Classic Game Review: Star Wars Battlefront II (2005) 

By Garrett Palmquist
Copy Editor

In light of recent events in the video game industry (namely Electronic Arts reducing a legendary “Star Wars” game series to a pay-to-win money-grabbing scheme), it seems apt to return to one of the greatest “Star Wars” games of all time: the original Star Wars Battlefront II (BF2). 

Many gamers who are now in their twenties remember BF2 with fondness—it was the perfect “Star Wars” first-person shooter that allowed players to relive the greatest battles of the series. BF2 was originally released just a few months after “Star Wars: Episode III” in 2005, catching the international “Star Wars” hype and riding it to commercial success.

And now, with Disney pumping out new “Star Wars” movies, a fresh wave of desire for new games has gripped the world. Sadly, the call for the next great game set in a galaxy far, far away was heeded by Electronic Arts. 

Electronic Arts is responsible for the newest entry into the series—unoriginally dubbed “Star Wars Battlefront II,” with the only differentiation in title being the release date.

This updated version includes expensive microtransactions that have reduced the legendary game series to a pay-to-win scheme designed to abuse fans’ desires to play as their favorite characters in order to justify expensive loot crates.

While Electronic Arts has temporarily scrapped the idea of microtransactions, it is worth noting their original logic (based on a post from a “Star Wars” fansite): 

Should a player wish to unlock every part of the game, including the heroes, by actually playing the game, it will require at least 4,528 hours of playtime. That’s six months of playing. 

Should a player wish to unlock every part of the game, including the heroes, by purchasing loot boxes, the estimated cost is around $2,100. 

Compare this to BF2 from 2005—the focus of this review—which is currently $9.99 on Steam for every map, upgrade, and hero, and the choice becomes obvious. 

BF2 from 2005 (which will be the topic of the remainder of this review, for clarity’s sake) recently resurged in popularity as Microsoft reopened the 64-player PC servers for the game in late Oct. 2017. Thousands of players have returned to the game—myself included.

Recent first-person player-versus-player shooters have made me soft, it seems, as BF2 can be unforgiving. A well-balanced squad with effective communication is required in order to seize the day—the types of players that many modern multiplayer games are lacking in (I’m looking at you, Overwatch).  

Players have their choice of six classes, including a unique hero, on each map. Play in the era of the Republic or the Galactic Empire, with era-appropriate characters, heroes, and vehicles at your disposal. Take Naboo as the droid army CIS, or rewrite galactic history and have the Rebellion take over the Death Star.

Galactic Conquest, the fan favorite mode that plays out like a strategy game mixed in with first-person shooting, makes a triumphant return as well. In addition, support for player mods is still active, opening up the fight to thousands of player-made maps. 

In one of the first games I played in the new multiplayer, 15 Yoda’s leaped and Force pushed their way through the desert streets of Tatooine.

Where else can you find a dozen-or-more tiny green aliens somersaulting in the air and yelling incoherently? Battlefront II from 2005, that’s where—once again available on PC for a fraction of what the legendary game is truly worth. 

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Sky Kids – Giving Kids the Chance to Soar 

By Oliver Davis
Social Media Coordinator 

On Nov. 4, the third annual Sky Kids event was held at the Scottsdale airport. Sky Kids is a charity that gives children with disabilities and illnesses an opportunity to go up in a plane with their family and a pilot who helps the kids enjoy their time in the sky. The event is completely free to families and is a wonderful way to get children excited about flight. 

Many students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University sign up to volunteer at the event and help out in any way that they can. There were students helping sign families into the event and others coloring with the kids.

It was great to see everyone interacting with the children to help them feel welcome and excited about going on a plane, many of them for the first time.  

When families first arrived at the old hangar where the event took place they had to attend “flight school.” It was simply a five minute briefing that basically told them not to step on wing flaps and to avoid running amuck on the tarmac.  

After that they were free to explore everything that was available for them to do until their name was called to go up into a small plane and fly for 20-30 minutes. There were several activities that the kids could enjoy, as well as free food (although it was suggested they don’t eat much before their flight).  

When it came to the most anticipated time of the day, the kids were walked out to a plane and got to experience something that they will remember for a long time.

It was visible just how much kids and their families appreciated what Sky Kids does and how they aim to impact the lives of children who would otherwise not get to experience something like a private flight.  

Upon coming back to the hangar, kids were greeted by a group of volunteers at the “red carpet” where they were cheered for and got to feel famous for just a little bit of time. Sky Kids is a great foundation that really cares about impacting lives.  

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Column of Whatever: Hard Video Games Make Life Fun 

John Mills
Diversions Editor 

In this third installment of the Column of Whatever, I felt like talking about video games—since I’ve never talked about those before (ignoring all the video game reviews I’ve written, cough cough). I have an entirely consequence-free confession to make: I like hard video games.

This will make sense in a moment. Anyhow, the latest Call of Duty game released in the last couple weeks and it’s gone back to WWII, which reminded me of my favorite WWII shooter on the market: Rising Storm/Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad.

