Track Honors Seniors at Season-Opening NSU Sharks Invitational

MIRAMAR, Fla. – Battling through intermittent showers throughout, the Nova Southeastern track and field teams went to work on the 2020 season on Saturday afternoon, opening up the year as hosts of the NSU Sharks Invitational, securing 13 first-place finishes in the process against the five-team field at the Ansin Sports Complex.
As NSU’s lone official home event of the season, the Sharks also came out late in the meet to honor 10 seniors for their career accomplishments, recognizing Zaheem Anderson, Michelle Bauer, Joel Lacy, Mitch Moczygemba, Ian Nieves, Jared Robinson, Matthew Taddeo, Katie Tallman, Shannon Towne and Morgan Will. Also a senior for NSU, Ellyn Willse was not in attendance.
The meet opened on the hammer throw and Sharks Jaylynne Thomas and Tallman went one and two at 35.70m (117-01 ft.) and 33.80m (110-11 ft.), respectively. For Thomas, it wasn’t her only top marks for the day, winning the women’s shot put at 10.75m (35-03.25 ft.) and setting a new career mark by 14-1 with a second-place 32.55m (106-09 ft.) toss in the discus. Leading the men’s throws, Spencer Ochko tossed a career-long 10.52m (34-06.25 ft.) for second in the shot put, finished third in the javelin with a career-long 29.07m (95-4 ft.) and was second in the discus at 34.14m (112-00 ft.).

In the javelin, Nadiv Galindo set a career mark of 34.74m (114-00 ft.) to win, ahead of Moczygemba. Meanwhile, for the women, rookie Christina Adams went 28.29m (92-10 ft.) to debut with a first-place finish.
Towne made her mark to kick off her senior season, adding six inches to her career best in winning the pole vault at a height of 3.20m (10-06.00 ft.). On the men’s side of the event, Quynlan Duffy as reached a career best, winning the event at 4.10m (13-05.25 ft.), ahead of Jordan Curby’s carer best of 3.65m (11-11.75 ft.) – exceeding his previous best by 10 inches.
In the horizontal jumps, Anderson won the men’s long jump with a career-long 6.95m (22-09.75 ft.), while freshman Eileen Platten debuted with a second-place mark of 4.68m (15-04.25 ft.) for the women. Platten also was first in the triple jump at 9.35m (30-08.25 ft.).
Going vertical, Ritchy Laguerre went 1.77m (5-09.75 ft.) in the high jump for second.
Nieves beat out Damilol Jolaogun in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.91. Nieves also won the 200m with a time of 22.69.
Rookie Lena Spindler also had a solid sprint debut, winning the women’s 100m in 12.58, ahead of Destinee Fisher at 12.81, then earned second place in the 200m with a time of 26.11. In men’s sprints, Anderson was second in the 100m at 11.06. As for the long sprints, freshman Michelle Bigby debuted with a 400m win in 1:01.78.
The Sharks notched second place in both the 800m and 1500m, with the marks belonging to freshmen Aliza Richard (2:33.48) and Megan Fleming (5:00.83), respectively.
The Sharks closed off the night with a 4x400m relay first on the women’s side, running 4:12.91 with a squad of Michelle Greenstein, Bigby, Fisher and Jasmine Charles.
The Sharks head on the road next Friday to Tampa for the UT Track Classic, February 28 at UT’s Pepin Stadium.
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Late Rallies Help Sharks Serve No. 15 Barry First Loss in Extras

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Overcoming a host of obstacles – namely, starting pitcher Nathan Campbell facing just two batters and the offense being shutout for the first eight innings – the Nova Southeastern Sharks baseball team found some late-inning magic, scoring three runs in the final two frames to come back and defeat the 15th-ranked Barry Buccaneers, 3-2, in 10 innings. With that effort, the Sharks earned the first Sunshine State Conference win in Head Coach Laz Gutierrez‘s career and ended the Bucs’ program-record 9-0 start to the season – while also knotting the series up at one game apiece.

