Mediterranean sunrise inspires students

By Charis Gozzo Abroad writer

My phone’s alarm went off insistently next to me and I quickly moved to shut it off before I woke the other girls in the room.

Do I really need to go? I asked myself, my eyes shut tight. Someone else’s alarm went off softly to my right, followed by the shuffling of blankets. I grudgingly pulled myself out of bed and gingerly stepped down the ladder, my ankles cracking painfully and loudly.

Our beautiful balcony view of the Barcelona streets was obscured by darkness. Methodically, I brushed my teeth, pulled on clothes and made my way downstairs to meet up with the few other people who thought watching the sunrise was a brilliant idea last night.

Zombie-like, we shambled to a bus stop. When we got off, we made our way toward the beach, navigating our way through abandoned shadowy streets. We walked past signs that clearly said not to pass them and came to the end of a jetty overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Did we miss it? 7:39 a.m. Two more minutes. We looked doubtfully over the sea, where the cloudy sky meets the gray water, and wondered if it was too cloudy see anything.

Finally, we saw wisps of pink clouds and hints of yellow. Slowly and then all at once the sun was emerging above the horizon and out from behind the clouds. The waves rhythmically broke against the rocks beneath my feet, churning and foaming before they were sucked back out to sea.

It was cold, but I had a scarf wrapped snuggly around my neck. I’m 4,002 miles from home, but I have two of my best friends next to me. In a country dominated by Spanish, I’m learning more and more.

Stronger rays of orange and gold pierced through the clouds and were reflected by the flat, unchanging sea. Over and over and over the waves crashed against the bulkhead.

Why did God create something so beautiful at such an inconvenient time of day? I think we have to live intentionally.

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Editor discusses mental health support

By Jill Baker Asst. news editor

College is a high stress environment where it can be easy to push aside your mental health simply because you have two papers, a group project and a test you have to study for. This is not an excuse. One would take the necessary steps to feel better if they had the flu, so why isn’t mental health taken care of the same way?

There is a huge gap in knowledge and awareness with mental illness, which could lead to one of your friend’s struggles with depression or another mental health issue going unnoticed. Since a significant portion of the population doesn’t know how to recognize warning signs or what to say in that situation, sadly, this could lead to someone you know not being able to control their rushing thoughts, hurting themselves or committing suicide.

According to an Emory study, suicide is the third leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24, and more than 1,000 students commit suicide on college campuses each year. That number doesn’t include suicide attempts and the overwhelming thoughts that many students have.

I believe that each and every person, especially college students, should personally prioritize balance, knowledge and talking. By this, I mean balancing between taking care of the people around you and your obligations as a student and when you need to take care of yourself. By knowledge, I mean that people should be informed on the realities, physical signs and far-ranging scope of mental health. There needs to be widespread information to teach people how to take care of your mental health the way you are taught how to take care of your physical health. And by talking, I mean that people should feel free to talk more about what is going on in their heads, their thoughts and feelings, fears and concerns, and to realize that they are truly not alone. This will lead to discussing safe and healthy ways to seek to help early on.

I am not just writing about suicide prevention. I am writing today to recognize the importance of addressing the rushing and overwhelming thoughts that so easily take away from your ability to be a student.

Stress and anxiety are inescapable elements of life; when they start to impede on your ability to be the best version of yourself it is important to take steps to try to make yourself feel the best that you can. Mental health knowledge is important to make sure you keep yourself healthy and to be aware of what to notice and what to say to those around you if you notice someone struggling. One can easily notice when a friend has a coughing fit, but a mental breakdown is far less easy to pick up on.

There is a stigma and stereotype around mental illness, one that causes a marginalization of people who are fighting in their own ways. This needs to change. For the dissolution of this idea and an increase in awareness, there needs to be a movement—a movement that brings hope and help to those who need it most. When this outdated stigma is removed, positive conversations can start and people will realize that it is okay to admit to struggling with mental health, that people around them have felt the same things and that people will build strength and hope together.

