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LAUREN GONELLI – Staff Writer

This past Saturday was a hard game for the Drew women’s lacrosse team as they closed their regular season with a loss in the first game of the Landmark Conference Championships against Goucher College, with a score of 10-12.

The Rangers are still eligible for the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championships with a plus-.500 record. But the team will have to wait through the selection process, which occurs tomorrow.

During this past Saturday’s game, midfielder Krysta Cento (’15) scored twice, on top of three assists during their setback. Cento  is one point away from becoming the  fourth member of the women’s lacrosse 300 Point Club at Drew. The third member of the 300 Point Club, Nikki Kleiman (’15), netted five points for Drew with three goals as well as two assists.

Attacker Maddie Spiess (’18) netted two goals during the game along with one goals each netted by Anna Fiorini (’17), Morgan Mason (’17) and Nicole Kinney (’18).

During the first half of the match, both teams traded goals. Goucher led 1-0 within the first 25 seconds, but Kleiman went up on a run with two straights in addition to Cento’s woman-up goal after Goucher received a yellow card.

By the 22:06 mark, the Rangers maintained a two goal lead after Cento’s goal at the 18:24 mark.  But after six minutes of no scoring, Goucher went on a 4-1 run after Mason scored an unassisted shot. Goucher took the lead at 6-5, but this was not for long as Spiess tied up the game on a woman-up opportunity off of a feed from Cento. By the end of the half, Goucher  caught up and led 7-6.

The second half began with a goal by Goucher, followed by a three-goal streak the pushed the scoreboard to 10-6 in Goucher’s favor by the midpoint of the second half.

Kinney and Spiess scored goals to lower the deficit to 10-8, but Goucher quickly recovered, scoring two goals, tallying 12-8 on the scoreboard. Though Fiorini played a woman down, she received one back, and then assisted on Kleiman’s third goal to lead to a slight recovery on Drew;’s part as the score now reads 10-12.

This was a valiant effort, but the sudden goals were not enough to catch up, and the game ended in Goucher’s favor 12-10.

The women’s lacrosse team ended their regular season with a 9-6 overall record. Kleiman was named Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year and to the first team all-conference, along with Cento. Mason, Juliana Strazulo (’18), and Gianna Minogue (’17) were named second team all-conference.

Coach Steier commented on the upcoming potential for postseason participation stating, “Though there were highs and lows throughout the season we are excited for the possibility of playing together in the postseason.”

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DJ PFEFFERKORN – Staff Writer

The Drew University baseball team had to defeat the number one seed, the University of Scranton in order to make it back into the Landmark Conference playoffs for the first time since 2012. However, that did not go as planned last weekend.

In the first game of the must-win series against the Royals, Pat Boyle (’17) received the call for the Rangers and took the mound. Scranton struck in the first inning with a Sac fly to lead 1-0, but the Rangers would fight right back in the second and third. Mike DiDonato (’17) continued his hot hitting streak by delivering an RBI to tie the game 1-1. In the third  inning, Al Krause (’15) laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Steve Kowalski (’15) to take a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the third, Scranton tied the ball game and put them ahead when the Rangers committed defensive errors along with a fair share of wild pitches to put Scranton up 5-2. In the sixth inning, Scranton would add two more runs to make it 7-2 but the Rangers had more fight in them. Despite scoring three more runs in the seventh inning, the Rangers stranded two runners to give Scranton a win in game one of the weekend series.

The second game Saturday’s double header became much more important for Drew, as they leaned on Tommy Broyles (’17) to try and shut down the Scranton offense. In the first inning, the Rangers struck again as Krause delivered an RBI to give them a 1-0 lead. The defense for the Rangers however would hurt the early lead that was given for the Rangers when the defense gave up six runs through four innings of play and a bases loaded triple for Scranton contributed immensely in the 6-1 lead. RBI’s from both Krause and Jonathan Rodrigues (’17) pulled the Rangers even closer to tying the game in the the top of the fifth, but Scranton’s offense was just too much and scored two more runs in the bottom of the frame to give them back the five run lead.

The Rangers once again had trouble brewing in their last licks, but fell short again by grounding out into a double play to give Scranton the 8-4 win. The Rangers now had to win the last game of the series on Sunday and hope that Juniata could beat Catholic in order to give them the fourth spot in the Landmark Conference playoff.

