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OUTTA’ RIGHT FIELD LAURA HANCQ

NHL should

wield the shield

JENAY SMITH / PHOTO EDITOR

Sliva stays involved, leads fellow swimmers BY KASSIA BERNOSKY Staff Writer Lauren Sliva, senior communication major and women’s swim team captain, swims freestyle and butterfly for the Cavs. Sliva has been swimming her whole life and always knew she would swim in college. “It never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t swim in college,” Sliva said. But out of all the colleges in the country to choose from, why Cabrini? Sliva is not a big university kind of girl. She always knew that she wanted to go to a small college. Not only did size influence her decision, location did too. Sliva grew up in Ohio and Michigan and felt it was time for her to get out of the Midwest and experience living on the East Coast. “I wanted to go to California but I figured that would be too far of a drive for my parents to come visit, all of the two times they might visit anyway,” Sliva said laughing. “So I decided to look east and found Cabrini.” Not only does Sliva contribute to the team through her races but she also motivates and inspires her teammates. “Sliva gets very serious but also is encouraging,” Brandon Mazepa, sophomore history major and member of the men’s swim team, said. “She compliments everyone and cheers people on during practice, along with telling us when to go and saying ‘last one’ or ‘one more guys.’ She’s a true leader

and captain.” “The team lost most of its swimmers last year so it’s as if we are starting fresh,” Sliva said. “There are only two seniors on the team. The rest are sophomores or freshman and they all have great potential. I am looking forward to seeing what they can do as the season progresses.” Sliva is a very well-rounded athlete and has played basketball, water polo, volleyball, crew, track and field and soccer in the past. However, swimming was the sport she stuck with. In addition to swimming and working in the admissions office, Sliva is involved in many campus organizations. She is one of the On-Stage directors for CAP Board, the college’s event planning board, and previously was a writer for The Loquitur for two years as well as a part of LOQation for a semester. When Sliva is not swimming, you can find her making friends laugh, doing the worm backwards and listening and dancing to Korean pop music. She is full of energy and is always having a good time. “She is obsessed with Korean music and enjoys dancing and singing along with it. She doesn’t care where she is, she will bust a move,” Mazepa said. People close to Sliva find her to be a very loyal and trustworthy person. She is always there to lend a hand or give advice. “Lauren is the kind of roommate and friend that will listen to your problems and

then try to get your mind off of the thing,” Courtney Abel, senior chemistry major, said. Throughout Sliva’s four years at Cabrini College, she has too many fond memories to count. Whether inside or outside of swimming, they all hold a place in her heart and the many friendships and memories that she has made will last forever. “There are a lot of moments in swimming that I will always remember. Mostly the inside jokes, the bus trips to and from swim meets, breakfast in the morning, ‘tea time’ and especially the training trips,” Sliva said. After graduation, Sliva plans on having a career involving entertainment. She is interested in event planning and management. However, before settling down with a career, Sliva would like to join the Peace Corps or teach English in Seoul. “I want to travel and I figured I should go now while I have no responsibilities to a job or family,” Sliva said. “Lauren’s always busy but she always finds time to cheer you up, stay social, get her work done and sleep somewhere in between,” Abel said. KAB463@CABRINI.EDU

Lauren Sliva Class year: Senior Major: Communication Event: Butterfly, freestyle

Let me begin by saying I am a 21-year-old female who has never played sanctioned ice hockey and the last thing I would ever try to do is tell some of the best players and veterans of the sport in the world, who are also fully grown men, how to do their job. However, in light of Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger’s recent eye injury, it is obvious that something needs to be done about mandating facial protection in the NHL. The clear visor worn by hockey players, or dark tinted if you are Alexander Ovechkin, also commonly known in the hockey world as a shield, protects players when it comes to getting a slap shot speeding puck in the face, attention Flyer Ian Lapierrere, or a high-stick to the eye, the recent Pronger injury. Most players don a shield, including Flyer Claude Giroux, whose game is not adversely affected because clearly, he is a stud on the ice. However, these young guys are used to wearing the shield, while many of the veterans are from the older days of hockey and feel it will take an edge off of their game if they wear one because they have not matured through their careers by wearing one. Enter Pronger. As long as there is some other player not wearing one, guys like Pronger will decline as well. The NHL needs to strongly consider making shields mandatory. Why? Because players are investments. Management needs to protect their investments. Fans come out to see the top players in the league in any sport. Teams invest millions of dollars in these athletes. On the flip side, the athlete, such as Pronger, wants to perform to the best of his ability, to help the team and to ensure he is going to get the best contract he can, which is without a doubt his right. Therefore, the league needs to step up. If everyone has to wear a shield, no one will be disadvantaged. Much of the argument on the players’ side is that if their performance is affected, they could lose up to a million dollars a year. However, this is a really limited view. An eye injury could end a career. A shield could keep a player eligible to play longer. Therefore, shields equal more money in the long run as well, no? Everyone can win. The NHL needs to promote the interest of the players. Veteran players may have a couple of years left in the NHL but they could potentially have an entire half of their life left to live out after hockey. Protect the players.

