From the HCC sports desk:
Harford Women’s Lacrosse Routs Brookdale, 19-4
BEL AIR, Md.—Sophomore Melissa Warczynski (Street, Md./North Harford) tallied a career-high seven goals and tied her career-high of eight points (7g, 1a) to lead the Harford women’s lacrosse team to a 19-4 drubbing of Brookdale on Tuesday night at Harford Stadium.
Warczynski also notched a natural hat trick for the Fighting Owls (5-3), scoring three consecutive goals during a 7-0 run in the second half, while Jenni Ulejczyk paced the Jersey Blues (2-4) with two goals on the night.
Harford wasted no time, scoring twice in the first five minutes, both by freshman Yuliya Kolosey (Port Deposit, Md./Perryville), but Brookdale would be competitive to start, holding just a one-goal deficit, 3-2 over 10 minutes into the first.
That would be the closest the Blues came for the remainder of the game as Harford finished the first half with an 8-1 run and took an 11-3 lead into the break. Seven straight goals to start the second gave the Owls an 18-3 advantage, before Ulejczyk added Brookdale’s final goal in the final minute off a free position shot. Harford would also add a last-minute goal, with 17 seconds left on the way to the 19-4 win.
The Owls outshot the Blues, 37-20 and grabbed 19 draw controls to Brookdale’s six, while totaling 34 ground balls to the Blues’ six. In the net, Brookdale held the advantage as Paige Knee totaled 13 saves in 60:00, while freshmen Stefanie Saul (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) and Kaitlyn Hall (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) split time and combined for eight saves, Hall making five in 30:00 and Saul tallying three in 30:00.
The Fighting Owls return to action on Thursday as they host No. 1 CCBC-Catonsville as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team. The women’s game is slated for 4:30 p.m. while the men follow against No. 1 CCBC-Essex at 7:00 p.m.
Harford Softball Snaps Four-Game Skid with Doubleheader Sweep of Delaware Tech
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford softball team snapped a four-game losing streak as it swept a doubleheader from Delaware Tech-Stanton, 7-2 and 17-8 (6 inn.) on Monday at Harford Softball Field.
Sophomore Sarah Morrill (Smyrna, Tenn./C. Milton Wright) led the Fighting Owls (6-8) on the day, going 4-for-6 with five runs, a double, a triple, four RBI and three walks, while sophomore Sarah Cooley (Clermont, Fla./Bel Air) was 5-for-9 with four runs, a double and six RBI. Cooley (3-4) also picked up the game one win, allowing just two runs on five hits while fanning seven batters in seven innings and freshman Mariah Ripken (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace/Kutztown) (2-1) took the second win, giving up eight runs (three earned) on eight hits and striking out seven batters in six innings.
Kelli Thomson led the Spirit (2-11), going 4-for-7 with two runs, two doubles and three RBI on the day, while Sandra McNally suffered both losses, giving up a combined 24 runs (16 earned) on 27 hits and striking out just one batter in 11 innings of work.
Harford jumped onto the board in the first of game one thanks to a two-run RBI single by freshman Amber Thompson (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace) and added two more in the second off Morrill’s RBI double and Cooley’s RBI single to take a 4-0 lead.
Del Tech cut the lead in half with a two-run RBI single from Meghan Park in the fourth, but a two-run RBI single by Morrill and RBI single from Cooley gave the Owls three more in the sixth on the way to the 7-3 game one win.
Game two saw the Spirit capitalize on a Harford passed ball and two errors, scoring four unearned runs before the Owls got out of the first inning.
A three-run first for Harford, that saw Morrill score on a wild pitch and Cooley and freshman Natalie Baker (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) notch RBI singles, cut the lead to one, but Del Tech would add some insurance with two runs in the second, off Thomson’s two-run RBI double, to take a 6-3 lead.
The advantage was rendered null in the bottom of the third as Harford batted around the order, scoring nine runs on eight hits and a Del Tech error to take an insurmountable, 12-6 lead. The Spirit slimmed the advantage to four, with two runs in the fourth, but after two Harford loaded the bases to start the sixth, Ripken put the Owls one run away from the eight-run mercy rule, 15-8, with a two-run RBI double.
Thompson followed with a two-run RBI single to give the Owls the 17-8, six-inning win.
The Fighting Owls return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Montgomery College-Rockville for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader.
Harford Softball Blows Two Leads, Drops Doubleheader to Southern Maryland
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford softball team squandered a 2-1 lead in game one and a 6-3 lead in game two as it dropped a doubleheader to the College of Southern Maryland, 6-3 and 13-9 (8 inn.) on Saturday at Harford Softball Field.
