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Game Balls: Spring is upon us

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The spring sports season is underway in the forest, and all the teams have been able to get a win under their belt in their first games. Men’s lacrosse beat FDU 15-11, women’s lacrosse beat Ramapo 17-2, and baseball beat NYU Poly Tech 45-2 in a double-header series (yes 45-2, it’s not a typo). Although the teams are doing well, each team has had a few standout performances by players on the team.

This week’s game balls go to CC Carlini (‘14) and Mike Bodden (’13). CC and the women’s lacrosse team won their first two games of the season by a combined score of 32-5. Carlini is the starting goalie for the Lady Rangers and was a catalyst in their big wins this past week. In 120 minutes of play Carlini was only scored on five times. She made nine saves and had a save percentage of 64%. In addition to the victories, CC was named as the Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Bodden and the baseball team won their first two games of the season by a combined score of 45-2. Mike is the starting left fielder for the Rangers and a very big factor in the team’s offense. Bodden reached base on 12 of his 15 plate appearances, and  was able to draw five walks, steal three bases and have a batting average of .500. On top of that, Bodden scored nine times in the two games and batted in two more runs. Mike Bodden was also named the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association’s Player of the Week in Division III.

Some honorable mention game balls go out to Patrick Lamon (‘15), Krysta Cento (‘15), Alex Taylor (‘14) and Nikki Kleiman (‘15). Lamon is currently the leading scorer for the men’s lacrosse team, scoring seven goals and adding an assist good for four points in two games. Lamon scored a career high four goals against FDU and added his second career hat-trick against St. Mary’s. Cento is currently the leading scorer for the women’s lacrosse team, scoring nine goals and adding four assists good for 13 points in two games. Cento scored a career high six goals against Mount St. Mary’s and added her fourth career hat trick against Ramapo. Krysta also dished out a career high four assists against Ramapo. Taylor was the starting pitcher in the home opener for the Rangers. He pitched the first four innings of the game, striking out five batters and only giving up one hit while not allowing a run to cross the plate. Kleiman is the second leading scorer for the Lady Rangers. She has scored nine goals and added one assist good for 10 points in two games. Kleiman scored a career high six goals against Ramapo, and added her seventh career hat-trick against Mount St. Mary’s.