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Thursday, April 19, 2012

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‘Boots’ provides softball team with support, strong pitching BY MARYKATE MCCANN Asst. Copy Editor ‘Boots,’ better known as junior criminology and sociology major Marcelle Crist, has a passion for softball, an obsession with cowgirl boots and a second language that is out of the ordinary. Crist started her softball career at the age of 10 and has been going at it ever since. She played the sport all four years at Chichester High School in Upper Chichester, Pa. and her softball journey wasn’t going to end there. “Cabrini College is the only place I applied to,” Crist said. “I also looked at Point Park in Pittsburgh but I just wanted to go here.” Playing softball was not the deciding factor when it came to what college to attend. “I came here for the education,” Crist said. “Going to grad school in California and studying the homicide department was my main focus.” Crist’s parents have been there for her since day one. She also grew up using sign language in order to communicate with her mom. To her, it wasn’t different, it was normal. “I grew up to a language people think is difficult,” Crist

said. “My mom is deaf but I didn’t think anything of it. When she yells, she really yells, because she doesn’t realize how loud or soft she is actually speaking.” Since freshman year, ‘Boots’ has played a huge role on the Cabrini College women’s softball team. Whether she is in the game or resting, her voice is always heard. “Her nickname is ‘Boots’ because she had an obsession with wearing cowboy boots her freshman year,” Sammy Thompson, senior shortstop, said. “I enjoy wearing cowboy boots,” Crist said. “That was an easy target [for a nickname], I guess.” Crist is known to make people laugh and bring up the team’s morale whenever they are down. “Marcelle is one of the most supportive and encouraging girls on the team,” Taylor McGarvey, junior outfielder, said. “Batting against her in practice has helped me build confidence and get better at the plate.” “As a pitcher and leader on the team, you have to know how to compose yourself,” Thompson said. “She does a very good job of that.” According to McGarvey, Crist loves Disney movies and enjoys going to concerts. She also listens to One Direction before every game. Just like most athletes, Crist tends to be a little supersti-

tious when it comes to games. She washes and straightens her hair before every game, even if she has to wake up early to do it. “I also wear my pop pop’s ring on my necklace at every game,” Crist said. “I hold it while batting and let go right when the pitch is coming.” “She always has an upbeat personality, cheering us on,” Lea Enoch, freshman outfielder, said. “I love playing with her and I’m going to miss her once she graduates next year.” As a freshman, Crist hit .227 in 14 starts and struck out 21 batters in 90.1 innings. She received CSAC Honorable Mention and was named to the All-Academic Team. Primarily a pitcher, Crist currently has a 7-9 record with 36 strikeouts in 87.1 innings pitched this season. With a 15-17 record through April 14, the Cavs hope to finish the 2012 season strong. “We are going to do what we can to win Cabrini College and ourselves a CSAC championship,” Crist said.

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IN THE DUGOUT WITH MARCELLE CRIST 1. How did you get the nickname ‘Boots?’

4. What professional sports teams do you root for?

- I have an obsession with cowgirl boots.

- The Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Steelers.

2. What band do you enjoy listening to?

5. Who is your favorite professional athlete?

- One Direction.

- Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies second baseman).

3. Do you have any superstitions?

6. In terms of personality, how would your team-

- I wash and straighten my hair before every game. I also wear my pop pop’s ring on my necklace at every game.

- Being supportive and encouraging.

mates describe you?


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Club lacrosse offers unique, competitive atmosphere BY ROB RICHES Asst. News Editor In addition to the 16 varsity sports that Cabrini offers, there are also a variety of club sports offered as well. One example is the men’s club lacrosse team. The club lacrosse team is ideal for those who want to play lacrosse as a Cavalier but may lack the time needed to commit at the varsity level. “We come out two to three times a week and throw together a scrimmage for practice,” John Kidd, senior criminology major and leader of the team, said. “We set up games with other schools and try to win.” The website for club sports states that they “can offer stiff competition against club and JV teams from other colleges in the region,” and that they “are a great way to try your hand at something new, get to know like-minded people and get the thrill of playing other schools.” The team gets to face off against area schools such as Temple University and Drexel University, providing an intense and fun atmosphere for the players. “It’s awesome and we’re all just having fun,” Brian Sugden, junior communication major, said. “We get to blow off some steam and have a good time.” According to the official website for clubs on campus, club lacrosse is intended “for male students interested in the fundamentals of lacrosse.” Anybody can play regard-

less of skill level or experience. “We have three guys on the team now who have never played before,” Kidd said. For the new lacrosse players, starting the sport requires practice but basic skills can be attained after a short period of time.

