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!

SU demolishes conference-foe McDaniel on Senior Day

By Alyssa Gehris, Staff Writer

Susquehanna’s football team earned a convincing 33–10 win against McDaniel on their last home game of the season to keep postseason hope on Saturday, Nov. 4.

In the Parent’s Weekend game at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field in Selinsgrove, Susquehanna Seniors, running back Cameron Ott and quarterback Nick Crusco, were the catalysts for the win.

Ott rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns while Crusco was 19-26 for 206 yards accounting for two more scores.

Susquehanna’s steady scoring started out in the first three quarters with one touchdown in each and then to seal the win, two insurance scores in the fourth quarter.

Susquehanna wasted no time putting the first points on the board, as the senior duo would take advantage of good field position from a return by sophomore wide receiver Mikah Christian, and would score just 1:38 into the game. Ott had two short runs and then finished off the drive with a 32- yard touchdown run on the left side down the sideline.

Freshman kicker Rory D’Alesandro, coming in for freshman starting kicker Connor Lustenberger, who missed the game with an injury, would miss the ensuing extra point attempt and the score would stand at 6–0 River Hawks early in the first.

Remaining time in the first quarter was filled mostly with both teams trading punts until McDaniel was able to cut the lead to 6–3 with a 37-yard field goal in the beginning of the second quarter.

Crusco was able to lead Susquehanna back until stopped at the 27-yard line, where head coach Tom Perkovich called for a pooch punt from his senior quarterback. Crusco’s punt was downed at the McDaniel two-yard line. Susquehanna’s defense was then able to force a three-and-out.

After the three-and-out from McDaniel, Susquehanna got the ball back with great field position and they would not let it go to waste. Junior running back Luke Robertson brought Crusco within striking distance with three strong runs, and the senior did not waste the opportunity as he found sophomore tight end Anthony McCoy for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

The score remained 13 – 3 for the rest of the first half. McDaniel started off the second half quickly with a 21- yard touchdown pressuring Susquehanna with a 13–10

score 1:37 into the second half. The River Hawks then regained power with Crusco’s five-play scoring drive which included a 33-yard run from Ott and passes to sophomore wide receiver Mitch Carsley. Bringing the lead 20–10, Crusco carried in the ball from the three-yard line stop. Sophomore defensive lineman Devon Lindeman stopped McDaniel’s attempt to cut the lead with an interception at the goal line on a third-and- goal from the three yard line.

Ending the third quarter, McDaniel punted to midfield and freshman wide receiver Terrell Brown was pushed out of bounds at the nine-yard line after breaking off a 43-yard punt return and nearly scoring.

Ott then extended the lead to 26–10 on a three-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The touchdown was his second one of the day.

River Hawk defense kept McDaniel in their place with a sack from junior inside linebacker Connor Thompson and sophomore inside linebacker David Simpson to force another punt to give Susquehanna good field position once again.

The final scoring stretch of the game began when Crusco found Brown to earn 39-yards and then senior wide receiver Tommy Bluj for another 11 yards. Ott eventually closed out the drive with a one-yard touchdown run to extend the score to 33–10, which ended up being the final score.

Defense for the River Hawks finished out the game strong with senior defensive lineman Kyle Micik’s forced fumble which was recovered by freshman defensive lineman Mark Ferris to stop McDaniel from any attempt to score.

Susquehanna now has an overall record of 6–3 and a 5–3 record in the Centennial Conference.

The River Hawks play their last game of the season against Juniata at Knox Stadium on Saturday Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. for the annual battle of the Goal Post Trophy. A win against Juniata would give Susquehanna a position to play in one of the Centennial MAC Challenge games.

Turnovers plague SU in loss to Gettysburg

By Rave’n Dijon-Coleman, Staff Writer 

Susquehanna’s football fell to a 29-21 road loss to Gettysburg on Saturday afternoon.

Four interceptions and one lost fumble allowed Gettysburg to complete the comeback after being down 21-7 in the game.

Gettysburg running back Ryan Thompson rushed for a one-yard touchdown followed by a successful kick permitting Gettysburg to a 7-0 lead over Susquehanna.

With about nine minutes on the clock Susquehanna took over the remaining quarter dominating Gettysburg 21- 7. Senior quarterback Nick Crusco rushed for a three- yard touchdown assisted by a successful kick making the score 7-7.

Susquehanna’s defense held Gettysburg’s offense to three plays before Susquehanna’s offense took the field. Crusco then managed to find senior wide receiver Diamante Holloway three times on the drive, including a three-yard touchdown pass to give the River Hawks a 14-7 lead.

Susquehanna’s defense yet again held Gettysburg’s offense to three plays. With 46 seconds left on the clock Susquehanna’s offense took the field at Gettysburg’s 43-yard line. Nick Crusco’s pass was completed to sophomore wide receiver Mikah Christian for a 43-yard line touchdown assisted by a successful kick making the score 21-7 Susquehanna.

As the second quarter went underway, Gettysburg’s kicker Justin Geisel scored a successful field goal making the score 21- 10 Susquehanna.

Susquehanna’s defense still continued to hold Gettysburg’s offense to a three-point conversion. Gettysburg’s Justin Geisel score another successful field goal making the score 21- 13 Susquehanna.

The third quarter was slow for both Susquehanna and Gettysburg. Gettysburg however, scored yet another successful field goal making the score 21-16 Susquehanna.

With 11:29 seconds on the clock into the fourth quarter, Gettysburg’s offense scored a touchdown putting Gettysburg 22-21 over Susquehanna.