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After posting a 24-6 record last season, Cory Lemons (pictured holding the ball) and the men’s basketball team are hoping to win the CSAC championship for the third straight year.

Preview: Men’s basketball aiming for another CSAC title BY ANTHONY FOLEY Staff Writer With the men’s basketball season just around the corner, the Cavaliers were honored with the No. 14 spot on the D3hoops.com Preseason Basketball Poll. The Cavs finished last season with a final record of 24-6 and also reached the Sweet Sixteen. Losing defensive threat Lamar Fisher and forward Dom Farrello, both seniors last year, will be an obstacle for the team to overcome this year. Farrello averaged 17.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game last season. Cory Lemons, junior business administration major, averaged 6.5 assists per game along with 17.3 points per game last year. Lemons was also a member of the D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Third Team. “I feel honored to be on the All-American list but I only am on there because my coaches put me in a position to be successful,” Lemons said. “We are preparing very hard to stay on top of our game and we lost a lot with our seniors but our returners, including myself, have to step up and the freshman will help out a lot. We just have to stay as a unit and I will lead this team by doing whatever it takes to win and I have a lot of help.” Senior John Boyd, sophomore Fran Rafferty and juniors A.J. Williams and Goran Dulac will help lead the younger players. Rafferty, last year’s star-studded fresh-

man, had a lot to say about his team. “Coming off of last year, we lost two big pieces in Farrello and Fisher but we have a strong young group coming in,” Rafferty said. “It’s extremely hard to come off a strong season from last year and expect the same result but we return four of five starters and a strong bench that I think can get us back to the Sweet 16 and maybe even further.”

“Our team is excited. We believe we can really make a run this year.” Fran Rafferty

According to Rafferty, the new additions to this year’s team will help the team continue to succeed on the court. “Jeremy Knowles will play a role on the wing for us and the freshman class is headed by Brima Rogers and Sean Mayo. Alex Lorenzo and Connor Quigley will also step in and look to help us build on our success from last season,” Rafferty said. Rafferty averaged 8.6 points per game and 4.0 rebounds in his freshman season. Even as a sophomore, he is viewed as a leader on this year’s team. “As far as being a leader of the team, I plan on leading

by example,” Rafferty said. “I’ll be there to pick guys up if they’re having a bad game or something like that but primarily I just want to lead our team back to the CSAC Championship and eventually deeper into the NCAA Tournament. Being ranked 14th is a great honor for this team. It just shows how hard we’ve worked and what we carry over from last year’s run. Our team is excited. We believe we can really make a run this year.” Other members of the team are also optimistic about the season and are prepared to work hard. “We are just trying to get in the best shape we can,” Jon Miller, sophomore center, said. “I am just trying to work on my defense and the whole team is working hard on defense. Dom [Farrello] leaving really is making the team step up and replace his role on the team. He was our go-to guy.” The Cavaliers will begin their 2011-2012 season on Tuesday, Nov. 15, with a home game against the Haverford College Fords.

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Men’s soccer eliminated by Gwynedd-Mercy BY ROB RICHES Staff Writer The men’s soccer team lost 3-0 to the Gwynedd-Mercy College Griffins in the quarterfinal round of the Colonial States Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The loss eliminated the No. 3-seeded Cavaliers from the CSAC Tournament and is an upset considering that GwyneddMercy came in as the No. 6 seed. It was also just the second time that the Cavaliers were shut out this season. “I’m disappointed by this loss. We thought we could win this game,” Glen Jaskelewicz, head coach, said. “We played so well against Gwynedd-Mercy earlier this season and I think that we came in way too overconfident.” The last match that Cabrini played against Gwynedd-Mercy was a convincing 4-0 win on Oct. 12, which was also played at Edith Robb Dixon Field. That was one reason why many expected a win for Tuesday’s match. Cabrini and GwyneddMercy also faced off in the quarterfinal

