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Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

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OUTTA’ RIGHT FIELD LAURA HANCQ

Mourning the 2011 Phillies

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Devoted to her sport, Gordon excels with Cavs BY SEAN COLLINS Staff Writer Maura Gordon is a Cabrini senior who has made quite a name for herself as an athlete. She is a midfielder on the field hockey team and wears jersey No. 7. Gordon, originally from Lilitz, Pa., attended Lancaster Catholic High School. You may have seen her as Student Athlete of the Week on CabriniAthletics.com last month. Her first major sports achievement here was when she was named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) First Team in 2008. Later that same year, she was also named CSAC Player of the Week. Her junior year, Gordon was named president of Cabrini’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (or CSAAC). With her senior year near its midway point, Gordon tallied her 100th career point against Delaware Valley College on Monday, Oct. 10. Through 71 career games, she has 42 goals as a member of the Cavaliers. Gordon has an individualized major in both business and psychology, focused on an exercise facility for children with special needs. She plans on using the experience she gains from this major to one day play a role assisting in the Special Olympics. She currently has a job as a trainer at the fitness

center in the Dixon Center and hopes to continue training after she graduates and integrate that into a future career. Gordon has learned to manage her time well and is quite clear on her priorities. “I don’t play any other sports other than field hockey,” Gordon said. “Outside of that, it’s my family, then my friends, then school and my job at the fitness center.”

“She is really an inspiration to every one of us on the team.” Stephanie Campanaro

She feels Cabrini was a natural fit for her. She initially chose Cabrini because of its small school setting. She then decided to stay on campus after making strong friendships with her fellow teammates and playing under the leadership of her team’s coach Jackie Neary. “Jackie is pretty much the reason I stayed here,” Gordon said. Her favorite memories here include winning the conference championship her

sophomore year. She also says she will cherish the friendships she has made with both students and faculty. Gordon also recalls a few times in her student-athlete career when she wasn’t sure if she would make it to where she is today. However, she was able to see it through and attain her goals. One focal point that kept her on course was field hockey, the sport she loves so much. “I went through times when I definitely struggled,” Gordon said. “I didn’t always think what I wanted to do was completely possible. But coming to Cabrini opened more than enough doors for me and just really made me realize that what I wanted to do was very possible for me and I could achieve it. All I had to do was try hard enough.” “Maura is an awesome friend and an awesome teammate,” fellow senior teammate Stephanie Campanaro said. “I really look up to her and I try to emulate her. What she wants to do with her major is great. She is really an inspiration to every one of us on the team.”

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As much as it pains me to say this, it’s time to talk about it. The Philadelphia Phillies, otherwise known as the best team in baseball for the 2011 season, have been eliminated from the postseason by failing to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS. Dreams of repeating the euphoria of the 2008 World Series have been shattered. The 2011 National League Pennant will fly in either St. Louis or Milwaukee. Pictures have circulated on the Internet of the Phanatic’s attempts to hurl himself off the Ben Franklin Bridge. Hardcore fans have been left feeling confused and heartbroken. Why did this happen? How does the best team in baseball, a team with over 100 wins and multiple aces, fail to advance out of the divisional playoff round? I wish I knew. Of course, we all have our theories. Honestly though, throwing specific players or personnel under the proverbial bus, or “rally trolley,” such as the one the Phillies paraded around Philadelphia in before NLDS home games isn’t going to help. As a devastated fan, I believe I have come full circle in my mourning and have completed the five stages of the grieving process, including denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance. I encourage you, my fellow phaithful, to do the same. Denial was clearly evident throughout the NLDS and upon the shutout loss that ended it all. Thoughts such as, “Is this really happening?” and “Is Cliff Lee not the magical unicorn we once knew and loved?” were common. Anger shortly followed. Bargaining was a short-lived stage as thoughts such as, “well maybe we could live without a World Series title, if we could just get that damn pennant,” passed while depression was not quick to leave. Baseball is dependable. While you might not watch it every single night, you know it’s always there. The Phillies are a teddy-bear baby-blankey combo. You might not cuddle with them every night, but you love them all the same. Acceptance. This is where I am. Depression hasn’t fully left because I miss my Phightins terribly already. I want to be parading down Broad Street in a drunken stupor hugging complete strangers and crying at the sight of Cliff Lee hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy. But you know what? It wasn’t in the cards. Too soon? As the old adage says, there’s no crying in baseball. And now we know why. There’s always next season. As my good buddy Hunter Pence once said, “Good season, let’s go eat.”