That’s a complicated title, due in large part to the fact that it’s actually two games packaged together. Rising Storm is the Pacific theater add-on for the Eastern Front focused Red Orchestra. They are sold together through Steam for $19.99. 

In any event, Red Orchestra has garnered a well earned reputation for absurd difficulty, brutal realism, and addictively satisfying gameplay when you get over the initial difficulties. For those experienced with multi-player first person shooter games, you are probably familiar with the concept of a kill-to-death ratio, that most sacred of metrics to measure player ability with.

The more kills you get per death, the better you are at the game. It’s a simple to understand metric that has been popular since the release of the first player-versus-player shooters. Red Orchestra simply laughs at the concept. The in-match player list records each player’s team points, individual points, and kills.

For anyone coming into the game as a new player, you will likely die five or more times for every kill you get, depending on your experience with shooters in general. Aside from that, it is a truly enjoyable game, if dying often is your thing. 

Red Orchestra is not the only difficult game I adore. In the same vein, there is Verdun, a WWI shooter with similar traits, such as accurate weapon performance and terrifyingly quick deaths.

I have also found an abiding love for realistic simulators like Falcon 4.0 BMS or DCS, both highly detailed flight simulators. Flight sims are something I expect many at this school have a deep familiarity with, for obvious reasons.

Other games in my collection that have more of a learning cliff than curve are Dangerous Waters—a high-fidelity submarine simulator—and Rogue System, which is a space simulator in the style of “every-button-is-usuable” flight simulators.

Rogue System also accurately portrays the challenges of navigating in space, with equally accurate orbital mechanics. To start a ship from just reserve battery power in Rogue System requires a solid ten minutes and a checklist that would put a real-world light aircraft to shame. It’s a fantastic feeling the first time you start up a ship from reserve power and everything works as it should.  

It would be reasonable at this point to ask “Why?” To that, I would have to say I don’t totally know, just that when I see something described as “realistic,” I immediately become interested. 

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Advice from an ERAU Counselor: Dating 101 

By Matt Miller, LAC
ERAU Counselor 

Relationship/dating issues are some of the most common issues that ERAU students face.  Whether you need guidance with a long-term relationship or simple dating advice, I will attempt to address some of your concerns in this article.  College is challenging but relationships can sometimes prove to be even more challenging. 

Early on in a relationship, sharing your feelings in an authentic way can be difficult but necessary if you are looking to make it work.  On the first date, you might not be appropriate to share your life story but it is appropriate to share small, safe bits of information about yourself so that the person may get to know you better.  However, if you are feeling judged or pressured when sharing about yourself, that may indicate that you are not comfortable around that person.

Don’t share information about yourself with a person who is not respecting your boundaries.  Some good questions to ask on a first date are:  Where are you from?  What do you do for fun?  What are your interests? What is your major?  Do you like your professors?  Stay away from questions about politics, family members and religion on the first date, as these questions can sometimes feel intrusive and be a sensitive subject, especially for someone who has recently lost a family member.  

After a few first dates, conversations about commitment may arise.  Remember that these are opportunities for you to speak your truth.  If you are feeling skeptical about entering into a commitment, make sure to express this in a healthy, assertive way.  Remember that the definition of assertiveness is “Say what you mean and don’t be mean when you say it.” 

Long-term relationship issues can make it difficult to focus, trigger depression and can be life altering.  If you are experiencing long-term relationship issues, it might be a good idea to schedule an appointment with an ERAU counselor, as it may have its roots in deeper, unresolved issues from childhood. Learning how to respect other people’s boundaries can be a life-long process that requires a deeper understanding of your own boundaries.

Jealousy can be indicative that someone has not dealt with previous rejections or abandonment issues.  These previous experiences can make it difficult for someone to fully trust their significant other and if you don’t have trust in a relationship, you don’t have a healthy relationship. 

Remember that ERAU counseling services is a safe and confidential place to discuss concerns.  Please call 928.777.6653 to set up an appointment. 

 

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Club Spotlight: Scale Modeler’s Guild 

By Noa Brown
Correspondent 

The Scale Modeler’s Guild (SMG) is a club founded early in the fall 2017 semester by engineering students Noa Brown and Ian Bigger. SMG’s goal is to provide an environment for hobbyists to come together to work on plastic scale model kits together.

The club has also made efforts to help promote the hobby and make it available to more people who are constrained by time or money.  

Currently, the club has a vast collection of deconstructed model kits of airplanes and naval ships donated by the faculty adviser, Dr. William Crisler. New members can take a kit from the collection free of charge to build themselves during the club meetings.

Currently the club does not have any funds, but plans are in place to eventually establish a bank account and be able to purchase equipment for members that cannot afford their own. 

During meetings, new members are also offered help and advice with building their model kits. New members can learn how to properly sand plastic, use and clean an airbrush, hand brush, weather, and other skills involved in building models.  

SMG is currently conducting group build projects. The group builds are intended to help members develop more skill and attention to detail in the hobby without being overwhelmed with an entire kit. For the current project, about five members are currently constructing a large-scale model of a Bristol Beaufighter from Revell. When complete, the model will be put on display at the next Student Organization fair. 

