SU has strong finishes at Invitational Tourney

By Kayla Brown, Staff Writer

Women’s tennis teams from all over Pennsylvania traveled to King’s College for the last tournament of the summer season, the King’s College Invitational Tournament, on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.

This year’s team has a variety of students from each grade. It consists of four fresh- men, Nicole Brintzenhoff of Coopersburg, Pa; Hannah Maykut of Bethlehem, Pa; Kallie Honstine of Huntingdon, Pa and Christina Rudderow of Blandon Pa, two seniors, Linsey Sipple and Julia Spear as well as three juniors and four sophomores.

The team is led by head coach Duke Fravel, and assistant coach Aimee Snyder.

During this tournament, the freshmen put on a show worth watching with many impressive wins and tight matches. Rudderow and Maykut made it to the finals in the number four bracket following a walkover in the semis, due to an injury or an opponent not showing up. This freshmen duo defeated Marywood 8-2 and won the No. 4 doubles bracket.

Individually, Rudderow and Maykut were still as strong, in brackets five and seven, respectively, with each making it to the finals.

Rudderow went down 1-0 after the first set. The second set was looking similar until she fought her way back, tying it up. However, despite her best efforts, she was beaten 7-6 in the final set and did not claim the title.

Maykut, other the hand, faced what appeared to be a losing set in the semis. She went down in one set, but the freshmen at Susquehanna have proven that when things are tough, they never go down without a fight.

She came back from behind and tied up the last set, then pulled out the win, sending her to the finals. In the finals, she went down 6-3 and 6-4, taking the title just out of her grasp.

Her fellow freshman, Nicole Brintzenhoff, made it to the finals after a few easy wins in the first round and the semis. After easier matches, she dropped two sets, 6-4 and 6-0, losing in the title match right along with her teammates.

Sipple and Spear made it to the semis individually, but neither made it farther than that.

Sipple teamed up with junior Abigail Ransom in the number one doubles bracket, making it past the first round and into the semis where they fell just short of the finals.

Spear teamed up in a duo with junior Cassey Fox making it to the semis.

However, that match resulted in another loss for the Susquehanna duos.

The season has just begun, but the strong finishes from this tournament will be a great starting point for the women’s tennis team, especially with a bunch of strong performances from first-year players.

The River Hawks will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 17 where they go on the road to face Lebanon Valley. Game time for the River Hawks is at 1 p.m.

Men’s soccer loses to Stockton team

By Andrew Porzio, Staff Writer

In an extremely physical game for the River Hawks Men’s Soccer team, sophomore midfielder Max Maidenberg scored the only goal as Susquehanna fell 3-1 to the visiting Stockton team.

Stockton got on the board with just ten minutes left in the first half when junior mid-fielder Eucario Solano beat Susquehanna goalkeeper Matt Ellingworth with a shot that just tucked into the bottom corner of the goal.

Less than three minutes later, the Ospreys got on the board again to push the score to 2-0 heading into halftime.

Stockton scored again early in the second half to increase the lead to 3-0 before Maidenberg scored the lone tally for Susquehanna to make the final score 3-1 in favor of the op- posing team, the Ospreys.

It was a very physical game from start to finish as the official handed out five total cards in the game, including three penalty red cards.

Susquehanna’s senior defenseman Brennan Colby received a red card in the first half for allegedly elbowing a Stockton defender before a corner kick and freshman midfielder Dakota Dobrovich-Fago received a red card in 76th minute. Stockton’s Drew Ruble also received a red for his involvement in an on-field scuffle between players from both teams. Both players were suspended one game as a result of the encounter.

Maidenberg led the River Hawks in shots on the day with two and Ellingworth led the team in saves with two. Susquehanna dropped to 1-3 after the loss and Stockton improved to 4-0.

The River Hawks also played a non-conference game on Sunday, Sept. 10 against Lebanon Valley, where they finished in a 1-1 tie.

Susquehanna held off a strong attack from Lebanon Valley, who put twice as many shots on goal and had eight more corner kicks than the River Hawks.

