Blue Jay athletes remain hard at work during Fall Break

Megan Piercy October 28, 2017 0

While many Elizabethtown College students went home for Fall Break last weekend, Blue Jay athletes remained hard at work competing over the long weekend.

Although it fell to Catholic University last Saturday, the field hockey team won its game last Wednesday, Oct. 4 away against Wilkes University.

An early goal from first-year Emily Garvin was enough to keep the Jays in the lead for the rest of the game, taking the win 1-0.

Etown’s men’s soccer team was also busy over the break, tying 1-1 with Moravian College Wednesday, Oct. 4 at home in double overtime and defeating Catholic University Saturday, Oct. 7 on Wolf Field, earning the team its first Landmark Conference win of the season.

A slow start to the first half against Catholic eventually gave way to the first and only goal of the game. In the 40th minute, first-year Marcos Urffer scored his first career goal with an assist from senior Sam Feehrer. Senior Aaron Rathsam came close to scoring a second goal for the Jays in the 83rd minute, but Catholic goalie Zachery Tashjy dove right to stop the ball.

Catholic had 12 shots to Etown’s seven, but junior goalie Brian Gately held the Cardinals to zero goals, earning three saves and his second clean sheet of the season.

The Jays’ win over Catholic improved the team’s record to 6-5-1 and ended its four-game winless streak.

The Blue Jays continue Landmark Conference play Saturday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. away against Goucher College.

Also Wednesday, Oct. 4, Etown’s golf team participated in the Gettysburg Fall Invitational at Hanover Country Club in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania.

Sophomore Garrett Leib shot a career-best 81, lowering his best score by one stroke and earning him 15th place. Senior Craig Eidle shot 18-over 89, earning him his third round finishing in the 80s this season. Sophomore Alex Albenzi and senior Zach Dennin also scored for the Blue Jays, shooting 92 and 104, respectively. Junior Rick Stone finished with a 106.

Etown shot for a combined score of 366 (+82), finishing 11th out of 12 teams.

Recently, the team participated in the Alvernia Fall Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 12 p.m.

A tough game for the Blue Jays, the team came in ninth out of nine teams Senior Adam Strayton shot a 93 was the only Etown golfer to shoot under 100.

The Blue Jays will take on DeSales University and Delaware Valley University Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.

In addition to the volleyball team’s victories last Saturday over SUNY Canton and Misericordia University, they also won their match 3-0 Thursday, Oct. 5 against Lebanon Valley College.

Juniors Mackenzie Garner and Sarah Schneider put up impressive stats, Garner with 12 kills and four blocks and Schneider with nine kills, two aces and two blocks. Sophomore Elle Shatto and senior Morgan Reiss wach had nine and six kills, respectively.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed the previous Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Dickinson Long-Short Course Invitational.

The men’s team took seventh out of 20 teams in the short course and ninth of 22 teams in the long course.

Senior Tommy Fitzgerald was the Etown men’s top finisher for the short-course race, earning 12th place with a personal best time of 12:42.1. Sophomore Samuel Gerstenbacher was the fastest finisher for the Blue Jays in the long-course race, finishing 15th in 26:40.3, his first 8,000-meter run of the season.

The women’s team placed first out of 23 teams in the short course and fourth of 25 teams in the long course. Senior Kelsey Brady competed in the 4,000-meter short course race, earning second place with a personal best time of 14:28.6. First-year Kaitlin Donahue also finished in the top five, earning fifth place in 14:49.4.

Seniors Brenna McNamee and Maria Anderson and junior Colleen Kernan were the scorers for the women’s long course race. McNamee was the top Etown finisher, placing fourth in the 6,000-meter with a time of 22:26.9.

The men’s and women’s teams will be back Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Rochester YellowJacket Invitational at 11 a.m.


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