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SPORTS ROUNDUP: Men’s Tennis and Women’s Golf Both Claim NEC Titles This Weekend

By The Equinox Sports Staff 

Men’s Tennis and Women’s Golf captured NEC championships this weekend. Women’s Tennis was eliminated in the NEC semifinals with Baseball and Softball continued their seasons with series wins this weekend against Mount Saint Mary’s and Sacred Heart. 

Women’s Soccer finished second in the NEC but did not qualify for the championship game that determined the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Men’s Soccer finished its season with a cancellation. 

Golf

Women’s Golf captured its fifth NEC title in six seasons at the Penn National Golf Club (par 72, 5971 yards) in Fayetteville, Pa. Junior Julia Warke claimed the individual title crown after shooting a combined three-day total of 224 (74, 71, 79)

“I am just very proud of the girls,” said head coach Rob Warren. “We worked hard all year through tough conditions, did our best to stay COVID free, and just happy we had the opportunity to compete and win. I’m so happy for Julia as well, she played great and deserved to win.”

Julia Warke, sophomore Victoria Schroedl, senior Nicola Smith, and freshman Anete Adul were named to the NEC All-Tournament Team. 

  1. FDU: (+43): 308+296+303=907
  2. Sacred Heart (+82): 312+320+314=946
  3. Merrimack (+93): 323+322+312=957
  4. Wagner (+95): 314+328+317=959
  5. Saint Francis University (PA) (+112): 325+328+323=976
  6. LIU (+135): 328+337+334=999
  7. Mount Saint Mary’s (+170): 336+351+347=1034

Individual 

  1. Julia Warke (+8): 74+71+79=224
  2. Victoria Schroedl (+9): 78+72+75=225
  3. Nicola Smith (+13): 80+75+74=229
  4. Anete Adul (+18): 76+78+80=234
  5. Caterina Tatti (+21): 80+82+75=237

Women’s Golf finished fourth at the Sacred Heart Invitational with a score of 302 on Monday, April 12. The Knights had a two-day score of 610 (308, 302) at the Great River Golf Club (par 72, 5,926 yards) in Milford, Conn.

Team

  1. Boston College (+20): 301+295=596
  2. St. Johns (+30): 299+306=606
  3. Boston University (+31): 306+301=607
  4. FDU (+34): 308+302=610
  5. University at Albany (+36): 307+305=612
  6. Quinnipiac (+41): 307+310=617
  7. Sacred Heart  (+49): 313+312=625
  8. Hartford (+54): 321+309=630
  9. Monmouth (+59): 322+313=635
  10. Fairfield (+71): 321+326=647
  11. Siena (+73): 321+328=649
  12. Merrimack (+116): 346+346=692

Individual 

FDU (+34): 308+302=610

  1. Victoria Schroedl (+4 ): 77+71=148
  2. Anete Liis Adul (+6): 73+77=150
  3. Julia Warke (+11): 80+75=155
  4. Nicola Smith (+16): 81+79=160
  5. Caterina Tatti (+18 ): 78+84=162

Women’s Golf finished in seventh in the Hartford Invitational at the Tumble Brook Country Club (par 72, 5,811 yards in Bloomfield, Conn. with a 327 score after 18 holes on Friday, April 9. 

Team 

  1. Boston University (+9): 297
  2. Quinnipiac (+23): 311
  3. University at Albany (+29): 317
  4. Fairfield University (+33): 321
  5. Sacred Heart (+36): 324
  6. Hartford (+38): 326
  7. FDU (+39): 327
  8. Holy Cross (+76): 364

Individual

FDU +39 (327)

  1. Julia Warke (+9): 81
  2. Victoria Schroedl (+9): 81
  3. Caterina Tatti (+10): 82
  4. Nicola Smith (+11): 83
  5. Anete Liis Adul (+13): 85

No. 1 seeded Men’s Tennis won its 13th NEC championship with a 4-3 win over Saint Francis Brooklyn on Sunday, April 18, from the Mercer County Tennis Center. This was FDU’s first NEC Championship win since 2013/

Sophomore Teodors Pukse was named NEC Tournament MVP after winning in both singles and doubles today as well as singles yesterday. Junior Mehdi Dhouib and senior Youssef Sader were named to the NEC All-Tournament Team.

