Just weeks after the Gannon women’s basketball team received a local basketball standout through transfer, the Gannon men made a big splash of their own as former Cathedral Prep standout Michael Lucarotti is now a Golden Knight.
Lucarotti played three basketball seasons at Prep and was named all-region, all-district and all-state. As a senior, Lucarotti played for the International Sports Academy in Cleveland. He finished with more than 1,300 career points between the two programs.
Lucarotti, a 6-foot 4-inch guard, spent this past winter at Division I Youngstown State but did not play in a game.
A few weeks ago, former Villa Maria standout Madison Demski, who played collegiately at Division I Holy Cross, announced that she would play her final season of eligibility at Gannon.
McDowell Signing Day
McDowell recently held a signing ceremony for 13 more athletes committing to colleges.
One of the biggest groups represented in the ceremony was the state championship competitive spirit team with Arianna Emory (Mercyhurst), Michael Osinski (Ohio State), Jacob Skolnik (Gannon) and Brooke Koper (West Virginia) all committing to schools.
Journey Jones, another member of the cheerleading team, picked Notre Dame College for acrobatics and tumbling.
The McDowell swim team had two commitments with Jadyn Danylko going to Penn State Behrend and Kyla Kramer to IUP.
Landon Owens will run cross country at Mercyhurst, and Sara Renshaw is headed to Seton Hill for cross country and track and field.
Aiden Cozzens (football) and Ahmielle Roberts (bowling) are headed to Mercyhurst. Sarah Boyd is set to join the volleyball team at Gannon while Chipper Iacobucci is going to play lacrosse at Muskingum.
Gannon baseball falls in NCAAs
Gannon came heartbreakingly close to a win during an NCAA baseball regional at Millersville this week but came away 0-2 during its second trip to the NCAA tournament.
The Golden Knights started the tournament with a 14-6 loss to East Stroudsburg. Gannon led 5-4 after five innings before allowing eight runs in the sixth inning to fall too far behind. Ian Hess had three hits and scored three runs in the loss.
On Friday, Gannon was on the short end of a pitchers’ duel with the season on the line. The game had three weather delays, including one pregame and two during the game, but Gannon starting pitcher Eric Sapp hung in there to throw 135 pitches and allow one unearned run in a 1-0 loss to Charleston.
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Sapp allowed just four hits in the complete-game effort and was a tough-luck loser. In the first inning he allowed a leadoff walk and the runner went to second on a throwing error. After one out, the runner stole third base and scored when Gannon couldn’t turn a double play.
The Golden Knights were held to three hits at the plate but had runners on first and third with two outs in the ninth inning. Jorge Mejia drove a pitch to deep center, but centerfielder Giano Zuccaro made an over-the-shoulder catch to end the game.
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