Final Score: Nova Southeastern – 3, Barry – 2 (10 innings)
Records:  Nova Southeastern (4-8, 1-1), Barry (9-1, 1-1)
Location: Feinbloom Field, Miami Shores, Fla.
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Campbell rebounded from a wild first pitch to strike out the leadoff batter, but the wildness reared its head in a four-pitch walk. The coaches, sensing a problem, went to the bullpen immediately, bringing out Matt Ornelas, who walked his first batter, but then took a comebacker from Richie Sobalvarro and started a double play to get out of the inning.

Aside from that, the early part of the game was fairly quiet. The Sharks didn’t have a baserunner until Duncan Pastore reached on an error to lead off the fourth, and neither team had a hit until Sobalvarro started the bottom half with a single against Brady Acker, who relieved Ornelas to begin the third. He then moved to third on another single that took a high hop over the right side of infield and scored on a wild pitch that got just far enough away from catcher Olivier Mayrand.

The Sharks finally gained their first hit, an Andrew Labosky leadoff single in the fifth, but after reaching third with one out, they were unable to get him in. Nathan Chevalier was also stranded at third an inning later, and two more runners left on base in both the seventh and eighth. Pastore singled with two outs on the board in that eighth inning, with the Sharks running out of chances to tie the game. He stole second and reached third on Tyler Epstein’s single that would’ve scored him, had the Bucs’ shortstop not made a diving stop to keep it in the infield. Barry then made their first pitching change of the game, and Adan Fernandez hit it hard, but right at the second baseman, who made a leaping grab against the sun to end the inning.
Acker and Jacob Bove, meanwhile, combined to allow just two singles between the fifth and eighth innings, to keep the deficit at just the one run, which paid off in the ninth. Labosky led off with a single and moved up on Brandon Chinea’s perfectly-placed sacrifice bunt. A pickoff attempt went wide, allowing Labosky to reach third and Mayrand drew a walk. Michael Uz hit a grounder to third, just slow enough that Uz was able to beat out the throw to first for the potential game-ending double play, resulting in Labosky scoring the tying run. Uz stole both second and third, but Stephen Schissler grounded back to the pitcher to end the rally.
In the bottom half, Bove walked the leadoff batter, so the Sharks turned to fellow Sac City transfer Lucas Reid. The first batter tried to bunt the runner over, but Fernandez ran in to make a great sliding catch for the pop out, and Reid collected the second out on a swing and a miss. He worked around a two-out single to force the game into extras with a pinch-hit fly out.
The offense picked up right where they left off in the ninth, as Chevalier led off with a single then stole second and took another base on a wild pitch. Epstein grounded the ball back up the middle for the RBI single and the Sharks’ first lead of the series. He advanced on another wild pitch and a Fernandez single, then Labosky added an insurance run by beating out another possible double play ball. Chinea and Alex Hernandez walked to load the bases, but Uz flied out to center and the Sharks settled for their two-run advantage.
That insurance run proved to be crucial, as Reid hit the first batter and allowed a single to the second. They both moved up on a wild pitch, but Reid got a fly ball for the first out that was shallow enough to hold them at second and third. Matt Kavanaugh, fresh off his dominant performance on Tuesday (six strikeouts in 3.1 innings) came in to try to close it out, but he deflected a grounder off his glove from the first batter he faced, and Epstein was unable to recover. Sobalvarro, who ended the first inning with a double play, but had two hits since, came up again, and Kavanaugh and the defense were able to do what the Buccaneers could not, as he hit it to Chinea at short, who kicked off the 6-4-3 game-clinching double play.

  • The bullpen combined to allow just two runs on seven hits in 9.2 innings, with seven strikeouts.
  • Acker led the way with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits.
  • Reid (1-0) allowed a run on two hits in 1.1 innings but earned the victory thanks to his scoreless ninth.
  • Kavanaugh picked up his first career save, allowing a hit in 0.2 innings.
  • The Sharks were held without an extra-base hit for the second game in a row, but were able to win, in part, due to the pitching staff holding the Bucs without one, either, for the first time this year.
  • They won twice last season without an extra-base hit: 1-0 at West Florida on Feb. 19 and a 12-8 home contest against Palm Beach Atlantic on Apr. 23.
  • Epstein and Labosky both had their third multi-hit games of the season.
  • The Bucs entered averaging 9.8 runs per game and hitting .350 with a .520 slugging percentage, but the five Sharks pitchers held them to just a .206 average for the game.

