FALL SPORTS PRIMER: Women's Cross-Country looks to give Skyline conference "a good run for its money."

Natalie Greico '17 and Mary Kauffman '16 push through to the end of their races.  Photo by Paul Blascovich

Natalie Greico '17 and Mary Kauffman '16 push through to the end of their races.

Photo by Paul Blascovich

The women’s cross-country team will attempt to maintain the success they were able to achieve last season without the help of two runners that placed in the top 20 of the HVIAC championships. Both Mary Kauffman (’16) and Pauline Stanfiel (’16) are studying abroad.

           Still, the team retained both captain Elizabeth Emery (’15) and Natalie Grieco (’17) Grieco and Kauffman were both members of the all-conference team last year. The team finished fourth in the conference.

    Still, coach Erin Pomykala remains optimistic. “We have a lot of returners from last year who are a year older and a year stronger…I think we’ll give Skyline a good run for its money.”

           They opened this year at the Baruch Invitational held in the Bronx this past Sunday. The competition was stiff and the Gryphons were only able to muster a 10th place (out of 11) finish as a team.

           Their next meet, the Bard Invitational, is on this coming Saturday, Sept. 20 in Annandale-On-Hudson, NY.

by Jeff Bernstein '15
Editorial Editor
jbernstein@gm.slc.edu

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FALL SPORTS PRIMER: Men's Cross-Country looks strong this season

Pat Newsom '17 pushes to the front of the pack during a race.  Photo by Paul Blascovich

Pat Newsom '17 pushes to the front of the pack during a race.

Photo by Paul Blascovich

The men’s team looks to build off of last year without their reigning MVP, Caleb Jaster (’16) who will be abroad. Still, the program returns Pat Newsom (’17) and two others from last year’s crop of first-years. Newsom was also named to the HVIAC all-conference roster.

The program has been in flux for the past couple of seasons, though there have been bright points. As coach Erin Pomykala put it, “We have a young squad we’re hoping to develop into a concrete foundation.”

The Gryphons opened the season at the Baruch Invitational in the Bronx with a 10th place team finish (out of 13). Last season opened similarly before Sarah Lawrence was able to put together a solid showing at the HVIAC championships (5th of 7).

Their next meet comes this Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Bard Invitational in Annendale-On-Hudson, NY.

by Jeff Bernstein '15
Editorial Editor
jbernstein@gm.slc.edu

 

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FALL SPORTS PRIMER: Women's Soccer looks to improve record

Sadie Zavgren '17 looks for an open teammate to pass to  Photo by Paul Blascovich

Sadie Zavgren '17 looks for an open teammate to pass to

Photo by Paul Blascovich

Last year was the first in officially-sanctioned Division III competition for the women’s soccer program. Under the direction of then-first-year coach Unity Beddingfield, the team made conference playoffs with a 3-2-1 record.

The team returns most of the players from last season, including Elle Blanchet (’15), Sadie Zavgren (’17), and Shannon Sullivan (’17) who each made the HVIAC all-conference team.

“They were able to pull through for us last year and I feel they will do the same for us this year” added Beddingfield.

Looking to pick up where they left off at the close of last year’s regular season (in which they achieved a three-game streak of win, draw, win), the women opened their season this Monday against Yeshiva University. They controlled the pace of play throughout and cruised to a 4-0 victory.

Their next contest will be away at NJCU this coming Wednesday, Sept. 17. They open their conference slate on September 26 against Maritime College.

by Jeff Bernstein '15
Editorial Editor
jbernstein@gm.slc.edu

SLC Phoenix

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Women's Volleyball opens with tri-match vs. Bard College and Maritime College

Photo by Paul Blascovich

Photo by Paul Blascovich

The Women’s Volleyball Program faces a tough season after losing four starters from last year’s team including both captains. They are bolstered, however, by Xina Graham-Vannais (‘15) who returns from a year studying abroad. 
The season opened with a tri-match against Bard College and Maritime College that resulted in two losses.

“We walked away from our first two matches with the unstoppable energy that keeps us pushing everyday to be better,” said senior Graham-Vannais (’15).

The team marches forward with a home game at 7 PM against Medgar Evers this Thursday, Sept. 11.

The squad may be flush with young talent, but they are also returning five players from last year. That kind of consistency year-on-year has the potential to both build a program for the future and compete in the present.

“The goal is to get better every day and have a great time representing Sarah Lawrence” said Head Coach Jillian Kalvik, regarding the challenges associated with heading such a young team.

Before the school year, Kalvik was also named Coach of the Men’s team. The Men’s season begins in the spring season.

by Jeff Bernstein '15
Editorial Editor
jbernstein@gm.slc.edu

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FALL SPORTS PRIMER: Women's Tennis looks to improve standings

Last season, Sarah Lawrence finished as the runner-up in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) Women’s Tennis Championships. This season, the team looks to build on that strong showing; however, that may be challenging the tall task of joining a more competitive conference.

“I’m excited about the year. We’re moving up to face tougher competition [in Skyline Conference], but I think we’ll be up to the challenge” said Head Coach Frank Fanning. With six players returning from last year’s squad, he could be on to something.

The season opened this past Sunday against Drew University in a non-conference match. Sophomore players Autumn Atkinson (‘17) and Juliet Slade (‘17) earned a tough-fought 8-6 win to continue their streak of 16 victories spanning back to last season. In the end, Drew prevailed 7-2.

The team has 14 matches remaining on the slate for the season, four of which are to be played on campus at the Andrews Tennis Courts. The Gryphons take on the Yeshiva on Wednesday Sept. 17 in Flushing, NY. The conference schedule opens the following Saturday against Farmingdale State,  at home.

by Jeff Bernstein
Editorial Editor
jbernstein@gm.slc.edu

SLC Phoenix

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