round of last year’s CSAC tournament, which ended with a Cabrini victory. Griffins sophomore midfielder Tyler Ward opened the scoring in the 43rd minute of the first half with a goal coming off of a rebound, which turned out to be the game-winning goal. Sophomore forward Dan Panepresso scored just over a minute into the second half off of a pass from forward Trevor Sotell to extend the Griffins lead to 2-0. Panepresso then finished the scoring with a goal in minute 56, which came unassisted. “I’m disappointed about this loss, I thought we had the team to win [the championship],” Don Irons, sophomore back, said. Despite the 3-0 score, the game was much closer in terms of statistics. The Cavaliers trailed the Griffins by only five shots and both goalkeepers recorded two saves. Cabrini had a distinct advantage in corner kicks, as they accumulated 11 while Gwynedd-Mercy only had four. At one point in the first half, the Cavaliers had

three corner kicks in back-to-back fashion, to no avail. While they had more chances, they were unable to capitalize on them. “If that first goal didn’t go in, it would’ve been an entirely different game,” Jake Neary, senior midfielder, said. “That second goal just deflated us.” While the Cavaliers had an advantage in corner kicks, they were not able to record a shot on goal until 13 minutes remained in the game. They finished with five shots overall, three of which did not make it on goal. “We were given plenty of chances this game but did not capitalize on them,” Jaskelewicz said. For the senior players, this loss marked the end of their Cabrini soccer careers. The senior players won 49 games together, including CSAC Championships in 2008 and 2009. Considering those two championship victories, this result was much less than ideal. “I would like to thank the seniors Eric Collins, Jake Neary, Jake Thomas, Jim Mattock, Anthony Girolamo, and Kyle Johnson for their accomplishments

to the soccer program over the years,” Jaskelewicz said. While the early exit at the hands of Gwynedd-Mercy is a devastating blow to the Cavaliers, there is still a positive outlook for the future. Players such as sophomores Ryan Cerrato and Brett Lockbaum, as well as freshman George Lambritsios, were some of the leading scorers this season and could be key pieces to the puzzle for a 2012 championship run. Sophomore goalkeeper Eric Nowicki finished with a miniscule goals allowed average of 1.89 and could come back as a key piece to the puzzle for next season as well. The Cavaliers men’s soccer team finished the season with a record of 9-10-1, finishing in third place in the CSAC with a record of 5-4 against CSAC opponents. “I guess the better team doesn’t always win,” Neary said.

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GMC shuts out Cavaliers BY KRISTINE SEMPTIMPHELTER Staff Writer

NICK LAROSA / SPORTS EDITOR

After beating Neumann 3-2 on Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Cavaliers season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to Gwynedd-Mercy in the CSAC championship game on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The women’s field hockey team lost to Gwynedd-Mercy College on the road by a score of 3-0 on Saturday, Nov. 5. The team defeated the Neumann University Knights by a score of 3-2 on Wednesday, Nov. 2, to advance to their fourth straight CSAC title game appearance. In minute 18 of the contest against the Griffins, the Lady Cavs fell behind 1-0 after a goal by Gwynedd-Mercy’s Brook Stretch. Stretch scored again for the Griffins to give Gwynedd-Mercy a 2-0 lead at the half. Trailing at halftime, the Lady Cavs attempted to make a comeback. Only four minutes into the second half, though, the Griffins took a 3-0 lead and held on for the victory. The Cavaliers struggled as they

watched the deficit become larger. Cabrini goalkeeper Genevieve Paulin recorded 12 saves and took the loss in the game. The Cavaliers were outshot 26-9 by the Griffins, who also had 11 corner attempts in the game. Junior Lindsey Atzert recorded four of Cabrini’s shots while Lauren Alessi and Stephanie Campanaro each had two shots apiece. The Cavaliers finished the campaign with an overall record of 12-7, including a 6-1 record in CSAC play. The loss marked the end of the careers of seniors Alessi, Campanaro, Maura Gordon, Liz Krupka, Amanda Smith and Janine Zizzamia. Had Cabrini won, it would have been their third consecutive CSAC championship. KRS52@CABRINI.EDU

Cavalier Athletic Calendar Thursday, Nov. 10 No Events

Friday, Nov. 11 Volleyball vs. Juniata College (NCAA Tournament @ Neumann University) 3 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12 Men’s Cross Country NCAA Mideast Regional Championship (@DeSales University) noon

Women’s Soccer vs. Springfield College (NCAA Tournament @ Johns Hopkins University) 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 13

Monday, Nov. 14

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Wednesday, Nov. 16

No Events

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Men’s Basketball vs. Haverford College 6 p.m.

