2004-05 NEWS ARCHIVE
 

Week of June 20, 2005


HILBERT'S MACRI EARNS ECAC ROBBINS SCHOLAR HONORS

Hilbert College women's soccer player Jessica Macri has been recognized as a 2004-05 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Robbins Scholar-Athlete Institutional Award winner.  Macri was a four-year player for the Hawks before graduating in May with a 3.82 GPA and a degree in Business Administration.

Macri finished her career at Hilbert as the school's all-time leader in assists (50) and ranks second in points (88).  A four-time all-conference selection, Macri has been a Dean's list student as well as an academic all-conference selection since her freshman year in 2001.

Sponsored by Robbins Sports Surfaces, the Cincinnati-based sports surfaces company, the awards honor the outstanding academic and athletics achievements of student-athletes representing ECAC schools in Divisions I, II and III.  Three committees comprised of athletics administrators will select two award winners in each division to be honored during the ECAC Convention Honors Dinner presented by Jostens on Sunday, September 25.  Votes are based on extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics and community service.
 

Week of June 13, 2005


AMCC LANDS THREE ON ECAC BASEBALL ALL-STAR SQUAD

Once again the AMCC shines at the regional level as three baseball players are selected to the ECAC Div. III South Region All-Star Baseball Team for Spring 2005.  The honorees include Pitt-Bradford pitcher Bobby Wyant (Franklin, PA/Rocky Grove); Penn State Behrend second baseman Mike Stetz (Johnstown, PA/Bishop McCourt); and Pitt-Greensburg outfielder Dustin Mills (Pittsburgh, PA/North Hills).  All were first team AMCC all-conference selections as well.
 

Week of May 30, 2005


FOUR AMCC PLAYERS NAMED TO ECAC SOFTBALL ALL-STAR TEAM

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference landed four players on the ECAC Div. III  South Region All-Star Softball Team for Spring 2005.  The list includes Frostburg State first baseman Trish Brown (Manchester, MD/North Carroll) and outfielder Lori Potts (Purcellville, VA/Loudon Valley), Pit-Bradford second baseman Calista Walker (Towanda, PA/Towanda), and Penn St. Behrend outfielder Kristen Macha (Export, PA/Franklin).  All were first team AMCC all-conference selections as well.

PITT-BRADFORD HIRES SWIM COACH FOR VARSITY TEAM IN 2006-07

Carl Erikson
has been hired as the head coach of the new men's and women's swim teams at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, which will get under way this winter.  Erikson was assistant coach at Principia College (IL)  from 1994 to 1999, was the head coach of the Weymouth (Massachusetts) Swimming Club from 1999 to 2003 and was the assistant coach at Goucher College (Baltimore, MD) from 2003 to 2005. He also received a master's degree in athletic administration at Goucher earlier this year.
 

Week of May 23, 2005


TWO PITT-BRADFORD BASEBALL PLAYERS NAMED TO THE NCAA
NEW YORK REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM


Pitt-Bradford's Ben Miller (Evans City, PA) and Ryan Snyder (Aliquippa, PA) were named to the NCAA Division III New York State Regional baseball all-tournament team.  Miller led the Panthers to their only victory in the double-elimination tournament with a seven-hit, 2-0 shutout of Rhode Island College on Friday. Snyder was 5-for-13 at the plate with a home run and two runs batted in.  The Panthers (26-16) lost to Skidmore College twice (6-4, 6-3) to finish fourth in the regional.

AMCC SOCCER PLAYERS HEADED TO BRAZIL

Penn State Behrend head soccer coach Dan Perritano is headed to Brazil this month with some of the region’s finest Division III soccer players.  Among those making the trip with coach Perritano will be six Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference all-league players.   

Behrend’s Dan Bash (Pittsburgh, PA/Thomas Jefferson), Brian Blaszczyk (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst), and Justin Reese (Pittsburgh, PA/Thomas Jefferson) are all making the journey south.  Other AMCC travelers include Lake Erie’s Justin Daly (Hubbard, OH/Hubbard) and Penn State Altoona’s Evan Spence (Lincoln University, PA/Avon Grove) and Tim Wassell (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg).   

The sports tour, which spans May 26-June 7, will provide an opportunity for those involved to visit one of the world’s premier soccer nations while taking in unique cultural and soccer experiences.  The team will stay in both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, and will visit sites such as Maracana Stadium.  Maracana is the largest stadium in the world, and is considered by many to be the temple of soccer.  Players and coaches will also get a chance to interact and train with top Brazilian coaches and athletes.  The all-star squad will play five games while in Brazil.
 

Week of May 16, 2005


BECHTEL NAMED CHANCELLOR AT PENN STATE ALTOONA

Lori J. Bechtel
, currently the interim campus executive officer and dean at Penn State Altoona, has been appointed chancellor of the University's third-largest enrollment campus, effective July 1.

Bechtel has served as Penn State Altoona's chief administrator since Jan. 15. Her predecessor, William G. Cale Jr., resigned after more than four years as Penn State Altoona's CEO to assume the presidency of the University of North Alabama.

In accepting this appointment, Bechtel will become the first chancellor of  Penn State Altoona. As part of a University-wide reorganization going into effect July 1, the campus executive officers at the 19 predominantly undergraduate locations will assume the title of chancellor and will have increased responsibilities.

PENN STATE BEHREND EARNS FOURTH AMCC PRESIDENTS' CUP

For the fourth time in five years, Penn State Behrend is the recipient of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Presidents' Cup.  The Behrend Lions won team titles in four sports (men's basketball, women's cross country, men's golf, women's tennis) and were runners-up in four more.  Frostburg State University, last year's Presidents' Cup recipient, finished as the runner-up.

Click here for a complete list of the final standings, sport champions, and Presidents' Cup calculations.

THREE PITT-BRADFORD SOFTBALL PLAYERS NAMED TO NCAA ALL-REGION TEAM

Coming off a great showing at the Great Lakes Regional of the NCAA Div. III softball tournament, Pitt-Bradford placed three players on the all-region team: senior second baseman Calista Walker, sophomore centerfielder Catrina Retterer and freshman pitcher Mallory Kane.   Walker and sophomore pitcher Kristy Zavinski were also named ECAC southern division player and pitcher of the week for May 9 as a result of their outstanding performances at the AMCC championship.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  May 16

Baseball
Player - Tim Lentz, Pitt-Bradford
Pitcher - Bobby Wyant, Pitt-Bradford

PETULLA, HOLLISTER HEAD BASEBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Frostburg State University pitcher Billye Hollister (Waldorf, MD/Thomas Stone HS) and Penn State Altoona shortstop Tony Petulla (Osceola Mills, PA/ Philipsburg-Osceola HS) are the 2005 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Co-Players of the Year.

Hollister was instrumental in leading the Bobcats to a 28-11 regular season record and first place in the conference.  He won seven of 11 games started, and leads the league with a 1.72 ERA, averaging one strikeout per inning.  Petulla batted .410 for season, and led the AMCC in slugging percentage (.713).  He also ranked first in hits (50), RBI (48), home runs (8) and total bases (87).

Frostburg State freshman Andrew Speights (
Stafford, VA/Brooke Point HS) is the Newcomer of the Year.  As the designated hitter, Speights hit .398 with 38 RBI (1.15 per game). Coach of the Year honors went to University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg head coach Joe Hill.  The Bobcats finished the season at 21-21, earning a berth in the AMCC tournament and taking Pitt-Bradford to three games in the first round.
 

Week of May 9, 2005


PITT-BRADFORD WINS AMCC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is the 2005 AMCC baseball champion, taking the title in the decisive seventh game of the conference tournament.  The fourth-seeded Panthers defeated #2 Penn State Behrend, 9-4 to earn their third league championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III Tournament.  The Behrend Lions muscled their way into a seventh game by defeating the Panthers, 3-0, earlier in the day.

Click here for game recaps

MEDAILLE’S BAKER TAKES TWO TOP HONORS IN AMCC SOFTBALL

First team All-Northeast Region and third team All-America selection Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark HS) is the 2005 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Softball Newcomer and Player of the Year.  The Medaille College freshman catcher led every offensive category for the Lady Mavericks all season.  With a .469 batting average, she currently ranks in the top 20 in the nation in 5 offensive categories:   #2 in the nation in slugging percentage (.947), #3 in the nation in homeruns per game (.314, 11 total), #9 in the nation in runs per game (1.29, 45 total), and 6th in the nation in RBI’s per game (1.29, 45 total).  Defensively Baker had a .994 fielding percentage.  Baker led her team to an 18-17 record overall and a third place finish in the AMCC regular season standings.

Coach of the Year honors were shared by Tina Phillips of Pitt-Bradford and Stacy Pondo of Penn State Behrend.  Philips led the Panthers to their third straight conference title with a record of 24-12-1 and a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.  Pondo’s team surged to late season success in the AMCC tournament.  As the #6 seed, they upset #3 Medaille and #4 Frostburg State to get to the semifinal round.

