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The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Senior midfielder Peyton Reed (16) faces off a player from Akron during a Pitt women’s lacrosse game in March.

‘I see Pitt thriving’: Lacrosse seniors, grad students set bar for future teams

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer April 20, 2022
During their only season as Panthers, 14 Pitt lacrosse seniors and grad students have laid the groundwork for future teams, establishing a culture of hard work and dedication within the program that is consistent with Pittsburgh’s blue-collar mentality.
Pitt softball player Dani Drogemuller (16) pitches at the softball game vs. Clemson last Saturday.

Weekend Sports Recap | Baseball upsets No. 6 Virginia

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer April 17, 2022
As the semester winds down, Pitt baseball is heating up. The team continued a hot run through conference play with a 2-1 series win over No. 6 Virginia, headlining the weekend in Pitt athletics.
Pitt infielder senior Yvonne Whaley bats at Saturday’s game against Clemson.

Weekend Sports Recap: Baseball wins third straight ACC series

By Sam Krimins, Staff Writer April 11, 2022
Pitt baseball won three of four games played last week, and lacrosse brought home a win over an ACC opponent — the first in program history — during a busy weekend for Pitt athletics.
Pitt first-year attacker Sydney Naylor is chased by Duquesne lacrosse players.

Strong start for Pitt lacrosse fizzles out, fall to No. 4 Syracuse 18-6

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer April 2, 2022
Pitt lacrosse (6-7, 0-6 ACC) traveled to New York and lost Saturday to No. 4 Syracuse (10-2, 5-0 ACC) in the Carrier Dome.
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.
Pitt defense Brittney Villhauer (25) battles for the ball with an Akron women’s lacrosse player Monday night.

Pitt routs Akron, 18-6, on frigid evening at Highmark Stadium

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor March 29, 2022
Fresh off of a competitive loss to the No. 2 team in the nation, Pitt lacrosse was eager to land something other than a moral victory. They did just that against Akron on Monday, winning 18-6 amid frigid early spring temperatures.
Pitt women’s lacrosse player Kierin Ratliff-Kailborne faces off against Duquesne in February.

After standout club career, Ratliff-Kailbourne makes impact at varsity level

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer March 23, 2022
Despite drawing interest from some smaller schools, she settled on Pitt — a school that didn’t have a varsity lacrosse program at the time, but was a fit in all other regards.
Pitt junior infielder Sky Duff (3) celebrates a grand slam during Pitt’s first home ACC series win of the 2021 season against Miami University in April 2021.

Weekend Sports Recap | Pitt teams compete for national titles, ramps up spring seasons

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer March 20, 2022
Pitt lacrosse, baseball and softball searched for their first ACC wins, while gymnastics, track and field and swim and dive competed for conference and national victories through St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Pitt freshman attacker Sydney Naylor is chased by Duquesne lacrosse players during the first Pitt womens lacrosse game in program history.

Pitt lacrosse starts inaugural season with overtime thriller, takes down Duquesne 9-8

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer February 11, 2022
Despite the magnitude and spectacle surrounding the team’s first contest, the Panthers (1-0, 0-0 ACC) managed to knock off their Pittsburgh foe, the Duquesne Dukes (0-1, 0-0 Atlantic Ten) in a thrilling 9-8 overtime battle.
Pitt lacrosse players huddle up during a playday against the Duquesne Dukes at Highmark Stadium on Sept. 26.

Pitt women’s lacrosse makes last preparations for first game

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer February 8, 2022
Energy was high among the players and coaches, despite the cold temperatures. Boissonneault said it’s been a challenging journey getting to this point, but after 2 1/2 years of waiting, they’re just ready to play and find out what level they can compete at.
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