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GROVE CITY – The Grove City College men’s lacrosse team swept the four individual awards sponsored by the Presidents’ Athletic Conference as the conference announced the 2021 All-PAC teams Tuesday. The league’s head coaches voted on the awards and the All-PAC squads.

Junior midfielder Brett Gladstone earned Offensive Player of the Year honors while junior faceoff specialist/midfielder Grant Evans captured Defensive Player of the Year recognition. Sophomore attack James Petrolle secured PAC Newcomer of the Year and head coach Alec Jernstedt earned PAC Coach of the Year distinction.

Junior attack Michael La Forte and junior midfielder Jed Speers joined Evans, Gladstone and Petrolle on the conference’s First Team.

Junior defender Cody Adams, senior short stick defender Patrick Mark and sophomore goalkeeper Jack Petit all earned Second Team All-PAC. Junior attack Blaise Bishop and junior long stick midfielder Addison Bennett each earned Honorable Mention All-PAC.

Gladstone led the conference with 54 goals and ranked third in the league with 68 total points. His 10 man-up goals also led the conference. Gladstone ranked fourth on the team with 38 ground balls and fifth on the team with 11 caused turnovers.

He capped the 2021 season last Saturday by scoring six times in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament at Cabrini. Gladstone also earned First Team All-PAC in 2019.

Evans won a conference-high 80.0 percent (184 of 230) of his faceoffs this season. That figure ranks second in NCAA Division III. Evans also averaged a conference-leading 13.50 ground balls per game, which ranks third nationally. The 2019 PAC Newcomer of the Year, Evans added eight goals and six assists this spring. He earned his second First Team All-PAC honor.

Petrolle led the conference with 78 total points this season. He ranked second in the conference with 49 goals and 29 assists. A first-year starter, Petrolle posted a 10-point outing March 20 at Chatham and repeated that feat April 13 against visiting Thiel.

Jernstedt earned PAC Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Wolverines to their second straight conference title and the program’s second berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Grove City finished 11-2 overall and 6-0 in the conference. Jernstedt (35-16) also earned PAC Coach of the Year in 2019.

La Forte led the conference with 41 assists this season. He recorded seven assists April 13 against Thiel. He tallied a conference-record 11 points March 20 at Chatham as he scored five goals and added six assists. La Forte finished second in the conference with 74 points. His 33 goals ranked fourth on the team.

Speers earned First Team All-PAC after earned Second Team laurels as a freshman in 2019. This spring, Speers finished third on the team in both goals (35) and assists (19). His 54 points are fourth-most on the squad this season.

Adams caused 15 turnovers while helping Grove City lead the conference with a 6.93 goals-against average. A three-year starter on defense, Adams earned his first All-PAC citation.

Like Adams, Mark played an integral role in the Wolverines’ defense this spring. He finished third on the team with 14 caused turnovers and fifth on the team with 36 ground balls. Mark earned First Team All-PAC in 2019.

Petit made 11 starts this season and posted a 9-2 record in his first year the starter. Petit recorded a .558 save percentage and an 8.84 GAA. He led the league in goals-against average and ranked second in the save percentage.

Bishop finished fifth on the team with 28 goals and 44 assists this season. His 16 assists ranked fourth on the team. Bishop also earned Honorable Mention All-PAC as a freshman in 2019.

Bennett led Grove City with 27 caused turnovers this season in 13 games. That is the No. 2 single-season figure in the four-year history of varsity lacrosse at Grove City. An Honorable Mention All-PAC pick in 2019, Bennett contributed five goals and six assists this season. He ranked second on the team with 45 ground balls.

Grove City won the conference title by defeating Westminster in the conference tournament finals May 8, 19-6, at Robert E. Thorn Field. The 2021 season marked the second full season of men’s lacrosse in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.

BASEBALL

GROVE CITY – Eight Grove City College baseball players earned All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference honors this week from the conference’s head baseball coaches in recognition of their respective performances during Grove City’s record-setting 2021 season.

