Underclassmen prevail in powder puff game

By Molly Kearney
March 5, 2009

As night set in on Thursday, Feb. 26, female Cabrini students gathered to play powder puff football at the Edith Robb Dixon Turf Field.

The second annual event was held by Cabrini’s Student Athletic Advisory Council, and was organized by Liz Zimmer, junior marketing major and Elissa Salantri, senior business administration major.

Excitement was evident as the underclassmen swathed in green and the upperclassmen dressed in purple prepared for the game.

It was chaos as both teams warmed up and as the game began. “It’s always a wonderful time of year when powder puff comes around,” was heard through the crowd.

Lisa Somers, sophomore social work major, was there to cheer on her fellow classmates and enjoy the atmosphere. “It’s a great way to get out, have fun and meet new people,” Somers said.

Somers also explained that many of the sports teams were playing so it was hard to draw a crowd.

One player in particular stood out among the sea of green uniforms, Amanda Costa, sophomore occupational therapy major, was dressed as a banana. Surprisingly enough, the color matched the underclassmen’s uniforms perfectly. “I love this. I came out last year and plan to every year. It’s a great way for athletes and non-athletes to get involved,” Costa said.

The game was played in three periods of 15 minutes. Twelve players were allowed out on the field and substitutes were able to come and go as they pleased. A coin toss kicked the game off and the underclassmen won. If there was any way to describe the beginning of the game, think back to high school gym class. This was it. It was just as unorganized on the field and sidelines; fun, of course, was evident.

Sammy Thompson, freshman exercise science and health promotion major, scored two touchdowns for the underclassmen and said, “This game is fun, very intense and I’m ready to run five miles.” Thompson had two touchdowns and an “almost touchdown” that was taken away. She proclaimed her love of football and will definitely partake in powder puff next year.

“This game is really intense and it’s freezing out but I love it and of course will play next year. It’d be a lot more tolerable if the game was played in warmer weather,” Olivia

Torrence, sophomore communication major, said. That seemed to be in agreement among her upperclassmen teammates. Torrence seemed to be a special case, because she was a sophomore on the upperclassmen team.

As the clock ticked down so did the temperature. It seemed to have an effect on the purple team’s performance and its players. Many left before the third period even started.

With no signs of coming back in the final minutes of the game, the Cabrini bells chimed a touchdown that was made by the purple team. That touchdown brought the score to 42-35. Just not close enough. The yellow team left the field chanting, “We won again.” Of course, that chant leaves something to be expected for the returning upperclassmen next year.

Seventy-five shirts were purchased for the event and there were at least 75-80 participants this year.

“The turnout was greater than last year and we are really pleased with the involvement of all kinds of students, which is what we aim to do with each event,” Zimmer said.

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