Women’s soccer season ends on loss in the first round of NCAA tourney

By Kalyn Albers, Staff Writer

The Susquehanna women’s soccer team fell 1–0 in double overtime to Swarthmore College on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Geneva, New York.

The River Hawks (14-5- 2) came into the tournament as the third seed, the Garnets (15-3-2) was second seed. The NCAA tournament appearance was also the first in school history for the River Hawks.

Both teams were not able to get a shot passed the goalkeepers during game play but Swarthmore had their opportunities. The River Hawks allowed Swarthmore to take 24 shots on goal, which dwarfed Susquehanna’s shot- on-goal total of three.

Despite the offensive barrage that she faced, senior goalkeeper Jennifer Thorsheim was able to save the ball 16 times in the entire game.

“I am so proud of this team and everything we have accomplished throughout the season,” Thorsheim stated after traveling back from the game in Geneva.

Thorsheim made a diving save in the second half with 22 minutes left in the second half and again with seconds left, sending the game to the first overtime period.

Despite her heroic efforts, the Garnet were finally able to put one past her, as they found the back of the net five minutes in the second overtime.

Senior forward Alyssa Bolger gave hope for the River Hawks midway through the second half, but Swarthmore junior goalkeeper Amy Shmoys was able to knock the ball out of play.

In the first overtime period the River Hawks had another shot when junior midfielder Kate Cantrell crossed the crossed the ball to senior midfielder Gracelynn Jukes but Shmoys was able to block it and pushout of play.

Juckes led the River Hawks with two shots on the day.

Swarthmore senior forward Hannah Lichtenstein led the team and the match with a total of nine shots.

During the second overtime period, Swarthmore junior forward Marin McCoy had possession of the ball in the right wing and passed it into the box. Senior forward Katie Dougherty ran up on the ball and managed to hit the back of the net for the win.

Swarthmore goalie Amy Shomys led the team with three saves on the day.

This win for Swarthmore gave them a spot in the next match of the tournament facing off against William Smith College, where Swarthmore lost their next game 2-0.

“Overall, this has been a really great and exciting season for us,” junior Emily Sullivan said. “We broke some school records and being a part of that is an amazing feeling.”

With the loss, the women’s soccer team ended the season with a record of 14-5-2. Congratulations to the team on a historic year.

Football clinches postseason birth with 28-21 win over rival Juniata

By Alyssa Gehris, Staff Writer 

The Susquehanna River Hawks clinched a postseason game and third place in the conference with a 28–21 road win against rival Juniata College on Saturday, Nov. 11.

River Hawk senior running back Cameron Ott had 29 carries for 99 yards, while freshman wide receiver Terrell Brown brought in five passes with 102 yards.

Senior quarterback Nick Crusco was 19-32 with 228 yards and accounted for three scores on the day.

Sophomore linebacker Cole Dixon finished the game with a total of 11 tackles and a sack while junior inside linebacker Connor Thompson earned a total of 10 tackles and a half sack with both Dixon and Thompson having two tackles for loss.

Scoring started early in the game for Susquehanna with the first drive. Ott started with a pair of short runs that then led to a four-yard pass completion and a first down on a catch from sophomore wide receiver Mitch Carsley. Two minutes later, Crusco would find the endzone thanks to a 64-yard touchdown catch from Brown to give the River Hawks a 7–0 lead.

Juniata almost blew a scoring opportunity when sophomore defensive lineman Tucker Garner forced a fumble on the Susquehanna one-yard line, but they managed to tie the game 7–7 thanks to a Matt Denver recovery from Juniata. To bring Susquehanna back to the lead, Crusco had a 13- play drive finishing off with a two-yard run to score. Brown kept the drive going with a six-yard reception on a third- and-five situation. Passes were also completed to Carsley for 12 yards and Ott for 11 yards. Susquehanna continued their lead with another touchdown in the second quarter after a long 14 play, 56-yard drive by Crusco and the rest of the offense. Ott would finish the drive with a three-yard touchdown reception to extend the lead to 21–7 towards the end of the first half.