Students interested in joining SMG can contact the president, Noa Brown, by email at [brownn17@my.erau.edu] or by accessing the club site on Control Tower. The club meets once a week on Fridays in Building 52A from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

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“Dangerous Jumps” Gives a Fun Listen 

By James Ritchey
Correspondent 

The rap supergroup Doomtree first formed in Minneapolis in the early 2000s, intending to bring together the best hip-hop artists in the Midwest. In 2008, the seven-member group, (composed of Sims, POS, Mike Mictlan, Dessa, Cecil Otter, Paper Tiger, and Lazerbeak) released their first full album, and since then, each of these artists has split their time between solo and group projects.

The latest such project is Shredders, a group composed of rappers POS and Sims, and produced by Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger. As artists who are well acquainted with each other already, Shredders clearly play to their strengths on “Dangerous Jumps,” their debut album. 

“Dangerous Jumps” was first announced on Sept. 6, releasing their first single from the album (“Flipping Cars”) on the same day. A short EP containing three songs was released shortly after, and served as a teaser to Doomtree fans until the full album was released on Nov. 3.  

“Dangerous Jumps” opens with “Tuf Tiddy,” a hard pounding track reminiscent of any other Doomtree record. Following that are “Flipping Cars,” “Cult 45,” and “Xanthrax,” each of which boast a fast-paced beat accompanied by the semi-coherent ramblings of POS and Sims.

The album slows down with “Fly as I Dare” and “Calm/Sane,” which contrast with the rest of the album to the point it feels as if they were forced into the track list. Mike Mictlan is featured on two tracks, “Style Boys” and “Heater Season,” which further blurs the line between Shredders and a regular Doomtree album.

The album ends with another two softer tracks, “Lion’s Mouth” and “Heater Season.” “Dangerous Jumps” reaches its climax fairly quickly, with its early tracks being so loud that later tracks tend to blur together.  

Overall, “Dangerous Jumps” contains very few lyrics of any substance, but when listening, one probably will not notice due to the superb production. Without being held back by other rappers, both producers have used full artistic freedom to create interesting, heavy backings to each track, and each song still feels unique.  

The Doomtree fan base has come to expect hard-hitting tracks of minimal depth, and “Dangerous Jumps” delivers just that.

In a time when underground rap has been almost exclusively political in nature, Shredders have found a setting to have fun and steer their genre back to where it has been in the past. The longest track on the record clocks in at just 3:35, differing greatly from the nine-minute epics on some of both POS and Sims’ solo albums.

Whether or not the Shredders project continues or just folds back into the Doomtree collective, “Dangerous Jumps” will likely remain a steadfast favorite for driving and workout playlists, while creating another standard for the underground rap scene.  

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Recipe Review: Fancy Ramen 

By Oliver Davis
Social Media Coordinator 

Face it. This is college and you’re going to end up eating ramen. All the time. It will definitely get boring and if it doesn’t kill you by the time you graduate, you’ll want to change it up a bit.  

No one’s saying that you have to turn into Chef Boyardee over here, but don’t settle for the same bland wax covered barely noodles with nothing added to them. Spice it up. Get fancy. Give your taste buds something besides fake chicken flavor. 

The necessary ingredients require more than just a trip to Simply-to-Go. Don’t worry, getting out of the dorms won’t hurt you. First you need your ramen of choice—chicken works best. Next, you’ll need to grab some eggs.

Those are the somewhat round things that crack when you drop them. Head to the spices and get some onion powder and some garlic powder. Finally, soy sauce (not the same as soy milk). 

Now head back to your dorm, apartment, cave or whatever you call home. Go to the kitchen and find that pan that your mom made you get for college, but you haven’t used it in seven months. This is where it gets tricky. Crack the eggs. Remember, shell is just extra protein, right?

Scramble the eggs and then add the onion powder, garlic powder, and soy sauce. Keep in mind you can always add more, but you can’t take away. In your pan cook the eggs until nice and fluffy. For an easier cooking process, add a bit of oil into the pan before the eggs.  

The other part is the ramen. Try not to screw that up. Take the eggs, take the ramen, and put them together. Wow, congrats, you made a meal.  

Now, is this the best meal that anyone is capable of making? Probably not, but it tastes like real food and will make you feel like you’ve finally accomplished something in life. There’s plenty of things you can do to ramen to make it different, so play around with it and just try not to burn down the village. 

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ERAU Hosts Southwest VEX U Robotics Tournament 

By Lucas Widner
News Editor 

On Saturday, Nov. 4, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s VEX Robotics Club and the URI (Undergraduate Research Institute) hosted Arizona’s first VEX U (University) robotics competition of the season in the Student Union Lower Hanger, with twelve teams from around Arizona competing. ERAU has hosted this competition for the last three years, with significant growth taking place every year. Only four teams attended two years ago, then nine teams last year, and finally twelve this year.  

ERAU’s Gold, Blue, and White teams competed and finished fourth, seventh, and twelfth, respectively. The Gold team also won the design award, which is given to the team that followed the engineering design process the best and documented their work throughout the season.

