2003-04 NEWS ARCHIVE
 

Week of June 14, 2004


HILBERT HIRES REHBAUM AS BASKETBALL COACH, ASSISTANT AD

Kara Rehbaum has been named assistant athletic director and head womenís basketball coach at Hilbert College.  Rehbaum takes over a program that finished 11-15 last season and advanced to the finals of the 2003-04 North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.  In addition to coaching, Rehbaum will serve as assistant athletic director.

She spent three years as an operations assistant for the Buffalo Destroyers, the Rochester Brigade and the Cincinnati Swarm, all professional Arena Football League teams owned by North American Sports.  Rehbaum served as head womenís basketball coach from 1993-98 at NCAA Division I Canisius College in Buffalo.  In 1995, she was recognized by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) as Coach of the Year and received the same honor from the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) at the conclusion of the Ď94-Ď95 season. 

She earned a bachelorís degree in physical education with a concentration in athletic training after a stellar playing career at Canisius. She scored 1,661 career points and pulled down 1,075 career rebounds over her four year career.  After graduating she played professionally for the Atlanta Comets of the Womenís American Basketball Association (WABA) for one year before the league folded.  She was inducted into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
 

Week of May 31, 2004


PENN ST. BEHREND'S ELZER NAMED TO REGIONAL BASEBALL TEAM

Penn St. Behrend sophomore outfielder Shane Elzer (Trinity HS/Washington, PA), has been named to the ABCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region Third Team.  Elzer, a first-team all-league player and voted team MVP, led the blue and white in several offensive categories. He posted a team-high .377 average, 40 hits, 10 doubles, eight triples, 32 RBIs, a .679 slugging percentage, 14 walks, and hit a pair of home runs. Elzer also was five-for-five in stolen base attempts and made only one error in the outfield this year.
 

Week of May 10, 2004


AMCC ANNOUNCES FAR AWARD WINNERS

Nichole Spindler
of Pitt-Bradford and Jason Dolak of La Roche College are the recipients of the 2003-04 AMCC Faculty Athletic Representatives Award as the outstanding scholar-athletes of the year.

Spindler, a standout two-sport athlete, graduated summa cum laude with degrees in biology and secondary education.  A two-time captain of the basketball team, Dolak graduated this past May with highest honors as a triple major in psychology, English literature and English secondary education.

Click here for a complete list of the 2003-04 All-Academic Team.

FROSTBURG STATE WINS 2003-04 PRESIDENTS' CUP

On the strength of four team championships and and four runner-up finishes, Frostburg State University is the winner of the 2003-04 AMCC Presidents' Cup.  This is the first time in the four-year history of the cup that the Bobcats have won it.  The three previous crowns were claimed by Penn State Behrend, with Frostburg State the runner-up each time.

The Bobcats, with 59 points, are followed in the final standings by Penn State Behrend (50 points), and Penn State Altoona (43 points).  Click here for the standings and a complete list of the conference champions.


SPRING "GOOD SPORTS" POSTER CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Elementary school students sponsored by Hilbert College and Frostburg State University head the list of winners of the AMCC Spring Semester "Good Sports" Poster Contest.  Hayley Lindsey, a student at Beal Elementary in Frostburg, MD, is the winner of the kindergarten through second grade category, while Emily Clarke of Triangle Academy #28 in Buffalo, NY is the winner of the Grade 3-5 category.

Click here for a complete list of the poster contest winners.
 

Week of May 3, 2004


ECAC BERTHS AWARDED TO FSU, UPB

The AMCC will be represented by two teams in the ECAC South Region Softball Tournament.  Pitt-Bradford received the #4 seed and will host Widener on Wednesday, while Frostburg St. is seeded #6 and will travel to Misericordia.  The winners will advance to the double elimination tournament at #1 Montclair St. on Saturday and Sunday.

FROSTBURG STATE CLAIMS AMCC BASEBALL CROWN

In a rain-delayed final, fourth-seeded Frostburg State University defeated top seed Pitt-Bradford, 13-10 in 10 innings, to become the 2004 AMCC baseball champions.  The Bobcats last won the title in 1999.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MAY 3

Pitt-Bradford prevailed over Frostburg State in softball.  What will happen in game 7 of the baseball tournament, postponed until today?  Here are the players of the week for May 3:

Softball Player: 
Calista Walker, Pitt-Bradford
Softball Pitcher: 
Kristy Zavinski, Pitt-Bradford
Baseball Player: 
TBA
Baseball Pitcher: 
TBA
 

Week of April 26, 2004


PITT-BRADFORD REPEATS AS SOFTBALL CHAMPS

Pitt-Bradford won its second AMCC softball championship in a row, defeating top seeded Frostburg State, 4-0.  FSU had advanced to the finals by dropping Penn State Altoona, 11-8, earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, their baseball counterparts will battle for supremacy in the AMCC when #1 Pitt-Bradford meets #4 Frostburg State in the title game, now underway in Bradford.

Click here for tournament schedules and results:        Baseball            Softball

SOFTBALL, BASEBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS ANNOUNCED

Frostburg State's Scott Feller (Boca Raton, FL)  is the baseball player of the year, and FSU's Trish Brown (Manchester, MD) and La Roche's Chrystal Delgado (Pittsburgh, PA) are softball co-players of the year, heading an all-star cast for the 2004 AMCC all-conference teams.

Baseball Coach of the Year honors go to Rich Pasquale of La Roche, while Chris Starke of Frostburg State and Gary Van Cauwenberge of Lake Erie shared the softball coaching award.  Newcomer of the Year for softball is Pitt-Greensburg outfielder  Jaime Lindner (Midland, PA), while Penn State Behrend outfielder Brian Hart (Valencia, PA) won for baseball.

Click here for a complete list of all-conference team honorees:  Baseball   Softball

PENN STATE BEHREND HIRES NEW WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH

The Penn State Behrend athletics department has announced the hiring of Patrick O'Driscoll as the head women's soccer coach. O'Driscoll was most recently the head men's and women's soccer coach at Mercyhurst North East Junior College during the past year. Previously he was a member of Behrend's soccer staff during the 2001-2002 seasons, working as an assistant coach with the women's team.

UPSETS MARK DAY 1 AT BOTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL TOURNEYS

It was no fun for the top seed at the AMCC baseball and softball tournaments, which got underway Friday.  Softball action saw #2 La Roche eliminated in two straight, while top-seeded Frostburg State fell in its second round game to #3 Pitt-Bradford.  The Bobcats will face #4 Penn State Altoona at 9am Saturday for the chance to play Pitt-Bradford in the championship game.

Meanwhile, the La Roche men fared no better.  Also seeded #2, the Redhawks dropped a pair to #3 Penn State Altoona and #4 Pitt-Bradford.  Despite top billing, UPB could not keep up with #4 Frostburg State in the opening round, but stayed alive with a 10-4 victory over La Roche.

Click here for tournament schedules and results:        Baseball            Softball


SOFTBALL SEEDING IS FINAL

With the conclusion of regular season play today, the pairings for the AMCC softball tournament have been finalized.  In addition to Frostburg State as #1 and La Roche as #2, Pitt-Bradford put a lock on #3 with a pair of wins over Pitt-Greensburg today.  The final slot goes to Penn State Altoona.

Click here for the complete tournament schedule.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 26

It's tournament time in the AMCC.  It took until the last weekend of the regular season to determine the playoff seedings, and there was plenty of excitement to go around.   Here are the players of the week for April 26:

Softball Player: 
Brandy Polinick, Penn St. Behrend
Softball Pitcher: 
Dana Garman, Penn St. Altoona 
Baseball Player: 
Shane Elzer, Penn St. Behrend
Baseball Pitcher: 
Chris McCartney, Penn St. Behrend 
 

Week of April 19, 2004


PAIRINGS SET FOR AMCC BASEBALL, SOFTBALL TOURNAMENTS

Pitt-Bradford will host baseball and Frostburg State will host softball in the AMCC championship tournaments beginning Friday, April 30.  Pitt-Bradford earned the top seed in baseball with a 9-3 conference record.  They will face #4 Frostburg State, while #2 La Roche will square off against #3 Penn State Altoona.

For the women, Frostburg State has earned the #1 seed, while La Roche has cemented #2.  The #3 and #4 seeds will be determined at the conclusion of the regular season games on Monday.

Click here for tournament schedules:        Baseball            Softball

PS-BEHREND, FROSTBURG ST. SHARE MENíS TENNIS AWARDS

Penn State Behrend and Frostburg State University, who battled closely all season for supremacy in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, split the awards for Menís Tennis Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.   Player of the Year honors were shared by Penn State Behrend junior Ryan Deimel (Cathedral Prep/Erie, PA) and Frostburg State junior Gary Lyst (Blair HS/Silver Spring, MD).  Deimel, 15-4 overall, was 4-1 at #1 singles in conference play and the tournament champion.  Lyst was undefeated in AMCC competition at #2 singles and 5-1 at #1 doubles, winning the conference title in both flights.   tournament.

Penn State Behrend freshman Matt Meyer (Rush-Henrietta HS/Rush, NY) and Frostburg State senior Dustin Robinson (Leondardtown HS/Leondardtown, MD) were voted Co-Newcomers of the Year.  Meyer was undefeated in conference play at #6 singles and 16-5 overall.  Robinson, in his only season of intercollegiate competition, won both the #4 singles championship and the #2 doubles title.  Coach of the Year honors went to Penn State Behrendís Jeff Barger, who led his team to an undefeated regular season in the AMCC and their first conference title since 1998.  Click here for the complete all-conference team.

AMCC BASEBALL PLAYERS SWEEP ECAC HONORS

For the first time ever, the AMCC player and pitcher of the week were also the ECAC Div. III South Region player and pitcher of the week La Roche sophomore Michael Hanck (Warren, OH)  hit .647 (11 for 17), driving in 7 runs, scoring 6 himself and leading the Redhawks up to second place in the conference standings.  Pitt-Bradford junior Bobby Wyant (Franklin, PA) threw a perfect game as Pitt-Bradford defeated Lake Erie, 13-0.  He fanned 11 in 7 complete innings.  Wyant also received honorable mention as the Div. III pitcher of the week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 19

The weather gods were smiling on the AMCC last week:  Penn State Behrend won their first AMCC men's tennis title since 1998; Frostburg State took some giant steps toward the number one seed in the softball tournament, sweeping a pair of AMCC doubleheaders; and Pitt-Bradford picked up 4 conference wins to sit alone atop the baseball standings.  Here are the players of the week for April 19:

Softball Player: 
Stephanie Zych, Frostburg State
Softball Pitcher: 
Andria Cook, Frostburg State   
Men's Tennis: 
Ryan Deimel, Penn State Behrend
Baseball Player: 
Michael Hanck, La Roche
Baseball Pitcher: 
Bobby Wyant, Pitt-Bradford
 

Week of April 12, 2004


PENN STATE BEHREND WINS AMCC MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

By a 1 point margin, Penn State Behrend is the 2004 AMCC men's tennis champion.  The Behrend Lions, which last won the title in 1998, edged out Frostburg State in total team points, 11-10.   Click here for complete tournament results.

