The Hopkins women’s tennis team started their season with a bang, winning the ITA team indoor National Championship in Greencastle, Ind. This led to a #1 ranking in the women’s tennis realm and accompanying expectations. The Lady Jays travelled down to San Antonio, Texas, for their first outdoors match, where they faced off against Trinity (TX) University. They handled the #14 team in the nation with ease, winning the team matchup by a score of 9-0.
As you may have known, we suffered a little bit of a setback last week when we traveled to Syracuse for a match up in the Carrier Dome. Although it is always a tough place to play, we came out flat and were just never able to recover from the deficit. It marked our second loss on the season, putting us at a 5-2 record. The bus ride home was long and quiet, but we couldn’t dwell on the loss because we had Virginia the next weekend at M & T Bank Stadium, the home of the world champion Baltimore Ravens.
After a disappointing loss to a tough Princeton team, we had a short turn around before a game Tuesday night, then another one Friday. It’s usually one or two weeks a year that this happens, having 3 games in ten days. It was a great test for our team in seeing how we could respond to our first loss of the season. Despite everyone being tired and sore, not to mention the fact that it was midterm week for most of the team, we pulled together and worked hard throughout the whole week in game planning.
Last Friday evening, the Hopkins men’s lacrosse team took on in-state rival University of Maryland, Baltimore County at Homewood Field. The Jays came out hot, grabbing a 5-0 lead and then later initiating a 5-1 run to secure the victory. The Retrievers fell to the Jays, 13-7, as eight different players scored for Hopkins. The win pushed the Jays to 5-1 on the year, and improved their program record to 11-0 against the Retrievers. Meanwhile, the Retrievers slipped to 1-4 on the season.
After making the long, arduous trip to Illinois, through delayed flights and rough travels, selected members from the Hopkins women’s track team competed admirably in the Division III Indoor Track NCAA Championships, setting several school and program records in the process. Despite the delays from an impending snowstorm, the Lady Jays made the trip to Naperville to compete respectably in the National Championship, representing Hopkins to the best of their ability in the process.
Cranking out an outstanding .833 at bat average in the opening run of play, junior outfielder Mike Denlinger was named to the D3baseball national team of the week. Baseball is now 5-1 in the early stages of its 2013 season, coming off of a blazing 3-0 start behind Denlinger’s near perfection at the plate. The News-Letter asked the junior a few questions about his stellar 2013 opening, as well as his goals moving forward as the team preps for their annual spring break trip.
The 12th ranked Hopkins women’s lacrosse team lost to fourth-ranked Northwestern University last weekend on Homewood field, 18-8. This defeat marks the first loss of the season for the Jays who, as of the Northwestern game, stand 0-1 in the ALC and 4-1 overall. With the win, Northwestern moves to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference, with Saturday’s win being their third in a row.
Thanks in part to a strong second half, the number 17 Hopkins women’s lacrosse team edged number 7 Loyola 11-8 last Wednesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Blue Jays improved to 4-0 on the season with the win, while Loyola fell to 1-2.
In a blazing come-from-behind victory, the Hopkins women’s tennis team beat out the Carnegie Mellon Tartans to take home the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Team Indoor Championship Sunday in Greencastle, Ind. In its previous two trips to the championship, the team was far from taking home hardware, finishing no higher than seventh in both outings. After this win, however, the Lady Jays are now ranked number one by ITA, a monstrous leap from their 11th place ranking earlier this week, and remain an undefeated 3-0 on the season.
After a long offseason, the Hopkins baseball team was eager to get back into action and step onto the field for their first game. The Blue Jays looked solid in the season opener and ultimately came away with the victory against Messiah this past Friday.
Coming off of their most impressive, dominating and rewarding performances of the entire season, the Hopkins men and women’s track teams traveled to the ECAC Championships and the Columbia Last Chance Invitational at the New Balance Armory in New York to take on various opponents from over 40 colleges and universities.
Senior Paul Marcello added another chapter to his storied Hopkins career, as he took home the 141 pound title at the NCAA East Regional Wrestling Championship at Gettysburg College last Saturday. Marcello’s first place finish clinched him his fourth straight NCAA championship appearance, making Marcello the first Blue Jay in history to accomplish the feat.
So it’s Princeton week, and like most students and faculty at Hopkins, we want nothing more than a good week and to beat a tough Princeton team. But before we could play the game, we had to have a full week of practice. Coming off a big win against Michigan, it was even more important to have this consistent week of practice.