Team PYRO from ASU went undefeated during their seven qualification matches and became the tournament champion by winning their way through the playoff-style tournament matches, only losing to ERAU’s Gold team once partially due to a controller malfunction.  

Team PYRO won the skills champion award for earning the highest score in the optional driver and programming skills challenges, and they also won the excellence award, which is the highest award given at a VEX competition to the best overall team based on performance, professionalism, documentation, and skills scores.

This was the first competition Grand Canyon University’s new THUNDR1 team has competed in, and they finished eighth place overall, learning a lot to help them prepare for their next competition. 

Dozens of spectators came to the Lower Hanger and watched the matches that ran from 10:30 a.m. to almost 4:30 p.m. Volunteers from various student groups helped reset the field after each match, judged and refereed the competition, help the teams get checked in, and helped make this event run smoothly.

Members of each team were constantly seen running around the room getting fresh robot batteries, carrying their robot to the practice field for testing or to the queuing table before their next match, or talking to other teams. 

This year’s VEX Robotics game, called “In the Zone,” is played on a twelve-foot square field with foam tiles covering the floor and a small fence around the perimeter. The goal is to score as many yellow plastic “cones” on either the high fixed or low mobile bases of your color, either red or blue, and move the short mobile bases into scoring zones in opposing corners of the field, competing directly against another team during each two-minute match.

The first forty-five seconds of each match is autonomous control only, so the drivers are not allowed to control the robot, then the autonomous winner is chosen who gets bonus points.

The driver then takes over with an PlayStation-style game controller for the final seventy-five seconds and scores as many cones and bases as possible.  

Additional points are awarded to teams that return to their colored tile at the end of the match. Each team competed in seven qualification matches against random opponents during this competition, which are similar to the regular season in most football leagues.

Then, the teams were ranked by their performance and the top eight teams moved on to the playoff-style tournament matches. There are also programming and driver skills challenges, where one team at a time has one minute to score as many points as possible from an autonomous program or under driver control. 

The robots are built primarily from steel and aluminum parts resembling those from Erector Sets, and must start each match inside an imaginary 24-inch cube, but then can expand once the match starts. Each team can use up to 12 electric motors per robot, in addition to pneumatic pistons.

Teams can use as many sensors as they want, and can 3D print small parts for their robots as well. Programming is done in a variation of the C language called RobotC, which is specially adapted for robotics use.

Each team is also required to document all of their work in an engineering notebook, which shows that they are following the engineering design process correctly.  

ERAU will be hosting another competition on March 2nd and 3nd in the Activity Center and Eagle Gym that will be open to seventy high school teams and twelve university teams and offer multiple qualification spots for the VEX World Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, in late April and early May.

This will be the second year of hosting this competition, with an incredible turnout of over a thousand participants and several hundred spectators last year. 

Any students who want to learn more about ERAU’s VEX Robotics Club or the competition can contact club president Lucas Widner at [widnerl@my.erau.edu]. 

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Men’s Soccer Finishes Another Successful Season 

By James Ritchey
Correspondent 

With a loss to UC Merced in the California Pacific Conference Tournament, the ERAU Men’s Soccer team ended their 2017 season. Their 11-9 record is their best since 2014, and is a clear improvement over last year’s 9-10 team.

Although the Eagles have fallen in the tournament to UC Merced for the past three years, the 2017 squad can call themselves successful and have much to look forward to next year.  

The season began with a rough start as the Eagles went 2-4 in their first six games. However, the Eagles then proceeded to open conference play with a 7-0 win over Pacific Union and a 7-0 win over Simpson to turn their season around.

After a 0-4 loss to top-ranked Marymount, ERAU was able to rebound again with wins over UC Merced, Cal Maritime, and Sierra Nevada College. At this point, the Eagles were second in the CalPac standings and received votes on the NAIA Top 25 poll for two weeks in a row.  

After this high point in the season, the team faltered for a few games, dropping critical conference games against La Sierra and University of Antelope Valley. However, in the remaining three games of the regular season, the Eagles went 2-1, defeating both Providence Christian and Ottawa University Arizona.  

Going into the postseason, the team was seeded fifth, barely edging out Benedictine University at Mesa for a higher seed. The Eagles were up against the No. 3 seed, La Sierra University. Previously in the regular season, the team lost to LSU 0-3, so the odds in the postseason were definitely against the Eagles. However, they were able to defy odds and come up with an outstanding 3-0 win. Despite losing the next game, the first round of the playoffs marked a great way to end the season and gives a sense of optimism for the future of the team.  

The Eagles are returning all but five players from this year’s team. Offensive mainstays David Bates, Grant Rowe, Mason Laaksonen, and Jacob Baker are all returning next year, and will be able to develop even more than they already have. Both ERAU goaltenders, Jake Hutto and Alastair Stark, will also be returning.  

Overall, Nicholas Goldstein led the Eagles in goals, with an outstanding 15 on the season, averaging .75 per game. He also led in total shots, with 55, and total shots on goal, with 32. David Bates led the Eagles in Assists, with seven on the season. He also scored seven goals. Jake Hutto had 38 total saves, and Alastair Stark had 30. Jacob Baker recorded nine goals, two assists, and 34 shots. The team had 57 goals and 44 assists in their 20 games. 

