Lady Woodpushers back on winning ways, Green Woodpushers still on hunt

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Woodpushers went opposite ways in the second day of the UAAP Season 82 Chess Tournament on Sunday, September 16, at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

The defending champions bounced back from a 1.5-2.5 loss to the ADMU Lady Eagles in their opener as they turned back the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons, 2.5-1.5. Franchell Javier and Marie San Diego won their respective matches, while Samantha Revita’s match resulted in a draw.

The victory pushed the Lady Woodpushers up to the middle of the standings with 4.0 points.

Meanwhile, both rookie Francis Guimalan and Green Woodpushers team captain Tristan Ibaoc, who provided a win and a draw in their opening matches, came up short. However, Diomel Escutin showcased his talent and led the Green-and-White in preventing a UST sweep.

Following a loss from FEU the other day, the Green Woodpushers remained at the bottom of the standings with 2.5 points.

The DLSU Green and Lady Woodpushers will continue to battle and improve their standings as they respectively face NU and Adamson on September 21, Saturday, 1 PM at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Green and Lady Woodpushers come up short versus FEU and Ateneo in season-openers

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Woodpushers absorbed losses in the opening day of the UAAP Season 82 Chess Tournament earlier at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

The Green Woodpushers bowed to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 1.5-2.5. On the other hand, the Lady Woodpushers, defending champions of the tournament, also lost to the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 1.5-2.5.

Rookies Daniel Lemi and Kris Olvido each dropped their season-opening matches, while team captain Tristan Ibaoc figured in a draw. On a bright side, Francis Guimalan provided the Green Woodpushers a win.

The defending champions suffered a similar fate as only Marie San Diego led the Green-and-White to a victory. Team captain Ella Moulic’s match fell short and resulted in a draw. Franchell Javier and Samantha Revita also lost to their opponents.

Action will continue tomorrow, September 15, 1 PM at the same venue for the DLSU chess teams as they seek to break the win column. The Green Woodpushers will take on UST, while the Lady Woodpushers will face UP.

UAAP Season 82 Team Preview: DLSU Green and Lady Woodpushers

(Photo by Trinity Matias) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Woodpushers found themselves on opposing ends of the standings at the tail of the UAAP Season 81. Looking forward, the former aim to bounce back from a disappointing outing. The latter, two-time defending champions, seek to make it three in a row.

The Green Woodpushers, who finished at the bottom, are keen on making a significant improvement in their upcoming campaign at the UAAP Season 82.

Despite parading a veteran-laden squad, the Green Woodpushers still failed to capitalize, collecting losses one after another. Tristan Ibaoc, then a rookie in that campaign, expressed that “it was a good experience” for him as it nonetheless gave him a perspective of how tight the competition in the UAAP is. He noted the value of not giving up as the squad’s biggest lesson. “We always did our best in all of the games despite always losing,” he said.

This time around, the Taft-based squad will sport a rookie-heavy group. Ibaoc, who was once the only rookie in his team, will enter his second playing year as the lone holdover for the Green Woodpushers. He is now given the task to captain the rookies as they seek a podium finish in Season 82.

The team captain shared the adjustments that they made during the offseason. “We changed our focus on not just playing and playing, but also studying deeper the theories of the game itself.” And he expects these things to be reflected in their games. He added, “All we trained and prepared are the things that should be seen in the competition.”

The Green-and-White will bank on confidence, determination, trust, and hardwork. The sophomore team captain believes that winning the title is not an impossible feat. “I believe the teams can go wherever they want. Championship is not that far away from this team.”

Ibaoc gave an assurance that the Lasallian community can expect from them the best that they have got. He especially continued, “not just from the competition but also from our academic performances.”

Support the DLSU Green and Lady Woodpushers in their UAAP Season 82 campaigns that will start tomorrow, September 14, 1 PM at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion. They will face the FEU Tamaraws and ADMU Lady Eagles, respectively.

Lady Booters remain on top, draw against UST Golden Tigresses

Photo by: Eunice Ermino

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters settled for a draw, 0-0, against the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Football Tournament, Wednesday, May 1 at the Circulo Verde Football Pitch.

The Taft-based squad started their second round elimination campaign with a back-to-back draw; against UP Lady Maroon, 1-1 and now the UST Golden Tigresses, 0-0.

Although they were unable to convert their chances, The Lady Booters were able to dodge another scary first loss through an excellent defense that led the Tigresses to a scoreless match.