HILBERT'S DORSHEIMER, PITT-GREENSBURG'S CONLON HEAD
AMCC ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

A pair of standout senior scholar-athletes are the recipients of the AMCC Faculty Athletics Representatives Award for 2004-05.  Katy Dorsheimer (Lakeview, NY/ Frontier) and Kevin Conlon (Altoona, PA/Bellwood-Antis) head a list of 9 female and 9 male student-athletes named to the conference All-Academic Team.

A cross country runner who is undefeated in competition on her home course, Dorsheimer holds a 3.9 GPA in psychology.  She has been named to "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities" and has earned Dean's List honors every semester at Hilbert.  Conlon, who graduated with a 3.69 GPA in communications, was the AMCC Basketball Player of the Year this past season.  He has been a member of the Dean’s List every semester for four years and has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Chi Sigma Alpha.  Conlon will be attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania for graduate school and work towards a Master’s degree in Sports Management.

Click here for a complete list of the 2004-05 AMCC All-Academic Team.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  May 9

Softball
Player - Calista Walker, Pitt-Bradford
Pitcher - Kristy Zavinski, Pitt-Bradford

Baseball
Player - Lance Williams, Frostburg St.
Pitcher - Collin Bednar, Frostburg St.

THREE-PEAT FOR PITT BRADFORD SOFTBALL TITLE; PANTHERS
LAND AUTOMATIC BID TO NCAA TOURNAMENT

For the third straight year, Pitt-Bradford has won a conference softball crown on the road, this time defeating regular season champion La Roche College, 3-1, in eight innings.  With the win, the Panthers earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.  They will face Defiance in the NCAA Regional beginning on Friday at Muskingum College.  La Roche has been awarded the #3 seed in the ECAC South Region Tournament, and will host #6 Hunter College (NY) on Wednesday at 3:30pm.
 

Week of May 2, 2005


THREE-PEAT FOR PITT BRADFORD SOFTBALL TITLE;
PANTHERS LAND AUTOMATIC BID TO NCAA TOURNAMENT

For the third straight year, Pitt-Bradford has won a conference softball crown on the road, this time defeating regular season champion La Roche College, 3-1, in eight innings.  With the win, the Panthers earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.  Their first round opponent and location will be announced late Sunday evening.  La Roche will await word on an ECAC tournament bid, to be determined on Monday.


SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS, DAY 2

It will be #1 La Roche hosting #2 Pitt-Bradford on Sunday at 11:00am for the AMCC softball championship and the right to represent the conference in the NCAA Div. III tournament for the first time in conference history.  Pitt-Bradford is undefeated in the tournament, defeating the Redhawks earlier today, 6-3.  La Roche advanced to the championship round by downing #6 Penn State Behrend, 5-0.  Behrend pulled off another upset by defeating #4 Frostburg State, 4-2.

BASEBALL TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND BEGINS SATURDAY

#4 Pitt-Bradford held off #5 Pitt-Greensburg in the first round of the AMCC baseball tournament.  The first round is a best 2-of-3 game series.  The Panthers won the first game 6-3, dropped the second, 10-1, then took the third by an 8-6 margin.  They will face the top-ranked Frostburg St. Bobcats in game one of the double elimination tournament which starts next Friday in Frostburg, MD.

The other first round series will be played tomorrow at La Roche where the #3 Redhawks will host #6 Penn State Altoona beginning at 10:30am.

SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS, DAY 1

There was one upset in the first round of the AMCC softball tournament, with all other seeds holding true.  The #6 Penn State Behrend Lions outlasted the Medaille Mavericks, 1-0, to advance to the double elimination round, while Frostburg State easily handled Hilbert College, 14-0 in 5 innings.  Both Behrend and Frostburg St. faltered in the opening games of the double elimination tournament.  Top-seeded La Roche took down the FSU Bobcats, 4-2, while #2 Pitt-Bradford upended the Behrend Lions, 8-0 (5).

Tournament action continues on Saturday at La Roche.  Frostburg St. and Penn St. Behrend will face off at 10am, followed by La Roche/Pitt-Bradford at 12:30pm.  The winner of Frostburg/Behrend and the loser of La Roche/UPB will meet at 3:00pm.  The championship is scheduled for 11:00am on Sunday.

IMPORTANT:  Parking will be tight at La Roche for the Saturday 10am and 12:30pm games due to La Roche graduation.  Parking will be allowed near the softball field on Saturday only; no parking is allowed along Duncan Avenue (subject to fines).

PSA'S PETULLA NAMED NATIONAL DIV. III PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Shortstop Tony Petulla of Penn State-Altoona,  slugging his team into the conference tournament, has earned 2005 NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week honors (April 25-May 1) from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association.  Petulla led the Lions to a 4-0 week and into the AMCC tournament by hitting .692 (9-for-13) with a pair of home runs, a slugging percentage of 1.154, 3 runs scored and 10 RBI.  He began the week with a 4-for-5 game vs. Juniata, with a home run, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored, and was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI in the second game.  He had a grand slam against Penn St. Behrend in the regular
season conference finale that put Altoona in the tournament.  Petulla is
currently ranked second in the conference in hitting (.410) and slugging
pct. (.713), and first in hits (50) and RBI (48).

SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE SET

The seeding for the AMCC softball tournament was finally decided as the regular season concluded with a down-to-the-wire finish.  Here is the schedule of events:

Friday, May 6:
First Round - 10a:  #4 Frostburg St. v #5 Hilbert (at North Allegheny HS)
First Round - 10a:  #3 Medaille vs. #6 Behrend (at La Roche)
Double Elimination Tournament Begins (at La Roche):
Game 1 - 1:30pm:  #1 La Roche vs. winner 4v5
Game 2 - 4:00pm:  #2 Pitt-Bradford vs. winner 3v6
Saturday, May 7 (at La Roche):
Game 3 - 10:00am:  Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
Game 4 - 12:30pm:  Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Game 5 - 3:00pm:  Loser of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 3
IMPORTANT:  Parking will be tight at La Roche for the 10am and 12:30pm games due to La Roche graduation.  Parking will be allowed near the softball field on Saturday only; no parking is allowed along Duncan Avenue (subject to fines).
Sunday, May 8 (at La Roche):
Game 6 - 11:00pm:  Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5
Game 7 – 1:30pm:  Same participants as Game 6 (only if needed)

BASEBALL TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND BEGINS SATURDAY

The AMCC baseball tournament will be underway this weekend, a best 2-of-3 game series, with the winners advancing to the four-team, double elimination championship round May 13-15 at Frostburg St.  Here's the schedule:

Saturday, May 7 - 10:30am:  #5 Pitt-Greensburg at #4 Pitt-Bradford
Sunday, May 8 - 10:30am:  #6 Penn State Altoona at #3 La Roche

Click here for the championship round schedule.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  May 2

Softball
Player - Jen Dodge, Lake Erie
Pitcher - Michelle Peruzzini, Medaille

Baseball
Player - Tony Petulla, Penn St. Altoona
Pitcher - Jayson Vaughn, La Roche


AMCC BASEBALL, SOFTBALL TIEBREAKERS EXPLAINED

With the AMCC softball baseball tournaments approaching, there are several possible scenarios for teams to be tied in the standings.  Here's how the AMCC tiebreakers work for both sports, in rank order:

1. Head-to-head competition
(Note:  If 3 or more teams are tied with identical records, head-to-head is determined by comparing the tied teams against each other.  Ex. Team A def. Team B twice, Team B split with Team C, and Team A split with Team C.  The head-to-head records would be:  A 3-1, B 1-3, C 2-2, and thus the rank order within the 3-way tie would be A-1st, C-2nd, B-3rd)
2. Record vs. AMCC teams in descending order
3. Total run differential between tied teams in head to head competition (limit 10 run differential per game in baseball, 8 run differential per game in softball)
4. Coin toss to be conducted by the Commissioner

Frostburg State University will host the AMCC baseball tournament while La Roche College has clinched the right to host the conference softball championship.  The softball tournament will be played May 6-8, with the winner advancing to the NCAA tournament which begins May 13.  Baseball will begin with a first round series on May 7, followed by a four team, double elimination tournament May 13-15.  The baseball champion will also receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

UPG'S MILLS & D'UVA SET BASEBALL SCHOOL RECORDS

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg sophomore centerfielder Dustin Mills
(Pittsburgh/North Hills)
went 5 for 7 in a home double-header sweep over Mt. Aloysius College on Sunday to break the school’s single-season record for hits.  The record now stands at 44.   In the first game of the double-header, senior right-hander Steve D’Uva (Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh Central Catholic) broke the school’s career record for most innings pitched after throwing a seven-inning complete-game victory over the Mounties. His 147.1 career innings pitched breaks the
previous record of 141.1 innings. With the victory, D’Uva extended his single-season school record for victories to eight.
 