Juniata took the third quarter to tie the score again at 21–21 thanks to two consecutive scores. The first was an Austin Montgome eight-yard touchdown pass to Daulton Snyder and the second was a one-yard touchdown run by Montgome.

In the final quarter of play though, the River Hawks’ defense limited Juniata while offense took control of the ball for most of the remaining time. Crusco would toss the eventual game-winner to Bluj for an eight-yard touchdown with 11:11 left in the fourth quarter to bring Susquehanna their 28–21 victory.

The win brought Susquehanna to a 7-3 record and earned Susquehanna a spot in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series. The River Hawks will play against Albright College Saturday, Nov. 18. The game will be held at Albright’s Gene Shirk Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania. Albright is the leader of the all-time series 23-30-1 with the River Hawks winning the latest matchup

Reese gets 20th place for Hawks

By Rachael Cataldo, Asst. Sports Editor 

Sophomore Erin Reese was the first River Hawk to cross the finish line to lead the Susquehanna women’s cross country team to a 20th place finish on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the NCAA Regional meet at Dickinson College.

Reese finished with a time of 23:46.7 to finish in 55th place overall. Reese was the top finisher for the River Hawk all season.

“It felt good to be the lead runner and help the team finish in a higher place,” Reese said after the match.

Senior Kailyn Reilly finished in 83rd place with a time of 24:12.0. Senior Hannah Stauffer was right behind Reilly, finishing with a time of 24:12.2 to place 84th.

Freshman Marissa Kleman finished in 149th place with a time of 25:13.1 while sophomore Emily Eck rounded out the scoring for Susquehanna with a 194th place finish and a time of 26:13.2.

Susquehanna finished the meet with 562 points. For her performance in the Championship event on Oct. 28, Reese was awarded First Team All-Conference honors. Reilly and Stauffer were also awarded for their strong showing at the meet and earned Second Team honors.

For the Susquehanna men’s cross country team, junior Ciaran Fisher led the River Hawks to a 35th place finish as a team.

Fisher finished with a time of 26:55.5 to place 78th overall. “It was definitely rewarding [to be the top finisher] especially with how hard I trained this summer,”

Fisher said after the match. The next River Hawk to cross the finish line was senior Eric Pressler, who finished in 193rd place with a time of 28:29.3. Sophomore Brandon

Sorge finished in 221st place with a time of 28:55.0 followed by freshman Jake Menchey who finished in 268th place with a time of 30:10.4 at the meet.

Freshman Robert Stattler rounded out the scoring with a 295th place finish with a time of 31:14.8.

Susquehanna finished the meet with 1055 points. “The work ethic was a huge key component towards our team,” Fisher said. “Our team was really small and really young, but they were willing to put the work in and trust the process.”

Willis sets strong times; SU goes 1-1 at the meet

By Mel Barracato, Staff Writer

Susquehanna men’s and women’s swim teams faced off at Gettysburg College with Messiah College in last weekend’s tri-meet, where the women’s team came out of the weekend with a win against Messiah and a loss to Gettysburg and the men’s team dropped both meets.

Gettysburg trumped River Hawks in the men’s and women’s meets with scores of 207-54 and 138-123, respectively. The women’s team defeated Messiah 142- 119, but the men’s team lost 150-111 to Gettysburg.

Senior Joann Butkus took first in the 200 breaststroke and helped the free relay team of junior Katie Willis, freshman Tori Weems, and senior Jess Jozefiak cruise to a first place finish with a time of 1:40.37.

Willis also took second place in the 200 freestyle and third in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Butkus, Weems, sophomore Catie Welch and junior Maggie Palaski teamed up for third in the 200 medley relay. She also earned the top female swimmer award for the Landmark Conference due to her performance against Gettysburg and Messiah.

