Field hockey falls in OT

Helen Starrs | Editor

The field hockey team (5-7) battled Holy Cross (3-9) as a part of the St. Joe’s Philly Classic on Sunday, Oct. 7.
The embattled Holy Cross team has struggled considerably this season but won their last two games against Colgate and Lehigh, outscoring their two opponents by an 8-1 margin.
Amanda Chapin started the scoring for the Explorers six minutes into the game with her third goal of the season.
Chapin was one of many Explorers to find the back of the cage in La Salle’s 9-1 win over LIU Brooklyn last week.
Mackenzie Karcher assisted the goal. The assist was her third of the season.
The Crusaders took control following the goal.
Holy Cross sophomore Minke Kooman came off the bench and put the Crusaders on the board with a goal six minutes later. The goal was her first of the season.
The Crusaders’ Emily Loprete gave Holy Cross the lead just three minutes later, scoring her ninth goal of the season unassisted against Emma Provost.
Holy Cross went up 3-1 on a goal scored by sophomore Olivia Venezia 18 minutes into the game.
Looking to get back in it, Coach Kelly Broadway substituted sophomore goalkeeper Emelynn Sneary into her third game of the season to replace Provost.
Sneary kept the Crusaders for the rest of the half and the Explorers went into the half trailing 3-1.
La Salle had the edge in both shots (7-6) and corners (6-1) but couldn’t find the back of the cage in the latter part of the opening half.
Chapin struck again for La Salle early in the season half. The junior from Gambrills, Md. scored her second goal of the day to put the Explorers within one.
With momentum on their side, the Blue and Gold managed to score the equalizer less than two minutes later.
Karcher was the goal scorer this time.
Lauren Lechleitner scored 13 minutes into the half to put the Explorers up 4-3.
The goal was Lechleitner’s third in three games, scoring one goal in the Explorers two previous match-ups.
Holy Cross responded seven minutes later with a goal from Keely Smith to tie the game at three goals apiece.
The last 15 minutes of the half were quiet as the two teams battled for the advantage and the game went into overtime to break the tie.
Four minutes was all the time Holy Cross needed to slip one past Sneary to take the win over La Salle, their third win in three games.
Loprete was the overtime hero for the Crusaders, scoring her tenth goal of the season and second of the game.
Later, host school and A-10 rival St. Joe’s defeated Temple 6-0. Junior forward Anna Willocks had three of the Hawks’ goals set the program record for goals with 68.
The Explorers look to earn their first A-10 win this weekend with home match-ups against Richmond (4-9, 1-2, A10) on Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. and Virginia Commonwealth (5-1, 4-0, A10) Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.

Water polo drops two competitions in a row

Emilee Desmond | Editor

The men’s water polo team kicked off their weekend against Bucknell for the two teams’ final meeting this season.
The Bisons have outscored the Explorers 45-18 this season in their two match ups previously.
Unfortunately for the Explorers, the nationally ranked Bucknell brought a similar offensive force to the pool on Saturday morning to extend their at home win streak to 21 games.
Sophomore Cole Strohson had a solid outing with two goals, five steals, three exclusions drawn, an assist, as well as a block. However, his performance would not be enough for the Explorers to come out on top as the Bison dominated the 22-9 victory.
The Explorers’ defense let up back to back goals in only twenty seconds to give the Bison an 8-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Bucknell started the second period just as strong by outscoring La Salle 6-1 over the course of eight minutes.
Bison junior attacker Rade Joksimovic proved to be an offensive powerhouse for his team with seven goals in the first half for the game.
Bucknell held a 14-4 lead at halftime.
Joksimovic would go on to score three more goals in the game to post a season-best 10 goals in a single game.
The Explorers could not find the back of the net once in the third period and would go on to score only five more times in the fourth quarter.
Karl Miller and Joey DeFusco each had a pair of goals in the loss while Derek DeFusco, Ash Lyne, and Trevin Zweifel also found that back of the net once for the Blue and Gold.
After a crushing loss, the Explorers took to Kirk Pool against Wagner looking for a much needed win.
Previously, Wagner defeated the Blue and Gold by a 18-5 margin and is currently undefeated against teams in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference this season.
The Explorers could not get into an offensive rhythm against Wagner and quickly fell behind 7-1.
Wagner did not let up as play continued and defeated the Explorers with a commanding score of 24-5.
The Seahawks offense recorded goals from all 11 players, four of which scored four a piece.
Sophomore András Bimbó-Szuhai recorded a hat trick in the game.
La Salle freshman Robert Greene registered two of the Blue and Gold’s goals and drew two exclusions. He also added to his score sheet with two steals and one block on the defensive end.
Junior Owain Llewellyn recorded 10 saves in the game as well as a pair of steals.
The Explorers season is coming to a close with only four games remaining in the season.
Coming up, the Explorers will find themselves facing off against Fordham at home on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Next weekend, the Blue and Gold will match up against Johns Hopkins and will have their second meeting with Fordham.
Finally, the Explorers will wrap up their 2018 season away at Wagner on October 28.

