Mercyhurst Women’s Softball celebrates its first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
MERCYHURST ATHLETICS CELEBRATES HISTORIC SPRING SEASON
By Dan Richeal The spring of 2022 was one of the best in Mercyhurst history as eight teams competed in their national tournaments. Men’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Women’s Rowing, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, and Softball each advanced to the NCAA Tournament, while Men’s Rowing competed in the IRA National Championships. Women’s Rowing took home its third National Championship with both the fours boat and eights boat finishing first. (See related story.) Softball set a new benchmark by advancing to the PSAC Championship for the first time in program history. The following day, the Lakers, who also topped the PSAC in team GPA, earned the program’s first NCAA tournament bid. Mercyhurst went 32-16 in 2022; 32 wins is a new program high. Men’s Golf punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the past
seven years. The Lakers recorded eight top- three finishes in the split season. The lineup of Jack Angelucci, Ryan Ferry, Ryan Peters, Jacobo Mancera, and Daniel Ames collected two victories and two runners-up, while also finishing third at the PSAC Championships. Men’s Tennis was the runner-up in the PSAC Tournament and earned a NCAA bid for the first time since 2019. David Akinpetide, Noha De Sousa, Ben Davis, and Milan Jankovic were PSAC All-Conference selections. Head coach Jerome Simon was named the PSAC Coach of the Year. Women’s Tennis earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019. Kayla Dean was named the PSAC Rookie of the Year. Dean, Naomi Jahr, Nadja Ostojic, and Roisin Murphy were all named PSAC All-Conference. Men’s Lacrosse went 11-5 with a 6-0 conference record, as they were nationally ranked
throughout the season. After falling in the GMAC title game, the Lakers earned their third straight NCAA appearance. Four Lakers were named USILA Scholar All-Americans, while seven earned All-American honors. Chris Ryan was named the GMAC Coach of the Year for the third straight season. Women’s Lacrosse had its most wins since 2016, going 14-6 in Head coach Sam Struss’ first season. The Lakers earned an NCAA appearance for the first time since 2019. Kaitlyn Lippert and Mackenzie Murphy both earned IWLCA All-Region honors. Men’s Rowing had a competitive season that concluded at the IRA National Championships in early June. At the Dad Vail Championships, the heavyweight fours defeated boats from West Point, Lafayette, Loyola, Vermont, and Fairfield in the second final. The lightweight fours won the J. Lynch Trophy with a win over La Salle, Fordham, Iona, and Fairfield.
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