There is so much to be done to increase optimistic and constructive environments on college campuses, but improvement has to start somewhere. According to the Active Minds website, one in four adults struggles with a diagnosable mental illness. Take the time to become familiar with some struggles that are present in the peers walking by you on the way to class, including but not limited to depression, anxiety and eating disorders. These look and impact everyone differently; there is no textbook method to explain how it feels. The importance is being educated and making an effort to show others that you want to know more about them and are there for them. You never know who it might be or what action could truly make a difference.

Suicide prevention training is available free online, including at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. There are also organizations here on Susquehanna’s campus, like Active Minds, that work together to recognize and change the stigma around mental illness and give a safe space. And finally, never be afraid to talk; you never know, the person you reach out to might need to talk just as much as you do.

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800- 273-8255

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Student finds victories with difficult words

By Hannah Feustle Abroad writer

The other night as I was leaving my art history class I came across a woman who was bickering with her husband over directions. “Where is the Russian Museum,” she said. I was so startled at understanding the question and knowing the answer that I pointed back the way I had come and promptly forgot the word for “left.”

I spend a lot of my time here talking around things like that. I’m excited when I manage to do this. It feels like progress, making myself understood. But when it comes to describing something, I’m limited to a series of phrases like “good” and “interesting.”

Last weekend, I went on a trip to a World War II memorial cemetery in the city. When my host mom asked how the tour had been, I said something along the lines of: “Interesting. Second war. Memorial.” I forgot the name.

What I miss is being able to say that it was “intense.” There were mass graves labelled by year. There were roses planted on them, but they were all dead, covered with boxes for the winter. There was a statue—the Motherland, putting the wreath of glory over everyone buried there. Behind the statue, there was a huge wall with lines from a poem on it. The tour guide turned around, with her back to the wall, facing us, and started reciting. That feeling—standing there with chills running down my spine—was reduced to “interesting.”

But I guess there’s something about all those blanks in my vocabulary that make the moments when I get something across even more rewarding.

Next week I’m going on a volunteering trip to a far-flung eastern city called Kirov. A couple days ago, my host mom asked why. “Because I don’t want to see one day’s worth of six different places; I want to see six days’ worth of one place and meet people and practice Russian and take a train.”

I started with “because I don’t like tourist.” No. Her face was blank. “I like volunteer. I want to know people. It is interesting.”

Something changed in her face, and I nodded while she said something in Russian, summarizing what I had been saying. I only understood, or partially understood, the last part. “You want to know more of the life.”

At home, I never would have thought that a conversation like that could make me so happy—but after that dinner, I didn’t stop smiling for a long time. Maybe it was something about hearing what I was thinking restated in Russian words I could understand, or maybe it was in knowing for sure that she knew what I meant—a moment of connection that is often lacking with the language barrier.

The memory of the little victories makes the long gaps between them easier.

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Three professors share their research in ‘360-second’ lectures

By Sean Colvin Staff writer

Three Susquehanna professors from the neuroscience, political science and chemistry departments held a series of “360-second” lectures on March 28 as part of the initiative of the honors program, namely junior business major Anya Dunn in Degenstein Meeting Rooms four and five.

Students heard lectures from Kathleen Bailey, associate professor of psychology, Michelle DeMary, associate professor of political science and Lou Ann Tom, associate professor of chemistry.

The lectures were in their respective fields, which, according to Dunn, is to help to promote cross-discipline integration for students.

Though they were called “360-second” lectures, the talks generally went on for longer than six minutes due to technical difficulties, but also because of the interest of the speakers and questioning from students and peers assembled in the audience.

Bailey first presented on the questions raised by functional MRI technology, which highlights the parts of the brain that are active during certain tasks.

Specifically, Bailey was interested in tests where participants were known to be either lying or telling the truth, and the potential legal questions raised.

A collection of brain scans from approximately 25 people seemed to show consistencies in the parts of the brain, which are active when we are being honest or not.

