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Seawanhaka Sports Rundown - March 21, 2023

The Seawanhaka Sports Rundown is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in sports news at the local, state, national, and international levels.


LIU Tennis Topples March Madness-Darling Farleigh-Dickinson

Victoria Erechtchenko took home the first of four singles for LIU against FDU. (Photo: Adam Rubin)

Fairleigh-Dickinson may have shocked the nation with their historic win against no. 1 Purdue in the college basketball tournament, but on the tennis court it was LIU that came out ahead on Sunday. The Sharks began the tie by taking home the double point and followed that up with winning the three first singles, all decided in straight sets. The four wins secured the victory, but the Sharks weren’t done there. Redshirt sophomore Marion Deloziere gave LIU its fifth point of the day winning a tiebreaker against FDU’s Gauri Bhagia. The victory moves LIU to 2-0 in conference play.

Big Win Leads to Weekly Honors for LIU Women’s Lacrosse

Senior Hannah Kenneally scored a team-high five points against the Red Flash. (Photo: Adam Rubin)

After defeating Saint Francis University convincingly during Saturday’s lacrosse bout, 16-7, in the conference opener, multiple players earned weekly NEC honors for their performances. Goaltender Lily Bilello, a junior, was named Defensive Player of the Week after matching her career-high in saves with 11, and freshman Julia Trainor’s first career hat trick awarded her Rookie of the Week. Trainor was one of four Sharks to score three goals in the win. Next up, the team travels to Andover, Massachusetts, for a matchup against Merrimack.

Barcelona Takes Home El Clásico

Sergi Roberto (front) celebrates his equalizer against Real Madrid on Sunday. (Photo: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images)

It didn’t start out well for Barça in Sunday’s El Clásico, the second in the last 30 days. Only 10 minutes into the game, Real Madrid took the lead after a bizarre own goal by Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo. But the Catalan side battled back, and Sergi Roberto was able to tie it up just before halftime. The game remained all square all the way into stoppage time, when Barcelona’s Alejandro Balde was able to break free on the left wing and set it up for Frank Kessie who decisively knocked it home. The win moved Barça to 12 points clear of their biggest rival, all but securing Blaugrana’s first league title since 2019.

‘My Intention Was to Play for the New York Jets,’ says Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers on the Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, March 15. (Photo: Pat McAfee Show via Youtube)

Although much is still unfinalized, including trade terms and financials, superstar quarterback and four-time M.V.P. Aaron Rodgers is going to be a New York Jet next season. After spending four days at a darkness retreat, where he contemplated the prospects of retiring and returning to the Green Bay Packers, his mind was set on joining Gang Green in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Speaking on the Pat McAfee show on Wednesday, March 15, in true fashion, Rodgers beat around the bush for almost 15 minutes before finally offering some clarity to this already drawn-out saga. Entering his 19th season at age 39, he will be joining a Jets team with plenty of intriguing offensive weapons, including Rodgers’ former teammate Allen Lazard.

US Advance to Finals in World Baseball Classics

Trea Turner celebrates with his teammates during the semifinal against Cuba. (Photo: Eric Espada/Getty Images)

While it took a late grand slam to get past Venezuela in the quarterfinals, the semifinals couldn’t have been much easier for the American team. Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner scored four runs in total, including two home runs as the U.S. routed Cuba, 14-2. Despite the blowout, the game was a historic one for the visitors, as it was the first game on American soil for the Cuban team since the communist revolution in 1959. The other team in the finals will be either Mexico or Japan.

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