With about 5:48 seconds on the clock Nick Crusco completed a pass to Diamente Holloway for six yards on Susquehanna’s 35. However, Gettysburg’s Glenn Benson forced a fumble and the ball was recovered by Gettysburg’s Danial Searle.

Gettysburg then rushed for a two-yard touchdown assisted by a successful kick making the score 29-21 Gettysburg.

Nick Crusco finished the game 19-35 for 248 yards and two TDs. Mikah Christian finished the game leading Susquehanna’s recievers with 134 yards on six catches. Cameron Ott finished for 107 rushing yards on 24 carries.

Susquehanna is now 5-3 (3-5) on the season, while Gettysburg improved to 3-5 on the year.

The River Hawks return to action on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. when they host conference- foe McDaniel, who currently sit at 3-5 on the season.

SU earns a playoff bid; loses to top-seed Drew

By Michael Herkin, Staff Writer

The Susquehanna University men’s soccer team picked up a 1-0 win over Moravian College on Saturday Oct. 28 at Sassafras Field in Selinsgrove.

Senior forward Ryan Cronin scored the game-winning goal, and with the win, the River Hawks have officially clinched the fourth and final spot in the Landmark Conference Tournament.

Early on, the game remained scoreless, but Susquehanna was outshot 13-4 in the first half. Freshman goalkeeper Casey Hoover kept the River Hawks in the game, however, as he made seven saves throughout the game to earn a shutout victory. The win marked his third of the season.

“We have called on Casey now to play in three games this season and he/we won all three and he/we haven’t been scored on in those three games either,” head coach Jim Findlay said. “He has done a great job in managing all three games so far. A hard task for a freshman, especially in a game as important as yesterday’s.”

As the game continued on, momentum began to land in Susquehanna’s favor. In the second half, the River Hawks outshot the Greyhounds nine to four. In the 74th minute, freshman Dakota Dobrovich-Fago crossed a ball to Cronin, who was able to score inside the box to give his team the lead for good.

Moravian was unable to answer, as Susquehanna took home the victory. The River Hawks will now prepare to take on top-seeded Drew at Drew University on Wednesday Nov. 1 at 7 p.m in the Landmark Conference semi-finals.

Drew is the top seed in the Landmark Conference tournament and is currently undefeated on the season with an 18-0-1 record and are 7-0 in conference play this season.

“Well, obviously we are the underdog in this one but that doesn’t matter to us,” Findlay said. “It’s now a one game season. Win and move on to the Championship game. The way I see it the pressure is all on Drew in this next game. I’m hopeful our guys will rise to the occasion.”

Despite the enthusiasm, Susquehanna was not able to pull off the upset, and lost to the top-ranked Rangers 4-0.

The tenth-ranked Rangers echoed their performance against the River Hawks earlier in the season, when they also won 4-0.

With the win, the Rangers advanced to their first conference championship since the 2007 season.

Goalkeeper Jason Adamo recorded his tenth shutout of the season in the win.

Drew will host second-seeded Elizabethtown in the Landmark Conference Championship on Saturday, Nov.4at2p.m.

Susquehanna’s goalkeeper Matt Ellingworth made eight saves in the loss.

The Rangers beat the Blue Jays the last time the two teams met by a 6-0 final score.

Volleyball splits games at conference tri-match

By Alex Kurtz, Sports Editor

The Susquehanna volleyball team split a pair of games during a Landmark Conference tri-match on Oct. 28 in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

On Saturday afternoon, the River Hawks were able to win the first game of the day against Scranton by a 3-1 score.

Sophomore Hannah Lyons led all players on the day with 16 kills while Kristin Kirwan led Scranton with 12 kills.

Senior Morgan Lowe led the River Hawks with five blocks and sophomore Caroline Beohm had an impressive 29 digs while senior Julie Kreutzer had 41 assists during the match.

Susquehanna more than doubled Scranton’s hitting percentage with a .246 compared to the Royal’s .112.

The River Hawks also had nine aces on the day, which tripled the Royals total of three. Susquehanna also averaged three more blocks

In the first set, the River Hawks cruzed to a dominant 25-14 victory to go up 1-0.

In the second set, Susquehanna continued their strong performance on the day by taking the set 25-19 and looked as if they were going to take the match 3-0.

The Royals were able to rebound in the third set however as they managed to take the set 25-18 to keep their win hopes alive.

Susquehanna would go on to close out the game in the next set by miroring the score from last set 25-18.

The River Hawks then went on to play rival Juniata in the final match of the regular season against the Landmark Conference powerhouse.

Juniata proved why they have won the conference every year since its creation in 2007 as they cruzed to a 3-0 win.

Lyons once again led Susquehanna players in kills on the day with 11. Kreutzer also

led all Susquehanna players in assists with 17, while freshman Lizzie Herestofa led the team in digs with nine while Beohm was right behind her with eight. For Juniata, Marybeth Weihbrect led the team with nine kills while Victoria Taylor and Morgan Edwards both had eight kills on the day.

Juniata did show signs of weakness during the tri-match however as they suffered their first Landmark Conference loss in program history.

Before the 3-2 loss to Scranton they had been a perfect 65-0 in conference play. On top of that, their last loss in a regular season came way back in 1981 when the Eagles lost to Gettysburg 2-1.

The Eagles will host the Landmark Conference title on Saturday, Nov. 4 when they play Scranton. The Royals have a good chance to become the first team not named Juniata to win the Landmark Conference Championship.