John Carroll Blue Streak varsity athletics: Weekend roundup 04/18-04/19

April 23rd, 2015

Men’s Track and Field


John Carroll University had a well-balanced effort from their runners, hurdlers, throwers and jumpers to help propel themselves to a title at the Sparky Adams Invitational held at Baldwin Wallace on Saturday, April 18. John Carroll finished with 213.5 points while runner-up Baldwin Wallace had 143.


The Blue Streaks picked up six first place finishes.


Two of those first place finishes came in throwing events. Rocky Mitolo placed first in the shot put with a throw of 16.46m/54-0. That was not his only achievement for the day, the senior also broke his own school record in the hammer throw with a distance of 54.52m/178-10. This distance  earned him second place in the event. Mitolo later added to his incredible day by placing fourth in the discus.


Additionally, Gage Marek recorded a first-place throw of 49.05m/160-11 in the javelin.


In the running events, Michael Hurley placed first in the 1500 with 4:03.98 while Steve Frandanisa’s time of 10:33.19 was good enough to place first in the 3k. Nick Williams, who was only competing in his second outdoor meet, placed first in the 400m hurdles in 55.79.


In the only relay of the day, the Blue Streaks took the top honors. Jonathan Radney, Austin Mcllvaine, Frankie Caponi and Nick Woods finished with a time of 43:22 in the 4 x 100


JCU recorded four of the top five times in the 1,500m. Hurley was joined by John Cameron (second, 4:04.37), Patrick O’Brien (third, 4:06.51) and John Honkala (fifth, 4:13.69).


JCU had two more top-five throws from R.C. Lilly (Fourth, javelin, 46.88m/153-10) and Vince Minniti (fifth, shot put, 13.90m/45-7.25).


Some other top-five finishes featured Adam North (second, long jump), Yevgeniy Khmelnitskiy (third, triple jump), Rondel Armour (fourth, long jump) and Justin Ball (fourth, pole vault).


Women’s Track and Field


John Carroll University’s women’s track and field team broke a school record during their strong showing at the 2015 Sparky Adams Invitational hosted by Baldwin Wallace on Saturday, April 18. JCU placed fourth in the 10-team event. The Blue Streaks recorded 98.6 points. Buffalo State University won the meet with 101.5 points, and followed by Case Western Reserve University and Baldwin Wallace University.


The new school record was set by Gab Leon who finished with a time of 12.59 seconds to take fourth in the 100m. This mark bested Rachel Widman’s 2008 time of 12.66.


The Blue Streaks had a one-two finish in the 1,500m. Sophomore Schasia Modrzynski narrowly beat Erin Kiley in the race. Modrzynski finished with a time of 4:59.35 while Kiley finished with a time of 5:04.49. Christine Smith placed sixth in the race to add to the teams score.


The hurdles team help made a big impact on the Blue Streaks fourth place finish. Jessie Swisher finished second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:08.65. Megan Martinko finished fourth in both the 100m and 400m hurdles races with a time of 16.79 and 1:11.19. Madeline Sweeney helped to make her mark by finishing fifth in the 400m hurdles.


The lone relay on the day, the 4×100 (Leon, Emmy Jenkins, Sara Martinko and Joy Nyaanga), strung together a time of 51.43 to place second.


JCU’s scorers were rounded out by Alex Dirr (third, 3k), Mallory Maher (third, 5k), Swisher (fourth, pole vault), Nyaanga (seventh, 200m) and Alex Ehrett (tied eighth, high jump).


During the meet, a life-sized statue of 1949 Baldwin Wallace graduate and four-time Olympic gold medalist Harrison Dillard was dedicated.


JCU returns to action at the OAC Championships. The two-day meet will be held in Alliance, Ohio on April 24 and April 25.



Men’s Lacrosse


Traveling to Bexley, Ohio, the John Carroll University men’s lacrosse team was in  dire need of a victory as the Blue Streaks went up against Capital University on Saturday, April 18.


Unfortunately for the Blue and Gold, the Crusaders held control, and the lead, for the entirety of the match, ultimately defeating JCU 10-8.


Capital opened up an early 2-0 lead to put the Blue Streaks on their heels right off the bat, but a goal right before the period ended by freshman MacGregor Roberts cut the lead to one heading into the second quarter.


After the low scoring first period, goals were aplenty in the second quarter. Despite goals by sophomores Declan O’Grady and Keegan Flinter, JCU’s deficit actually grew as Capital netted four in the quarter, with three coming from the Crusaders’ Brennan O’Callaghan.


Freshman Ryan Crater cut the Crusaders lead to 3 early on to start the second half, but Capital responded with 1:03 left in the period, and stretched the lead back to four for the Crusaders.


The fourth quarter was more of the same for JCU. Despite outscoring Capital in the final period, the Blue Streaks did not have enough in the tank to mount a comeback, eventually falling 10-8.


The loss drops JCU to 7-6 overall on the year, and 1-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Finishing second in the OAC last year, JCU had high expectations heading into 2015. The Blue Streaks can still make the postseason with a run in the OAC Tournament, but a bid to the OAC Tournament comes down to the final two games of the season for JCU.


The University of Mount Union and Muskingum University remain on the schedule for the Blue Streaks. Wilmington University, Mount Union and JCU are currently in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference, allowing JCU to control their own destiny as the season comes to a close.


Women’s Lacrosse


Warm weather cast over Don Shula Stadium and University Heights for the final home game for the John Carroll University women’s lacrosse team. The conditions were ideal for the JCU team who honored the lone Blue Streak senior, midfielder Moria Kelley. Although the weather cooperated, the final score line did not, as Capital University defeated JCU 11-10 in the final seconds.


The game was split down the middle, featuring back and fourth play throughout. Capital opened all scoring early, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead. The Crusaders were led by OAC leading scorer freshman Kara Hines, who tallied six goals in the contest with the Blue Streaks. John Carroll quickly responded with three straight goals coming from freshmen Meghan Harte,  Annamae Bolen and Gina Vilsack. Knotting the game at three only took the Blue and Gold 2:23, which tied the game before heading into the locker room for half with a Capital advantage of 6-5.


Bolen and Vilsack both scored two goals, along with freshmen Olivia Marsh and Roserita DiMillo. Hines led all scorers with six on the afternoon.


The scoring stretch shifted over to the home side as JCU opened the final half with four straight goals. Three of the opening marks came in just a two-minute span.


Capital made it interesting heading into the final stretch of the second half. A tying goal to make the game 10 all set the final three minutes for an exciting finish.


Hines earned a free position and made it count, scoring the game winner with just 34 seconds remaining on the clock. The sixth goal from Hines was all Capital needed to close out the game and take an 11-10 victory of the Blue Streaks.


With the loss, JCU drops to 9-3 on the year and 3-1 in the conference. Now in second place in the conference, JCU has a one-game lead over third place Capital with only two more games remaining on the regular schedule against the University of Mount Union and Muskingum University.