Her question was this: How will we use these “maps” of brain activity responsibly for legal proceedings?

She also raised questions of whether these functional MRIs can tell us anything about adjudication of blame for the underdeveloped brains of juveniles convicted of crimes.

Bailey said, “People are going to serve on juries, or at least assess media’s claims about what neuroscience can tell us about what the brain is doing.”

She continued, “If you don’t have any background, its very easy to believe in this over identification of what neuroscience is good for and also what it simply can’t do.”

Next, DeMary gave the students in attendance a short run-down of the Electoral College, an institution that, she said, many people in the United States do not understand.

Originally, the Electoral College was developed by Alexander Hamilton, who doubted the ability of the people to elect their own leader in an informed way.

The Electoral College is essentially a way of concentrating voting power through the election by the people of state legislators, who then choose our electors, who then elect our president.

According to DeMary, the main reason why a candidate may lose the popular vote, but win the electoral vote, and therefore the election, is that in our system, 49 out of 51 voting states have winner-take-all systems, where if 50.1 percent of a vote is won by a candidate, they will receive all of the electoral votes of that state. Hence, the 2016 election.

DeMary said, “I teach American politics, so I’ve always taught about the Electoral College, but it’s been a particular pertinence to the general public. I’ve spent a lot of time arguing with people about the fact that we do have a legitimate winner, whether you like that winner or not, and they played by the rules of the game.”

She added, “An informed electorate is a better electorate and ultimately we’ll make the right decision, so it’s my job to help people understand it.”

Tom presented on the responsible disposal of pharmaceuticals, which are not accepted back by pharmacies and the companies that produce them.

It’s unacceptable to flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash because their toxicity to the environment, specifically to water supply.

Her recent work in the chemistry department has been with developing a way to dissolve the pills quickly and in a way that will not leave a more toxic result that what is started with.

Dunn said that these 360-second lectures, which the honors program hosts once every semester, are so that students can get a glimpse into the projects of other departments to promote a more integrated education.

Dunn said: “We wanted to get to know professors that are outside of our majors. The honors program is all about getting yourself out there and learning different subjects that you didn’t cover in your classes.”

Dunn described the lectures as a snapshot of the goings-on of different departments.

“It’s beneficial for the professors to talk about their research, but also for the students to get a more integrated education,” she said.

Senior Emily Leboffe said, “The 360-second lecture series is one of my favorite events hosted by the honors council because it provides a unique opportunity to hear from professors you may or may not otherwise interact with.”

She continued, “I always come away from them learning something I was not expecting to.”

Student expresses passion for music

By Jacquelyn Letizia Staff writer

Senior Rob Barkley, a theatre studies major, held a performance in Charlie’s Coffeehouse in the lower level of Degenstein Campus Center on March 23, where he performed a collection of original music. Sophomore Nick Forbes opened for Barkley.

Barkley explained that he started with singing and songwriting but realized he did not feel he had as much of a talent for singing and instruments. From there, he ventured into spoken word and slam poetry, which eventually turned into rap.

He added that he finds the process of writing and performing his music stress-relieving and therapeutic.

“My favorite part about writing music is the feeling of knowing you have an emotional bond with people that vibe with your songs,” Barkley said. He also said performing and listening to music can be a sort of catharsis for himself and for listeners. Barkley bases his music off his past experiences.

Additionally, he uses his knowledge and experiences with depression and anxiety to inspire him. He also finds inspiration from musical sources including gospel music and from artists such as Curt Franklin, J. Cole and Childish Gambino.

When asked what he hopes his audience will acquire from his performances, Barkley said he wants them to feel whole and supported. “I want people to think, I want them to listen and nourish and I want them to be happy knowing that they are not alone or that they can have a good time,” he said.

According to junior Lucia Garabo, who attended the performance, Barkley accomplished just that. “I thought something unique about Rob’s performance was the way that he interacted with the crowd and got us involved. He genuinely wanted us to have a good experience at his performance,” Garabo said.

