Club hosts fundraiser to help revitalize presence

By Zachary Bonner, Asst. News Editor 

Many clubs on campus have used fundraising to bring exposure to their organizational goals, but one club at Susquehanna is using fundraising to revitalize interest in their group.

Geo Club, a club that has existed at Susquehanna since the ‘60’s, is using fundraising events to let members of the campus community that they are still involved and are looking to do more.

Zach Groce, co-president of the club, says that Geo Club is a good place for people who are looking to learn more about the environment and get involved in hiking and camping trips.

They most recently went on a camping and hiking trip to Loyalsock State Forest, located in northeastern Pennsylvania. The forest is a total of 114,552 acres and stretches across three counties.

The club spent time hiking the state forest’s trails during the day and while settling down to camp at night.

“It was really nice to hike there because it was relatively deserted,” said club co-president, junior Dan Morris, “We were isolated out there.”

In the past, the club has done environmental work for the local community. They utilize a connection with the Selinsgrove Borough Council and plant trees all over Selinsgrove with the Selinsgrove Shade Tree Commission.

The club has also adopted a whale and a manatee to support their well-being through fundraising over the past year and a half.

“The club is a mix of hiking, camping, and good friends,” said Groce. “Those things seem to always be a good combination.”

In the past the club has visited the Ard’s Farm where they utilized the locations corn maze and their pumpkin patch. Each member took home a pumpkin to decorate as they so wished.

Other trips have included an excursion to the Lancaster Wolf Sanctuary, Shikellamy Outlook and the Isle of Que.

The outdoor styled Geo Club meets on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Natural Sciences Center, however they are actively searching for a new room.

They are currently doing a gift basket raffle to fundraise for prospective trips to Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.

Representatives from the club will be selling tickets in the basement of the Degenstein Campus Center from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27.

Upcoming meetings will contain future fundraising preparations by club members and differing topics throughout the semester such as a distinct look at insects and their effects on the environment.

“The club has changed a lot in the past year and a half,” said Morris. “It has undergone good changes and is a fun place for anyone to enjoy.”

To join Geo Club, you can contact Morris, Groce, secretary, junior Julie Gomez, or associate professor of earth and environmental science Derek Straub

Zeta Tau Alpha hosts “Think Pink” week for breast cancer awareness

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff Writer

During the week of Oct. 23 to Oct. 27, the members of the Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) began Think Pink week with Drink Pink on Monday.

The fundraiser, in which the members of ZTA served pink lemonade, gave out pink ribbons, and took donations, took place outside of the Degenstein Campus Center, and ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to the ZTA members running the fundraiser, the goal was to spread breast cancer awareness and education, which ZTA president Kelly Sweeney reiterated.

“Our philanthropy is breast cancer awareness,” she said, which ZTA does through its association with Bright Pink, the sole national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, the American Cancer Association, and the National Football League.

ZTA began their effort during the football game on Saturday, where they managed to raise a total of $160. By mid-week, they had raised $500.

“Between Homecoming and Drink Pink we earned $500, and we’re projecting another $1,500 from ticket sales for the spaghetti dinner,” Sweeney said.

“We’re projecting $2,000 by the time the dinner happens,” Sweeney added. “It’s looking like a pretty successful Think Pink week.”

ZTA continued Think Pink week with the “I Think Pink For…” chalkboard on the Degenstein Campus Center lawn on Tuesday.

Students were able to write down who they thought “pink” about. There was a Think Pink photo booth in lower level of the campus center and Mellon Lounge on Wednesday.

The spaghetti dinner took place on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the practice football field next to the tennis courts.

Junior Evan Anderson said, “Despite the cold it was still worth going to [the spaghetti dinner] and show support for such a worthy cause.”

Tickets to the spaghetti dinner were sold all throughout the week, $6 if it was bought from a ZTA sister, and $8 if purchased at the door.

Senior Andrew Van Woert said: “Not only was the meal awesome but so was their cause.”

“As a fellow Greek their goal and drive for philanthropy embody what we all should strive to accomplish,” he continued.

