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E-town Men’s Soccer And Their Goal To A National Championship

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Just five days after they won their first Landmark championship by defeating Catholic one to nothing at home, the Blue Jays are headed to Cortland, New York to face the Williams College EEFS in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

“The championship was fun, after going to the finals the last four years and finally being able to get over the hump to win it, definitely felt good. The team and I, we feel good about the first game. Williams is going to be a tough matchup, but we’re a good team too, so I think it’s going to be a good game. I think we’re going to be able to get by them in the first round,” Tyler Colasanto said.

Sophomore Clark Williamson scored his first career goal off of this corner kick in the 63rd minute to seal the victory for Elizabethtown.

Head coach Skip Roderick has his unit more than ready for the first round on Saturday. The Jays have not allowed multiple goals to an opponent in over two months, which has the team feeling more than confident to win a national championship.

I think we just have to keep playing the way we have been playing. We haven’t lost in 12 to 13 games. We came in really hot, we haven’t given up a goal in a long time, and we’ve been playing really well. We feel pretty confident that there’s not many teams out there that can beat us right now.” Andrew McGowan said.

This poster of soccer balls represents the appearances the Jays have made in the national tournament. 33 out of the 34 soccer balls are highlighted in blue. The one that’s highlighted in white, is the 1989 season where the Jays won their first national championship. Now while they will have a soccer ball for 2018, much like 1989, they hope to have those numbers in white as well. Reporting live from the soccer field at Elizabethtown College, I’m Anthony Carter, wetown.org

Hershey Bears Team Autograph Night

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Trick or treating may be right around the corner, but fans at the Giant Center were able to receive something just as good. The Hershey Bears hosted a team autograph night after their game on Sunday. Fans were able to go on the ice so they could meet and take a photo with the players, coaches, and of course, COCO the mascot. Bears left winger, Mason Mitchell says that he loves meeting with the fans because their energy helps the team succeed.

“Playing at home here is obviously amazing. We probably have the best home base in the American Hockey League and it gives you all of the courage and energy to get going throughout the game. It’s awesome to be playing at home,” Mitchell said.  

The Bears were able to get out to an early lead by scoring a goal in the first minute. Their defense was able to keep the Phantoms out of the attacking zone. Goalie, Vitek Vanecek recorded 35 saves. Sovaj Beni enjoyed his first time at a Bears game, and he says that he likes the energy at the Giant Center.     

“The atmosphere was fun, everyone was very electric, very energetic, and everyone was very involved with the game. I loved it. I will definitely come back,” Sovaj said.

“You really do feel it, whether it’s a fight or a hit, or something that you do with the energy that they bring, to give you that extra push is incredible. It’s awesome to be playing at home and doing that,” Mitchell said.

The Hershey Bears were able to knock off the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 3-1, in front of a crowd of over 8000 fans. The Bears will return to the ice, at this stadium behind me, on Friday when they face against the Rochester Americans. Reporting from the Giant Center in Hershey, I’m Anthony Carter, wetown.org

ETOWN BASEBALL DEFEATED IN EIGHTH INNING TO PSU HARRISBURG

The Blue Jays Men’s Baseball team were defeated by the Penn State Harrisburg Lions in the eighth inning on Saturday at their home opener of the season.

The stands were packed on the first warm Saturday in quite some time. The previously scheduled games had been postponed due to rain, so the large attendance came as no surprise “I had plans to go to the other games, but at least the weather is nice today for the game” said first- year Emily Webb.  

The game started off slow, with a 0-0 score through to the top of the fourth inning until a hit by number 19, Casey Winters, for Harrisburg made the score 1-0.

The Blue Jays did not back down holding out until the bottom of the ninth when sophomore number 33, Derek Manning, hit a double sending junior number 10, Taggart Hess, home; tying up the score.

The game would not stay tied for long, Manning would help the Jays take the lead, making the score 2-1 Blue Jays.

However, the Jays were not able to hold on to the lead for much longer, and by the top of the ninth, the Lions took over the lead and the win scoring two hits back to back making the final score 3-2.

Post-game, players were optimistic about the future. Senior Nick Lorenz said,  “The loss was disappointing, but it was a good team effort for the most part.” The pitching for the game overall by players Anthony Lippy, Jared Witner and Kelly Holdren, but the hitting left something to be desired.  “We were missing the final piece” said Lorenz.

Colin Slenker had similar remarks, “We had good pitching performance. We are better at the plate,” he said.  

Even with the loss, the team remains strongly bonded. Sophomore Tommy Armstrong, who is out for season with a knee injury said, “They are my brothers. We are brothers from another mother.” Armstrong was also disappointed by the overall loss, but sees that there will be hitting improvements in the future.

The Blue Jays are still early in the season. Continued hitting practice will grow the team and should lead to improvement. Then the hitting game will line up with the good pitching performance.

A beautiful day for baseball!

