After having previously won five in a row, the Jaspers stumbled a bit on their road trip going 2-4. The team had four games cancelled due to the weather in California, and dropped its two contests at the Saint Mary’s Tournament by one run in each game. The offense woke up in the last game of the trip where the Jaspers scored 11 runs against Farleigh Dickinson. Manhattan is now 9-7.
Manhattan’s struggles on the diamond continued, as the baseball team went 1-7 during the break. In the last three games, against Seton Hall, the Jaspers managed just two runs in three games, and were shut out twice. The Jaspers dropped to 3-13 this season.
The women’s lacrosse team played three thrilling contests, going 2-1 and evening its record at 4-4. The lone loss was an 8-7 defeat in overtime on the road against Mount St. Mary’s. The Jaspers were able to rebound winning their next two 9-8 and then 13-11.
The men’s lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season on March 12, but proceeded to lose its next two at home. The Jaspers drop to 1-8 on the year, and going back to last season, have dropped 22 of their last 24 games.
Track and Field
The men’s and women’s busy track and field schedule kicked off on March 11, where Blerim Pocesta competed in the weight throw event at the USATF Indoor Championships. Pocesta finished 14th at the event, but became just the first Manhattan athlete to participate at the U.S. Nationals since Jake Freeman competed in the same event in 2004.
The track and field teams began their outdoor seasons on March 17, competing at the USF Bulls Invitational and then on March 18 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational. At the USF Invitational, Nick Matson won the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 9:44:01, and Kathy Cadet qualified for the ECAC Championships by finishing fourth in the women’s 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:02:81.
At the Baldy Castillo Invitational, the Jaspers enjoyed significant success as Pocesta qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the hammer throw, with a third-place throw of 63.09 meters. Two Jaspers qualified for the IC4A Championships, as Ire Bozovicar finished 13th in the discus, and Anthony Hall qualified in two different events, the 100 meters and 4×100 meter relay, where he was joined by Will Stallings, Hayden Clarke and Fabian Mueller.