What caught my eye: Not surprised and kind of surprised


Bombers run at title ends with eight
There was a special something happening all season long for the Ithaca College Women’s Basketball team, as it put together a memorable season. With a 25-6 record and a handful of heart-pounding and heroic finishes, the Bombers dropped an 87-61 decision to Bowdoin in the NCAA Division III Elite Eight. Even if you are not a basketball fan, it was hard not to follow the Bombers on their way to their second ever trip to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Big Red headscratcher
Cornell’s Men’s Lacrosse team is a strong contender for a top-five finish in late spring, but this weekend had me asking more questions than I found answers to previous concerns. Taking nothing away from an excellent Penn State squad, I felt that the Big Red failed to show up with the full caliber of play in a 19-13 loss. A day later, Clarke Peterson is dropping jaws left and right after netting eight goals in an 18-11 win over top-ranked Towson. Hands up, we’re on an early season rollercoaster ride.

Just Yianni being Yianni
The EIWA Wrestling Championships have come and gone and it comes as no surprise that the reigning NCAA champion at 141, Yianni Diakomihalis, took home the top spot for the Big Red with an 8-2 win over second-seeded Nicholas Gil of Navy. Along with Diakomihalis, Chas Tucker and Max Dean took top honors while the Big Red qualified six for the NCAA Tournament.

So close
Look, I love winter, and I love winter sports seasons. That said, spring sports can officially become the focus after the state basketball tournament comes to a close this weekend. Obviously, I’m keeping my eyes on the two Section IV teams still in the hunt for a basketball title, but off in my peripheral vision, I see baseball, softball, lacrosse and track & field trying to get my attention.


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