PITT-BRADFORD'S WYANT THROWS PERFECT GAME

Pitt-Bradford junior righthander Bobby Wyant (Franklin, PA) threw a perfect game as Pitt-Bradford swept a 10-3, 13-0 AMCC doubleheader at Lake Erie College on Wednesday.  Wyant evened his season record at 3-3 by striking out 11 and surviving two close calls in the second game of the doubleheader.  Shortstop Ron Heinrich saved Wyant's bacon in the third with an over-the-shoulder basket catch behind second base and then in the sixth Wyant fell behind a Lake Erie hitter 3-0 before inducing a ground ball to first.

PS-ALTOONA'S STOTTLEMYER NAMED ECAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK

The ECAC has named Penn State Altoona junior Andy Stottlemyer (Chambersburg, PA) the Div. III South Region Pitcher of the Week.  The righthander threw a complete game 3-hit shut-out against AMCC rival Frostburg State.  The junior fanned 6 and walked none in the 1-0 victory.  He is the second AMCC pitcher to receive this honor this season.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 12

 At long last, AMCC play kicks into high gear.  Among the highlights:  Penn State Behrend heads into the men's tennis championship tournament undefeated; Frostburg St. picks up a pair on the road versus defending softball champion Pitt-Bradford; and Penn St. Altoona, La Roche and Pitt-Bradford crowd the top of the baseball standings.   Here are the players of the week for April 12:

Baseball Player: 
Kyle Mahan, Frostburg State
Baseball Pitcher: 
Andy Stottlemyer, Penn State Altoona 
Softball Player: 
Jen Patishnock, Penn State Altoona
Softball Pitcher: 
Lori Potts, Frostburg State 
Men's Tennis: 
Gary Lyst, Frostburg State
 

Week of April 5, 2004


AMCC ANNOUNCES AWARDS ON NATIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETE DAY

As participants in National Student-Athlete Day, the AMCC is proud to announce the recipients of several awards recognizing the character and academic achievement of several hundred student-athletes.

Today the AMCC is honoring both a male and female athlete for demonstrated sportsmanship, an award sponsored annually by the NCAA.  This is the first year the a conference-wide award has been given.  The 2003 University of Pittsburgh at Bradford women's soccer team is the female recipient.  For the fifth time, the program has been the recipient of the Team Ethics Award of Merit (Gold Award) from the the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  This award is given to a collegiate soccer team, men's or women's, that does not receive a cautionary (yellow) card or ejection (red) card during the entire season.  The women's team has previously won this award in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1999.

The men's honoree is John Sullivan (Holy Name HS/Garfield Heights, OH), a junior on the Lake Erie College baseball team.  A team captain, Sullivan is a member of the school's Leadership Alliance, which regularly shares issues with other campuses, and a College Ambassador, serving as a host at various campus events for alumni and the outside public.  Sullivan also volunteers as a head coach in the Painesville Little League.  He has been on the Dean's List for the last three semesters, and was named both the "Student of the Semester" and "Homecoming King" in Fall 2003.

The AMCC is also pleased to announce the 2003-04 Academic All-Conference Team.  To be eligible, varsity student-athletes must achieve a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA by the conclusion of the Fall semester.  Click here for a complete list of team members.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 5

Postpone, reschedule, cancel:  Happy Spring!  Here are the players of the week
for April 5:

Men's Tennis: 
Justin Stephens, Frostburg State
Baseball Player: 
Dustin Mills, Pitt-Greensburg
Baseball Pitcher: 
Jon Gibson, Lake Erie
Softball Player: 
Trish Brown, Frostburg State
Softball Pitcher: 
Kristy Zavinski, Pitt-Bradford
 

Week of March 29, 2004


SRAL, LITTLE, CURREN NAMED TO ECAC ALL-STAR TEAMS

The AMCC has landed three players on the ECAC South Region basketball all-star teams.  Penn State Behrend senior James Curren (Warren, PA) has been elected to the first team for the men, while Pitt-Greensburg senior Annie Sral (Altoona, PA) and Frostburg State junior Tracey Little (La Vale, MD) have been named to the women's squad.  Sral is a second team selection while Little earned honorable mention recognition.  Earlier in the week, the three were also named as Honorable Mention All-Americans by DIII News, the monthly newsletter of NCAA Div. III basketball.  Penn State Behrend freshman Tenesha Aden (Sandy Lake, PA) was also named to the All-Freshman Team.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 29

Here are the players of the week for March 22:

Softball Player: 
Trish Brown, Frostburg State
Softball Pitcher: 
Andria Cook, Frostburg State
Men's Tennis: 
Jon Barber, Penn St. Behrend
Baseball Player: 
Scott Feller, Frostburg State
Baseball Pitcher: 
Brent Lutz, Frostburg State 
 

Week of March 22, 2004


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 22

Here are the players of the week for March 22:

Men's Tennis: 
Jon Barber, Penn St. Behrend
Baseball Player: 
Dave Brown, Pitt-Bradford
Baseball Pitcher: 
Matt Mravintz, Pitt-Bradford
 

Week of March 15, 2004


UPG'S SRAL NAMED TO D3HOOPS.COM ALL REGION TEAM

Pitt-Greensburg senior guard Annie Sral (Bishop Guilfoyle HS/Altoona, PA) has been selected to the D3Hoops.com Second Team All-Great Lakes Region for 2003-04.  The AMCC Player of the Year, Sral finished her career at UPG as the all-time leader in points and field goals made, and second in steals, rebounds, three point field goals and assists.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 15

Forget March Madness, it's Spring Fever time in the AMCC.  Here are the players of the week for March 15:

Baseball Player of the Week: 
Adam Best, Penn St. Behrend
Baseball Pitcher of the Week: 
Eric London, Penn State Altoona
Softball Player of the Week: 
Nikki Spindler, Pitt-Bradford
Softball Pitcher of the Week: 
Andria Cook, Frostburg State
 

Week of March 8, 2004


PENN STATE BEHREND NAMES VOLLEYBALL, SOFTBALL COACHES

Penn State Beherend has announced that Stacy Pondo has been named head softball coach and Phil Pisano has been named the head volleyball coach, effective immediately.  Pondo, a former standout at Seneca High School and Mercyhurst North East, had previously served as the assistant softball coach for the Behrend Lions and is also the assistant to the director of athletics.  Pisano takes over after serving as the assistant coach during the 2003 season.  He
attended Slippery Rock where he was the assistant to the womenís volleyball coach from 1998-2003.

FROSTBURG STATE BASEBALL COACH REACHES 100 WINS

With the Bobcats' sixth victory of the season over SUNY-Old Westbury, Frostburg State University's Chris McKnight earned his 100th victory as head coach of the baseball program.  It took McKnight only 162 games to reach 100 wins, faster than any other head coach in Bobcat history.

PENN STATE BEHREND CHEER AND DANCE TEAMS RAISE $5000
FOR AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

For the third year in a row, the Penn State Behrend dance and cheer teams held a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  This year's event, held February 21st, netted $5,000 for the charity, up from $1,500 just two years ago.  The two squads sponsored a dance and cheer competition which was attended by more than 30 high school teams.

PITT-GREENSBURG BASKETBALL PLAYERS FINISH SEASON
WITH RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCES

Three Pitt-Greensburg basketball players entered the school record books during the AMCC tournament.  Junior guard Kevin Conlon becme only the third men's basketball player, and fifth overall, to hit the 1,000 point mark.  Conlon accomplished this feat in the Bobcats' semifinal loss to Frostburg State. In the same game, teammate Nate Watkins broke the school record for steals in a season.  With the six steals in the FSU game, the junior guard finished with 62 on the season.  He is also UPG's career steals leader with 157.  Finally, senior guard Annie Sral, the AMCC women's player of the year, broke the school mark for three-point field goals in a season in the Bobcats' win over Frostburg State in the semifinals.

FROSTBURG STATE CONTINUES TO LEAD IN PRESIDENTS' CUP RACE

At the conclusion of the winter sports season, Frostburg State University has held tight onto its lead in the AMCC Presidents' Cup standings.  Penn State Behrend, the winner of the cup for the past two years, moved into second place aided by a strong showing at the conference basketball tournament, while Penn State Altoona dropped to third.  For complete Presidents' Cup standings and calculations, click here.

AMCC GOOD SPORTS POSTER CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The AMCC is pleased to announce the winners of the winter Good Sports poster contest.  Coordinated by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on each member campus, posters were submitted by elementary school children in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.  First place posters from each school were then entered in the conference-wide competition.  The winners are as follows:

Grades K-2:  Allison Kobosky, St. Gabriel School
Sponsored by Lake Erie College
Grades 3-5:  Charlotte Busch, School Street Elementary
Sponsored by Pitt-Bradford
Grades 6-8:  Darius Hubbart, Wattsburg Area Elementary
Sponsored by Penn State Behrend

For a complete listing of contest winners, click here

 

Week of March 1, 2004


BEHREND MEN EDGED OUT BY POTSDAM IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

SUNY-Potsdam proved to be two points too much for Penn State Behrend, dropping the Lions by a 60-58 margin this evening at the Junker Center in a first round NCAA men's basketball tournament game.  David Hairston and Casey Ponsoll each contributed 12 points to lead Behrend.  

AMCC WOMEN FALL IN NCAA, ECAC TOURNAMENTS

All three AMCC women's basketball teams with post-season bids saw their seasons come to an end tonight.  In the first round of the NCAA tournaments, conference champion Penn State Behrend fell to Wittenberg, 81-49.  The Behrend Lions were led by Carly Cochran with 9 points and 7 rebounds.  Pitt-Greensburg was defeated by McDaniel College, 71-64.  Tish Hines had a 16-point, 10-rebound performance for the Bobcats.  In the ECAC tournament, Frostburg State could not hold back DeSales University, dropping a 92-56 decision.  Tracey Little contributed 29 points in the loss.