Ellingworth started in goal for Susquehanna and finished the game with seven saves.

Senior forward Ryan Cronin led the team in shots on goal with four.

Sophomore forward Joey Dell’Estate scored the first goal for the River Hawks after putting in a header off of a corner kick from Maidenberg in the 31st minute to give the River Hawks a 1-0 lead. The goal was also the first on the season for Dell’Estate.

Lebanon Valley then finally got back on the board in the 70th minute with a goal from Austin Freeman off of an assist from Kazuya Hirano. The goal was also Freeman’s first goal of the season.

The game would eventually go into two overtimes before ending in the draw.

Lebanon Valley had the only shot on goal in the first overtime, but Ellingworth made the save and the game would go into the second and final overtime.

In the second overtime, Lebanon Valley once again came out firing, but the Susquehanna defense was able to hold on to finish the game with a 1-1 tie.

Freeman had a chance to add his second goal of the game and win the game for Lebanon Valley, but once again Ellingworth came up with the save in the 106th minute.

Susquehanna will return to action on Sept. 16 where they go on the road to face Arcadia. Game time is 12 p.m.

Volleyball beats nationally ranked Mary Washington 3-1

By Mel Barracto, Staff Writer

Susquehanna women’s volleyball defeated nationally ranked Mary Washington last weekend with a 3-1 victory in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Mary Washington came into the game ranked seventh in the country according to the AVCA National Poll.

After having lost 3-0 to Berry College with match scores of 25-13, 25-18, and 25-10, the River Hawks came back to defeat Mary Washington’s team in set scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25- 18 and 25-23.

Senior Morgan Lowe finished the game with 16 kills and a total of 45 on the weekend. Sophomore Hannah Lyons added 13 kills of her own in the Mary Washington game and 19 total for the weekend.

Freshman Sydney Portale added 8 kills and sophomore Natalie Arm and junior Tara Mahoney both had 6 kills apiece in the game against Mary Washington.

Freshman Gabby Davis had 44 assists in the game and Caroline Beohm added 2 of her own. Beohm also had 14 digs as did Lowe. Freshman Lizzie Herestofa had 12 digs and sophomore Kasey Bost had 7 digs of her own.

This game puts Susquehanna at a record of 4-4 as they previously defeated UMass-Boston, Randolph-Macon, and Hardin-Simmons and lost to Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas-Tyler, Averett along with their loss to Berry College the day before.

After such a successful season last year, head Coach Kuuipo Tom is happy with how the team is performing but would like to see a little more consistency in upcoming matches.

“We’ve been trying to work with several different combinations to see what stays consistent,” Coach Tom said.

“One thing we are very consistent with is Morgan Lowe,” he later said of the talented senior from Lancaster, PA.

“When we are having our- selves some struggles she’s a good go-to person that helps us get through the hard times,” Coach Tom said.

Lowe also picked up the Landmark Conference Volleyball Player of the Week thanks to her 20 kill performance in both the Randolph-Macon game and Averett game on Friday and her strong game against Mary Washington.

The River Hawks also played in their home opener this on Wednesday against Dickinson, where they picked up a 3-0 win.

Susquehanna got the sweep with set scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-17.

Lowe led the team with 13 kills, while Lyons contributed nine of her own alongside a .562 hitting percentage.

Freshman Helen Forman led the team with 21 assists and Herestofa added nine digs.

Every player on the Susquehanna team saw game time in the route, although none of the sets were blowouts.

A big reason that Susquehanna was able to win was due to their strong defense, as they held Dickinson to an abysmal -.011 hitting percentage and added six blocks.

The River Hawks will be back in action on Friday as they start the annual Hampton Inn River Hawk Classic.

Last year, Susquehanna had a strong showing at the tournament, taking three out of the four games with their only loss coming at the hands of Geneva, who beat them in a five-set slugfest 3-2.

This year, the River Hawks will first face Stevenson on Friday in the 7 p.m. match, and will play Carnegie Mellon and Brockport on Saturday.

