Cougars Travel Nationwide Over Spring Break

Written by Emily Tornquist and Jenny Rubin

Over Spring Break, the lacrosse team, baseball team, softball team, lacrosse team, and tennis team went on trips to kick off the spring season by competing in warmer weather.

The men’s lacrosse team traveled to Clearwater, Florida to train and play at the Joe DiMaggio Sports complex. The team played against DeSales University and Misericordia University, and won both games. According to the Clark Athletics website, this is “the second straight season in which the Cougars have swept their two games in Florida during their annual spring break trip and have won six of the eight games played there since [their] first visit in 2012.”

The men’s tennis team went to Pomona, California for the first time in team history. Its first match, against the number 2 ranked Division III team Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, was “an experience we will all remember,” said Joel Simonson (‘15). The match was held at the famous Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where the prestigious BNP Paribas Open is held annually. Travelling to Pomona allowed the Cougars to test themselves against some of the most formidable opponents in California, “where Division III tennis is of high quality,” said Simonson. After its match against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the team played against Occidental and Caltech. During down time, members of the team visited Hollywood Boulevard and a took a hike to the Hollywood sign. Despite the switch to California, they were still able to participate in its annual mini-golf tournament, a long standing tradition for Clark Men’s Tennis.

The baseball team played nine games in eight days in Auburndale and Winter Haven, Florida.When it wasn’t playing, the team visited the beach, golf courses, Disney, and Universal Studios. Infielder Kyle Bonicki (‘18) said that the “team was a bit nervous to begin the year,” but in the end, its members “all felt prepared and excited to get on the field, and never felt as if [they] were overmatched.” Bonicki was named the NEWMAC Baseball Player of the Week for his performance in the nine games. “There were multiple guys on our team alone that definitely played well enough to win the award,” said Bonicki. He said he was “honored to receive [Baseball Player of the Week], but more importantly, excited that [we] got [ourselves] going in the right direction and started playing very well towards a end of the trip.” The baseball team finished the week by winning both games of the double header against King’s College of Pennsylvania on the final day.

 

The softball team traveled to Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida where they played ten games. On the last day of its games, the team won against Northland College, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Although the team only won two games during the week, the players viewed the trip as a net positive. Clark Softball player Leah Bodin said, “As a team, [going to Florida] was definitely a learning experience. As the week progressed and we continued to make adjustments, we became a lot more comfortable and flexible. Now we know what areas we need to improve on so the next time we take to the field, we can go out with a lot more confidence.”