Volleyball defeats Saint Louis after hard battle

Cali Arenson | Staff

Volleyball picked up their fourth straight A-10 win against Saint Louis.
In the first set, Saint Louis jumped out to an early lead, but La Salle fought back and went on a 9-0 run.
The Explorers would add on to their lead and at one point were up 23-7.
Elizabeth Osborn added on to the lead with a kill at the end of the set to win 25-11.
The Explorers pulled ahead towards the end of the match by two. They held onto their lead and won the set 28-26.
The third set saw 17 ties and neither team led by more than three points.
The Billikens got ahead and scored three points to claim the set 27-25.
La Salle bounced back in the fourth set and got an early 13-7 lead.
Saint Louis fought back to cut the lead down, but the Explorers held them off and won 25-21.
Samantha Graver had a big night, recording 22 digs which is a season high for the sophomore.
Jensen Sharrits also had an impressive outing with 25 digs which led the match. The senior still leads the Atlantic 10 conference in digs with 375 and in digs/sets with 5.77.
Kathryn Wood was another key player who had 49 assists which helped her stay at the top of the Atlantic 10 in assists/sets with 11.28.
After a strong win, the Explorers snapped their four game winning streak after being swept by Dayton.
From the start, the Explorers struggled against Dayton’s outside hitter, Lauren Bruns. She quickly got her team going and was able to lead Dayton to a 25-14 win.
La Salle got their momentum back in the second set and went on a four-point run to get back in the game.
Madison Kuch had six kills in that set which made the score 22-17.
La Salle would add another two points to the board, but it was not enough and the Explorers lost 25-19.
The Explorers fought hard in the third set especially Madison Kuch.
Kuch was dominating the court and helped her team inch closer to Dayton.
La Salle eventually caught up to Dayton and brought the score to 23-19.
Dayton would add another two points which gave them a 25-21 lead and a win.
The Explorers were hit hard by Dayton and were out-killed by a margin of 48 to 27.
Even thought it was a tough game overall for the team, Madison Kuch had an outstanding outing with 10 kills.
La Salle is now 11-8 on the season and 4-2 in conference play.
The Explorers will hit the road and will look to bounce back against Duquesne on Friday, October 12th at 7:00P.M.
This season the Explorers are 4-4 when they are on the road, while, Duquesne hold an overall record of 7-11 and is 3-3 when they are home.
Last season the Explorers took on Duquesne twice and lost both matches.

