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Women earn seventh straight conference title

By Melissa Baracato Staff writer

Susquehanna’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams showed off their talents this past weekend at the Landmark Conference Championships held in Germantown, Maryland, where the men placed third overall and the women took home the championship for the seventh consecutive year.

Men’s swimming finished in third with 569.5 points and the women topped all scoring with 842 points.

“I was really pleased with our overall results,” Head Coach Jerry Foley said. “[The teams] were extremely enthusiastic and really came together as a collective program. The men and women supported each other which was really nice to see.”

On the men’s side, Catholic came away as the winner with 809 points and Scranton edged out the River Hawks with 584.5. Following Susquehanna was Drew with 423, Marrywood with 301, Elizabethtown with 282 and Goucher with 246.

Key races in men’s meet were the 200-yard breaststroke in which freshman Shane Sullivan took first with a time of 2:08.88. Teammates sophomore Ryan Prater and freshman Jake Mount also took 13th and 14th in the event.

Alongside Sullivan’s first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, Susquehanna also came in first in the 4×100 freestyle relay with the team of seniors Eric Lawrence and David Miller, sophomore James Orzolek and freshman David Grove with a time of 3:11.20.

Orzolek made up time for the River Hawks during his 100-yard section of the relay, and pulled away for the first-place finish.

Senior Bill Crumrine took second in the 1,650-yard free, with sophomore Ryan Nathan placing in eighth.

Freshman Owen Madden took second in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.32, and freshman Bryan Colby finished in 10th in the same event.

Orzolek and Grove also took second and third in the 100- yard freestyle, respectively, and Lawrence cruised to third in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:58.69. Sophomore Ryan Rizzuto and junior Henry Chang also took seventh and 13th in the event, respectively.

As for the women’s team, the River Hawks won in a landslide, scoring 842 overall points on the weekend. Scranton finished second with a score of 578.5 points and was followed by Catholic with 559.5, Drew with 485, Marywood with 351, Goucher with 229, Elizabethtown with 201 and Juniata with 127.

Senior Ashlee Weingarten took first in the 200-yard butterfly with the time of 2:06.68, along with senior Lizzie Richart and freshman Erin Wetmore placing sixth and eighth, respectively.

Weingarten was also part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that set a new school record with a time of 3:35.49, along with juniors Jessica Jozefiak and Joanna Butkus and sophomore Katie Willis.

Butkus also took first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:25.08, just narrowly beating out teammate sophomore Megan Duck who took a close second.

Senior Paige Wagner placed fourth in the event and senior Caroline Henderson placed tenth.

Senior Erin McElwee placed third in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:10.22, followed by freshmen Megan Shaffer in fifth and Colleen Walsh in eighth.

Freshman Caitlin Kelly took third in the 1,650-yard freestyle with 18:09.93 followed by freshman Hannah Finton in fourth, junior Lindsey Vankirk in fifth, Erin Wetmore in sixth and senior Morgan Sattler in eighth.

Willis also finished fourth in 100-yard freestyle with Jozefiak and sophomore Margaux Palaski in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

This will be the seventh straight year that the women have taken home the Landmark Conference Championship.

“I never set it as a team goal for us to win in a given year. We just try to get better and improve as a group, but it’s certainly satisfying when you can win and it feels good to win,” Foley said.

This championship concludes a successful season for Susquehanna swimming for both the men’s and women’s teams.

“It was just enjoyable all the way around. I think in particular our leaders in the senior class did a really good job of keeping the team together and helping them to perform their best at conferences. It takes experience to perform well,” Foley said.

Foley and his staff also took home the Landmark Conference Swimming and Diving Coaching Staff of the Year award. This is the third consecutive win for the staff and fourth overall.

Moravian ends SU’s tournament chances

By Nick Forbes Asst. sports editor

The Susquehanna men’s basketball team could not complete a fourth quarter comeback, falling to Moravian 81-69 in the Landmark Conference semifinals.

Junior center Ryan Traub did everything he could to keep his team in the game, scoring 26 points and adding nine rebounds.

The first half was a back-and-forth battle between the River Hawks and the Greyhounds. Neither team led by more than five points through the first 20 minutes of the contest.