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS ANNOUNCED

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior Annie Sral (Bishop Guilfoyle HS/Altoona, PA) and Penn State Behrend senior James Curren (Warren HS/ Warren, PA) are the 2003-04 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Basketball Players of the Year.

Sral, a 5-5 guard, ranked second in the conference in scoring (18.4 ppg), first in steals (3.4 spg), and also contributed 5.2 rpg.  She was a four-time AMCC Player of the Week selection, a three-time ECAC South Region Player of the Week honoree, and was twice named to the D3Hoops.com Div. III Team of the Week.  The Bobcats finished as the runners-up in the AMCC title game, and have received an invitation to the NCAA Div. III tournament.  Penn State Behrend freshman
Tenesha Aden (Lakeview HS/Sandy Lake, PA), was selected as the womenís Newcomer of the Year.  The 6-0 forward averaged 12.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg to lead the conference champions in both categories.

Curren, a 6-6 center, averaged 16.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg and a 54.8 field goal percentage. He is a repeat choice as player of the year, a three-time first team all-conference selection, and was named to the second team as a freshman when he earned Newcomer of the Year honors.  Lake Erie College freshman Jajcen Harris (Villa Angela-St. Joseph HS/Cleveland Heights, OH), a 6-6 forward who averaged 11.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg, was named Newcomer of the Year for the men.

Womenís Coach of the Year honors went to Penn State Behrendís Roz Fornari for the second year in a row.    She led the Behrend Lions to a 22-5 record, their first conference title in five years, and an invitation to the NCAA Div. III national tournament.  Penn State Behrend also claimed the Menís Coach of the Year honors, going to Dave Niland for the second time in two years as well.   Nilandís squad concluded the regular season at 22-3.  They also received an NCAA Div. III tournament bid.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 1

It was an exciting prelude to March Madness in the AMCC.  The Penn State Behrend women extended their winning streak to 9 with a victory in the conference title game, while the La Roche men capped an unpredictable upset run with their first AMCC championship.   Here are the players of the week for Mar. 1:

Women's Basketball:  Brittany Mays, Penn State Behrend
Men's Basketball:  Brandon Kelly, La Roche College

THREE AMCC TEAMS RECEIVE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT BIDS;
FSU WOMEN GET ECAC INVITATION

Two women's teams and one men's team will be carrying the AMCC banner on the national stage when the NCAA Division III basketball tournament tips off later in the week.  AMCC women's champion Penn State Behrend and runner up Pitt-Greensburg will get the ball rolling on Wednesday.  The Behrend Lions will travel to Wittenberg (OH) University while the Bobcats will face McDaniel (MD) College.  The Penn State Behrend men also received an invitation, and will host SUNY-Potsdam on Thursday evening.

The Frostburg State women are still alive as well.  The Bobcats will travel to DeSales University on Wednesday as the #8 seed in the ECAC Div. III South Region tournament.
 

Week of February 23, 2004


PENN STATE BEHREND WOMEN FINISH ON TOP OF AMCC;
LA ROCHE MEN CAP UPSET RUN AS #4 SEED, WIN TITLE

There are two new basketball champions in the AMCC for 2003-04.  The women's crown was claimed by Penn State Behrend (20-5), which finished first in the regular season standings and lived up to its top billing with a decisive 67-56 win over Pitt-Greensburg (21-5), the defending champion.

On the men's side, it was #4 La Roche College (14-14) making an exhilarating run to their first conference title.  With a roster of only seven healthy players, the Redhawks bested #1 seed Penn State Behrend (21-3) in the semifinals on Friday, then followed up with a 44-42 overtime victory versus #3 Frostburg State University (15-13) in the finals. 

PITT-GREENSBURG WOMEN SET RECORDS IN WIN OVER LAKE ERIE

The Pitt-Greensburg women set a new single-game scoring record in their 105-48 win over Lake Erie College in the first round of the AMCC tournament last night.  It was the first time in school history that the team broke 100 points.  They also tied the single-game mark for field goals made with 39.  Senior guard Torey Auld (Seneca Valley HS/Zelienople, PA) again tied her own school mark with 12 assists in the game.

AMCC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT:  RESULTS & SCHEDULE

WOMEN
First Round: Wed., Feb. 25
#2 Pitt-Greensburg d. #7 Lake Erie, 105-48
#3 Frostburg St. d. #6 PS-Altoona, 83-63
#4 Pitt-Bradford d. #5 La Roche, 65-57

Second Round:  Fri., Feb. 27
at Penn State Behrend
1pm:  #1 PS-Behrend vs. #4 Pitt-Bradford
3pm:  #2 Pitt-Greensburg vs. #3 Frostburg St.

Women's Championship:  Sat., Feb. 28 Ė 1:00pm

MEN
First Round: Wed., Feb. 25
#4 La Roche d. #5 Pitt-Bradford, 61-60
#2 Pitt-Greensburg d. #7 PS-Altoona, 74-69
#3 Frostburg St. d. #6 Lake Erie, 67-66

Second Round: Fri., Feb. 27
at Penn State Behrend
6pm:  #1 PS-Behrend vs. #4 La Roche
8pm:  #2 Pitt-Greensburg vs. #3 Frostburg State

Men's Championship:  Sat., Feb. 28 Ė 3:00pm

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 23

Lots of exciting endings to the regular season in the AMCC:  the Penn State Behrend women clinched the top seed in the playoffs with a win over Pitt-Greensburg; the Frostburg State men and women both claimed  #3 seeds with final-game wins over La Roche; and the Pitt-Bradford men and women climbed to higher rungs in the standings with Saturday wins over Penn State Altoona.  Get ready to rumble on Wednesday!  Here are the players of the week for February 23:

Men's Basketball:  Ryan Grabill, Frostburg State
Women's Basketball: 
Tracey Little, Frostburg State
 

Week of February 16, 2004


BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS SET

The AMCC men's and women's basketball tournaments will kick off on Wednesday night at campus sites, with both tournaments finishing in Erie, PA at Penn State Behrend.  Here are the pairings and schedule:

WOMEN
First Round: Wed., Feb. 25
#7 Lake Erie at #2 Pitt-Greensburg, 6p
#6 PS-Altoona at #3 Frostburg, 6p
#5 La Roche at #4 Pitt-Bradford, 7p

Second Round:  Fri., Feb. 27
at Penn State Behrend
1pm:  #1 PS-Behrend vs. Winner 5v4
3pm:  Winner 7v2 vs. Winner 6v3

Women's Championship:  Sat., Feb. 28 Ė 1:00pm

MEN
First Round: Wed., Feb. 25
#5 Pitt-Bradford at #4 La Roche, 7p
#7 PS-Altoona at #2 Pitt-Greensburg, 8p
#6 Lake Erie at #3 Frostburg, 8p

Second Round: Fri., Feb. 27
at Penn State Behrend
6pm:  #1 PS-Behrend vs. Winner 5v4
8pm:  Winner 7v2 vs. Winner 6v3

Men's Championship:  Sat., Feb. 28 Ė 3:00pm

FROSTBURG'S LITTLE AND TRUE NAMED TO COSIDA
ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

Frostburg State junior Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany) and sophomore Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) were both named to the 2003-04 Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District II College Division Women's Basketball Team Thursday.

Frostburg State was the only school in District II to have two players named
to the 15-member squad. District II consists of NCAA Division II and III
colleges and universities from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland,
New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Little, who was named to the second team, carries a 3.70 grade point average
in wildlife and fisheries, while True, who was selected to the third team,
carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in early childhood education.  The two have also posted impressive numbers on the court this season. Little leads the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in scoring (19.1 ppg), rebounding (11.0 rpg) and blocks (2.13 bpg).  True currently ranks second on the team in both rebounding (9.5 rpg) and steals (39), and she is third in scoring (10.0 ppg).
WOMEN SET MARKS AT FROSTBURG, PITT-GREENSBURG

It was another night for the record books in the AMCC.  At Frostburg State,
Tracey Little (Allegany HS/La Vale, MD) joined the 1,000 point club.  The junior scored 19 points to power the Bobcats past visiting Penn State Altoona, 77-54. Little's final basket of the evening - with 3:29 left - gives her 1,001 points for her career.

Meanwhile, Pitt-Greensburg senior guard Torey Auld (Seneca Valley HS/ Zelienople, PA) set a new single-game school record for assists with 12 in a 95-77 win over La Roche.  The previous record was 11, held by Auld on three different occasions.

SRAL NAMED ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME,
PLUS D3HOOPS.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK

For the third time this season, Pitt-Greensburg senior guard Annie Sral (Altoona, PA) has been named ECAC Div. III South Region player of the week, and the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week for the second time.   Despite battling the flu, Sral eclipsed the school's single game scoring record of 30 points in each of the Bobcats' two games last week (32 vs. Washington & Jefferson and 34 vs. Frostburg St.).  She also averaged 5.5 rpg and 5.0 spg.  On the season, Sral has totaled 417 points so far, breaking her own single season school scoring record of 414 set last year.

La Roche forward Brandon Kelly (Pittsburgh, PA) received honorable mention recognition in the South region.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 16

Despite an upset loss to La Roche, the Penn State Behrend men have secured home court hosting rights for the conference tournament.  Penn State Altoona picked up a pair of upsets of their own (La Roche, Lake Erie).  For the women, it looks like a showdown in Erie on Saturday between the Behrend Lions and the Pitt-Greensburg Bobcats to determine home court honors for the playoffs.   Here are the players of the week for February 16:

Women's Basketball:  Annie Sral, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Basketball: 
Brandon Battles, Penn State Altoona
 

Week of February 9, 2004


RUSTIFO COLLECTS 1,000TH POINT IN LAKE ERIE LOSS

Lake Erie College's Mike Rustifo (Canton, Ohio/Massillon Perry) hit a
three-point field goal in the final minutes of a 77-56 loss at Penn State-Behrend on Wednesday to become the seventh Storm player in school history to reach 1,000 points for his career. The senior, who played in just his fourth game of the year after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason, finished with five points in 16 minutes.