Scranton’s offense continued to shine through the third game as they took an early 3-0 lead by the third inning. The Ranger offense woke up in the fourth inning thanks to a Anthony Feltre (’16) double to score Krause, making the score 3-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, however, Scranton continued to stack on runs by scoring three runs to give them a commanding 6-1 lead. In the fifth inning, life was showing for the Rangers, but they only were able to put up one run when they had runners on first and third with one out. The Rangers chances of making it to the Landmark Conference playoffs were slowly dying, as they gave up two more runs to Scranton in the bottom of the sixth to push their lead to 8-2.

Catholic would end up defeating Juniata anyways in a blow-out to give Catholic the fourth and final spot in the playoff, leaving the Rangers looking in for the second year in a row.

The Rangers would end up losing the game to Scranton 8-2 and finished 13-23 on the year, but more importantly, 10-11 in conference which made them able to compete for the last spot.

The Rangers offense took off halfway through the season thanks to exceptional efforts by Mike Miraglia (’17), Krause, DiDonato and Kowalski, which gave them a shot at playoffs. The Rangers will lose closer Matt Hunter (’15), Kowalski, Mike Scarzafava (’15), Leo Ruiz (’15), J.C. Rasic (’15), Rob Auletti (’15) and Jon Vilicich (’15), which will leave many gaps to fill in the upcoming 2016 season.

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AIDAN ANTONELLI – Staff Writer

Last Saturday, the men’s lacrosse team concluded their 2015 season with a 12-5 loss to Landmark Conference opponent, Elizabethtown College. In addition, the Rangers honored their three graduating seniors, Rob Hart (’15), Hutch Fisher (’15) and Steve Damelio (’15).

Elizabethtown took an early lead in the first quarter, jumping out to a 5-0 lead over the Rangers. However, the Rangers quickly got on the scoreboard at the start of the second half off of a man up goal by Harry Rice (’18) off of an assist by Fisher. Less than two minutes later, Tom Cotroneo (’17) was able to convert a pass from Rice into a goal to cut the Bluejays lead to 5-2.

Elizabethtown added two additional goals in the second quarter and the Rangers added one more man-up goal to finish the quarter in a 7-3 deficit. At the start of the third quarter, Fisher added another goal to the scoreboard to put the score at 7-4, but three quick goals by the Bluejays changed the face of the game.

The Rangers added one more goal from Cotroneo, off of a pass from Steven Cola (’16), but Elizabethtown added one more goal in the third quarter and a final goal in the third quarter to finish the game with a 12-5 final score.

The Rangers finished their season with a 2-11 overall record and 0-7 record in-conference.

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ALEXANDRA KEMPER – Staff Writer

The Drew University softball team battled the University of Scranton last Friday. The girls fell in game one 8-2 but came back for a 5-2 victory in the second game for a split in the Landmark Conference action.

In game one, Drew took the lead early on a wild pitch. The Royals answered with three runs in the home half in the first frame. Phylicia Pellot (’17) took a sacrifice fly in the second to chip away at the Scranton lead, bringing it to 3-2 before the Royals added 5 more to finish out the game with the 8-2 Scranton win.

By defeating the Royals in game two, the Rangers prevented Scranton from making the Landmark Conference Championships. Emma Agostini (’17) pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs in the Ranger victory with six hits and four walks. She also had four strikeouts against the Royals.Laura D’Ornellas (’15) led the team in hits with a 3-for-4 mark at the plate with a run scored. Pellot brought in two runs and scored one on 2-for-3 batting. Rebecca Hutsebaut (’15) and Danielle Martinez (’18) both went 2-for-4 and Kira Scarangella (’18) charted her third RBI in as many appearances for Drew. Meghan McGuire (’17) had a single that resulted in two more runs to round out the Ranger 5-2 lead. Agostini ended the game with a final strikeout, which also concluded the Landmark Conference for both the Rangers and the Royals.

The Rangers fell in both games of the nonconference doubleheader on Monday afternoon to Centenary College, 7-5 and 5-4. Heather Ronchi (’18) led the Rangers at the plate, batting 3-for-4 in each contest and brought her personal average up to .359. Ronchi scored three runs on Monday and charted one RBI in the first game. Lauren Mastropierro (’18) and Pellot each had a few multi-hit games, while D’Ornellas brought in three runs.

In Game 1, Ronchi, Kate McNamara (’15) and D’Ornellas helped Drew take a quick 3-0 lead in the first frame but the Cyclones answered back with one run. The Rangers held the lead until the bottom of the third when the Cyclones took advantage of field errors and brought the score to 5-3. Centenary followed that with a couple of insurance runs.The Rangers battled in the sixth scoring two more runs but it wasn’t enough. The Cyclones took the 7-5 victory. Centenary continued to hold the lead for game 2 despite being outhit by the Rangers.

