Written by Audrey Kough, Campus Sportswriter
The track team prepared for the Spring season over Spring break and competed in meets. (Courtesy Regan Carlson)
MAR. 31 – On Mar. 17, Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) students went on a week-long spring break. People travelled back home, others went on vacations and some even stayed on campus. Many of the athletic teams went on training trips or stayed on campus to continue with training and games. Spring break was full of highlights for the Presidents’ athletic teams.
The W&J Softball team headed down to Florida to play in the PFX Spring Games. The softball team played a total of ten games while there. Victorious games included: 7-4 win over Manchester, 11-5 win over Knox, 5-3 win over The College at Old Westbury and a 7-6 win over Carleton. Freshman Deanna Gratton explained the experience of the Florida trip for the softball team.
“Our Florida trip was a unique experience to get to know each other on and off the field,” said Gratton ‘26. “We cooked dinner together, we had a family BBQ and we just hung out with each other during our off time.”
“Our Florida trip was a unique experience to get to know each other on and off the field. We cooked dinner together; we had a family BBQ and we just hung out with each other during our off time.” said Gratton ‘26.
She then went on to describe the team’s gameplay: "We started off strong with a 3-0 winning streak, but we did not finish as strong as we wanted. The losses we had were able to show us what we needed to work on most.”
The W&J baseball team also went down to Florida to participate in the RussMatt Invitational. Victorious games for the Presidents included: a sweep of a doubleheader against Keuka; the first game ended in a score of 4-0 and the second game ended in a score of 12-2. To top this, the baseball team had another sweep of a doubleheader against Wooster, with a 5-4 win followed by a stunning 8-1 victory.
The W&J women's lacrosse team traveled to two separate places during spring break: Frederick, Md. to compete against Hood College, and Misenheimer, N.C. to compete against Pfeiffer College. Against Hood College, the Presidents won 11-10. Junior Sarah Labovitz scored four goals, junior Amanda Effland scored three goals and freshman Caleigh Bogats scored two goals. Against Pfeiffer College, the Presidents recorded a 19-7 win over the Falcons.
Notably, the plays made in Maryland over break marked career milestones for individual players. Effland ‘24 reached the 100-goal mark for her career, while goalie, Kaitlyn Brown ’24, reached 300 saves for her career.
“Effland ‘24 reached the 100-goal mark for her career, while goalie, Kaitlyn Brown ’24, reached 300 saves for her career.”
During Spring Break, the track team practiced and participated in meets. Pictured is Alex Puskaric. (Courtesy Regan Carlson)