The Carnegie Mellon match starts at 12 p.m. while the Brockport match will conclude the tournament at 6 p.m.

The tournament will not be an easy one for the River Hawks as two of their opponents, Stevenson and Carnegie Mellon, currently have unbeaten records and Carneigie Mellon is also the #24 ranked team in the country.

Stevenson sits at 10-0 currently after defeating Mary- mount (Va.) 3-0 with set scores of 27-25, 25-19 and 28-26.

Carnegie Mellon on the other hand is coming off two wins on Sept.9. The first win came over N.C. Wesleyan 3-0 and the second came over Hiram 3-1. The team also has an impressive road win this season over #22 Ohio Northern, where they beat them 3-2.

Sophomore Kayla Yew were honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Yew led the team with 84 digs over the four matches that the Tartans played that week.

Brockport is also no slouch this season either. The team currently sits at 6-4 on the season but three of those losses have come at the hands of nationally- ranked DIII powerhouses. They also currently ride a three-game win streak into the tournament.

If Susquehanna can come out of the tournament with a 3-0 record, it could potentially jump them up in the national volleyball rankings.

Susquehanna continues their undefeated season

By Mel Barracato, Staff Writer

The Susquehanna women’s soccer team went on the road and came out with their second consecutive shutout victory, this time a 1-0 win over Albright College this Sunday.

Junior River Hawk forward Emily Sullivan scored the lone goal with just 16 seconds in regulation off a free kick opportunity from a foul on Albright senior Mairead Ruane.

Senior goalie Julia Tolin improved to 2-0 for her collegiate career as well and also earned Landmark Conference Goalie of the Week for her game performance.

“[Tolin] is playing better than we could have asked for. She had two big saves in the first game and then in this one she made a great save to keep them from finding the back of the net,” Coach Nick Hoover said in an interview with Susquehanna sports informational team.

Senior forward Alyssa Bolger and Sullivan each had two shots on goal to lead the River Hawks. Tolin ended the game with three saves.

Both Susquehanna and Albright tallied seven shots in the game. Susquehanna had one corner kick to Albright’s six. Susquehanna fouled Albright ten times while Albright only allowed eight fouls.

Susquehanna also took on Misericordia on Wednesday and came out with a 1-1 draw in the rain to remain unbeaten so far this season.

Senior midfielder Grayclynn Juckes scored the only goal for the River Hawks in the 17th minute off of a through pass from Ruane.

Jordyn Martini scored the only goal for Mesericordia off of a 25-yard laser that just got past Tolin.

Tolin also had another strong performance in goal for the River Hawks, as she made seven saves on the evening, and remained undefeated despite Misericordia taking 20 shots on the evening.

The women’s team returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 9 when they play Hartwick for the first game of the Mayor’s Cup.

They will also play SUNY Oneonta the next day. The Hartwick game starts at 3:30 p.m.

Cross country finishes well at Bucknell open

By Alex Kurtz, Sports Editor

The Susquehanna men’s and women’s cross-country seasons opened with strong performances on both sides at the Bucknell Open in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

The top overall performance for the River Hawks came from junior Ciaran Fisher, who placed eighth overall with a 19:45 time in the 6k. Sophomore Erin Reese was the top overall finisher for the women’s team with a ninth-place finish and a 15:06 time in the 4k.

Fisher improved 12 spots from the year before and was able to drop 41 seconds off of his previous time of 15:47.

Reese was also able to drop nine spots from the year prior, when she placed 18th during her freshman campaign.

Senior Kailyn Reilly also improved her placement from her junior campaign, jumping up five spots.

The women’s team had seven people finish top 30 overall, while the men’s team had six finish in the top 30.

For the women, Reilly was the second-highest finisher, placing 13th with a time of 15:30, and senior Hannah Stauffer was the third with a 17th-place finish and a finish time of 15:54.