The series finale rubber match is scheduled for Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at Feinbloom Field.

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No. 5 Sharks Earn Third SSC Sweep of the Week at No. 18 Florida Southern

LAKELAND, Fla. – Saturday’s Sunshine State Conference road match at No. 18 Florida Southern (1-4, 0-1 SSC) marked a key early victory for No. 5 Nova Southeastern women’s tennis (7-0, 4-0 SSC), as well as the third straight conference win of the week. The win also marked the fifth sweep in seven matches this season.

  • Although the Sharks were not able to knock down all three doubles wins, they earned the pair for the team point, starting with the NCAA’s No. 1 pair, Natalie Espinal and Sara Wardenburg, topping Flor Salerno and Minnie Kim in the first flight, 6-2.
  • In the second flight, Daniela Obando and Tingting Pei defeated Magda Stepnik and Laura Vetter to capture the point with a 6-4 win.


  • At No. 5 singles, Wardenbug kept the Sharks rolling, topping Isabella Bolivar 6-2, 6-0 to earn the first NSU singles win.
  • Pei followed in the fourth flight with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Stepnik.
  • NCAA No. 4 Espinal (NSU) defeated Vetter, 6-0, 7-5 to clinch the match for the Sharks.
  • No. 38 Obando put away Kim, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.
  • Rounding out the afternoon, Karolina Snita topped Salerno in the twos, 6-3, 4-6, 10-2 in the tiebreaker, while Celia Montero Estevan closed things out with a 7-5, 2-6, 10-5 tiebreaker victory over Lola Asis.

“We scraped together the doubles point today, finding a way. Sarah Wardenburg set the tone in singles with a quick and needed win. It’s nice to get another road SSC win and we hope to finish strong tomorrow against Davenport in Orlando.”

The Sharks wrap up a five-match week at the US Tennis Association (USTA) No. 18 Florida Southern, closing out the weekend at the USTA Campus in Orlando against Davenport on Sunday.

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Sizzling Start Leads No. 10 NSU to SSC Road Victory

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Keyed by a lights-out offensive performance in the first half, No. 10 Nova Southeastern erased a two-game losing streak by defeating Florida Tech by a final score of 95-81 on the road Saturday. The Sharks shot 71.4 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, and withstood the Panthers’ comeback attempt down the stretch to reach the 20-win mark for the second straight season. Mark Matthews tallied a team-high 23 points in the effort, while Mikkel Kolstad added 22 of his own on 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Score: No. 10 Nova Southeastern 95, Florida Tech 81
Records: No. 10 Nova Southeastern (20-4, 14-4 SSC), Florida Tech (11-16, 5-14 SSC)
Location: Charles & Ruth Clemente Center | Melbourne, Fla.
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1st Half | Just what the doctor ordered, the Sharks came out firing on all cylinders Saturday, hitting each of their first five field goal attempts to collect an early 12-5 advantage. The margin remained seven with 13:35 left after Kolstad drilled his second three-pointer in as many tries. NSU built its lead to 28-19 following an RJ Sunahara feed in transition to Matthews, and would extend it to double digits for the first time in the ball game on another Matthews fast-break finish. As part of 13-0 run, Kolstad canned his fourth triple of the half, as the cushion eventually stretched to 41-22 with 7:44 to play. The lead soon hit 20 after Shane Hunter converted a Lukas Speidel full-court pass for an easy two. Taking advantage of their 15 free throw attempts in the first half, the Panthers trimmed the margin back to 15. A three from the top of the key by Nick Smith would slow their momentum, however, before a late steal and finish by Jake Maranville in the final seconds sent the Sharks into the break up by a commanding 61-41 margin.