La Salle’s Goalkeeper Tashka Lacson defended the post well after blocking UST’s Charisa Lemoran shot, preventing UST to get the lead in the 68th minute mark of the match.

After 90 minutes of action, both La Salle and UST who struggled offensively did not pinch any goal throughout the match that resulted to a draw at zero a-piece.

However, the Green-and-White squad remained the top-seeded team in the league with a 3-3-0 win-draw-loss record good for 12 points.

The DLSU Lady Booters will try to stay undefeated as they face their archrival Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) on Saturday, May 4, 3:00pm at the same venue.

Lady Booters remain unbeaten after Castañeda’s late equalizer against Maroons

Photo by: Eunice Ermino

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters entered the second round of the eliminations against the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons with a draw, 1-1, last Saturday, April 27 at the Circulo Verde Football Pitch.

The Lady Booters were able to dodge their first loss of the season after the heroic Sara Castañeda’s late equalizer.

Outsmarting each other, both La Salle and UP showed excellent defense in the first half. The Green-and-White had many chances but was unable to convert. Then, it was the Lady Maroons who converted a goal right before the half time at the 40 th minute mark.

La Salle’s Goalkeeper Tashka Lacson defended the goal post but UP’s Mary Rose Obra was able to convert a low ball against Lacson at the 40th mark.

The Taft-based squad adjusted their defense, giving the Lady Maroons less chance of converting a goal. While the opponents are still ahead, La Salle continued to struggle in offense as they could not make an equalizer at the 70 th mark of the match.

However, the Lady Booters were determined to come back and they successfully did at the 75th minute courtesy of Sara Castañeda’s equalizer. Although Lady Maroons were given free kicks, they were unable to convert thanks to Lacson for defending the post excellently.

At the end of the match, both La teams did not pinch any goal that resulted to a draw at one a-piece.

After the match, The Taft-based squad remained the top-seeded team in the league holding a W-D-L of 3-2-0.

The determined Lady Booters will try to stay undefeated against the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses on Wednesday, 3:00 pm at the same venue.

Lady Batters drop semis advantage as UST forces rubber match

Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters yielded to the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses, 6-12, in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament Semifinals yesterday, March 23, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

After a good defensive play that resulted a scoreless first inning for both La Salle and UST, the latter gained their momentum in the top second inning. After UST’s Belaño returned to home, a swing at the center field by Dela Torre converted into a homerun, send her and Barredo at home. The Tigresses ended the top second inning with a strong hit to the left field by Guevarra, to return home together with Dela Cruz and Sales to stretch the lead, 0-6.

However, the Green-and-White returned the favor to their opponent. With Lady Batter Benson and Alipato at third and fourth base, respectively, a double by rookie Kiana Juan sent the formers at home to get on board ending the second inning, 2-6.

The Lady Batters showed strong defensive play in the top third frame. However, the Tigresses was able to add another run before closing the top third. Meanwhile, La Salle struggled on offense that resulted to a scoreless inning.

The Taft-based squad continued to be aggressive on defense, as the Lady Batters gave the Tigresses a scoreless fourth inning through easy catches. The Lady Batters proved that good defense leads to good offense. After Cunanan was awarded with a walk and Alipato advanced to second base, it was Rookie Kiana Juan’s homerun through a strong hit in the deep center field to cut the deficit down to two. La Salle trails, 5-7 at the end of fourth.

With early two outs, the Lady Batters struggled to close the top fifth inning. The Tigresses was able to convert a total of five runs before Veteran Benson catches Guevarra’s full swing to end UST’s hot offense. At the bottom fifth, with Alipato batting, Captain Arribas and Benson took advantage a catching error to move at third and second base, respectively. Lady Batter Alipato did not waste the opportunity to hit an RBI for Arribas to return at home. At the end of the fifth inning, La Salle still trails, 6-12.

Both the sixth and seventh frame resulted to a scoreless inning to end the match. The Lady Batters was forced by the Golden Tigresses in a do-or-die game after a 6-12 final score.

Team captain Jamica Arribas ended the game with high hopes as they head to a do-or-die match on Monday. “Nakita ko naman everyone in the team wanted to win.”

Talking about their second chance, “Mabuti lang that we have advantage na twice-to-beat. At sa chance na ito, we will do our best para makabawi at makuha din ang win.”