At the half, Susquehanna held a 32-31 lead, and in the second half, the scoring remained close.

With 14:36 left to play in the game, Moravian went on a 10- 2, pulling away from Susquehanna with a 46-38 lead. Late in the second half was when Traub began to shine.

Susquehanna then ignited a run of their own, pulling to within one point after Traub nailed a pair of free throws.

The excitement was short lived though as the Greyhounds went on a 9-0 run to claim the first double-digit lead of the game.

Traub answered back with a layup of his own, and followed it up with a three point play that fueled a 9-2 River Hawk run with just over five minutes to play.

With just a 61-58 lead, it looked like Moravian might give up the lead, but right after Susquehanna’s run, Moravian had another of their own.

This time, it was an 8-2 burst that carried them to the finish line.

With two minutes to play, Traub was not giving up. He converted a three-point play and forced a Moravian turnover that he turned into a dunk to cut the lead to five.

Moravian held strong through the intentional fouls, knocking down six of its seven free throws to maintain the lead down the stretch.

Also scoring double digits for Susquehanna were senior guard Steven Weidlich and sophomore guard Tyler Hoagland who finished with 14 and 13 respectively. Weidlich also led the team in assists with five.

The team finishes the season at 21-5, and would have been a favorite to make the NCAA Tournament if they had not faltered down the stretch.

Moravian and Scranton gave the River Hawks headaches all year, beating Susquehanna twice each to account for four of the teams five losses.

Now, the team waits to hear if it earned an at-large bid to make it to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament.

Mitchell, Perkins lead Hawks at invitational

By Andrew Porzio Staff Writer

The Susquehanna men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted over 20 schools on Feb. 18 in the SU Invitational at the James W. Garrett Sports Complex.

Although there was no official team scoring in the meet, the Susquehanna men had a successful day.

Senior Matt Gass won the 200-meter with a time of 22.71 seconds, as well as the 400-meter with a time of 50.32 seconds. Gass finished the day with two of the River Hawks’ 12 top-10 finishes.

Freshman Chris Petraskie posted a pair of top-five finishes as he finished fifth in the high jump and tied for third in the triple jump for Susquehanna.

Junior Ryan Bertsch was sixth in the weight throw, and fellow junior Josh Brown finished fourth in the shot put.

“The focus was on improving qualifying marks for conferences and dial in any changes that need to be made to allow us the best chance for success,” Bertsch said.

On the women’s side the River Hawks were led by a pair of seniors, Jasmine Mitchell and Hannah Perkins, who combined for five top-10 finishes.

Mitchell finished third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.02 seconds and also teamed up with Perkins, senior Carlye McQueen and freshman Samantha Reed to finish second in the 4×200 relay.

Perkins finished sixth in the 400-meter race with a time of 1:03.77 and was also a part of the 4×400 relay team with senior Gabrielle Verruni, junior Hannah Stauffer and freshman Alexa Pietrini that placed fourth.

Both the teams will return to action Saturday, Feb. 25 when they host the Landmark Conference Championships.

Blue Jays pull out win against Hawks

By Kirsten Hatton Staff writer

The Susquehanna women’s basketball team suffered a tough 53-46 loss to conference-foe Elizabethtown in its regular season finale on Feb. 18.

The team was already eliminated from playof contention following a loss to Scranton on Feb. 15.

This was the second time the two teams met this season. The River Hawks fell 78-53 to the Blue Jays in their Jan. 14 meeting.

Sophomore guard Bailey Trell knocked down a jumper to put Susquehanna ahead 44-43 with less than five minutes to go in the game, but the River Hawks were unable to hold on for the win.

Sophomore guard Maddie Murray led the River Hawks in scoring with 10 points in the contest.

Junior forward Courtney Adams led the team with 13 rebounds and five assists.

The River Hawks remained scoreless until Adams scored two minutes into the first quarter.

Freshman guard Janine Conway added a three-pointer and Murray converted both free-throw opportunities as the River Hawks led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter continued to be a battle for both teams. Junior guard Tess Nichols made a layup with 10 seconds remaining in the second quarter to tie up the game 27-27 at half.