Be sure to look forward to the next recruiting class, exhibition games in the spring, and the new and improved team next season! 

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Sports Update: November

By James Ritchey
Correspondent 

Men’s Soccer (11-9, 7-4 CalPac) 

2 Nov (Away)
ERAU 2 – 1 Ottawa University Arizona 

The Embry-Riddle Men’s Soccer team traveled to the Phoenix area for their final games of the regular season, playing Ottawa University Arizona on Nov. 2 and Benedictine University at Mesa on Nov. 4. In the OUAZ game, ERAU got on the scoreboard in the first six minute due to a goal from Nicholas Goldstein. For the remainder of the half, the Eagles had several more unsuccessful offensive pushes, and managed to control the ball for most of the time, only allowing three shots. In the second half, a more physical game was played, with multiple fouls and yellow cards given out. With about 13 minutes left in the game, Alan Wallingford solidified the ERAU lead and gave the Eagles some breathing room with a goal off a deflection. A few minutes later, the Spirit finally scored with a goal off deflection of their own, but they would not be able to come together to score or tie the game after that. Nicholas Goldstein led the Eagles with six shots out of the 17 total for the Eagles. 

4 Nov (Away)
ERAU 1 – 3 Benedictine University at Mesa 

A close game against the Redhawks at BENU did not go the way the Eagles had hoped. In the first half, the Redhawks scored once, giving the Eagles some hope going into halftime. Shortly into the second half, BENU scored once more to double their lead. However, Grant Rowe gave the Eagles some hope with a goal in the 55th minute. Unfortunately, less than a minute later, the Redhawks responded with yet another goal to bring the score to 1-3. Both sides were deadlocked after that point, and despite a good effort from the Eagles, no more offense resulted in anything. The Eagles would end their regular season with a loss, but entered the conference tournament as the sixth seed. 

8 Nov (Away – CalPac Conference Tournament First Round)
ERAU 3 – 0 La Sierra University 

In the first game of the postseason, the Eagles were eager to prove their worth, as they barely managed to make it into the tournament as the sixth and final seed. They were coming off a loss to Benedictine University at Mesa, who was the fifth seed in the tournament. Previously in the season, ERAU had lost to La Sierra 0-3, so they came into the game as clear underdogs with much to prove. Once the game started, the Eagles were able to control the ball and first got on the scoreboard when junior midfielder Grant Rowe found the back of the net with assists from David Bates and Nicholas Goldstein. The game turned very physical, with both teams determined to lengthen their season. There was no further score until 15 minutes into the second half, when junior midfielder David Bates scored off an assist from Lucas Vasconcelos. ERAU held off a lengthy offensive push from LSU, then Jacob Baker further extended the ERAU lead, scoring in the seventieth minute. An increasingly frustrated LSU was unable to put together any significant offense for the remainder of the game. LSU ended with four yellow cards and a red card against them. David Bates led the Eagles in shots with four, while Alastair Stark had five saves to maintain a shutout.   

9 Nov (Away, CalPac Conference Tournament Semifinals)
ERAU 0 – 2 UC Merced 

After a great win over La Sierra University the previous day, the Eagles looked forward to their next obstacle with a do-or-die game against second-ranked UC Merced. The game began with defensive forces dominant, as neither side could put together much offense and any shot was quickly turned around into a possession for the other team. The equilibrium lasted throughout the first half. In the second half, the Bobcats were able to change that. Most of the action took place in the Eagles’ half, putting them on edge until they finally gave up a goal in at 55:54. ERAU attempts at tying the game were always dashed, and at 81:39, the Bobcats doubled their lead. For the last few minutes of the game, the Eagles pushed valiantly for a comeback, but nothing ever came to fruition, and ERAU was pushed out of the conference tournament.  

Women’s Soccer (17-3, 8-0 CalPac) 

4 Nov (Away)
ERAU 2 – 0 Benedictine University at Mesa 

In their final game of the regular season, the ERAU Women’s Soccer team traveled down to play Benedictine University at Mesa in a conference matchup. The Eagles, ranked No. 16 in the nation, earned a 2-0 victory, ensuring they stayed at the top of the Cal Pac conference with an 8-0 conference record and a 15-3 record overall. The Eagles have also not allowed a goal in conference play. In the game, the Eagles were able to establish a clear dominance throughout both halves. At 13:03, ERAU scored the first goal when freshman Riley Martinson converted on a pass from Breanna Larkin. The second goal for the Eagles came from Breanna Larkin in the 74th minute, this time on an assist from Maddy Markham. Overall, the Eagles had 26 shots to the Redhawks’ eight. Parker Lee led the Eagles with eight shots, and goalie Caitlyn Aaron kept the shutout with three saves. 

