Young Argonauts Look to Up Game

With only one senior on the team, the Notre Dame de Namur men’s lacrosse team will depend on 18 new players to step up in a big way this season.

Sixteen of the new players are freshmen, playing in their first college games.

“There’s a lot of pressure on the young players, but that’s why they’re here. They want the challenge, and they want to compete,” said Head Coach Kevin Arabejo.

A young team requires a lot of patience and hard work. The coaches have to see how the new players develop and where they fit on the team. Although the team has less experience than last year’s team, senior defender Kyle Milack expects this to be a good year.

“There’s no set stars on the team, so there’s opportunities for the younger guys to step up and make a difference, ” Milack said.

Coming off of an 8-8 campaign in 2014, the Argonauts look to improve their record with the help of the new talent.

“It’s exciting, it’s definitely exciting. To have this many more guys on the roster this year versus last year is huge. We have a lot more depth, which was a big problem for us last year,” Arabejo said.

However, the team hasn’t started off the way that they would’ve liked to. The Argonauts dropped the season home opener to Stanford, 7-12 on February 7.

“We came out flat against Stanford,” Arbejo said, “Competing from the first whistle to the end is something that is a necessity at this level.”

According to Arabejo, the team has worked to cut down on the little mistakes that lead to turnovers and bad shots in their first game. During practice, they work on the little details that will put the team in a position to be successful.

“Although we are young as a team we would like to take our skill sets to a higher level of play and go and win some games against some top teams,” said freshman Nick Gainer.

The Argonauts face the University of Nevada, Reno at Koret Field February 15 at 1 p.m.

Here’s a look at the 2015 men’s lacrosse schedule:

• Feb. 15 vs. Nevada Reno, at Home, at 1 p.m.

• Feb. 21 at Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA, at 7 p.m.

• Mar. 7 at Franklin Pierce, Rindge, NH, at 1 p.m.

• Mar. 9 at Assumption, Worcester, MA, at 4 p.m.

• Mar. 10 at American International, Springfield, MA, at 3 p.m.

• Mar. 12 at Dominican College (NY), Orangeburg, NY, at 4 p.m.

• Mar. 14 at Post University, Waterbury, CT, at 1 p.m.

• Mar. 20 at University of California, Berkeley, CA, at 7:30 p.m.

• Mar. 22 vs. University of Oregon, Belmont, CA, at 2 p.m.

• Apr. 2 at San Jose State, San Jose, CA, at 7 p.m.

• Apr. 13 at Washington and Jefferson, Washington, PA, at 5 p.m.

• Apr. 14 at Walsh, North Canton, OH, at 4 p.m.

• Apr. 16 at Alderson- Broaddus, Philippi, WV, at 7 p.m.

• Apr. 19 at Wheeling Jesuit, Wheeling, WV, at 12 p.m.

• Apr. 25 vs. Philippines Lacrosse (SENIOR DAY), at Home, at 2 p.m.

Two Tough Losses at Home for NDNU Basketball Teams

The Notre Dame de Namur University men’s basketball team suffered a tough loss at home, against Dominican University in the Walter Gleason Center on February 10.

During the first half of the game the Argonauts fought head-to-head with the Penguins. Senior Zach Ginter shifted the momentum of the game in the Argos favor, scoring a pair of three pointers. However, the Penguins held their own and jumped ahead in points going into half time.

Coming back from half time, Dominican kept their lead, running up a 14 point run. Sophomore Jalen Young answered for the Argos scoring seven points in a row.

“I knew we were down and I felt like I had to give our team a boost to help us back,” Young said.

Despite Young’s efforts the clock ran down with the Penguins leading by 10. Dominican came out on top, defeating the Argos 63-49.

“It was tough loosing this home game because we only have one more left. Hopefully, we pull things together and win on senior night,” Young said.

The Argos next home game is senior night against Fresno Pacific on Saturday, Feb.14 at 3:00 p.m. The senior night will recognize Don Washington and Zach Ginter.