The second half started off with a steal by Adams which gave the River Hawks momentum.

Nichols made a layup to put the River Hawks up by two. Freshman guard Rachel Sweger made a three and Murray converted another two points in the paint.

The fourth quarter began with Murray going 1 for 2 at the foul line and Sweger answering a Blue Jays’ basket with a three-pointer.

After a back and forth game, the Blue Jays pulled away late.

With three minutes remaining in the game, Elizabethtown pulled ahead 47- 44. They finished the game on a 6-2 run to push past the River Hawks. Elizabethtown finished with a record of 18-6 and 8-6 in the Landmark Conference.

Nichols scored 10 points while Sweger scored nine. Other contributors included Conway who scored five points off the bench.

Ball security was an issue for both teams, with the River Hawks turning the ball over 18 times and Elizabethtown 16 times.

Susquehanna could not capitalize on the turnovers, only mustering seven points off the Blue Jays’ errors.

This is the first time since the 2013-2014 season that the River Hawks will not be in playoff contention. In 25 games this season, the team averaged 60 points and 40 rebounds per game.

The River Hawks finish their season with a 14-11 record and a 5-9 mark in the Landmark Conference.

Lax opens 2017 season with win

By Akshay Kriplani Staff writer

The Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team defeated Lycoming 12-9 in its opening game of the season on Feb. 18 at Sassafras Field in Selinsgrove.

Senior attacker Chet McLaughlin scored three goals. Sophomore midfielder Jake Smolokoff had one goal and dished out three assists, while sophomore goalkeeper Dylan Abplanalp had 12 saves in the game.

Abplanalp also received Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the game against Lycoming.

Susquehanna controlled the game early, but Lycoming surged late, scoring four goals in a six-minute span to cut the Susquehanna lead to 10-9.

The River Hawks regained control with two goals late in the fourth quarter and closed out the game for the 12-9 win.

“I was pleased with our team’s effort and ability to close the game out in our favor after Lycoming cut the score to a one goal game,” Head Coach Stewart Moan said.

“A good character win for our team in this young season,” he added.

Smolokoff scored less than two minutes into the contest to put the River Hawks on the board first.

Junior attacker Alec Tzaneteas added another goal in the quarter and Susquehanna led 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the River Hawks went on a five-goal run to take a 6-2 lead.

McLaughlin started the run with his first goal of the season followed by Susquehanna goals from senior midfielder James Harabedian, junior attacker Andrew Porzio and freshman midfielder Kyle Watts.

Lycoming scored in the closing seconds to cut the Susquehanna lead to 6-3 at the half.

In the third quarter, both teams traded a goal before Susquehanna went on a three-goal run.

Porzio and freshmen defender Jack Donnelly and attacker Preston Ouellette scored for Susquehanna, pushing the River Hawk lead to 10-5.

Lycoming did not go down easily though, adding two goals at the end of the third quarter, including an under-hand bullet from freshman attacker Richie Hurley as time expired to cut the lead to 10-7.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Lycoming came out hot and managed to trim the lead down to 10-9, but Susquehanna was able to stop the run and hold on for the win.

“We were really happy to come out with a win,” McLaughlin said.

“There was a lot of sloppiness throughout the game, but some of that was first game jitters. Overall, we came together as a unit and finished the game with poise and confidence,” he added.

On Feb. 22, the team traveled to Muhlenberg for its second game of the season. The River Hawks took down the Mules 12-4 thanks to an offensive explosion in the third quarter.

After entering the half nursing a 3-2 lead, the River Hawks found their footing, peppering Muhlenbergs goaltender and ripping off six goals.

McLaughlin accounted for all of his game-high four goals in the third quarter.

Smokoloff and Tzaneteas accounted for the other two Susquehanna goals.

Susquehanna limited the Mules to just one goal in the third, and while holding the Mules to just one goal in the fourth, the River Hawks padded their lead with three more goals.

Tzaneteas finished with two goals and a game-high two assists. Alplanalp was once again solid in goal, notching 12 saves for the second consecutive game.

The River Hawks are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 25 when they travel to King’s to close out the month of February.