“We’re all good friends who play together. We’re all just having fun.” Brian Sugden

“I recommend buying a stick and a ball over the summer and just bouncing the ball off of a wall,” Kidd said. “If you play enough wall-ball, you’ll be ready to go by the time the season rolls along.” Finding equipment is not hard, as it can be found at various sporting goods stores in the area. Equipment, such as sticks, can be found at a relatively inexpensive cost. The club lacrosse team employs 27 players on the roster, relatively small compared to the 44-man roster used by the varsity team. However, the smaller roster proves to be no problem or challenge to the team, as it provides for

close friendships and a strong bond between teammates. “We’re all good friends who play together,” Sugden said. “We’re all just having fun.” While the club lacrosse team enjoys the opportunity to get out and play on a less-competitive level, they still have priorities. “The main part is that we get our schoolwork done first,” Sugden said. “Then we get to go out and play.” Critics may not understand why the college has two lacrosse teams for men. However, several players do feel that there is a difference. “We have more fun,” Kidd said, laughing. “That’s all it is.” If one is interested in signing up for club lacrosse next season, they can reach the team at mclublax@cabrini. edu. Additionally, one can attend an interest meeting in the fall semester, visit the team’s official Facebook page or contact Orlin Jespersen in the Dixon Center. The club’s last home game of the season is scheduled for Friday, April 20, at Edith Robb Dixon Field, so anyone interested can go watch and see the action first-hand.

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OUTTA’ RIGHT FIELD JESSE GAUNCE

Playoff hockey not

about violence

KEVIN DURSO / ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

The 10-2 men’s lacrosse team runs out onto the field prior to opening faceoff. The team is currently on a nine-game win streak.

Cavs erupt for 24 goals on Senior Day BY NICK LAROSA Sports Editor Cabrini’s men’s lacrosse team exploded for 24 goals in a 24-5 victory over Immaculata University on Saturday, April 14, at Edith Robb Dixon Field. For seniors Joe Arrell, Brian Hill, John McSorley and Andrew Zelinski, the game was their last regular season home contest. The Cavs wasted little time jumping out to a lead and had already tallied nine goals by the end of the first quarter. At the half, Cabrini led 18-1 over the Mighty Macs. Hill led the Cavs with four goals on eight shots and was one of four players to score at least twice in the win. He was accompanied by freshman attack Damian Sobieski and sophomore attack Corey Elmer, who each scored twice. Junior midfielder Andrew Layne also added a hat trick for Cabrini, the first of his career. In the first two quarters alone, Cabrini fired 32 shots at

Immaculata goalkeeper Max Bonhage, who was charged with the loss. Immaculata was only able to take 21 shots over the course of the afternoon and managed just 18 ground balls, compared to Cabrini’s 55. Junior goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki made eight saves in just over 40 minutes for his 10th win of the year. Freshman Wes Odell and junior Kevin Gallagher also made appearances in net for Cabrini. In addition to Hill, Arrell and McSorley each recorded at least one point while Zelinski fired four shots on net. The four goals from Hill give him a team-high 32 and his 46 points this year are second on the team. While the loss dropped Immaculata to 2-11 on the season, Cabrini extended their winning streak to nine games and improved to 10-2 this spring. Up next for the Cavs is a CSAC matchup against the Neumann University Knights on Saturday, April 21. NAL42@CABRINI.EDU

BROOKE FAMOUS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

From left to right, Ali May, Samantha LaMaina, Kaitlyn Smith and Erin McLaughlin share a laugh prior to the start of one of their games.

Lady Cavs rout Neumann, earn fifth win BY KEVIN DURSO Asst. Sports Editor Three members of the Cabrini women’s lacrosse team netted hat tricks in the Lady Cavs’ 17-9 win over Neumann University on Saturday, April 14, at Edith Robb Dixon Field. A pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of the first half by senior attack Jacky McDermott and freshman midfielder/attack Lacie Doubet gave the Lady Cavs an early lead. Neumann knotted the score with under 17 minutes left in the half on a pair of goals separated by 19 seconds. Less than two minutes later, McDermott broke the tie with her second of three goals on the game. Cabrini wouldn’t relinquish the lead from there, carrying a 10-5 lead into halftime backed by hat tricks by McDermott and Doubet. Doubet added two assists for a five-point game while McDermott also posted an assist to finish with four points.

The Lady Cavs also controlled the second half, backed by another hat trick, this one by sophomore attack Sarah Means. All three of her goals came in the final 12 minutes of the game. Freshmen Melissa Scanzano, Sara Carzo and sophomore Breanna Thompson each scored twice in the win. Eight different Lady Cavs scored in the win with several of them posting multi-point games. Sophomore goalkeeper Janel Folkomer made eight saves. The win improves the Lady Cavs to 5-8 on the season. They are now 5-1 in CSAC play, which ranks them second in the CSAC. The Lady Cavs close their season with a pair of home games. They host Gwynedd-Mercy College on Saturday, April 21 and end the regular season with Senior Day against Widener University on Tuesday, April 24.