Week of April 25, 2005


FROSTBURG STATE, LA ROCHE TO HOST AMCC TOURNAMENTS

Frostburg State University will host the AMCC baseball tournament while La Roche College has clinched the right to host the conference softball championship.  The softball tournament will be played May 6-8, with the winner advancing to the NCAA tournament which begins May 13.  Baseball will begin with a first round series on May 7, followed by a four team, double elimination tournament May 13-15.  The baseball champion will also receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

PITT-GREENSBURG'S D'UVA, LA ROCHE'S PERRACHINO
EARN ECAC WEEKLY HONORS

The AMCC has landed two players on the ECAC weekly honor roll for April 25.  Pitt-Greensburg senior pitcher Steve D'Uva was named the ECAC Div. III South Region Player and Co-Pitcher of the Week, while La Roche freshman pitcher Bethany Perrachino earned Co-Pitcher of the Week recognition.

D'Uva ran his personal winning streak to 5, and extended his single-season school record for victories to 7, with a pair of AMCC wins during the week.  D'Uva has not walked a batter in the last 15 consecutive innings.  He was also 9 for 15 (.600) with 3 doubles.  Perracchino upped her record to 12-0, throwing 2 complete game victories over Pitt-Greensburg and Grove City.  She struck out 9 and allowed no earned runs, scattering 7 hits in 14 innings.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 25

Inching closer to playoff time, the races for the top 6 slots tighten up.  Here are the AMCC players and pitchers of the week for April 25:

Baseball
Player - Tony Petulla, Penn St. Altoona
Pitcher - Steve D'Uva, Pitt-Greensburg

Softball
Player - Bethany Seyler, Frostburg St.
Pitcher - Bethany Perrachino, La Roche
 

Week of April 18, 2005


FROSTBURG STATE PLAYERS TAKE MEN’S TENNIS AWARDS

Two Frostburg State University players earned the top men’s tennis awards, with senior Gary Lyst (Blair HS/Silver Spring, MD) taking Player of the Year honors and first doubles partner Matt Chisholm (La Plata HS/La Plata, MD) awarded the Newcomer of the Year award.

Lyst was undefeated in AMCC competition at #1 singles and 5-1 at #1 doubles, winning the conference title in both flights.   He was the 2004 Co-Player of the Year.  In addition to the first doubles title, Chisholm won the #3 singles crown.

Coach of the Year honors went to Penn State Altoona’s Steve Genter, who led his team to the conference championship and their third AMCC title in four years.

Click here
for the complete all-conference team.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 18

Men's Tennis
: Pat Cooper & Andy Brunhuber, Penn St. Altoona

Baseball
Player - Mike Stetz, Penn St. Behrend
Pitcher - Kevin Maluchnik, Medaille

Softball
Player - Kristin Macha, Penn St. Behrend
Pitcher - Janice Ashenfelder, Penn St. Altoona

PENN ST. ALTOONA WINS MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

Penn St. Altoona and Penn St. Behrend carried their neck-and-neck regular season rivalry straight through the AMCC tournament, with Altoona edging Behrend, 10-9 for the team title at Oxford North Athletic Club.  It was the Lions' fifth team title, and third in four years.  Penn St. Behrend was the defending champion.

Four players took home multiple individual titles.  Frostburg State senior Gary Lyst, the 2004 AMCC Player of the Year, won at both #1 singles and #1 doubles, while freshman teammate Matt Chisholm won at #3 singles and paired with Lyst for the doubles crown.  Penn St. Altoona sophomore Pat Cooper earned the #4 singles title and partnered with Alex Chang to take the #2 doubles title.  Teammate Andy Brunhuber was a winner at both #6 singles and #3 doubles, teaming up with Kevin Dolansky.

Click here for complete tournament results.
 

Week of April 11, 2005


LAKE ERIE AND FROSTBURG STATE PRESIDENTS ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT PLANS FOR 2006

Two long-time AMCC Presidents have announced that they will be stepping down in June 2006.  Dr. Hal Laydon of Lake Erie College will be retiring after 14 years as President and 15 years at the school.  Earlier this month he was elected President Emeritus and will focus on fundraising for the remainder of his tenure.  Dr. Catherine Gira will also retire next summer after 15 years as President at Frostburg State University.  Prior to joining FSU, Gira served for nine years as provost at the University of Baltimore.  Both Dr. Laydon and Dr. Gira were among the founding members of the AMCC.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: APRIL 11

Softball
Player - Calista Walker, Pitt-Bradford
Pitcher - Megan Gollaher, Hilbert

Men's Tennis: Adam Dearborn, Pitt-Greensburg

Baseball
Player - Ryan Unger, La Roche
Pitcher - Bobby Wyant, Pitt-Bradford
 

Week of April 4, 2005


WED., APRIL 6 IS NATIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETE DAY!

AMCC ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM AND
NATIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETE  HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES

On National Student-Athlete Day, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference is proud to announce that 448 student-athletes have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team.  To be eligible, a student-athlete must compete in a conference sport and carry a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average. 

For the first time the AMCC is also inducting student-athletes into Chi Sigma Alpha, the national collegiate student-athlete honor society.  Chi Sigma Alpha membership requires that a student-athlete be either a junior or senior in class rank, hold a minimum 3.4 GPA, and demonstrate good moral character.

Click here for a complete listing of the academic all-conference team and Chi Sigma Alpha inductees.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: APRIL 4

Like they say, you win some, you lose some, and sometimes it rains.  Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for April 4:

Baseball
Player - Lance Williams, Frostburg St.
Pitcher - Ruben DeLeon, La Roche

Softball
Player - Amanda Baker, Medaille
Pitcher - Bethany Peracchino, La Roche

Men's Tennis: Gary Lyst, Frostburg State
 

Week of March 28, 2005


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 28

Men's Tennis:  James Myers, Penn St. Behrend
Softball
Player - Kristen Seger, Lake Erie
Pitcher - Sarah Miller, Lake Erie
Baseball
Player - Dennis McKimm, Penn St. Altoona
Pitcher - Mark Swetz, Pitt-Greensburg
 

Week of March 21, 2005


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 28

Men's Tennis:  Mike Stefan, Penn St. Altoona
Softball
Player - Trish Brown, Frostburg St.
Pitcher - Beth Peracchino, La Roche
Baseball
Player - Justin Schoening, Pitt-Bradford
Pitcher - Bobby Wyant, Pitt-Bradford

 

Week of March 14, 2005


PENN ST.  BEHREND PITCHER GETS NCBWA HONORABLE MENTION

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association awarded Penn St. Behrend
pitcher Ray DeVaul (Saegertown, PA/Saegertown HS) with honorable mention honors for the week of March 14.  DeVaul is currently 2-0 with two starts at the beginning of the season in Florida.  He has given up no earned runs and logged eight strike outs in 12 1/3 innings pitched.  Earlier this week DeVaul was named AMCC Pitcher of the Week.

PENN STATE ALTOONA HIRES NEW WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH

Donna Kling
has been named as the new head coach of women's basketball at Penn State Altoona, taking the reigns from John Nardozza, who stepped down after five years at the helm of the program.

Kling's arrival at Penn State Altoona is actually a homecoming of sorts, as
the Altoona native began her coaching career at Ivyside, first as an
assistant coach in 1987, and then as the head coach from 1988 until 1991,
when varsity athletics were eliminated from the Altoona campus.  Kling won consecutive Commonwealth Campus Championships during her tenure
at Penn State Altoona, and one of her teams also earned an honorable
mention ranking for the NJCAA.  After leaving campus, Kling began a successful coaching career at Bishop Guilfoyle High School.

She graduated from Penn State University in 1986 with a degree in Special Education, and spent two years playing basketball at Penn State Altoona where she twice received All-Conference honors from the Commonwealth Campus Athletic Association and was also named a NJCAA Region 20 All-Star.

THREE AMCC PLAYERS EARN D3HOOPS.COM HONORS

The AMCC has placed three basketball players on the D3Hoops.com All-Star Team.  Frostburg State's Tracey Little, the AMCC Co-Player of the Year, was named to the Atlantic Region First Team while Hilbert's Autumn Lee-Jeffries earned East Region Second Team recognition.  AMCC Men's Player of the Year, Pitt-Greensburg's Kevin Conlon, was named to the Great Lake Region Third Team.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 14

Spring has sprung!  Here are the AMCC players of the week for March 14:

Softball
Player - Brittany McLean, Pitt-Bradford
Pitcher - Mallory Kane, Pitt-Bradford
Baseball
Player - Tony Petulla, Penn St. Altoona
Pitcher - Ray DeVaul, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of February 28, 2005


AMCC PRESIDENTS' CUP RACE:  PENN ST. BEHREND IN FIRST PLACE

With two of three seasons of conference competition completed, Penn State Behrend has taken charge of the top spot in the AMCC Presidents' Cup standings.  The Behrend Lions were helped by strong performances by both their men's and women's basketball teams.  The men won the conference championship, while the women finished fourth.  Frostburg State University, the 2004 cup winner, is in second place, followed by the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Penn State Altoona tied for third.

