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Etown Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Eastern

scoreLAXWIt was the final seconds of a hair raising game and as Eastern Eagles scored, Elizabethtown cheered. It didn’t matter to Etown’s crowd, their Blue Jays had won a game of epic portions. In a phenomenal turn of events, Elizabethtown’s Blue Jays had beaten their rivals 16-5.

Elizabethtown’s Addie Stang scored the first of many points for the Blue Jays in first nine seconds of the first half. With Eastern’s own Liz Brennan, who was assisted by Sabrina Campbell, scoring the Eagles’ only point of the half with 14:07 remaining. With 6:25 left, Stang assisted Megan DeMichele which placed the Jays ahead of Eastern by nine points.

In the second half Katie Thompson, scored number 13 with 24:29 remaining, and following right on her trail was the Eagles’ Julie Haggan, who scored Eastern’s second point of the game with 22:43 remaining. At 15:20, the Blue Jay’s Allison McLamb scored Elizabethtown’s final point, number 16. Eastern’s offensive players kicked it into full gear, refusing to go down without a fight, and their own Anna Charlebois scored points two points with less than 3:51 remaining. Still, they could not catch up and the Eagles’ Liz Brennan shot their last point with 43 seconds left on the board.

On Elizabethtown’s home field in Elizabethtown, PA, the game was hard fought by the amazing women’s lacrosse team, which has been growing in strides throughout every game and season. “I was pretty confident going into Wednesday’s game because I know that as a team we are always working hard and pushing each other to do our best.” Jennifer Beihoff, an Elizabethtown first-year goalie, said. “I knew that as long as we transferred the work ethic that we put into practice into our game, we would come out with a win.” Beihoff, like many women on the Elizabethtown Women’s team, has been playing lacrosse since she was a kid.

“It definitely felt great to see just how good we truly are and that we can get a good handle on the pace of the game early on,” Beihoff said.
  Allison McLamb has been a friendly face and fierce player on the field while still staying humble of the team’s abilities. “Any team can beat any team on any given day, so we need to go out strong in each of our games.  As we start to get into conference play, our games will get tougher.  These are the games that really count and we will have to play hard the full 60 minutes,” McLamb said.

The Blue Jays have another game on Saturday, April 1 against Goucher Gophers. “I wouldn’t say I am worried because I feel very confident in our team, but, the upcoming games will be more of a fight than we have seen so far,” McLamb said.

Etown Activist Head to the March

    On January 20, 2017, three Elizabethtown students arrived in Washington, DC for the Women’s March that followed the inauguration of President Donald Trump in order to be apart of a movement close to their hearts.

The Women’s March was started by a facebook post suggestion by a Rebecca Shook, 60 from Hawaii, who, after Trump’s election, asked the world if women could march in Washington, DC to protest against his “hateful rhetoric” during Inauguration Day.
The mission of the Women’s March is that of the mission of feminism in its basic form: equality of all genders, sexes, minorities (religious and otherwise), and immigrants.

Jen Gorel, a sophomore at Elizabethtown College, attended the march with her friend Sam Morykan, sophomore, in order to be a part of what she believes was a great experience. Gorel spoke fondly of the different generations coming together in order to fight for varied and shared causes. She was there for equal pay because, as a female who restores antique cars, she has had instances where her work is not only questioned because she is a female, but the customers “will also pay me less for the same work done by someone else,” she said.

She encountered numerous inspirational women at the march and she said that she met two women who had gone to similar marches in the 60s and 70s. These two women, whose names were not mentioned, felt that it was ridiculous that they had lived and protested similar issues back then only to gain some rights and then still have to protest for change.

Gorel said that at first, Morykan and herself were unsure if they were going to attend the march, but after hearing and finding out how many other students, faculty, and staff members on campus were also attending, they not only attended, but also met other Elizabethtown students at the march.

When speaking with Morykan, she had a more personal connection to the march. “Mainly, the thing that is concerning me right now, which is why I went to the march, is all the attacks that are being made to things like Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act. Those things have played a very direct roles in my life in

Elizabethtown students at the Women's March
Elizabethtown students at the Women’s March

protecting myself and my family,” Morykan said. She was not the only one at the march who shared such concerns. There are numerous reports of women (and men) fearing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which then would affect their health insurance coverage.

Morykan spoke of a young speaker she remembered attending the march. “There was this one speaker they introduced her as being an expert on immigration and things like that and the this six year old girl, Sophia, came up with her family and gave this amazing speech on the importance of her family having access to the United States and they needed to be protected and she said the exact same speech again, but in Spanish, but in her speech she said things: ‘I want all the kids out there to know that you are not alone with dealing with the problems you are facing’ and ‘that it is okay to be afraid.’” Sophia Cruz, the six year old girl that Morykan spoke fondly of, inspired not only only those in attendance at the march, but the many that watched her speech as it went viral.

The third interviewee left no comment, but Gorel and Morykan felt inspired to continue advocating for rights and would not mind starting their own march and/or advocacy project on campus.