9 Nov (Away, CalPac Conference Tournament Semifinals)
ERAU 4 – 0 La Sierra University 

The Eagles, with the first seed in the CalPac conference tournament, matched up with La Sierra University, the fourth seed, in their first game of the postseason. During the regular season, the Eagles had topped LSU 2-0, so came into the game with plenty of confidence. Just nine minutes into the game, Ally Leara scored the first of the Eagles’ goals, setting the mood for the rest of the game. LSU struggled to put together a clear offensive effort and for every shot they managed to get off, the Eagles would quickly roar back with a strong push of their own. At 33:37, Maddy Markham scored the second of ERAU’s goals to carry them into halftime. Shortly into the second half, LSU scored an own goal, frustrating them greatly and hampering their team cohesion. With LSU unable to pass well enough to get them any successful offense, ERAU controlled the play of the game for most of the half. Maddy Markham scored her second goal of the game with about four minutes left in the game to solidify the ERAU lead and earn them the win.  

11 Nov (Away, CalPac Conference Championship)
ERAU 1 – 0 UC Merced 

The championship game of the CalPac Tournament played out in a very defensive way. Both teams struggled to put together any successful offensive push, and the match remained tight until the final whistle. The only goal of the game came from Riley Martinson, CalPac Freshman of the Year, at 32:48. For the remainder of the game, UC Merced was able to come together to put several shots on goal, but ERAU goalie Caitlyn Aaron maintained her composure and kept the shutout, making sure that this final match would not break the Eagles’ conference shutout streak. The win gave ERAU their second conference championship in three years, and gave them a spot in the national tournament.  

Volleyball (28-3, 14-0 CalPac) 

2 Nov (Away)
ERAU 3 – 1 Ottawa University Arizona 

In one of their final games of the regular season, the ERAU Women’s Volleyball team traveled down to Phoenix to face Ottawa University Arizona. The Eagles started the first set poorly, as the Spirit quickly went up 2-6 and the only ERAU points came from OUAZ errors. A timeout gave ERAU time to refocus, as afterwards they proceeded to go on a 7-1 run and get themselves back in the game. The Eagles got to set point at 24-19, but the Spirit started to put up a comeback attempt, scoring three straight. However, an error on OUAZ brought the set to an end 25-22. A fierce second set also saw OUAZ start with a lead, but this time the Spirit was able to keep it. The Eagles put up a good effort, but OUAZ was able to take the set 25-27. In the third set, the back and forth flow of the game lasted throughout the entire set. Neither side had a clear advantage over the other, and no lead was ever more than three points. The set finally ended on a Lyndsey Weiler kill to bring the score to 25-23. The fourth set turned out to be the final one, as the Eagles came out on top of another very close set 25-22. Jalin Yoder led the Eagles with 13 kills, 16 digs, and a service ace. Lyndsey Weiler had 12 kills and eight digs, and Audrey Baldwin had another great game with 40 assists. 

4 Nov (Away) 
ERAU 3 – 1 Benedictine University at Mesa 

In their final regular season game of the season, the record-setting Embry-Riddle Women’s Volleyball team defeated Benedictine University at Mesa 3-1 to secure an undefeated conference record. In the first set, the Eagles saw themselves in a position very familiar to them. The Redhawks had built up a 1-6 lead, then after some ERAU offense, a 5-10 lead. At this point, the Eagles then scored six straight points, with Kaitlin Shroll serving, and kept that lead for the rest of the set. Audrey Baldwin had two straight aces to end the set 25-19. In the second set, multiple errors by the Eagles, coupled with strong spiking by the Redhawks gave BE-Mesa a lead they never relinquished. A strong blocking line also plagued the Eagles in the second set, until they managed to score five straight points to bring the score to 18-19. Unfortunately, this run did not last, and the Redhawks proceeded to score on four straight kills. Two errors by ERAU ended the set 19-25. The Eagles regrouped in the third set and took an early 4-1 lead. The Eagles broke ahead somewhat with three straight points to bring the score to 14-11, then shortly after had a surge of offense to take a very strong lead. With Kaitlin Shroll serving, the Eagles scored eight straight points to bring about set point at 24-13. After BU-Mesa managed to score two more points, the Eagles gave themselves a match advantage with a kill from Sharik Joseph, ending the set 25-15. The fourth set saw the Redhawks take a small early lead until the Eagles had a flood of offense, scoring seven straight points to bring the score to 12-6. Another five point run came for the Eagles to bring the score to 21-14, and the Redhawks lost all hope. A kill from Lyndsey Weiler and an error by the Redhawks ended the match, with the Eagles winning the final set 25-18. Lyndsey Weiler led the Eagles in offense with 14 kills. Megan Riley led the defense with 24 digs. Jalin Yoder put in an outstanding effort all around, with 9 kills and 18 digs. 