River Hawk sophomores Megan Shaffer and Caitlin Kelly took first and second in the 100 freestyle while Shaffer and freshman Abby Condon took the first two spots again in the 200 backstroke. Shaffer also finished third in 100 backstroke and Palaski and Jozefiak took third and fourth respectively in 100 butterfly.

On the men’s side, sophomore David Grove was out touched by .02 seconds and finished second in 100 backstroke and junior James Orzolek took second in 100 freestyle. Orzolek placed fourth in 50 freestyle and was part of the relay team of Grove, sophomore Shane Sullivan, and freshman Brett Walker that placed fourth in the 200 medley relay team. Orzolek, Grove, Walker, and freshman David Brady took fourth place in the 200 freestyle relay as well.

Sullivan took third in 100 breaststroke and fourth in 200 breast. Junior Ryan Rizzuto placed fourth in both the 100 and 200 butterfly races, and freshman Owen Kelly took fourth in the 1000 free.

The River Hawks return to the pool after Thanksgiving to participate in the Total Performance Sports Camps Invitational at Kenyon on Thursday, Nov. 30 and Diving will compete at the Catholic Invitational on Nov. 18. the Susquehanna was selected as the number nine-ranked team in the CollegeSwimming.com Regional Rankings.

The real Blue Devil? Duke star SG Grayson Allen is the newest villain

By Liz Hammond, Digital Media Editor 

Everyone who watches college basketball knows who Christian Laettner is, the epic villian of the Duke baketball team and what initially started the widespread national hatred for the Blue Devils.

Times have changed though and Laettner has come and gone. Since then everyone looks for a villain at Duke. Steve Wojciechowski was the one who took the role in 1994-1998, serving as the ultimate defense men. Besides that he was the one to make floor-slapping at Duke one of the most in your face, “I’m better than you”, moves.

J.J Redick took the crown in his time at Duke from, 2002-2006. He was in your face, and he was automatic from beyond the arc. He was named National College Player of the Year in 2006, much to everyones hatred. He was booed at nearly every away game, but still kept that same smirk the entire time.

Since these villains have come and gone it has been pretty docile. That is until one 6’5” freshman from Florida started his time at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2014.

As most of you can guess it is, Grayson Allen. Who ultimately takes the crown as the most hated basketball player.

This hatred all started last February when he tripped Louisville’s Ray Spalding. Then he went on to do it again to Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

After this everyone was booing him at every game. When you were watching the game you could hear it when he was introduced.

But, it wasn’t the first trip or even the second that declared him the dirtiest player in college basketball.

It was in the game agaisnt Elon, where he stuck his leg out and sent Steve Santa Ana sprawling on the floor. He was benched right away, but when the cameras were on him you could see him throwing a tantrum, while coaches tried to calm him down.

This sparked a fire of hate for Allen, worse than when Laettner was at Duke. After this moment, everyone Allen did was seen as a problem.

This Tuesday the Blue Devils faced Michigan State. Some of the best players in college basketball were being introduced with a nice applause by the crowd. That was until it was Allen’s turn and the entire United Center erupted in boos.

It’s been a full year since Allen did anything to classify himself as a villain so why is he still being punished?

Most likely because of the D-U-K-E on the front of his jersey, but more importantly because he is one of the best players in the nation.

Allen took that welcome and shoved it in everyone’s face. He scored 37 points on 20 shots. He was 7-11 from three point range, and 8-8 from the line.

In his past three games he’s averaged 25.7 points per game and shoots a stunning 65% from beyond the arc.

There’s something different about his game and how he carries himself this year. It’s easy to classify him as a dirty player and dismiss him. But, this year he wont’t let anyone forget his name. He’s the senior captain of the Blue Devils this year and it doesn’t seem like that had fazed him at all.

Hating Grayson Allen is corny anymore. After everything that happened to him and after all that negative attention it would’ve been easy for him to leave the program at Duke and try for a career in the NBA. Despite all of that, he stuck with the program and decided to come back and prove everyone wrong.