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NDNU junior point guard Jamaal Davis (10) drives to the goal during the game against Dominican on Feb. 10 at Walter Gleason Center. Photo by Jordan Ross.

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NDNU junior point guard James Northup (4) gets some love from his teammates after fouling out after hitting a three in the game against Dominican on Feb. 10 at Walter Gleason Center. Photo by Jordan Ross.

The Notre Dame de Namur University women’s basketball team fell to Dominican University 75-56 on Feb. 10.

The first half of the game proved to be a struggle for the Argos as the Penguins racked up the points. The Penguins immediately broke-out with a lead while the Argos attempted to answer back with their offense.

“It was frustrating because we have so much talent and potential on this team,” said senior guard Amy Woo.

In the second half the Lady Argos improved their offensive rebounding with junior forward Kristen Liana and senior guard Nanea Woods both managing to get double-doubles.

But Dominican stayed consistent, taking the win.

“It was a tough loss, especially since the season is slowly coming to an end. There’s no better way to finalize the season other than to win and that’s all that we want to do,” Woo

The Argos next home game is senior night against Fresno Pacific on Saturday, Feb., 14 at 1:00 p.m.

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NDNU senior guard Danielle Lasirona (5) and junior guard Maya Arellanes (23) play some smothering defense in the game against Dominican on Feb. 10 at Walter Gleason Center. Photo by Jordan Ross.

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NDNU senior guard Danielle Lasirona (5) drives to the hoop against Dominican on Feb. 10 at Walter Gleason Center. Photo by Jordan Ross.

Sonoma storms in with Hawaii Pacific University

This past week the Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts played two games one Sept. 21 against Cal State Sonoma State University and the other Sept. 27 against Hawaii Pacific University.

In their first game at Koret Field against CSSSU the Argos played an aggressive, uptempo game. Both offenses were aggressive in the first half forcing senior goal keeper Jay Tsuruoka to make save after save. It was the Argos who struck first when senior Hunter Le Blanc nailed a corner kick that curved right passed the goalie into the back of the net. Later in the first half the Argos earned a free kick.

Le Blanc stepped forward again and sent a pass into the box where sophomore defender Robert Hines III was able to put it in for his first career goal.

When asked about the goal, “I’m happy Hunter (Le Blanc) was able to find me and fortunately the ball went”, Hines said.

The Argos lead 2-0 going into the second half, but in the 55th minute CSSSU was able to score. For the rest of the half the Argos defense was able to shut down the opponent. In the closing seconds of the game junior defender Tyler Matas chased a ball down and kicked in the third goal to give the Argos the win 3-1.

Sept. 27 the Argos played their first conference game against a challenging team, Hawaii Pacific University. HPU got off to an early start scoring two goals but the Argos were able to bounce back scoring two themselves tying the game. But late in the second half HPU was able to squeak one more goal in before time ran out. The Argos lost a tough game 2-3.

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Tyler Matas from the Argomen. Image provided by: Professor Rossi

The Argos are now 2-4-1 overall and 0-1-0 in conference. Their next games are against Hawaii Hilo Sept. 29 at 2 pm and Fresno Pacific Oct. 4 12pm both at Notre Dame de Namur.

Rough Trip to Washington

The NDNU men’s soccer team went up to Washington this past weekend, Saturday September 13th through Monday September 15th, where they played Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University. It was a tough trip for the Argos losing both games, despite playing extremely well.

The Argos played Seattle Pacific in their first game. It was a long battle throughout with two goals coming from SPU one late in the first half and then another late in the second half.

Next was Western Washington, another rough game. The first half was a defensive battle, then luck struck for the Argos but unfortunately they couldn’t capitalize on a penalty kick. After that, the momentum was all for Western Washington who ended up with a late second half goal. The final score was 1-0.

The Argos are now 1-3 with their next game on Saturday September 20th against San Francisco State University.

 

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Danny Miller from WWU with control over the ball.