Soccer dominates in back-to-back wins

Steven Silvestro | Staff

The women’s soccer team bounced back from a three-game losing streak with two Atlantic-10 wins this weekend over St. Bonaventure, 3-0, and Rhode Island, 4-1, to put themselves back on track to take the eight seed into the A-10 championship.
The Bonnies traveled to McCarthy Stadium in poor condition as they remain winless on the season, while the Explorers were on the outside looking in for the playoff race.
Both offenses were on fire to start the game out with both teams getting a shot off within the first minute. The teams continued trading shots back and forth with the Explorers only out shooting the Bonnies five to four at the 20th minute.
Sophomore Molly O’Brien broke open the game in the 32nd minute when she connected on a cross from redshirt senior Madison Bower off a deflection by junior Jess Shanahan. This was O’Brien’s fourth goal on the season and certainly not her last of the weekend.
O’Brien and Bower switched roles only four minutes later when O’Brien fed Bower in the box for her seventh goal on the season to give La Salle a 2-0 lead over the Bonnies. Shanahan tried to get one for herself later in the half but a great save from Bonnies Junior Goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm kept the game 2-0 at halftime.
In the second half, O’Brien and Shanahan connection remained strong as Shanahan found O’Brien in the box. O’Brien buried that shot in the bottom right corner for her second goal and fifth point in the game to give the Explorers a 3-0 lead. This was Shanahan’s second assist in the game and sixth on the season.
The Explorers would maintain the lead by limiting the Bonnies offense to only 4 shots in the final half and win 3-0.
La Salle remained comfortable at home as Rhode Island traveled down searching for their first win on the season.
The Rams would allow one quick shot by the Explorers early, before they took over shooting three unanswered shots and forcing two corner kicks in the first 12 minutes. The Explorers would bounce back trading shots with each other.
The Explorers would then take over the game, just firing shots at the Rams from all around while the Rams had no response.
In the 32nd minute, O’Brien placed a beautiful pass to Bower in the box. Bower would one time the ball right passed the keeper for her eighth goal of the season giving the Explorers a 1-0 lead.
Similar to last game, four minutes later, O’Brien and Bower flipped roles as O’Brien would tap in a cross from Bower to give La Salle a 2-0 lead.
O’Brien did not stop there with her second goal of the day in the 43rd minute coming of a tap in on a pass into the box from redshirt senior Julia Rufe. This was O’Brien’s seventh goal on the year, all coming in the last seven games. Explorers would hold the 3-0 lead at halftime.
La Salle would keep up the pressure on URI leading to their fourth goal from Shanahan from outside the box in the 57th minute.
Explorers would lighten up a little which allowed the Rams to jump and score when junior Jaileen Goncalves took a deflection off an Explorer’s back and found the back of the nets, getting rid of the goose egg on the scoreboard before the end of the game giving the Explorer’s a 4-1 win.
O’Brien’s four goals and two assists last week earned her the A-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
The Explorers moved into eighth place in the conference which just enough to make the playoffs. With four games left, the Explorers will need to keep this momentum, especially against the team on their heels, Dayton, in Ohio on Thursday and against Fordham, who are undefeated in the A-10 on Sunday.

Mowrey leads the way for tennis team at Fordham Invitational

Emilee Desmond | Editor

The men’s tennis team took on the Fordham Invitational this weekend and senior Francesco Mowrey earned the Flight “A” Singles Title.
Mowrey recorded three straight victories to post his first championship victory of his career and to sweep the field of the Invitational.
His first match up was against Fairleigh Dickinson’s Moric Budinszky. He recorded a 6-4 win in the first set and scored six straight in the second to earn the 6-0 win.
Mowrey then moved on to the semi finals where he faced Fordham’s Max Green.
Again, the senior found himself with back to back set wins of 6-4 and 6-1 to advance to the final matchup.
FDU’s Medhi Dhouib advanced to the final match up after a victory against La Salle sophomore Rogelio Gonzalez in the semi final. Dhouib took the victory after a 6-2 and 6-2 set wins.
Mowrey defeated Dhouib in the final of the Invitational by a 6-3 and 2-0 set margin.
Gonzalez earned 6-1, 4-6, and 1-0 set wins during the opening round against Concordia’s Eymeric Chevalier.
The top doubles draw ended with Mowrey and Gonzalez picking up a 6-2 win over a Concordia team. However, the pair would fall to FDU in the following round.
Also representing the Blue and Gold was junior Patrick Pascual who suffered a three-set loss in the opening round.
Pascual competed in the Flight “B” singles draw and fell in 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 to Fabian Hansch Mauritzson.
The junior however did pick up a win over Concordia’s Henry Masters 6-4, 1-6, and 1-0.
Beginning on October 11, La Salle will travel to Princeton, N.J. to compete in the ITA Regionals.\

