Sports Roundup: Busy Week For Misericordia Athletes


Sean Benkert

Zane Martin, and Kyle Ganoe celebrate after a big score.

Sean Benkert, Reporter

The Misericordia athletic world was busy this week. Both women’s and men’s lacrosse had two games, softball had a doubleheader, baseball played three games, women’s tennis had one match, and men’s volleyball had four matches.

Starting off at Mangelsdorf field Wednesday, the women’s lacrosse team had a big conference win against Lycoming College. The Lady Cougars ended up on the winning end of an 18-5 score, led by five separate players scoring at least one goal. The player of the day was Molly Celesky, who scored five goals and Alyssa Grieco, who added three.

The Cougars took that momentum into Saturday, where they defeated Delaware Valley, 19-1, led by Michelle Torzilli’s four goals.

The men’s lacrosse team had games away against Lycoming and Delaware Valley and won both. Against Lycoming, the men won a 14-13 thriller. Rob Wagner led with four goals and three assists for a total of seven points.

In their second game of the week, the men won, 20-7, after jumping out to a 10-2 lead. The Cougars were led by Jared Pelliccione and Kyle Vanderburg, who had four goals each.

On to the diamond where Misericordia softball split a doubleheader against the Arcadia Knights. In the first game, which the Cougars won, 9-1, they were led by Emma Griffin who went 2-3 with two RBIs and one run scored. Kate Redling and Nicole Elliot each had each hits in the effort.

In the second game of the day, the Cougars lost, 8-5. Redling went for two hits on three attempts with two RBIs and one run scored.

The baseball team also had a doubleheader against the Knights and went 0-2 on the day, losing 11-3 and 4-0. In the first game, freshman shortstop Connor Maryniak went 3-3 with one run scored. Derrick Vosburg had two RBIs.

In the second game, Vosburg, Owen VanNewkirk and Austin Miles all had one hit. Earlier in the week, the Cougars rolled to a 15-4 victory led by Santino Manganella who hit 4-5 with four RBIs.

Women’s tennis earned a 5-4 victory in its lone match of the week against Marywood. Brianna Pizanno, Hailey Loughlin, Lydia Barbour, and Cassie Benderavich all won their singles matches.

The last team in action for the Cougars this week was men’s volleyball which hosted Arcadia Wednesday, losing 3-1in heartbreaking fashion. The last two sets were decided by two points or less.

The Cougars traveled to King’s College on Friday where they lost, 3-2.

To round out the week, Misericordia competed in an invitational in Ashland, Virginia Saturday, facing off against Division III powerhouses Randolph-Macon and UC-Santa Cruz. The Cougars put up a valiant effort against Randolph-Macon despite losing, 3-2, and went down, 3-0, against UC-Santa Cruz.