Drew once again took the early lead with two RBIs from McNamara and D’Ornellas. The Cyclones came back in the bottom of the first to pick up the 3-2 lead, on a three-run homerun to center field.The Cyclones maintained a slim lead throughout the seventh inning with the Rangers battling hard. However, the Cyclones had the triumph with a 5-4 lead.

On Tuesday evening, the Rangers ended their season on a high note and defeated Yeshiva University in dual action of their final doubleheader of the season, with 15-0 and 13-2 five-inning games. In Game 1, D’Ornellas pitched the fifth no-hitter in program history, while striking out seven batters and walking only one in her final career start. She also stole a base in the third frame, which earned her a perfect 13-for-13 stolen base rate for her career. Brooke Adams (’18) scored four runs and Ronchi had four RBIs. In Game 2 McGuire, Mastropierro and D’Ornellas each drove in three runs. D’Ornellas has a total of four runs scored between both games.

Overall the girls went 1-11 in the Landmark Conference and had a 10-27 overall record for the season

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KIRBY CLARK – Sports Editor

or the men’s lacrosse team, service has always been a part of their team goals, motives, and culture. Each year, the team chooses a service project to take on as a team-building activity. This year, the team took on service in a new way when they welcomed Anthony Pernell to their team through the national charity, Team IMPACT.

Team IMPACT was started in 2011 to afford kids suffering from life threatening and chronic illnesses with the power of being a member of a team. The child is formally welcomed onto the team of a local college sports team and becomes an official member from their Draft Day until graduation, expanding their support network and providing them the foundation for long-standing friendships.

On March 14, 2015, the team formally welcomed Anthony Pernell, a 13-year-old Plainfield, N.J. native to their roster when he signed his own mock National Letter of Intent during a ceremony held prior to the Rangers’ home opener against Swarthmore College. For Pernell, a triplet, sports has always been an integral part of his upbringing. Pernell was described by his teammate, Drew Stenger (’17) as “a quiet kid with a huge heart” and “an awesome teammate with a consistently positive attitude.”

Every part of Pernell’s personality and character encompasses that of a devoted teammate and athlete. His brothers are heavily involved in athletics, and so was he, until he suffered a traumatic brain injury in August 2011, his third concussion in a six month period, and tenth in three years. The lingering impacts of the injury were severe and Pernell has only recently been able to begin participating in gym class again.  Pernell first heard about Team IMPACT from a friend he met at camp in Pennsylvania. A parent of another camper explained Team IMPACT’s program for children who cannot play competitive sports to the Pernell family, and soon after they became involved.

Team IMPACT first entered Head Coach Tom Leanos’ radar after hearing about a seven-year-old cancer survivor who was a part of the Tufts men’s lacrosse team that won the NCAA Division III National Championship last year. This past September, the team was matched with Pernell through the local New Jersey Team IMPACT office.

The team kicked off their relationship with the Pernell family this fall when they helped build a playground with KaBOOM! and the New York Knicks at Queen City Charter School in Plainfield, where Anthony’s brothers attend school. The Pernell family also attended the team’s fall scrimmage and attended a few practices prior to Anthony’s signing day ceremony.

Before he was partnered with the Rangers’ men’s lacrosse team, however, Pernell had never picked up a lacrosse stick. The team gave him his first lacrosse stick and he began to learn about the sport and serve as an integral part of the team’s roster. “Anthony has been a part of our team since day one,” said Steve Damelio (’15). “He has become such a positive influence for the entire team because of his personality. He wants to branch out so much and because lacrosse is so new to him, we all get excited to show him on game day how fun our sport is.” During games, Pernell can be found on the sidelines, interacting with his other teammates, proudly wearing a navy blue Rangers jersey.

“I have met and gotten to know all of the guys on the team like they are my brothers,” Pernell said of his relationship with the Rangers. “I was sad when I couldn’t play [sports] anymore, especially seeing others play. I don’t have to be down on myself that I can’t play because I am apart of the team and it has made me feel better about myself.” While Pernell has reaped great benefit from his role as a member of the team, the relationship has been mutually beneficial for both his family and the team.  “They have brought nothing but positive energy to our team. Anthony is appreciated in ways that he doesn’t even realize. His story of recovery is an inspirational driving force for us every day whether we’re working out in the gym or battling on the field,” said Stenger.

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