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A Year in Review: 2018 Season — December 2, 2018

A Year in Review: 2018 Season

Nike Lorenz helped lead the Maryland Terrapins to the National Championship game // Photo by Gattens

Dec. 2 — With the announcement of the of the NFHCA All-Region Teams and Regional Players of the Year, the 2018 D1 field hockey season has come to a close. A year that saw a perfect season, upsets, the emergence of teams and the arrival of new players. The season brought new stories to share in a game where any team can win on any given day. Last week’s post focused on North Carolina’s perfect season, so here are a few other great stories that came out of the 2018 season.

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Season in Review: The Perfect End to a Perfect Season — November 23, 2018

Season in Review: The Perfect End to a Perfect Season

North Carolina won its first National Championship since 2009 on Nov. 18 // Photo by Gattens

Nov. 23 – Junior forward Megan DuVernois tipped in a pass from sophomore forward Meredith Sholder in the 20th minute and freshman forward Erin Matson scored on her own rebound ten minutes later to help North Carolina defeat Maryland 2-0 for its first National Championship since 2009 on Nov. 18.

This victory capped off a perfect season of 23-0, leaving the Tar Heels with an ACC Championship and a National Championship. This season was one for the books and it was a lot of fun following this team this season.

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Final Four Showdown — November 15, 2018

Final Four Showdown

North Carolina will make its tenth straight Final Four appearance this weekend// Photo by Gattens

Nov. 15- Only four teams remain in the hunt for a National Championship in the NCAA field hockey tournament.

Three of the four top seeds remain: North Carolina, Maryland and Princeton while Wake Forest is the only unseeded team.

North Carolina is appearing in their tenth straight Final Four while Maryland looks to advance to the National Championship for the second straight season in hopes to end their title drought.

Princeton is playing in the Final Four for the second time in three seasons, while Wake Forest makes its first appearance since 2008. Continue reading

Notes from the Bleachers: College Park Regional Round 1 — November 10, 2018

Notes from the Bleachers: College Park Regional Round 1

Maryland looks to reach the Final Four for the second straight year // Photo by Gattens

Nov. 10, 2018 – The steady rain hummed in the background as the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex prepared for two battles between four teams to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Yesterday, I made the trek to College Park to watch two first round games: Albany vs. Maryland and Rutgers vs. Connecticut. This was my first-time attending NCAA tournament games and it was an awesome experience, even though it rained practically the entire time. Three of the four teams showcased were teams I had never seen, so it was amazing seeing these teams in-person.

Notes from the Bleachers breaks down my thoughts and observations from the two games at College Park in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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Postseason Play Kicks-Off with Conference Tournaments — November 4, 2018

Postseason Play Kicks-Off with Conference Tournaments

North Carolina looks to repeat as ACC tournament champs // Photo by Gattens

Nov. 4, 2018 — It’s that exciting time of the year again! This weekend marks the first weekend of postseason division 1 field hockey play! There’s a lot of exciting match ups as teams are on the hunt to be conference champs. By winning the conference tournament, it gives teams an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which takes 18 teams. There will be nine conference tournaments in action this weekend. Here’s a preview of my four favorite conferences before this weekend’s matches!

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Horsin’ Around — December 11, 2017
Towson University Battles Food Insecurity — November 14, 2017

Towson University Battles Food Insecurity


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Nani Tufa stocks canned vegetables at Food Share (photo by Jill Gattens/TU Student)

Surveying the shelf stacked with canned vegetables, Cheyanne Ribecchi places a can of beans into her bag. She stands in the basement of the Catholic Campus Ministry Center, home of the Food Share Pantry for students and faculty.

“Food Share has been very helpful for me,” Ribecchi said. “As I have trouble affording food, Food Share has been able to help support my needs.” Continue reading

Called to Serve a Plate — May 3, 2017

Called to Serve a Plate


By Jill Gattens

If there is one thing Laura Sinche is passionate about besides God, it is food.

As a part of the Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry that serves Towson University, University of Maryland- Baltimore County and Morgan State University, Sinche uses her gift of having a passion for food to help the people in her community.

“My passion for food began during my summers off from college,” Sinche said. “I worked with my church’s food bank and we went to the local grocery to collect the food not used and they were going to throw it out. We made boxes out of the food and gave them to families who referred to by social service.”

Sinche saw how much food is wasted every day and wanted to give it to people who can actually use it. It has become a constant in her life ever since then.

“After graduating from college, I ran a food pantry at a church in downtown Philadelphia,” Sinche said. “I was in charge of feeding the men. There was so much food leftover and I would transform it into hash. There were always left over apples and would make applesauce for the men.”

During her years at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sinche ran the food pantry for three years and witnessed the needs of her classmates.

“It was an understanding for me, that if I have enough, others should have enough too,” Sinche said. “I couldn’t and I still can’t bear to see others without food. In the early church, it was all about sharing.”

At the first church she served, Christ Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg,Virginia, she orchestrated the idea of a community meal within the community. This eventually transformed into a weekly meal that other churches took turns hosting.

“The first church I served is 20 minutes away from my home church,” Sinche said. “My mom actually called me the other week and said she was on her way to serve at the community meal that I created. It was really cool to hear and she was so happy to be serving.”