After poor start, River Hawks prepare for spring training

By Nick Forbes Asst. sports editor

Opening weekend did not go as planned for the Susquehanna softball team, as they were swept in the double header against nationally-ranked Virginia Wesleyan on Feb. 19.

The River Hawks were shut out in the first game 8-0, and they lost the second game by a score of 4-1.

The River Hawks, who came into the season with last year’s Landmark Championship loss to Moravian fresh on their minds, had their bats nearly completely silenced on offense, mustering only two hits throughout the first five-inning contest.

Sophomore Jackie Gore, who was the 2016 Landmark Conference home run leader, and freshman Kasey Bost accounted for Susquehanna’s two hits against Virginia Wesleyan freshman pitcher Hanna Hull. Hull pitched all five innings and recorded nine strikeouts.

On the mound for the River Hawks was senior Jamie Fesinstine, who pitched four full innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits while striking out six batters.

Susquehanna brought in junior Jessica Juhlin to pitch in the fifth, but after allowing one run on zero hits, the Marlins pulled ahead 8-0 and the game concluded due to the eight-run mercy rule.

After scoring on a sacrifice infield fly in the first inning, the Marlins were held in check until the third inning, when they exploded for five runs on five hits.

The Marlins added two runs over the next two innings to put the game out of reach.

Despite the 4-1 score of the second game, offensively it was even worse for Susquehanna. The River Hawks’ only run came in the first inning when junior second baseman Brooke Kohler walked and then advanced to second on a groundout from junior shortstop Heather Pearson.

A wild pitch moved Kohler to third, and she eventually scored one batter later on junior thirdbaseman Emilie Boman’s sacrifice ground-out to first base.

Susquehanna’s run came despite registering zero hits.

After that, Virginia Wesleyan junior catcher Cassetty Howerin responded in the bottom of the first by taking hold of a pitch from sophomore Alexis Gonzalez and driving it over the left-field wall for a two-run shot that gave the Marlins the lead.

Gonzalez, who was a major player on the mound for the River Hawks last year, settled in after the first inning and did not allow any more runs until the fifth inning.

But it was another Marlin freshman who stole the show, as pitcher Courtney Wright delivered a no-hitter in her collegiate debut against the River Hawks.

Frustrating the River Hawks’ normally explosive offense was the key in hanging on in this matchup. She finished with five strikeouts and two walks.

Leading by only one run for the majority of the game, the Marlins found the edge they needed to win in the fifth inning, when sophomore center fielder Beth Ford and junior shortstop Kiersten Richardson singled in back-to-back appearances at the plate.

After Gonzalez allowed a walk, Marlins’ senior right fielder Blake Henderson drove a single to center field that scored Ford and Richardson, bringing the score to the final of 4-1.

Gonzalez pitched the entire game and finished with four runs allowed on six hits and four strikeouts.

While the result was not what the River Hawks had hoped to start the season with, the Marlins are a stout opponent, peaking at No. 1 in the DIII NCAA national rankings last year, and sitting at No. 25 this year.

The River Hawks will have a few weeks off to rest before the start of their spring training trip in Florida, where they hope to fix mistakes made in the games against the Marlins and refocus on their ultimate goal of winning the Landmark Conference.

“If we continue to work hard in practice, stay positive and focus in games, we have the ability to win a championship,” Gore said. “Our main goal for this year is to work on our mental game both on and off the field. We’re a strong knit family. We do everything together.

The first day of the trip on March 12 pits Susquehanna against Arcadia and SUNY Geneseo in a doubleheader.

Writer gives feel good Disney films

By Megan Ruge Living and arts editor

The semester is slowly coming to an end and the time to take midterm exams is right around this corner.

It is about this time that we start to feel like adults when we have to gather all of our knowledge and display it in test or essay form.

It is also about this time that we really need to take a moment to simply feel like a kid again.

This week I have decided to provide a list of children’s films that are bound to leave you with that feel good buzz.

The first film on the list is “Zootopia.”

The 2016 film is rated PG and follows a little bunny with big dreams of becoming a cop in the city of Zootopia. Along the way, the young and determined bunny meets a sly fox that she is determined to make an ally, despite his stereotypical reputation.