The Fighting Owls (4-8) gave up a two-run homer in the third in game one and two more Hawk (9-7) runs in the seventh, while adding just one of their own, and after battling back from a 9-6 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the seventh in game two, surrendered four in the top of the eighth.
Sophomore Sarah Cooley (Clermont, Fla./Bel Air) led Harford, going 6-for-9 on the day with two doubles and four RBI, while also shouldering the hard-luck loss in game two. Cooley (2-4) struck out six in three innings of work, but gave up a grand slam in the eighth before notching two more strikeouts for a total of eight in four innings.
Brenna Barnes led the Hawks, going 6-for-9 with two runs, a double, two home runs and nine RBI, while Cristina Hutchinson picked up both wins, allowing 12 runs (11 earned) on 21 hits and striking out 15 in 15 innings on the day.
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the first in game one off Brooke Martin’s solo homer, but a two-run RBI single would put Harford up 2-1 in the bottom of the inning.
Southern Maryland knotted the score in the second and then took its final lead in the third off Barnes’s two-run shot, 4-2. Harford would add one run in the bottom of the third and the Hawks would tally two in the seventh to cement the 6-3 win.
Game two saw the Owls strike first with four runs in the second off a sacrifice bunt by freshman Jessica Langrehr (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford), an RBI single by freshman Jessica Kraft (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) and a two-run RBI double from sophomore Audrey Werneke (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace).
The Hawks would capitalize on a Harford miscue in the third, scoring three unearned runs, but two more Owl scores in the bottom of the inning would put Harford up, 6-3. The lead was short-lived, however, as Southern Maryland scored five in the fourth for an 8-6 advantage and added one in the fifth to make it a three-run game, 9-6.
Freshman Mariah Ripken (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace/Kutztown) started the bottom of the seventh off with a solo homer and freshmen Rischelle Griffin (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) and Bieanca Dorsey (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) added an RBI single and groundout RBI, respectively, to force extra innings.
The seventh-inning rally proved to be futile as Barnes notched a grand slam in the eighth and Harford was held scoreless in the bottom on the way to the 13-9 loss.
The Fighting Owls return to action on Monday when they host Delaware Tech-Stanton for a doubleheader at 3:00 p.m.
Krider’s Grand Slam Lifts Harford Baseball to 18th Straight Win, 8-3 over Catonsville
BEL AIR, Md.—Sophomore Mike Krider’s (State College, Pa./State College) second home run in as many games and consecutive at-bats gave the Harford baseball team all it needed as the Fighting Owls (25-5, 12-3 MDJUCO) won their 18th straight with an 8-3 decision over MDJUCO-rival CCBC-Catonsville on Tuesday night at Harford Baseball Field.
Krider tallied a three-run bomb in his final at-bat of game two against Montgomery College-Germantown and then notched a grand slam in his first chance at the plate against the Cardinals (21-7, 10-4 MDJUCO).
Krider went 2-for-4 on the night with a run, a double, a home run and six RBI, while freshman Alex Riley (Newark, Del./A.I. Dupont/Wesley) led Harford, going 4-for-5 with three runs and a triple. Sophomore Joe Harbach (Abingdon, Md./Edgewood) (1-2) picked up his first win in his first start of the season, giving up just two runs on six hits, while fanning seven batters in six innings. Harbach was also a perfect 3-for-3 on the night with two runs scored, an RBI, a sac fly and a stolen base.
On the Cardinal side, Justin Robey led the way, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and tallying the only extra-base hit, a double, for Catonsville, while Austin Poretz was tabbed with the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out four over three innings.
Harford wasted no time at the plate as the first three batters singled to reach base and load the bases for Krider who knocked one out of the park to give the Owls a 4-0 lead in the first and would capitalize on a wild pitch in the second for a five-run advantage.
The Cardinals got on the board in the third off Brett Bowers RBI single, but wouldn’t score again until the fifth as Bowers notched another RBI, this time from a fielder’s choice. Harford took a three-run lead, 5-2, into the bottom of the fifth and added two more on Krider’s two-run RBI double to all but seal the win.
The Owls tacked on one more run in the sixth with Harbach’s sacrifice fly and Catonsville added one in the eighth on the way to the 8-3 Harford victory.
The Fighting Owls return to action on Thursday when they travel to Anne Arundel for a 3:00 p.m. game before hosting Gloucester on Friday and No. 5 Frederick on Saturday.