The Lady Batters will need a near-perfect performance in Game 2 of the semis. “The key is everyone’s best performance.” She added that their fighting spirit will boost the team’s morale.

The DLSU Lady Batters look to bounce back and seal the last Finals spot on Monday, March 25, 10 AM at the same venue.

Lady Batters outduel NU in late comeback for third straight victory

Photo by: Rina Mutiangpili

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters avenged their first round loss in an intense come-from-behind victory against the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs, 6-5, in the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament, earlier today at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

With the win, the Lady Batters climbed up to solo second with a win-loss record of 6-3 to remain in hunt of a postseason ticket.

At the top of the second inning, the Lady Batters defended the bases well, while the Lady Bulldogs continued their batting woes. At the bottom, La Salle remained a nightmare for the opponent as rookie pitcher Juan sent the ball in the center field for a run that brought her and another Lady Batter in the home plate to get onboard, 2-0, at the end of the inning.

With two early outs at the top of the fourth inning, NU threatened La Salle with two Lady Bulldogs at the first and third bases. Eventually, the Lady Bulldogs gained momentum and snatched the lead, 3-2, before getting their third out.

Down at the top of the fifth inning, the Lady Bulldogs extended their lead as they scored another run. However, the Taft-based squad edged their opponent. With Chinny Ejar already out, Miranda was rewarded a walk to first base before a Mercy Arroyo hit sent Miranda home, Nica Velasco to third and herself to first base to inch closer. As they continued to threaten the opponent, La Salle sent the ball into the deep left field where Velasco and Arroyo took advantage of. The duo fought for the home plate in a wild sequence that was fortunately ruled as safe for Velasco. An NU error at home made a run for Arroyo, which was also ruled as safe to regain the lead, 5-4. Team captain Jamica Arribas added a run to end the inning with her team up, 6-4.

The Lady Bulldogs made a run in the sixth inning, but was not able to tie the game in the last inning, sealing the come-from-behind win for the Green and White, 6-5.

“Nagwork out talaga yung ginawa namin kahapon na practice,” head coach Jasper Cabrera said regarding their four runs in the fifth inning.

“Unahan man kami ng score, wag lang magpanic dahil anytime matatamaan namin yan kasi mapapagod din yung pitcher nila, at alam na namin yung game plan ng catcher. Sumunod naman yung players at nai-deliver agad nila kaya umiscore kami ng four runs,” he added.

Cabrera had some words to motivate his team, “Ang lagi ko lang sinasabi sa kanila, kung pwede itatak niyo sa isip niyo yan (the win), para hindi niyo makalimutan yung goal natin na Final Four muna.”

The DLSU Lady Batters (6-3) will try to sweep the UE Lady Red Warriors in the elimination round on Thursday, March 14, 9AM at the same venue.

Lady Batters dominate Ateneo for third straight win

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters emerged victorious against Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 8-1, in the battle of the rivals in the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament to extend their winning streak to three at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium, Thursday, February 2.

The Lady Batters started the inning strong on offense as veterans Velasco, Arribas, Dela Rosa, and Benson found themselves at home. On the defensive end, the Lady Batters halted the Lady Eagles from scoring to get an early 4-0 lead at the end of the first inning.

The Taft-based squad struggled on offense and was scoreless to end their inning. La Salle went back on defense, but Ateneo was able to get themselves onboard. DLSU remained on top, 4-1.

La Salle and Ateneo continued to play strong as they outsmarted each other on defense that prevented both teams to score in the third inning.

The Green and White went back to their strength, offense and defense. The Lady Batters never looked back from the start of the fourth inning until the seventh inning. Velasco sent Ejar home on top inning while a double play on bottom fourth gave Ateneo a scoreless inning.

The Lady Eagles threatened La Salle by loading all the bases, but La Salle was able to recover to end the fifth inning with La Salle still up, 5-1.

With two early outs to start the sixth inning, Velasco pushed her team up, hitting the ball at center field that sent herself to second base. From there, the Lady Batters sent Velasco and Arroyo at home and continued to extend their lead to six, 7-1.

In the last inning, La Salle was able to send rookie pitcher Juan to home base that sealed the win for the Green and White.

The DLSU Lady Batters captured a dominating third straight win against archrivals Ateneo Lady Eagles, 8-1.

Catch the DLSU Lady Batters as they will try to extend their winning streak against the UST Golden Tigresses on Saturday, 11AM at the same venue.