FDU will wait until Monday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. to see who they will face in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Results 

Doubles 

  1. Teodors Pukse/ Andris Gudins (FDU) d. Gustavo Pinho/Miroslav Cvjetan (SFBK), 7-5
  2. Mehdi Dhouib/ Niclas Pietshc (FDU) d. Luis Foix Sotos/ Paulo Chiapponi (SFBK), 6-4
  3. Lars Schneider/Gleb Mityurin (SFBK) d. Youssef Sader/ Eduardo Cabral (FDU), 6-4

Singles 

  1. Teodors Pukse (FDU) d. Gustavo Pinho (SFBK) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
  2. Mehdi Dhouib (FDU) d. Miroslav Cvjetan (SFBK), 7-6 (5), 6-1
  3. Gleb Mityurin (SFBK) d. Andris Gudins (FDU), 6-4, 6-4
  4. Lars Schneider (SFBK) d. Maciej Autuch (FDU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
  5. Luis Foix Sotos (SFBK) d. Niclas Pietsch (FDU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
  6. Youssef Sader (FDU) d.  Dennis Sanchez (SFBK), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

No.1 seeded Men’s Tennis defeated Mount Saint Mary’s in the NEC Semifinals 4-0 on Saturday, April 17th from the Mercer County Tennis Center.

Results 

Doubles 

  1. Teodors Pukse/ Andris Gudins (FDU) d. Jackson Wood/ Parth Sharma (MSM), 4-4 Unfinished
  2. Mehid Dhouib/ Niclas Pietsch (FDU) d. Evan Hine/Marcel Cronin (MSM), 6-2
  3. Youssef Sader/ Eduardo Cabral (FDU) d. Elliot Stevens/ Jarrett Karnibad (MSM), 6-3

Singles

  1. Teodors Pukse (FDU) d. Jackson Wood (MSM), 6-1, 6-4
  2. Mehdi Dhouib (FDU) d. Elliot Stevens (MSM), 6-2, 6-3
  3. Andris Gudins (FDU) d. Parth Sharma (MSM), 7-5, 1-1 Unfinished 
  4. Maciej Autuch (FDU) d. Pablo Zuccardia (MSM), 7-5, 0-1 Unfinished 
  5. Niclas Pietsch (FDU) d. Jarrett Karnibad (MSM), 4-6, 6-0 Unfinished 
  6. Youssef Sader (FDU) d. Nick Huynh (MSM), 6-2, 6-1

Men’s Tennis (4-4, 4-0 NEC) lost the final match of the season 6-1 to Hofstra on Thursday, April 15,  at the FDU Tennis Courts.

Maciej Autuch, Eduardo Cabral, Andris Gudins, and Youssef Sader were honored on Senior Day before the match. 

Results

Doubles 

  1. Arce Lopez-Sanchez/Shawn Jackson (HOF) d. Teodors Pukse/Andris Gudins (FDU), 7-6 (3)
  2. Youssef Sader/Eduardo Cabral d. Julian Wolfe/Guido Feldberg (HOF), 6-4)
  3. Yusuke Nishitani/Giacomo Pezzoli (HOF) d. Maciej Autuch/Moric Budinszky (FDU), 6-2

Singles

  1. Shawn Jackson (HOF) d. Teodors Pukse (FDU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
  2.  Arce Lopez-Sanchez (HOF) d. Andris Gudins (FDU), 6-0, 6-1
  3.  Jonathan Mahrt Guyou (HOF) d. Maciej Autuch (FDU), 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-3 Retired
  4. Giacomo Pezzoli (HOF) d. Niclas Pietsch (FDU), 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
  5. Youssef Sader (FDU) d. Yusuke Nishitani (HOF), 7-5, 6-1
  6. Julian Wolfe (HOF) d. Senior Moric Budinszky (FDU), 7-5, 6-3

Women’s Soccer

The Knights won 2-1 against Bryant on Tuesday, April 13, in the season finale as they improved to 5-3 overall, 5-2 in conference play, finishing second. Junior Madelyn Robbins and senior Alyssa Caggiano scored FDU’s goals. 

Junior defender Christa Waterman and junior midfielder Madelyn Robbins were named All-NEC First Team with sophomore midfielder Naemi Hausen, junior midfielder Isabelle Udovc and junior defender Paula Reuss named All-NEC Second Team. Freshman defender Michelle Williams and freshman defender Franziska Theus were named to the All-NEC Rookie Team. 

