Sweeney's Sound-Off: Men's lacrosse lone let-down this week
For the third consecutive year Brockport has been recognized by The Princeton Review for the college’s green initiatives, including eco-friendly construction projects, such as the renovation of residence halls like MacVicar Hall.
I'm going to start with the bad stuff just to get it out of the way. The College at Brockport's men's lacrosse team lost, again. That's all that needs to be said about a team that has literally spun its tires all season long. From start to finish, these guys have been dropping the ball. Not sure what it was, be it weather, inability to adapt to last year's seniors being gone, I don't know. Regardless, the season didn't really happen for a group of very talented seniors.
With that out of the way, some really awesome stuff happened in pretty much every sport, not counting men's lacrosse.
For starters, the best performance of the week has to go to the throwing unit from the men's track and field team. These guys were nothing short of outstanding. If there was an event where an inanimate object had to be hurled through space and time, these guys were on top of it with senior Brendon Ganschow leading the way.
Ganschow claimed two individual titles over the weekend, in the hammer throw and shot put. Both of these marks earned him a spot in the upcoming Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) meet, which will take place May 15 through 16.
Junior Antoine Keels, or "The Great," as he's known by his teammates and himself, also had a very impressive weekend. "The Great" won second place in the discus, one spot above Ganschow, in an event in which Brockport athletes took four of the top five spots. Keels also landed a second place finish in the shot put, an event where all three top spots went to the Golden Eagles, with junior Darius Favors claiming the third place slot.
Favors was also responsible for a first in my sports writing career. Favors managed to bring in a first place finish in the javelin throw, a competition I've never been able to chalk up to the Golden Eagles. Granted I haven't been as vigilant a track and field report as I used to be, but I still read the articles and javelin has never been in there. Now if only Brockport can land a high jump or steeplechase victory, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to say I've reported a win in every event the college participates in.
The throwers weren't the only track stars to shine over the weekend. There were a litany of runners who cashed in on first place finishes to earn a spot at the ECAC table. To name a few, junior Gary Messina landed his ECAC spot with a win in the 10,000-meter run and sophomore Beth Merritt also landed a top spot for the ECAC with her gold medal performance in the same event.
Alumni were also prevalent over the weekend, most notably being pole vaulter Zach Ferrara, who won an indoor national championship in the event his senior season, spring 2014. Ferrara came back to haunt the leaderboards, competing against former teammate and heir-apparent sophomore Cameron Shaughnessy and freshman standout Whitman Oehler-Marx. Ferrara won the event with Oehler-Marx topping Shaughnessy's fifth place finish with a fourth place one of his own.
This is a lot of track stuff to throw around right now, but it's much needed space. Brockport's track and field program is prolific for consistently having a solid handful or truly exceptional talent with a strong supporting group of other athletes that can consistently pull down top three or top five finishes when it matters and this helps the team win meets. What makes this weekend impressive, however, is the sheer dominance the entire team had over the competition, the men's side especially.
Not to muddle the limelight for the tracksters, but the baseball team is starting to shape up as well. Now that the team can actually step foot on some home turf and play some ball, the team has been able to rack up some serious conference points. It is currently sitting on a five game win streak after an impressive weekend that included doubleheader sweeps of conference foe SUNY Fredonia and Stevens Institute of Technology. The five game banger is capped off by a third win over Stevens.
Although a prevalent streak isn't on the charts for the softball team, a very solid season is finally starting to take shape. Earlier last week, these ladies went on a five game bender of their own but it was temporarily stopped by a loss in the first game of a doubleheader against SUNY Geneseo, the team's senior day. The team was able to regroup and win the final game, stopping a skid before it happened and sent the seniors off on a high note.
And since I'm running out of space, big woot-woot to the women's lacrosse team for putting SUNY Oswego away. Keep it up.
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