PITT-GREENSBURG WOMEN SET RECORDS IN VICTORY


The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg womenís basketball team broke several records in their 86-74 victory over AMCC rival Frostburg State on Wednesday evening.

Senior guard Annie Sral (Altoona/Bishop Guilfoyle) set the single-game scoring record for the second consecutive game by pouring in 34 points.  Sral, an All-American candidate, broke her own record of 32 points set during Mondayís 86-76 loss at Washington & Jefferson. In the process, Sral also eclipsed her own single-season scoring record by increasing her season total to 417. The old record was 414 set during the 2002-03 season.

Sophomore forward Tish Hines (Clairton/Clairton) broke the single-season rebound record by grabbing nine rebounds, giving her 199 on the season. The old record was held by Erin Arnold (1999-2003) who grabbed 193 rebounds during the 2001-02 season.

As a team, Pitt-Greensburg broke a single-game record for free throws made by connecting on 29 of 46 free throws. The previous mark was 25 set against Point Park on February 3rd, 1997.


BEHREND'S PONSOLL HITS 1,000 CAREER POINTS

On Wednesday, February 11, Penn State Behrend senior forward Casey Ponsoll (Erie, PA) scored his 1,000th career point with a three-pointer at 9:48 remaining in the first half in a conference game against the Lake Erie Storm.  For his career Ponsoll is averaging 9.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg, while shooting 47% from the field, 42% from behind the arc, and 77% from the charity stripe.  This season Ponsoll is an impressive 51% from the field and 47% from three-point range.  On the Behrend Lions' all-time charts he is fourth in career three-point percentage and fourth in threes made with 161.

UPG'S SRAL SETS SCHOOL RECORD IN LOSS

Senior guard Annie Sral (Altoona, PA) broke a school scoring record for points in a game in a loss to Washington and Jefferson last night.  Sral made 12 of 19 field goal attempst, including five of seven three pointers, en route to a team and game high 32 points.  The point total breaks the record of 30 previously held by Sral and former Lady Bobcat Erin Arnold.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 9

The road was a good place to be for two of three conference teams in week #6.  Both Penn State Behrend and Pitt-Greensburg men's and women's teams came out on top, and the foursome have staked a solid claim to the top of the standings.  Here are the players of the week for February 9:

Men's Basketball:  Kevin Conlon, Pitt-Greensburg 
Women's Basketball: 
Tracey Little, Frostburg State
 

Week of February 2, 2004


PITT-BRADFORD'S ROWLES EARNS 1,000TH CAREER POINT

The Pitt-Bradford list of men's 1,000-point career scorers is now a Sweet 16.  Senior forward Matt Rowles (Clearfield, PA) registered his 1,000th point, but it wasn't enough as the Panthers dropped a 69-52 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference decision at Penn State Behrend on Wednesday.  Rowles is currently ranked second in the conference in scoring (18.6 ppg)  and third in rebounding (6.9 rpg).

PENN STATE BEHREND MEN RANKED #22 IN D3HOOPS.COM POLL;
PITT-GREENSBURG WOMEN #4 IN GREAT LAKES REGION

With a record of 18-1, and undefeated with 8 wins in conference play, the Penn State Behrend Lions men have been ranked #22 in the nation for the week of February 2 by D3Hoops.com.  The D3Hoops.com Top 25 is voted on weekly by a panel of coaches, sports information directors, and members of the media from across the country.

On the women's side, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (17-3, 7-1 AMCC) is listed at #4 in the Great Lakes region in the first NCAA Div. III Women's Basketball Committee poll.  The top six teams in each region are ranked.

SRAL NAMED ECAC SOUTH REGION PLAYER OF THE WEEK

For the second time this season, Pitt-Greensburg senior guard Annie Sral (Altoona, PA) has been named the ECAC Div. III South Region Player of the Week. 
Sral became the all-time leading scorer in Pitt-Greensburg women's basketball history with a 21-point, 9-rebound performance versus Pitt-Bradford on Saturday.  She also hit the game-winning bucket, a 25-footer at the buzzer, to lead the Bobcats with 18 points and a big conference win over previous conference #1 Penn State Behrend to claim sole possession of first place in the AMCC.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 2

In week #5, beyond first place, the waters remained muddied in both the men's and women's standings.  On the women's side, Pitt-Greensburg took round 1 of the battle with Penn State Behrend for the top spot, while Frostburg State, Penn State Altoona and Pitt-Bradford all stayed in the hunt for the 3-4-5.  For the men, Penn State Behrend remained perfect at 7-0, but it is still anyone's call for #2-7.  Here are the players of the week for February 2:

Women's Basketball: 
Annie Sral, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Basketball: 
Brandon Battles, Penn State Altoona

PITT-GREENSBURG'S SRAL, AULD HIT MILESTONES

A pair of seniors hit career milestones this past weekend for the Pitt-Greensburg Bobcats.  Annie Sral (Bishop Guilfoyle HS/Altoona, PA) became the school's all-time leading scorer in women's basketball with a 21 point effort against Pitt-Bradford on Saturday.  With her 1,227 points, she surpassed the previous total of 1,223 set by Erin Arnold last season.  Also joining Sral in the spotlight Saturday was Torey Auld (Seneca Valley HS/Zelienople, PA) who earned her 500th career assist.
 

Week of January 26, 2004


LA ROCHE AT FROSTBURG POSTPONED TO THURSDAY

Wintry weather conditions have forced the postponement of the La Roche/ Frostburg State basketball games scheduled for Wednesday, January 28.  The games will instead be played on Thursday, January 29.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 26

Week #4 of basketball was marked by upsets.  On the women's side, Pitt-Bradford picked up a big win over Frostburg State on the Bobcats' home court.  For the men, FSU battled to victory against Bradford, while Penn State Behrend was challenged into overtime by La Roche but still remained undefeated in the conference.   Here are the players of the week for January 26:

Women's Basketball: 
Samantha Groller, Pitt-Bradford
Men's Basketball: 
Ryan Grabill, Frostburg State
 

Week of January 19, 2004


TENESHA ADEN NAMED ECAC SOUTH REGION PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Penn State Behrend center Tenesha Aden (Sandy Lake, PA) is the ECAC South Region Div. III Women's Basketball Player of the Week.  Aden led the Behrend Lions to a pair of conference wins and a 3-0 week overall.  Her stellar effort included shooting 73% (24-for-33) from the field.  The freshman averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds for the week.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 19

Both the Penn State Behrend men and women remained undefeated in the AMCC after Week #3 of competition.  Here are the players of the week for January 19:

Women's Basketball: 
Tenesha Aden, Penn State Behrend
Men's Basketball: 
James Curren, Penn State Behrend
 

Week of January 12, 2004


PENN STATE BEHREND'S CURREN BECOMES ALL-TIME SCORER

James Curren
's lay-up on Saturday, January 10 with 02:30 remaining in the first half enabled him to become the men's all-time basketball points
scored record-holder. Curren, a 6'6 senior from Warren High School, now has 1,475 points and broke the record of 1,466 held by Rick Demski (1987-91).

"This is quite an accomplishment," said head coach Dave Niland. "Rick
Demski was a great player. We are very proud of James, he has a lot of
class. This is really a team accomplishment. In order for this to
happen, he needed involvement from all of his teammates and James is
very aware of that fact."  Curren currently averages 16.3 ppg and 9.0 rpg. He is ranked third in the AMCC in points per game and leads the league in rebounding.

LAKE ERIE'S A.J. JOHNSON JOINS 1,000 PT CLUB

 Unbeknownst to himself, A.J. Johnson needed only five points to become the sixth member of the Lake Erie College men's basketball 1,000-point scorer club.  The senior guard connected for a team-high 13 points in the 68-63 Lake Erie (6-9) win over Hilbert, avenging a 61-59 road loss against the Hawks on Dec. 18.

 Johnson (Willowick, Ohio/Eastlake North), who leads the Storm in scoring with a 14.7 points per game average this year, had four points before drilling a three-pointer at the 12:31 mark to go over the 1,000-point plateau in his 100th career game.
 

Week of January 5, 2004


PITT-GREENSBURG, PITT-BRADFORD TO PLAY AT PETERSEN EVENTS CENTER ON JANUARY 31

As part of a year-long celebration of their 40th anniversary, Pitt-Greensburg and Pitt-Bradford will play a double-header at the Petersen Events Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland on Saturday, January 31.  The women will tip off at 5pm, followed by the men at 7pm.

The games, which will count as Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference contests, will feature both the defending men's champion (Pitt-Bradford) and the defending women's champion (Pitt-Greensburg).

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 5

Happy new year, AMCC fans!   Here are the AMCC players of the week:

Men's Basketball: 
A.J. Johnson, Lake Erie 
Women's Basketball: 
Annie Sral, Pitt-Greensburg
 

Week of December 15, 2003


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 15

Things are quieting down for the holiday break, but AMCC teams were still in action.  Here are the AMCC players of the week:

Women's Basketball: 
Brittany Mays, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Basketball: 
Tom Lulich, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of December 8, 2003


UPG'S SRAL IS ECAC SOUTH REGION PLAYER OF THE WEEK;
ALSO NAMED TO D3 HOOPS TEAM OF THE WEEK

Pitt-Greensburg senior guard Annie Sral (Altoona, PA) has been selected the ECAC Div. III South Region Women's Basketball Player of the Week.  She was also named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week for the games of Dec. 1-7.   Sral set a career-high mark, tied a single-game school record and became only the second female basketball player in school history to reach 1,000 points by scoring 30 points in a 92-85 OT win over Bethany.  She also added 15 points in the conference opener vs. PS-Altoona.  For the week, Sral averaged 22.5 ppg, 6.5 spg, 5.0 apg and 3.5 rpg, while shooting 61.5% from the field (16 of 26).

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 8

In the first week of AMCC play, the defending champions lived up to their preseason billing, with the Penn State Behrend men and the Pitt-Greensburg women topping the charts in the win column.  Here are the AMCC players of the week:

Women's Basketball:  Annie Sral, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Basketball: 
Jay Dennis, Penn St. Altoona
 

Week of December 1, 2003


AMCC WELL REPRESENTED ON NSCAA ALL-REGION TEAM

Five Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men's soccer players were named to the National Soccer Coaches of America Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Team for the 2003 season.  The list includes two from AMCC champion Penn State Behrend, conference Player of the Year Andy Laver (Erie, PA) and first team goalkeeper Jacob Hordych (North East, PA).  Also making the grade were All-AMCC first team selections Adam Zeleznick (Pitt-Greensburg/Pittsburgh, PA), Mike Mutchler (Frostburg State/Leonardtown, MD) and Newcomer of the Year David Garcia (Penn State Altoona/Selinsgrove, PA).