2nd Half | On NSU’s opening possession of the second half, Maranville found Sunahara for a wide open slam to make it a 22-point contest. Florida Tech would respond, though, by ripping off eight unanswered over a span of just 1:01 to hang around down 65-50. The advantage ballooned back to 76-55 thanks to two of Matthews’ 11 second-half points. The Sharks would keep their distance in front by 18 following a Sunahara jumper, yet would be stuck on 78 points for nearly the next four minutes as Florida Tech pulled to within a dozen still with 7:43 on the clock. A Sesan Russell narrowed NSU’s lead further before it was cut all the way down to 84-76 on a Jalen Hodges three-point play. Less than a minute later, and the score unchanged, Matthews split 1-of-2 at the line, yet a crucial steal off the ensuing miss resulted in a four-point swing after Kolstad connected once again from beyond the arc. With the ball game all but over with 34 seconds remaining, Kolstad added once more for good measure, providing the proverbial dagger to secure the much-needed victory.

The Sharks will return to the court next Wednesday for their regular season, home finale against Barry. Prior to tip-off, NSU will recognize its four seniors in Kolstad, Matthews, Carl Alenfall and Connor Zinaich. For complete coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_MBasketball.

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Solid Outing for NSU in Spring Season Tune-up with Barry

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. On one of the most unpleasant mornings of the calendar year thus far, the NSU women’s rowing team battled the adverse weather conditions in an early season competitive scrimmage against Barry Saturday morning at Holland Park.
LOCATION: Holland Park | Hollywood, Fla.
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Rainy and windy, with a slight chop in the water. 
Each boat had a floating start, racing in 5×1600 meter pieces, with stroke ratings in the 28-32 range

Varsity 8:

Varsity 4:

  • Just like the V8 boat, the V4 squad the Sharks deployed had an extremely solid outing, especially given the fact three walk-ons were manning the boat. 
  • The combination of Emily Morton, Emily Jawor, Savanna Duda, Victoria Kelley and Ariel McAffrey got the better of Barry for most of the morning pieces.


  • “I am fired up about the results this morning, said head coach Devin Fay. In the eights, Katerina and Perrine in the stroke pair gave us a great push, as well as Ava in the cox seat, really starting our spring season off on a good note.”
  • “Kudos to Gabrielle for stepping into the boat last minute and not missing a step. It was great to see the next woman up mentality the team showed in that boat, and with a better initial rhythm and increased focus on being more in unison, there is a great potential for us going forward.”
  • “The fours had such a solid outing, to have the leadership of Ariel leading the way as a senior stroking the boat was great to see as they had quality rows all morning, competing very well.”

The early friendly gave the Sharks some good momentum coming out of the weekend and the Senior Day celebration capped off the morning of racing as nine Sharks were recognizing in their final campaign as a Shark.

  1. Samantha Burgess / Bradenton, FLA.
  2. Jessica Cavalier / Kearny, N.J.
  3. Ariel McAffrey / Oklahoma City, OKLA.
  4. Gabrielle Orr / White Plains, N.Y.
  5. Miranda Sadlow / Windsor, MASS.
  6. Barbara Sansur / Caracas, VENEZUELA
  7. Mikayla Shelton / Bend, OREGON
  8. Mikayla Switzer / Orlando, FLA.
  9. Ayelen Vegas / San Carlos De Bariloche, ARGENTINA

NSU will travel up to Melbourne, Fla., for their final scrimmage of the 2020 season, competing against former SSC Champions, Florida Tech on Saturday Feb. 29. 

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Late Comeback on the Road Falls Short as Panthers Top Sharks

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sharks responded from an early 19 point deficit midway in the third quarter to cut the Panther lead to just one, 59-60, with 38 seconds to play in the fourth. However, two late free-throws by the Panthers sealed the deal, even with NSU holding FIT without a field goal for the final 5:46 of regulation. The Sharks would outscore the Panthers 39-29 in the second half but the late comeback fell short, with  Florida Tech coming away with a, 62-59, victory Saturday afternoon at the Charles & Ruth Clemente Center.

FINAL: L, 59-62
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern University Sharks (12-13, 8-10 SSC), Florida Tech Panthers (13-14, 9-10 SSC)
LOCATION: Charles & Ruth Clemente Center | Melbourne, Fla.
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1ST QUARTER | Jordan Tully scored the teams first six points of the game before a deep three by Annie Santucci allowed the Sharks to retake the early lead, 9-7, going into the media timeout at the 4:35 mark. The Panthers would go up 16-11 with just over a minute to play in the quarter, but both Hailey Conley and Makenna Drabick would come up with steals allowing the Sharks to trim the deficit to just three, 16-13.