Closing out Think Pink week on Friday is the “Think Pink, Know the Risk” event, where a guest speaker from the Thyra M. Humphries Center for Breast Health will be visiting and hosting a workshop at 5:30 p.m. in Faylor Hall.

“I’ve been very impressed with our Think Pink chair,” said Sweeney on Wednesday, “And I’m very excited to see how the rest of the week will go.”

Junior Ryan Carter felt touched after the week’s events. “I found it very inspiring that the members of ZTA put in all their effort this week to raise money for a problem that affects so many people.”

In the Spring, ZTA will be hosting another event, Big Man on Campus to promote awareness for breast cancer.

Details for this year’s will become available as the event approaches.

Let’s Talk series provides insight on the termination of DACA

By Alanna Dent, Staff Writer 

This week’s installment of the Let’s Talk series held the goal of educating students on the significance of DACA and the effects caused by it’s termination.

The event was standing room only since it had attracted students, educators, and even the newly inaugurated president, Jonathan Green.

The Center for Intercultural and Community Engagement, The Johnson Center for Civic Engagement, and the Association for Latino and American Students combined forces on Tuesday to bring political science department head Michele DeMary and associate professor of history Maria Munoz to the Shearer Dining Rooms located in Degenstein Campus Center on Oct. 24. The purpose of this luncheon was to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

According to Georgetown Law, “DACA provides a 2-year deferment from deportation actions and provides eligibility for a work permit.” There are requirements for participation, such as a requirement that prohibits applicants with a criminal record, as well as a requirement that every applicant must have completed high school, or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces.

DeMary acknowledged the fact that the program has been terminated by President Trump, but made it clear that “congress makes laws, not presidents.”

She also explained that President Trump gave a six month deadline to congress to work on the program.

According to DeMary, after this six month deadline, the future is unclear for those who have benefited from DACA.

“It doesn’t mean people are necessarily going to be deported, but it makes it much more possible for them to be deported.”

DeMary finished her portion of the event by encouraging the attendees to contact their legislators and urge them to make a pathway toward citizenship for those who have been involved in the program.

Munoz joined the conversation by moving away from the legislation itself and focusing on those who are affected by it. Munoz stated: “We are talking about a cross-racial mobilization as well. It’s not just Latinos, it’s Asian populations, it’s black populations, and to a small degree it’s white populations as well, [meaning] people from Europe.”

Munoz stated that these people are affected ways that we do not often think about. She says that in many states, there are laws that prohibit the government profit of any undocumented citizens.

While discussing colleges, Munoz stated: “They are not eligible for grants, federal grants, state grants, or loans.”

Partially because of this, Munoz spoke to the attendees of the luncheon about Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix.

These two women were undocumented citizens who were studying to earn doctoral degrees when they were killed in a car accident. The two women were heroes of the Undocumented and Unafraid, a movement for young undocumented individuals to advocate for the changes they need.

Munoz showed a brief video about Tran and Felix,titled“Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran, Cinthya Felix, and the Immigrant Youth Movement.”

In this video, we see Tran share her personal experience of being an undocumented citizen. Tran states that her parents escaped the Vietnam war by escaping to Germany, where she was born. Shortly after, they moved to America to reunite with family.

“Once we got here, we applied for political asylum,” Tran said. “Well on the day of my high school graduation, and after living here for 12 years, our petition was denied. We were given a deportation order, but Germany wouldn’t accept us because we’re not German.”

When asked about her experience at the Let’s Talk, senior Lauren Perone said: “It was amazing to see so many people in a packed room and seeing people from different organizations and clubs coming together and talking about what is going on in the world.”

DeMary holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University as well as a doctoral degree from The University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Munoz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of La Verne, a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, as well as a doctoral degree from Arizona.

Homecoming weekend officially welcomes new president

By Kyle Kern, Co-Editor in Cheif 

Following a break from school and being on break Susquehanna hosted a series of events starting the students time back on campus.

The Homecoming events at Susquehanna was held this past weekend starting on Oct. 20 and featuring several different activities.