Tennis

No. 6 seeded Women’s Tennis teams concluded its season with a 4-1 loss to No. 2 seeded Bryant on Saturday, April 17, at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor Township, N.J. 

Results 

Doubles 

  1. Tatiana Eftenoiu/ Amina Lasheen (FDU) d. Ada Boru/ Leanne Kendall (BRY), 5-5 Unfinished
  2. Sarah Hickey/ Manuela Gomez Estrada (BRY) d. Anamaria Vladescu/ Aleksandra Vorozheikina (FDU), 6-4
  3. Arianna Oropeza/ Olivia Rondini (BRY) d. Shreya Gulia/ Smriti Singh (FDU), 6-2

Singles 

  1. Aleksandra Vorozheikina (FDU) d. Ada Boru (BRY), 6-3, 6-7 (7), 1-1 Unfinished
  2. Tatiana Eftenoiu (FDU) d. Sarah Hickey (BRY), 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
  3. Arianna Oropeza (BRY) d. Amina Lasheen (FDU), 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
  4. Leanne Kendall (BRY) d. Smriti Singh (FDU), 6-0, 6-3
  5. Shreya Gulia (FDU) d. Camila Baeza (BRY), 6-4, 6-6 Unfinished 
  6. Olivia Rondini (BRY) d. Anamaria Vladescu (FDU), 6-2, 6-4

No. 6 seeded Women’s Tennis came from behind to defeat No. 3 seeded Sacred Heart 4-3 in the NEC Quarterfinal Round on Friday, April 16th, at the Mercer County Tennis Center. 

Results 

Doubles 

  1. Tatiana Eftenoiu/ Amina Lasheen (FDU) d. Ciara O’Toole/ Katsiaryna Starasenka (SHU), 7-6 (7)
  2. Vitalina Golod/ Keira Tobia (SHU) def. Anamaria Vladescu/ Aleksandra Vorozheikina (FDU), 7-5
  3. Flavia Rambaldi/Lauren Santarsiero (SHU) def. Shreya Gulia/ Smriti Singh (FDU), 7-5

Singles 

  1. Aleksandra Vorozheikina (FDU) def. Vitalina Golod (SHU), 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
  2. Ciara O’Toole (SHU) def. Tatiana Eftenoiu (FDU), 7-6(7), 7-5
  3. Katsiaryna Starasenka (SHU) def. Amina Lasheen (FDU), 6-3, 7-5
  4. Smriti Singh (FDU) def. Brianne Lauria (SHU), 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-4
  5. Shreya Gulia (FDU) def. Flavia Rambaldi (SHU), 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
  6. Anamaria Vladescu (FDU) def. Lauren Santarsiero (SHU), 7-5, 6-2

Women’s Tennis (1-5,0-3 NEC) defeated Seton Hall (1-6, 0-2 Big East) 5-2 on Tuesday, April 13, on Senior Day at the FDU Tennis Courts.

Graduate student Tatiana Eftenoiu along with seniors Anamaria Vladescu and Aishwarya Gandotra were honored before the match.

Results 

Doubles 

  1. Minja Gligic/Arina Gumerova (SHU) d.Tatiana Eftenoiu/Amina Lasheen (FDU), 7-6 (5)
  2. Anamaria Vladescu/Aleksandra Vorozheikina (FDU) d. Hiba El Khalifi/Oliwia Kempinski (SHU), 6-4
  3. Shreya Gulia/Smriti Singh (FDU) def. Default (SHU)

Singles

  1. Arina Gumerova (SHU) d. Aleksandra Vorozheikina (FDU), 6-1, 6-2
  2. Amina Lasheen (FDU) d. Hiba El Khalifi (SHU), 6-1, 6-4
  3. Oliwia Kempinski (SHU) d. Smriti Singh (FDU), 6-2, 6-2
  4. Shreya Gulia (FDU) d. Default (SHU)
  5. Anamaria Vladescu (FDU) d. Default (SHU)
  6. Aishwarya Gandotra (FDU) d. Default (SHU)

Golf

Men’s Golf finished sixth with a score of  310 in the first round and a 295 in the second round at the Sacred Heart Invitational at the Great River Golf Club (par 72, 6885 yards) in Milford, Conn., on Monday, April 12.

