The Ohio Northern men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s tennis teams fell in Ohio Athletic Conference championship competition Saturday.
John Carroll 13,
Ohio Northern 5
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — In its first-ever Ohio Athletic Conference championship game appearance, No. 4-seeded Ohio Northern fell to No. 3-seeded John Carroll oat Don Shula Stadium.
With the loss, the Polar Bears dropped to 13-5 overall. The Blue Streaks improved to 12-6 overall and earn the OAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament, which begins next week.
Max Weese, Nicholas Groves, Joseph O’Connell, Anthony Pavone and Peter Hardt each had a goal for ONU.
John Carroll 5, ONU 4
MASON — Third-seeded Ohio Northern rallied from a 4-1 deficit, but top-seeded John Carroll held on for a victory in the finals of the OAC Tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center and the South Regency Tennis Club.
The Polar Bears ended their season at 14-9 overall, while the Blue Streaks (9-9) received the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Championships.
Connor Christian and freshman Andrew Cochran got the Polar Bears off to a 1-0 lead with an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles.
John Carroll then won on courts one and three and led 2-1 after doubles play.
The rains came just as the singles matches started, forcing a 1 hour, 18-minute delay and moving play inside to the South Regency Tennis Club in Miamisburg.
JCU grabbed the momentum out of the rain delay and increased its lead to 4-1 with victories at Nos. 5 and 3 singles.
Noah Elliott rallied for a 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles to get ONU within 4-2.
Cochran then won 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 6 singles to make it 4-3.
Vinh Thai tied the match at 4-all with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles.
The Blue Streaks then posted a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles to clinch the match.
“I’m very proud of the way we battled,” ONU head coach Mike Bonnell said. “We did not handle the transition from indoors to outdoors well and got behind at the beginning of singles play. But we kept playing and nearly came all the way back. This was our first trip to the OAC Tournament finals for our program since 2013 and I am optimistic that there will be more of these opportunities in our future.”
John Carroll 5, ONU 1
MIAMISBURG — Ohio Northern fell 5-1 in the finals of the OAC Tournament indoors at the South Regency Tennis Club.
The third-seeded Polar Bears end their season with a 20-7 overall record.
Top-seeded John Carroll improved to 15-5 and earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament.
ONU won at No. 2 doubles as Ashley Ochsenhirt and Ada graduate Mackenzie Wills won 8-6.
With her doubles victory, Wills finished the season with a 50-9 overall record, tying the ONU single-season record of 50 wins set by Meghan Letizia in 2013.
Ohio Northern 2,
NEW CONCORD — Second-seeded Ohio Northern needed just two runs in the first inning off a Hailee Loughman single and an Abby Elliott double to claim a victory against top-seeded Muskingum and advance to game five of the OAC Tournament at Donna J. Newberry Field.
With the victory, the Polar Bears improved to 22-18 overall on the season and booked a matchup with third-seeded Baldwin Wallace in game five. The ONU-Baldwin Wallace game was halted due to inclement weather in the top of the fourth with BW leading 2-1. The game is scheduled to resume at 11 a.m. today.
In addition, the victory against Muskingham marked the 100th career coaching win for third-year head coach Jackie Price. She has won 79 games in three seasons at her alma mater after recording 21 wins in two seasons at Hiram.
The Muskies fell to 31-11 on the season and were the first team eliminated from this year’s tournament.
Indiana Tech 5, UNOH 1
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — UNOH dropped its second game in as many days to Indiana Tech to be eliminated from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Michael Knollman had a double, a single and knocked in the Racers’ lone run. Tech defeated UNOH 6-2 late Friday.
Shawnee 12, Russia 1
RUSSIA — Logan Maxwell had two hits, including a home run, and three RBI, Jake Hutchins had two hits and two RBI and Johnny Caprella had a double, a single and an RBI for Shawnee.
Celina 9, Allen East 2
CELINA — Grant Wagner had two hits, Parker Mauer doubled and knocked in three runs and Caden Highley had a hit and two RBI for the host Bulldogs. Seven different players each had a hit for Allen East.
Crestview 7, Shawnee 6
CONVOY — The host Knights scored four times in the seventh after the Indians took the lead with three runs in the top of the inning.
Bailey Gregory had a double, a single and an RBI, Lexi Gregory had a pair of hits and Codi Miller had a hit and an RBI for Crestview. Laken George had two doubles and a single and Mackenzie Peterman had a pair of hits and two RBI for Shawnee.
Ada 6, Spencerville 1
SPENCERVILLE — Winning pitcher Leona Dalton allowed five hits and a walk while striking out 10 in a seven-inning complete game. Lexie White had three hits, Raina England tripled and had a pair of RBI and Lexie Waugh had a hit and knocked in a pair of runs for Ada. Sierra Baumgartner doubled and had an RBI for the host Bearcats.
COLDWATER — Kate Leichty doubled for the host Cavaliers.
Allen East drops 2
CALEDONIA — Allen East fell 13-3 and 20-0 to River Valley. Lakin Bashman homered for Allen East (16-4).
Parkway 1, Triad 0
ROCKFORD — Winning pitcher Macy Hendle allowed four hits while striking out six. Parkway catcher Allie Ford threw out two runners attempting steals and Lauren Henderson knocked in the game’s lone run.
Bath goes 0-2
BOWLING GREEN — Bath lost 3-2 and 9-1 to the hosts.
Track and field
Cooper Tire Invitational
FINDLAY — Lima Senior finished fourth (66.5 points) and Elida fifth (63.5 points) in the girls standings in the 10-team competition Friday. Elida was fourth and Lima Senior ninth in the boys team results.
Lima Senior’s Deji’ona Shurelds Simpson broke her meet record in the 400 with a time of 59.38 seconds. She also won the 200 and was a member of the Spartans’ first-place 800 relay team along with Ka’Niyah Stevens, India Benton and Elyse Kelley. The same foursome set a meet mark of 4:06.78 in the 1,600 relay.
Also among the girls, Elida’s Kylie Lewis (100), the Elida 400 relay team of Jency Jenkins, Jasmine Jones, Epifany Johnson and Lewis also won.
Elida’s Arzaiah Little set a meet mark in 200 with a time of 22.85. Third place Yarlen Chambers of Lima Senior also finished under the former meet mark with a time of 23.51. Elida’s Jacob Michael equaled the meet record in the pole vault with a height of 13 feet, 6 inches.
In the boys events, KeShawn Spivey (110 hurdles), Dravyn Jones (100) and the 400 relay team of Jones, Cameron Fetter, Nazareus Wright and Little also finished first for Elida.
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