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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Pitt women’s lacrosse players celebrate after a victory against Akron Monday night.

Column | Pitt lacrosse has met, exceeded expectations in inaugural season

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer March 30, 2022
Coming into its inaugural season, few had high expectations for Pitt’s lacrosse program. While the idea of a new team on campus was a fun and compelling concept, many expected the rest of the ACC to leave Pitt behind. That sentiment has since changed.
Duke University sophomore center Mark Williams (15) and his teammates walk off the court after losing to Virginia Tech at the Atlantic Coast Conference mens tournament on Saturday in New York.

Column | Previewing the ACC’s NCAA Tournament teams

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer March 15, 2022
Five ACC teams are in the men’s NCAA Tournament field, a surprisingly low total for the conference with the most wins in the history of the tournament. Senior staff writer Zack Gibney looks at the burning questions facing each team entering March Madness.
The New York Jets enter the field at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Oct. 10, 2021.

Take 5: Ohtani, Olympics, Optimism about the Jets and more

By The Pitt News Staff February 18, 2022
The Pitt News Staff is feeling optimistic, even about the New York Jets. They tackle that, the Olympics, an NCAA Tournament sleeper and more in this week’s Take 5.
Junior infielder Sky Duff celebrates a grand slam to right-center field during Pitt’s first home ACC series win of the 2021 season vs. Miami.

Pitt baseball looks to rebuild after emotional 2021 campaign

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer January 12, 2022
Head coach Mike Bell and the Panthers will now look to recalibrate as they head into the 2022 season — one with no shortage of questions to be answered.
Pitt Club Hurling at the Al O’Leary tournament in Akron, Ohio.

Club hurling provides students with ‘a whole new friend group’

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer November 17, 2021
Pitt club hurling competes at the highest level of collegiate hurling — the National Collegiate Gaelic Athletic Association — and won back-to-back national titles from 2019 to 2020.
A stream of Pirates fans cross the Roberto Clemente bridge.

Point-Counterpoint | Money is the root of the Pirates’ problems

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer November 17, 2021
Senior staff writer Zack Gibney argues the Pirates’ shallow pockets put them at an insurmountable disadvantage compared to other MLB teams.
Pitt’s Rodrigo Almeida prepares to kick the ball at a game against the University of Massachusetts at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Monday.

From Brazil to Pittsburgh, Rodrigo Almeida embodies Pitt’s vision of a soccer program

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer October 28, 2021
A native of Salvador, Brazil, Almeida picked up soccer at a young age. The game was a part of Almieda’s life in his youth and he grew to love it more as he got older.
The crowd at the women’s soccer vs. Towson game Sunday.

To delight of fans and players, Ambrose Urbanic Field welcomes crowds back

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer September 14, 2021
It had been nearly two years since the last time fans packed the bleachers at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Prior to the 2021 season, Pitt athletics announced that after a COVID-19-induced hiatus, spectators would be once again allowed to watch a live sporting event on Pitt’s upper campus.
Senior midfielder Jackson Walti, a returning player on Pitt mens soccer.

Column | Walti, Noel need to lead young stars to keep men’s soccer elite

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer August 20, 2021
While there is no doubt that coach Jay Vidovich has turned a previously hapless program into a legitimate powerhouse, last year’s “national contender” label and its sustainability will be put to the test. 
At just 18 years old, William Jeffress has shown maturity and personability that is unmatched by most teenagers — setting him up to lead a new-look Panther team.

At 18, Jeffress’ maturity, humility set him apart to lead a new-look Panther team

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer July 13, 2021
William Jeffress did something nobody else had done in some time — he asked how his coach was holding up. At just 18 years old, Jeffress has shown maturity and personability that is unmatched by most teenagers, setting him up to lead a new-look Panther team.
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