Men's spring sports preview

Posted by Katie Peverada

The men's baseball team is coming off of last season having won the Liberty League Championship. Skidmore, predicted to finish third in the league, returns all but two players from last year's squad that reached the NCAA Regionals. Pitcher Max Martins '13, a first-team selection last spring, will lead the Thoroughbred pitching staff with help from Isaac Forman '14, who led the team in innings pitched last year. Andrew Bannon '15 looks to maintain his role as the closer. Second baseman Erik Watkins '14, who led the team last year in batting average (.385), a school-record in hits (65), doubles (17), and RBIs (39) will try to resume to lead the Thoroughbred offense. Geoff Green '13, Leejay Pollacchi '13 and Matty Tatkow '13 all return having hit above .317 last year. The defense will look to improve upon last year's performance, as they finished sixth in the league with a .950 fielding percentage and led the league with 85 errors. Skidmore opens up the season in Fort Myers with eight games before coming home to play RIT on March 23.

The men's lacrosse team opens the season hoping to return to the Liberty League playoffs, as last year they were shut out with a 5-10 record (1-5 in league play). Mike Perlow '13 and Sam Christiansen '15, who were both named 2013 Face-Off YearbookDivision III Preseason honorable mention All-Americans, look to lead the offense and defense, respectively. Perlow was second in the league in scoring last year with 36 goals. Skidmore also returns its second and third leading scorers in Richie Davis '14 and Jon Hoeg '13, and will expect help from JP Sullivan 13' and Bryan Connolly '13. The Thoroughbreds will look for Matt Diaco '14 to have a strong year in net. Skidmore sits at 1-1 with already two games under its belt. The team will play Endicott College away on March 6 before returning home to take on Trinity College on the ninth.

The tennis team stands at 3-0 and will soon travel to California to take on California Lutheran University and to compete in the Stag-Hen Invitational. Currently ranked 22nd in the nation, Skidmore is receiving strong doubles play from Oliver Loutsenko '14 and Danny Knight '14 as well as strong singles play from Gabe Steerman '14 and Jimmy Sherpa '14.

The crew team will go down to Oak Ridge, TN to get in a week of training and racing before coming back up to race in the Sacred Heart Invitational on April 6. This year, Skidmore will host the Liberty League Championships on April 28.

The golf team heads down to Georgia for the Jekyll Island Collegiate Championship and to North Carolina for the Camp Legeune Intercollegiate Championship. They are led by Anthony DiLisio with a 73.3 scoring average and are currently ranked 14th in the first Golf World/Nike Golf Division III College Coaches' Poll of the spring season.

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