Angella Irwin

Angella Irwin

Athlete of the Week: Hannah Bracey

head shot of Hannah BraceyHannah is a starting freshman on the women’s lacrosse team, hailing from Fawn Grove, PA, where she attended Kennard-Dale High School.

In the season opener for the lions, Bracey scored four goals on eight shots and notched one assist in the win against Mt. St. Vincent. She also tallied two ground balls and one caused turnover.

We asked Hannah why she loves lacrosse. She said, “One thing that I love about lacrosse is that it gives me an outlet. I tend to be kind of quiet and timid in most spheres of life, but none of that matters when I play. As soon as I step onto the field I can be a different person: one who is aggressive and loud.” Congratulations, Hannah!


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BAC Alumna Teaching, Exploring, and Blogging in Japan

Jamera McNeil (BA ’15) has been living in Tokyo for the past year, working as an assistant language teacher. She sent us a letter stamp on enveloperecently, giving us a quick update on her life. Needless to say, it was exciting to get a letter from Japan, and even more thrilling to see that it was from this lovely lady!

While at Bryn Athyn College, Jamera was known for her sharp intellect and utterly delightful giggle. She was a history major, an RA (resident assistant), and also served as a student ambassador for a number of years. Teaching in Japan has been ski lift during the summerchallenging but stimulating, and her time living in a foreign country has stoked continued interest in future opportunities abroad. We can’t wait to catch up with Jamera this summer to write a full-blown article on this marvelous person and her fantastic journeys. For now, check out her classy blog: the muggle chroniclesopens in a new window.



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BAC’s Coach Fitzgerald Talks to

Kathleen Harte Simone, founder and editor of Philafieldhockey.comopens in a new window, interviewed Bryn Athyn Coach Kaitlyn Fitzgerald about the 2017 inaugural season. Reading these excerpts from the article gives you an idea of what the culture will be like in this exciting new program!

Bryn Athyn College will roll out their first-ever field hockey program this fall, competing in the NCAA Division III North Eastern Athletic Conference. The Lions are just one of five field hockey programs in the conference including three from New York (Keuka College, Morrisville State and Wells College) and one from Pennsylvania (Wilson College from Franklin County). Kaitlyn Fitzgerald will lead the Lions in their inaugural season. Fitzgerald is a 2009 graduate of Towson University where she was a four-year member of the Division I field hockey team as a defender. She began her coaching career at Wilkes College, while obtaining her masters degree, and has served as an assistant coach at Arcadia University for the past three years. While there, Fitzgerald helped lead the Knights to a MAC- Commonwealth regular season title and was instrumental in recruiting.

I caught up with Fitzgerald to find out more about establishing a new program, what she’s looking for in a student-athlete, her goals for the program, the new field, and more.

Your team will assemble in August for the first time. How is the recruiting process coming along? “It’s been a cool process starting from scratch and looking for the right type of player that I feel will make an immediate positive impact on the program. With us being a smaller school, and a first year field hockey team, I have been traveling a lot both in and out of PA to attend high school games and tournaments, and getting many athletes on campus to get our name out there and experience the culture at Bryn Athyn. Not many people have heard of us but once they go through the process and then come on campus, they are in awe of how beautiful and new it is and are extremely interested in our degree programs. The education and athletic programs are unmatched here and I truly mean that. We want to be an integral part of each students’ successes both on and off the field.  It’s also been nice and exciting to have student-athletes from other teams — like women’s lacrosse — express interest in playing for the season. We encourage dual athlete participation to gain the full experience.”

What are you looking for in players: “I’m looking for the type of player that wants to leave a mark and make an immediate impact on a first year program — a player with a strong work ethic and leadership qualities. I think it takes a special type of player that looks at a program starting from scratch and sees the direct benefits of wanting to go through that journey. So far I have been very lucky in finding some of those players to lead us to where I envision us going! The energy and positivity of the recruits who are committed so far makes me so excited to be their coach and to help them develop.”

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Darlingside in Concert @Glencairn Museum April 2

Bryn Athyn College welcomes Darlingside in concert at Glencairn Museum on April 2nd.

Harmonies, humor and beautiful cooperative songwriting combine to make this a band one not to be missed live in concert. Their latest album, Birds Say, has received great critical praise and they are selling out shows around the US and in Europe. Last year Darlingside was an XPN artist to watch and selected by NPR as one of the 7 best performances (out of more than 200) on the World Cafe stage in 2016. Four guys, one mic, loads of instruments, amazing music all in the Great Hall of a stunning castle-like building. Don’t miss out!

Get your tickets hereopens in a new window

$22 in advance and $25 at the door.

“Birds Say is a sonic gem to be envious of and is one of the great albums released this year” – The Huffington Post

“Locomotive fold-pop confections so richly executed it’s hard to tell if it’s one voice or 12” – Rolling Stone

Check out some of their music videos and read more about the band at

The show is all ages and is general admission seating.

Doors open at 7:30. Get there early for the best seats!

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