9 Nov (Away, CalPac Conference Semifinals)
ERAU 3 – 1 La Sierra University 

The Eagles continued their undefeated streak into the postseason with a critical win against La Sierra. The first set was very hotly contested, with both teams trading leads until ERAU scored five straight to break a tie and come ahead 20-15. A kill from Audrey Baldwin knocked out the first set with a 25-20 ERAU win. The second set started like the first with both teams neck-in-neck, but ERAU proceeded to pull ahead to lead 23-16. Some errors by the Eagles started a seven point run by LSU to tie the game at 23-23, however, they proceeded to have two attack errors to give ERAU the second win 25-23. In the third set, LSU was able to convert their offensive momentum from the previous set into a set victory. Both teams stayed very close in score until the final plays of the set, when LSU was able to score several points without ERAU response to take the set 19-25. In the fourth set, the Eagles finally came together to prove their worth as the top team in the conference. There were no close calls in the fourth set, as ERAU built up a quick six point lead, then proceeded to expand that lead to nine points by the time LSU was able to recover. LSU scored four straight to give them some hope that was quickly dashed by four straight by the Eagles, giving them a 25-16 win to prolong their season.  

11 Nov (Away, CalPac Conference Finals)
ERAU 3 – 2 UC Merced 

An aggressive match between the Eagles and third seed Bobcats of UC Merced was the culmination of the conference tournament. Each set was very back-and-forth in momentum, with neither side maintaining a clear advantage over the other. The first set saw the Eagles take a lead late in the set by scoring five straight points and overcoming UCM 25-22. The second set played out almost exactly like the first: both sides close for most of the set, until the ERAU scored five straight late in the game for a lead. However, once the Eagles got to set point at 24-22, they choked and gave up four straight to allow the Bobcats to tie the match with a set score of 24-26. The third set marked the competitiveness of both teams, as another close set went to UCM 22-25. In a critical fourth set, the Eagles played much better, as they took a lead with the opening play and never let it go. UCM was unable to come back as well as in the previous sets, and ERAU tied the match with a 25-19 set win. The final set of the tournament saw the Eagles take a quick 5-1 lead, and maintain it for the most part until UCM scored three straight points to bring the score to 11-10. The tumultuous match came to a climax as UCM proceeded to come together to take a 14-13 lead and bring about match point for themselves. Caylee Robalin got the Eagles back on track with a tying kill, and errors by UCM coupled with a fantastic kill by Sharik Joseph earned the Eagles the conference championship with a 17-15 win in the final set.  

Men’s Basketball (3-1) 

3 Nov (Away)
ERAU 60 – 71 Life Pacific College 

In their second game of the season, the Eagles fell to the Warriors of Life Pacific College. ERAU struggled with shooting in the first half, going 11-29 in field goals, while Life Pacific was able to find weak points in the Eagle defense. The Eagles went into halftime down 30-42. In the second half, ERAU was able to close many of the weaknesses in their defense that were exposed in the first half, but their shooting still struggled. Life Pacific’s 47 percent field goal percentage clearly overpowered ERAU, giving them a 60-71 win at the final buzzer. Calvin Carmichael led the Eagles with 14 points, followed by Gilbert Ibarra with 11.  

4 Nov (Away)
ERAU 86 – 77 West Coast Baptist College 

After a loss to Life Pacific, the Eagles continued their road trip with a strong win over West Coast Baptist. The first half saw ERAU struggle greatly with offense, going down 14-0 before finally getting their offensive effort coherent. WCB still was able to stay ahead due to their original lead, and went into halftime up 33-42. ERAU played to their strengths more in the second half, utilizing more inside shooting and shooting more from closer ranges. Things were still looking down for the Eagles until the last ten minutes of regulation, when they were able to close a 15-point deficit. Two good free throws by Nick Johnson tied the game 62-62 with 7:40 remaining. Neither side was able to take a large lead, and at the end of regulation, the game was tied at 73. In the five-minute overtime period, the score remained tight for the first two minutes. Then, the Eagles went off when Logan Skurdal broke a tie with a three pointer. Ryan Skurdal and Gilbert Ibarra proceeded to drive in the paint and create more distance, creating a nine-point lead when the game ended.  

10 Nov (Home)
ERAU 95 – 69 Ottawa University Arizona 

The Eagles dominated the OUAZ Spirit in their second home game of the season. After some struggles in the first few minutes of the game, the Eagles went off, showcasing a great improvement in their outside shooting while maintaining their skill in the paint. The Eagles went into halftime up 48-37. Logan Skurdal scored two three pointers to open the second half, indicating the direction the half would play out. ERAU stayed consistent with their shooting and were able to shut down several OUAZ offensive plays. Each player on the ERAU roster got some minutes in as the Eagles led by as many as 30 points before the final buzzer sounded with a score of 95-69. Logan Skurdal had 29 points, making nine of 12 three-pointers. Overall, the Eagles had a 53.8 field goal percentage and a 65.2 three-point percentage.  

13 Nov (Away)
ERAU 82 – 70 Northern Arizona University 

In a friendly game against NCAA Division I NAU, the Eagles came away with an impressive win against a team in a much higher league. In the first half, the Lumberjacks were able to shoot well, capitalizing on three point shooting to climb to a 9-25 lead. However, the Eagles in turn hit three consecutive three point shots and went 6-6 from the free throw line over the next seven minutes, cutting the NAU lead down to 34-35 with one minute left in the half. At halftime, ERAU trailed 36-40, but were eager to continue their good play into the second half. Jaran Hoover hit a jump shot Ryan Skurdal hit a three-pointer, giving the Eagles a 41-40 lead at the start of the second half. NAU was able to come back and tie the game 53-53 with 11:22 left in regulation, but the Eagles again found ways to take another lead. ERAU had a 57.7 percent shooting percentage in the second half, and outrebounded NAU 41-36. In the final minutes, ERAU hit almost all of their free throws, earning a victory with a final score of 82-70.  