She added, “In addition, he challenged himself during the performance by having the audience name a song for him to freestyle to. Using his performance as an opportunity to not only demonstrate his skills but to work on them as well was really interesting to see.”

Additionally, Garabo touched on the importance of showcasing student performers.

“We are all a part of the same community, and that community grows and strengthens when we engage with each other,” she said.

She added, “At Rob’s performance, you could feel it happening. The positive energy and captivating nature of Rob’s performance drew all of us closer together than we were before the performance.”

“Student performers offer opportunities for members of our campus community to engage with each other in a unique way,” Garabo said.

She added, “As audience members, we are there to both support the performer and demonstrate our respect for the craft they work so hard on. Communities thrive when they are built on mutual respect and support, and that is something unique that student performers offer.”

In the future, Barkley hopes to be able to perform on a larger stage and for a larger audience and aims to have at least one million listens for one of his songs.

Barkley will be performing again on Saturday, April 1 at TRAX at the after-party of the Andy Grammer spring concert.

Recent incidents being investigated

By Michael Bernaschina Staff writer

Racist graffiti was found in a restroom on campus just prior to the beginning of spring break, according to an email sent to students and staff by Susquehanna President L. Jay Lemons last week.

“Colleges and universities around the country have reported a number of incidents targeting African-American students, and members of the Jewish, Muslim and LGBTQ communities,” Lemons wrote in his email. “As you know, Susquehanna has been no exception. These bias incidents have increased on our own campus and across the nation.”

According to the email, the graffiti was discovered in a restroom in Apfelbaum Hall by a member of the housekeeping staff.

The incident is currently being investigated by officers of Public Safety, who believe the graffiti was done on either March 9 or March 10, according to Public Safety Director Angelo Martin.

“Such acts threaten the sense of safety and security for many members of our community,” Lemons wrote in the email. “This is not acceptable and it weakens our connectedness to one another.”

In the email, Lemons also stated that actions would be taken to make sure members of the community are protected and that similar incidents will be thoroughly investigated.

“We have provided, and will continue to provide, opportunities for community conversation around these issues to create an open dialogue and reinforce our values,” he wrote. “We are collaborating with the Selinsgrove Ministerium and other groups to engage the local community in efforts to build a sense of greater safety for all.”

“Campus safety has been stepped up. We’ve added security cameras and lighting and improved existing lighting,” he added. “Public Safety officers are available to serve as escorts for anyone who feels unsafe.”

“Every single one of these we take very seriously and recognize the effect it could have on our students, faculty and staff,” Martin added regarding the threats.

In January, a public forum was held where members of the community could voice their concerns after similar incidents took place on campus. Panelists included Martin, members of the faculty, officers from the Pennsylvania State Police and Thomas Garlock, chief of the Selinsgrove Police Department.

One topic of discussion at the panel was the relationship Public Safety has with the local and state police and how all three cooperate to investigate similar incidents.

While there are no immediate plans for another forum, Martin said he is always open to the idea.

“We absolutely encourage our students, faculty and staff to come forward with information,” he added. “Even if they think it might not be helpful.”

New Title IX coordinator creates safe environment at SU

By Samantha McCoy Staff writer

Barbara Johnson is the new director of workforce diversity and inclusion as well as the Title IX coordinator for Susquehanna.

Included within the Human Resources Department, Johnson said that her title revolves mostly around sensitivity training with faculty and staff in terms of diversity and inclusion, but the position of Title IX coordinator ties her to the student body.

“My position is to make sure that Susquehanna falls into accordance with Title IX, as well as assisting students with sexual assault cases,” Johnson said. “We need to do everything we can to support students. We also must be aware of frequent Title IX changes, as well as keep track of nearby colleges for possible violations and revisit our system to make sure that we aren’t doing the same. So far no issues have come up.”

Johnson was born in Harlem, New York. Both of Johnson’s parents were born in Jamaica, and since her father was enrolled in the Air Force, she was able to travel frequently. She spent most of her childhood in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She went to Mercyhurst College with a dance major and minor in clothing and textiles.