Sophomore Emily Eck placed 21st with a time of 17:03, and the next three run- ners: senior Anna Trapane, sophomore Alexa Pietrini and junior Torry Dugan, finished 27th, 29th and 30th respectively to round out the top-30 finishers for the River Hawks.

The men’s team also had strong performances on the day, with the five runners after Fisher placing between 19-27.

Senior Eric Pressler was the second-overall finisher for the men’s team with a 19th-place finish and a time of 20:57, while senior Kyle Skelton was right behind him in 23rd place with a time of 21:27.

Sophomore Brandon Sorge was the next finisher for the River Hawks in 25th, and was followed by the duo of freshman Jake Menchey and freshman Leonard Bolinisky, who placed 26th and 27th. The three runners finished within 24 seconds of each other.

Susquehanna looks to prove people wrong this season on the men’s side after being placed fifth out of eight in the preseason poll behind Elizabethtown, Juniata, Moravian and Scranton.

Both teams will run again on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Juniata Invitational. The event will begin at 10 a.m.

Field hockey goes to title game, falls to Kean

By Mel Barracato, Staff Writer

The Susquehanna Women’s Field Hockey team faced off against both Wilkes and Kean in the Connie Harnum Classic tournament this past weekend in Selinsgrove and came out of the weekend 1-1.

The River Hawks triumphed over Wilkes in a 4-3 overtime win thanks to an overtime goal from sophomore Hunter Pitman to advance to the championship game, where they fell hard to Kean in a 5-0 deficit.

Freshman Vivian Simone opened the scoring of the Wilkes game with a goal in the first 14 minutes, followed shortly after with another River Hawk goal from sophomore Heather Casey. Wilkes followed suit and scored two goals of their own before the half was over to make the score even at 2-2.

Pitman gave Susquehanna the edge early in the second half with a pass from Casey. Wilkes tied the game up again late in the second half to send the game into overtime, where Casey and Pitman teamed up again and allowed Pitman’s second goal to win the game for the River Hawks.

The River Hawks were not able to keep the momentum going in their game on Sunday as they suffered a 5-0 loss to Kean.

This was the River Hawks’ third appearance in the last four years in the championship match. Although, the Cougars have now won their fifth Connie Harnum Classic tournament.

Kean took the lead early on and finished the first half with the score at 3-0 with goals from three different players.

Sophomore Emily DiGaetano started in goal for the River Hawks and made seven saves, while Pitman tallied three of Susquehanna’s four shots on goal. The Cougars found the back of the net two more times to finish the game with five goals.

Kean controlled most of the possession during the game, and vastly outshot the River Hawks as a result. The Cougars put 15 shots on goal compared to the River Hawks’ two shots.

The Cougars also had nine penalty corners, while the River Hawks only had seven. Pitman, senior midfielder Cayla Spatz, and senior defenseman Julia Hasircoglu were named to the All-Tournament team.

“I think we were just off as a team,” said head coach Allison Fordyce. “We were just really off balance and weren’t really connecting. It was just one of those days where the whole team had a bad day.”

The River Hawks next game will be at King’s College in Wilkes-barre this Saturday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. It will also be their first road game this season.

“It’s always a good game between the two teams,” Fordyce said. “It will be a very up tempo and competitive game. We fully go in expecting to put our best effort out there.”

“Overall, we focus on being really positive. We take our season one day and one game at a time and our eyes are always looking ahead,” Fordyce said.

The last time the River Hawks took on King’s College was last year, when Susquehanna beat them at home 3-2.

Pitman and Hasircoglu are the two returning scorers for the River Hawks as the third goal scorer in last year’s game, Emily Novakovich, has graduated from Susquehanna University last year.

King’s College currently sits at 0-2. Kelsey Gabriele is the points leader for the Monarchs with two goals and one assist in two games, while Brianna DiMaggio is the shots leader for the River Hawks with four.

In goal for the Monarchs, Kayla Nailor looks to pick up her first win of the season after taking the first two losses.