Unbroken: men’s rugby looks to continue perfect season

By Zach Bonner, Asst. News Editor 

Susquehanna men’s rugby has exhibited a flawless performance this fall in the National Small College Rugby Organization’s Gold Men’s 15’s, clinching their division title with a 7-0 record.

They took down every other member of their division and have clinched a play- in spot in the NSCRO Gold Championship by finishing on top of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

“Without revealing too much about the secret to our success, I can say that we have a very versatile lineup,” said senior Cooper O’Connell, “A key goal within our team is to feel comfortable with everyone carrying the ball and fulfilling their responsibilities.”

Four team members top the charts for their division in tries and points scored. Matt Kaltenbach, Ryheem Powell, Isayah Young-Burke, and Cooper O’Connell sit atop the leaderboard for this fall season. It is evident that team cohesiveness and a culture of comraderie feeds their success.

“We don’t have a specific mantra,” said Dr. Jonathan Niles, the head coach of the team, “But it is understood that every individual must do their job.”

It is key to note that the B-side team is also undefeated in their division, with an 8-0 record.

“I think one of the keys to our success is that conditioning with and practicing against our B-side has been more challenging than some matches, in a sense,” explained junior outside center, Isayah Young- Burke, “A lot of teams we faced didn’t hold up to our standards conditioning wise, and that showed in the amount of points we scored in the 50th and 60th minutes of our matches.”

The River Hawks eclipsed every team they played this season by at least 30 points, even passing Neumann by 68 points with a final score of 82 to 14. They scored 48 of those 82 points

in the second half of the match. “Last year we had a lot of talent, but this year the team’s rugby IQ allowed it all to come together,” said O’Connell, “We rallied together as a team and made a lot of strong comebacks.” Team members have come to a concensus that a contributing factor to their success is the close involvement of the coaching staff with the players.

“[Our coaches] find the little things in our game to fix, and that helps us improve,” said junior prop Ryheem Powell, “They also reach out to other programs to see what they have to say about how we play in order to take our team to the next level.”

A pivotal point in the season came with the River Hawks’ 53-5 win over Bucknell, which cemented their position as first in the division.

“Last year, we lost to Bucknell twice,” said Young-Burke, “Going into this season, we knew that we couldn’t do that again.” Young-Burke scored ten points in the match with two tries. He was supported by

Powell, Kaltenback, and O’Connell, who collectively ran in five of the remaining seven tries in the match.

The score at the end of the first half was 17-5. The River Hawks went on a 36-0 run throughout the second half to solidify their sumpremacy over the Bison.

“I came into this sport as a very new player, a former football athlete,” recounted Young-Burke, “It really helped that my teammates and I truly held each other accountable to become better with each match.”

The team is currently ranked in the top 20 in the nation with their position in the upcoming NSCRO 2017- 18 Men’s Championship Cup.

According to Susquehanna Men’s Rugby’s biography on the Marc Rugby Conference website, the team has extensive national tournament experience. The River Hawks have appeared in the NSCRO 15’s Championship Cup every year since 2012. Over the past five years, the team has been ranked in the top 20 nationally, and has risen to a ranking as high as ninth in the country.

“The core of the team has three years of experience playing together,” Niles explained, “We have stressed consistency and responsibility within the team to get the job done. We have also place a strong emphasis on fitness.”

The River Hawks are facing off against the Loyola University Wolves for the Mid-Atlantic North Qualifier. The Wolves are the Potomac region champions.

“If we defeat Loyola, we will move on to play Christendom College, a varsity program from Virginia,” said Niles.

The Mid-Atlantic North Qualifier will be played at Susquehanna on Saturday, November 18 at 1 p.m.

Astros go from cellar-dwellers to world champs

By Michael Henkin, Staff Writer

Prior to the start of the 2017 MLB season, the Houston Astros had never won a World Series championship.