Men’s soccer falls to St. Louis on the road

Tyler Small | Staff

The men’s soccer team traveled to inner-city rival St. Joseph’s for a highly anticipated A-10 match up. The Explorers have struggled as of late and hoped the extra intensity of this game would inspire them to break their losing streak.
In what began as a back and forth affair, the Hawks were the first to open the scoring. In the 30th minute, Alvin Dahn gave his team a 1-0 lead off an assist from Ritchie Barry. In the second half, the Explorers came back to tie it up on the road.
In the 55th minute, Soji Olatoye picked up his third goal of the year, as Ike Hollinger and Mike Liska assisted the score. Olatoye did not take long to strike once again. In the 63rd minute, he picked up his second goal of the game, giving him his first career multi-goal game. For the first time in their rough span of games, the Explorers held the lead.
This only lasted for 33 seconds, as St. Joseph’s Derek Mackinnon tied the game on a header. Nobody scored for the remainder of regulated time, so the game would head to overtime.
The Explorers continued to push against the talented Hawks team. The Blue and Gold generated three shots and two corners but could not find the back of the net. The game concluded in a tie, their first of the season. This was an intense, back and forth event, that gave them confidence for their next game against the St. Louis Billikens.
Although the tie for the Explorers was big, they were still looking for their first conference victory, along with their first regular season victory since September 1. These Explorers came out hungry for a victory, as their first half performance showed.
In the 10th minute, freshman Sam Decencio got the game started by finishing off a close-range opportunity for his first career goal. They held this lead until St. Louis’ John Klein tied it up with a strike from 15 yards, evening the score 1-1. The La Salle offense would not tolerate this tie, as in the 23rd minute Fridtjof Andberg found the scoring column by heading in a corner kick from Mike Liska. Andberg had a big game against the Billikens, with both a goal and assist in the first half.
The second half would not be as satisfying for the Explorers, as the Billikens would put up three unanswered goals. In the 69th minute, John Klein finished a corner kick with a header to tie the game. Then, two goals came in the final 10 minutes of the game, as the game concluded as a 4-2 loss for the Explorers.
Although these two games updated their record to 2-8-1, their most recent contests have shown recent improvements. Their mistakes have been limited, as their offense has come alive once again. They will look to break their winning drought as they host the George Mason Patriots at McCarthy Stadium, in a must-win A-10 match up.

Men’s basketball assistant coach accused of bribery at former school

Helen Starrs | Editor

Assistant men’s basketball coach Kenny Johnson was accused of bribing a Louisville recruit with money for rent, which was part of a larger scandal involving several top NCAA basketball programs including Kansas, Louisville, and Miami.
Brian Bowen Sr., the father of the recruit, testified on Tuesday that he met with Johnson twice in 2017 and received approximately $1,300 from the coach. The money was intended to be used as rent after the Bowen family relocated to Louisville to help manage their son’s career.
The investigation alleged that Louisville offered the Bowen family over $100,000 for their son, Brian Jr., to play for the Cardinals.
The defendants in the trial that Bowen, Sr. testified in are Christian Dawkins, who served as a middleman between schools and potential recruits, and two Adidas executives who allegedly conspired to influence high profile recruits to sign with schools sponsored by Adidas. They are being tried as a part of a larger FBI investigation on bribery in the NCAA.
Prior to coming to La Salle, Johnson served as an assistant coach at Louisville under Rick Pitino who was fired following an investigation into the scandal.
Johnson was with Louisville for three seasons but was dismissed after being placed on leave during the investigation. He was hired by La Salle in May 2018 in a series of new coaching hires.
Ashley Howard spoke highly of Johnson upon his hiring saying, “Based on my personal relationship with Kenny, I know him to be an individual of the highest integrity, character, intelligence and experience in developing young men as players and people.”
Brian Bowen Jr., a top-level recruit from La Porte, Indiana, denied any knowledge of the allegations. His father reiterated in his testimony on Tuesday saying, “I didn’t want him to get involved in something that was wrong … and I definitely didn’t want my son to lose his eligibility.”
Bowen Jr. committed to Louisville in June 2017 but was suspended due to the pending investigation. After a year at Louisville, he transferred to the University of South Carolina.
While awaiting his fate, the younger Bowen declared for the 2018 NBA draft. However, he did not sign with an agent to preserve his NCAA eligibility. The NCAA ruled him ineligible to play for the Gamecocks in May 2018. He withdrew from the draft and is currently playing in Australia with the Sydney Kings. It is unknown if he will declare for the draft again next year.
In a statement to the Collegian, the University said, “La Salle is aware of the recent reports involving Kenny Johnson and is monitoring the situation. We have no further comment at this time.” The Athletic Department declined to comment on the matter.

