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Mount lacrosse squad young but not green

Marple Newtown defenders finally realized they had to double-team the Mount’s Olivia Gannon (center, with ball). That was after the MSJ freshman fired in a team-high five goals.

As if it wasn’t bad enough to lose six lacrosse players to graduation, four of the underclassmen on the 2009 Mount St. Joseph Academy squad have not returned this spring.

That means the Magic are in trouble, right?

Apparently not, going by last Thursday’s opening scrimmage against host Marple Newtown, a Central League power of long standing. Visiting MSJ jumped ahead at the outset and led the rest of the way until the ersatz contest reached a 14-9 conclusion. Marple actually made up some ground near the end of the scrimmage, when the Mount had some of its reserves playing on the field and in goal.

“I wasn’t surprised at all,” third-year head coach Lori Ehret said of the Magic’s impressive performance. “I knew right away that we have a strong, solid team this year. Our JV is just as strong, too.”

Springside softball looks sharp in Shipley scrimmage

Pitcher/second baseman Michelle Cybularz, a Springside freshman, eyes up a pitch during last week’s scrimmage at Shipley.

Although a total of 11 players from the 2009 varsity roster are no longer with the club, the Springside School softball team made quite a strong showing in its initial scrimmage last Tuesday. The Lions jumped ahead of host Shipley School, 6-2, in the first inning of the practice game and led 9-4 at the finish.

“We’ve had limited practice time outdoors because of the weather,” pointed out veteran head coach Stephanie Mill, “so I was excited to see us start out strong and get a lot of runners on base right away.”

Springside graduated eight members of its 2009 ballclub, which finished in third place in the Girls Inter-Ac with a league record of 9-3. In addition, three underclassmen from last year’s squad are not back out for the team this spring.

In last week’s scrimmage the Lions started three freshmen, and all of them showed that they clearly know their way around a softball diamond.

CHC tennis rallies to top UDC

Chestnut Hill College sophomore Julius Twyman follows through on a serve in Saturday’s home match. Twyman prevailed at third singles in three sets, clinching a 5-4 team victory for the Griffins.

When the spring season officially arrived early Saturday afternoon, the men’s tennis team at Chestnut Hill College was mounting a comeback against the visiting Firebirds of the University of the District of Columbia. In this battle between mythical mascots, the host Griffins had fallen behind 1-2 in the doubles competition, but CHC recovered in singles play to tie the team score at 4-4, and then captured the overall victory when sophomore number three Julius Twyman pulled out a three-set win in the deciding match.

Having moved into winning territory with a 5-4 overall record, Chestnut Hill will play its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference opener at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia this Thursday.

“We only have seven players, but they’re all pretty strong so we’ve got good depth,” explained Griffins coach Albert Stroble. “We usually come out of the doubles with a lead, but today we had to come from behind in the singles.”

Normally one of the team’s top performers, Lafayette Hill native Carson Richter has been experiencing chronic shoulder problems, and Stroble has limited him to doubles competition only. The junior teamed up with Twyman at second doubles, but the CHC duo fell, 3-8, to Adrian Wyllie and Lalindra Jayatilleke of UDC.


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