Susquehanna struggles, loses twice

By Alex Kurtz, Sports Editor

The Susquehanna men’s soccer team suffered two loses this week, the first on Sunday against Elmira where they lost 2-1, and the second was on Wednesday when they lost 5-0 to their rival college Lycoming.

Despite an early lead over Elmira, the River Hawks were not able to hold on.

Susquehanna held advantage on the day at 13-5, but could not get shots to fall after the initial goal. Sophomore midfielder Max Maidenberg led Susquehanna in shots with three.

While the River Hawks did lead in advantage, they committed more fouls (10-8) and had two less corner kicks than Elmira.

The fouls were a problem all day for the River Hawks as they had three yellow cards and eventually one red card on Maidenberg in the waning seconds of the game. The sophomore midfielder will be suspended for the River Hawks’ next game as a result.

Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Ellingworth led the River Hawks in saves with one, while Elmira’s freshman goalkeeper Anthony Lipp led Elmira with five total in the game.

Senior forward Elias George scored the first goal of the game at the 15:10 mark to give the River Hawks an early 1-0 lead. Junior defenseman Thomas Burke also had an assist on the goal.

It did not take long for Elmira to strike back however. Just three minutes later junior defenseman Rodney Smith put in a header off of a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Cameron Sanderson to tie the score up 1-1.

Susquehanna had their one corner kick opportunity of the game in the 38 minute from freshman defenseman Jacob Butzler, but no shot would result from it.

The River Hawks would have one more shot attempt at the end of the half from sophomore forward Joey Dell’Estate but it would go wide, and the score would remain tied 1-1 going into the half.

Less than 20 minutes into the second half, Elmira would score the eventual game-winning goal.

Senior forward Donte Donegal scored an unassisted goal in the 63 minute after beating two Susquehanna defenders down the right sideline to give Elmira a 2-1 lead.

The River Hawks would fire back in the 70 minute with three consecutive shot opportunities. However, all of them were stifled.

The game would end with Maidenberg’s red card, and El- mira would come out on top.

On Wednesday, the team traveled to the Shangraw Complex in Williamsport to play Lycoming.

Lycoming came out strong, and scored two goals in the first five minutes. The first coming from Abdullahi Abdi and the second coming from a 20-yard strike Kyle Mizell.

Ten minutes later, Lycoming would add their third goal of the game off of the foot of Mateo Velasquez on a penalty kick, and by the 38th minute, would add another goal from Tanner Fonjweng to give the Warriors a commanding 4-0 lead before the end of the first half.

In the second half, Susquehanna defense tightened up a bit and only allowed one goal.

Jordan Logan put in the last goal for the Warriors in the 63rd minute making the score 5-0 Lycoming, which would stand as the final score for the game.

After the goal, Lycoming mass-subsituted and got some of the other players some game-play position experience.

Ellingworth had a busy day, as Lycoming bombarded him with 20 shots, 15 of which were on goal, and the River Hawk offense were only able to get off five total shots.

As a result, Lycoming goalie Chris Solecki was relatively untested, having to only make two saves in the first half before being subbed out by Caleb Herrin.

Lycoming also led in corner kick attempts with seven com- pared to Susquehanna’s three total attempts.

Freshman defenseman Patrick Bresney led the River Hawks in shots on the day with two.

Susquehanna returns to action on Saturday, September 9 as they host nonconference foe Stockton at 2 p.m. at Sassafras Field at home in Selinsgrove.

Stockton currently sits with an impressive 3-0 record. Their last game was a 2-1 win in overtime against Marywood University.

Susquehanna will also have sophomore Max Maidenberg back, who missed the Lycoming game due to his red card violation against Elmira.

Volleyball breaks even at tournament in Texas

By Alex Kurtz, Sports Editor

The Susquehanna women’s volleyball team went south to compete in the UMHB Tournament in Belton, Texas over the weekend where the River Hawks would finish 2-2.

Susquehanna played two games on Friday. The first game was a commanding 3-0 win for against Mass.-Boston, and the second was a 3-1 loss to tournament host Mary Harden-Baylor.