There were events and activities along the lines of music, festivities, sports, and official ceremonies. Of the more historic events was the inauguration of Susquehanna’s fifteenth president.

President Jonathan Green was inaugurated during the afternoon on Oct. 20. President Green is the fifteenth president of Susquehanna University.

During the inauguration, the speakers presenting made references to how long it had been since the last inauguration, in February 2001 when former President L. Jay Lemons was inaugurated.

During the morning there was a panel for the delegates from around the nation, including various sister educational institutions.

Also, student delegates and other guests participated in a luncheon in honor of President Green’s inauguration in the Garret Sport Complex.

During the luncheon students got to interact with SU alumi, the guests, and other invited special delegates.

After the luncheon the delegates and students that had attended were clothed in ceremonial robes and proceeded to line up on Kurtz lane.

The precession filed into the Weber Chapel. Leading the procession was a line of students carrying the flags representing Go Abroad trips that

Susquehanna offers to students. Remarks were made from the board of trustees, a provost, a representative from the Selinsgrove borough, and the Susquehanna religious community. Once President Green was officially bestowed his position, he gave some remarks upon being instituted as the fifteenth president.

Following the inauguration there was a reception with refreshments in the Garret Sports Complex. Everyone was invited to attend and interact as a campus community.

In the evening there was a homecoming themed dance held at Trax, sponsored by two organizations: the Students Activities Committee and the Student Government Association.

The event featured music by the Victoria Watts Band and featured a revealing of the Homecoming Court.

Throughout the week there had been voting on who would be the homecoming court for each class, in which there were more than 15 nominations for almost all the classes. The first-year class was exempt from this activity.

On Oct. 21 the home football game versus undefeated Ursinus College was a gather- ing spot for alumnae.

There were tents set up near the field with food and activities for children as well. The Homecoming court was presented at the halftime of the game, following the presentation the River Hawk’s won the game 21 to 14.

Sigma Ghamma Rho also hosted their Homecoming BBQ at their house on the University Avenue housing row. There was food, games, drinks and music. President Green even made an appearance, joining in with the festivities.

Throughout the entire day, there was a musical festival held at the Smith Lawn between Kurtz Lane and Smith Hall. Various student organizations like Harmonic Combustion performed at the event.

At the event there was a large white tent that was set up to accommodate the guests and students. There was a full course meal and various drinks served to the participants.

Faculty Lounge, comprising of professor of history David Imhoof, Co-department head of English and creative writing Lawrence Roth, Adjunct Faculty English Louie Land, Bucknell associate professor of philosophy Pete Groff and professor of music Patrick Long also showcased their skills. Their performance ended with the German version of “I am Believer”.

The Susquehanna campus will be featuring different Halloween theme events.

Men’s soccer gets shutout at home

By Kalyn Albers, Staff Writer

The Susquehanna men’s soccer team dropped a 4-0 loss to 23rd-ranked Drew University on Saturday in Selinsgrove.

With their eleventh-straight win, the Rangers were able to secure a home game and berth in the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament.

Sophomore forward Andy Imoh started scoring off for the Rangers by taking a pass from sophomore forward Tyler Kwaak and putting it past Susquehanna’s sophomore goalkeeper Matt Ellingworth to make the score 1-0.

Imoh scored another goal just six minutes later to make the score 2-0 in favor of Drew.

Ellingworth was able to stop a penalty kick attempt in the 21st minute from Imoh but senior forward Benjamin Audi was able to put a corner kick on target to set up teammate Anthony Mcmyne for the third goal of the game for Drew.

Susquehanna did not get their first shot of the game until the 27th minute when junior midfielder Eric Dempsey hit the crossbar. It would be only one of three shots on goal for the River Hawks on the day.

Scoring would become dormant for the rest of the first half and Drew would not add to their score until early in the second half. Sophomore defender Matt Asante scored the only goal of the second half in the 55th minute to make the score the eventual 4-0 final.

Ellingworth had five saves throughout the entire game stopping many scoring opportunities for the Rangers. Drew sophomore goalkeeper Jason Adamo recorded his eighth shutout of the season.