“I didn’t imagine myself in this position at all,” Johnson said. “I had heard from so many adults about their major and work, and there was no distinct connection between the two, so I decided to major in something I loved and didn’t think twice about it. I did enjoy my choice, never transferred or changed my major and continued through my original idea to completion. Then I struggled with finding a job.”

Johnson’s first job was working as the director of programming for the YMCA. She was in charge of supervising the staff, such as the fitness programs, lifeguards, daycare and after school programs and summer camps.

Johnson said that she met someone involved in a position in charge of providing access to students wanting to volunteer, which inspired her to apply for a similar position at Carlow through the YMCA. The Dean of Students there offered Johnson a new position working as the director of multicultural programs.

“I had to create the position from scratch,” Johnson said. “I began research on intercultural dialogue and diversity…I grew the position in that office by the time I left it.”

From there, Johnson spent most of her adult life in Pittsburgh, raising two sons while she worked at Carlow. She also served on the Women and Gender Studies Committee and taught an intergroup dialogue class while at Carlow, specializing in individual social identities and how they engage with each other, as well as promoting mutual understanding.

While looking for open positions, she was contacted by Susquehanna’s search committee for the diversity and Title IX positions.

“Since my position is focused in [human resources], I primarily met with faculty and staff,” Johnson said.

She added, “I met with those who would have a connection with my work in [human resources] diversity and inclusion as well as those who work closely with Title IX, such as the director of counseling and the provost. I also met with some faculty from the women studies department. After that, I had a student-led tour of the campus. It’s funny, because I see him around campus now, and we always say hi. My interview was during the summer, so there weren’t many other students around to interact with.”

Johnson is looking forward to working with Susquehanna’s campus in order to improve students’ experiences when it comes to Title IX protections.

“This is a year of transition; I’m new, we have a new public safety director and Title IX investigator and we will have a new vice president of student affairs next year. Between the three of us we have to work together to keep what is good about Susquehanna as well asenhancing areas that are weak links. My role is in [human resources], so if there are ever any instances where students need more communication from the Title IX office or they are missing out on connection, we are very open to hearing about the students’ perspective. Often adults think that communication is met, but students may feel that we missed the loop,” Johnson said.

Johnson also wants to reassure students that they will continue to be protected due to certain developments with Title IX under the current federal government.

Johnson said: “Even as the new administration makes changes with Title IX as it currently exists, we have established a process that protects students regardless of gender identity and we will not drop that even as the government does.”

Johnson added: “All current proceedings of Title IX will be protected. The only difference is that if the government decides to eliminate the Office of Civil Rights, which guides Title IX, what could happen is that we wouldn’t have a government body saying that we are in violation of Title IX, but we will continue our own process to make sure all students feel safe.”

She continued, “We will also continue to receive guidance from the Violence Against Women Act, as well as the Clery Act, which has protections against stalking and dating violence.”

In addition to these protections, Johnson said that she has had prior training with Safe Zone in regard to helping her understand the nuanced language and dynamics of the LGBTQ+ community.

“A lot of people still don’t understand the language, and it can be intimidating if you aren’t a member of the community. Some faculty on campus have signs that say ‘All different, all are welcome here,’ which is from Safe Zone,” Johnson said.

Johnson wanted to remind all student that it is important to report any and all instances of sexual misconduct.

She also emphasized the importance of friend support.

“Often, if a student is experiencing or has experienced sexual misconduct, they almost always tell a friend rather than an adult,” Johnson said.

“It may not happen to you, but it can happen to your friends, so going through training or programming can allow you to help them and make our campus safer. Go to all the preventative and educational programs around violence and sexual misconduct, if not yourself, for a friend,” she added.

Johnson’s office is located in Room 103 of the Human Resources Center, which can be found on the first floor of Selinsgrove Hall.