Click here
for a detailed list of the cup standings and conference champions to date.

AMCC CLAIMS BOTH ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS

Tracey Little
of Frostburg State University and Cam Mascara of Penn St. Behrend have  both been named ECAC Div. III South Player of the Week.  It is the second time this season that Little has earned this distinction, and the fourth week that an AMCC women's player has won.  The AMCC men have been honored three times this year.

PITT-BRADFORD TOPS BOTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL COACHES' PRESEASON POLLS

There might be snow falling in March in Bradford, PA, but that doesn't seem to matter to the coaches voting in the AMCC preseason polls for baseball and softball.  Both University of Pittsburgh at Bradford squads have been picked to win the conference championship come May.  The softball team is the defending AMCC champion, while the baseball program finished as the runners-up last spring.

For the women, the Panthers' sophomore pitcher Kristi Zavinski (Warren, PA/Warren) is the Preseason Pitcher of the Year, while La Roche College senior outfielder Chrystal Delgado (Pittsburgh, PA/Shaler)  is the Preseason Player of the Year.  On the men's side, UPB's senior third baseman Tim Lentz (Freedom, PA/Freedom) gets the nod for Preseason Player of the Year, while La Roche righthander Jeff Butterworth (N. Cambria, PA/Hagerstown CC) is recognized as Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

For a complete summary of ranked teams and players to watch, click on the links below.

Softball               Baseball

UPG WOMEN'S BASKETBALL GAME TO BE WEBCAST WEDNESDAY

Widener University is hosting a webcast of their first round game in the women's ECAC South Region Tournament on Wednesday.  Here is the link:

http://www.live365.com/stations/widenerhoops

NATIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP DAY IS MARCH 1ST

NATIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP DAY:  AMCC ANNOUNCES POSTER CONTEST WINNERS

For the second straight year, the AMCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has sponsored a "Good Sports Poster Contest" for elementary school students.  This year, five member schools participated.  Click here for a list of the winners.

COMMISSIONER LEDWIN IS NAMED SPORTS ETHICS FELLOW

The Institute for International Sport announces that Donna Ledwin, commissioner of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, has been named a 2005 Sports Ethics Fellow. This year’s list of Sports Ethics fellows, called “A Celebration of Division III,” recognizes the great strides and ethical initiatives being undertaken at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III level. The 12 honorees—which include coaches, commissioners, professors and college administrators from institutions nationwide—have consistently demonstrated an interest in promoting the ideals of ethics and fair play in sport and society.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 28

Congratulations to the Penn St. Behrend men and the Frostburg State women, the 2004-05 AMCC champions. With the title comes an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time in conference history.  The Lady Bobcats will travel to McDaniel College on Wednesday for their first round contest, while the Behrend Lions will be heading to Lebanon Valley College on Thursday.  Meanwhile, two AMCC women's teams received invitations to the ECAC tournament.  Pitt-Greensburg is the #4 seed in the southern region and will host #5 Widener on Wednesday while Medaille is seeded sixth and will travel to #3 Lebanon Valley. 

Here are the AMCC players of the week for February 28:

Women's BasketballTracey Little, Frostburg State
Men's Basketball
Cam Mascara, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of February 21, 2005


PS-BEHREND MEN, FROSTBURG ST. WOMEN TAKE AMCC TITLES;
NCAA TOURNAMENT AWAITS

WOMEN:
Championship (at Frostburg St.)
Saturday, Feb. 26
#1 Frostburg St. d. #2 Pitt-Greensburg, 81-62
FSU: Tracie George - 24 pts., 8 assists
Tracey Little - 24 pts., 17 rebs.
UPG: Teya Minor - 19 pts., 5 rebs.
Tiffany Menhorn - 19 pts., 5 rebs.

Semifinals (at Frostburg St.):  Friday, Feb. 25
6pm: #1 Frostburg St. d. #4 PS-Behrend, 63-53
FSU: Tracey Little - 21 pts.
PSB: Amber Krumpe - 16 pts., 9 rebs.

8pm: #2 Pitt-Greensburg d. #3 Medaille, 72-70
UPG: Tiffany Menhorn - 26 pts.
MED: Marisa Clark - 24 pts., 6 assists


MEN:
Championship (at Pitt-Greensburg)
Saturday, Feb. 26
#2 Penn St. Behrend d. #1 Pitt-Greensburg, 52-49
PSB: Cam Mascara - 16 pts., 3 rebs.
UPG: Ryan Moye - 16 pts., 6 rebs.

Semifinals (at Pitt-Greensburg)
Friday, Feb. 25
6pm: #1 Pitt-Greensburg d. #5 La Roche, 85-62
UPG:  Kevin Conlon - 18 pts., 3 assists
LAR: Demetris Pringle - 12 pts., 3 assists

8pm: #2 Penn St. Behrend d. #3 Lake Erie, 56-55
Jared Clough - 17 pts., 6 rebs.
Jajcen Harris - 15 pts., 4 rebs.

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS ANNOUNCED

Pitit-Greensburg guard Kevin Conlon, Frostburg State guard/forward Tracey Little and Medaille forward Amanda Baker headline the the 2004-05 AMCC basketball all-conference teams.  Conlon, a three-time first team selection, is the men's Player of the Year, while Little and Baker share the women's Player of the Year award.  Baker was also named Newcomer of the Year; La Roche's Devin Taylor is the Newcomer of the Year for the men.  Medaille's women's coach, Pete Lonergan, and Lake Erie's men's coach, Jim Dolan, earned their respective Coach of the Year honors.

Click below for the complete all-conference team rosters:
Women       Men

PITT-GREENSBURG'S GELET ACHIEVES 100TH CAREER WIN

With a 72-70 win against Medaille College in the semifinals of the AMCC tournament at Frostburg State University on Friday February 25, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg head women’s basketball coach Carol Gelet earned her 100th career victory (100-63 career record). She becomes the first head coach in
school history in any sport to win 100 games.  Gelet has led Pitt-Greensburg to four straight AMCC finals appearances. In her career, Gelet has led the Bobcats to one AMCC championship (2003) and two straight NCAA Division III tournament
appearances (2003, 2004).

D3HOOPS.COM PLANNING TO BROADCAST AMCC WOMEN'S TITLE GAME

D3Hoops.com is tentatively planning to broadcast the AMCC women's basketball title game.  The broadcast will start at 2:45 ET on Saturday. Pat Coleman and Dave McHugh will be on the call.  The broadcast requires Windows Media Player 9.0 or later.  It can be accessed at
http://www.d3hoops.com/audio
In the event the game cannot be broadcast, a notice will be posted at that page.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SET FOR EXCITING WEEKEND

Teams may be seeded in the AMCC men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, but there’s no lock on the title for any squad going into the final weekend of competition.

On the women’s side, Frostburg State University (19-6 overall, 16-2 AMCC) is the top ranked team, led by senior guard/forward Tracey Little (La Vale, MD/Allegany).  A two-time all-conference first teamer, Little is averaging 19.0 ppg and 10.9 rpg this season.  The Bobcats will face defending champion Penn State Behrend (17-9 overall,11-7 AMCC) in the first semifinal on Friday night on their home court.  The Behrend Lions will look to sophomore forward Tenesha Aden (
Sandy Lake, PA/Lakeview), last season’s Newcomer of the Year, to bring her strong game (14.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg) to the court.  Frostburg St. defeated Penn St. Behrend twice during the regular season.

The other semifinal will feature #2 Pitt-Greensburg (18-7 overall, 15-3 AMCC), runners-up in 2004.  The Bobcats feature junior guard/forward Tish Hines (
Clairton, PA/Clairton), who is averaging 15.4 ppg and 8.3 rpg, and freshman standout Tiffany Menhorn (Greensburg, PA/Greater Latrobe), who is coming off the bench with 12.4 ppg and 3.6 rpg.  They will get formidable pressure from league newcomer Medaille College (20-5 overall, 14-4 AMCC), a team with a 12-game winning streak which defeated both Frostburg St. and Pitt-Greensburg in back-to-back road games in the final weekend of the regular season.  The Lady Mavericks bring a young but talented group of players to the competition, including freshman forward Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark), who is averaging 18.9 ppg and 11.4 rpg, and first year guard Marisa Clark (Hilton, NY/Hilton), with 15.4 ppg and 5.7 apg.

