Adjusting to college life is no easy task. Once school is in session, the students are on their own to find a balance between their academic and social lives. For a some students, an additional challenge is added when athletic rigors become part of their everyday routine. With the compounding of these responsibilities, it is no surprise that many varsity athletes initially struggle and typically need time to adjust.
Despite beginning the week sluggishly with three losses, the College’s baseball team was able recover after an important 7-4 victory against Montclair State University. This win helped them regain focus as they carried that momentum into a doubleheader sweep over Rutgers University-Camden.
The College’s baseball team knew that heading into their doubleheader against Kean University this past Saturday, April 6, they would need to play near-perfect baseball. Despite facing the nation’s sixth-best team, the Lions were confident after riding a five-game winning streak. After traveling to the Cougars home stadium, however, the College quickly fell behind, losing 13-5. In their next game, although much more competitive, the Lions lost a close one in extra innings 5-4.
The Sunday doubleheader against Muhlenberg College (10-2) began as a showdown between a pair of undefeated pitchers. By the end of game one, however, it was freshman pitcher Ashtin Helmer, with nine strikeouts, who got the better of her opponent as the Lions won 7-5.
After going 1-2 in their opening weekend against Immaculata University and Oswego State University, the men’s baseball team is preparing to rebound quickly before heading to Florida during spring break.
After attending the Metropolitan Conference Championship at Rutgers University this past weekend, the Lions dominated the 19-team field as the men’s and women’s teams finished first and second, respectively. The title for the men marked their seventh consecutive and 16th overall in program history.
When one talks to swimming head coach Brian Bishop, there are several intriguing qualities. One in particular, however, stands out. It is not his love for the sport of swimming and it is not his strive to always be the best — it is obvious that Coach Bishop exemplifies those traits. Rather, it is the fact that Bishop may be one of the most humble men at the College.
Both the men’s and women’s swim teams at the College knew early on that some of their toughest competition would come against Rowan University and Stevens Institute of Technology. With just 24 hours separating matchups between their main rivals, the Lions had a difficult task at hand. The men took full advantage of that opportunity as they swept the Owl’s 162-123 and the sixth-ranked Ducks 151-111, taking the New Jersey Athletic Conference for the fifth straight year in the process.
This past Saturday proved to be a big day for the Lions, as both the men and women conquered William Paterson University by scores of 171-100 and 194-84, respectively. This was no typical victory, however, as it marked the 200th win for the men’s head coach, Brian Bishop.