These kinds of experiences led to the creation of the community table in Towson. The Community Table is held on the last Thursday of every month at 7909 York Road. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come share a meal.

“The food is good and the community that happens over the food is incredibly powerful,” Since said. “We are creating a community.”

This has helped Sinche build a community within Towson and help others in any way she can.

“Food has helped me connect with homeless community in Towson,” Sinche said. “People shouldn’t have to suffer if we have enough.”


Local Priest goes Professional — April 10, 2017

Local Priest goes Professional


By Jill Gattens

Father Matt Buening, a local Towson priest was recently named chaplain for the Baltimore Orioles, a professional baseball team located in Baltimore and he served as chaplain for the first time on April 9.

“It was a great joy,” Buening said. “It was my first time and it was something I had never done. I was very nervous.”

Buening was appointed by Archbishop from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He is the third priest to serve as the chaplain for the Baltimore Orioles. As a Howard County native, Buening was honored to serve as chaplain for his hometown team.

“I’ve always been an Orioles fan,” Buening said. “Since I was named chaplain, they were undefeated this season.”

As chaplain of the Baltimore Orioles, Buening conducts a Sunday mass with coaches and players in the auxiliary clubhouse, which sits between the home and visiting clubhouse. The mass is for members of the Orioles and member of the opposing team, such as the New York Yankees who were visiting on Sunday.

“The auxiliary clubhouse is used for pre-game and post-game conferences ,” Buening said. “I’ve named it Buck’s Alter.”

Buck Showalter, the manager of the Baltimore Orioles meets with the press for conferences before and after the game in the auxiliary clubhouse.

The mass takes place at 10:30 a.m. and lasts for half an hour as players focus on preparing the upcoming contest. The structure of the mass allows players to explore the faith if they are not familiar with it. A handout is passed out that contains how the service will be structured. Communion is also provided.

“What I found to be interesting was that the mass was not for the workers, such as the ushers or the ticket booth workers,” Buening said. “Next home game, I plan to bring communion to the workers who can’t leave their post.”

As professional baseball players, their busy schedules do not allow them to regularly attend church services on a Sunday morning. Besides the players of the Baltimore Orioles, many people attend these services, such as Richie Bancells, the head athletic trainer, Jim Hunter, a radio announcer for the Orioles, Roger McDowell, pitching coach for the Orioles and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network executives.

“Everyone was very respectful,” Buening said. “They saw the importance of faith and they seemed to value God.”

During the services, Buening does not focus his prayers for wins or losses. Sometimes, services for professional sports team use analogies in their sermons, but Buening does the exact opposite.

“This mass is a sanctuary for the players,” Buening said. “As a sports team is treated as a business, this is place to escape from the pressures and stresses of being a professional athlete.”

The opportunity to serve as chaplain for the Baltimore Orioles combined sports and God for Buening.

“I have finally been able to find something that focuses on both my love of sports and love for God,” Buening said.



Trail Running Paves Way for New Trends — March 9, 2017

Trail Running Paves Way for New Trends


By Jill Gattens

Reading, PA—People from all over the Eastern region gathered in Reading, Pennsylvania for 7.3 miles of trails in Pretzel City Sports Ugly Mudder Trail Run on February 26.

“People come all over for these trail races,” Diane Grimm, member of the Pretzel City Sports team. “People are always looking for that next adventure, a new challenge.”

The 319 participants from all age groups took the challenge of running the trail race with temperatures in the high 30s and winds. Trail running is an upcoming trend in the runner’s world as they are becoming more and more popular throughout the Eastern region.

Runners from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and New York came to participate in this trail run. Pretzel City Sports trail runs are run in any condition, such as snow, sleet, hail or rain. Trails vary from trail to trail and each have a level of difficulty. The muddy, uneven terrain is a challenge in itself.

“People are searching out for the longer runs,” Grimm said. “People like to be challenged.”

Each trail race is unique in their challenges as no trail race is alike.

“Trail races are much more challenging,” Eric Wolfgang, 35 of York, Pennsylvania said. “Each trail race has their own unique challenges to overcome. When running these, time is thrown completely out the window.”

Wolfgang had grown up running on the trails near his home. “I’ve run on the trails since I was 13 and I like the connection with nature trail runs give me,” Wolfgang said.

Trail races differ from the popular road races Pretzel City Sports also sponsors.

“People are different,” Grimm said. “Some won’t step on the trails at all or some won’t step on the road. It’s all about preference.”

“I hate road races,” Jenn Guigley, 34 of Mohnton, Pennsylvania said. “Road races are more on your own while trail races are usually one lane. At trail races, people are a lot more supportive of each other.”

Some people started with road races, such as 5Ks and 10Ks. But, they were looking for a little bit more adventure.

“When I first began running, I only ran 5ks,” BK McDonough, 45 of Exeter, Pennsylvania said. “Someone told me to do trail runs and I got hooked.”

McDonough is training for the Gobi March, a six stage, 250 km race in China this June. “Trail races have caused me to go look for the longer runs,” McDonough said.

As trail runs become more and more popular, people are continually seeking out their next big adventure.



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