The men’s tournament will be just as exciting.  Regular season champion Pitt-Greensburg (16-9 overall, 15-3 AMCC) brings a 7-game win streak into the final weekend.  The Bobcats will rely on senior guard Kevin Conlon (Altoona, PA/Bellwood-Antis), a two-time first-team all-conference selection who is averaging 15.2 ppg and 3.6 apg, and junior forward Duke Cooper (Reston, VA/South Lakes), with 16.4 ppg and 6.2 rpg.  Challenging UPG will be #5 La Roche (13-13 overall, 10-8 AMCC), the defending champion who is hoping for a repeat of its Cinderella run to the title in 2004.  The Redhawks will look to senior guard Demitris Pringle (Pittsburgh, PA/Sto-Rox), who is leading the team in scoring with 16.7 ppg, and freshman forward Devin Taylor (New Castle, PA/New Castle), with 12.0 ppg and a team-high 6.9 rpg.  A total of 4 points separated these two teams in a pair of regular season games, both won by Pitt-Greensburg.

The other half of the draw features #2 Penn State Behrend (17-7 overall, 14-4 AMCC), led by the senior duo of Tom Lulich (Canonsburg, PA/Peters Twp.) and Jared Clough (N. Andover, MA/Bridgton Academy).  The pair are the team’s best scorers and rebounders, with Clough at 12.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg and Lulich with 11.9 ppg and 4.5 rpg.  The Behrend Lions take on #3 Lake Erie College (15-11 overall, 12-6 AMCC).  The two teams met just a week ago on the Storm’s home court, where Lake Erie
won their first-ever decision over Penn St. Behrend.  The Storm has been surging of late, winning four in a row.  They will look to sophomore center Jajcen Harris (Cleveland Heights, OH/VASJ), with 14.1 ppg and 6.1 rpg, and junior point guard Reggie Richardson (Bronx, NY/Woodrow Wilson OH), with 13.5 ppg and league-best 5.4 apg, to lead the charge.

The tournament champions will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time in conference history.

AMCC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT:  FIRST ROUND RESULTS

WOMEN:
First Round:  Tuesday, Feb. 22
#3 Medaille d. #6 La Roche, 48-33
MED:  Amanda Baker - 13 pts., 21 rebs.
LAR: Megan Snyder - 14 pts., 8 rebs.

#4 PS-Behrend d. #5 Pitt-Bradford, 64-43
PSB: Tenesha Aden - 12 pts., 7 rebs.
UPB: Brittany McLean - 30 pts.

Semifinals (at Frostburg St.):  Friday, Feb. 25
6pm: #1 Frostburg St. vs. #4 PS-Behrend
8pm: #2 Pitt-Greensburg vs. #3 Medaille
Championship (at Frostburg St.)
Saturday, Feb. 26 - 3pm

MEN:
First Round:  Tuesday, Feb. 22
#3 Lake Erie d. #6 Frostburg St., 85-67
LEC: Nate Malensek - 28 pts., 3 assists
FSU: Dan Ryley - 25 pts., 6 rebs.

#5 La Roche d. #4 Pitt-Bradford, 81-78
LAR: Devin Taylor - 25 pts., 8 rebs.
UPB: Dan Thomas - 23 pts., 2a

Semifinals (at Pitt-Greensburg)

Friday, Feb. 25
6pm: #1 Pitt-Greensburg vs. #5 La Roche
8pm: #2 Penn St. Behrend vs. #3 Lake Erie
Championship (at Pitt-Greensburg)
Saturday, Feb. 26 - 3pm

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 21

It was a wild finish to the AMCC regular season.  Teams and players stepped up to the moment.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for February 21:

Men's Basketball: 
Reggie Richardson, Lake Erie
Women's Basketball: 
Autumn Lee-Jeffries, Hilbert
 

Week of February 14, 2005


AMCC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS SET

After a day of numerous contests impacting the final standings and pairings for the conference tournament, the results are in:

WOMEN:
First Round
Tuesday, Feb. 22 - 7pm
#6 La Roche at #3 Medaille
#5 Pitt-Bradford at #4 PS-Behrend
Byes - #1 Frostburg St. & #2 Pitt-Greensburg
Semifinals (at Frostburg St.)
Friday, Feb. 25
6pm: #1 Frostburg St. vs. winner 4v5
8pm: #2 Pitt-Greensburg vs. winner 3v6
Championship (at Frostburg St.)
Saturday, Feb. 26 - 3pm

MEN:
First Round
Tuesday, Feb. 22 - 7pm
#6 Frostburg St. at #3 Lake Erie
#5 La Roche at #4 Pitt-Bradford
Byes - #1Pitt-Greensburg & #2 PS-Behrend
Semifinals (at Pitt-Greensburg)
Friday, Feb. 25
6pm: #1 Pitt-Greensburg vs. winner 4v5
8pm: #2 Penn St. Behrend vs. winner 3v6
Championship (at Pitt-Greensburg)
Saturday, Feb. 26 - 3pm

UPG'S CONLON NAMED TO COSIDA ACADEMIC-ALL DISTRICT TEAM

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior guard Kevin Conlon
(Altoona, PA/Bellwood-Antis HS)
was named to the 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II College Division Men's Basketball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Conlon was selected to the Second Team, having averaged 15.3 points per
game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and 3.6 assists this season, leading the
Bobcats to 15-9 overall record. Conlon is a Communications major with a
3.69 GPA.  To be nominated for the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.20 cumulative
grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on his team.

MEDAILLE'S CLARK NAMED ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Freshman guard Marissa Clark (Hilton, NY/Hilton HS) has been named the ECAC Div. III South Region Player of the Week.  She is the fourth AMCC women's basketball player to receive the honor this season.

Led by Clark, Medaille avenged two previous losses by beating Frostburg St. and Pitt-Greensburg, the #1 and #2 teams in the conference standings, to cap a 3-0 week.  Clark dominated as the team leader for the Lady Mavericks, averaging 20.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 4.3 steals.  Her highlight performance came versus FSU, where she knocked down 21 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, fed 8 assists and picked up 6 steals.  Clark is currently ranked fifth in the AMCC in scoring (15.4 ppg), second in assists (5.32 apg) and second in steals (4.18 spg).


INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW:  WHAT IS THE AMCC TIEBREAKER PROCEDURE?

With the AMCC basketball tournament approaching, there are numerous possible scenarios for teams to be tied in the standings.  Here's how the AMCC tiebreakers work for basketball, in rank order:
1. Head-to-head competition
(Note:  If 3 or more teams are tied with identical records, head-to-head is determined by comparing the tied teams against each other.  Ex. Team A def. Team B twice, Team B split with Team C, and Team A split with Team C.  The head-to-head records would be:  A 3-1, B 1-3, C 2-2, and thus the rank order within the 3-way tie would be A-1st, C-2nd, B-3rd)
2. Record vs. AMCC teams in descending order
3. Overall conference road record
4. Coin toss to be conducted by the Commissioner

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 14

We're into the home stretch of the basketball regular season and the final standings are still too close to call.  The Medaille women were unwelcome guests this past weekend, upsetting top-ranked Frostburg St. and #2 Pitt-Greensburg on the road, while the Pitt-Greensburg and Penn St. Behrend men stood their ground in the battle for hosting rights for the conference tournament.  Here are the Players of the Week for February 14:

Women's Basketball: Marissa Clark , Medaille
Men's Basketball:  Tyler Franklin, Penn St. Altoona

PITT-BRADFORD PLAYER SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR STEALS

Pitt-Bradford's Aaron Kiffer (Olean, NY) broke the school record for career steals in a 70-61 loss to Ithaca College on Monday.  Kiffer, a 6-foot senior guard, registered his 200th steal to surpass Duane Glenn's mark of 199 set in 1993.

MOUNT ALOYSIUS GUARD WERTZ SURPASSES 1,000 CAREER POINTS

Senior guard Missy Wertz (Altoona, PA/Bellwood-Antis HS) exceed the 1,000 career point mark with a 26-point, 11-rebound performance versus Frostburg State on Tuesday.  Wertz leads Mount Aloysius and the AMCC in scoring with an 18.9 ppg average.
 

Week of February 7, 2005


FROSTBURG STATE WOMEN CLINCH HOSTING RIGHTS FOR TOURNEY

With today's win over Hilbert and Pitt-Greensburg's loss to Medaille, the Frostburg State women have clinched first place in the AMCC and, as the #1 seed, will host the semifinal and final rounds of the conference tournament, February 25-26.  Places 2-6 are as yet undetermined, with 6 teams vying for the 5 remaining places, and it will take the games of next weekend before a conclusion is reached.  The two teams which finish first and second will receive first round byes, while #6 will travel to #3 and #4 will host #5.

Determination of the men's field will also go to the wire next weekend.  There are seven teams racing for six spots, with numerous key match-ups on tap Friday and Saturday.  Pitt-Greensburg and Penn St. Behrend are still battling for the top seed and hosting rights.  Both will receive first round byes.

