Dixon while Grieser broke par twice.

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