Record Still Stands After Lacrosse Goalie Stops 25

By Tyreek Jenkins

The women’s Lacrosse team started the season off with a statement to put in the history books.  Playing against Felician University on Feb 19, junior goalie Taylor Young nearly broke the record for saves in a single game with a 25-save effort. The record is 26 saves, held by Katie Laird. Young’s goaltending moved her into second all-time for saves. Third place is held by Paxton Boyers with record of 24 saves

“Going into the game I set high standards for myself and my teammates who worked hard and pushed me as well as we kept the pace the entire game,” Young said. 

Young faced 59 shots in the 17-9 loss. Although the Battlers fell short to Felician, Young was ecstatic about breaking Boyer’s mark of 24 saves.

“I want to thank my teammates, parents, and coaches for pushing me to become a better player every day,” Young said.

The women’s team are back at it again Thursday at 4 p.m. for their home opener for the season.

Johnson Leads Wrestlers to Back-to-back MEC Titles

By Nikki Ellis

PHILIPPI, W.Va –The Alderson Broaddus University Wrestling team secured 1st place in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) for the second year in a row.

Dwayne Johnson, a senior Exercise Science major from Baltimore, Maryland, won 1st place in the 197 weight class at the MEC Championship on January 28, 2023 at West Liberty. 

Having only officially competed as a  Battler for the  Wrestling team for two years, Johnson has a history and love of wrestling from his high school days. He’s continuing that love by training, practicing, and maintaining a friendly relationship with his teammates and coach throughout his college years as well. 

Coming in as a freshman, Johnson decided to focus on his academic work and put athletics on the backburner while he found his footing at the collegiate level. 

“I was three credits short of being eligible,” Johnson said. “I wanted to take that time to focus on school.”

Though Johnson did not formally compete that first year, he remained dedicated to training, practicing, and traveling with the team to support his friends and the program. 

He did not step onto the wrestling team officially until his junior year at AB, after playing for the football team his sophomore year. Johnson acknowledges his love for football waned, but his love for wrestling is what motivated him to talk with Sam Gardner, the Head Wrestling Coach, about formally joining the team and being able to compete. 

“God blessed me with the talent to wrestle and my love for football faded,” Johnson said. 

The decision proved to be a good choice for the athlete. In his first season wrestling, Johnson placed 4th at the Messiah Tournament, 2nd place at the Waynesburg Tournament, and 1st place at the JCU Tournament. 

This season, his last as an Alderson Broaddus Battler, Johnson aims to improve his weaker positions, becoming more attentive, honing in and sharpening the craft more, and just working hard. In response to winning the MEC Championship, Johnson is reflective and proud of the accomplishment. 

“It was a blessing, and a very humbling experience,” Johnson said. “It was a lot of hard work that finally paid off.” 

Sam Gardner praised Johnson and his performance in a post meet interview that was featured on

 “I’m so happy for Dwayne,” Gardner said. “He earned this championship with hard work and unshakable positivity. He lives the lifestyle of a champion, and it paid off with a championship. He’s getting better every week. We knew he had a tough opponent in the final, but we had him scouted and we had a plan, and Dwayne followed that plan exactly. The Roc is exactly the kind of student-athlete we want to be a Battler. I’m so proud of him.” 

Johnson is eager to move forward to compete in Regionals in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on February 25th, 2023 and hopefully at Nationals in Iowa in early March. 

Rugby inspires ex-Battler’s return to AB

By Hadassah Curry

When former Alderson Broaddus student Devin Andres heard rugby was coming to AB, he knew it would change his life.

Andres left the university following the end of his freshman year in 2017. He transferred to Grove City College in Pennsylvania after his spring semester, but the experience caused him to feel sadly estranged.

However, AB still held a special place in Andres’ life. When the news  of the upcoming rugby program broke, he immediately reached out to coach Lauren Miller to express his interest. Now, Andres is back to play rugby at AB. Continue reading “Rugby inspires ex-Battler’s return to AB”

Homecoming triple-header lined up for weekend

By Joseph Varela

Alderson Broaddus University will cap off its homecoming week with three back-to-back games tomorrow at the Multi-Sport Performance Stadium.

The triple-header will kick off with AB’s football team taking on their conference opponent, Lake Erie College, at 1:30 p.m. This year, the Battlers are 1-4 on the year with a win coming against Glenville State College, claiming the I-79 Barrel Classic. The Battlers are currently ranked eighth overall out of nine teams in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. With only six games remaining, all of which are competition within the GMAC, the Battlers still have a chance to make the playoffs. Jalen Jackson leads the team in rushing yards with 314, while Maurice Thomas leads the team in receiving yards with 330. The leading quarterback for the Battlers is currently Joe Czelusniak, with 74 completions for a total of 881 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Defender-turned goalkeeper finding success in the net

Senior goalkeeper Fallyn Gonzales of the women’s lacrosse team prepares to pass in this photo taken at the Battler’s home field during the 2017 season. Photo credit Quentin Murphy.

By Hadassah Curry

Alderson Broaddus University women’s lacrosse senior goalkeeper, Fallyn Gonzales prepares for her last season on the field with her  teammates.

Gonzales holds a record 188 saves over her three years playing for the women’s lacrosse team. Gonzales was recruited as a defender, but ended up being the Lady Battler’s starting goalkeeper.

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