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April 23, 2004
Vol. 45 No. 21

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Susquehanna says goodbye to athletes

Jess Robinson
Shannon Barnett
Ryan Gleason
Jason Warner
Will Holt
Buddy Yarger
Karl Rosen
Kelli Thompson
Susquehanna's women's lacrosse team bids farewell to three seniors who have led the program to a 38-23 mark over the last four seasons.

Defender Cindy Fox and midfielders Jess Robinson and Kristin Calabree leave having been part of the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship team in 2002, which advanced to play in the NCAA Division III tournament, and with MAC honors or career seasons during this year.

"All three of them have been great leaders this year and have been very supportive of me as a coach and to the team which has been very important to our success," head coach Kate Scattergood said.

Calabree, who was named second-team All-MAC as a defender her freshman year, had a career-high six points, 30 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers as a midfielder this season. She has racked up 66 caused turnovers and 117 ground balls as a Crusader.

Fox was named second-team All-MAC as a defender last season, and has 71 ground balls and 56 caused turnovers for her career.

"This season, in particular, we had Kristin Calabree and Cindy Fox who played well while going through their student teaching, which can be very draining," Scattergood said. "They both showed good leadership as far as on the field goes while also taking care of academics on side."

Robinson set career marks with 17 goals and seven assists this season, and ranked fourth on the team with 20 ground balls. In four years, she has tallied 53 points on 38 goals and 15 assists.

Men's Tennis
The men's tennis team will lose four seniors, after compiling a 15-28 record during the last four years.

Karl Rosen led the squad this year with a 7-3 record at No. 1 singles, and finished his Crusader career with a mark of 17-25 in singles play and 4-13 in doubles.

Head coach Rob Logan said that Rosen has been the player who has helped his transition from a player at Susquehanna into the coaching position he took over last year.

"He was absolutely critical," Logan said. "He took the team aside and said 'We have to treat Rob like a coach.' That set the standard right away. He is a great leader and everyone on the team is able to learn and benefit from him."

Adam Marichak went 3-16 in singles play for his career, playing this season at the No. 2 slot. He teamed with Rosen in doubles play this season, as the two went 1-6 in the No. 1 slot.

Also graduating are Tom Leonard, who went 0-2 in limited action this year at the No. 6 position and completed his career with a 1-6 record, and Pete Kokolus.

Men's Golf

The men's golf team, which has won the MAC Championship nine years in a row and looks to win its tenth consecutive title this weekend, graduates four seniors.

"They have been part of a conference winning team for four years," men's head golf coach Don Harnum said. "There will be some really big holes to replace next year. It'll probably feel like a whole different team without them around. I'm proud of what they've done."

Captain John Krumpotich has had an average score of 79.6 in 18 rounds this year to tie him for sixth best on the team. During his four years at Susquehanna he has played 55.5 rounds to make an average score of 78.8.

Buddy Yarger ranks fourth on the team with an average score of 78.9 in 18 rounds this year and in 69.5 rounds during his career he has assembled an average score of 79.8.

"Krump and Yarger have been starters for the past three years," Harnum said. "Krump is the emotional leader and captain, while Yarger has been the steady element year in and year out."

In five rounds this season, Will Holt has compiled an average score of 75.8 and holds a career average score of 80.1 in 19 rounds during his four years at Susquehanna.

Pat Fitzgerald holds an average score of 80.1 in seven rounds played this season. He holds a career average of 80.7 in 18 rounds.

"Holt has been one of the hardest workers and most loyal players on the team. It's fun to see his hard work come to fruition," Harnum said. "Fitzgerald has been in and out of the starting lineup during his time on the team, but has really added to the team morale."

Baseball
The baseball team will say farewell to five seniors this season.

Catcher Bob Haile leads the team with a .337 percent batting average with three home runs and 37 RBIs on the season. He holds a career batting average of .336 while compiling a total of five home runs and 50 RBIs.

Haile, first baseman Clay Nixon and outfielder Gerohn Lanns have all earned four varsity letters.
"Catchers hold the team together, and Haile's done a great job of that," Karchner said. "Clay has made some great adjustments hitting the ball and has really helped the team out -- same with Nyce."

Nixon ranks third on the squad with a .313 batting average on the season with 26 hits in 83 at bats. He holds a career total of five home runs and 50 RBIs.

Lanns has compiled a .276 career batting average from a total of 81 hits in 294 at bats. He has contributed two home runs and 38 RBIs in his career.

Third baseman Ben Nyce holds a career batting average of .297. He has compiled six RBIs this season.

"Gerohn has been injured a lot this season. I wish we had him more consistently because he added a lot to the team," Karchner said.

Pitcher Joe Guistina has earned two varsity letters in his career at Susquehanna.

"Joe has been a tremendous help this season," Karchner said. "Even though he may not have gotten a lot of playing time, he has done a great job for us. He is a real competitor."

Softball
Two playoff appearances and 60 wins are the legacy left by the three softball seniors. Working with three coaches in four years, the trio of outfielders Becky Mann, Kelli Thompson and Melissa Bird helped keep the Crusaders in the thick of the Commonwealth Conference elite.

Mann, a two-time Middle Atlantic Conference Academic Honor Roll honoree, also earned second-team conference honors as a sophomore for her .336 average, 16 runs and 14 RBIs.

As a senior, she moved from center field to second base and is still tearing the league up at the plate, hitting .338 with a team-leading 12 RBIs. She also has the team's only home run this season and for her career has 83 hits.