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PHOTO SUBMITTED BY HUNTER MARTIN PHOTOGRAPHY

Power of three: Cavs win third straight CSAC title BY BREANNA STANLEY Staff Writer The women’s volleyball team defeated Neumann University 3-0 on Saturday, Nov. 5, to clinch their third straight CSAC championship. The team reached the championship game after defeating Baptist Bible 3-0 on Thursday, Nov. 3 in a semifinal match-up. Cabrini cruised to a 25-9 win in their first set against Baptist Bible and won the next two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-15. Sophomore Alaina Clark contributed 36 assists and the team combined for 54 digs.

When facing off against Neumann, the team found themselves down 16-9 early in the first set but came back to win 26-24. From there, Cabrini picked up 25-17 and 25-21 victories to claim the title. Senior Alexis Doss recorded her 1000th-career kill in the game as well. “The team, overall, set out with a goal and we accomplished that goal, which was to win,” Doss said. “We knew it was going to be a tough match and Neumann put up a tough fight but we ended up victors. It was nice that we beat them 3-0 instead of letting it go to five. That just shows how determined we were to win and finish the

season strong.” Junior Danielle Carrozza was named 2011 CSAC Volleyball Championship Most Valuable Player. Carrozza finished with 12 kills and 16 digs in the game. “We worked harder everyday at practice and because of that we reached our goal of winning the CSAC championship,” Carrozza said. Carrozza mentioned how close together the team was on and off the court, which contributed to their progress and success. With a hard schedule in the beginning of the season, the Cavs toughened up game by game to become as successful as they

are now. Carrozza explained how much of an impact the seniors had on the team with all of their positive vibes. “We wish the seniors the best of luck,” Carrozza said. The Cavaliers will now take on Juniata College in the NCAA tournament on Friday, Nov. 11. The game will take place in Aston, Pa.

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Hinkelmon’s early goal

guides Cavs to title BY JENAY SMITH Photo Editor The women’s soccer team shattered Neumann University’s hopes of winning the CSAC championship when Kara Hinkelmon scored the game’s first and only goal as Cabrini won 1-0 on Saturday, Nov. 5. “I kept my momentum up and just tried to stay calm and I scored three minutes into the game,” Kara Hinkelmon, senior forward/midfielder, said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.” Even though there was nervousness in some of the teammates, as a whole they were confident. “I was nervous but I was excited because I knew that we probably had the best team out there,” Sarah Means, sophomore goalkeeper, said. For most of the team, there was never a moment where they doubted the team’s ability to win the championship. “I knew we had it in us all along to win the CSAC Championship,” Gabby Meck,

freshman midfielder, said. The Lady Cavs had defeated Neumann by a score of 1-0 in the regular season as well but that was no reason for them not to push themselves. “We had beaten Neumann earlier in the season but we’re not going to take that lightly,” Sammy Thompson, senior midfielder, said. Hinkelmon’s goal was a sign that they had nothing to fear or be nervous about. “This goal set the pace for the game and gave not only me but the rest of my teammates a confidence booster,” Danielle Kane, freshman back/midfielder, said. Neumann did, however, start pushing themselves in the second half. Even though only one goal was scored in the game, the two teams combined for 19 shots. “During the second half of the game, Neumann stepped up their game,” Kane said. Still, this did not put a stop to the Cavs flawless performance. They kept up with Neumann and continued to perform at their best. After the game, the team

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couldn’t hold back their emotions. “I just kept hysterically crying and I’m not one to cry and my whole team just kept looking at me, going ‘Wow, she’s that happy.’ I guess tears of joy,” Hinkelmon said. Family members were also in attendance to congratulate Hinkelmon on the win as well as her goal. “My brother, who I don’t get to see that often, actually graduated in 2009,” Hinkelmon said. “Having him there with his girlfriend, my mom, my dad and grandparents felt amazing.”

The road to the championship game was not an easy one but the Lady Cavs knew that their hard work would pay off. “There was a lot building up to the game. Just knowing that we won, it was like a great relief,” Thompson said. “When we won the championship, our team was proud because all of our hard work and dedication had paid off,” Emily Dayton, freshman back, said. So many were excited about the team’s success this season and their dedication to their sport. This included their assis-

tant coach, Jess Huda, who was speechless about how the season turned out and all the accomplishments the team made. “I don’t know if words could express how proud I am of our team for doing what they did,” Huda said. “Upsetting the first and second seed teams, both on the road. It is an unbelievable feeling and I’m still not sure if I can put it into words. I’m just going to enjoy this feeling right now.”

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Loquitur Sports section (pages 13-16), Issue10 of the 2011-2012 academic year.

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