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Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

Intramurals bring community, athletics together BY KEVIN DURSO Staff Writer One of the things that make sports such great entertainment is rivalries and the competitive nature behind them. But all of us remember what it was like to spend summer nights playing touch football in the streets or hitting the local sandlot. We are not all athletes. However, there may still be a way for the sports lover, who never made it to the level of Division III athletics on campus, to say they are part of a team. One of the ways Cabrini is allowing students to get involved is through intramural sports. Intramural sports are offered every week, with some running on schedules like any other team sport. Others are part of free play, which is about just that: playing for fun. “Intramurals are opportunities for students to continue in sports and activities that they may have done in the past on a competitive level or are looking to stay active,” Orlin Jespersen, intramurals coordinator, said. “They are also ways for groups to be social. It runs on both ends of the spectrum.” Among the sports offered as Cabrini intramurals this fall are flag football, volleyball, soccer and softball. While flag football has received the greatest response so far, the other sports are worth a look as well.

“We have good participation in flag football,” Jespersen said. “It’s probably the most teams we’ve had in a couple of years.” Jespersen noted eight teams in a men’s flag football league on campus but also talked about a project within flag football he’s been working on. “I’d still like to see a women’s or powderpuff league get off the ground but I haven’t gotten much response to that,” Jespersen said. Intramural sports are for those who may feel they don’t have the type of athletic ability, or are just looking to play a sport for fun. Jespersen lists several differences between intramurals and Division III sports. “The varsity programs have more of a time commitment,” Jespersen said. “If they are in-season, they are busy with their sport six days a week.” Jespersen also cited coaches, equipment and the competition as other features that distinguish intramurals from Division III sports. However, he gave many reasons as to why intramurals are for everyone. “Intramurals is at the other end of the spectrum where it is just Cabrini students playing each other,” Jespersen said. “It is a great way for groups of friends to get involved, say if you want to represent a residence hall or another group on campus.” Even with several sports already underway this season, it is never too late to sign up. Students can visit www.cabri-

ni.athleague.com/user.register for information on how to sign up. If there are any doubts about what it is like for other students playing intramurals, look no further than a few of the students already involved. “The kind of experience that I had with intramural sports is thrilling,” Ryan Bunda, senior criminology major, said. “I played football all throughout high school and even though flag football is not the same, playing under the lights still gives it such a great feeling and brings back the memories.” “The benefit of playing these sports is the fun of friendly competition and it feels good playing the sports I love,” Justin Lutteroty, senior marketing major, said. “Intramural sports have been a great experience throughout my time here at Cabrini.” Everyone has an athlete in them and with the strong bond of community being what drives Cabrini to be extraordinary, this is just one of the many ways to add that sense of community to your academics. “It gives people a chance to stay active,” Jespersen said. “It also adds that sense of community. It gives people a way to be competitive while still having fun by going out and just playing.”

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Sophomore goalkeeper Eric Nowicki recorded a shutout for Cabrini against Immaculata University on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Martin, Lockbaum lead Cavs to win over Immaculata BY COREY FRIZZERA Staff Writer The Cabrini men’s soccer team defeated CSAC opponent Immaculata University 2-0 to end its three-game losing skid on Saturday, Oct. 8. Goals by freshman back Christian Martin, sophomore back Brett Lockbaum and stellar play by the back four sealed the deal for the Cavs. “The back four played very well together, starting with CJ moving to center back,” sophomore goalkeeper Eric Nowicki said. The game’s shot totals were very lopsided in this contest. Cabrini had a total of 18 shots against the Mighty Macs while Immaculata managed just three shots against the Cavs. “We held Immaculata to no shots on goal, which was very relaxing and less nerve-racking for me,” Nowicki said. “I really think we were just fed up with how closely the

last few games ended and wanted to prove something out there today,” Lockbaum said. “If we keep it up, things should start to shape up for the team.” From the moment the whistle blew, it was very evident in the opening minutes that Cabrini was more determined and wanted it more than the Mighty Macs of Immaculata. The Cavs were on the attack in the first half, ripping off 10 shots, five of which were on goal. Cabrini came out with the same type of attitude in the second half, taking eight more shots with three on goal. In minute 38, Martin scored his first collegiate goal with a perfect pass from sophomore midfielder Taylor Scarpino. In minute 55, the Cavs struck again. Lockbaum ripped his fourth goal of the season past Immaculata goalkeeper Chris Raudabaugh and was assisted on the goal by senior forward Eric Collins. The back four of Cabrini came up big in the win. Seniors Anthony Girolamo and Kyle Johnson, sophomore

C.J. Doherty and Martin played stellar defense on Saturday and prevented Immaculata from taking any shots on goal and really protected Nowicki. “The defense really stepped up today and if we continue to play like we did then we can finish the season on a high point,” Doherty said. The win evens the Cavs’ record to 6-6-1 overall and 2-2 in their conference with just 6 games remaining in the 2011 season. Cabrini finishes the season with four away games and five of their six contests are against CSAC opponents. The Cavaliers visit Baptist Bible College on Saturday, Oct. 15. Baptist Bible currently holds a 6-5-1 record this season.