Hawks fly south for baseball spring training

By Kirsten Hatton Staff writer

The Susquehanna baseball team spent its spring break in the sunshine state, as the team traveled to Port Charlotte, Florida to play eight games in seven days.

The week started off on a high note, as the River Hawks swept their double-header on March 12.

In the first game of the day, freshman Bobby Grigas pitched eight shutout innings to lead Susquehanna past No. 18 ranked Marietta 10-0.

Grigas allowed only three hits and struck out seven batters.

The River Hawks scored once in the first and added two more runs in the fourth, but broke the game open with three runs in the seventh and four runs in the ninth to seal the victory.

Senior first baseman Cory Fallon led the team with a two-run home run in the fourth inning and a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Senior right fielder Taylor Luckenbill, senior catcher Zach Leone and junior third baseman Cole Luzins each had two hits, while senior second baseman Danny Gordon scored three runs for the River Hawks.

Freshman Tyson Thrush closed the game with a shutout ninth inning to secure the victory for the River Hawks.

In game two of the double header against Denison, the River Hawks’ four-run seventh inning allowed them to break open the game to win 6-4.

Fallon doubled in the seventh along with singles from teammates Luckenbill and Gordon, and the River Hawks were able to score four runs off three errors by Denison.

Fallon pitched three strong relief innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out six batters.

Senior Liam Conboy pitched his way out of a jam in the ninth inning to earn the save and give the River Hawks two wins on the day.

On March 15, the River Hawks bounced back from two consecutive losses to collect a 6-5 victory over Amherst.

Leone started the day off with a two-run home run to put the River Hawks up 2-0.

The River Hawks added to their lead in the sixth when senior designated hitter Dylan Jenkins scored on a sacrifice fly and Fallon scored on an RBI single by sophomore center fielder Nick Berger.

Amherst scored four runs in the seventh to tie the game at four. Susquehanna responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh after a single by junior second baseman Cameron Ott, who scored on a pass ball.

In the top of the ninth, Amherst tied the game at five, forcing Susquehanna to bat again in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Fallon and freshman left fielder Justin Miller hit back-to-back doubles, but Fallon was held up at third. With one out, sophomore third baseman Ben Burman was intentionally walked.

The next batter was Berger. Berger hit the ball sharply to third but outran the double play attempt, as Fallon scored from third to win the game.

“We were able to have some guys step up and produce for us. It was good to not only get out on the field and play, but play some nationally ranked teams that helped us sharpen our skills,” Fallon said.

The team finished the week off with five wins in eight games.

A late season snow storm has affected the team’s upcoming schedule. The game against Rutgers-Camden originally scheduled for March 22 is now scheduled for Friday, March 24.

After that, they will face Scranton in a double-header on Saturday, March 25.

Tough defense gives Hawks edge over Eagles

By Alex Kurtz Sports editor

The Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team pulled out a close win in an 8-7 defensive battle on the road against Bridgewater on March 18.

Junior midfielder Alec Tzaneteas led the offensive attack for the River Hawks with four goals on the afternoon. Freshman attacker Preston Ouellette added two assists and one goal of his own.

Sophomore midfielder Joseph Acquaviva was a force on face offs, as he was able to win eight of the 12 he faced in the game.

On the defensive side, sophomore goalie Dylan Abplanalp made eight saves on 15 shots on goal; sophomore defender Dan Murphy collected four ground balls and junior defenseman Alex Weightman added two ground balls of his own.

The River Hawks were also able to kill off penalty minutes efficiently, as Bridgewater went 0-5 on man-up advantages.

Tzaneteas and Weightman also went on to sweep the weekly awards for Landmark Conference lacrosse honors. Tzaneteas took home offensive player of the week honors while Weightman earned defensive player of the week.

The two teams traded goals throughout the first three quarters of play.

Bridgewater scored first with 11:27 left to play in the first quarter on an unassisted goal by senior attacker Chris Voorhees, but Susquehanna evened the score on an unassisted goal of its own from sophomore midfielder Jake Smolokoff with just 35 seconds left in the quarter to make the score 1-1.