Results, Team

  1. Boston College (+5): 291+ 290=581
  2. Sacred Heart (+12): 287,+301=588
  3. Fairfield (+18): 299+ 295=594
  4. Iona College (+20): 299+297=596
  5. LIU (+25): 298+303=601
  6. FDU (+29): 310+295=605
  7. Hartford (+30): 297+309=606
  8. Monmouth (+34): 304+306=610
  9. Siena (+37): 311+302=613
  10. St. Peter’s (+47): 319+304=623
  11. Manhattan (+69): 338+307=645

Individual

FDU +29 (310+295=605)

  1. Freddie Spencer (+6): 77+73=150
  2. Florian Schroedl (+6 ): 77+73=150
  3. Jaime Julve (+7): 76+75=151
  4. Patrick Brennan (+10): 80+74=154
  5. Tristan Maharaj (+24) 80+88=168

Men’s Golf finished tied for fifth in the Hartford Invitational on Friday, April 9, with a score of 306 at the Tumble Brook Country Club (par 72, 6,632 yards) in Bloomfield, Conn., on Friday, April 9.  

Team

  1. Hartford (+2): 290
  2. Fairfield University (+3): 291
  3. Sacred Heart (+3): 291
  4. Fordham University (+11): 299
  5. Iona College (+18): 306
  6. FDU (+18): 306
  7. Holy Cross (+25): 313
  8. Hofstra (+27): 315
  9. Army (West Point) (+38): 326

Individual

FDU (+18): 306

  1. Freddie Spencer (E): 72
  2. Florian Schroedl (E) :72
  3. Jaime Julve (+7): 79
  4. Tristan Maharaj (+11): 83
  5. Patrick Brennan (+22): 94

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team’s regular-season finale. against Mount St. Mary’s. was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols on Monday, April 12.  

The cancellation concludes the Knights’ season at 2-5-1 overall, sixth in the NEC with a 2-3-1 record. 

St. Francis Brooklyn (6-1-1, 6-1-1 NEC) defeated LIU (3-2-3, 3-2-3 NEC) 6-5 on penalty kicks in the NEC Championship match.

FDU junior midfielder Ideal Shefqeti was joined by freshman defender Hugo Bacharach in earning first team All-Northeast Conference postseason honors, according to an FDU Knights press release.

Freshman forward Jeremy Opong was named to the second team All-NEC while both Opong and Bacharach were also named to the NEC All-Rookie team. 

Softball

The FDU softball team (5-15, 5-13 NEC) won their four-game series against Sacred Heart (9-7, 7-11 NEC), winning three of four over the Pioneers and splitting a doubleheader on Sunday, April 18, from Pioneer Park. 

The Knights won game one 5-4 in dramatic fashion with senior Rylie Schmeh driving in the game-winning in the 10th inning with a sacrifice fly. Junior Alayna Savaglio pitched all 10 innings with a complete game, recording six strikeouts. She has now won four straight starts on the hill. 

FDU split an NEC doubleheader with Mount St. Mary’s (12-19, 5-8 NEC) on Saturday, April 10 from the FDU Softball Field with a 3-0 shutout win in game one led by Savaglio with a career-high 15 strikeouts in her third complete game of the year. 

In game two, the Knights rallied but were defeated 9-7. 

Sophomore Cassidy Triska crushed a two-run homer, her second of the season, and went 2-4 from the plate while graduate student Madison Emerson also went 2-4 with an RBI single. 

FDU recorded its first win in a doubleheader split with Saint Francis University (24-7, 9-1 NEC) on Wednesday, April 7, at the SFU Softball Field. 

The Knights lost the first game of the twinbill, 1-0, but bounced back in the second game, winning 3-1. 

In game one, senior Abby England pitched a complete game and struck out six batters while Schmeh reached base three times with a base hit and a pair of walks. 

In game two, Savaglio registered her second complete game on the mound. She allowed just one run while striking out seven hitters. 

Graduate student Madison Merson went 3-4 and drove in all three FDU runs with junior Courtney Mahoney going 3-3 with a double and graduate student Summer Mendoza scoring twice.  

FDU will play a non-conference series against Drexel on Thursday, April 22 at 2 p.m. 

Baseball

 On April 16, the Knights started a three game series at Mount St. Mary’s where they won 10-4. The Knights went on to win the series, losing the second game 3-14, and then winning the rubber game 8-6. The Knights got swept by Bryant in a three-game series from April 9-11, falling to 3-14 overall and 2-10 in conference play. The Knights are currently ranked seventh in the conference. The Knights are set to get back on the field for a one game series against Wagner at home on April 20 at 3:00 pm.

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