ALEX KEMPER – Staff Writer
This past Saturday afternoon the Drew University women’s cross country had their final meet before the Landmark Conference Championships on Nov. 1. This past weekend the Rangers finished 12th out of 29 teams at the St. Joseph Long Island College Invitational at Sunken Meadow Park. The girls were among three NCAA divisions.
Sophomore Dina Abdeljabbar was the first Ranger across the finish line in 63rd place out of 229 total harriers with a time of 23:57.72. Abdeljabbar, who is also team captain, scored the title MVP in 2013. She has now set the pace for the group for the second week in a row.
“She has been very determined to prove herself week to week,” O’Brien said. “She is at every practice giving it 100 percent and her hard work is paying off.”
Abdeljabbar set the pace and was followed very closely by senior Corrine Snyder who took a 65th place title, stopping the clock at 24:07.65.
Freshman Lisa Rojas is still fueling the team’s excitement and energy. Rojas placed 86th with a time of 24:50.58, and sophomore Donia Abdeljabbar had a time of 25:05.53 placing 94th in the meet. Sophomore Zoe Hughes was right behind in 96th place. She clocked in just 2 seconds later at 25:07.61. Freshman Kyra Whitehead competed in her second career meet and finished the 5K taking 110th place and a finish time of 25:41:37. Senior May Manalo finished with a time of 26:59.38 and sophomore Victoria Emm was right behind with a time of 29:21.69 finishing the Rangers’ pack.
The Rangers return for the biggest meet of the season, the Landmark Conference Championships on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Goucher College.
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SAMANTHA IILER – Contributing Writer
The Drew University Equestrian Team had a successful show this past weekend. On Saturday, the team trekked out to the William Paterson Show at Bergen County Equestrian Center, the team’s first time showing at the location. Despite the wet and cold conditions, the team kept their spirits up and was able to put up a good competition for the other schools.
Drew was well-represented in the primary color placings throughout the divisions on Saturday. Cailin Abrahams(’16) received third in her Intermediate flat. Placing high in both of her classes, Cassidy Rooney(’17) won her Novice fences class, and placed third in Novice flat. Carli Gentile (‘18) and Michelle McQueen (’16) both pulled out a second in their respective Novice flat classes. Marissa Baldoni (’17) had a very successful weekend and gave Drew another blue with her win in her Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter class.
The rest of the team also did well in the competition. Katie Walker placed fourth in her Open Fences class and made her Open Flat debut with a fifth in the class. In their fences classes, both Cailin Abrahams and Carli Gentile placed fifth in the Intermediate and Novice Divisions respectively. Michelle McQueen received a sixth for her Novice fences round. The Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter division saw an additional fantastic ride by Lizzy Grein (’18) , who placed fifth in her class. Andrea Balarezo(’17) rounded off the day with her fourth in Walk-Trot.
At the end of the competition, Drew’s stunning performance was enough for them to tie as reserve champions with Stevens University. Their 26 points total just put them two points behind the two schools tied for first place with 28 points. The team plans to keep their efforts up for their next show on Nov. 1 at the United States Military Academy.
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DJ PFEFFERKORN – Business & Tech Editor
The Drew University field hockey team had a Landmark Conference matchup against Goucher College on Saturday as they looked to capture their first Landmark Conference win of the season. The Rangers took a quick lead when Michelle Fallon (’16) notched her second goal of the season in the seventh minute off a pass from Michele Pozyc (’18), to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Amber De Marco (’16) converted her second penalty stroke of the season in the 25th minute after Goucher disrupted a scoring opportunity for Drew which resulted in a 2-0 early lead. The Rangers put this game out of reach when Bea Cannavale (’16) when her angled shot from five yards out cleared Goucher’s goalie and into the left upper 90s of the box for a 3-0 Ranger advantage. Goucher ended up scoring in the final minute of play to cut the Ranger lead to 3-1, but it would not be enough as the defense and early scoring was too much for Goucher.
The Rangers then had a must-win game against the University of Scranton scheduled on Tuesday, but the game was suspended due to inclement weather.
The game is slated for this Monday at 7 p.m. at Ranger Stadium.
ALEX KEMPER – Staff Writer
The Drew Rangers beat Goucher this past weekend in a Landmark Conference game 2-1, at Goucher College. Head coach Lenny Armuth was overall pleased with the team’s performance.