PITT-GREENSBURG MEN SET RECORDS IN WIN OVER MT. ALOYSIUS

With their 110-65 win over Mount Aloysius, the Pitt-Greensburg men set a new team record for points in a game.  The previous mark was 108 points, in a 108-99 victory over Washington & Jefferson last season.  The Bobcats also broke the school record for most team rebounds in a game (64) and most field goals made (46).

UPG'S SRAL HITS 1,000 POINT MARK

Pitt-Greensburg senior guard Annie Sral (Bishop Guilfoyle HS/Altoona, PA) tied the school's single game high scoring record with 30 points in last night's win over Bethany College.  In doing so, she became only the second women's player in Bobcat history to reach the 1,000 career point plateau.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 1

It may have been Thanksgiving break, but there was plenty of AMCC hoops over the holiday.   Here are the AMCC players of the week:

Women's Basketball: 
Tracey Little, Frostburg State
Men's Basketball: 
Kevin Conlon, Pitt-Greensburg

UPG'S AULD SURPASSES 200 CAREER STEALS

Pitt-Greensburg senior guard Torey Auld (Seneca Valley HS/Zelienople, PA) surpassed the 200-steal mark for her career in the Bobcats' win over Allegheny College on Saturday.  She currently has 203 for her career.
 

Week of November 24, 2003


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 24

Basketball season is underway in the AMCC, with plenty of action on the boards.  The conference's men's programs went 6-6 against non-conference opponents, while the women were 3-11.  Here are the AMCC players of the week:
Men's Basketball: 
Matt Rowles, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Basketball: 
Annie Sral, Pitt-Greensburg

UPG'S WATKINS BREAKS SCHOOL STEALS RECORD

Nate Watkins (Schenley HS/Pittsburgh, PA)
a junior foward on the Pitt-Greensburg men's basketball team, recently broke the school's career record for steals.  Watkins recorded 7 steals in UPG's 97-91 overtime loss to Scranton University this past Saturday, which brings his career total to 106.  The old mark was 102, held by former UPG standout Jason Trout (1996-2000).
 

Week of November 17, 2003


FSU, LA ROCHE WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAMS RECEIVE ACADEMIC AWARD

Two AMCC programs have earned a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award.  For the first time in their program's history, the Frostburg State University women's soccer team has earned the award, along with La Roche College. The Redhawks collectively earned a 3.16 GPA, while the FSU Bobcats, as a team, carried a 3.10 GPA.  Frostburg State junior Karen Kotofski was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District II Second Team for the second straight season.  An elementary education major, Kotofski carries a 3.78 GPA.

FROSTBURG STATE LEADS PRESIDENTS' CUP RACE

Earning conference championships in four of seven AMCC sports, Frostburg State University sits atop the Presidents' Cup standings with 32 points at the conclusion of the fall season.  The Bobcats are followed closely by Penn State Behrend and Penn State Altoona, each with 28 points.  Click here for a complete list of conference champions and cup standings.

Frostburg Stateís championship thus far include womenís soccer, womenís volleyball, and menís and womenís cross country, with a runner-up finish in menís soccer.  Penn State Behrend has won the cup every year since its inception in 2000-01, while FSU has consistently finished second. 

Schools accrue points based on their order of finish in the regular season and their performance in the conference playoffs in the following sports:  soccer, volleyball, cross country, tennis, menís golf, basketball, baseball, and softball.  Competition will stiffen even more when the AMCC expands to include Hilbert College, Medaille College and Mount Aloysius College in all team sports in 2004-05.

FROSTBURG'S PETRICK NAMED TO COSIDA ACADEMIC TEAM

AMCC Volleyball Player of the Year Lauren Petrick was recently named to the first team of the CoSIDA Academic All-District II Volleyball Team and is now in the running to be selected tot eh CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.  The Frostburg State junior is an accounting major with a 3.94 GPA.
 

Week of November 10, 2003


AMCC CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS IMPROVE AT NCAA MIDEAST REGIONAL

The AMCC was represented in the NCAA Mideast Regional Cross Country Championship at Carlisle, PA on Saturday, November 15. Penn State Behrend, Frostburg State, and Penn State Altoona each fielded full teams with solid results.

The Penn State Behrend women led the way with their 6th place finish, an
improvement of 11 places over their 17th place finish last year. Behrend was
led by AMCC Runner of the Year Jessica Knapp, who finished 15th individually.
The Frostburg women finished 24th and the Penn State Altoona women finished
29th out of the 38-team field.

The Penn State Behrend men moved up seven places from last year as they took
17th to lead the conference teams. Frostburg State finished 18th behind the
top individual finish of sophomore Ed May, who took 39th individually. Penn
State Altoona was the most improved team in the region, moving up eight spots
from last year to take 26th out of 35 teams.

LaRoche College and Pitt-Greensburg were each represented by several
individuals.  Complete results from the championship can be found at:
http://www.dickinson.edu/departments/sports/2003xcreg.htm


AMCC COACHES PICK PITT-GREENSBURG WOMEN, PENN STATE BEHREND MEN PICKED TO WIN LEAGUE BASKETBALL TITLES

In their preseason poll, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men's basketball coaches see Penn State Behrend as the team to beat this season, while the womenís coaches pick Pitt-Greensburg to repeat as league champions.  For details of the poll, along with individual team outlooks, click the links below.

                Women's Basketball Poll               Men's Basketball Poll

UPG'S ZELEZNICK, TINTERA SET SCHOOL SCORING MARKS

A pair of high scoring Pitt-Greensburg men's soccer players have moved to the head of the class in the school record books.  Sophomore forward Adam Zeleznick (South Park HS/Pittsburgh, PA) became the first men's soccer player in UPG history to reach the 100-point mark when he notched the game-winning goal against Washington  & Jefferson in the first round of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Tournament on Wednesday.  Earlier in the season he broke the school's single season scoring mark (45) which he set as a freshman.  He is currently at 53 points, with 25 goals and 3 assists.

Meanwhile, junior midfielder Dave Tintera (Penn-Trafford HS/Harrison City, PA) has been busy setting up Zeleznick.  He earned his 35th career assists in a 4-1 win over Bethany College to become the UPG career assist leader.  He leads the AMCC with 16 assists, and ranks among best nationally in NCAA Div. III.
FROSTBURG WOMEN GET TO REGIONAL SEMIS IN VOLLEYBALL

Frostburg State carried the AMCC banner into the first round of the NCAA Div. III Volleyball Tournament and emerged victorious over Rutgers-Newark, 30-20, 30-24 and 30-18, Thursday afternoon at Juniata College. Junior Lauren Petrick led the way with 12 digs, 10 kills and six service aces, while junior Jodi Carpenter added a team-high 11 kills to go along five blocks and two service aces. The Bobcats (31-3), who earned their second NCAA Tournament win in school history, advance to face Juniata (36-0), ranked No. 1 in the nation, in the regional semifinals Friday at 7:00 pm.

UPG MEN, FROSTBURG WOMEN ADVANCE IN POST-SEASON


The NCAA and ECAC soccer tournaments got underway today, with mixed results for AMCC member teams.  In the NCAA tournament, the Frostburg State women defeated Westminster, 3-2, to advance to a weekend clash with the University of Scranton.  The Penn State Behrend men do not play until Friday, when they will face Messiah College, the defending national champions, at Salisbury University.

In ECAC men's action, Pitt-Greensburg was the only AMCC team to move on, dropping Washington & Jefferson by a 4-2 margin.  Frostburg State lost to McDaniel College, 4-1, while Penn State Altoona was downed by Wesley College, 2-0.

The NCAA volleyball tournament kicks off Thursday, where AMCC champion Frostburg State will face Rutgers-Newark, the NJAC leader, at Juniata College.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  November 10

With the conclusion of the fall championships, the following individuals have earned Player of the Week honors for the week of November 10:
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Danielle Carter, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper of the Week - Stephanie Zych, Frostburg State
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Andy Laver, Penn State Behrend
Goalkeeper of the Week - Jacob Hordych, Penn State Behrend

AMCC TEAMS EARN NATIONAL, REGIONAL TOURNAMENT INVITATIONS


Three AMCC member teams have advanced from the conference championship to the national tournament.  Frostburg State will be sending its women's teams to the soccer and volleyball  playoffs, while Penn State Behrend men's soccer team also received bid.  Here's the schedule:
* Women's Soccer:  Wed., Nov. 12 at 1pm, Westminster at Frostburg State
* Men's Soccer:  Fri., Nov. 14, PS-Behrend vs. Messiah at Salisbury U.
* Women's Soccer: Thurs., Nov. 13, Frostburg St. vs. Rutgers-Newark at Juniata

ECAC tournament bids went out to three men's teams in soccer.  The following first round games will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 12, all hosted by the AMCC members:
#2 Frostburg St. vs. #5 McDaniel
#3 Pitt-Greensburg vs. #6 W&J - 7pm at Yough HS
#4 PS-Altoona vs. #5 Wesley
 

Week of November 3, 2003


FROSTBURG WOMEN, BEHREND MEN TAKE SOCCER TITLES

Same schools, different results.  That was the story at the AMCC soccer championships today.  On the women's side, top-seeded Frostburg State prevailed for the third straight year, defeating Penn State Behrend, 4-2.  The Bobcats were led by freshman Danielle Carter, who scored twice, icluding the game-winner.  For the men, Penn State Behrend lived up to its billing as the #1 seed and edged Frostburg State, 1-0, on a goal by senior midfielder Andy Laver.  It was the Behrend Lions' first championship since 1999.

The AMCC all-conference team and award winners were also announced at the game.  Carter earned women's Newcomer of the Year honors while Laver was selected as the men's Player of the Year.  Joining them in the honors ceremony were women's Player of the Year Karen Kotofski (Frostburg State), women's Coach of the Year Brian Parker (Frostburg State), men's Newcomer of the Year David Garcia (Penn State Altoona) and men's Coach of the Year Dan Perritano (Penn State Behrend).  A complete list of the all-conference team members can be found by clicking on the links below.