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The Stanley Cup playoffs should be about hockey, not violence. Sure, fighting and those little scrums that happen after a whistle is blown can get violent but so far, it’s gone a little farther than that and we’ve seen it in almost every series. After game three of the Bruins-Capitals series, Caps star forward Nicklas Backstrom received a match penalty for cross-checking Bruins forward Rich Peverley in the back of the head. Backstrom has been suspended for game four. In addition to that, Madison Square Garden saw an ugly incident during game two of the Rangers-Senators series in which Rangers forward Carl Hagelin elbowed Daniel Alfredsson of the Senators in the head and gave him a concussion. That led to another incident in the same game as Senators defenseman Matt Carkner sucker punched Rangers defenseman Brian Boyle in the back of the head as he was down on the ice. There have been other incidents in other series’ in which dirty hits have been distributed and suspensions have been given out but those two have been the most talked about so far. That said, the series that has literally every hockey fan talking is...drum roll, please...FlyersPenguins. In just three games, I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed so much dirty play from just one team and you know which one I’m talking about. There’s been hair pulling, sucker punching, late hits and so much more. If the NHL is leaning on the Penguins as its golden franchise, they need to think about switching it up. Pittsburgh exemplifies everything that is wrong with hockey. If you’re not a Penguins fan, you more than likely hated them already. After this series, how could anyone outside of Pittsburgh not hate them? I dislike both teams but I hope the Flyers finish the job. When will it end? When did the playoffs become about which player can knock out who? Are the New Orleans Saints somehow involved in this? Cheap shots and diving are things the NHL wants to get rid of, yet it’s happening all over the place. This is not the time and place for it. It looks bad on the league and the players and the fans should not have to talk about players laying out dirty hits over the outcome of a game. This will stop when Sidney Crosby, Alex Burrows and others are not playing into May and June.

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Tennis continues CSAC winning streak BY KEVIN DURSO Asst. Sports Editor The men’s tennis team remained undefeated in CSAC play by beating the Neumann University Knights in a CSAC match on Friday, April 13, by a score of 7-2. Seniors Justin Lutteroty, Ian Monson and Nate Martin, as well as junior Ryan Juhring and freshman Anthony DiCicco, picked up wins in individual matches, which Cabrini won 4-2. Lutteroty and Monson also teamed up for a doubles win. Juhring and Martin scored a doubles win, which paced Cabrini to a 2-1 win in doubles play. Rich Aldrete, 10th-year head coach, said that with a weaker conference, the possibility of getting an NCAA bid is better. That helps as a recruiting tool, one that has helped add some new faces to the Cabrini lineup, most notable Juhring and DiCicco. “Ryan has been just tremendous,” Aldrete said. “He’s beaten five or six players that could easily be the best in the conference.” Juhring joined the team as a walk-on during this season in the departure of senior Jake Neary. DiCicco is Cabrini’s

top recruit this season and possibly a CSAC Rookie of The Year candidate. “He comes to us with some very good pedigree coming from Middle Township,” Aldrete said. “He had a big win as a freshman. Playing No. 1 spot is a lot of pressure and that sets him up for Rookie of The Year.” The Cavaliers also won on Saturday, April 14, in another CSAC match against Keystone College, also by a score of 7-2. They were swept 9-0 by King’s College on Sunday, April 15, in a non-conference match. Cabrini’s record improved to 5-11 over the weekend, which featured two CSAC wins. All of Cabrini’s losses have come against top Division III schools. The experience is something the players are using as a tool to build on their conference success. “I think they just really helped us in terms of competition,” Monson said. “We’ve played a lot of good teams out of conference and I think that just helps in our practice to win these conference matches.” Monson joins his senior teammates Lutteroty, Martin and Walter Jesuncosky in the hunt to win the team’s first CSAC title since 2000-01. The team that ended Cabrini’s bid for the title last season, Marywood University, will be

the toughest challenge. Marywood is also undefeated in the CSAC and faces Cabrini in the regular-season finale on Saturday, April 21. The match will likely decide the final seeding of the CSAC tournament. The Cavaliers still have two matches left on their season. They are scheduled play on Friday, April 20, against Rosemont and the main event on Saturday against Marywood. Both matches are being held at the Dixon Courts. Both the Cavalier players and coaches alike are eagerly anticipation this match of high stakes. “I’m really looking forward to next Saturday when we play Marywood with the two undefeated teams,” Aldrete said. “I know we’re going to finish at least second which is good because we wouldn’t have to worry about facing them in the first round of the playoffs. Even though it’s regular season, I want to win that match.” “We’re looking forward to it and I think we can beat them,” Monson said. “It’s really just the top three that will be our toughest matches.”

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CHRISTIAN LAMB / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

CHRISTIAN LAMB / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

ABOVE LEFT: With senior Nate Martin standing near the net, junior Ryan Juhring, Martin’s doubles partner, prepares to serve the ball to a Neumann University player. ABOVE RIGHT: Senior Walter Jesuncosky keeps his eye on the ball prior to delivering a serve on Friday, April 13, at the Dixon Courts. With the win, Cabrini is now 2-4 at home.

Cavalier Athletic Calendar Thursday, April 19

Friday, April 20

Softball vs. Delaware Valley College 3 p.m. (doubleheader)

Men’s Tennis vs. Rosemont College 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 21 Men’s Tennis vs. Marywood University 12 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. Gwynedd-Mercy College 12 p.m.

Softball @ Keystone College 1 p.m. (doubleheader) Men’s Lacrosse @ Neumann University 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 22

Monday, April 23

Tuesday, April 24

Wednesday, April 25

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Golf @ Messiah College Spring Invite 12 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse @ Rosemont College 4 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Widener University 4 p.m.

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