Athletics heavily involved in University Weekend

Seton Hall University Weekend is always an eventful one, with parents scattered around campus and games taking place on the Green. This year on Oct. 21 and 22, Seton Hall Athletics played a major role in the festivities, as both competitive and charitable events took place throughout the weekend.

Athletic activities started on Saturday morning with the blue and white scrimmage for women’s basketball. The scrimmage consisted of three six-minute quarters, along with one eight-minute quarter, and was competitive from start to finish, with the white team coming from behind to secure a 35-31 victory.

After the scrimmage, head coach Tony Bozzella spoke to the crowd, praising them for their support and encouraging them to come out for the regular season slate at home which includes a non-conference date with UCLA, along with all the Big East conference has to offer.

Following the women was the men’s scrimmage in which head coach Kevin Willard decided to take a different approach. Instead of going with two teams, Willard split his squad up into three – a blue team, a white team, and a black team – each team consisting of five players.

Each of the three teams took turns playing against each other, but it was the white team consisting of three starters in Khadeen Carrington, Desi Rodriguez and Angel Delgado that dominated, putting up 61 points in the first half.

Saturday also provided Seton Hall fans with their first look at basketball newcomers Jordan Walker, Myles Cale, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Quincy McKnight, Taurean Thompson and Romaro Gill. All six players turned in solid performances.

While the men scrimmaged in Walsh Gym, the baseball and softball teams played their annual alumni games and the swimming and diving teams hosted Monmouth and Montclair State for a meet.

After the baseball team completed its alumni game, the players headed over to the University Center for the seventh straight year to shave their heads in honor of pediatric awareness.

On Sunday, the women’s soccer team hosted Providence for the Mary Jennings Memorial Game, honoring former Seton Hall soccer player Mary Jennings who passed away due to cancer in 2006 at the age of 21.

Although nobody currently on the roster knew Jennings personally, head coach Rick Stainton knows that the impact of playing in her honor was not lost on his players.

“For us to help support her and her family means a lot to our program,” Stainton said after the game.

As always, University Weekend was a busy one for Seton Hall Athletics; bringing teams, alumni and the community together.

Tyler Calvaruso can be reached at tyler.calvaruso@student.shu.edu or on Twitter @tyler_calvaruso.

Author: Tyler Calvaruso

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