“We played a tough game when there was a lot on the line,” Armuth shared. As this was a conference placing game, both teams were fighting hard and refused to give up the lead in the first half. Heading into the second the Rangers were hungry. In the first five minutes, Drew fired three shots on goal and clinched two corner kick opportunities. In the 52nd minute of the game, freshman Benji Audi had a well-placed corner kick, which sophomore Cole Leckburg (‘17), was able to send to senior midfielder John Nogiewich who sent the ball to the low corner of the net taking the lead. Audi and Leckburg both collected assists for the play. This was Nogiewich’s second goal of the season. In the 59th minute the Gophers took a free kick and managed to score off a header. In the 70th minute senior goalkeeper Michael Reyes (‘15) made a vital save to prevent the Gophers from taking the lead.
Drew quickly regained possession in the 82nd minute when Audi fired a shot that the Goucher keeper managed to deflect. Hammer was able to scoop up the loose ball and net the game-winner to clinch a spot in the conference. The Rangers outshot the Gophers 14-13 however Drew’s balls were much more dangerous than Goucher’s, as their keeper was forced to make six saves while Reyes had two. Their record is now 7-4-5 and 3-1-1 in the Landmark Conference, thus bringing the Rangers to a third place standing.
On Wednesday, The Rangers lost in double overtime to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in a Landmark Conference matchup. The final score was 2-1, bringing Drew’s record to 7-5-5 and 3-2-1 in the conference. This loss brought the Rangers to a four-way tie for third place in the Landmark Conference with only two games and ten points to go until the Championship. Drew outshot USMMA 10-7 overall and 7-1 for shots on goal. The win for the Mariner’s sent them into first place with only one game left.
The Rangers started the game off well , when freshman midfielder Benji Audi (’18) lofted a corner high over the defense to freshman Eduardo Martinez (’18). Martinez headed the ball just over the goalie’s reach into the net bringing the score to 1-nil Drew. The Rangers held strong and by the end of the second half the Mariners fueled the fire by adding pressure to their offense. They managed to get two corners but both shots were high. Drew’s defense managed to keep USMMA from scoring for the remainder of the half. In the 64th minute of the game, The Mariner’s managed to make it a tie game off of a loose ball from a corner kick. The give and go shot from an attacker slipped past senior goalkeeper Michael Reyes (’15). With just eight minutes remaining in the game, Drew had another chance to take the lead. The Mariner goalie had just cleared the ball and Audi was right there to pick it up. He flew back to USMMA’s goal and took a shot that their goalie was able to deflect with his hand, and the ball then hit the post. With the score still tied, they entered OT. With no goals scored the game then went into double overtime, both teams still fighting hard.
The Mariners took the Golden Goal two minutes into the second overtime period. When a Mariner striker collected a lead pass he sunk the ball and clinched the win for Merchant Marine sending them into the first place spot in the Landmark Conference standings. The Rangers will face off against Elizabethtown College tomorrow at 1 p.m.
DYLAN BLANKE-WHITE – Staff Writer
On Tuesday, Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series was played. The San Francisco Giants beat the Royals 7 to 1. As it turns out, both teams were granted entry into the playoffs via a brand new format. Both teams participated in the two-season-old Wild Card play-in game. The Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings. The Giants beat the Cardinals 8-0.
Both teams finished with good, not great records to finish the year. The Giants finished at 88-74 and the Royals at 89-73. The fact that they barely made it into the playoffs meant that once they won their play-in games they would have to face the two best teams in either league. The Giants, led by Madison Bumgarner and stellar pitching, knocked off the Washington Nationals three relatively low-scoring games to one. The Nationals finished the year 96-66.
The Royals meanwhile, were led by their bullpen and outstanding outfield play. The Royals bullpen pitched 25.2 combined postseason innings with a 1.07 Earned Run Average. The outfield, comprised of Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson finished third, fourth and ninth respectively in outfield Defensive Runs Saved. That particular defensive metric considers how many runs defenders keep opponents from scoring compared to league average. Those two factors led to a 3-0 sweep of the best team in baseball, the 98-64 Los Angeles Angels.
The Royals have not been to the World Series since 1985, when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. If they can manage to keep their revolutionary bullpen firing on all cylinders and their all-decade defense going, they should have no problem giving KC fans something to cheer about again. That is if the Royals can manage to get above a tie during tomorrow night’s game three of the series.