In game one, the River Hawks managed to pull out a 28-26 win after two straight attack errors by Mass.-Boston. Sophomore middle hitter Veronica Kirchner made a block on both plays for the River Hawks.

The second and third sets were much more one-sided as Susquehanna took the second set 25-13, and the third set 25-19.

Senior outside hitter Morgan Lowe led the River Hawks in both kills with 11 and digs with 10 while Kirchner led the team in blocks with four.

In the later match, Susquehanna managed to take a close first set 25-23, but would end up dropping the next three sets 25-13, 25-18, and 25-15 against Mary Harden-Baylor.

Sophomore hitter Hannah Lyons led the River Hawks in kills with nine while Lowe led the team in digs with nine. Haleigh Evans led Mary Harden-Baylor with an impressive 22 digs.

On day two , the River Hawks once again finished 1-1 on the day, but capped the weekend off with a strong 3-2 win over Hardin-Simmons.

In game one of the day, and third of the tournament, Susquehanna lost to Texas-Tyler 3-0.

The sets were close between the two teams (26-24, 27-25, and 25-23). Both teams had 62 digs and Texas-Tyler had one more block than Susquehanna (5-4).

Lowe led the team in kills with 10 and blocks with four, while defensive specialists soph- omore Kasey Bost and freshman Lizzie Herestofa led the team in digs with 14 each.

In game two against Hardin-Simmons, the River Hawks managed to pull out a win in a five-set slugfest.

Susquehanna would win the first set 26-24, but would drop the next two to Hardin-Simmons 25-22 and 26-24. The team would rally to win the fourth set 25-21 to force a game-deciding fifth set.

Hardin-Simmons jumped out to an 8-4 lead, but Susquehanna eventually took the lead 13-12 thanks to efforts from Lyons and sophomore Caroline Beohm.

Lyons then finished the game with a strong kill through a Hardin-Simmons block attempt to give Susquehanna the fifth set and the victory.

Lowe led the team in kills in the game with 15, and Beohm led the team in digs with 18. Lyons also had 10 blocks in the game, which was two more than the entire Hardin-Simmons team.

River Hawks win rivalry game over Lycoming College

By Nick Forbes, Managing Editor of Design 

The Stagg Hat Trophy is coming back to Selinsgrove after the Susquehanna River Hawks defeated the rival Lycoming Warriors 7-6 in an opening-day defensive showdown on Saturday, Sept. 2.

While the River Hawks offense was only able to muster one touchdown in the game, their defense was stellar, allowing only two field goals and shutting out the Warriors in the final three quarters of the game.

Lycoming quickly took their first drive of the game 72 yards down to the Susquehanna three-yard line, but were stalled at the goal line after running into Susquehanna’s big defensive line, including senior Kyle Micik and sophomore Kashief Hyatt.

Lycoming kicker Jamie Fisher hit the field goal from 20 yards out to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead.

On the ensuing Susquehanna drive, the River Hawks made dents in the Warriors defense behind the barreling running of senior tailback Cameron Ott. The drive came to an end after senior quarterback Nick Crusco’s pass ricocheted off senior receiver Diamente Holloway’s foot and into the arms of the Lycoming defense.

Lycoming drove the ball to the red zone, but only managed a field goal from Fisher to give them a six-point lead.

With two minutes remain- ing in the first quarter, the River Hawks took over the ball at their own 19-yard line, looking for some sort of spark on offense.

That spark came on a fourth down and four, when Head Coach Tom Perkovich dialed up a fake punt.

The fake completely fooled the Lycoming defense, as Ott took the direct snap from center and rumbled 59 yards down to the Warriors five-yard line. Three plays later, Crusco connected with Holloway on a short out route in the end zone to tie the game at six.

Freshman kicker Connor Lustenberger tacked on the extra point to give Susquehanna the lead.

From there, the River Hawks defense dug in. In the second half, the Warriors only managed two third down conversions against the stout defense led by sophomore defensive back Craig Roumes with nine tackles and sophomore defensive lineman Tucker Garner and junior linebacker Connor Thompson with six tackles apiece and a shared sack.