DLSU Lady Batters outsmart UE Lady Warriors in season opener

The De La Salle University Lady Batters outlasted the University of the East Lady Warriors in their first game of the season, 5-3, on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The Lady Batters started the game with a strong note on defense but caught themselves off-guard as Lady Warrior Blanco took advantage off a La Salle error in the first inning. La Salle trails 0-1.

La Salle and UE showcased their defense as both teams failed to get through each other’s defense in the second inning, leaving the score still at 0-1 with Warriors still ahead.

In the third inning, with Lady Batters Cunanan and Ejar in the first and second base, Veteran Velasco was able to bring the ball into the right field that sent her teammates at home and her on third base. An error by UE sent Velasco to home which gave the lead to La Salle, 3-1.

The UE Lady Batters gave La Salle a late scare by filling all bases in the fourth inning, but the Taft-based squad was able to recover on defense. La Salle started the fifth inning strong as they filled  all bases and countered UE’s run with their own, ending the inning with La Salle still on the lead, 4-2.

The Green and White gained their momentum in the sixth inning as the team did not give their opponent a chance to score and, with great offense, they were able to make another run, 5-2.

Entering the seventh inning, UE Red Warrior Veteran made a homerun that brought them a step closer to La Salle. However, A Red Warrior sent the ball deep into the right field to make a run for the second base and attempted until third base, but La Salle was able to get back on defense and the referee ruled the UE into third base out and sealed the win for the DLSU Lady Batters, 5-3.

“Di talaga totally one hundred percent na masaya ako dahil meron talagang error na hindi namin inaasahan pero di naman namin masisisi yung player ganun talaga nangyayari yun”, Head Coach Jasper Cabrera on today’s win. “Buti na lang nagstep-up dahil sa batting tsaka nakatulong, laking bagay yung nakatulong samin yung rookie pitcher na si Kiana Juan tapos tumama lang ang lahat at least nakatulong, nanalo ngayon”, Coach Cabrera added.

Nevertheless, The De La Salle University Lady Batters were victorious for their first game of the season against the University of the East Lady Warriors, 5-3.

The Lady Batters will try to grab their second win against the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons on Monday, 9AM at the same venue.

Lady Archers end UAAP Season 81 campaign with fifth place finish

The De La Salle University Lady Archers succumbed to the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses in a do-or-die match battle for fourth ending their UAAP Season 81 Women’s Basketball campaign with fifth finish, 67-79, on Wednesday, November 21, at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Lady Archers started the opening quarter strong with an 11-0 run with Claro shooting three straight 3-pointers and a jump shot from Paraiso. MVP Grace Irebu opened the quarter for the UST Lady Tigresses. The Espana-based squad had a 11-4 counter-run to cut La Salle’s lead down to 4, 15-11. Veterans Castillo and Torres answered UST’s run both with a triple to end the first frame ahead, 21-17.

The Green-and-White struggled offensively and defensively in the second frame. La Salle scored 12 points against UST’s 21 points in the quarter alone. La Salle trail by 5, 33-38, at the end of first half.

The Taft-based squad and Espana-based squad were able to adjust to the play making of one another as La Salle and UST exchanged series of runs throughout the third frame. La Salle opened a 17– 6 to reclaim the lead, 50-44. UST had their own 10 – 0 run to end the third frame ahead, 50-54.

Lady Archers fought hard throughout the fourth and final frame of the game. The Lady Archers tried to make runs but fell short at the end of the final buzzer, scoring 17 points against UST’s 25 points in the quarter, 67-79.

At the end of regulation, The University of Santo Tomas secured fourth semis seat against the De La Salle University, 67-79.

Ana Castillo led the Lady Archers with 20 points and 4 assists while tandem Camille Claro and Marie Arciga scored 15 points and 10 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, Lady Tigresses was led by Season 81 Most Valuable Player Grace Irebu with 29 points and 14 boards. Veteran Capilit and Larosa combined for 34 points and 8 boards.

The Taft-based squad finished Season 81 with fifth finish with a win-loss record of 8-6.

BOX SCORES:

DLSU 67 – Castillo 20, Claro 15, Arciga 10, Revillosa 7, Paraiso 6, Torres 3, Binaohan 2, Nunez 2, Quingco 2.

UST 79 –  Irebu 29, Larosa 18, Capilit 16, Aujero 4, Tacatac 3, Ferrer 3, Sanggalang 2, Rivera 2, Portillo 2.