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C. Thompson Scores Hundredth Goal in Loss to Marymount

Senior Carly Thompson, center,  runs down the field during Elizabethtown College’s recent women’s lacrosse game against Marymount University.

The highest jersey number on the Elizabethtown College women’s lacrosse team is 99, but senior Carly Thompson can go higher. Thompson scored her hundredth career goal Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Wolf Field as the women’s lacrosse team lost to Marymount University 18-13.

Thompson’s goal came with 14:34 left in the first half and tied the game at four points each. She didn’t know it was her hundredth goal at the time, but enjoyed the moment nonetheless.

“It was cool. It was shocking,” Thompson said after the game.

Thompson knew she was close to 100 goals at the end of last season, but became more focused on recovering than scoring after tearing her ACL last year. Now she is intent on playing as much and as well as she can during her final season.

“I was so proud of Carly,” senior Katie Thompson, C. Thompson’s twin sister and fellow lacrosse player, said in an email. “Reaching 100 goals isn’t just about this season, it’s a milestone for her entire career.”

The game started off on a good note (literally) as a blue sweatshirt-clad dog in the audience whined along to the national anthem, making some of the few dozen attendees laugh.

The laughing stopped as the game remained close in the first half. Marymount was first to score, with senior Abby Wescott scoring against Etown junior goalie Abby Kopytko under two minutes in. Wescott also scored her hundredth goal in Wednesday’s game. C. Thompson scored thirteen seconds later in the first half, tying it at one each.

No team led by more than two points in the half. Other early Etown scorers included first-years Emily Garvin and Kate Ziegler and junior Madelyn Baker, who finished with one, four and three goals, respectively.

A few falls and penalties on both sides and vocal teams and spectators also marked the first half. One Marymount parent loudly encouraged a player who fell to “stay on [her] feet” and “be athletic!”. Marymount junior Jessica Crew scored the last goal of the half, bringing Marymount up eight to seven.

“It’s a really close game. There are definitely some high tensions out there,” sophomore spectator Megan White said at halftime.

The game remained close until partway through the second half, when the Saints pulled away for good. Wescott’s hundredth career goal, scored with 21 minutes remaining, brought Marymount up 11-8. Ziegler scored the game’s last goal with 5:36 left. After that the Saints maintained their lead, leaving the final score Marymount 18, Etown 13.

Etown is now 1-2 for the season. Marymount left the game undefeated at 3-0. Etown outshot Marymount 36-22 and Kopytko had three saves.

“We watched the film and have come up with a million things to improve from the Marymount game,” K. Thompson said. Still, she said she is proud of how well the first-years played.

“Honestly, I would have taken a win instead of an announcement about the goal but that’s okay,” C. Thompson said.

Click here to listen to a podcast interview from the game!

Etown women’s lacrosse loses 18-13 against Marymount

Etown women’s lacrosse team plan strategies during a timeout.

Senior attack Carly Thompson scored her 100th career goal during the Feb. 28 game against Marymount University; on the opposing team, senior attack Abby Wescott also scored her 100th career goal.

“It started to pick up our momentum as a team and was a huge success for her personally since she was injured for the majority of her junior year season,” first-year midfielder Kate Ziegler stated in an email about Thompson’s 100th goal.

In the first half, Etown began with the ball after the first draw, but Marymount scored the first point of the game. Thompson and junior attack Madelyn Baker each scored two goals after a streak of Marymount goals. Both sides called time outs in quick succession about halfway through the first half.

Close to the end of the first half, Etown senior defense Courtney Shaffer was flagged with just minutes left. With only five minutes left, Marymount’s team suffered two two-minute penalties for juniors Kelly Campbell, attack, and Alex Delgado, defense.

Many players fell for one reason or another during the first half, so much that it prompted an official from the sidelines to yell, “Stay on your feet!”

In the last few minutes of the first half, Etown first-year attack and midfielder Lexie Sharp switched out with Baker. At the end of the first half, Marymount was in the lead 8-7.

“We came from behind and took the lead to show that we were willing to fight, even though unfortunately we did not end up on top in the end,” Ziegler said.

After halftime, Ziegler scored two goals. About halfway through, Marymount called another timeout, Etown quickly following suit.

With 10 minutes left, sophomore attack Mirthe Berends had a two-minute penalty, quickly followed by two two-minute penalties for senior midfielder Katie Thompson. Close to the end of the game, Carly Thompson also got a two-minute penalty. Marymount junior attack Jessica Crew had a very painful-looking fall in the second half.

Etown lost the game 18-13, though it was very close throughout most of the game.

“I think we did play well together,” Carly Thompson said after the game. “I think that we wasted some time when we shouldn’t have, but I think that it’s just a learning experience.”

She was not too worried by the loss, stating “This wasn’t a Conference game, so everything is awesome.”

Ziegler stated that being on a collegiate team is exciting, saying, “I can’t wait for what the rest of this season and the next 3 seasons hold for our team!”

Listen to a brief podcast with senior attack Carly Thompson: