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Weekly Sports Digest: March 13-19

The ONU men's lacrosse team improved to 3-3 with a 22-4 win over Houghton (N.Y.) on Saturday. (photo/ ONU Sports Information)

At the conclusion of every week, the Northern Review will recap what happened that week in the world of Ohio Northern athletics, and will also preview the week ahead. Here are this week’s headlines:

Women’s tennis sweeps Wittenberg, wins fifth straight

Northern beat Wittenberg 9-0 at the Westwood Tennis and Fitness Center in Lima on Sunday to improve to 13-2 overall and win their fifth straight match. The Polar Bears took a 3-0 lead after sweeping the doubles portion 8-1, 8-2 and 9-8, respectively.

Dominant singles performances from senior Christina Corbean (who won 6-2 and 6-2) and sophomore Ashley Ochsenhirt (who won 6-2 and 6-3) paved the way for Northern’s sweep on Sunday, as ONU dropped just one set all night. The Bears will head into OAC play next week with the most wins of any team in the conference.

 

Baseball takes two of three from Thomas More (Ky.)

The Polar Bears downed Thomas More on Saturday and split with the Saints on Sunday behind a powerful weekend at the plate from sophomore Caleb Thomas. Northern won 19-6 on Saturday, as Thomas went went 3-3 with two walks, five RBIs and a home run in the effort. Ohio Northern fell behind 6-0 after three innings, but scored the last 19 runs of the game, including 11 runs in the seventh and eighth innings combined.

On Sunday, Northern won 3-2 in game one of a doubleheader as Thomas hit a crucial two-run homer in the first inning to put ONU ahead for good. Senior pitcher Devin Carr earned his third win of the season as he threw 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing only his second run in three starts and maintaining a dominant 0.44 ERA. The Polar Bears would lose game two of Sunday’s doubleheader, 10-3, as Thomas More hit three homers in the game. After going 2-1 this weekend in Kentucky, Northern’s record improved to 8-6 overall.

 

Men’s lacrosse dominates in New York

37 different Polar Bears played in Northern’s 22-4 win at Houghton (N.Y.) on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Max Weese set the single-game goal record with eight, while 12 other Bears scored in the blowout win.

Ohio Northern outshot Hougton 64-8, owned 22 of the game’s 29 faceoffs, and improved to 3-3 with the win. The Polar Bears will play one more road game before beginning conference play at Mount Union on April 1.

 

 

 

What to watch for this week:

The upcoming sports schedule is as follows:

Thursday

Softball at Anderson -- 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. Anderson -- 4 p.m.

 

Friday

Softball vs. Marietta -- 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Men’s tennis at Wittenberg -- 4 p.m.

 

Saturday

Men’s and Women’s track & field at Cedarville Invitational -- all day

Baseball vs. #20 Otterbein -- 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse at Franciscan -- 1 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse at St. Mary’s (Ind.) -- 1 p.m.