Dominican Softball Goes to Bat in National Tournament

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Chargers debut in national tournament

The Dominican College softball team, the three-time defending champion in the Central Atlantic Athletic Conference (CAA), makes its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance today at 1 p.m. when it visits third-seeded C.W. Post.

Four teams are participating at each of 16 regional sites in double-elimination tournaments today through Sunday.

Dominican, the sixth seed, has an overall record of 37-15 and posted a 4-0 record last week during play at the CACC Championships. 

Regional winners will advance to the super regionals May 11-12, with the finals scheduled May 16-19 at Knights Field in Louisville, KY.

Junior Delaney Childers of Johnston, OH, continues to power the Lady Chargers with a robust .444 batting average, and also has 31 RBI—second only to co-team leaders Ashley Corrao of Staten Island and Julie Plante of Swansea, MA, both with 40.


STAC set for finale in lacrosse

Assured of finishing at .500 or better following a 15-12 victory over Kean University, the St. Thomas Aquinas College women’s lacrosse team ends it season on the road at Molloy College on Saturday.

The Spartans (8-7) and Molloy (8-8) will meet at 11 a.m. in Rockville Center.

Prior to the Kean contest, STAC honored seniors Anne Buttafuoco of Williston Park and Sara Schmidt of Montgomery.

Buttafuoco finished her final home game in style scoring five goals while Schmidt again displayed a hard-fought style, and made several key defensive plays.

Margaret Sharp of Suffern also added five goals and Geneveve Stickney of Bayport had three.  Stephanie Nelson of Stony Point made 11 saves in the win.

Johannah Mitchell of Pearl River recorded a goal at the 13:34 mark, giving the Spartans their largest lead of the first half, 6-2.  Kean outscored STAC 4-2 to close the half, but the Spartans remained in control with an 8-6 lead at the break. 

STAC used a 4-0 run over the course of five minutes late in the second half to take a 15-9 lead and keep control of the game.  Alannah McCallister of Bayport added a goal in that stretch. 


Gaels recognized

Senior Kelsey Sickles of Yorktown is one of six Iona College women’s lacrosse players named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference all-Academic Team. Also named were sophomores Nina Veneziale of Old Bridge, NJ, Kristen Flynn of Mineola, Nicole Brancaccio of Norwalk, CT, Brittney Mabus of Yorktown Heights, and Stephanie Sumcizk of Syosset. Mabus was also named to the all-MAAC second-team.

The Gaels, who set a school record with nine victories this season, received four all-MAAC first-team selections this season as seniors Casey Scully of Huntington and Amber Zimmerlink of Old Bridge, NJ, join Sumcizk and junior Kylie Gregory of Bethpage as top performers.


Setters sparkle on diamond

Chris Roemer of Ardsley singled, stole second and scored on a double by Joe Lombardi of Briarcliff as the Pace University baseball team, which leads the Northeast-10 Conference, edged the University of New Haven, 1-0.

Jonathan Hornung of Calverton tossed a two-hit shutout as the Setters improved to 27-17 overall, 17-9 in the NE-10 and 15-3 in the Southwest, while the Chargers fell to 22-16, 13-12-1 in the conference and 9-8-1 in division play.

Pace leads the Southwest Division by three games over Southern Connecticut and Le Moyne, both regionally ranked. The Setters are ranked No. 8, but only the top-6 teams in the region advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

The Setters wrap up their regular season with a pivotal three-game Southwest Division series against the high-riding Owls of Southern Connecticut State University (30-14) this weekend. The teams play a doubleheader on Saturday at noon at Finnerty Field in Pleasantville, and return on Sunday for one game starting at 1 p.m.  