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KEVIN DURSO / STAFF WRITER

NICK LAROSA / SPORTS EDITOR

ABOVE: Junior Meg Ryan sets the ball during the third set of Cabrini’s 3-0 victory over Marywood University. LEFT: Alexis Doss (No. 4) jumps in the air as she spikes the ball over the net.

Volleyball knocks off CSAC rival Marywood BY KEVIN DURSO Staff Writer The women’s volleyball team defeated Marywood University in straight sets, 3-0, in a CSAC match played at the Nerney Field House on Saturday, Oct. 8. With the win, the Lady Cavs remain undefeated against CSAC opponents for the 2011 season. Cabrini played two matches on Saturday, the first of which was a road contest against Eastern University. The team fell to Eastern in straight sets, ending their five-game winning streak. Despite the setback, the team returned home for the match against Marywood ready to return to their winning ways. “Playing Eastern [Saturday] morning definitely helped us play better today,” Danielle Carrozza, junior outside hitter, said. “We have five more CSAC games and we’re really confident.” The Lady Cavs’ overall record improved

to 13-9 with the win. In addition to being undefeated against CSAC opponents, they are also a perfect 6-0 when playing at home. This match was much closer than the score indicates. Despite taking the match in straight sets, Marywood challenged Cabrini in every set of the match. In the first set, after jumping out to a 9-3 lead, Marywood trimmed the lead down to 16-15, before Cabrini rebounded to take the set, 25-19. The second set lacked that kind of close drama but featured some tense moments. The Lady Cavs led the whole way but saw the set get closer as it progressed, with scores of 17-13 and 21-16 forcing them to keep focused. They were able to take the second set by a score of 25-18. In the third and final set of the match, Cabrini once again held the lead the entire way and started to pull away as the win got closer. After storming out to a 9-2 lead, the Lady Cavs boosted that lead to 17-8, before

pulling away in the closing stages to win the deciding set by a score of 25-14. Throughout the match, the Cavaliers showed very strong net presence and kept many balls that looked unplayable off the ground, giving them many second chances for points. “We have a lot of hitters that can swing hard against the block,” Carrozza said. “We just put everything that we have at practice into the games and it usually works out for us.” Another attribute of their net presence was the powerful shots of the front line. For much of the match, Cabrini overpowered Marywood’s defense with great shots, but also knew when to put just enough on the ball to get it to fall on Marywood’s side of the court. For much of the match, the Lady Cavs showed how great teams find a way to work together. Constant communication was the key to yet another Cabrini win, as the Lady Cavs were vocal for the whole

match. “We have to keep up the intensity and hustle and communicate,” Meg Ryan, junior opposite-side hitter, said. “We just have fun. We try not to be too serious.” Before playing their doubleheader matches, Cabrini had been idle for over a week, with their last match being a 3-1 win over Neumann University on Sept. 29. Cabrini’s successful run has them working toward yet another CSAC title. After winning titles in 2009 and 2010, the team is setting their sights on yet another championship. “We want home-court advantage during the playoffs,” fifth-year head coach Eric Schaefer said. “We’ve got to keep taking care of business during the season.”

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Sports Blurbals Vick throws four picks as Eagles fall to Buffalo The Philadelphia Eagles continued to struggle as they lost to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Oct. 9 by a score of 31-24. The Eagles are now 1-4 and all the pre-season talk about winning a Super Bowl seems distant. Michael Vick threw four interceptions in the game, including two to Bills linebacker Nick Barnett. Barnett returned one of the picks 31 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Fred Jackson led the way for the Bills with 196 total yards and a touchdown. The Eagles trailed at halftime 21-7 but made a comeback in the second half, falling short by one touchdown. Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant had 9 receptions for 139 yards and running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 80 yards and scored once.

Dempsey’s goal gives U.S. coach Klinsmann first win Clint Dempsey scored in minute 36 and goalkeeper Tim Howard made several key saves as the U.S. defeated Honduras on Saturday, Oct. 8. This gave new coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, his first win as the United States national coach. Since Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley on July 29 after the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Americans had tied Mexico and lost to Costa Rica and Belgium. There are high expectations for Klinsmann and it remains to be seen if the U.S. team can live up to them. Klinsmann was the former national coach for Germany but after finishing third at the 2006 World Cup, he was forced to resign.

