Jackie Moscardelli scored 10 goals this week for the women’s lacrosse team and Travis Lane helped lead the baseball team by picking up his second win of the season earning them the Springfield Student Newspaper Players of the Week award for 4/19/12 through 4/25/12.
Athletes of the Week for 4/19/12–4/25/12
Only some athletes are capable of playing two highly demanding sports in the same year, let alone star in both. Jackie Moscardelli is one of those athletes. Moscardelli was one of the stars on the soccer team this past fall and now she stars on the lacrosse team. Being named the NEWMAC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week is just her latest accomplishment. This past week alone, she scored 12 points, 10 goals and two assists. Moscardelli is first on the team with in goals (42) and points (50). The senior midfielder, in addition to going on a scoring frenzy, also helped the Pride gain the No. 2 seed in the NEWMAC Championship.
Q. You had a great week in scoring; what made last week different than the other weeks?
A. Throwing my first no-hitter here at Springfield College was such an amazing feeling because it was an entire team effort with offense, defense, pitching and catching.
Q. What do you attribute your success this season to?
A. My success this season is a combination of two factors. One is because of my teammates and their drive to get better every day and prove that we are a strong team. Also, with this being my last season I go to practice every day with the mind-set that I don’t want to have any regrets when I am completely done so I work hard and my teammates push each other to be better than they were the day before.
Q. How does it feel coming close to career-scoring records?
A. I try not to think about the records. If it happens it will be a great accomplishment, but we are coming up to the biggest weekend of our season and these games are my main focus.
Travis Lane picked up his second win of the season Wednesday as the Springfield College baseball team cruised past Elms College, 9-1. Lane threw six scoreless innings, only letting up four hits, while striking out a pair of Blazer batters. The sophomore righty holds a 4.21 ERA with 25.2 innings pitched and 11 strikeouts on the season. The win today improved the Pride’s overall record to 19-13 with two games left in regular season play. The baseball team has seen a big jump since last years 11-23 season. Head coach Mark Simeone credits the team’s success to the leadership of the seniors and the improvement of the underclassmen. The Pride has received great production out of Karl Quist, who boasts a .383 batting average and has knocked in 24 RBIs. Steve Starr, a freshman, has also been an important part of the Springfield offense as the centerfielder and lead-off hitter. He has a .331 batting average. The Pride finished second in the NEWMAC with an 11-7 record. SC takes on Babson on Saturday at Babson. The winner of that game plays the winner of Wheaton/WPI later that day at Wheaton.
Q. After allowing the first two batters to reach base, what did you do to get in a groove?
A. I was getting settled in, trying to find my spots and everything. Besides that I was going right after them.
Q. In a 9-1 win against Elms, talk about the defense you got from your teammates?
A. I just throw to make contact and let the fielders do their work and that’s what we did today.
Q. Against Elms on Wednesday, your teammates gave you early run support. How important is that to have as a pitcher?
A. We’ve been hitting the ball well lately. It’s great to have them behind you to get some hits and things like that. It makes it a lot easier to pitch
Q. What’s the mind-set of the team heading into the
A. We’re ready to go for the weekend.
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