Men’s soccer drops A-10 opener against VCU

Tyler Small|Staff

After a difficult road trip, the Explorers returned home to McCarthy Stadium as they faced Virgina Commonwealth for their first conference game of the year.
This would be a difficult match-up, as VCU had a 4-4 record entering the game. The Explorers have faced many talented teams in their first eight games, with only two opponents sporting records below .500.
The Rams began the scoring directly after the game clock started to tick, as VCU’s Siad Haji sent a strike into the back of the net in just the second minute. From that point to the end of the first half, it would be a game of missed opportunities. Both teams had their chances, but neither could capitalize.
This theme continued into the second half, as the only scoring would come from VCU once again. In the 72nd minute, the Rams Fortia Munts took advantage of a penalty kick to give the team a comfortable cushion to secure the victory for the Rams by a final score of 2-0.
The win pushed the Rams to 5-4, and dropped the Explorers to 2-7.
Many could tell this game was between two conference rivals, and the stats could show it as well. There were a combined 22 fouls, as both teams played with another level of physicality.
La Salle had their fair share of opportunities to break the shutout. They had double the scoring chances, but could not score. Only one of La Salle’s six shots was on goal, while all three from VCU were on goal.
The Explorers will have another chance to end their seven game losing streak and get a much needed conference win. They will not need to travel far, as they will play in very familiar territory of Saint Joseph’s at 7 p.m. The Hawks have been impressive at home with a 4-0 record. Their overall record sits at 6-3-1, and they have done it all with offense.
The Hawks are the highest scoring offense in the A-10, with 15 points, 5 goals and 5 assists. So the Explorers defense will have to show up this Wednesday, as Cameron Keys and company will look to lower their stat line, and their record.

Women’s soccer lose three in a row

Steven Silvestro |Staff
The women’s soccer team dropped a set of Atlantic-10 match-ups against Duquesne and Massachusetts.
The Explorers traveled to Rooney Field on Sept. 27 at 6-2-1 with a 1-1 A-10 record, while Duquesne sat 4-4-1, including 0-1-1 in the A-10.
Midfield play dominated the beginning of the game as neither team got a shot off in the first ten minutes of the game.
Duquesne took control of the game with back- to-back shots from their underclassmen, forcing two great saves by sophomore goalkeeper Claudia Jenkins.
The A-10 rivals swapped shots off corners that were knocked wide, before sophomore Amirah Louketis and redshirt senior Madison Bower set up Sophomore Molly O’Brien at the top of the box to nail a one-timer into the back of the net.
O’Brien now has at least one point in each of the last four games. The Explorers held a 1-0 lead to halftime.
In the second half, Duquesne came out firing, forcing several saves from Jenkins. The Explorers counter attack proved strong as O’Brien hit redshirt-senior Clarissa Kirsch-Downs with a through pass that she took down and scored with for a 2-0 La Salle lead.
Duquesne came back just as quick, scoring only 35 seconds later with a goal from sophomore Deena Debaldo to knock the Explorer’s lead back down to one.
The Dukes kept up the pressure, forcing Jenkins to make more saves. The women also committed a number of fouls which kept them in their own zone for much of the half.
This gave Duquesne senior Abby Losco the opening she needed to even up the score in the 79th minute.
The end of regulation ended the way it started, with stellar midfield play not allowing either team to get a shot off in the final 10 minutes.
Overtime lasted only 16 seconds as the Dukes went straight down the field catching the Explorers on their heels.
Duquesne Freshman Hannah Nguyen found sophomore Laruen Bell open, where she placed it in the back of the net to take the game 3-2 in overtime for Duquesne.
La Salle’s next game was three days later at McCarthy Stadium facing another A-10 foe in UMass.
The two teams went back and forth, but the Minutewomen took over the game with three unanswered shots before sophomore Jenny Hipp got one passed Jenkins for her fifth goal of the season.
UMass kept the pressure up which led to a goal off the head of redshirt junior Jenna Thomas from a beautiful corner by sophomore Signe Schioldan.
La Salle learned from their last game and came out of the tap firing scoring only in 41 seconds when Junior Jess Shanahan crossed it into Freshman Camaren Cox who scored on a one-timer to cut the deficit down to a goal at the half.
To start the second half, the Explorers came out flat-footed again as the Minutewomen walked all over them ending with a header by Thomas again to find the net for her second of the game and third of the season.
The 3-1 deficit took all the air out of the Explorers.
La Salle would eventually pull it together, but it was too little too late with their best opportunity coming from a penalty kick in the 86th minute.
However, UMass senior Peyton Ryan denied Jenna Soriano chance at inching closer as the final showed UMass 3-1.
La Salle drops to 6-4-1 overall and 1-3 in the A-10. The Explorers play their next two games are both at McCarthy stadium starting with St. Bonaventure on Thursday, Oct. 4 followed up by a game against URI on Sunday.

