By Tommy Schaffer
This is my final term as Sports Editor for the Concordiensis. During my time, Union’s athletics have given me a lot to report about.
I first started writing for the Concordiensis in the fall of 2011. I was asked by my friend Evan Slavit ‘12, the Sports Editor Emeritus, to write something on one of the fall term sports. From then, I started writing for him every week and getting to know the ins-and-outs of the sports writing. I had no intention of taking his position after he finished a term later; however, I began to change my mind after I started to think about my future and what kind of jobs I wanted after school.
Going from a contributing writer to an editor was definitely a tough transition, but Union athletics made it interesting from the beginning. My first term as editor witnessed history-in-the-making when the men’s hockey team and men’s lacrosse team made deep postseason runs.
In the beginning of that spring, the men’s hockey team was in the midst of their spectacular post-season run. Their success caused a national buzz, featuring games on ESPN and even plays on Sportscenter’s Top Ten plays when Troy Grosenick ‘14 made a great save. The amount of school pride was at its peak, and everyone was glued to the Frozen Four game against Ferris State. Although they fell short in reaching the title game, the Dutchmen exceeded expectations.
Towards the end of the same term, the men’s lacrosse team made it to the NCAA quarterfinals, before they lost to the nation’s number two team SUNY Cortland. This marked the first time the Dutchmen made it to the quarterfinal in the program’s history.
These were the two moments during my time as Sports Editor that stood out even though they happened within the first term I had started. While I won’t miss the job taking up my Mondays, the position has given me a chance to become more involved on campus and work with some of the best students on campus to put together a weekly paper for the students.