Women's All-Conference Team                  Men's All-Conference Team

KNAPP, MAY VOTED BEST IN AMCC CROSS COUNTRY

Penn State Behrend senior Jessica Knapp (McDowell HS/Erie, PA) and Frostburg State University sophomore Ed May (La Plata HS/Bryantown, MD) are the 2003 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Cross Country Runners of the Year.

Knapp, a two-time all-conference team member, was a three-time AMCC Runner of the Week.  She paced the Behrend Lions throughout the season, and will lead them into the NCAA Div. III Regionals next weekend.  The conference Newcomer of the Year last season, May was the top finisher at the 2003 AMCC championship meet.  Despite missing two and a half weeks of the season due to injury, May went unbeaten by any AMCC competitors in invitationals throughout the season.

A pair of Penn State Behrend freshmen, Leslie Gentile (Corry HS/Corry, PA) and Brad Ruffo (West Middlesex HS/West Middlesex, PA) earned Newcomer of the Year honors.  Womenís Coach of the Year honors went to Penn State Behrendís Dave Cooper, the second time he has earned the award.    Randy Lowe of Frostburg State University is the Menís Coach of the Year.  The Bobcats won the AMCC title for the sixth time in seven seasons.

PS-BEHREND TO MEET FROSTBURG STATE IN MEN'S SOCCER FINAL

A new AMCC champion will be crowned on Saturday as top-seeded Penn State Behrend will take on #2 Frostburg State University in the AMCC men's soccer final.    The Bobcats upended defending champion Pitt-Greensburg, 2-0, to advance.  The championship will be played at Edinboro University at 12noon.

WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL POSTPONED TO SATURDAY

The women's soccer championship at Frostburg State University has been postponed from Friday to Saturday at 2pm.  Difficult field conditions combined with continued rain forced the decision.

FSU SWEEPS MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TITLES

For the sixth time in seven years, Frostburg State University has won both the men's and women's AMCC  cross country championship.  Bobcats sophomore Ed May (La Plata HS/Bryantown, MD) covered the 8K course in 28:24 to take the individual men's crown.  Frostburg's Beth Sauder (South Garrett HS/Oakland, MD) was the women's champion, in a time of 25:35 for the 6K race.

FROSTBURG STATE, PENN STATE BEHREND TO SQUARE OFF
IN WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL

The top two seeds advanced to the final of the AMCC women's soccer championship today.  #1 Frostburg State downed #4 La Roche, 3-1, while the #2 Behrend Lions struggled to a 1-1 double overtime tie with #3 Pitt-Greensburg, before prevailing on penalty kicks, 7-6.  The championship game will be a rematch of a 4-1 regular season battle won by the Bobcats just last Saturday.  Game time is 2pm.

KOTOFSKI IS ECAC DIV. III WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Frostburg State University forward Karen Kotofski is the ECAC Div. III Women's Soccer Player of the Week.  Kotofski scored 5 goals and had an assist on the only other goal scored by the Bobcats in a 2-0 week, en route to setting a new school record for points in a career (127).  Kotofski had the hat-trick (including the game-winning goal) to beat PS-Behrend and earn the top seed in the AMCC tournament.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: November 3

The following individuals have earned Player of the Week honors for the week of November 3:
Volleyball:
Sam Seyfferth, Frostburg State
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Karen Kotofski, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper of the Week - Stephanie Zych, Frostburg State
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Chris Petrozza, La Roche
Goalkeeper of the Week - Kurtis Wagner, Penn State Altoona
Men's Cross Country:
Ed May, Frostburg State University
Women's Cross Country:
TBA

FROSTBURG STATEíS PETRICK NAMED AMCC VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Leading her team to the AMCC championship for the second straight year, Frostburg State University junior Lauren Petrick (Caroline HS/Denton, MD) is the 2003 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Volleyball Player of the Year.  Petrick, an outside hitter, averaged 3.69 kills per game with a .274 hitting percentage.  She set a school record for career aces this season, averaging .68 per game this year.   She also averaged 3.1 digs per game.  Petrick shared Co-Player of the Year honors with Pitt-Bradfordís Amanda Gressley in 2002.

Penn State Behrend freshman Rae Ann Sherred (Cambridge HS/Cambridge, PA) was selected as the Newcomer of the Year.  Coach of the Year honors went to Frostburg Stateís Jeff Billington for the second year in a row.  He has led the Bobcats to a 30-3 record thus far, including a 12-0 AMCC record and the conference championship.  It is the second straight year the Bobcats have gone undefeated in conference play.  Click here for the complete all-conference team.

SOCCER PAIRINGS SET FOR AMCC TOURNAMENTS

After today's conference games, the puzzle is complete for the men's and women's soccer tournament pairings.  The women's action will begin on Tuesday at 2pm, with defending champion and top seed Frostburg State hosting #4 La Roche, a rematch of last year's final.  The other pairing features #2 Penn State Behrend versus #3 Pitt-Greensburg.  The winners will advance to the final on Friday at 2pm at the site of the highest remaining seed.

On the men's side, #1 Penn State Behrend will take on #4 La Roche on Wednesday at 2pm.  Defending champion Pitt-Greensburg is the #3 seed and will travel to #2 Frostburg State.  The championship game will be Saturday at 2pm, again at the site of the highest remaining seed.

IMPORTANT!  All games hosted by Penn State Behrend will be played at Mercyhurst North East Field.  Inclement weather dates are the following day for all rounds.
 

Week of October 27, 2003


FROSTBURG DROPS PS-ALTOONA TO DEFEND VOLLEYBALL TITLE

Frostburg State University continued its AMCC volleyball dynasty, defeating Penn State Altoona for its second consecutive conference championship and sixth in seven years.  With their 30-20, 30-25, 30-19 victory, the Bobcats next set their sights on making the NCAA tournament, which begins November 14.

SOCCER PAIRINGS SET FOR AMCC TOURNAMENTS

The puzzle is complete for the men's and women's soccer tournament pairings.  The women's action will begin on Tuesday, with defending champions and top seed Frostburg State hosting #4 La Roche, a rematch of last year's final.  The other pairing features #2 Penn State Behrend versus #3 Pitt-Greensburg.  The winners will advance to the final on Friday at the site of the highest remaining seed.

On the men's side, #1 Penn State Behrend will take on #4 La Roche on Wednesday.  Defending champion Pitt-Greensburg is the #3 seed and will travel to #2 Frostburg State.  The championship game will be Saturday.

FSU'S KOTOFSKI BECOMES CAREER SOCCER POINTS  LEADER

Frostburg State University junior Karen Kotofski (Northeast HS/Glen Burnie, MD) scored both goals in the Bobcats' 2-0 win over Bethany College to become the school's career leader with 120 points.  The previous mark was 118, held by Amy Foote.

FROSTBURG VOLLEYBALL PLAYER BREAKS RECORD

Junior outside hitter Lauren Petrick (North Caroline HS/Denton, MD) set a new Frostburg State University record for most service aces in a career in the win over La Roche last night.  Her career total is now 207.  She also owns the school single season record for aces (88) set in 2002.

VOLLEYBALL PAIRINGS SET FOR AMCC TOURNAMENT

Tonight's games put the final pieces of the puzzle in place for the AMCC volleyball tournament which begins on Friday.  Frostburg State completed a perfect conference season at 12-0 by defeating La Roche, 3-0, and will host as the top seed.  #2 Penn State Behrend (8-4 AMCC, 17-15 overall) will take on #3 Penn State Altoona (7-5, 11-15)  in the 6pm match.  The two teams split matches during the regular season.  The #1 Bobcats 28-3 overall) will meet #4 Pitt-Bradford (7-5 AMCC, 13-11 overall) at 8pm.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: October 27

Entering the final week of regular season competition in the fall season,  the following individuals have earned Player of the Week honors for the week of October 27:

Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Jamie Romano, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper of the Week - Tom Sadler, Frostburg State
Volleyball:
Emilee Bedillion, La Roche
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Karen Kotofski, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper of the Week - Stephanie Zych, Frostburg State
Women's Cross Country:
Katy Dorsheimer, Hilbert

PITT-GREENSBURG ATHLETES SET SCHOOL RECORDS

Several Pitt-Greensburg fall athletes reached school milestones over the past week.  Soccer forward Adam Zeleznick (South Park HS/Pittsburgh, PA) broke the school's single season goal scoring record, scoring his 21st of the season in a 6-1 win over Juniata.  He held the previous record of 19.

Volleyball players Angelica Carr (DuBois HS/DuBois, PA) and Maggie Wess (Central Cambria HS/Johnstown, PA) also set school records.  Carr, a senior outside hitter, hit her 100th service ace in a loss to Frostburg State, establishing her as the Bobcats' career leader in that category.  Wess, a junior defensive specialist, became the UPG career leader in digs in the Frostburg match, with a total of 757.
 

Week of October 20, 2003


BEHREND AD NAMED ECAC PRESIDENT FOR 2004-05

Penn State Behrend Director of Athletics Brian Streeter has been named president of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) for the 2004-05 academic year. "Accepting this position allows me to ensure that the voice of Division III schools will be heard," said Streeter. "One of my keys goals is to improve communication among the ECAC member schools and to their athletic directors and coaches."

The conference serves Division I, II, and III colleges from Maine to North Carolina.  Streeter has been a member of the ECAC since he attended his first meeting in 1983. The conference administers 111 championships in 35 men's and women's sports for more than 125,000 student-athletes. Streeter is in his seventh year as Behrendís director of athletics. He is a member of the ECAC Board of Directors and serves as chair of the ECAC Championships Committee and several sport selection committees.

PENN STATE ALTOONA'S SCHWARTZ WINS TOP TENNIS HONOR

Penn State Altoona freshman Alison Schwartz (Cheltenhain HS/Glenside, PA) is the 2003 AMCC women's tennis Player of the Year.  Schwartz was undefeated in #1 singles for the Lions in conference play, and won both the #1 singles and #1 doubles titles at the AMCC championship tournament.

Newcomer of the Year honors went to junior Reina Umecki of Chatham College.  In her first season of intercollegiate competition, Umecki posted a perfect record in AMCC matches, culminating in titles at #6 singles and #3 doubles.  Danni Piccolo, first year head coach at Chatham, was selected as Coach of the Year for her efforts in leading the Cougars to the conference title after a 6-0 record in regular season AMCC play.

