Spring Sports Highlights
The 2011 spring campaign was unquestionably a successful one for Crusader teams. A combined three Landmark Conference Tournament appearances, two Coach of the Year honors and 22 all-league players were just a few of the highlights put together by SU’s spring squads.
To start, the men’s lacrosse team achieved a historically successful season. The team won a program-record 11 games and earned its first-ever trip to the Landmark Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed. In addition, four players earned All-Landmark Conference honors, and head coach Stewart Moan and his staff were named the Landmark Coaching Staff of the Year.
The softball and baseball teams also both advanced to their respective postseason tournaments. The softball squad finished the year with 29 victories and earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Despite falling short of the ultimate goal of a league title, the Crusaders saw senior pitcher Cara Swerdlow cap off her historic four-year career with Pitcher of the Year honors. The team also boasted four other all-conference players.
SU’s baseball team used its final conference series to earn a postseason berth for the fourth-straight season. Susquehanna was eliminated in back-to-back two-run games but saw five of its players recognized by the Landmark Conference.
In track and field action, the Crusaders put together another season of solid team and individual performances. Both the men and the women grabbed second-place finishes at the outdoor championships and the women’s runner-up effort garnered head coach Marty Owens and his staff Coaching Staff of the Year honors. Thrower Ken Schetroma ’13 was named the Male Field Athlete of the Year, and fellow thrower Seth Landgraf ’14 reeled in Co-Male Rookie of the Year honors. In addition, three athletes provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III nationals, and two went on to compete at the championship event.
The women’s lacrosse team may have failed to qualify for its postseason tournament, but three of its players earned All-Landmark Conference recognition, and with just three seniors leaving the program following the spring, the Crusaders have a young and deep squad taking the field next season.
In other action, the men’s golf team received a second-consecutive major award as Steve Welkie ’14 was named the Empire 8 Men’s Golf Rookie of the Year. In addition, two women’s tennis players received all-league nods.
Contributing writer to the Scoreboard is Katie Meier, director of athletics communications.