The Spring Breakdown

By The Equinox Sports Staff

Welcome to the Equinox’s roundup and recap of all sporting events that took place over the spring break period from March 11-20.

Women’s Fencing Places 34th in NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional

The Knights traveled to Princeton University on March 12 to close out their season in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional. Freshman Avery LaRusso represented the FDU women in Saber and placed 34th.

Women’s Golf Finishes 8th in Jackrabbit Invitational

FDU Women’s Golf traveled to Princeton University on March 14-15 to take part in the Jackrabbit Invitational tournament. The Knights placed eight out of 16 as a team, and were led by Anete Adul, who finished 24th individually and compiled a score of 224 through three rounds of play. The Knight’s next event will be the LPGA International on March 27 in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Knights Softball Goes 4-1 Over Spring Break

FDU’s Softball team defeated Monmouth on the road in both doubleheader matchups on March 15 by scores of 3-2 and 7-2. Savannah Thronwell came up with a big home run in the top of the seventh in the first game to give FDU the 3-2 victory. FDU dominated the second matchup, scoring all of their seven runs in the fifth inning. Designated hitter Jess Dewitt came away with a game-high two hits and also batted in a run in the 7-2 win. FDU then traveled to New Britain, Conn. on March 18 and split a doubleheader with the Blue Devils, losing the first game 1-2 and winning the second 5-2.

In the first game only Payton Wagner and Alayna Savaglio were able to come away with a hit each for FDU while Cassidy Triska secured the only RBI for the team. In the second game FDU’s offense functioned better, led by a three hit performance from Cassidy Triska and two RBI’s from Jess Dewitt. The Knights finished their week by taking the final game on the road against CCSU by a score of 3-1 to complete the series victory on Mar. 20. Jess Dewitt came up with a big two-run home run in the third inning to put FDU up 2-1. From there the Knights controlled as starting pitcher Alayna Savaglio would go all seven innings and strikeout seven batters. Next up for FDU will be Lafayette on March 23.

FDU Women’s Tennis Scores Two Dominant Victories

The Knights came away victorious at the USTA National Campus on Mar. 15, defeating Skidmore by a score of 6-1. Amina Lasheen and Shreya Gulia shined in Doubles as they shut out the pair of Ella Provost and Konika Dhull 6-0. Marta Bettinelli would dominate Singles play as she defeated Ella Provost 6-2 in the first set and 6-0 in the second. FDU picked up another solid victory in Orlando, Florida on March 17th, as they defeated Saint Joseph’s 6-1. Gharia Bhagia and Namie Isago stood out in Doubles as they took care of Paige Conrad and Alex Kramer 6-1. Aleksandra Vorozheikina set the tone for her squad in Singles after they dropped the first matchup, defeating Stow Weiss 6-1 in the first set and 6-2 in the second. Next for FDU after picking up the two convincing wins, will be the Queen’s College Knights on March 21 in New York. 

Women’s Basketball Officially Wraps Up Season in WNIT Tournament 

The FDU Knights finished out their 2021-22 season with a 45-67 loss at Seton Hall on March 17. Aniya Bell led the team in scoring with 17 points and also came away with six rebounds. The loss in the WNIT tournament marks the end of a historic season for FDU in which they finished with the best record in program history and won a regular season title. 

Women’s Track and Field Competes in Hurricane Invitational

The FDU Women’s Track and Field team traveled to Cobb Stadium on March 18-19 for the Hurricane Invitational. The Knights’ most notable performers were Shantelle Riley who placed fourth in the Women’s 100M Final, and Chloe Lucas and Jazmyn Lewis who placed fourth and fifth in the Women’s 400M Final. Up next for FDU will be the Rider-5-Way on March 26 at the Michael P. Brady Track. 

Women’s Bowling Dominates Northeast Roundup

The FDU Women’s Bowling team put up an impressive performance on March 19-20 at the Northeast Roundup in New Castle, Delaware. The Knights absolutely dominated as they posted nine victories in the tournament, including a 1023-952 win in Traditional play against Kutztown and a 1023-924 victory over Adelphi in Baker Total Pinfall. Next for FDU will be the Northeast Conference Championship on March 24-26 in which they will face off against LIU in the play-in game. 

Men’s Baseball

The FDU baseball team took a game in a 2-game series against Towson starting on March 11 in a doubleheader with the Knights losing the first game 6-9 and winning the second game 12-5. The third game of the series which was set to take place on Mar 12. was canceled due to weather conditions. The Knights then faced Lehigh on March 15 which they lost  15-7. FDU then went on to face Siena on March 16 and also lost 9-5.  The Knights finished out their spring break with taking one game out of a 3-game series against UMass which took place on March 18 in a doubleheader where the Knights took the second game and losing the first and third. 

Men’s Track and Field

Salif Mane from the Men’s track and field team got the achievement of being a First Team All-American with a seventh place finish in the men’s triple jump competition at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Saturday, March 12. Mane hit his highest mark in his final attempt at 16.16 meters. The Knights started their outdoor season at the Hurricane Invitational which took place from March 18-19, Mane earned second place in the long jump competition with a 7.57 meter jump breaking his personal record. Malik Ricketts earned third place in the 400m dash with a time of 48.15. Conroy Ellis got a fifth place finish with a time of 48.68. Ako Hislop ran two personal best in 100m and 200m dash with the times of 10.74 and 21.64. Ben Clay III got third place in the shot put competition with a mark of 16.80m and Dominykas Chepys placed fourth with 15.89m. Taeco O’Garro earned a third place finish with a 15.31m jump in the triple jump competition. Duran Crooks got a third place finish in the 400m hurdles with a time of 55.04 and Sandley Elysee got fifth place with a time of 59.30. 

Men’s Volleyball

The Knights faced Saint Francis University on Friday, March 11 where they lost in three straight sets. 

Men’s Tennis

The Knights faced the University of Illinois on Wednesday, March 16 where they went 0-4 in matches. The Knights then faced Illinois Wesleyan on Thursday, March 17 where they dominated taking 6-1 matches. 

Men’s Golf 

 The Knights competed in the Carpetbagger Classic on Sunday, March 20 where they tied for fifth amongst 14 teams. Jaime Julve earned first place in an individual performance with a two round score of 143. 

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