2ND QUARTER | It was an offensively challenged start to the second period as NSU mustered just four points in the first 6:47 of play. The Panthers would take advantage, extending their lead to 14, thanks to an 11-1 run, taking a, 32-18, lead with 49 seconds to play in the half. After a layup by Tully cut the lead for Florida Tech to 12, the Panthers would split a pair of free-throws in the final seconds of the period, taking a 33-20 advantage over NSU at the break.

3RD QUARTER | The Panthers continued to roll their momentum from the second into the third, upping their largest lead of the game to 19 points, ahead 43-24 at the 7:04 mark. The Sharks stormed right back, mounting a 16-4 run to turn the tides of the game after they knocked down six straight field goals in a row, and 7-of-8 overall. NSU trimmed the Panther lead to single digits heading into the fourth, down eight, 44-52.

4TH QUARTER | The Sharks would not go down easily, scrapping their way back into the ball game after scoring the first five points of the fourth, cutting the deficit to just three points at 52-49. After November Morton hit five straight field goals, the lead for the Panthers grew back to eight points with 5:48 to play, 57-48. On a perfectly executed inbounds play, Tully got the hoop and the harm, cutting it to a two possession game, down five with two minutes remaining. With just 1:14 to go, Janiffer Rodriguez hit a huge three-pointer to cut the game to a single possession, 57-60, forcing a timeout by Florida Tech. The Sharks defensively continued to stifle FIT, forcing a shot clock violation on the Panthers with 38 seconds to play, then Tully would hit the layup on the ensuing possession to make it, 59-60, in favor of Florida Tech with just 26 seconds on the clock. Fanny Hakason who had yet to score a field goal came to the stripe and proceeded to knock a pair down to push the advantage back up to three. Unfortunately, the Panthers stepped up defensively and the Sharks were unable to get a clear look off in the bleeding seconds, splitting the season series, as the Panthers came away with the 62-59 victory.


  • Tully posted a strong 25 point (9-15 FG), 8 rebound line for NSU, also recording an assist and a block. 
  • Ilic notched nine points for the Sharks, recording three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes of action.
  • Both Rodriguez and Santucci dropped seven points each, while Clara Prasse added five of her own, to go along with a team high +7 from the floor.
  • Sarah Kelly had six rebounds and a team-high six assists, while Hailey Conley finished with a game-high eight rebounds.
  • Both teams shot a pretty identical number from the field as the Panthers finished 21-of-57 (37 percent) and the Sharks 20-of-53 (38 percent).
  • The Sharks won the rebound total 38-33.
  • NSU scored 19 points off of 15 FIT turnovers.
  • The Sharks outscored the Panthers 39-29 in the second half of play.
  • FIT led for 35:39, compared to just 1:02 for NSU.


  • Tully has now recorded 25-plus points six times this season
  • With the victory, Florida Tech leapfrogged over NSU in the SSC standings as the Sharks now sit sixth with just two games to play in the regular season.

The Sharks will wrap up their home portion of the regular season Wednesday Feb. 26 against Barry. This final game at the Rick Case Arena will serve as the senior day to four graduating Sharks. NSU dropped Barry on the road, 70-66, in the lone meeting this season on Jan. 22.

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Track Kicks Off 2020 Season in Miramar with NSU Sharks Invitational