Thompson, the team captain and also a two-time MAC Honor Roll honoree as a political science major, has been a four-year starter, starting mainly in right field. She has 69 career hits, and two triples and 26 RBIs in her career.

Bird, another four-year starter as a designated hitter and left fielder, has 76 career hits, and a .272 career average. She is second on the 2004 team with three doubles and is fifth on the squad with a .342 on-base percentage.

"The biggest impact they've had is in their leadership and their desire," head coach Katy Kroupa said. "They especially wanted to make this season a great one. Their play, as well, has shown their leadership, stepping up, making big plays, being a big part of the team."

Men's Lacrosse
After three years of struggling, the men's lacrosse seniors are right where they want to be: in the thick of a playoff race, thanks in large part to the team's two top goal scorers, attack Scott Hodgson and midfielder Matt Miceli.

Hodgson, who passed Andy Nadler '02 as the school's leading goal scorer with his 106th tally, a game-winner in a 11-10 win against King's on April 8, has poured on 34 goals during his final campaign, just seven short of Nadler's 2002 mark of 41 with two games remaining.

"Scott's going to be extremely difficult to replace," head coach Ron Miller said. "He's a keystone in why we've done what we've done this year."

Miceli, after scoring 36 goals in his first two seasons, has a career-high 22 this season, and his mark of 76 career points, the fifth best total in school history.

"Matt is a trigger man," Miller said. "He's been our spark every game. "

Midfielders Bill Heintzelmann, Brian Yoder and Pete Dantinne have each had an increased role on the team in the last four years. Heintzelmann, a tri-captain, came back for his final season of lacrosse after an injury kept him out of the lineup last spring. He's picked up 17 groundballs and won 64 percent of his faceoffs this year.

"If I had to jump into a fox-hole with anyone, it would be Billy," Miller said. "I've never seen anyone work as hard as he does."

Yoder, after garnering four points in his first two seasons, racked up 12 during his junior season. He has one goal and 15 groundballs this season. His high school teammate at Penn Manor, Dantinne, has started six games this year, picking up 15 groundballs. Dantinne has six goals and five assists in his career.

"If a game is tied and the playoffs are on the line, Pete's the guy I want doing the face-off," Miller said.

Jared Coble has anchored the Susquehanna defense for the past three years, scooping up 83 groundballs and along with Bob Mieczkowski, has helped form one of the most formidable defenses in the MAC this season. Mieczkowski, also a member of the football team, has grabbed 20 groundballs this season.

"Jared and Bob come to work each day," Miller said. "They are extremely coachable and have a high level of intensity."

In all, the team loses seven seniors, who have helped build a team that went 2-9 their freshman year to a team that is currently 6-5 and on the verge of the first winning season in the history of the program.

"They should be extremely proud of what they've done," Miller said. "They are the building blocks of the program. When we get our first MAC championship, which shouldn't be too far down the road, it will be as much [the seniors] as anyone's."

Track and Field
Ryan Gleason, after earning All-American honors as a cross country runner in the fall, is looking for his second All-American honor in the spring, as his time of 9:23.89 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase is .39 seconds off the provisional qualifying pace for the NCAA Division III Championships. He also carries a 3.5 GPA in political science, making him a strong candidate for Academic All-American as well.

"Ryan has been a great person," head coach Jim Taylor said. "He's somebody that you can bring to recruits and say, 'Look at this young man and what he's accomplished not only on the track, but in the classroom and probably what he's going to accomplish now that he's out of school.'"

Ryan McGuire, as a mid-distance runner, has come on to post a 4:16.23 mark in the 1,500 meter run, despite battling injuries throughout the year.

Jason Warner and Ben Enders have each come on strong to put exclamation points on their careers as sprinters. Warner's time of 23.37 seconds in the 200-meters is currently the 16th best time in the Middle Atlantic Conference and Enders time of 23.20 is 12th.

More than that, though, Taylor said that McGuire, Warner and Enders have served as great leaders and motivators for the team that is the defending MAC champion.

"They've been as good leaders as I've had, maybe, ever here," Taylor, who has won nine MAC championships said. "They are very solid people. They care about the team. They put the team in front of themselves."

Shannon Barnett has come on strong as a high jumper, finishing tied for third with a jump of 5 feet, 2 inches at the MAC Indoor Championships and she currently has the fourth best height in the conference with a jump of 5-2 at the Susquehanna Inivatational.

Jordan Bolduc and Kristi Koch have each helped the Susquehanna women earn points in the 800 meter run, as Bolduc's time of 2:23.75 is currently the fourth best in the conference and Koch's 2:27.33 is eighth. During the indoor championships at Susquehanna this year, Bolduc took fourth and Koch 12th.

Liz Harker has been a steady presence as a hurdler and sprinter for the Crusaders, holding the fifth- best time in the conference with a 16.61 mark in the 55 meter hurdles after finishing fourth at the MACs in 2003.

Ellen Mull currently has the sixth- best long jump mark in the MACs, having leaped 15-10 at the Susquehanna Invitational. She took sixth in the long jump at MACs last year, leaping 6.75 meters.

After taking her junior year off, Kassi Tylenda has come on strong in her final campaign, finishing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Messiah Invitational, with a time of 12:51.71, the seventh best time in the conference.

"If you look at our roster, we grew by 10 [this year]," women's head coach Marty Owens said. "We're young but [the senior] leadership was valuable. It's been a pleasure having the six of them on the team."

Daren Lake, Pat Abello and Raif Foster also graduate.

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