After a defensive battle in the second quarter, the River Hawks got the better of the Eagles going into the half as sophomore midfielder Erik Lanyi scored with an assist from Smolokoff to make the score 2-1 Susquehanna.

After the half, Bridgewater was quick to respond, tying the game at two with an unassisted goal from junior midfielder Daniel Brown.

Tzaneteas scored his first goal of the game just six minutes later and, after another Voorhees goal, scored his second of the quarter to give the River Hawks a 4-3 lead going into the final quarter of play.

Tzaneteas continued his offensive surge just 2:07 into the fourth quarter with a goal off an Ouellette assist to make the score 5-3. The goal also gave Tzaneteas a hat trick.

Bridgewater matched Tzaneteas’ hat trick with one of its own however, as Voorhees added his third goal just four minutes later to bring the Eagles within one.

Susquehanna did not allow them to close the gap any further, as Ouellette added a goal off an assist from senior attacker Chet McLaughlin and senior midfielder James Harabedian scored an unassisted goal to push the lead to 7-4 River Hawks with just 6:43 to play.

Voorhees was not done though. He scored again for his fourth goal of the game off an assist from sophomore attacker Sean MacLeish just twenty seconds after Harabedian’s goal to narrow the score to 7-5.

Almost four minutes later however, Tzaneteas, not to be outdone, also scored his fourth goal of the game off another Ouellette assist. The goal proved to be the game-winner, pushing the score to 8-5.

Bridgewater rallied late for two more goals, one from junior attacker Blake Mann and the other from freshman midfielder Justin Calabrese, but it would not be enough, as Susquehanna held on for the 8-7 win.

On March 22, the team suffered its second loss of the season, falling 9-5 to Eastern.

Up next for the River Hawks will be a trip to Elizabethtown on Saturday, March 24 for their first conference matchup of the season.

Susquehanna finished 5-1 in the conference last season, before falling to Catholic at home in a Landmark Conference semi-final matchup.

Rabiecki scores five as Hawks defeat DeSales

By Alex Kurtz Sports Editor

The Susquehanna women’s lacrosse team cruised to a 15-4 victory on the road over DeSales on March 22.

Susquehanna jumped out to an 6-1 lead in the first ten minutes of the game, before taking an 8-1 lead into the halftime break.

The River Hawks dominated DeSales on the offensive end, as they outshot the Bulldogs 36-20.

Junior attacker Caroline Rabiecki led the offensive push for the River Hawks with five goals on the afternoon.

Freshman goalkeeper Libby Dex made 10 saves on the 14 shots she faced and took home her fourth win of the season.

Defensively, Susquehanna was also strong as DeSales was limited to seven shots in the second half. They also forced 24 turnovers and picked up 29 ground balls.

DeSales also had a tough time on clear attempts, only managing to clear four out of 12 attempts, whereas Susquehanna effeciently converted 15-27 clear attempts.

Junior midfielder Brooke Burnett led the River Hawks with three turnovers on the afternoon.

Scoring was kicked off just three minutes into the contest with Rabiecki’s first goal of the game, but DeSales answered almost immediately to tied the score at 1-1.

Susquehanna scored their first goal in an eventual seven-goal run just a minute later. Rabiecki scored her second in the run, and freshman midfielder Mel Barracato and senior attacker Liv Cohn scored two goals as well.

DeSales stopped the bleeding for a moment with two scores on free-postion shots in three minutes, but the River Hawks responded with another run, this time scoring five goals.

Cohn and Barracato each added another goal to give them each a hat trick, and freshman attackers Christine Hoerman and Stephanie Dowling added a goal of their own in the late run.

With the win, the River Hawks improve to 4-3 on the season while DeSales falls to 2-5.

Susquehanna will open up Landmark Conference play Saturday, March 25 at home against Elizabthtown. The game starts at 1 p.m. Last year the River Hawks earned a 4-2 record in the conference.