See what Rivertowns alumni are up to in the college worlds of sports.
- SPOTLIGHT ON: EDDIE RITCH - In his college baseball debut, it was a great beginning for Eddie Ritch of Dobbs Ferry and American International College in a game with Bloomfield College on Mar. 9. The freshman shortstop batted 4-5, including a double, and drove in four runs, including the game winning single in the tenth inning. He fanned once, made two putouts and had six assists in the season opener at Lantana, Florida. On Mar. 10 at Fort Pierce, his Yellow Jackets swept a double header with Merrimack College 11-2 and 9-8. In game one, Ritch went 2-5, scored a run, batted in another, fanned twice and had five assists at shortstop. In the nightcap, as leadoff batter, he went hitless but scored a run, walked twice, fanned once, had one putout and had one assist. Trailing going into the bottom of the ninth 8-5, he walked with the score tied at 8-8, thereby driving in the winning run as the Jackets put across four tallies to win the day. The record is now 3-1.
- Jeremy Mancus of Irvington and a tennis playing senior for the Nazareth College Golden Flyers launched the spring season at Hilton Head, S.C. on Mar. 10 with a match against Ohio's Baldwin-Wallace University. He dropped his singles match 6-2, 6-1. He and his doubles partner also lost theirs 8-5 with the Yellow Jackets winning the day, 8-1.
- At Rutgers University on Mar. 8-9, Penn Gottfried of Ardsley and the Columbia University wrestling team participated in the E.I.W.A. (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) championships, and was one of four Lions to qualify for the N.C.A.A. wrestling championships to be held in Des Moines, Iowa on Mar. 21-22. In the 125-pound category, he lost in the final match but still qualified for the big meet with his eighth place finish in this one.
- Jake Bernard of Irvington and Wooster College, in a see saw men's lacrosse home game with Washington and Jefferson College on Mar. 6, won by the visitors in three overtimes, had two shots, one ground ball, and one turnover in the 9-8.
- The Manhattanville men's lacrosse team played Western Connecticut University on Mar. 6 at home, with Justin Figueroa of Ardsley scoring his first goal of the season, at 10:31 of the first quarter. He had two shots and two turnovers in the 10-3 loss to the Colonials. On Mar. 9, with Utica as the guests, the upstaters topped the Valiants, 15-7, as he had one shot, one turnover and one cause a turnover on the day.
- Southern New Hampshire's Pezzuto brothers, Greg and Andrew, continued their team's winning Southern campaign in Lantana, Florida, by beating Wilmington University of Delaware on Mar. 4th, 11-4, as Andrew had one run on one hit, plus one run batted in, walked once, fanned once, and had one stolen base. Greg also had one run on one hit, one run batted in, walked twice, and one steal in the game. At Nova Southeastern University on Mar. 5th, in a close 14-12 win, Andrew batted one for one, walked thrice, had one run batted in, and one sacrifice fly on the day. Greg went hitless in the game with the Sharks. At Lynn University on Mar. 6 in their initial loss of the season by a 10-7 score, Andrew accounted for the Penman's first run with a single in the opening frame. In addition, he scored a run, walked twice, had one steal and was caught stealing on another attempt. Greg went hitless in five trips to the plate, and hit into a double play. On Mar. 8, they played the University of the Sciences again, plus an afternoon contest with Concordia College, and lost both games. With Sciences in the morning game, in a 4-3 setback, Andrew went 1-4, walked and struck out once each, and had one steal. Against Concordia, in the 5-4 loser, he went 2-5, scored one run, fanned once, had two steals, and then, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, he was cut down attempting to steal home, thereby ending the game. Greg batted 2-4, had one run batted in, fanned once, and had one steal in the contest. In the Southern finale with Caldwell College, Andrew batted 2-5, scored a run, fanned once, and, in base stealing attempts, stole two and was caught stealing once. Greg went 2-4 in batting, had one run batted in, scored a run, fanned once, and had one error in the 8-1 victory. The record stands at 10-3.
- Andy Catania of Dobbs Ferry and St.Olaf College's tennis team, in matches at the University of St. Thomas on Mar. 9, won his singles match, 6-3,6-3, but as all of the foe's doubles teams won over their guest duos, St. Thomas won the day, 6-3. Catania and his partner dropped their match, 8-3.
- At the NCAA Northeast Region fencing championship, held at St. John's University on Mar. 10 Peter Cohen of Irvington and Hackley, competed in epee for the Yale University team. His fifth place performance out of thirty-six contenders propelled him into the NCAA National Championship, to be held in San Antonio Texas on Mar. 21-24. Ha was one of ten Eli fencers to qualify for the big event.
- On Mar. 6, the Brown University men's lacrosse team on Mar. 6th at Hartford University, they topped their hosts, 14-4, with midfielder John Yozzo-Scapperotta of Dobbs Ferry making his college debut in the game. Hosting St. Joseph's University on Mar. 9, he also saw action in the 17-9 victory.
- In a double bill at St. Augustine of Raleigh, N.C. on Mar. 4, Yolanda Jonesof Hastings and the Lady Dragons of Virginia University of Lynchburg dropped both games, 15-7 and 17-3. Jones had one run batted in, walked once, and had an assist in right field, while she fanned once and had a putout in the game. She later injured her knee, and therefore was sidelined for the remainder of the week.
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