Senior second baseman Bobby Abbott, senior catcher/DH Tanner Orner, junior pitcher Tate Ostrowski and sophomore catcher/third baseman C.J. Saylor all earned First Team All-PAC distinction.

Senior outfielder Jesse Clary, freshman pitcher Nick Guidas, senior first baseman Bubba Hamilton and sophomore outfielder Anthony Tambellini earned Second Team All-PAC honors.

Abbott led the conference with 58 hits and 47 runs batted in this spring. He ranked second in the conference with a .426 batting average while adding a dozen doubles. He hit .488 with two outs this season. A three-year starter at shortstop, Abbott moved to second base early in the season and further solidified the Grove City infield. He began the 2021 season as Grove City’s designated hitter.

Abbott’s 58 hits rank fifth on Grove City’s single-season list while his 47 RBIs are the fourth-most in program history. He earned Honorable Mention All-PAC in 2019.

Orner won the conference batting title this year by hitting .454. He also led the conference with a .493 on-base percentage. Orner’s .622 slugging percentage ranked fifth in the league, as did his 54 total bases. He also ranked fourth in the circuit in hits (54) and doubles (14) while splitting time between DH and catcher.

Orner’s .454 batting average is the seventh-highest mark in program history. He earned four letters at catcher and DH for the Wolverines.

Ostrowski went 8-2 with a 1.78 earned run average this season. He led the conference with 82 strikeouts while throwing a league-leading 70 2/3 innings. He held opposing hitters to a .191 batting average this spring. Ostrowski ranked third in the conference in ERA and batting average against.

Ostrowski highlighted the 2021 season by pitching a perfect game April 23 against Bethany. He struck out 10 men in seven innings that day. Ostrowski twice struck out a dozen batters this season.

His 1.78 ERA is the lowest for a Grove City pitcher since the NCAA introduced metal bats in 1974. Ostrowski’s 82 strikeouts are the No. 2 single-season mark in program history.

Saylor led the conference with 52 runs scored and 29 walks this season. The 52 runs scored are the most in Grove City single-season history while the 29 walks are the fourth-highest total in program annals. Saylor led Grove City with 82 total bases, which ranked third in the league. His 577 slugging mark ranked sixth in the PAC. Saylor shared the team lead with four home runs.

Saylor began the season as Grove City’s primary catcher before seeing extensive action at third base as 2021 progressed. He is a two-year letterman for the Wolverines.

Clary sparked the Grove City offense from the leadoff spot again this year. He shared the team lead with four home runs and ranked second on the team with 40 runs scored. Clary tied for the fifth in the conference in runs scored. He posted a .443 on-base percentage and a .313 batting mark this spring.

Clary began the season as Grove City’s starting second baseman but shifted to left field. He is a four-year letterwinner for Grove City in the infield and outfield.

Guidas emerged as one of the conference’s premier left-handed pitchers this spring by going 5-2 with a 2.36 ERA. Guidas made a team-leading 16 appearances, including two starts. He struck out 59 men in 49 2/3 innings while holding batters to a .239 average. Guidas ranked fourth in the conference in strikeouts and fifth in ERA. His 16 appearances are No. 2 in the league.

Hamilton belted a Grove City-record 22 doubles from the cleanup spot in the batting order this season. That mark also led the conference. Hamilton ranked ninth in the conference with 47 total hits and 32 runs batted in. He hit .333 this year while starting all 38 games. The 2021 campaign marked his first season as the full-time starter at first base after splitting time between DH and first base during his first three seasons.

A first-year starter, Tambellini emerged as Grove City’s starting right fielder after beginning the season in left field. He hit .353 this year while also scoring 40 runs. Tambellini ranked second on the team and fifth in the league in runs. He shared the conference lead with four sacrifice flies and finished eighth in the league with 48 total hits.

Grove City finished 28-10 this season, tying the program record for wins in a season. Grove City’s 22 conference wins are the most in program history, as are the team’s 27 regular-season wins this spring.

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