The film touches on a lot of relevant topics, pointing out how flaws in society can be demonstrated by the separation between animal classes. This film is sure to make you feel fluffy inside by the end.

The next film on the list is the newest rendition of an old classic, “The Jungle Book.”

This film, also released in 2016, brings the classic to life in a live-action rendition from Disney themselves.

The film, for those who do not recall the original, follows the story of a boy lives in the jungle and finds unlikely friends amongst the creatures around him.

The boy’s guide is a bear who knows his way around the forest and introduces him to creatures who make the boy feel both welcome and afraid.

The film is full of fun and excitment and is sure to fill you with childlike wonder.

Next, we have “Lilo and Stitch,” a film that shows even the most unlikely of pairs can make amazing friends.

In the film, a young Hawaiian girl named Lilo experiences a tough break after losing both of her parents in a tragic accident. Lilo’s sister thinks the best fix is to get her a dog, a companion who will not judge and will love her unconditionally. Little do they know that what they have brought home is truly other worldly.

The next film on the list is also of the newer releases.

“Finding Dory” is the sequal to the Disney and Pixar original “Finding Nemo.”

The film follows the story of a blue tang from the Pacific Ocean who suffers from short-term memory loss. After a momentary bout of memory brings her back to where she comes from, her friends will help her to journey across the ocean and find her family.

Throughout the film, the viewer is given the opportunity to revisit many beloved characters from the first movie, like a popular turtle made for the surf.

The viewer is also introduced to many new characters, such as an anxiety-filled, anti-social octopus with seven legs.

Another great film to help you feel like a kid again is “Chicken Little.”

Everyone knows the nursery rhyme about the little chicken who thought the end of the world was upon them. This film takes a liberty with the original story and brings us a new twist.

In this rendition of the classic tale, Chicken Little is hit on the head by a tile that falls from the sky and appears to be blue with clouds.

This leads him to believe the sky itself has broken and fallen to earth.

Though this is not the case, Chicken Little is afraid that what is actually happening might be extra terrestrial and will need the help of all of his friends to save the world.

The final film on our list is “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie.”

In the Hundred Acre Wood, there are many things that go bump in the night, the subject of many fears. For this gang, that fear is Heffalumps, a large scary creature that makes Pooh and his pals shake with fear.

The film shows viewers that the thing that strikes fear in their hearts is just something they don’t quite understand.

All of these films and more are available on Netflix for streaming and viewing.

Faculty members convey emotion to Susquehanna students in recital

By Danielle Bettendorf Asst. living and arts editor

Susquehanna music faculty members performed a recital on Feb. 23 in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Jennifer Sacher Wiley, associate professor of music, performed on violin. Ilya Blinov, lecturer in music, performed on piano.

The duo performed “Sonata No. 4 in D” by George Handel, “Albumstücke” by Dmitri Shostakovich, “Suite of Spanish Folksongs” by Manuel De Falla and “Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Planning for the recital came about last spring, when Wiley originally approached Blinov about a collaboration.

“I asked Dr. Blinov if he would work with me on a recital last year, at Commencement, and I invited him to choose the program,” Wiley said.

When choosing the repertoire, Blinov noted that they had to consider not only what would work for themselves individually, but which pieces fit with them together.

“When you play with someone, [there’s] always emotional chemistry,” Blinov said. “We just tried to pick the pieces that worked for both of us.”

Blinov stated that the recital would not only be the result of he and Wiley performing, but would involve a connection with the audience as well.

“Hopefully [the audience] will be a part of the performance,” Blinov said. “The audience is another partner, so the collaboration is not only between the people who are on stage, but between the performance and the audience. It’s always [a] mutual collaboration.”

Wiley hoped that the audience would lose themselves in the performance and become absorbed in the music.

“I hope they will revel in beauty for an hour or so and forget their troubles and the troubles of the world,” Wiley said.According to Blinov, the recital was distinctive from others that have been held on campus.

“Performances are like people,” Blinov said. “Every performance is absolutely unique.”

“Even if you play the same program in different venues, or if different people come, it’s always absolutely different,” Blinov continued. “The magic of the performance is that you don’t know how it will go until you’re actually on stage.”