BEMIS SETS NEW VOLLEYBALL RECORDS FOR PS-BEHREND

Senior Danielle Bemis (Corry HS/Corry, PA) has set two new records for the Penn State Behrend volleyball squad. With seven more games to go in the regular season, Bemis has set a new record for kills posting 1,075 and for digs with 1,691 in her career. Mary Good previously held both of these records with 1,028 career-kills and 1,666 career-digs while playing from 1997-2000.


LITTLE NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN BY WOMEN'S DIII NEWS

Frostburg State University junior Tracey Little (Allegany HS/La Vale, MD) has been named a preseason All-American by Women's DIII News, the monthly newsletter of Division III women's basketball.  Little, a 6-0 forward/center, was the AMCC Player of the Year in 2003.  She led the conference with 16.9 ppg and 10.0 rpg.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: October 20

The following individuals have earned Player of the Week honors for the week of October 20:

Women's Tennis:
Nicole Maietta, Penn State Altoona
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Danielle Carter, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper of the Week - Torey Auld, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Matt Moffa, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper of the Week - Jake Hordych, Penn State Behrend
Volleyball:
Mandy Gressley, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Cross Country:
Erin Madigan, La Roche
Men's Cross Country:
Reuben Smith, Penn State Behrend
 

Week of October 13, 2003


CHATHAM CAPTURES WOMEN'S TENNIS TITLE IN AMCC DEBUT

Competing in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference for the first time in women's tennis, Chatham College wasted no time in making their presence known.  The Cougars won three singles flights and two doubles flights en route to their first ever AMCC title.  They were also undefeated in regular season conference play.  Click here for complete tournament results.

PENN STATE ALTOONA SWEEPS MEN'S GOLF AWARDS

Penn State Altoona, the 2003 AMCC men's golf team champion, swept all three top awards for the fall season.  Geoff Smock (Upper St. Clair HS/Pittsburgh, PA) was voted Player of the Year, freshman Kevin Lazzaro (Bethel Park HS/Bethel Park, PA) was named Newcomer of the Year, and Greg Johnson earned Coach of the Year honors.  Smock was the medalist at the La Roche Invitational, and finished as the runner-up at the Pitt-Bradford Invitational and at the ECAC regional qualifying tournament.  Lazzaro, with a scoring average of 79, took medalist honors at the AMCC championship.  For Johnson, it was the program's first ever AMCC golf title.  Click here for the complete 2003 AMCC men's golf all-conference team.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: October 13

The following individuals have earned Player of the Week honors for the week of October 13:

Men's Golf:
Kevin Lazzaro, Penn State Altoona
Women's Tennis:
Beth Wolensky, Chatham College
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Ali Gray, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Brian Blaszczyk, Penn State Behrend
Volleyball:
Carrie Ness, Frostburg State University
Women's Cross Country:
Rachel Byers, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Cross Country:
Zach Kocian, Pitt-Greensburg
 

Week of October 6, 2003


FROSTBURG'S BURNER NAMED NFCA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN

Megan Burner (Southern Garrett HS/Oakland, MD), a catcher and outfielder for the the Frostburg State University softball team, has been named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All America Scholar-Athlete for the the 2002-03 academic year.  Burner earned a 3.65 GPA last year majoring in early childhood/ elementary education.

UPG'S ZELEZNICK BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD FOR GOALS

Pitt-Greensburg sophomore Adam Zeleznick (South Park HS/Pittsburgh, PA) broke the Bobcats' all-time goal-scoring record on Saturday, notching his 33rd career goal against Penn State Behrend.  Zeleznick, the 2002 AMCC Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, currently leads the conference in both points per game (2.64) and goals per game (1.27).


FSU'S KOTOFSKI SETS SCHOOL SCORING MARK FOR SOCCER

Frostburg State University junior Karen Kotofski (Northeast HS/Glen Burnie, MD) became the school's leading career goal-scorer when she netted her 49th career goal in a win over La Roche on Tuesday.  Kotofski was a first team All-AMCC selection and an NSCAA regional All-American in 2002.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: October 6

AMCC regular season action is well underway in all fall sports.  The following individuals have earned Player of the Week honors for the week of October 6:

Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Ryan Zechman, Penn State Altoona
Goalkeeper of the Week - Tom Sadler, Frostburg State
Volleyball:
Danielle Bemis, Penn State Behrend
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Karen Kotofski, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper of the Week - Jane Roberts, Lake Erie
Men's Golf:
Bryan Rosatti, Pitt-Greensburg
Women's Cross Country:
Jessica Knapp, Penn Staet Behrend
Men's Cross Country:
Sid Bittinger, Frostburg State
Women's Tennis:
Christina Bleivik, Frostburg State

PENN STATE ALTOONA MEN RANKED #10 IN THE REGION

The National Soccer Coaches Association has voted Penn State Altoona to the #10 slot in the men's Mid-Atlantic region.  The ranking comes in just the third year of the program's existence, the first regional ranking in school history.

FROSTBURG STATE NAMES MYERS AS BASKETBALL ASSISTANT

Former Frostburg State University basketball standout Holly Myers has been named the graduate assistant coach for the Bobcats.  She enjoyed a noteworthy career with FSU from 1999-2003, graduating as the school's all-time leader in three pointers made (184) and attempted (582).  She averaged 8.8 ppg and was twice named to the all-conference honorable mention team.
 

Week of September 29, 2003


LA ROCHE'S SNYDER CHOSEN ECAC VB PLAYER OF THE WEEK

La Roche College sophomore Megan Snyder was selected the Div. III Player of the Week by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).  Snyder put forth a stellar individual effort in a 2-3 week for the Redhawks. She has 30 solo blocks (1.5 bpg), 71 kills (3.6 kpg) and hit .504 as La Roche downed Penn State Behrend and extended Pitt-Bradford to five games. Snyder is currently ranked first in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) in hitting percentage (.403) and blocks (1.66 bpg).


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 29

The following individuals have earned Player of the Week honors for the week of September 29:

Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Jen McIntosh, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper of the Week - Dara Nielsen, Penn State Behrend
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Adam Zeleznick, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper of the Week - Greg Faltenovich, Pitt-Greensburg
Volleyball:
Megan Snyder, La Roche
Women's Cross Country:
Erin Madigan, La Roche
Men's Cross Country:
Zach Kocian, Pitt-Greensburg
Women's Tennis:
Jenna Yankowski, Penn State Behrend
Men's Golf:
Matt Montgomery, Pitt-Greensburg

PITT-GREENSBURG MEN CLIMB TO 8TH IN MID-ATLANTIC SOCCER RANKINGS

In rankings released by the National Soccer Coaches Association, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg men's soccer team has moved from #10 to #8 in the Mid-Atlantic Region for the week of September 29.  Also receiving votes was Penn State Altoona, which had upset Eastern College, tied for #9 in the region,  early last week, followed by a close 1-0 loss to UPG.

UPG ADDS FOUR ASSISTANT COACHES TO STAFF

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has announced the hiring of several assistant coaches for the 2003-04 academic year.  Matt McMunn, a pitcher and captain at Duquesne University, will assist baseball.  Kristin Mehan, formerly an assistant at Greensburg Salem High School, will help with softball.  Erin Arnold, a 4-year basketball standout at UPG, is joining the women's volleyball staff.  Michael Keyes, a four-year letter winner at Towson State, will assist with men's basketball.
 

Week of September 22, 2003


PENN STATE ALTOONA, PITT-GREENSBURG ADVANCE TO
ECAC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT IN MEN'S GOLF

Penn State Altoona and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg both shot a team score of 317 at the ECAC South Region Qualifying Tournament, earning the right to advance to the ECAC championship round in Saratoga Springs next month.  Penn State Altoona was named top team finisher based on the tiebreaker of the score of each team's fifth best individual golfer.  Pitt-Greensburg's Matt Montgomery was the medalist, firing a 72 on the Penn State University Blue Course.

Behrend Women's Cross Country Team Regionally Ranked

The Penn State Behrend women's cross country team was ranked sixth this week in the Mideast Region Cross Country Coaches Poll.  "The team's goal is to finish in the top ten at the regional meet," said Head Coach Dave Cooper, "so being ranked sixth this early in the season was a pleasant surprise.  We knew we had a good team, and it is nice to see other coaches recognizing this as well."

BEHREND HIRES FIVE ASSISTANT COACHES

The Behrend Lions athletics department has announced the hiring of David
Barwin, Jim Gemler, Michael Madigan, Jennifer Petures, and Phil Pisano.
They also will be pursuing a master of business administration degree at
Penn State Erie.

Barwin will aid the men's and women's cross country and track and field
programs, while Cerroni will serve as the sports information assistant.
Gemler is now the assistant baseball coach, Madigan will serve as the
women's soccer assistant, Petures will assist the women's basketball
program and Pisano will be the assistant volleyball coach.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 22

The following individuals have earned Player of the Week honors for the week of September 22:

Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Jason Cromwell, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper of the Week - Michael Mogg, Lake Erie
Volleyball:
Mandy Gressley, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Katie Mikach, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper of the Week - Ashley Chehovitz, La Roche
Women's Tennis:
Sarah Steward, Chatham
Men' Golf:
Troy Monahan, Penn State Altoona
Women's Cross Country:
Jessica Sarver, Penn State Behrend
Men's Cross Country:
Craig Davis, Penn State Behrend
 

Week of September 15, 2003


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 15

Conference play gets underway in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference this week, with men's soccer games on Wednesday and women's volleyball on Thursday.

The following individuals have earned Player of the Week honors for the week of September 15:

Volleyball:
Lauren Petrick, Frostburg State University
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Mark Ciprioni, Penn State Behrend
Goalkeeper of the Week - Kurtis Wagner, Penn State Altoona
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Lindsay Talbot, La Roche College
Goalkeeper of the Week - Torey Auld, Pitt-Greensburg
Women's Tennis:
Christina Bleivik, Frostburg State University
Men' Golf:
Adam Langford, La Roche College
Women's Cross Country:
Jessica Knapp, Penn State Behrend
Men's Cross Country:
Brad Ruffo, Penn State Behrend

Click on the sport links to the left to get a complete summary of stats, standings and player of the week details.
 