Women’s Basketball (7-0) 

3 Nov (Away)
ERAU 71 – 53 Whittier College 

In a very offense-focused game, the Eagles never lost the lead and soared to an easy victory over the Whittier College Poets. ERAU again demonstrated their great distance shooting ability, going 4-7 from three in the first half to guide them to an easy win. At halftime, the Eagles were up 35-26, and kept their success going into the third quarter, when they outscored the Poets 20-5. WC organized themselves better in the fourth quarter, but it was too late to make much difference, as the Eagles still walked away with an 18-point victory. Haley Villegas led the Eagles with 21 points, five three-pointers, and two assists. 

11 Nov (Home)
ERAU 99 – 81 Northern New Mexico College 

In one of their first home games of the season, the Eagles came out on top of a high-scoring game against Northern New Mexico College. A back-and-forth match lasted from the opening tip until about midway through the second quarter, when the Eagles went on an 11-0 run and never looked back. NNMC was unable to regroup or find any momentum, and the Eagles maintained their shooting dominance throughout the match. Bethany Wolph had an outstanding game with 26 points, including shooting 8-17 from beyond the arch.  

13 Nov (Away)
ERAU 73 – 51 Colorado College 

ERAU started a Colorado road trip in Colorado Springs, playing the Tigers of Colorado College. The first quarter played out with neither team having a clear advantage over the other. A defensively-dominant second quarter saw the Eagles pull far ahead, however, leading 42-15 at the half and restricting the Tigers to just four points in the quarter. Colorado College regrouped over halftime and outscored ERAU 16-21 in the third quarter, but this would not be enough. ERAU was able to hold back any comeback attempts in the fourth and the game ended with the Eagles on top 73-51. Danae Ruiz led the Eagles with 19 points, three assists and two blocks.  

14 Nov (Away)
ERAU 81 – 38 Johnson & Wales University 

The Eagles finished a road trip with a dominating win over Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colo. The Wildcats started well, quickly taking a 3-9 lead. However, the Eagles quickly took command of the game and never looked back. By the end of the first quarter, ERAU was up 14-11, and never lost the lead again. Three-point shooting by the Eagles was key, and in the second quarter, the Eagles expanded their lead to as many as 18 points, and went into halftime up 37-21. In the second half, ERAU defense prevented JWU from creating any offensive momentum, as they were held to just six field goals in the third and fourth quarters. Meanwhile, ERAU offense continued to put up points, increasing their margin of victory continuously. By the time the final buzzer signified the end of the onslaught, ERAU was on top with a 43 point lead. Haley Villegas led the Eagles with 16 points, five assists, and five steals.  

Wrestling (1-1) 

4 Nov (Away)
ERAU 30 – 15 Mt. San Antonio College 

The Eagles opened their season with a dual meet in Riverside, CA. ERAU enters the new season ranked No. 8 in the nation, after several successful seasons under head coach KC Rock. In the first meet against Mt. SAC, Collin Anderson pinned his opponent in the 133-pound weight class in the second match of the meet to give ERAU a 6-3 lead. Mt. SAC won the 141-pound and 157-pound match by pins, but after that, each match went to the Eagles. Taylor Owens won by decision in the 165-pound match, Kody Davis won by a 9-8 decision in the 174-pound match, and Dylan Passalaqua earned a pin at 4:37 in the 184-pound match. In the final heavyweight match, David Rupp earned a 5-2 decision victory in overtime. The final team score saw ERAU win 30-15. 

4 Nov (Away) 
ERAU 12 – 28 California Baptist University 

After a victory in their first meet of the day, the Eagles moved on to face Cal Baptist, ranked third in the nation, allowing ERAU to get some good experience against some of their top competition early in the season. In the first matches against CBU, the Eagles started with a 9-0 team score after a forfeit in the 125-pound match and Collin Anderson earning his second victory of the day with a 6-4 decision in the 133-pound match. After that, unfortunately, the Eagles were only able to win one more matchup. Eli Mason won the 197-pound match with a 4-1 decision. Overall, the CBU meet ended with a team score of 12-28. The Eagles put up a good fight, only being pinned once, and keeping scores in several matchups close. 

Golf 

Nov 13-14
Firestorm Invitational – Phoenix, AZ 

At Arizona Christian University’s golf tournament, the ERAU Women’s team did very well, taking an overall first place with a score of 614. Nicole Lopes shot a par 72-72 to take first place overall individually. Jessica Williams and Trae Jones both tied for sixth overall with a score of 154. The Men’s team, unfortunately, did not do nearly as well. With an overall score of 604, the Eagles placed ninth. On an individual level, ERAU was led by Lewis Breslin, who shot 72-73 for a 14th overall finish.  

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