MIRAMAR, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams kick off their 2020 season on Saturday afternoon at the Ansin Sports Complex as hosts to the NSU Sharks Invitational. As the lone official home event at the facility, the Sharks will also honor 11 Shark seniors embarking on their final season representing NSU.
The Sharks led by 12th-year head coach Bryan Hagopian, the meet will open up at 4:00 p.m. with the women’s hammer throw and the running events will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the women’s 4x800m relay. All events will be tracked live on Half-Mile Timing.
Five teams will be competing in the meet, which will run on a rolling schedule. The Sharks’ senior ceremony will take place following the completion of the women’s and men’s 5000m run and prior to the night’s final event, the 4x400m relays.
The Sharks will recognize the following seniors during the ceremony:
Zaheem Anderson
Third-year jumper with a major role on the NSU sprint relays since joining the squad in 2017. Originally from Bloomfield, Conn., he will graduate with a degree in Sports Management. Anderson is second all-time on the NSU lists in the long jump with a mark of 6.92 meters, finishing seventh last year and sixth in 2018 at the Peach Belt Championships. He was a member of the 2019 Peach Belt Champion 4×100 relay that earned a provisional national qualification. Was named USTFCCCA All-Region last season.
Michelle Bauer
A three-year cross country leader and distance runner out of Saint Marys, Pa., who has been the consistent cross country top scorer. Bauer earned fourth twice in the 10,000 meter at the Peach Belt Championships and sixth in the 3000 steeplechase twice as well. She holds a 4.0 GPA and is a member of Razor’s Edge Leadership, Farquhar Honors College, President’s 64, Undergraduate Student Government and Alpha Chi Honor Society. She received honors for 2019 Division 2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement and is a four time SSC Commissioner’s Honor Rolle awardee. She will graduate with a degree in Finance with minors in Experiential Leadership, International Business, and Spanish – the next stop for Bauer is law school at either George Mason or Syracuse.
Joel Lacy
A four-year cross country and distance competitor from Plantation, Fla. A captain on the cross country team, Lacy has taken on the 1500 meter on the track and will graduate with a degree in Business Marketing with plans to continue his education at Trinity University with his Master’s in Behavioral Psychology. He also works with the organization SafePlace 4KIDS, a 24/7 emergency intake center for foster children removed from their homes.
Mitch Moczygemba
He is entering his second season as a thrower out of Medford, Ore. and will graduate early with a degree in Sports Management. He is a member of Razor’s Edge Shark Cage, earned Peach Belt All-Academic and Division 2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement recognition and is a student assistant in the NSU Athletic Communications office. Moczygemba threw his collegiate best of 34.44 meters in the javelin throw at last year’s Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational.
Ian Nieves
Starting his second season as a hurdler at NSU after beginning his career at Slippery Rock University. Originally from Milton, Pa., Nieves was the 2019 Peach Belt Champion in the 400 meter hurdles and as part of the 4×100 relay, Peach Belt runner-up in the 110 meter hurdles and was a provisional national qualifier in all three events. Was named USTFCCCA All-Region last season. He also holds the Slippery Rock 60 meter hurdles record and was a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion in the 110 hurdles and the 4×100. Ian will graduate with a degree in Sports Management.
Jared Robinson
Entering his fourth year as a sprinter out of Gainesville’s Oak Hall High School, Robinson has run the 100, 200 and 400 and was part of 4×100 teams that finished fourth at the Peach Belt Championships in both 2017 and 2018. Jared will graduate with a degree in Legal Studies and plans to pursue law school.
Matt Taddeo
Coming out of Haverstown, Pa., Taddeo ran three seasons of cross country and is in his third season as a distance runner, competing in everything from the 1500 to the 10k. He is also a leader on the NSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee – He is the 2019-20 SAAC President and is a two-time SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll awardee. Matt will graduate with a degree in Sociology.
Katie Tallman
Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Tallman is in her third season as a thrower in all four events. She launched her career-best javelin throw of 31.69 meters to finish sixth at the 2017 Peach Belt Championships, also finishing eighth in the discus and ninth in the shot put to help NSU to the 2017 Conference Title. Katie will graduate with a degree in Athletic Training, and is currently applying for an athletic training residency.
Shannon Towne
Competing in her fourth season at NSU in pole vault and high jump, since joining the team in 2016 out of Jackson, Mo. Towne has finished fourth twice at the Peach Belt Championships in the pole vault and was third at the 2017 championships to help NSU to the 2017 Peach Belt Title, topping out so far at 10m. Shannon finished her undergraduate degree in 2017 and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Morgan Will
Joined the Sharks as a distance runner prior to the 2016 cross country season, and has run the 1500, 3000 and 5000 on the track. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Will is a double major who will graduate with degrees in Marine Biology and Environmental Science. She plans on continuing her education with either a Master’s or PhD in Deep Sea Benthic Ecology and Taxonomy. She received honors for 2019 Division 2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement and is a four time SSC Commissioner’s Honor Rolle awardee. Morgan is a member of Razor’s Edge Research and is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Scholar.
Ellyn Willse
Entering her first and only season with the Sharks after starting her career as a sprinter and hurdler at Florida Tech. While in Melbourne, She earned fifth in the PBC 3000m steeplechase and is working on her master’s degree in Marin Science. She is originally from Hutchinson, Kan.