Three Players Homer as Harford Baseball Continues Win Streak with Doubleheader Sweep of Germantown
GERMANTOWN, Md.—Three players tallied home runs as the Harford baseball team won its 16th and 17th straight games with a doubleheader sweep over Montgomery College-Germantown, 8-5 and 8-4, on Saturday at Germantown.
Sophomores Joe Harbach (Abingdon, Md./Edgewood) and Woody Wlodarczyk (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) went back-to-back in the first inning of game one, while sophomore Mike Krider (State College, Pa./State College) blasted a three-run shot in the seventh inning that sealed the game two for Harford.Sophomore Willie Barnola (Barquisimeto, Venezuela/ UEC J.G. Bastidas) led Harford, going 5-for-8 on the day with three runs and a double, while sophomore Jordan Heller (Loch Raven, Md./Loch Raven/Chesapeake) was 3-for-5 with three runs, two doubles, three RBI and sacrifice bunt and also picked up a save in game one with one hitless and scoreless inning, which saw him strike out one batter.
On the mound, freshmen Jordan Lozzi (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and Corey Taylor (Fallston, Md./Fallston) picked up the day’s wins with Lozzi (4-0) lasting four innings and allowing just two runs on four hits, while striking out four in game one and Taylor (3-2) giving up two runs on 10 hits while fanning four in five innings in game two.
Taylor Schallhorn led the Gryphons (13-10, ), going 3-for-4 on the day with one run, a triple, three RBI, two walks and sac fly, while Matt Civetti, John Wagner and Peter Barrett each tallied a homer for Germantown.
Travis Hart and Chris Cross suffered the losses for the Gryphons, with Hart allowing eight runs on 11 hits and striking out three in 5.1 innings and Cross giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and fanning three batters in 5.2 innings.
Harford quickly took a 3-0 lead in game one after Harbach’s two-run homer and Wlodarczyk’s solo bomb, but Wagner would tally a long ball of his own and Matt Miller added an RBI single to make it 3-2 after the first.
Three Harford runs in the third off a Gryphon error and RBI singles by Wlodarczyk and sophomore Mike Maxwell (Salem, N.J./Woodstown) would be all that the Owls needed. Germantown did rally back, however, scoring three in the fifth off Barrett’s two-run homer and Schallhorn’s sac fly to make it a one-run game before Harford tacked on two more in the sixth on the way to the 8-5 win.
Game two saw Germantown take its first lead of the day as Schallhorn stole home in the second, but Harford would knot the score in the third after Harbach’s RBI single. The Owls took the lead for good with a single run in both the fourth and fifth to make it a 3-1 game before Civetti’s solo homer put the Gryphons within one, 3-2.
A two-run RBI single from Heller put the Harford lead back up to three, 5-2, in the sixth and with two out and two runners on, Krider smashed a ball over the centerfield fence to give Harford a comfortable 8-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.
Germantown rallied with a two-run RBI triple from Schallhorn, but ultimately fell short on the way to the 8-4 Harford victory.
Head Coach Tom Eller Gets First Ever Win Over Cecil as Harford Baseball Blanks Seahawks, 4-0
NORTH EAST, Md.—Head coach Tom Eller made history last Friday when he won his first-ever game over Cecil at the helm of the Harford baseball team. Before Friday, Eller was 0-6 against Cecil during his previous three years as the coach of Harford. The Fighting Owls (22-5, 9-3 MDJUCO) 4-0 shutout win over the Seahawks (12-6, 8-4 MDJUCO) was even that much sweet for Eller, who played at Cecil before transferring to Wilmington University.
Freshman Dom Vattuone (Germantown, Md./Northwest) and sophomore Joe Harbach (Abingdon, Md./Edgewood) combined for the shutout win on the mound with Vattuone (2-0) picking up the win after pitching six scoreless innings which saw him give up six hits and strike out five, while Harbach notched his second save of the year with three scoreless innings which saw him give up just one hit and strike out two batters.
Harbach also tallied one of the Owl’s two extra-base hits, an RBI double, while freshman Eric Quinn (Pylesville, Md./Harford Christian) had the other double and was the only Harford player to have a multiple-hit game, going 2-for-4 on the day with a run and a double.
Paul Eyster suffered the loss for Cecil, allowing four runs on eight hits and fanning four in 6.1 innings of work, while Will Flores and Jon Moser each went 2-for-4 on the day.
Harford scored what would eventually become the game-winner in the first as sophomore Woody Wlodarczyk (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) brought Harbach in to score with an RBI single. The 1-0 score would remain as Cecil stranded six runners over three innings and Harford left on one base, before the Owls loaded the bases to start the fifth.