Earlier this month, however, the team won its first ring, and they did so by running through a murderer’s row of power house teams in the playoffs.

In the American League Divisional Series, the Astros beat the Boston Red Sox, who won the AL East, three games to one to advance to the American League Championship Series, where they met the New York Yankees, who had a far better season than many expected due to a strong bullpen and rookie slugger Aaron Judge.

In that series, the Yankees pushed the Astros to their limits, but the team was able to recover and win the series four games to three to advance to the World Series where they met the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the league’s top teams.

Once again, the Astros were forced into a game seven situation, but they ultimately prevailed, winning the series four games to three to become the 2017 World Series champions. This series arguably had two of the best World Series games in history.

After an inconsistent 2016 season, in which the Astros missed the playoffs, the 2017 season was impressive for the team to say the least. The most impressive thing to note, however, is how the team rose to such prominence because it was primarily due to strategically drafting key players, developing young talent correctly, and making smart pre-season and mid-season moves.

Former Tigers ace and Cy Young-winner Justin Verlander was acquired at the trade deadline, where he went from a struggling Tigers team that has trying desperately to recover from its fall from grace since its appearance in the Fall Classic in 2006, to being in one of the best starting rotations in baseball.

Verlander joined star pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who was drafted by the Astros in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. He made his professional debut in 2012, and had a breakout year in 2017, starting the season out 7-0 with a 1.84 ERA. He finished the season off 14-5, and served as a key factor to the team’s success.

Jose Altuve, a second basemen and one of the team’s best offensive weapons, was also developed by the team. He was signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 2007, and made his professional debut in 2011. Since then, he’s made the all-star team five times in addition to winning three batting championships. In 2017, he was presented with the Hank Aaron Award, while also being named as the Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year. Now, he’s arguably the best all-around players in baseball today.

George Springer, an outfielder who led the Astros in home runs in 2017, was drafted by Houston as well, as the team took him in the first round of the 2011 draft. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2017 World Series.

These three players are only a few examples of how the Astros have transformed into a championship caliber team, but it’s clear that the endless effort that the organization has put into acquiring and developing young talent has been the key factor in the success they’re currently enjoying.

Sports Illustrated made a bold prediction in 2014 on one of their issues that the Astros would win the World Series in 2017. Nobody took it serious at the time because of their abysmal record in the years leading up to the issue.

The Astros were coming off a 51-115 record in 2013 and fans at this point were used to the Astros being a bad team.

In 2014 though the team started to get better. The team finished the season with a 70- 92 record and finished with a better record than the Texas Rangers for the first time since joining the AL West in 2013.

In 2015 though, the Astros started to show fruition from their rebuilding process, and jumped out to a first place lead and stayed there until after the All-Star break. Keuchel broke out this year, winning the Cy Young award for the American League and set an MLB record by going 15-0 at home, but they would not be able to hang on to first place in the AL West.

The team eventually managed to get a wild card birth, and would defeat the New York Yankees in the wild card game 3-0, but would fall to the eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals in the ALDS.

In 2016, the team started off strong once again, but failed to make the playoffs because of the struggles against the Texas Rangers, who would have their own internal rebound to win the division that year.

Finally though, the rebuilding process and smart moves paid off as the Astros were able to win a World Series championship.

Teams nowadays should learn from the 2017, This team went from worst record in team history in 2013 to world champions in 2017 because of strong player development and smart free agent signings, instead of spending ludacris amounts of money. This team was built not bought, and that’s why they will be competitors for years to come.

Women’s soccer earns NCAA tournament bid

By Rachael Cataldo, Asst. Sports Editor

After the game ended in a scoreless tie, the Susquehanna women’s soccer team was able to advance to the Landmark Conference Championship game with a 3-2 win over the Catholic Cardinals in penalty shots on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Catholic took a 2-0 early lead in penalty kicks, but junior River Hawk Emily Lefkowitz was able to cut the lead in half after scoring on the second attempt.