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Sharks Fall to No. 15 Barry in SSC Opener

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks baseball team lost to the Barry Buccaneers, 10-3, at Feinbloom Field in their first Sunshine State Conference game of the season.

Final Score: Barry – 10, Nova Southeastern – 3
Records:  Nova Southeastern (3-8, 0-1 SSC), Barry (9-0, 1-0 SSC)
Location: Feinbloom Field, Miami Shores, Fla.
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After a 1-2-3 top half, the Bucs scored in their first inning at the plate, starting with a pair of singles. Brandon Chinea misplayed a grounder but got the lead runner caught in a rundown between third and home for the first out. However, he stayed in the rundown long enough for the other two to move up a base, to second and third, which resulted in the run when J.P. Williams got the next batter to go down swinging, but the runner broke for home on the throw down to first.

The Sharks had an immediate opportunity to tie it, with the same situation to start the inning, including an Andrew Labosky infield single into a heavy shift, but with runners on the corners and two outs, Andrew Labosky stole second base and Adan Fernandez bit just enough on the fake throw to get caught in an inning-ending rundown of his own.

The Bucs started the third inning the same as their first, the latter hit on a bunt, and scored on an RBI groundout and bloop single to right field on consecutive plays. They used a pair of one-out singles, followed by a hit batter and walk with two outs to load the bases and chase Williams from the game in the fifth. Joe Smeton came in and walked in a run, giving the Bucs a 5-0 lead, then Johnny Leone ended the rally with a grounder.

The Sharks finally got on the board in the sixth, ending a 14-inning drought after failing to score in the last nine innings in Tuesday’s loss at Palm Beach Atlantic, when Fernandez drove in two with a single to right. They immediately gave those runs back, though, starting with a leadoff triple dropped by Bryan Diaz barely inside the right field line, followed by a pair of RBI singles.
The Sharks had another opportunity in the seventh, loading the bases with a wild pitch after a strikeout, an error and a walk, but were unable to score. After Anthony DiFede worked a scoreless bottom half, they inched closer in the eighth, with another pair of leadoff singles and an RBI groundout by Labosky, but two strikeouts kept them from scoring further.
The Bucs quickly put the game away, as all four batters against Marvin Guzman reached safely, leading to the game’s last three runs. Ricky Shimko came in for the first appearance of his career and got a pair of strikeouts to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.

  • Fernandez picked up the first three-hit game of his Sharks career, but Duncan Pastore maintained his team-lead with seven multi-hit games on the season, staying one ahead of Fernandez.
  • Fernandez also had his third multi-RBI game of the year, which now leads the team.
  • Williams (0-1) took the loss, allowing five runs, but only three earned, on seven hits, all of which were singles, in 4.2 innings of work. He struck out four batters and walked one.
  • The Bucs got a vast majority of their production from their nine through four spots in the order, with those five players combining for 13 of the team’s 14 hits, with a .542 average, as well as both of their triples, seven of eight RBI and all 10 runs scored. The rest of their order was a combined 1-for-14.
  • The Sharks were held without an extra-base hit for the second time this season. 

The Sharks will continue the series on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Feinbloom Field.

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Sharks Split With No. 12 North Georgia

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern softball team split a pair of games with the No. 12 North Georgia Nighthawks on Friday evening, picking up their second win of the season over a ranked opponent and breaking a seven-game losing streak. The Sharks fell in game one, 2-0, before picking up the second part of the doubleheader, 2-1.
FINAL: No. 12 North Georgia Nighthawks 2 (W: K. Smith, 7-1), Nova Southeastern Sharks 0 (L: E. Hess, 4-6)
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (8-9), No. 12 North Georgia (14-1)
LOCATION: AD Griffin Sports | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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TOP 4TH | With runners on the corners and two outs, a throwing error by NSU allowed the Nighthawks to score to take a slight 1-0 edge.
TOP 5TH | With two outs on the board, an error by the NSU infield allowed leadoff batter Olivia Sinquefield to score, giving UNG a 2-0 lead and signifying the final run of the ballgame.