Sophomore Jordan Heller (Loch Raven, Md./Loch Raven/Chesapeake) drew a walk and earned an RBI as sophomore Drew Burton (Kingsville, Md./Calvert Hall) crossed the plate. Sophomore Willie Barnola (Barquisimeto, Venezuela/UEC J.G. Bastidas) was caught stealing home for the first out of the inning, but runners advanced into scoring position on second and third for freshman Alex Riley (Newark, Del./A.I. Dupont/Wesley) who notched a groundout RBI to give Harford a 3-0 lead.
Harbach followed with an RBI double that plated Heller to complete a three-run inning and give Harford the 4-0 lead before the Seahawks got out of the inning.
Cecil threatened with two outs and two men on before Harford turned a double play to get out of the fifth inning and Harford stranded three runners of its own in the seventh. Neither team saw a base runner after that until Cecil had a two-out single in the ninth on the way to the 4-0 Harford shutout win.
Harford Men’s Tennis Wins Fourth Straight, Sweeps Series Against Rockville with 8-1 Win
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford men’s tennis team won its fourth straight as it downed Montgomery College-Rockville, 8-1, on Tuesday, the second time in six days that the teams met.
The Fighting Owls (4-2) dropped just one match to the Knights (0-4), at No.1 singles, and had four double-winners on the day in sophomores Josh Meier (Belcamp, Md./Home School) and Steve Heagy (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and freshmen Marc Donars (Joppa, Md./Harford Tech) and Walker Bazemore (Churchville, Md./C. Milton Wright).
Meier and freshman Cory Litka (York, Pa./Aberdeen/East Stroudsburg) got things started at No.1 doubles by handing Andrew Ortis and Brad Toulbee an 8-6 decision, while Heagy and Donars downed Kamron Najibi and Jason Phannschmidt, 8-4 in the No. 2 spot and Bazemore and freshman Kevin O’Brien (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) earned a default win at No. 3 doubles.
Meier continued his undefeated dual match season, defeating Toulbee in the No. 2 spot, 6-3, 6-2, while Heagy dispatched Najibi, 6-2, 6-4. Phannschmidt, Donars’ opponent at No. 4 singles, couldn’t take the unusually hot weather and withdrew during the second set, giving Donars the 6-1, 4-3 win, while Bazemore rounded out the double-winners with a second default win at No. 6 singles.
Sophomore Ben Wade (Joppatowne, Md./Joppatowne) and Litka completed the results with Wade earning a 6-4, 6-0 win over Thomas Rigolage in the No. 5 slot and Litka falling to Rotis, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
The Fighting Owls take to the road this weekend, facing Rhode Island on Friday, SUNY-Delhi (at Rhode Island) on Saturday and Albertus Magnus on Sunday.
Harford Men’s Tennis Wins Third Straight, Defeats Rockville, 8-1
ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Harford men’s tennis team won its third straight with an 8-1 rout of MDJUCO conference-foe Montgomery College-Rockville. The Fighting Owls (3-2) swept the doubles matches and dropped just one singles match, a hard-fought battle at the No. 1 spot.
Sophomores Josh Meier (Belcamp, Md./Home School) and Steve Heagy (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and freshmen Walker Bazemore (Churchville, Md./C. Milton Wright), Kevin O’Brien (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and Marc Donars (Joppa, Md./Harford Tech) were all double-winners for Harford, while Andrew Ortis won the No. 1 singles match over freshman Cory Litka (York, Pa./Aberdeen/East Stroudsburg) for the Knights (0-3).
Litka and Meier faced Ortis and Brad Toulbee in the No. 1 doubles match, coming away with a slim 8-6 victory, before Litka fell to Ortis in a three-set, 6-4, 3-6, 10-8, No. 1 match and Meier easily dispatched Toulbee, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.
Heagy and Bazemore paired for the No. 2 doubles match, which saw them down Kamron Najibi and Thomas Rigolage, 8-1, while Heagy defeated Najibi, 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 3 spot. The Knights only fielded a team of five players, giving Bazemore the No. 6 win and O’Brien and Donars the No. 3 doubles win by default.
Donars and O’Brien rounded out the individual results with Donars downing Jason Phannschmidt, 7-6 (10-8), 6-0 in the No. 4 slot and O’Brien beating Rigolage, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5 doubles.
The two teams will meet again on Tuesday when Harford hosts Rockville for a 3:30 p.m. match.