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Xavier Athletes Approach End of Spring Season

As the warm weather sets in, Xavier’s athletes are making strides.

April 16 saw the beginning of the rugby team’s California tour.

“It was so great to get back to the rugby tour. It’s an essential part of the team’s culture,” said Director of Athletics Andrew Gheraldi. “We’ve really started to see the team come together.”

The team had a winning tour and went 2 and 1 with a victory against the East Palo Alto Razorhawks and San Francisco Golden Gate High School.

The team is heading into the harder part of its schedule now, as it has back-to-back losses against Jesuit Sacramento and Gonzaga College High School.

They await a seeding matchup against Greenwich High School on Saturday, May 7.

National championships will take place in Elkhart, Indiana starting Thursday, May 19.

On the baseball front, Xavier's Athletics Department recently secured a three-year deal with Maimonides Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, making the park the Knights’ official home.

20 fall dates and 30 spring dates will take place there, as well as plenty of special events to fill up the teams’ calendar.

Danny Macchiarola ’22 is April’s athlete of the month—with an amazing stat line. He was the ace of the Knight’s pitching staff,  throwing 23 innings, striking out 45, and giving up just 12 hits and three runs. When he pitched, he helped his cause, hitting .545 with two runs and four RBI.

Macchiarola will matriculate at The College of the Holy Cross in the fall.

The varsity golf team continues to hold strong. The team recently lost to Monsignor Farrell High School, but secured wins against St. Peter’s Preparatory High School and St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School this past week.

The lacrosse team recently hosted its senior day on Saturday, April 30. It has been a tough front at the office for the team the last few weeks; however, they saw a big win against Jamaica High School over Easter break.

The varsity tennis team had a historic first victory—feasting on some ram chops after defeating Fordham Prep in the team’s first AA victory.

The track and field team competed in the Penn Relays last weekend—breaking a 43-year-old 4x4 run record with a finishing time of 3:22:98.

The team finished in the top 40 out of over 400 teams, from across the states, competing in the event.

Volleyball has been shining in its first full, true season. Though they just lost a heartbreaker against St. John’s Prep on Tuesday, May 3, the team has been on the competitive front as of late and has practically transformed the Commons Gym into the Thunderdome—with plenty of support from fellow Sons of Xavier.