Junior Emily Sullivan and senior Grayclynn Juckes scored to clinch the team’s advancement.

“The whole time during PKs all I could picture was our entire four years together flashing before my eyes, I didn’t want it to be over,” Juckes said. “I was incredibly proud of our team for what we had accomplished and was so thankful to still be ‘alive’ in the tournament.”

Senior goalie Jennifer Thorsheim had seven saves in the tie versus Catholic.

“When we took the lead, I heard Coach Hoover on the sideline scream ‘Jenny, end this right now,’ which really got my blood pumping,”

Thorsheim said after the game. Catholic had seven shots on goal compared to Susquehanna’s two in the semifinal game. Susquehanna’s last appearance to compete for the Landmark Conference title was in 2009 when the team lost to top ranked Catholic 1-0. The team advanced to the championship game by winning with a penalty kick over Drew that year.

Three days later however, the River Hawks fell to the Scranton Royals 2-0 in the Landmark Conference Championship game in Scranton on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Scranton secured an early lead by converting on a corner kick just three minutes into the game for the first score.

The Royals were able to find the net again and advance their lead to 2-0 just 29 minutes into the game, and would be all that Scranton needed for the win

Susquehanna had two shots on goal, while Scranton had six on the day. Thorsheim had four saves in the contest.

“I really could not be prouder of our team throughout this entire season,” Thorsheim said. “I think our team always kept our end goal in mind, which was to make it to the finals. In times where our legs and chests were heavy, we were able to push through by leaving our hearts out on the field.”

Thorsheim also said her team “deserved to be on that field” and they can happily look back on the season as a success, making school history.

“We never gave up on Coach Hoover’s system or each other, which is what made our final season so successful,” Juckes said after the game..

However, the River Hawks’ season is not over yet. They earned one of the at-large bids to the NCAA tournament. Susquehanna (14-4-2) will face Swarthmore (14-3-2) on Saturday, Nov. 11 at William Smith College in Geneva, New York at 1 p.m..

If the River Hawks win, they will face either William Smith (17-1-0) or Lasell (13-5-0) on Sunday to decide which team will advance to the quarterfinal round of the tournament.

This is the first time Susquehanna will appear in the NCAA tournament. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The team also had six players recieve All-Landmark Conference honors. Seniors Alyssa Bolger and Mairead Ruane and sophomore Katie Beluch were named to the first team, while seniors Chloe Eisenhuth and Thorsheim and the junior Sulluivan were named to the second team.

River Hawks begin their season with a 2-0 sweep

By Mel Barracato, Staff Writer

Susquehanna men’s and women’s swim teams swept their tri-matches against both Marywood and Drew last weekend to start out their seasons 2 – 0 each.

The men’s team beat Marywood with a score of 210 – 57 and just narrowly outswam Drew at 144 – 141 to take home both victories. The women’s team defeated Marywood at 194 – 103 and beat out Drew with a score of 176 – 120 to finish the weekend perfect.

A key race in the men’s meet was the final 400-yard freestyle relay, where the River Hawks finished in first and second place after Coach Jerry Foley switched up the teams a little.

The second place team of freshmen David Brady and Brandon Heese as well as senior Henry Chang and junior James Orzolek edged out Drew at the wall by .02 seconds.

The winning team of that race consisted of freshmen Owen Kelly, Anthony Principe, and Brett Walker and junior Ryan Rizzuto who finished with a total time of 3:22.39 in the race.

Orzolek finished the day with two first place finishes in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events and earned second in the 200-medley relay with the team of Walker and sophomores David Grove and Shane Sullivan. Grove also took home first in 100-yard backstroke and Walker took second in the 200-yard freestyle.

Meanwhile, the women’s side featured four swimmers who won two events each in order to lead the River Hawks to both victories in the tri-meet against Marywood and Drew.

