McDaniel College knows what’s at stake in its softball regular-season finale Saturday.
The Green Terror host Ursinus for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., and they need to sweep the Bears in order to keep playing this spring.
The Centennial Conference tournament is set to start April 30, and the top four teams in the standings qualify for the playoffs. McDaniel (20-15, 7-7 Centennial) is in fifth place, and Ursinus (18-16-1, 8-5) is in fourth.
A pair of victories gets the Terror into the conference playoffs for an eighth consecutive season. The wins will also likely give them some needed confidence — McDaniel heads into its home doubleheader with five losses in its last six games.
Megan Horsey, one of McDaniel’s nine freshmen, leads the regulars with a .384 batting average. The Terror catcher adds seven doubles and 17 RBIs. Third baseman Madison Froemel, another freshman, is hitting .334 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, and 22 RBIs.
Horsey’s batting average is fourth best in the Centennial among starters.
Froemel shares the team RBI lead with outfielder Michaela Persinger, a sophomore, whose nine doubles are tops on the squad. Kristina Shank, a senior outfielder, leads McDaniel with four triples and four homers.
Ursinus counters with senior outfielder Sammi Donato (.414 average in 26 games) and sophomore utility player Morgan Comfort (nine doubles), whose .353 average is eighth best in the conference. Kayla Quinn, a sophomore, has a team-best 27 RBIs — fourth most in the Centennial.
The top two seeds are set to host tournament semifinals April 30. It’s double-elimination format, so action continues May 3 with the championship series set for May 4.
McDaniel and Muhlenberg have four Centennial titles, the most in the conference. The Terror have hosted the tournament six times. Dickinson is 11-3 and holds the top spot right now, followed by Haverford (10-3-1), Swarthmore (8-5), and Ursinus.
Straight A’s for VCU locals
Virginia Commonwealth’s women’s lacrosse team reached the Atlantic 10 tournament before bowing out in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Rams landed four players on the A-10’s all-conference teams, and three of them hail from Carroll — seniors Molly Barcikowski (Liberty) and Sky Hyatt (Century), and sophomore Caroline Glenn (Century).
Barcikowski earned second-team honors for the second consecutive season. She led the Rams (7-10) in points this season with 70. She scored 42 goals and had a team-high 28 assists, while collected 12 caused turnovers.
Hyatt, a redshirt senior, led VCU with 50 goals. She also had 18 assists, 39 draw controls and 16 ground balls.
Barcikowski and Hyatt scored five goals apiece in the Rams’ A-10 tournament loss to Saint Joseph, 18-15.
Glenn, a sophomore, earned second-team A-10 recognition upon leading VCU with 42 draw controls and 32 caused turnovers.
The Rams’ roster also features senior defender Morgan Hoff (Manchester Valley) and junior midfielder Keriann McTavish (South Carroll). And their coach, Jen O'Brien, played her high school lacrosse at SC.
McTavish totaled 46 points (31 goals, 15 assists), and added 20 ground balls and 19 draws. Hoff made nine starts and finished with 22 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers.
O’Brien became VCU’s first coach when the program started in 2016.
A big draw for Marlins’ Manahan
Former Westminster girls lacrosse player Tori Manahan, a junior midfielder at Virginia Wesleyan, is climbing up the women’s lacrosse team leaderboard in draw controls. Manahan has 31 draws, tied for second most on the team, entering the Marlins’ regular-season finale against Ferrum.
She has 88 career draw controls — Virginia Wesleyan (7-8) has seven players with 100 or more career draws. Manahan’s teammate, senior Liza Holford, is up to 147 and leads the Marlins with 51 this season.
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Manahan earned Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors in early April. She’s second on the team this spring with 39 points (32 goals, seven assists).