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Pioneer Weekly Update: March 12th Edition

Ian Van Valen named Most Outstanding Wrestler at NCWA National Championships

Weekly Schedule

Monday, March 12th: Softball vs. Franciscan !: 9:30 a.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Monday, March 12th: Softball vs. St. Scholastica !: 1:30 p.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Monday, March 12th: Baseball vs. NYU #: 3 p.m. * Live Stats

Monday, March 12th: Lacrosse at Farmingdale State: 3 p.m. * Live Stats

Tuesday, March 12th: Baseball vs. Bethel @: 9 a.m. * 

Tuesday, March 12th: Softball vs. Lesley !: 11:30 a.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Wednesday, March 13th: Softball vs. Pay Bath !: 9:30 a.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Wednesday, March 13th: Baseball vs. Newbury College @: Noon

Wednesday, March 13th: Baseball vs. NYU @: 3 p.m. * Live Stats

Thursday, March 14th: Softball vs. Pikeville !: 9:30 a.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Thursday, March 14th: Softball vs. Lycoming !: 11:30 a.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Thursday, March 14th: Baseball vs. Wooster @: Noon

Thursday, March 14th: Baseball vs. Plattsburgh @: 3 p.m.

Friday, March 15th: Softball vs. Rutgers Camden !: 11:30 a.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Friday, March 15th: Baseball vs. Skidmore @: Noon

Friday, March 15th: Softball vs. Cazenovia !: 1:30 p.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Saturday, March 16th: Western Equestrian @ Western Semi-Final Championship @ Hamburg Fairgrounds

Saturday, March 16th: Baseball vs. Lakeland @: 9 a.m.

Sunday, March 17th: Western Equestrian @ Western Semi-Final Championship @ Hamburg Fairgrounds

Sunday, March 17th: Lacrosse vs. SUNY Poly: 1 p.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

! - game played in Myrtle Beach, SC - part of Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic

# - game played in Tampa, FL @ NY Yankees Spring Training Site

@ - game played in Ft. Myers, FL - part of Gene Cusic Classic

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Team Updates

Baseball: 0-6

The Pioneers opened up their southern spring break trip at Salisbury. The team couldn't get the offense going and fell 2-0 and 9-1.

In the opener, Matt Isham (Maine Endwell) and Angel Victorino (Harvest Collegiate) combined to keep the Sea Gulls off the board for the first six innings while Wes Whitlock threw a complete game two-hitter. Salisbury broke the scoreless tie with two outs in the 7th when Justin Meekins hit a RBI triple and scored on a pinch hit single on Jack Decker. Isham allowed four hits in four innings of work while Victorino allowed one hit in 1.2 innings. Whitlock allowed just two hits and walked two while striking out 12. Dan Woodward (Honeoye) and Brody Burdett (Scottsdale, AZ) collected singles for the blue & gold.

In the nightcap, Salisbury scored two in the 1st and four in the 2nd inning to take control of the game. Connor Reeves allowed two hits and one earned run in eight innings of work to earn the victory. Connor Pingitore (Amsterdam/Broadalbin-Perth) singled and scored on a RBI single by Lucas Cornell (Alfred Almond) in the 4th inning.

Lacrosse: 1-2

The Pioneers defeated Cazenovia 8-7 in their only action of the week. The Pioneers led throughout and held off a 4th quarter rally by the Wildcats.

Teddy Alvarado (Hilton), Eric Passeck (Thomaston, CT), and AJ Soto (Churchville) all finished with two goals while Joe Johnson (Churchville) and Chris Williams (Watertown/South Jefferson) scored once. Nathan Crowley (West Irondequoit) was 10 for 18 in the faceoff circle and led the team with seven ground balls. Matt Cobb (Churchville) registered his first collegiate victory in goal by making 22 saves.

Softball: 0-4

The softball team opened up the 2018 season in Myrtle Beach, SC at the Fastpitch Dreams Classic. The blue and gold saw Lesley University rally for a 8-4 victory in the opener and then struggled giving up the big inning in a 14-1 loss to University of St. Joseph, a 11-0 loss to Sarah Lawrence, and a 8-0 loss to Albertus Magnus.

Morgan Franklin (Wellsville) lead the team with a .333 batting average and 2 RBI. Ashley Peterson (Valley Central) has also driven in two runs.

Wrestling: 7-8, 11th at NCWA National Championships

George Van Valen (Ithaca) and Ryan Mattison (Brockport) wrestled to NCWA All-American honors this weekend in Allen, TX. Van Valen capped an amazing career by becoming the National Champion in the 184 lb. weight class while Mattison finished 5th in the heavyweight bracket. As a team the Pioneers finished 11th overall out of 79 teams with 73 points.

Van Valen was 5-0 during the tournament and outscored his opponents 74-2 in the three-day event. He defeated the #3 seed Jerron Thomas from Mott CC in the finals. He jumped out to a 8-1 lead after the 1st period and after an early escape in the 2nd period he took full control of the match and raced to a 16-1 tech fall victory. For his efforts, he was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships. En route the championship, Van Valen defeated Steven Crowder (Clemson) 16-0, Tyler Roling (Iowa State Wrestling Club) 11-0, Brad Kata (Central Florida) 16-1, and Jarrod Smiley (Central Florida) 15-0.

Mattison was 5-2 during the tournament with three pins to earn 5th place. He opened the tournament with a pin of Guillermo Ojeda (UCLA) and a 8-0 win over Daniel Eslick (Iowa State Wrestling Club). After a loss in the quarterfinals he earned back to back pins of Christopher Woods (Houston-Downtown) and Austin Wells (Middle Tennessee). After dropping the consolation semifinals, he was able to rebound to win a tight 3-2 decision over Dominick Johnson (Liberty) in the 5th place match.

Brandyn Whitacre (Jamestown) went 3-2 with three pins at 235, Patrick Lehman (Marathon) was 3-2 at 125, and Mike Galton (Warsaw) was 2-2 at 157.

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