John Carroll Blue Streak varsity athletics: Weekend roundup 04/11-04/12

April 16th, 2015


Men’s Tennis


The John Carroll University men’s tennis team came up just short this weekend after a hard-fought match, ultimately missing out on the win by just one point. The 5-4 loss to Otterbein will drop JCU to 3-11 and 2-1 in OAC play on the year.


The start of the match did go as planned for the Blue Streaks as they trailed 2-1 after doubles play, leaving them with plenty of ground that needed to be made up in single competition.


Sophomores Alex Guthrie and Kyle Mollison worked together to earn their doubles win out of the number two position.


Sophomores Jad Abdul-Aal and Nick Siciliano were able to put up strong performances as they won both of their single matches.


About the tough weekend, Siciliano said,“The team battled hard for every point, and that’s all that we can ask from ourselves. We keep improving week after week and we will definitely be ready for [Otterbein] come playoffs. The road to the OAC championship isn’t easy, and this weekend was just simply a bump in the road to the success that we will eventually have this year.”


Even with their strong performance out of the number one and four spots, JCU had an uphill battle to climb falling behind 4-2 before the ultimate 5-4 victory was awarded to Otterbein.


Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University men’s tennis team returned to action on Wednesday, April 15 against Heidelberg University. Go to for a full game recap and box score.


Women’s Tennis


The John Carroll University women’s tennis team had a dramatic come from behind victory over Otterbein this past weekend to improve to 7-5 overall and 3-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. After falling behind early this plucky JCU squad did not let their slow start affect the outcome as they took the win away from the Cardinals, 5-4.


After losing the first two double matches, sophomore Katherine Devine and senior Tracy Gibson won 8-5 in the number three spot. The first two doubles match ups were tight contests, but JCU was unable to be victorious


The Blue Streaks hit their stride during the singles matches, putting together a small, yet important, winning streak. Junior Catherine Engel led the charge as she won with scores of 6-2 and 6-3.


About her team’s performance, Engel said, “I am so proud of our team. We went into the match against last year’s conference champs knowing we all had to play our best and we did. There are big things to come from this team.”


Freshman Jennifer Stroyne continued  behind the momentum of Engel as she won out of the number three spot, defeating her  opponent in three sets.


The final two wins for JCU in singles competition came from Devine and freshman Natalie Bourlas, both winning their matches in two sets each.


Although sitting pretty at 7-5, there is still much of the season ahead of the Blue Streaks.


After Tuesday’s matchup with Heidelberg, JCU still has six more matches, five of which are against OAC opponents.


Currently second in the OAC, a strong finish to the season could catapult the Blue and Gold to a high seed in the OAC Tournament at the end of the year.


Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University women’s tennis team returned to action on Tuesday, April 14 against Heidelberg University. Go to for a full game recap and box score.


Men’s Lacrosse


A new season high in goals scored gave John Carroll University its second straight win and third straight win at home for the season. The visiting Wilmington College Fightin’ Quakers dropped its third straight game with a 20-8 loss to John Carroll.


JCU improves to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, dropping Wilmington to 0-3 in the conference. The contest was the seventh straight game John Carroll limited opponents to 10 or less goals in the game behind an eight save performance from sophomore goalie Kyle Lake.


The offensive onslaught started early for the Blue Streaks, grabbing the first two goals within the first two minutes of the opening faceoff. Sophomore attack man Declan O’Grady scored his first of a game leading five goals just 13 seconds into the game. It was the second straight game this season O’Grady scored five goals in a game, bringing his total on the year to a team leading 32. Sophomore midfielder Gary Anile added three goals of his own including his first that came with 13:53 remaining in the first quarter.


JCU had a 2-0 lead after only two minutes of elapsed time in the contest, but a Wilmington goal would cut the lead in half. This was the closest the Fightin’ Quakers would get to JCU and a seven goal first quarter that included two goals from freshmen Collin Rice and Logan Calhoun with less than 18-seconds remaining in the quarter


A four goal second quarter set the Blue Streaks up with an 11-4 lead heading into half time. Coming back for the second half, it was more of the same from the John Carroll on the total game dominance.


The 20-8 win for the Blue Streaks put the team to 7-4 on the year and 1-1 in the conference.


Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University men’s lacrosse team returned to action on Wednesday, April 15 against Baldwin Wallace. Go to for a full game recap and box score.


Women’s Lacrosse


Tying a season-high with 22 goals, the John Carroll University women’s lacrosse team cruised to their sixth straight win on Saturday, April 11 as the Blue Streaks handled Wilmington College 22-2.


Freshman Gina Vilsack led the way for JCU, as she scored six-goals in a game for the second time this year, bringing her total to 35.


The Fightin’ Quakers knotted the game up at 1-1 after Vilsack’s first goal, but the Blue Streaks took complete control after that, scoring 18 straight goals, stretching the lead to as large as 19-1.


Freshmen Chelsea Jackson and Grace Curatolo each added five goals as well for JCU.


In net, freshman Mary Jo Murino saved six of the eight shots she faced, taking care of the little opposition she faced.


The 20-goal victory improved the Blue Streaks to 8-2 on the season, and 2-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Blue and Gold have four games remaining this season, with three of those being against OAC opponents.


JCU will take the field next on Saturday, April 18 as the Blue Streaks host Capital University at 1 p.m. at Don Shula Stadium in the final home match of the year for JCU women’s lacrosse.


Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University women’s lacrosse team returned to action on Wednesday, April 15 at Don Shula Stadium against Baldwin Wallace University. Go to for a full game recap and box score.