SCAD Wins Lacrosse NAIA National Invitational Championship
For the third year in a row, the Savannah College of Art & Design women’s lacrosse team has won the NAIA National Invitational Championship.
The 2019 championship run took place May 9-11 at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Bees defeated Lawrence Tech 22-10 in the quarterfinals as Drew Dowgiallo and Jordan Mitchell scored five goals apiece. In the semi-finals, a 17-8 win over Kesier, Sydney Knego scored six goals. In the finals, SCAD defeated Benedictine 18-12. The Bees led 8-3 at the half and held off the Kansas based school 10-9 in the second half for the six point win. MacKenzie DeMott led SCAD with five goals.
Mitchell was named the NAIA National Invitational Tournament MVP at the conclusion of the tournament while Knego, Olivia Stahl and Emma Devereaux were named to the 2019 All-Tournament Team. The Bees end the season with a 14-1 record while handing Benedictine their only loss of the season for a 17-1 overall record.
Tigers Fall in MEAC Baseball Tournament
The Savannah State baseball team was eliminated from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament after suffering a pair of run one losses in the double elimination tournament which was held May 15-18 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Savannah State ended up being the No. 3 seed coming out of the Southern Division, earning the bid in a three-way tiebreaker over Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina Central. All three teams went 10-14 in MEAC play this season, but the Tigers had the best headto head winning percentage among the tied teams. The Tigers defeated Coppin State 7-3 in the opening round as Jalen Atterbury scored three runs and stole three bases. Luis Torres-Lopez pitched a complete game, striking out five batters. SSU played North Carolina A&T the following day and fell to the Aggies 5-4. The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 advantage. A&T scored twice in the fourth and added two more runs in the seventh and another one in the eight to get the win. Dwayne Franklin had three hits in the loss which sent SSU into the losers bracket. SSU faced Delaware State later in the day and lost 5-4. The Tigers led 4-3 but DSU scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to eliminate Savannah State. Franklin, who was named to the all tournament team, had two hits and drove in two runs in the loss. Savannah State, who was playing in their first MEAC Tournament since 2015, ends their year and Division I run with a 13-27-1 record.
Deloach is Big 10 Champion
Savannah native Taylor Deloach was named the individual champion at the 2019 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships which concluded May 12 in Iowa City, Iowa.
Deloach, a junior, won the women’s lomg jump competition with a leap of 6.18m and was a member of the Ohio State 4x100m relay team that captured first place at the conference meet with a time of 43.99.
The St. Vincent’s Academy graduate helped Ohio State win the first outdoor title since 2012.
Martin Leaves SSU Track Program
Rephel Martin, who spent 11 years as the Savannah State assistant track & field coach, has left the program. The Dover, New Jersey native’s primary duties included jumps, sprint development, strength, and conditioning. Martin was also the SSU cross country assistant coach Before coming to SSU, Martin was an assistant track coach at his alma mater, Charlotte, for seven years. As a student athlete for the 49ers, he earned All-America honors in the triple jump at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championships and earned All-Conference USA honors eight times in the long jump, triple jump and 55m dash. He is a two time conference champion in the long jump and three-time triple jump conference champion, and was selected Conference USA Indoor Athlete of the Year in 2000, and Charlotte indoor and outdoor team MVP in 2000. Martin is also the creator of “The Kinetic LiNK,” a light weight resistance harness, a device that enables athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and rehab patients to improve their mechanical/motor learning to get stronger. It also improves muscular fiber recruitment in conjunction with specific movement patterns.