Week of September 8, 2003


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 8

The first full week of statistical reporting is underway for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.  The following individuals have earned Player of the Week honors for the week of September 8:

Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Lindsay Wagerer, La Roche College
Goalkeeper of the Week - Stephanie Zych, Frostburg State University
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - David Garcia, Penn State Altoona
Goalkeeper of the Week - Greg Faltenovich, Pitt-Greensburg
Volleyball:
Missy Wahlberg, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Cross Country:
Jessica Knapp, Penn State Behrend
Men's Cross Country:
Brad Ruffo, Penn State Behrend
Women's Tennis:
Amber Wecksocki, Penn State Behrend
Men' Golf:
G.R. Yorko, Lake Erie

Click on the sport links to the left to get a complete summary of stats, standings and player of the week details.
 

Week of September 1, 2003


NEW COACHES HIRED AT FROSTBURG STATE, PENN STATE BEHREND

Jen Slack is the new head coach of men's and women's swimming at Penn State Behrend and Kendrick Saunders has been named an assistant coach of men's basketball at Frostburg State.

Slack had served as the assistant men and women's swimming coach at
Behrend for three seasons.  She replaces Josh Heynes, who left the profession. Slack is also the aquatics director and a lecturer in the health and physical education.  A standout swimmer at the University of Pittsburgh, she was an
NCAA qualifier in the 500 and 1650 freestyle.

Penn State Behrend is in the process of searching for a new men's and
women's water polo coach/assistant swimming coach.

Saunders comes to FSU from Hunter College (NY), where he served as the team's top assistant since 1999.  He graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic College, where he played point guard for the Sailfish and was a team captain.
 

Week of August 25, 2003


PITT-GREENSBURG TOPS MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a strong favorite to repeat as men's soccer champions in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, according to the AMCC pre-season coachesí poll.  While there was no consensus Preseason Player of the Year, eyes will certainly be on Pitt-Greensburg's Adam Zeleznick (South Park HS/Pittsburgh, PA), last season's AMCC Player and Newcomer of the Year.  Another player who will get plenty of attention from the opposition will be Penn State Behrend's Andy Laver (McDowell HS/Erie, PA).
Click here for the complete preseason outlook.

FROSTBURG STATE PICKED TO WIN AMCC WOMEN'S SOCCER TITLE

Frostburg State University is predicted to retain their women's soccer title for the third consecutive year, according to the 2003 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference pre-season coachesí poll.  The Bobcats will be led by Preseason Player of the Year Karen Kotofski (Northeast HS/ Glen Burnie, MD), a junior forward who was a first-team All-AMCC selection and a regional All-America last season.  Click here for the complete preseason outlook.
                        
VB COACHES PREDICT ANOTHER TOP FINISH FOR FROSTBURG STATE

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference coaches have unanimously selected Frostburg State University as the favorite to repeat as conference champions in 2003.  Frostburg's Lauren Petrick (North Caroline HS/Denton, MD) was the coaches' pick for Preseason Player of the Year.  Click here for the complete preseason outlook.
 

Week of August 11, 2003


MAHONEY TO LEAD HILBERT MENíS SOCCER PROGRAM 

Kevin Mahoney has been named head menís soccer coach at Hilbert College. Mahoney takes over for Mike Rooney who departed after leading the Hawks to a 3-11-1 record in his only season on the Hilbert sidelines.

Mahoney comes to the Hamburg campus after spending last year as head coach of the Delaware Thunder travel team of the Raise Your Level Soccer Specialists in Buffalo, N.Y. Previously, he was assistant coach for the Highland Soccer Club in Scotia, N.Y.  A native of Scotia, Mahoney attended SUNY Cortland where he helped lead the Red Dragons to four straight NCAA Division III tournament appearances from 1990-94.

PITT-BRADFORD INTRODUCES NEW COACHING STAFF MEMBERS

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has announced the hiring of two new head coaches for the upcoming 2003-04 campaign.  Elmira (NY) native Tina Phillips has been hired as volleyball and softball coach, and Travis Faulkner of Bradford is the new womenís and menís cross country coach.

Phillips received her bachelor of science in physical education from Brockport State (NY) in 1990 and her masterís in athletic administration from Springfield College (MA) in 2002.  She was the head coach in volleyball, girlsí basketball and softball (65-24) at Thomas Edison High School, her alma mater, from 1993-96 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in í99.

Phillips was head coach in softball for four years (1996-2000) and volleyball for two years at Russell Sage College (Troy, NY), was the head coach of the Adirondack Magic traveling softball team in 1999 and 2000, and was the assistant softball coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY) in the spring of this year.

Faulkner, who earned a bachelors of science in health and physical education from Lock Haven University in í94 and a masterís in curriculum and instruction from Gannon University in 2001, returns to the cross country program after serving as Pitt-Bradford head coach in 1994 and í95. While at Lock Haven, he was all-PSAC in cross country in í92 and all-PSAC in track and field in 1993-94.  He is currently a physical education instructor at Fretz Middle School in Bradford.

FROSTBURG STATE VOLLEYBALL TEAMS EARNS AVCA TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD

The Frostburg State volleyball team is one of just 26 Division III programs to receive the prestigious American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for 2002-03.

The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year.

"Our team works very hard both in the classroom and on the volleyball court," said third-year head coach Jeff Billington, who guided FSU to a 25-10 overall record, including a perfect 12-0 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, and the program's fifth AMCC title in six years. "The players set very high academic and athletic goals each year, and I am very proud to see that their efforts are being recognized."
 

Week of July 28, 2003


PENN STATE BEHREND ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME CLASS

Penn State Behrend has announced the six members of the 2003 Hall of Fame Class: Pam Allshouse, Darcie Bradley, Jim Camp, Bob Johnson, Natalie Kuhn, and Rick Nese. These individuals are being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the college by inducting them into the Behrend Lions Athletic Hall of Fame.  This will be the thirteenth class inducted by the college since establishing the Hall of Fame in 1991.  The Hall of Fame currently has 72 individuals and ten teams as members.

Pam Allshouse (1989-92) played in 346 volleyball games (seventh all-time). She completed her career as the record holder for career assists with 1,947.  Allshouse remains second in the books for service aces in a career with 174 and ranks 11th in a single-season with 62 in 1990.

Darcie Bradley (1989-93) was named Behrend's Female Athlete of the Year, and on two occasions was tabbed the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1993 and 1992. As the starting shortstop she led the softball program to a pair of ECAC titles in 1992 and 1993. In 1993 as she led the team to a 2-1 extra-inning championship victory she was named the MVP of the ECAC Tournament. She finished her softball career in 1993 as the NCAA's all-time stolen base percentage leader earning 47 steals in 48 attempts.  As point guard she led the 1991-92 women's basketball team in Erie Hall to the College's first-ever ECAC championship.

Jim Camp has served Penn State Behrend, the Erie community, and the Erie Times for thirty-seven years. As a sports writer and editor, Jim has helped Behrend Athletics grow tremendously with his coverage and insights of student-athletes. He is a strong advocate of high school and collegiate athletics.

Bob Johnson (1969-70) was a standout member of the baseball team and posted two of the best individual seasons in baseball history. Johnson hit .375 and .407 in his two seasons with five home runs for the blue and white. When his playing career was over at Behrend, his career .394 batting average was the highest of all-time. Johnson was also feared on the pitching mound. In 89 innings pitched, his 2.43 ERA is second best in over forty years of baseball. He earned eight pitching victories in two seasons while the team posted a 20-9 record from 1969-70.

Natalie Kuhn (1980-82) displayed great athleticism while helping the volleyball team achieve a back-to-back school record number of wins during her 1980 and 1981 seasons.  Kuhn was instrumental in the volleyball program's most successful three-year period in the history of the program. In 1981 and 1982 she earned Women's Keystone Athletic Conference Honors and was an NAIA District 18 all-star in 1982. She is third all-time for service aces in a career with 170, and 12th in kills in a career with 514.

Rick Nese (1991-92) was an extremely athletic soccer player and a dual-sport athlete at Behrend. After transferring in to the Behrend community, Nese led the soccer team from the defender position. Nese was also a member of the 1991 Behrend Lions baseball team. He served as an assistant to the men's soccer team and guided the women's club team to a 6-0 mark in 1994. The women's soccer program has managed to post an impressive 101-50-10 mark in eight years of competition.
 

Week of July 16, 2003


FROSTBURG'S TESON SIGNS PRO BASEBALL CONTRACT

Former Frostburg State baseball standout Mark Teson (Shaker, N.Y./Latham) recently signed a professional contract with the Kansas City T-Bones of the Northern League.   Teson made his professional debut July 10, starting in left field in the T-Bonesí 7-6, 10-inning win at Sioux Falls.

Teson was a three-year starter in center field for the Bobcats after transferring from Division II Dowling (N.Y.) College. He finished with a .324 career batting average, drew a school-record 101 walks and was 45-of-54 in stolen base attempts. His 126 runs ranks third on the FSU all-time chart, and his 27 doubles is tied for seventh.
 

Week of July 9, 2003


SOFTBALL, VOLLEYBALL COACHES HIRED AT PITT-GREENSBURG

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has announced the hiring of Mark Katarski as its new head softball coach and Leroy Simms as the head coach of volleyball.  Katarski has spent the past two season as an assistant baseball coach in the department.  He will continue in his roles as sports information director and assistant coach of women's basketball.

Simms takes over the volleyball program after serving as an assistant at Waynesburg College this past season, helping the team to a 24-11 record.  He also served as head coach at Waynesburg Central High School for three seasons, setting a school record for victories in the 2000 campaign.
 

Week of July 1, 2003


MT. ALOYSIUS COLLEGE ENTERS NCAA PROVISIONAL MEMBER PROCESS
 
The AMCC expansion picture came into focus last week when Mount Aloysius
was formally accepted into the NCAA Division III provisional membership program.
The Mounties will begin their four-year provisional term in 2004-05, the same year
that they will begin membership in the AMCC.

Mount Aloysisus joins Hilbert College and Medaille College as new members in the
conference, bringing the number of member institutions to ten.  Hilbert and Medaille
will begin to participate this fall, competing in individual sports (men's golf, cross
country, tennis).  All ten schools will compete in the teams sports (men's and women's
soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, softball and baseball) in
the 2004-05 academic year.  That will be the first year in which the conference will be
eligible for automatic qualification in team sports to the Division III national
championships.

The Mounties will be elevated to full member status in the NCAA after completion of
a four-year education process.