  • The Sharks tallied just one hit in the loss as Sam Sisco went 1-for-3.
  • Alexis Smith was walked once.
  • Emily Hess finished her eighth complete game with a loss, allowing two runs (0 ER) on six hits.
  • UNG’s starting pitcher Kylee Smith earned the win, striking out 16 of her 24 batters faced.


  • North Georgia’s Smith tallied her 1,000th strikeout of her career.
  • This was the only game of the season thus far that the Sharks have been held to just one hit.

FINAL: Nova Southeastern Sharks 2 (W: S. Foster, 5-3), No. 12 North Georgia Nighthawks 1 (L: A. Crawford, 2-1)
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (9-9), No. 12 North Georgia (14-2)
TOP 1ST | After reaching on an error, Mariah Wicker was brought home on an RBI-single by the next batter, Kaylee Womack.
BOTTOM 3RD | The Sharks tallied their first run of the night as back-to-back bunts by Sisco and Tia Williams allowed leadoff batter Mya Maddox, who reached on a walk, to cross the plate and tie things up 1-1.
BOTTOM 6TH | Sydney Lageyre showed her speed in the sixth as she beat out the throw on her infield single, allowing enough time for Alexis Smith to score from third, pushing the Sharks to their 2-1 win.  

  • The Sharks outhit the Nighthawks 4-2, as four different Sharks tallied one hit each.
  • Sisco and Suzuki were each 1-for-2 as Williams and Lageyre were 1-for-3, each tallying an RBI.
  • Savannah Foster picked up her fifth win of the season, tossing the complete game and allowing one run (0 ER) on just two hits with eight strikeouts.


  • Catching two batters looking, Foster is now the sole leader in the category with 16 on the season. She ranks eighth in the league with 42 strikeouts in total.

The Sharks will return to SSC play next weekend as they host Florida Southern for a three-game series beginning on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:00 p.m.
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No. 5 Sharks Open Road Swing with Sweep at Eckerd

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The No. 5 Nova Southeastern women’s tennis team (6-0, 3-0 SSC) made quick work of yet another Sunshine State Conference foe on Friday afternoon, moving past Eckerd (0-1, 0-1 SSC) in a 7-0 win – the fourth sweep in six matches this season.

  • In No. 2 doubles, Daniela Obando and Tingting Pei started the Sharks on the road to a complete sweep, defeating Bailey Koronich and Theo Schultz, 6-1.
  • At the threes, Diane Follin-Arbelet and Karolina Snita topped Cassisdy Lear and Alexis Kwasnik, 6-2.
  • Closing out the doubles sweep in the first flight, NCAA No. 1 pair Natalie Espinal and Sarah Wardenburg delivered the 6-2 finish over Taylor Selby and Lili Reichert.


  • Pei picked up right where she left off in doubles with the Sharks’ initial singles victory, going 6-1, 6-1 past Reichert in the second flight.
  • Following up in No. 3 singles, Follin-Arbelet topped Koronich, 6-0, 6-2.
  • With the fours, Isabella Lowrey downed Schultz 6-1, 6-1 to clinch the match, just ahead of Ivan Djordjevic’s 6-1, 6-2 victory over Lear.
  • In the sixth flight, Caitlyn Khan defeated Angeline Kossoff, 6-3, 6-0.
  • At No. 1 singles, No. 38 Obando closed out the sweep with a long 6-1, 6-0 victory over Selby.

“It was steady 20 mph winds today and I liked the way all of our players moved their feet to adjust. They didn’t let the conditions affect them at all”

The Sharks continue on to their fourth match of the week in Lakeland on Saturday at No. 18 Florida Southern, closing out the weekend at the USTA Campus in Orlando against Davenport on Sunday.

To stay up with all the latest with Sharks tennis., follow us on Twitter @NSU_WTennis, on Instagram @NSU_WTennis and on Facebook /NSUSharksWTennis.

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