Sports recap: Spring season full of ups and downs for teams

This spring season, there were eight teams competing and representing Wilkes University in the MAC Freedom Conference. The spring sports include women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s lacrosse, men’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, women’s tennis and men’s tennis.

The MAC Sportsmanship team recognizes student-athletes who demonstrate the act of sportsmanship on and off the field. Each athlete is selected to the MAC sportsmanship team by their respective coach.

The following athletes were named to the MAC Sportsmanship team; Joshua Slocum (baseball), Alex Anderson (men’s golf), Kate Mahoney (women’s golf), Glenn Weist (men’s lacrosse), Tabitha Gravius (women’s lacrosse), Sarah Birchmeier (softball), Michael Kranz (men’s tennis) and Madison Salmon (women’s tennis).

Women’s lacrosse, women’s tennis and men’s tennis went to the Freedom Conference tournament.

Women’s lacrosse was able to finish 4-2 in the conference and 12-5 overall. The team then continued its season and competed in the Freedom Conference tournament as the #3 seed. The team fell to Misericordia in the semi-final round.

“The season was successful. We were hoping to get back to the championships but we fell short in the semifinals. I don’t think there is anything we would have done differently except to find our consistency a little earlier on in the season,” said Coach Kammie Towey, who is the head coach of the Lady Colonels.

Men’s and women’s tennis had record-breaking seasons. The men’s team finished with a school record of 23 wins, finishing 23-3 overall. The women’s team finished with a school record of 21 wins and finished 21-3 overall.

The women’s team has held the MAC Freedom champion title since 2007, and each year made NCAA Tournament appearances. The men’s team has had the MAC Freedom championship title since 2008, and NCAA Tournament appearances each year. This year, both teams advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament.

“Both my men’s and women’s tennis teams had record-breaking years. We also swept the major conference awards. I am excited about the potential of next year’s squad,” said Christopher Leicht, head coach of men’s and women’s tennis.

“We lost a total of four seniors, and they will be hard to replace. We do have a very large senior class next year, which is great,” he continued.

During its second season, the women’s golf team finished with just under a .500 record, winning 3 of 7 matches.

“This was a success for our young team. Our team is still in the growing stages and so I anticipate that we will continue to be competitive in our matches,” said Head Coach Beth Spencer.

The baseball team finished 18-21 overall, and 7-14 in the conference. The team only graduated four seniors this past season, giving them a strong start with experience next year. 

“We had the opportunity to see what a lot of our young talent can do. I think this next season will be about cleaning up some of the small details that make good teams great,” said Head Coach Nate Ramsey.

The women’s softball team finished with an overall record of 13-23, and a conference record of 3-11. The team did not graduate any seniors this past season, and will be able to come back this year with a lot of leadership and experience on the team.

“This team now has one full year under our belts with the new coach. We look forward to welcoming a new freshman class as reinforcements next season in effort improve record for next year” said utility player Tea Heister.