Senior Joann Butkus, juniors Katie Willis and Maggie Palaski, and freshman Abby Condon teamed up to take the win in the first race of the day, 200-yard medley relay with a winning time of 1:53.07. Butkus also took first in the 100-yard breaststroke, second as part of the 400-yard free relay team, and third in the 200 individual medley.

Condon took first in the 200-yard backstroke and third in 100 back. Willis took first and second in the 50- yard and 100-yard freestyle, respectively. Palaski cruised to first in the 100-yard butterfly and second in the 200-yard butterfly as well.

Freshman Brooke Boes won the 200-yard breaststroke while sophomore Erin Wetmore took home first in the 1000 free for Susquehanna.

The River Hawks will head to Gettysburg this weekend for another tri-meet with Gettsburg with Messiah.

Susquehanna’s season comes to an end after a five-set loss to Scranton

By Kalyn Albers, Staff Writer

Senior outside hitter Morgan Lowe was able to add a total of 13 kills to freshman right setter Sydney Portale in the semifinal round of the Landmark Conference Tournament in Scranton on Wednesday, Nov. 1. That was not enough for the Susquehanna River Hawks Volleyball team as they fell by a 3–2 score to Scranton.

Scranton was able to open play with an 18–13 lead in the middle of the first set. Susquehanna was not able to come back from that deficit. The Royals started with a win in the first scoring a set of 25– 17 grabbing a 1–0 lead.

Susquehanna was able to come back in the second set with a 25–22 win to tie the set score up 1–1.

Late in the third set the River Hawks took the lead with 24–21 late. With the River Hawks on match- point, Scranton responded by scoring three points in a row which resulted in a, 24–24 tie, sending the Royals and the River Hawks to a tie break.

The third-set tiebreaker went back and forth between Scranton and Susquehanna, in the end everything tied up at 27. Scranton completed the comeback with kills by sophomore Victoria Capogna and junior Kristen Kirwan to win the set 29–27.

Susquehanna started strong in the fourth set, as they opened with a 21–11 lead. The River Hawks overall had three different 10-point leads in the set and scored two of the final points ending it with 25–21 sending the match to a decisive fifth set.

In the fifth set, both teams fought to a 6–6 tie in the middle of the set. Scranton then took the opportunity to score three points in a row moving up 9–6. That three- point lead was able to resonate throughout the rest of the set until they opened up a with a quick 13–9 lead.

The River Hawks fought back, scoring three-straight points cutting the Scranton lead to 13–12, but the Royals in the end were able to close out the victory with a 15–12 win in the final set.

Portale had a total of 19 kills and six blocks. Lowe had 13 kills and seven digs. Sophomore Hannah Lyons had a career-high 11 blocks with 12 kills. Senior Julie Kreutzer gave out 47 assists and three aces.

Kreutzer added 14 to sophomore Caroline Beohm’s 22 digs and freshman Lizzie Herestofa was able to add on another 13 digs of her own.

Susquehanna ended the season with a total of 21 wins and was able to reach the 20-win plateau for the fifth season in a row.

Scranton (35–4) advanced in the tournament but ended up losing to Juniata on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Juniata added another Landmark Conference championship, extending their consecutive championship streak to 10 with the win, and still remains the only team in the Landmark Conference to win a conference championship.

The Eagles started off by steamrolling through the first two sets, winning them with a 24-15, 25-16 score.

Scranton managed to fight in the third set but would eventually fall 25-21.

With the win, Juniata now earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while Scranton had to hope for an at-large bid thanks to a 35-5 finish in 2017, a program record for the Royals.

On Monday, the tournament committee gave out their at-large bids and left out Scranton, while Juniata is set to play Brockport on Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. Brockport finished the season 26-8 and a perfect 9-0 in conference play. They currently are riding a 11-game win streak into the matchup with the Eagles.

Congratulations to Susquehanna Volleyball on another 20-win season!