PS-BEHREND AD EARNS ROBERT R. NEYLAND AWARD

Penn State Behrend's Director of Athletics Brian Streeter was named the 2004-05 recipient of the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award.   Streeter was recognized at the sixty-sixth Banquet of Champions, held in Princeton, N.J., by the All-Amercian Football
Foundation. This award recognizes an individual for his ongoing support of college athletics and his continued support of college football. Through his involvement as president of the  Eastern College Athletic Conference, Streeter continues to show support for the growth of college football and the recognition of its coaches and student-athletes through the All-American Foundation.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 7

Men's Basketball:
 Duke Cooper, Pitt-Greensburg
Women's Basketball:  Amanda Walling, Medaille

MTA'S OHLER HITS 1,000 CAREER POINTS

Mount Aloyius junior forward Justin Ohler (Stoystown, PA/North Star HS) surpassed the 1,000 point mark for his career in the Mounties' loss to Pitt-Bradford on Saturday.  Ohler currently leads the AMCC in both scoring (21.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg).
 

Week of January 31, 2005


TWO AMCC COACHES EARN 200TH WIN ON SAME NIGHT

Penn State Behrend's head women's coach Roz Fornari  and Andy Moore, Pitt-Bradford's head men's coach, both earned coaching victory number 200 this evening.    Fornari reached her milestone as the Behrend Lions defeated visiting Penn St. Altoona.  The all-time leader in basketball coaching victories at Behrend, Fornari posts an impressive career mark of 200-116. She is only the fourth coach in Behrend history to surpass the two-hundred win plateau.  Moore got his 200th victory at home versus Mount Aloysius College.  As the winningest coach in any sport at Pitt-Bradford, his career record is now 200-120.

HILBERT TO SPONSOR "TAKE A KID TO THE GAME" NIGHT

The Hilbert College athletic department is inviting all area youth to attend the Hawks' upcoming basketball doubleheader on Saturday, February 5th, as Hilbert College hosts AMCC rival Medaille College in NCAA Basketball’s 10th Anniversary "Take A Kid to the Game" (TAKG) day celebration.  All youth (8th grade and under) will receive free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket.   The women’s team will begin the twin-bill at 2:00 p.m., immediately followed by the men’s game. 

 

Mascots Sabretooth, Buster Bison, and the Hilbert College Hawk will be on hand throughout the afternoon.  All fans will also be treated to a free shooting clinic from Western New York’s Tim “The Target” Sullivan in between the doubleheader.  Radio Station WSPQ-AM 1330 will broadcast both games on Saturday.

UPG'S MENHORN NAMED TO D3HOOPS.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg women’s basketball freshman guard/ forward Tiffany Menhorn (Greensburg, PA/Greater Latrobe) has been named to the D3Hoops.com ‘Team of the Week’ for the games of January 24 -30, 2005.  Menhorn becomes only the school’s second female basketball player to earn such an honor.   Menhorn contributed in every phase of the game in a 3-0 week for the Bobcats, averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 3.3 steals per game.

FSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL BREAKS INTO REGIONAL RANKINGS


The Frostburg State University women's basketball team is sixth in the latest NCAA Division III Atlantic Region rankings.  This is the first time the Bobcats have been regionally ranked since 1999, when they were as high as third. The team is currently 15-4 overall and 12-2 against in-region foes.  FSU sits atop the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings with a perfect 12-0 mark.
The Bobcats have won eight in a row, its longest streak since a 10-game run during the 1998-99 season, and its overall record is the best since 1996-97 when it opened 17-2 en route to a 23-3 finish and an appearance in the NCAA tournament

PITT-BRADFORD WOMEN SET REBOUND RECORD

The Pitt-Bradford women's basketball team set a single-game rebound
record in a 55-39 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference victory over
Hilbert College at the Sports & Fitness Center on Tuesday.

Megan Richards and Samantha Groller had 13 boards each as the Lady
Panthers accumulated 67 rebounds, which eclipsed the mark of 63 set in
1995.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 31

The Frostburg St. women have taken charge of their standings with an 11-0 conference record, while the Pitt-Greensburg women extended their home win streak to 21 in a row.  Meanwhile, the men's race still shows no clear favorite but lots of contenders.  Here are the players of the week for January 31:

Women's Basketball:  Tiffany Menhorn, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Basketball:  Reggie Richardson, Lake Erie

LAKE ERIE'S WILLIAMS TIES STEALS RECORD

Lake Erie Colelge sophomore guard Robert Williams (Richmond Hts., OH) tied the school record for steals with seven in the Storm's 92-68 AMCC victory at
Medaille on Saturday.
 

Week of January 24, 2005


ALL THREE AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HONORED BY THE ECAC

Tracey Little of Frostburg State, Amanda Baker of Medaille and Sean Kenney of Hilbert have all been named ECAC Div. III South Region Players of the Week.  It is the second straight week that the AMCC has earned player of the week honors on the women's side, and the second time this season for the men.

Little led the Bobcats to a 2-0 week in conference play, averaging 20.5 ppg and 13.5 rpg on 50% (16-32) shooting.  The senior earned her ninth and tenth double-doubles of the season (21 pts./11 rebs. vs. PS-Altoona, 20 pts./16 rebs. vs. conference #2 Pitt-Greensburg).  Little moved into seventh place all-time on the Frostburg State scoring list, passing two players with Sunday's win.  Her career total is now 1,374 points.

In three AMCC road games, Baker led the Mavericks to a 2-1 record, including a 71-70 victory over defending champion PS-Behrend.  Baker racked up 3 consecutive double-doubles:  17 pts./10 rebs. vs. Behrend, 13 pts./17 rebs. vs. PS-Altoona, and a school record (men or women) 39 pts. and 11 rebs. against Mount Aloysius.  She closed the week with 23.0 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 2.7 spg and a 55.8% shooting percentage.

Kenney averaged 25.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting 57% (26-46) from the field as the Hawks had a 3-0 week in conference play.  The senior forward led the Hawks with a double-double  (25 pts., 10 rebs.) in a win at home over Pitt-Bradford, then followed up with a career-high 32 points, including 5 three-pointers, in a victory on the road against Mt. Aloysius. 

PENN STATE ALTOONA TO HOST "SUPPORT THE TROOPS" NIGHT

On Tuesday, February 1st the Penn State Altoona Athletic Department will host "Support the Troops" Night when the men’s and women’s basketball teams take on AMCC rival Frostburg State at Adler Gymnasium. Items will be collected to send to the men and women serving in the armed forces in Kuwait. All those who bring one or more items for the troops will receive free admission to both the men’s and women’s games and will also be entered to win Penn State Altoona items. Prizes will be awarded during half-time of each game.

Kuwait is the current location of Penn State Altoona athletic trainer Sue Barkman, a member of the Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center in Ebensburg, PA who was deployed for one year of active duty in December.  Barkman is a hospital corpsperson currently working out of a fleet hospital in an undisclosed location. There are thousands of men and women staying at the camp where Barkman is located; 8,000 – 15,000 depending on the week and surges and movement. Donations will be sent not only for the troops working at the camp, but to the patients there as well.

PITT-BRADFORD SENIOR TIES SCHOOL RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS

Senior Jeff McMahon (Portville, NY) tied a school record with nine three-pointers in an 80-46 AMCC win at Medaille College.  McMahon was 9-for-14 from three-point land and 10-for-15 overall from the floor for 31 points.


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 24

We're nearing the halfway mark for hoops in the AMCC.  Here are the players of the week for January 24:

Women's Basketball:  Tracey Little Frostburg St. and Amanda Baker, Medaille
Men's Basketball:  Sean Kenney, Hilbert

HILBERT WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM RECEIVES SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD  

The Hilbert College women’s soccer team has been recognized as one of seven soccer programs to receive the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) “Gold” Ethics Award.  The Award was presented this past weekend at the organization’s 58th annual convention in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Recipients two out of the past three years, the Hawks are being awarded the Gold Award for not having any yellow cautions or red send-off cards during the course of the 2004 season. 
 

Week of January 17, 2005


PENN ST.-BEHREND'S ADEN IS ECAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Penn St. Behrend sophomore Tenesha Aden (Sandy Lake, PA/Lake View HS) is the AMCC's first women's basketball player to be honored by the ECAC this season.  The sophomore guard was recognized as Co-Player of the Week for the Div. III South Region.  Aden led the way in a 2-0 week for the Behrend Lions, averaging 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting a stellar 68% (13-19) from the field and 90% (18-20) from the line.  She has averaged 20+ points the past 4 contests.  Aden currently leads the AMCC in FG% (55.2%) and is ranked third in scoring (16.5 ppg).

HILBERT'S GIOIA SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT

Senior Sam Gioia (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) became Hilbert College's seventh 1,000-point scorer with 18 points in the Hawks' 77-66 victory over AMCC foe the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Tuesday. 

LAKE ERIE'S RICHARDSON BREAKS SCHOOL ASSIST RECORD

Lake Erie junior guard Reggie Richardson (Bronx, NY/Woodrow Wilson,Ohio) broke the school's single game record for assists with 14 in the Storm's 89-63 win over Penn State-Altoona.  Richardson, who currently leads the conference in assists per game (4.83), topped the 14-year-old record previously held by Dave Whittington by one assist.

