GREENSBURG, Pa. The Wheeling Jesuit men's lacrosse team picked up a big victory Saturday, defeating the No. 8 Seton Hill Griffins 18-12.
The upset win over the Griffins puts the 9-1 (5-1 ECAC) Cardinals in prime position to climb back into the national rankings. It also gives WJU a boost of confidence heading into a massive home game against the nation's No. 4 Mercyhurst, a team that Seton Hill defeated on March 8.
Leading all scorers with a season high six goals was sophomore attacker Bryce Brochu who has 29 goals on the season.
Also leading WJU in scoring was sophomore Duston Doudelet who had four goals on five shots, and senior Brian Frank who added a pair of goals as well. All told nine different Cardinals added goals en-route to the 18 - 12 win. Six of the Cardinals goals were man-up goals as well.
WJU jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter on goals from five different scorers, and ran out to a big 10-3 lead at the halftime break. The Cardinals kept the pressure on Seton Hill, scoring first in each quarter, and topping off the scoring with six more goals in the 4th quarter.
Defensively, senior Joe Amsler picked up the victory for the Cardinals, taking nine saves on 43 shots from the Griffins. Evan Hodel scooped up 12 ground balls while Corey Luebbe caused four turnovers and six ground balls to keep the SHU attack at bay.
WJU Baseball Drops
Two to Concord
WHEELING The Wheeling Jesuit baseball squad dropped a pair of games on day one of the Cardinals weekend series against the Mountain East Conference's third place team, the Concord Mountain Lions, 5-0 in game one, and 6-1 in the nightcap.
Junior right-hander Logan Hudson kept the Mountain Lions scoreless from the mound through four tense innings in game one before giving up a pair of earned runs in the 5th and 6th innings leading to the loss.
WJU two-sport standout Justin Fritts picked up the loss in game two, racking up four K's, but letting in six runs before being relieved by Josh Kernik..
Michael Adams and Aaron Dinterman led the Cardinals with a pair of base hits each in game two. Adams also had a single in game one for three base hits on the day.
First baseman Patrick Ammar added a double in game two, and a single in game one for a pair of hits, and shortstop Joe San Fellipo picked up a hit as well in game two.
Rallies to Sweep UVA-Wise
WEST LIBERTY - West Liberty came from behind in its final at-bat twice on Saturday to sweep a Mountain East Conference doubleheader from visiting UVA-Wise by scores of 5-4 and 2-1.
In the opener, the Hilltoppers (18-15, 15-10) pulled out a thrilling win by scoring two runs with two out in the bottom of the seventh.
Mike Johnson keyed the comeback with a game-tying RBI single. Tim Mirandy and Wes Howell were hit by pitches to load the bases and Tim Hughes waited out a bases-loaded walk to plate the game-winner.
Scott Castilow had a double and single and drove in a run while Jarred Carranza added two singles and an RBI. Sean Pare picked up the win with two innings of shutout relief.
In the second game, UVA-Wise (9-20, 6-15) starter Jared Finch carried a one-hit shutout into the bottom of the sixth only to see West Liberty erase the 1-0 deficit with another bolt of two-out lightning.
Mirandy and Taylor Snare chased Finch with back-to-back singles, bringing reliever Danny Bates to the hill. Castilow greeted Bates with a game-tying single to center and Anthony Pierro followed with a run-scoring single to left that put the hosts ahead to stay.
Greg Stagani, who had come on in relief to get the final out in the sixth, pitched his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the seventh to seal the win.
West Liberty Softball
URBANA, Ohio West Liberty snapped a 21-game losing streak here Saturday afternoon, shocking third-place Urbana, 6-3, in the first game of a Mountain East Conference doubleheader on the Blue Knights' diamond.
Coach Jim Bacca's Hilltoppers (8-29, 1-15) nearly pulled off a sweep of the Blue Knights (19-11, 11-5), who needed three fifth-inning runs to snap a 2-2 tie and pull out a 5-3 nod in the second game of the twinbill.
In the opener, West Liberty got a two-run double from Emily Harvey as part of a three-run uprising in the top of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
Urbana bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the frame to knot the score but Maggie Starr's two-out, two-run single capped another three-run inning for the Hilltoppers in the top of the sixth and the Black and Gold held on for the win.
Jenn Young went the distance in the circle to earn the win, surrendering just two earned runs on seven hits. Allyson Johnson had a double and a single to lead an 11-hit barrage for West Liberty. Starr, Young, Julianne Wanda and Kylee Ensign also had multi-hit games for the winners.
In the second game, the Hilltoppers jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the top of the second but Urbana tied it with a pair of third-inning runs before going ahead to stay in the bottom of the fifth.
Taylor Zeiger had two singles and an RBI for WLU while Johnson had another double and chased home a run and Jamee Burke added an RBI single.