Seawanhaka Sports Rundown - March 28, 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.
BY: ZACK JONES / SPORTS EDITOR
Anthony Volpe makes opening day roster
For New York Yankees fans, big news came early in the case of the opening day rosters. Anthony Volpe, a talented shortstop prospect from New Jersey, was told he would be on the opening day roster. Volpe has had an excellent spring training, batting above .300 and hitting multiple home runs. The opening day roster spot was initially announced by management to be a battle for the spot between Volpe and Oswald Peraza, but with Peraza batting sub .200 for much of Spring Training paired with Volpe’s incredible batting and defensive play, it was only natural that he would make the opening day roster. The news broke the day after Volpe had a big hitting game against the Philadelphia Phillies, where he had three hits and three runs. Among the hits was a two-base hit and a three base hit both off of one of the league's top pitchers, Aaron Nola. The addition of Volpe to the opening day roster has brought delight to many Yankees fans, and with the hype of “the next Derek Jeter”, it should.
Elijah Moore Traded
In New York football, roster moves were made as well. The New York Jets traded away former third round pick, Elijah Moore, and a third round pick to the Cleveland Browns for a second round pick. Moore, a talented receiver, totaled nearly 1000 yards and paired five touchdowns in his two year stint with the Jets, but lack of opportunity led to frustration for the young receiver. Moore now finds himself in a new situation with the Cleveland Browns, who’s main options in the air consist of Amari Cooper, David Njoku, and Donovan Peoples-Jones. Moore should find a place in this Cleveland offense that finished just outside the bottom ten in passing yards per game. Moore’s trade may not be a surprise, but it also should not be the last for the Jets.
Unprecedented March Madness
March Madness has surely held up to the name, with this year being just as unpredictable as those before it. For the first time ever, no number one seeds made the Elite Eight, but that's not the only precedent to be set in this year's March Madness. This year also marks the first time for three different teams to make the Final Four. Those teams are University of Miami, San Diego State University, and Florida Atlantic University. We also bear witness to the record for assists in a tournament game being broken by Harlem native, Markquis Nowell. Nowell dished 19 assists in an overtime victory against Michigan State in the Sweet Sixteen.
LIU Women’s Rugby win Crimson 7s Plate
LIU’s Women's Rugby team garnered some hardware in the shape of the Crimson 7s Plate Championship. The team played a fluctuation of Ivy League teams as well as NEC foe Sacred Heart. This series was played without multiple players due to injury, but the defensive dominance of the LIU side produced success. The aggregate scores for the games in the tournament was 45-38 in favor of LIU, and with much of the points allowed coming via a 33-7 loss to Quinnipiac. Sophomore Sophia Gaddis led the way for the team with 20 points and two tries. Ultimately, it was a good bounce back for the team following their second place finish in the Mount 7s, and should be great fuel with the 7s National Championship approaching.
LIU Fencing continues dominance
LIU Fencing continues to produce success with both a Women’s and Men’s Épée top 10 finish in the NCAA Championship. Freshman Mo Elsayed finished third in the Men's championship, and earned First-team All-American honors to wrap up his fantastic year. Elsayed also finished top-eight in at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. Meanwhile Laura Fekete, a former NCAA champion, finished eighth overall continuing her dominant collegiate run, earning 2nd team All-American honors, her third All-American finish. Teammate Constanza Greggi had won six bouts before spraining an ankle during the final round of the first day, leading to her withdrawal. Despite this, her six victories were good enough for 19th place.