The River Hawks struggled all day with fouls, as they racked up a staggering 16 fouls compared to Drew’s total of seven fouls.

Drew also managed to triple Susquehanna shots on goal during the day, and Imoh had more shots than the River Hawks had on goal (5-3).

With the loss, Susquehanna dropped to 4-8-2 on the sea- son and 2-2-1 in conference play, while Drew improved their perfect record to 14-0-1 and 5-0-0 in conference play.

The River Hawks return to action on Saturday, Oct. 21 where they head on the road to play conference-foe Elizabethtown. Game time starts at 4:30 p.m for Susquehanna.

The Blue Jays come into the game riding a three-game win streak with wins over Catholic, Penn St.-Berks, and Goucher, where the latter was a 1-0 win.

Blue Jays junior Gilbert Waso returned to the lineup since being shelfed with an injury since Sept. 30 and delivered with the only goal of the game for Elizabethtown in the 25th minute when he faked a pass and proceeded to shoot the ball past Goucher goalkeeper Danield Hendry for the unassisted goal.

Elizabethtown currently sits at 8-5-1 on the season and is tied with the River Hawks with a 2-2-1 conference record.

Their last loss came at the hands of Landmark Conference-foe Scranton at the end of September when the Royals gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 loss.

Elizabethtown has also been much more successful on the road than they have at the friendly confines of their home turf as the Blue Jays have a 5-1- 0 record on the road compared to a 2-3-1 record at home.

The game will be a must win for the River Hawks if they want to keep their Landmark Conference playoffs hope alive, especially with Elizabethtown having a better overall record despite having the same conference record.

Reese finishes 10th at Invitational

By Rachael Cataldo, Staff Writer

Sophomore Erin Reese was the first River Hawk to cross the finish line for the Susquehanna University Women’s Cross Country team leading the team to a ninth place finish at the Gettysburg Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Reese placed 10th overall out of almost 300 runners with a time of 23:07.6 on the 6K course. Next to cross the finish line was senior Kailyn Reilly, finishing with a time of 23:53.2 to place 22nd.

Senior Hannah Stauffer was the third to finish in 38th place with a time of 24:25.2. Sophomore Emily Eck (111th) and freshman Marissa Kleman (113th) rounded out the scoring for the team.

The College of New Jersey took home the team championship title scoring 36 points with five runners in the top- 20. Susquehanna scored 269 points. The River Hawks finished ahead of 22 other teams in the 31-team race.

Meanwhile on the men’s side, Senior Kyle Skelton was the top finisher for the River Hawks with a time of 27:42.6 to lead the team to a 15th place finish out of 25 teams.

Skelton finished in 44th place while senior Eric Pressler was next to finish in 76th place with a time of 28:32.9. Junior Ciaran Fisher finished in 81st place with a time of 28:41.0. Freshman Jake Menchey (116th) and Sophomore Brandon Sorge (117th) rounded out the scoring for the River Hawks.

The College of New Jersey was also the top collegiate team on the men’s side with a final score of 54 points. Susquehanna scored 434 points.

The Women’s and Men’s Cross Country teams return to action tomorrow at the Ashley Tomlinson Alumni Meet at home on Homecoming Weekend in final preparation for the Landmark Championship race Oct. 28 at Juniata College.

“The run is named after a cross country alumni who was tragically killed in a car crash shortly after her graduation,” head coach Martin Owens said.

An Ashley Tomlinson Award was started for a runner from the women’s team who exemplified the qualities Ashley demonstrated during her time on the team.

“Ashley was never among the top runners on the team but she was one of the most supportive members of the team. Her family has remained supportive of the program. After the completion of the Sassafras Field project, I contacted the family about naming the alumni run in her honor. It is a fun event where the current team runs with/against the alumni,” Owens said.

The event is not scored. The current cross country teams will not be racing. However, Owens said the team will be “completing a threshold workout in preparation for the Landmark Championships the following weekend.”