Texas Rangers take 2-0 lead in ALCS The Texas Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the ALCS after defeating the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Monday, Oct. 10. Right fielder Nelson Cruz put his name in the record books when he hit a walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning to give the Rangers the win. Cruz also homered in the seventh inning of the game to tie the score at 3-3. Trailing by two runs early on, Detroit’s Ryan Raburn hit a three-run homer in the third inning to give the Tigers a lead that they would hold on to until the seventh inning. Max Scherzer pitched six innings for Detroit while Rangers starter Derek Holland was charged with three earned runs in less than three innings of work.

Rodgers leads Packers to comeback win over Falcons The Green Bay Packers scored 25 unanswered points to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 25-14 on Sunday, Oct. 9, in Atlanta, Ga. Once again, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a great game, leading the defending champs with 396 yards and two touchdowns. The first half was a struggle for the Packers as they were held without a touchdown. They settled for two field goals by Mason Crosby but still trailed 14-6 at halftime. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan passed for only 167 yards and had two interceptions. With the win, the Packers are now 5-0 on the year. BY NICK RAYNER / STAFF WRITER


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Lady Cavs defeat College of

Notre Dame, pick up win No. 11 BY MARYKATE MCCANN Staff Writer Women’s tennis shut out the College of Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 7 by a score of 9-0. The win improved the Cavaliers to 11-0 overall and 8-0 in the CSAC. For this match, head coach John Magee decided to adjust the doubles line-up for the Cavaliers. Sophomores Katie Kennedy and Adriana Scotto paired up for an 8-4 win. Senior Alexis DiCamillo teamed with freshman Samantha Trumbo for a shutout of 8-0. In the No. 3 doubles spot, senior Michelle Lettmann and sophomore Victoria Nastala recorded an 8-1 victory. “The match went really well for us,” DiCamillo, senior human resource management major, said. “We stayed focused and enjoyed the competition that will help us in our upcoming CSAC matches.” In singles play, all six players posted victories. In the No. 1 spot, Kennedy took home a 6-1, 6-1 victory. In 2010,

Kennedy claimed CSAC Second Team honors in singles play at the No. 1 position. DiCamillo fought her way to a 6-4 first set and 6-2 score for the second set. Last year, DiCamillo earned CSAC First Team honors in singles play.

“We just have to keep our intensity level up and just play our game.” Adriana Scotto

weeks,” Scotto, sophomore undeclared, said. “As a team we just have to keep our intensity level up and just play our game.” After a 5-4 loss to Marywood University on Monday, Oct. 10, the team has three matches left, two of which are on the road. Their match against Gwynedd-Mercy College, a 12-0 team, will be their toughest remaining match. The final three games of the season will decide the Lady Cavs’ seeding for the CSAC playoffs. “We really want to win the CSAC [championship] this year,” Kennedy, sophomore communication major, said. “We bond really well together as a team,” Scotto said. “We are all really close friends and that is important when it comes to influencing our success as a whole.”

Following DiCamillo, Lettmann won the No. 3 match 6-2, 6-0. The four and five singles matches were played by Scotto and Trumbo; both players finished with 6-0, 6-0 victories. “There is going to be a lot of pressure the next two

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MARYKATE MCCANN / STAFF WRITER

RACHAEL RENZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

ABOVE LEFT: The women’s tennis team huddles together prior to facing the College of Notre Dame. ABOVE RIGHT: Senior Michelle Lettmann prepares to serve the ball to her opponent during the Lady Cavs’ 9-0 win on Friday, Oct. 7.

Cavalier Athletic Calendar Thursday, Oct. 13

Friday, Oct. 14

Women’s Tennis vs. Philadelphia University 3:30 p.m.

No Events

Field Hockey vs. Cedar Crest College 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15 Volleyball @ Cedar Crest College 10 a.m. and vs. Wesley College 12 p.m. (Allentown, Pa.) Women’s Soccer vs. Gwynedd-Mercy College 12 p.m.

Field Hockey @ Keystone College 2 p.m. Men’s Soccer @ Baptist Bible College 3 p.m. Women’s Tennis @ Gwynedd-Mercy College 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 16

Monday, Oct. 17

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Wednesday, Oct. 19

No Events

Women’s Tennis @ Richard Stockton College 4 p.m.

Golf @ Centenary College Invitational

Women’s Soccer vs. Immaculata University 4 p.m.

Field Hockey vs. College of Notre Dame 3:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer @ Franklin & Marshall College 7 p.m. Volleyball @ Centenary College 7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Gwynedd-Mercy College 7 p.m.


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