Marlins achieve athletic success

ODAC Pitcher of the Week: Emily Seale

Alysse Scripter|Sports Information
Sophomore Emily Seale pitches at the
NCAA Softball National Championship
in Salem, VA.

Emily Seale, a pitcher for the Virginia Wesleyan Softball team, was named Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Pitcher of the Week on March 7.

For the week, Seale pitched 18 innings and only gave up four runs on 14 hits and struck out 20 batters. 

During the week, the Marlins competed in Columbus, GA at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, where they faced high-ranked teams. VWU Softball went 5-1 in the tournament defeating Illinois Wesleyan, No. 1 DePauw, Central College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The team split their game beating Pomona-Pitzer and falling to No. 4 East Texas Baptist.

This season, Seale has a record of 5-1 in eight appearances. Her earned run average (ERA) is at 2.36 currently. The sophomore has thrown a total of 35.2 innings and gave up 19 runs on 36 hits.


Roberts earns two All-American honors at DIII Nationals

Roberts competes in the long jump at the 2022 NCAA indoor Track and Field Championship Meet in Winston-Salem, NC.

Jumper Geni Roberts competed at the 2022 Indoor National Championships Meet at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, NC on March 11-12. Roberts finished in the top eight for both of his events, long jump and triple jump, earning All-American Honors for both. 

Roberts competed in the men’s long jump Friday afternoon where he advanced to the finals after jumping 7.24m in the preliminaries. In the finals, he recorded a new personal best of 7.32m on his first attempt, which secured his second-place finish in the men’s long jump and his first All-American honor for the meet.

The next day, Roberts competed in the men’s triple jump where he jumped 14.69m, a new personal best from his previous jump of 14.63m, in the finals on the second jump. This mark held up to help Roberts claim a sixth-place podium finish, thus earning his second All-American honor of the weekend.

Junior Geni Roberts now is tied with alumna Marissa Coombs ‘17, as the highest placing Marlin at an NCAA Indoor National Championships Meet.

The men’s and women’s teams will travel to the University of Lynchburg on March 25 and 26 for the Dr. Jack M. Toms Alumni Invitational.


Sprague earns ODAC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week

Cameron Evans|Courtesy
Junior Mark Sprague plays offense
against Neumann University on March 5
in Virginia Beach.

Junior Mark Sprague, a midfielder of the Virginia Wesleyan Men’s Lacrosse team, earned ODAC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week on March 7, after the Marlins went 2-0 for the weekend. 

On Saturday, Sprague scored a career-high of six goals in the Marlins 20+ goal win over the Eagles of Husson University. The following day, against the Scots of Gordon College, Sprague recorded a hat trick after tallying three goals and two assists for five points for the Marlins to lead to their 22-9 win.

This season, Sprague holds the second-most scored goals in the league. Sprague has collected 17 goals and six assists.

By Shirell Washington