“There are programs that I’ve played over a hundred times: for example, Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Seasons,’” Blinov said. “I started playing that music when I was a student myself, and I kept playing, and there were no two performances that were exactly alike.”

Students of the two appreciated seeing their professors perform, in contrast to only seeing their professors teach.

“I take violin here, so [Wiley’s] my teacher,” first-year Sarah McMillin said. “It’s really cool seeing and watching her play all the things that she tells me to do.”

“I have her for solo class, even though I play piano,” first-year Ali Hordeski said. “It’s really cool because when somebody’s telling you like, ‘do this this way or do this that way or make it better,’ you actually want to do it if you hear them and you’re like, ‘Oh, they’re actually really good. They know what they’re talking about.’”

Students spoke of the ability of the duo to convey emotion to the audience.

“[I noticed] the amount of pathos that all the faculty have,” sophomore Val Smith-Gonzalez said. “I always sit here, and whatever song they’re playing—the mood [in] the song that they’re playing—I feel that mood.”

Play talks feminist choices, struggles

By Danielle Bettendorf Asst. living and arts editor

“Alan’s Wife,” a 19th century feminist play, will be performed by Susquehanna students from March 2 to March 5 in Weber Chapel Auditorium.

“Alan’s Wife” is a play in three acts that follows Jean Creyke, a woman who worships strength and beauty.

“It’s a very tragic drama that a woman goes through, where she does something really terrible and is willing to face the consequences for it,” said senior Josh Ramiandrisoa, who plays a prison guard.

The play also emphasizes the choices of women and how society has treated women throughout time.

“[The play is about] the struggles that women have had all throughout history,” said senior Hunter Brady, who plays Jean. “Of not being able to make decisions for themselves, and then making decisions for themselves that aren’t simply down to marriage, not having the right to marry who you want, but then when you do get that right you’re judged for it, women having control of their bodies and all that jazz, that’s all coming to the forefront this time around.”

“It’s fascinating to bring yourself back to a time when who you married was such a big deal,” Brady continued.

The play is directed by Anna Andes, associate professor of theatre. Andes specializes in feminist plays and other works with similar themes, according to Brady.

“I’ve never heard of a plot like this before,” Ramiandrisoa said.

“It’s a very heavy plotline, but it’s also an educational show,” Brady said. “One thing I love about this director is [that] she always picks very educational shows.”

“People sitting in the audience will be like, ‘Whoa, that’s a little fascinating,’ and then they’ll do some research and be like, ‘Wow, this is a real problem with hysteria and women,’” Brady continued.

Brady also emphasized the obscure nature of the play, which gave the students room to expand from the script.

“It’s [a] very workshop theater kind of a show,” Brady said. “It’s not widely produced; the only access you have to it is a PDF file [online].”

Brady and Ramiandrisoa also noted the simplicity of the show, which runs for about one hour and utilizes a minimalistic style.

“I think it’s the most raw performance that we have done,” Brady said. “There’s no set, really: there’s some chairs, some props [and] simple costumes. It’s very basic black box style.”

“It’s a very tight space,” Ramiandrisoa added.

“It’s also being performed in a space that’s not regularly used for this purpose,” Brady said.

Brady also noted the different structure of the stage, which places the audience around the actors.

“It’s in a round, it’s not just sitting in an audience,” Brady said. “There’s audience on all three sides of us, which is unique, so it’s kind of like you’re sitting in the play.”

Brady emphasized the relevance of theater to society and the impact that it can have on members of the audience.

“Theater is so important, and I think it goes bigger than just this show,” Brady said. “I hope that audience members gain a new appreciation for theater and how simple and how honest it can be.”

“And even how fun it can be,” Ramiandrisoa added.

“There’s so much theater out there that people know nothing about, including actors,” Brady said. “It’s so important to take every opportunity you get to just see it.”

“Even if you just walk away saying, ‘Well, that was OK,’ you still opened a door to a conversation,” Brady continued.

The performances from March 2 to March 4 will take place at 7:30 p.m., and the performance on March 5 will take place at 2:30 p.m.