Mortarboard musings

  • The first-place showdown in the East Coast Conference between the St. Thomas Aquinas College baseball team and C.W. Post has again been postponed due to inclement weather. The Spartans (30-15 overall) and the host Pioneers (26-15), both 15-5 in the ECC, will now meet on Monday in Brookville at 3:30 pm. Frank Salerno of New City continues his stellar season for the Spartans, batting a second-best .381 to teammate Mike Russo of Boca Raton, FL. Matt Marotta of Suffern tops the pitching staff with a 7-1 record and a 1.71 ERA, while Ken Frawley of White Plains has won four of five decisions with an ERA of 4.91. Joey Arena of Yorktown is pitching to a 3.72 ERA for C.W. Post, and Anthony Corona of Carmel is batting .241.
  • Flynn McFadden of West Nyack, a member of the basketball team, and track standouts Lisa Brevogel of Congers and Sarah Callagy of Poughkeepsie were three student-athletes who represented St. Thomas Aquinas College in a study trip to London where they experienced the work environment and culture of Virgin Media for one week. 
  • Senior infielder Eric Capowski of Yonkers, a graduate of Stepinac HS in White Plains, is batting a third-best .338 on the Iona College baseball team. Chris Burke of Islip leads the way at .353, and also leads in RBI with 41. Sophomore left-hander Eddie Macaluso, also of Islip, is a workhorse on the pitching staff with 68 innings and a 3-1 record. The Gaels (16-28) are in Buffalo today, meeting Canisius at 3 p.m., and then the teams meet on Saturday for two games beginning at noon.
  • The Concordia College baseball team concluded its season with a 5-2 loss to CACC rival Felician College in Lyndhurst, NJ. The Clippers needed a win to earn the sixth seed in the postseason tournament. Joe Gallub of Oceanside led the Bronxville-based team with a .305 batting average, while Luis Gonzalez of Carmel placed second at .295. In the season finale, Michael Barbetto of New City went 1 for 3 with a RBI and a stolen base, and Yonatan Rodriguez of Tarrytown went 3 for 5 with a RBI to finish at .266. Barbetto hit .237 on the season.
  • The baseball team at Nyack College vaulted over the .500 level at 23-22 following a 3-1 victory over Caldwell (NJ) College at Provident Bank Park in Pomona. JD Calabrese of Paramus, NJ, hit his third homer of the season in the win against Caldwell, while Craig Jacobs of Hawthorne, NJ, picked up the win with the first complete-game effort of his college career.  Jacobs scattered five hits and struck out three for the Warriors, who challenge Bloomfield (NJ) College tonight at 7 o’clock at Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair, NJ.
  • Infielder Vinny Todino of Eastchester has made 22 starts for the College of Mount Saint Vincent baseball team, hitting .267 with 12 RBI. Rob DeLuca of Yonkers, batting .227, has played in 10 games for the Dolphins (15-18), who meet John Jay College of Criminal Justice today at 4 p.m. at Concordia College in Bronxville. The Dolphins play a doubleheader against St. Joseph’s on Saturday at 1 p.m. at MCU Park in Brooklyn.
  • Playing every game, Marni O’Shea of White Plains batted .333 to lead the softball team at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, which finished its season at 13-27. Brianna Mooney of Yonkers played in 31 games and hit .217, while Courtney Keane, also of Yonkers, batted .223 in 40 games.
  • Senior third baseman Pat Kivlehan of West Nyack continues to lead the Rutgers University baseball team, which has a doubleheader scheduled against Pittsburgh on Saturday at Bainton Field in Piscataway, NJ. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Kivlehan, an alum of St. Joseph’s Regional in Montvale, NJ, is batting .395 with 36 RBI, both team highs.
  • Freshman Victoria Hernandez of White Plains got into nine games and batted .222 in her rookie season on the Pace University softball team that went 28-20 on the season.
  • Freshman Ryan O’Rourke, a former two-sport standout at Tappan Zee HS, has played in nine games, starting four, for the Springfield College baseball team. The Pride (20-14) open play in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) postseason tournament on Saturday against Babson (MA) College (21-18) at Wheaton (IL) College. First pitch


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