At last year’s Landmark Conference championship meet hosted by Moravian College, the Women’s Cross Country team finished in 3rd place, while the Men’s Cross Country team finished in 5th place.

“The focus for these next two weeks is just going to be to stay strong mentally and physically, and to be smart with training,” Reese said.

“Both teams have runners that can challenge for top 5 positions in the conference as well as runners who could earn Landmark Conference Honors on either the 1st (top 7) or 2nd (8-14) teams,” Owens said.

“Overall, you go into the meeting wanting to improve upon last year’s performances. I believe both teams are ready for that and it is just time to go out and let it happen,” Owens said

Barkley is best RB in the nation

By Alex Kurtz, Sports Editor

“You think he’s the real deal?” Nick Forbes asks as he casually eats a chicken tender from Benny’s before our general staff meeting for The Quill on Tuesdays.

“I’ll put it this way, I haven’t seen a college running back cut like that since Reggie Bush, and he can power clean 405 pounds. His speed and size is freakish. He’s special,” I said.

This conversation was right before the start of Saquon Barkley’s sophomore season, and well before Penn State was on anyone’s radar. They were 7-6 the year before, coach James Franklin was on the hot seat, and they lost starting QB Christian Hackenberg to the NFL draft.

Barkley, on the other hand, was coming off of a succesful freshman campaign where he rushed for over 1000 yards and he remained one of the few bright spots on a team with a coach on the hot seat, no stability on the offensive line and at quarterback with unproven Trace McSorley taking over the at the helm.

Fast forward a year later and Penn State is now the defending Big 10 champions, is now number two in the country, and hosting Michigan. Penn State was also featured on College Gameday this week with Barkley currently the front-runner to win the coveted Heisman Trophy.

While I saw this coming, not many other people did unless you watched the abysmal trainwreck that was the Nittany Lions during Barkley’s freshman year.

His size and speed are unlike any back to come out in years, and if you ask people whose even a close comparison, they struggle to find one.

Barkley’s stats, other than all-purpose yards where he is first in the FBS, are good but not standout, but stats do not come close to telling the absolute full story of the now- junior running back. Watch him on any given Saturday and you will see at least one or two plays that will make you sit back and say “Wow, this kid is really special.”

Barkley is a once in a generation player, and I plead with you to go watch him play against Michigan this weekend. You will not regret it. There is a reason he is the front runner for the Heisman, and that reason is because he is the best running back in college football.

Ott leads SU to win over Moravian

By Kyle Kern, Co-Editor in Chief 

The Susquehanna football team won 28-21 on the road against the Moravian Greyhounds on Oct. 7. The Susquehanna River Hawks hoped to find an easy match for the week, but the winless Greyhounds almost matched the River Hawks point-for-point.

On both sides of the ball, the Susquehanna were over-powering the Greyhounds with over 400 yards of offense but had two turnovers, while allowing just over 200 yards on defense.

The Moravian defense forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery, while also giving up a third of the yards to River Hawk senior running back Cameron Ott, who rushed for 111 yards, a touchdown in the second quarter and one reception for eight yards.

However, it didn’t start out the best way for the River Hawk offense as the first drive ended with an interception by Moravian. The River Hawks were able to score off of a 20-yard pass from Ott to sophomore receiver Mitch Carsley for the first score of the game.

In return, the Moravian Offense capitalized off of a fumble recovered from the River Hawks and scored a touchdown off of a 34-yard pass to senior receiver Aaron Brown. This left the game tied, 7-7, with 5:11 left remaining in the first quarter.

The Ott touchdown came on the next drive. Ott capped off a drive that lasted into the second quarter, with 1-yard rush into the end-zone. On the same drive, Carsley was on the receiving end of multiple third-down completions that resulted in first downs.

On a fourth-down attempt late in the second quarter, the River Hawks were unable to reach a first down. The Greyhounds pounced on their chance to tie the score again, and scored a touchdown with a 16-yard pass to Brown again after marching 52 yards down the field.

