Sports Digest: St. Joseph’s will face SUNY-Genese in the NCAA Div. III women’s lacrosse tournament

COLLEGES

Women’s lacrosse team Joseph will play against SUNY-Genese in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

The Monks earned a spot in the tournament by winning the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference Championship with a 10-9 win over Johnson & Wales on Saturday. St. Joseph is 20-0 and this is his second appearance in an NCAA tournament. They reached the tournament in 2015 as well, losing to Bridgewater State 16-9 in the first round.

SUNY-Geneseo is 13-4 and has earned a big bid after losing in a SUNYAC championship game to SUNY-Cortland on Saturday. This is the Knights’ first appearance in an NCAA tournament.

The tournament field was announced on Monday afternoon. Time for the match of the first round of St. Joseph is not published.

If St. Joseph’s win on Saturday will play against seven-time state champion Middlebury on Sunday.

TENNIS

ITALIAN OPEN: Denis Shapovalov overcame the penalty spot and the hostile audience and beat home hope Lorenzo Sonega 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 in the first round in Rome.

Shapovalov will next meet Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia, who beat Daniel Evans 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Also, three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka enjoyed his first win in almost 1 1/2 years by defeating Reilly Opelka, also last year’s semifinalist, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Other winners were Karan Khachanov, Jenson Brooksby and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

After winning the Madrid Open, Carlos Alcaraz withdrew from the tournament due to a right ankle injury.

Later, Naomi Osaka withdrew from the women’s tournament due to an Achilles heel injury.

FOOTBALL

GERMAN: Schalke is returning to the Bundesliga after a year of transformation on and off the field.

A humiliating relegation from the first league forced one of Germany’s traditional giants to rebuild his team. Then came the war in Ukraine and Schalke severed ties with Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom, the financial fuel for some of its greatest successes, leaving the club with an uncertain future.

Schalke’s late jump into promotion this season was reflected in Saturday’s match that secured his return to the Bundesliga. Schalke lost 2-0 at halftime against rivals St. Pauli, but recovered and won 3-2.

WORLD CUP: Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson is likely to miss the World Cup for the United States after rupturing Achilles tendons in his left leg during an MLS game.

The team announced that Robinson would undergo surgery after magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the worst-case scenario.

“We are horrified by Miles,” US coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement. “He confirmed himself as a top player last year and qualified for the World Cup. We will think of him and wish him a successful recovery process. “


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