Senior defensive back Ryan Ganard also had a key interception that prevented a rallying Lycoming touchdown in the third quarter.

“I’m very proud of the effort of the defense today,” said Perkovich. “The special teams play was very good as well. I am proud of the way we persevered through the day and rebounded from mistakes and finished the game. We have been stressing the importance of finishing games strong for the past two years and it was very evident today that the team played their hearts out right through the final seconds.”

As much as the offense struggled, they managed to grind out 425 yards of total offense on a miserable, rainy day that no doubt had an effect on the football game.

Ott was the go-to option for Susquehanna, carrying the ball 14 times for 129 yards. Junior running back Luke Robertson grinded his way to 71 yards on eight carries. The success in the running game allowed Susquehanna to chew the clock and dictate possession in the game, holding the ball for over 36 minutes.

Crusco finished the day 25-40 for 144 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Senior Tommy Bluj led the River Hawk receivers with 60 yards receiving.

Susquehanna faces a tough opponent on Saturday, Sept. 9 when they travel to Baltimore, Maryland to take on the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays in their first away game of the year.

Last season, the Blue Jays put together a perfect regular season, that included a 41-7 drubbing of the River Hawks.

It is important to note, however, that Susquehanna faced the Blue Jays last year without prominent starting quarterback Nick Crusco.

Instead Susquehanna, alumni Matt Theis stepped into his place and went 15-30 for 180 yards and an interception.

The Blue Jays gashed Susquehanna for 555 yards of total offense in the las match-up, but Susquehanna hopes their new bolstered defense will hold up to Hopkins gunning offense.

Drew sweeps both SU tennis teams

By Mel Barracato, Staff writer

The Susquehanna Men’s tennis team fell to Drew Uni- versity on Sunday, April 23, with a final tally of 7-2 after having also fallen to Scranton the day before with a final score of 9-0.

Sophomore Nicholas Meale was the only one to get two wins on the weekend as he won a singles match at the No. 5 position against Drew.

After dropping the first match 6-4, Meale bounced back to win the second set 6-3 and went on to win the tie-breaker at 10-5.

Meale paired with sophomore Ashton Collins to provide a doubles win at No. 3 also on Sunday. They posted an 8-3 decision for Susquehanna.

The River Hawks are now 8-8 on the season with a 1-5 conference record. Their final regular season and conference game will be held at home in Selinsgrove against Juniata on Tuesday, May 2 in a makeup match.

Traditionally, the River Hawks struggle when playing Juniata. Over the past five matchups between the two teams, Juniata has won all five of them, including four 9-0 vic- tories over Susquehanna.

The team will try and reverse those fortunes on Tuesday.

The weekend went about the same for the women’s team as they also fell 9-0 to Scranton on Saturday and 8-1 against Drew on Sunday.

Sophomore Eliza Griffin won at No. 4 in singles for the River Hawks in their only victory for the weekend. She won 6-4 and 7-5 in the decision.

Griffin teamed up with sophomore Cassey Fox for a round of doubles, but the pair dropped a close doubles match with the final score of 8-4.

Freshman Amy Jennings lost a close match with a final score of 7-6 in her singles matchup against Scranton, then winning 7-5 and then finally losing 6-3 in the third set to finish the day on Saturday.

On April 26, the women’s team concluded their season with a close 5-4 decision against Juniata.

Griffin, Fox, and junior Linsey Sipple each fought their way to singles victories for the River Hawks.

Griffin and Fox also teamed up to get the first win of the day in the no. 1 doubles spot, 8-4.

The Eagles rallied for four- straight wins to give them a 4-1 lead, but with help from Sipple and Griffin at the no. 4 singles spot, the River Hawks tied at 4-4. Juniata went on to win the no. 5 spot to close out the win.

The River Hawks finish their season at 6-11 overall and 0-7 in conference play.

Congratulations to the team on a great season.