PITT-GREENSBURG'S WATKINS SETS SINGLE GAME STEALS RECORD

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior men’s basketball guard Nate
Watkins (Pittsburgh, PA/Schenley)
broke the school’s single-game record for
steals with 11 in his team’s 85-69 win at AMCC foe Hilbert College on Saturday. 
The 11 steals broke his own school record of seven set in 2003 against Scranton University.  Watkins is the school’s career leader with 190 steals, and holds the single season record with 62.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 17

Another busy week of basketball in the AMCC, and the standings are stating to take shape.  Here are the players of the week for January 17:

Women's Basketball:  Tenesha Aden, Penn State Behrend
Men's Basketball:  Demetris Pringle, La Roche
 

Week of January 10, 2005


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 10

AMCC basketball competition returns to full speed after the holiday break.  Here are the players of the week for January 10:

Men's Basketball:  Devin Taylor, La Roche
Women's Basketball:
 Tara Stock, Penn State Altoona

PITT-GREENSBURG WOMEN SET SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS

With their win over Lake Erie College Saturday night, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg women's basketball team earned a record 17th win in a row at home, a streak that dates back to February 26, 2003.  The mark eclipses the previous record of 16 set from January 28, 2002 through February 13, 2003.  Pitt-Greensburg has now won 33 of their last 34 contests in Chambers Hall Gymnasium.
 

Week of January 3, 2005


UPG'S CONLON NAMED ECAC SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Pitt-Greensburg senior forward Kevin Conlon (Altoona, PA/Bellwood-Antis HS) has been named the ECAC Div. III South Region Player of the Week.  Conlon registered a career-high 40 points, tying a school-record with 17 made field goals, and just missed the school’s first ‘triple-double’ with 13 rebounds and nine assists as Pitt-Greensburg set a school-record for points in a 154-142 loss to the University of Redlands. Conlon followed it up with a 20 point performance on 9 of 18 shooting from the field in a four-point double-overtime loss to Chapman.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 3

Pitt-Greensburg was particularly busy over the holiday break.  Here are the players of the week for January 3:

Women's Basketball:  Tish Hines, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Basketball:  Kevin Conlon, Pitt-Greensburg

THREE AMCC SOCCER PLAYERS NAMED TO NSCAA REGIONAL ACADEMIC TEAM

Frostburg State University senior forward Karen Kotofski (Glen Burnie, MD) and Hilbert College senior midfielder Jessica Macri (Lewiston, NY) have been named to the 2004 NSCAA/adidas College Women Scholar All-East Region Team.  Kotofski, the three-time AMCC Player of the Year, earned second team honors while Macri, a second team All-AMCC selection, was named to the third team.  For the men, Pitt-Greensburg senior midfielder and three time All-AMCC first team member David Tintera (Harrison City, PA) received honorable mention recognition.
 

Week of December 27, 2004


UPG MEN SET SCORING RECORDS IN WEST COAST LOSS

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg men’s basketball team set several
school records in a 154-142 loss to the University of Redlands on December
18. The Bobcats shattered the previous team-high for points in a game (110), set against Mt. Aloysius on December 3, 2003, as well as field goals made with 61, more than the 46 set against Mt. Aloysius the same date.  Pitt-Greensburg also set a school-record for points allowed, eclipsing the previous mark of 117 set against York College (PA) on December 4, 2000.

Senior guard Kevin Conlon (Altoona, PA/Bellwood-Antis) tied a school-record for
field goals made, connecting on 17.  Conlon nearly missed the school’s first triple-double scoring a career-high 40 points, while adding 13 rebounds, and nine assists.
 

Week of December 13, 2004


HILBERT HIRES NEW BASEBALL COACH

Randy Cialone
has been named the head baseball coach at Hilbert College. Cialone takes over a team that finished 6-18 overall, but an impressive
5-2 in Northeastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play in 2004.  The first-year head coach was previously an assistant with the Hawks from 2000 thru 2002, where he instructed hitting and infield.  He also served as a base coach, and helped with recruiting.  Cialone has coached a variety of different youth teams, served as a youth instructor for a number of youth organizations, and has been an instructor at the prestigious Doyle School of Baseball.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 13

Mount Aloysius College, the AMCC's newest member, stepped to the fore last week on the basketball court.  Here are the players of the week for December 13:

Women's Basketball:  Missy Wertz, Mount Aloysius
Men's Basketball:  Justin Ohler, Mount Aloysius
 

Week of December 6, 2004


SOCCER HONORS CONTINUE IN THE AMCC

Two AMCC women's soccer teams and three men's players have received additional honors for the 2004 season.

The Hilbert College and Lake Erie College women's teams were among 363 intercollegiate soccer programs (73 men, 290 women) which posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2003-04 academic year, thereby earning the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Team Academic Award.

Three men's players also received post-season accolades.  Penn State Behrend junior defender Dan Bash (Pittsburgh, PA/Thomas Jefferson), University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg junior forward
Adam Zeleznick (South Park, PA/South Park), and Penn State Altoona junior goalkeeper Tim Wassell (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg) were selected to the 2004 NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Men’s Soccer All-Region Team.  Bash was named to the second team, while Zeleznick and Wassell made the third team.  All three players were members of the AMCC first team.  This was the first time on the all-region team for Bash and Wassell, while it is Zeleznick's third consecutive appearance.


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 6

Conference play is underway!  Frostburg State and La Roche are undefeated on the women's side, while La Roche and Lake Erie lead the men with two wins apiece.  Here are the players of the week for December 6:

Men's Basketball:  Jared Clough, Penn State Behrend
Women's Basketball:
 Tracey Little, Frostburg State
 

Week of November 29, 2004


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 29

With the Thanksgiving holiday, it was an abbreviated week of play in the AMCC.  Here are the players of the week for November 29:

Men's Basketball:
 Jason Peterson, Frostburg State
Women's Basketball:  Samantha Groller, Pitt-Bradford
 

Week of November 22, 2004


FSU'S KOTOFSKI, UPG'S TINTERA NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

Frostburg State University senior forward
Karen Kotofski (Glen Burnie, Md./Northeast)  and University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior midfielder David Tintera (Harrison City, PA/Penn-Trafford) have been named to the 2004 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America®  Soccer Team (College Division) as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Kotofski was one of 11 players voted to the national women's first team and is the first-ever Bobcat women’s soccer player to earn top national academic honors.   Kotofski, who owns a 3.713 grade point average in early childhood/elementary education, was named to the Academic All-District II First Team earlier this month. She was a second-team All-District selection in both her sophomore and junior seasons.  This fall, Kotofski was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year for the second straight year after setting a Bobcat single-season record with 54 points on 21 goals and 12 assists. She surpassed the former mark of 53 points she set in 2003.

Tintera was selected to the men's third team, having scored 38 points on the season, while leading the Bobcats to a 13-6-2 overall record, the school’s second AMCC title, and NCAA Division III Tournament berth. Tintera is an Applied Mathematics major with a 3.46 GPA, and earned First Team All-District honors earlier in the season. He finished his career as Pitt-Greensburg’s career leader in games played (81), and assists (47), while finishing second in points (135), goals (44), and game-winning goals (10).

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 22

Hoops are here!  As are the players of the week for November 22...
Men's Basketball:  Kevin Conlon, Pitt-Greensburg
Women's Basketball:  Tish Hines, Pitt-Greensburg

PITT-GREENSBURG PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS

Junior Tish Hines and senior Kevin Conlon  were named to their respective all-tournament teams this past weekend.  Hines (Clairton, PA/Clairton) was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Grove City Classic held November 19-20 at Grove City College. She averaged 15.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, and 3.5 apg as the Lady Bobcats dropped a pair of contests. With his five assists in a 79-65 season-opening loss to Kean University on Friday, Conlon (Altoona, PA/Bellwood-Antis) became the school’s career assist leader, surpassing the previous mark of 200 set by Clyde Manns (1996-98, 2000). Conlon’s career total now stands at 205. Conlon averaged 17.5 ppg, 4.0 apg, and 3.5 rpg as the Bobcats placed third in the Rose City Classic.

 

Week of November 15, 2004


PENN ST. BEHREND LEADS AMCC PRESIDENTS' CUP STANDINGS

With 43 points, Penn State Behrend leads the AMCC in the Presidents' Cup standings at the conclusion of the fall sports season.  The Behrend Lions, which won three of seven conference championships in the fall and were runners-up in three more, are followed in the rankings by Penn State Altoona with 39 points, and Frostburg State University with 35 points.
For the complete standings, click here.
 

Week of November 8, 2004


AMCC ANNOUNCES BASKETBALL COACHES POLLS:
PITT-GREENSBURG TOPS THE MEN, REPEAT PREDICTED FOR PENN STATE BEHREND WOMEN
           

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men's basketball coaches have chosen the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg to win the league championship this season, while Penn State Behrend is the favorite to repeat as AMCC women's basketball champion, according to the league’s pre-season coaches’ poll.
 
