NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The first busy week of the spring athletic season saw great success from all New Providence sports, featuring an undefeated run by the baseball team, as well as the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams.
The Pioneers showed their resilience this week, putting up a 4-0 record, with three out of the four of their games being one run contests. The most impressive win of the bunch was at rival Summit, a commanding 3-0 win with all of their runs coming in the top of the 7th inning. Pitchers Ryan Sherman tossed a strong 5 2/3 innings of three hit baseball and Dan McCarron came in to complete the four-out save to lock the win down for NP. The 6-1 Pioneers look to keep their winning ways going against Union on Tuesday with an early first-pitch at 10:30 a.m.
After a slow start to the 2018 campaign, the boys’ lacrosse team has rattled off four impressive wins in a row heading into spring break. A pair of 8-7 wins over West Morris and Milburn and two dominating triumphs against Red Bank Catholic and Columbia shows that this Pioneers team can win in different fashions. Goalie Pat Trezza has been solid in net for New Providence, and seniors Tyler Lawton and Tommy McGrath have led the way offensively for a dangerous Pioneer attack. Like the baseball team, the boys’ lacrosse side seek their 5th straight win when they take on Voorhees on Tuesday.
The offense showed up this past week for the Lady Pioneers, totaling 29 goals in just two games, both of which were victories in a comfortable manner. Kaitlyn Cumisky led the charge with 10 goals over the course of the week, but seniors Iris Kaloshi and Elena DelDuca have done their part, racking up a balance of assists and goals to power New Providence to victory. Morris Knolls is next on the Lady Pioneer schedule, with the game scheduled for 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Inclement weather has gotten in the way of a handful of Pioneer tennis matches, as their quest for an 9th straight sectional title is underway. After two tough matches against perennial powerhouses Summit and Westfield, New Providence has bounced back nicely with wins over Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Plainfield. At first singles is a familiar face in Chris Kang, who has been at the top for three seasons, but behind him is a lot of inexperience, which will present a challenge to the Pioneers moving forward. New Providence has Montclair-Kimberly before a pivotal match-up against Governor Livingston next week during the team’s spring break.
The Lady Pioneers picked up their first win of the season against Rahway this past week, topping the visitors 8-3. Pitcher Morgan Connolly threw a complete game with seven strike outs for New Providence, and she was backed up by some big offense. Seven different Lady Pioneers contributed with RBI hits, with Katie Harris knocking in two. The ladies are back on the diamond tomorrow when they take on Union at 4 p.m.
The boys picked up their first victory of the season on the links with a dominating win over triumph over Johnson. All four Pioneer starters recorded lower scores than all of the Johnson golfers, led by CJ Olson who posted a match low of a 42.
Be sure to support all the Pioneer teams in action over spring break as they all look to continue their strong seasons.
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