EC Sports Roundup: Week of April 3rd - 9th, 2017


An EC Men’s Lacrosse player looks for an opening to pass.  File Photo

An EC Men’s Lacrosse player looks for an opening to pass.  File Photo

Trace Nardi

Men’s Lacrosse

With a huge 21-1 win, the EC men’s lacrosse team opened CCIW play by crushing Carrol University on April 6. 

Currently, the Bluejays’ record stands at 5-6 and 1-0 in CCIW play.

With a total of 13 combined goals, sophomores Mac Harden and Mike Fotylin led the Bluejays to the victory.

Within 90 seconds of play, Senior Matt Westhaver found Harden open for the first goal of the game. With an assist from freshman Ty Funderburk, Fotylin hit the net to make the score 2-0.

Within three minutes, EC scored several goals to extend their score from two to seven.

Westhaver had his first goal on a Harden assist, and Harden had back-to-back goals; junior Jake Cambron scored off of an assist from sophomore Dan O’Connell; Funderburk scored again after Cambron’s goal and O’Connell added one more goal to give EC a commanding lead of 8-0 at the end of the opening quarter.

In the second quarter, Westhaver scored his second goal to make the score 9-0. Carroll scored its only goal of the game in the second quarter.

At the end of the first half, the Bluejays scored nine straight goals. Once again Harden and Westhaver added two more goals and Fotylin added three additional goals, while sophomore Eric Langston and senior Nathan Klimek each added one more goal to give the Bluejays an 18-1 lead.

In the second half, freshman Andrew Lentz and senior Jackson Mandli scored a goal with an own-goal by the Pioneers finalized the score at 21-1.

The Bluejays outshot Carroll by 40-6 and had an edge of 50-11 with ground balls. EC had 12-of-13 clearing attempts.

Harden finished with five goals, four assists, nine points and posted the second-highest single game total in EC history. Westhaver, Fotylin, Funderburk, Klimek and O’Connell all finished with multiple points in the EC win.

Senior Nick Bonastia allowed one goal and recorded one save in the first half. Sophomore Noah Bachofen stopped three shots and allowed no goals in the second half.

On April 11, the Bluejays will host Carthage College at 7:00 p.m.

Men’s Baseball

The EC men’s baseball team scored 19 runs and 26 hits while taking both games of a doubleheader against Wheaton College on April 6 . The Bluejays’ record now stands at 10-8 overall and 4-1 in CCIW play. This is the third and fourth straight win for the Bluejays this season.

Game One - Elmhurst 9, Wheaton 2

Junior Austin MacMillan pitched seven innings as the Bluejays slammed 14 hits during the game.

At the top of the second, EC took an early 2-0 lead on an RBI single from sophomore Trey Compton. Junior Reagan McReynolds was hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases to force in the second run.

Senior Evan Berliner scored an RBI, while James Wick hit a two-run single to extend the lead to 5-1 for the Bluejays.

RBI singles from senior Ben Havel and senior A.J. Compton along with a sacrifice fly by Trey Compton added on three more runs, which extended the lead for Elmhurst to 8-1. The Bluejays scored one more run in the seventh to clinch the win.

Sophomore Matt Wilson led at the plate finishing 4-for-5 with a run scored. Wick had three hits and drove in two, Havel and A.J. Compton had multi-hit games.

MacMillan pitched seven innings and allowed only four hits, two runs and took the win on the mound with a record that now stands at 2-0 for the season. In relief, freshman Nathan Tovell pitched the last two innings with one hit, one walk and fanning one.

Game Two – Elmhurst 10, Wheaton 5

In the third inning, the Bluejays took an early 4-0 lead by scoring three runs and one run in the fourth inning. McReynolds had an RBI single and Havel had a two-run double, A. J. Compton tripled and scored on an RBI single by Berliner.

In the top of the ninth, the Bluejays nailed the game with a bases loaded grand slam by Trey Compton.

The Bluejays ended the game with 12 hits. Senior Brandon Kressner, McReynolds, Wilson, Trey Compton and Berliner each had two hits. Havel had two runs and Compton drove in 

four on a grand slam. Kressner, McReynolds and Compton each scored two runs.

With an improved record of 2-3 for the season, junior Daryl Rivera took the win by pitching six innings, allowing five runs, six hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Relief pitcher, junior Kiko Mari pitched three scoreless innings to record the save. He allowed four hits and one strike out.

On April 8th, the Bluejays will travel to Augustana for a doubleheader.

Women’s Softball

The EC women’s softball team split a doubleheader with Trinity Christian on April 7.

The Bluejays lost the first game 9-2 and took the second game with a score of 3-2. The Bluejays’ record now stands at 10-12 for the season.

Game One - Trinity Christian 9, Elmhurst 2

EC took an early lead in the game with a score of 2-0. Trinity Christian came back with nine unanswered runs to win the game.

With 3-for-3 at the plate and scoring one run, senior Bri Getzloff led at the plate for the Bluejays. Junior Stephanie Sturino added two hits in the loss for EC.

Senior Stefanie Sanidas worked six innings, allowed 12 hits, walked two, fanned one and took the loss for EC. Her record now stands at 5-5.

Game Two - Elmhurst 13, Trinity Christian 2

At the bottom of the sixth inning, senior Mikayla Melone doubled home the winning run to seal the 3-2 victory for the Bluejays.

The Bluejays jumped to an early lead in game two by scoring two runs in the first inning.

Malone started the scoring with an RBI double. Sophomore Rebecca Ondracek grounded out to send home Sanidas to rack up two runs after one inning.

Trinity Christian tied up the game in the top of the third inning.

In the fifth inning the Bluejays moved back on top, while Getzloff drew a one-out walk and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. With a double into left field, Melone drove home

Getzloff to put the Bluejays on top 3-2.

Melone finished 3-for-3 with RBI’s in the game.

Freshman Bailee Krantz opened for the Bluejays by working four innings. She allowed five hits, two runs, walked one and fanned two. Freshman Emily Despain took the win in relief by pitching three perfect innings. Despain struck out two and allowed no runners on base.

On April 13 the Bluejays will host North Central College at Salt Creek Park.