In the third quarter, Susquehanna was able to re-take the lead for good. Mid-way through the third quarter, the River Hawks marched down the field for 65 yards on 10 plays and capped it off with a Nick Crusco 32-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Diamente Holloway.

Moravian did not answer during the third quarter and the fourth quarter opened with the score 21-14. Susquehanna scored for the last time early in the fourth quarter on a 71-yard drive ending in a 12-yard touchdown pass to Holloway. Crusco, who went 29- for-38 for 295 yards on the day and a pair of touchdowns, went 4-5 for 48-yards.

Moravian scored late in the fourth quarter off of a 1-yard quarterback run from freshmen Doug Erney. In order to try and tie the game up, the Greyhounds kicked short, but the ball was pounced on by River Hawk junior Jason Brougham. The River Hawks then proceeded to run out the clock to end the game.

The River Hawks improve to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the Centennial conference, while the Greyhounds remain winless at 0-6 overall (0-5 Centennial).

The next game for the River Hawks will be at home during Homecoming. They will face undefeated Ursinus College, 6-0, on Oct. 21 starting at 1 p.m. Ursinus ended the John Hopkins Blue Jays 45-game regular season winning streak back on Sept. 30.

Pitman hat trick leads field hockey to victory

By Alex Kurtz, Sports Editor 

Thanks to a hat trick from sophomore attack Hunter Pitman, the Susquehanna field hockey team improved to 8-7 on the season with a 3-0 win over Randolph-Macon.

With her performance, Pitman also improved her team- leading amount of goals to 14.

Sophomore goal keeper Emily DiGaetano recorded the shutout win for the River Hawks. She recorded nine saves on the day.

Scoring started early for the River Hawks as Pitman put in her first goal of the game just 1:35 into the game.

The score would be the only one of the half and Susquehanna would go into halftime with a 1-0 lead over the non-conference foe.

In the second half, Pitman would record her second goal of the game in the 56th minute on a rebound from her own initial shot to give the sophomore her second unassisted score of the game.

Pitman would finish her hat trick with just seven seconds left when senior midfielder Cayla Spatz set her up with pass at the top of the circle for her final score.

Dispite the appearance of a blowout, the game was much closer than it appeared.

Both teams were close in shots on goal (11-9 Susquehanna), saves (9-6 Susquehanna), and fouls (14-13 Susquehanna).

The only major difference in stats was in penalty corners, where the River Hawks had eight compared to the three from Randolph-Macon.

Susquehanna returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 21 where they take on Landmark Conference-foe Elizabethtown at home. It will also be senior day for the River Hawks on Saturday.

Five seniors: defenseman Julia Hasircoglu, attack Jordan Burkepile, defensman Abbey Kemble, goal keeper Courtney Purnell, and mid-fielder Cayla Spatz will be honored during the pre-game ceremony at midfield.

The Blue Jays come into the game with a 7-8 record (3-2 Landmark) and are com- ing off a 3-1 loss to Rowan.

Rowan (10-5) started the half off strong as they were able to score three goals in the first half, and the Blue Jays were not able to come back despite adding one goal in the second half from a re-direct from graduate-student Charity Good.

Last season, the River Hawks fell to the Blue Jays 6-4 during their matchup in the regular season, and then fell once again in the Landmark Conference Championships 1-0 in a double-over- time heartbreaker.

Rolling the Fordyce: SU’s new field hockey head coach

By Dylan Smith, Contributing Writer 

Not only are you met by a bright smile from Susquehanna’s first year field hockey head coach Allison Fordyce as you walk into her office, you are met with a poster from Lou Holtz that reads, “Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” This isn’t just a motto for Fordyce, it’s a way of life.

Coach Fordyce and her field hockey River Hawks are currently 8-7 with a 2-3 Landmark Conference record in their 2017 campaign (as of 10/9/17). There is nothing short of hard work and determination within the club, which is something that their new head coach values and embodies. Every game is a new challenge that Fordyce loves to face.

“I love the grind, and I tell my players, it’s FGD, [explicit] game day. There is nothing like it. I love the challenge of game day and trying to figure it out,” she said. With a little chuckle, “However, when we lose, no one wants to be around me.”