Cross country competes in Paul Short Run

Helen Starrs|Editor

Cross country competed at the Paul Short Run in Lehigh this past weekend where they ran against teams from all over the country.
Junior Grace Mancini paced the Explorers once again, this week in the 6k. Mancini finished in 23rd, clocking in with a time of 21:14.2 in a field of 350 runners. She finished with an average time of 5:41 per mile.
Her sister Liz Mancini was the next Explorer to cross the finish line. The freshman finished 115th with a time of 22:18.2 and averaged 5:58.9.
Deirdre Gilmore rounded out La Salle’s top three, crossing the finish line in 172nd to finish in the top half of runners with a time of 22:40.
The Explorers finished 21st of 27 teams competing with a total of 573 points. As a team, the women finished with a total time of 1:52:51, averaging a 22:34 per finisher.
The team from Yale won the competition, finishing the race 1:45:51 with an average finishing time of 21:10.
Georgia, Utah State, Virginia Tech and Connecticut were the top five teams to finish.
Brogan MacDougall, a freshman from Queen’s University in Canada, finished first overall in the 6k with a final time of 20:20.6, averaging 5:27.4 per mile. She helped her team to a seventh place finish.
This wasn’t the Kingston, Ontario native’s first time running in the States. MacDougall competed against a field of collegiates at the 2017 Penn Relays and won the 5k as a high school junior.
The Explorer men’s team also competed at the Paul Short Run.
Sophomore Ryan James returned to the line-up this week and posted a personal best in the 8k. James finished 42nd out of 360 runners participating with a time of 25:12.1, averaging 5:04.2 per mile.
Ibrahim Kedir continued a break-out freshman year with a solid performance in the 8k. Kedir finished 103rd and also posted a personal best with a time of 25:36.6, a five second improvement from the Iona Meet of Champions two weeks ago.
Nate Gillis finished just behind his teammate in 104th with a time of 25:36.7. Both Gillis and Kedir ran the race with an average time of 5:09.1 per mile.
Luke Jaciw-Zurakowsky rounded out La Salle’s top four with 116th place finish. The sophomore finished the 8k in 25:42.7, averaging 5:10 per mile.
The men’s team also finished 21st out of 41 teams. The Explorers finished the 8k with a total time of 2:08:48, averaging 25:45 per finisher.
Utah State was the top team on the men’s side with a finishing time of 2:03:48 and an average time of 24:45.
Virginia Tech, Army West Point, Guelph and North Florida rounded out the top five teams of the day.
Virginia Tech’s Peter Seufer was the top finisher in the men’s 8k. Seufer finished the race with a time of 24:10.5. Seufer last ran the 8k at last year’s ACC Championship where he finished 7th.
The cross country team is off this weekend, but La Salle will be sending runners to two different competitions next weekend. A portion of the team will compete at the Princeton Invitational while the other half of the team will be at the Leopard Invitational in Easton. Both races are on Oct. 13.