Local roundup: Ayers scores 4 goals as CR nips Smyrna 10-9 in girls lacrosse

Lillian Ayers netted four goals as Caesar Rodney High edged Smyrna, 10-9, in Henlopen Conference girls’ lacrosse on Friday afternoon.
The victory was the third in a row for the Riders, who raised their record to 5-4.

Caesar Rodney’s Lillian Ayers gets pressure from Smyrna’s Raina Semenick in the first half at Smyrna. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Kyleigh Comstock and Graycie Bachman added two goals apiece with Noelle Ruggiero and Georgia Weiner scoring the others, Olivia Gaines made 11 saves as CR out-shot the Eagles, 26-23.

The Riders took a 7-5 halftime advantage.

Emma Mayew had a team-high four goals for Smyrna. Jessica Bergold and Julie Snow scored two each and Megan Keller had one. Katelynn Porter made 14 saves.

The Riders’ Graycie Bachman shoots in a goal against Smyrna in the first half.

BOYS, Smyrna 15, Lake Forest 6: Ashton Pelton netted five goals and an assist for the Eagles (8-1).

Jason Zeitler added four goals for Smyrna with Shayne Wilson and Hunter McGuire both tallying two goals and an assist. Matthew Miller made seven saves.


Laurel 10, Crisfield, Md. 0: Kobe Heinicke pitched a six-inning three-hitter to earn the shutout for the Bulldogs.

Heinicke added three RBI for Laurel, which scored five runs in the fifth inning to break open a 2-0 game.

Trace Hitchens, Dalton Perdue and Holden Deihm all contributed multiple hits with Devon John adding two RBI.

Laurel 13, Washington, Md. 0: The Bulldogs used an eight-run seventh inning to finish off their second win of the day.

Dalton Perdue and Trace Hithchens both hit their homeruns of the season to highlight Laurel’s 14-hit attack. Hitchens, Perdue, Holden Deihm, Devon John and Kobe Heinicke all had multi-hit games.


Indian River 12, Parkside, Md. 0: The Indians improved to 7-5 with the non-conference victory.

College baseball

Hornets take split: Freshman Jeremy Carrow (Smyrna) threw seven shutout innings of relief to highlight Delaware State’s 11-5 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore in game two of a MEAC North doubleheader.

The Hawks won the first game 12-8, although the Hornets (8-10 MEAC North, 13-21 overall) won two of the three games in the series.

In the nightcap, Carrow allowed six hits while striking out a career-high nine without issuing a walk to hold the Hawks at bay while the Hornets overcame a four-run deficit.

Tommy Jordan (Milford) and Adrian Hill (Polytech) each had two hits and two RBI to lead DSU’s 11-hit attack. Jordan hit a two-run homer, the second of his collegiate career, while Hill doubled in a run.

Delaware State took its first lead of the game, 6-5, when Miguel Rivera (Polytech) doubled home John Weglarz, who walked with one out in the seventh inning. Cole Garey (Polytech) singled in a run later in the inning to give the Hornets an 8-5 lead.

Jordan was 3-for-5 in the opener, while Rivera and Alex Vasquez drove in two runs each.

College lacrosse

WOMEN, Delaware 13, Drexel 11: Sydney Rausa collected a career-high six goals, including five straight in the first half, to pace the Blue Hens (7-8, 1-3 CAA).

Following a 6-6 halftime tie, Delaware scored three straight to open the second half and never relinquished the lead.

With three assists, Mia DeRuggiero broke the program’s single-season assists record. She now has 45.

Kate Brewster finished the game with nine saves to go along with two ground balls.

College softball

Hens earn split: Delaware erupted for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap to pull out an 6-5 victory as the Blue Hens split a CAA twinbill with UNCW.

The Seahawks earned a 7-3 victory in the first game.

Sarah Coyne’s three-run homer highlighted the comeback. Hanna Garber then belted a triple to rightcenter before Halle Kisamore singled, driving home Garber with the winning run.

College golf

UD men fifth in CAAs: Delaware sits in fifth place following Friday’s action at the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Golf Championship.

Charleston leads the field with a 287 score. The Blue Hens are fifth out of nine teams with a 291.

Blue Hen freshman Matt Pulgini carded a two over par 73 during his opening round on the par 71, 7,088-yard Pinehurst No. 8 course, ending the day in a tie for 13th place.

College bowling

DSU rallies to third-place finish: The underdog Delaware State bowling team won four consecutive elimination games, including a victory over the current NCAA champion, before falling in the semifinals to finish third in the 32-team Intercollegiate Team Championships.

The 16th seeded Hornets fell to No. 1 seed McKendree (Ill.) in the deciding seventh game of their semifinal match-up in a contest that came down to the last frame.

DSU won the first two games, 202-161 and 177-142. McKendree, the 2018 ITC runner-up, won the next three games to lead 3-2 in the match.

Facing elimination, the Hornets pulled out a 180-178 victory in game six to even up the contest. The Bearkats won game seven 186-168 to advance to the ITC championship match for the third straight year.

College equestrian

Hornets make semifinals: Delaware State’s equestrian program has again raised its national profile, making the semifinals for the first time at the National Collegiate Equestrian Event Championships.

Delaware State, seeded 10th in the tournament, stunned No. 2 Oklahoma State 4-0 to advance to the final four. The Hornets’ championship hopes came to an end, however, with a 3-1 loss to No. 3 Georgia.

Delaware State advanced to the quarterfinals on the strength of a 3-1 victory over No. 7 Tennessee Martin in the opening round on Thursday.

In the Hornets’ sweep of Oklahoma State, Shelbe Jarrett, Angelina Watts, Amber Van Segbrook and Grace Wilson each had winning performances. Wilson led all riders with a total of 204.0 aboard “Mercedes.”

Watts (“Magnum”) and Jarrett (“Gallo”) each totaled 195.0, while Van Segbrook rode “Fred-TAMU” to a winning score of 191.0. Wilson also posted the Hornets’ lone win in the Georgia contest, with a score of 205.5 aboard “Cowboy,” to go undefeated (3-0) in the tournament.

Jarrett, Watts and Van Segbrook won two of their three tournament rides.

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