One challenge that she overcame in her life was when she collapsed after her second marathon and had a kidney failure.

“I got to mile 18 and I felt this burning on my insides and in my back. Through the rest of the race, I was practically hunched over,” Fordyce said.

“By the time I got to two-tenths of a mile and saw [my husband] Brad [Fordyce], he dragged me to the finish. After I hit the finish line, I collapsed.”

“But I had to finish.”

When Cayla Spatz, a senior midfielder who has been with the team for the last four years, talked about Fordyce’s encounter with kidney failure, she said Fordyce is all about “mental toughness and powering through to the end.”

“She is encouraging us to work hard and be mentally tough game in and game out,” Spatz said.

Fordyce, a Street, Maryland native, said that a lot of her work ethic comes from the way she was raised. “My parents were strict, but were teachers and hard workers, smart people,” she said, “We never had a Saturday off living on a farm.”

That hard work mentality has never left her side especially in her time at Towson University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in sports management.

“I found my identity and confidence through [field hockey and lacrosse]. If I put extra time outside of practice, I can get faster, and that preparation can make a difference on the outcome of your own performance,” she said.

Part of her dedication of her 20 year career includes long days analyzing the video recordings of their games. Fordyce, with a huge smile, said “I will stay here until midnight to watch film.” This rings true as Kaitlyn Wahila, Fordyce’s predecessor from 2007-2016 said that Fordyce is not a “nine-to-five coach. She gets right back to work after putting dinner on the table and putting the kids to bed. We’ll be texting at 11 or 12 o’clock at night talking about film.”

“There is so much respect for her and the way she balances being a mom and a coach. She has been one of my mentors because of that,” Wahila said. “It was comfortable for me to leave the team in her hands when I had my first child because she made it so easy for me.”

When it came to coaching styles, Wahila focused more on the individual skill and Fordyce on the game plan, which led them to a 15-4 record and a Landmark Conference Championship game last season.

Former SU head coach Wahila said, “[Fordyce] always had a strategy, a tactical game plan for each opponent we played, and a lot of that stems from living with a football coach.”

Former Susquehanna University defensive coordinator and current Dickinson College head football coach Brad Fordyce, along with many others, said “passion and dedication” are common attributes of his wife.

“She loves it all; the work, energy, time, she embodies the word passionate,” Fordyce said of his wife. “She finds a way to fix things and works tirelessly at it.”

It has not been the easiest of roads for the Allison and Brad Fordyce over the course of their respective careers. Despite, balancing three kids on top over 130 students combined, both stressed that everyone makes sacrifices for what they love.

Just after graduating from Towson in 1998, Allison Fordyce had to make a decision: become the athletic director of a community college in Maryland or go for her Master’s degree at McDaniel College. As a 22 year old, she became the athletic director of Harford Community College.

She spent five years as Athletic Director and head coach of both women’s Field Hockey and women’s Lacrosse but gave up the position to get back on the sidelines full time and to support her husband’s dream of becoming a head football coach.

Allison took the head coaching job at the College of Notre Dame

from 2004-2005 before she went on to be the head coach of both field hockey and the inaugural women’s lacrosse team at York College from 2005-2007.

After finally getting back on the sideline, she met another de- tour in her head coaching dream when Brad was offered the defensive coordinator position at Susquehanna. *Cue the Susquehanna connection*

Allison Fordyce became the assistant coach of the women’s lacrosse team, only to also take over as an assistant for field hockey here at Susquehanna a year later alongside Wahila up until Wahila’s departure in 2017.

For the second time, Fordyce was ready to put her dreams on hold of becoming head coach when her husband took the head coaching position at Dickinson. But something within Fordyce felt that she needed just one more season of being “jacked up” during game days.

“After months and years of wondering “What am I doing?’” things started to pan out at the right time for Fordyce and she “just couldn’t leave.”

“It’s crazy how everything works out” Fordyce said. “It’s so satisfying to have this position, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Not even for another day of peace and quiet.”