Pitt-Greensburg senior guard Kevin Conlon (Bellwood-Antis HS/Altoona, PA) is the coaches' selection as Men’s Preseason Player of the Year.  Conlon has been a member of the all-conference first team the past two seasons.  Last year he averaged 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.96 assists and 1.58 steals to help UPG to a 14-13 record.  Frostburg State University senior guard/forward Tracey Little (La Vale, MD/ Allegany) was the coaches’ consensus pick as Women’s Preseason Player of the Year for the second straight season.  Little led the league in scoring (20.2 ppg) and rebounding (11.2 rpg) in 2003-04.
 
 
For a team-by-team season preview, click here:
Men's Basketball                Women's Basketball

FROSTBURG WOMEN DROP SALISBURY IN NCAA VOLLEYBALL

Frostburg State University won its first round match in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional today, defeating Salisbury University, 3-1.  The Bobcats will next face Juniata College on Friday.  The regional tournament is being held at Gettysburg College.

TWO AMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT II SOCCER TEAMS

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has placed two student-athletes on the 2004 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District II College Division Soccer Teams.   University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior midfielder David Tintera (Harrison City, PA/Penn-Trafford HS) and Frostburg State University senior forward Karen Kotofski (Glen Burnie, MD/Northeast HS) were both named to the first team.

First Team All-District members become eligible for consideration for the CoSIDA Academic All-American team.

Tintera averaged 2.0 points per game this season, leading the Bobcats to 13-5-1 overall record and the AMCC title. He is an Applied Mathematics major with a 3.46 GPA.  Kotofski led the AMCC in scoring, averaging  2.83 ppg, and helped the Bobcats to their third consecutive conference championship.  She is an Elementary Education major with a 3.71 GPA.

To be nominated for the Verizon Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on his or her  team.  The College Division of District II consists of all non-NCAA Division I institutions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


FROSTBURG ST., PS-BEHREND ADVANCES IN WOMEN'S POST-SEASON PLAY; PITT-GREENSBURG AND PS-ALTOONA MEN ELIMINATED

Frostburg St. took down Westminster, 1-1 (PK 5-3) in the first round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament, advancing to the second round against Christopher Newport on Saturday.  The Penn St. Behrend women's soccer team defeated La Roche, 4-0,  in the first round of the ECAC South Region Tournament and will travel to Carnegie Mellon to play the Tartans in the semifinals on Saturday at 7:30pm.  On the men's side, Pitt-Greensburg fell to Westminster in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 1-0.  Penn St. Altoona lost to Washington & Jefferson in the opening round of the ECAC South Region Tournament, also by a 1-0 margin.

THREE AMCC TEAMS MAKE ECAC SOCCER TOURNAMENT

Two women's teams and one men's team will represent the AMCC in the ECAC south region soccer tournaments this week.  For the women, #6 seed Penn St. Behrend will host #3 La Roche College on Wednesday at 2pm in a re-match of their AMCC semifinal game.  For the men, Penn State Altoona is the top seed and will host #8 Washington and Jefferson, also on Wednesday, at 5pm.

NCAA TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED

The following NCAA Div. III tournament pairings have been announced:

VOLLEYBALL:  Thurs., Nov. 11
Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by Gettysburg College
Frostburg St. vs. Salisbury

WOMEN'S SOCCER:  Wed., Nov. 10
First Round:  Frostburg St. at Westminster

MEN'S SOCCER:  Wed., Nov. 10 - 1pm
First Round:  Westminster at Pitt-Greensburg

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR NOVEMBER 8

Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Erin Carraghan, Frostburg St.
Goalkeeper of the Week - Kelly Jones, Frostburg St.
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Justin Innocent, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper of the Week - John Harshman, Pitt-Greensburg
Volleyball:
Player of the Week - Carrie Ness, Frostburg St.

FALL CHAMPIONS CROWNED:  FROSTBURG ST.  TAKES VOLLEYBALL,
WOMEN'S SOCCER; PITT-GREENSBURG WINS MEN'S SOCCER

In a historic day for the AMCC, three champions were crowned which will receive the conference's automatic bid to their respective NCAA tournaments.

In volleyball, Frostburg State overcame Penn State Behrend, 3-0, to earn their third straight title.  The Bobcats' Lauren Petrick was named Player of the Year.  Also honored were Mt. Aloysius' Brianna Baker as Newcomer of the Year, and Aaron Bowers (Penn St. Altoona) and Jeff Billington (Frostburg St.) who shared the Coach of the Year award.

Frostburg State also captured their fourth straight women's soccer championship, downing Penn State Behrend in double overtime, 3-2.  FSU's Karen Kotofski was named Player of the Year for the second year in a row, and head coach Brian Parker was again named Coach of the Year.  La Roche's Nicole Booth was recognized as Newcomer of the Year.

And it came down to penalty kicks in men's soccer, where Pitt-Greensburg eventually prevailed over Penn St. Altoona.  After a scoreless 110 minutes of play, the match was decided in a 4-3 shootout.  UPG's Adam Zeleznick earned Player of the Year honors for the second time in three years.  Penn St. Altoona freshman Bryan Pierzga was named Newcomer of the Year while the Lions' John Parente was selected as Coach of the Year.

For a complete list of all-conference team honorees, click on the link found on each sport's page.  Information on NCAA and ECAC bids will be posted on Monday.

FROSTBURG ST., PENN ST. BEHREND TO MEET IN VOLLEYBALL FINALS

The AMCC volleyball title will be decided at 1:00pm Saturday when two-time defending champion Frostburg State takes on #3 Penn State Behrend in Frostburg.  The Bobcats easily handled #4 Pitt-Bradford in the first semifinal, 3-0 (30-11, 30-16, 30-6).  The conference champion  will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
 

Week of November 1, 2004


PS-BERHEND'S KNAPP, FROSTBURG'S RUBLE HEAD CROSS COUNTRY ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

Penn St. Behrend senior Jessica Knapp (Erie, PA/McDowell) and Frostburg State University freshman Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, WV/Parkersburg South) are the Runners of the Year for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.  The pair won their races at the AMCC championship meet last Saturday, and led their respective teams to conference titles.  Newcomer of the Year honors went to Penn State Altoona freshman Leann Cascino (Johnstown, PA/Bishop McCourt) and Penn St. Behrend freshman Eric DiLuzio (Erie, PA/Cathedral Prep).  Penn State Altoona women's coach Douglas Hoover and Frostburg State men's coach Randy Lowe were also recognized as Coaches of the Year.  For the complete AMCC all-conference teams, click here:     Men          Women

WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SET:  FROSTBURG ST. VS. PS-BEHREND

In a re-match of last year's finals, #1 Frostburg St. will meet #2 Penn St. Behrend on Saturday at 2pm for the AMCC championship and the right to an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.  FSU advanced today by defeating Pitt-Greensburg, 2-0.

PITT-GREENSBURG, PENN ST. ALTOONA TO MEET IN MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Top-seeded Pitt-Greensburg will host #2 Penn State Altoona in the championship of the men's soccer tournament this Saturday at 2:00pm.  UPG advanced by downing #4 Frostburg St., 2-1, while PSA got past #6 Lake Erie, 2-0.  The winner will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

One women's semifinal was decided today as well.  #2 Penn St. Behrend defeated #3 La Roche, 3-0.  #1 Frostburg St. will host #4 Pitt-Greensburg in the other semifinal on Thursday at 12n.

PENN ST. BEHREND, PITT-BRADFORD ADVANCE IN VOLLEYBALL

Seeding held true in the AMCC volleyball tournament as #3 Penn St. Behrend upended #6 Medaille, 3-0, while #4 Pitt-Bradford prevailed over #5 Pitt-Greensburg, 3-1.  The Behrend Lions next face #2 Penn State Altoona in the semifinals on Friday, and the Panthers will meet top-seed and host Frostburg State.


MEDAILLE'S CWIKLINSKI ACHIEVES 100 CAREER POINTS

It took just two seasons for Medaille College striker Cory Cwiklinski to surpass the 100 career point mark.  Cwiklinski achieved the milestone by scoring twice on Saturday in a loss to SUNYIT.  The sophomore led the nation in scoring last season with 65 points (24 goals, 17 assists) and this season picked up 37 more (15 goals, 7assists) to hit 102 points.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR NOVEMBER 1

Women's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Jessica Knapp, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Curt Ruble, Frostburg St.
Volleyball:
Player of the Week - Elaine Voltz, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Danielle Carter, Frostburg St.
Goalkeeper of the Week - Lindsey Kennedy, Medaille
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Ryan Zechman, Penn St. Altoona
Goalkeeper of the Week - Rich Foro, Lake Erie
 

Week of October 25, 2004


PENN ST. BEHREND WOMEN, FROSTBURG ST. MEN
WIN AMCC CROSS COUNTRY TEAM TITLES

Penn St. Behrend and Frostburg St. won team titles in cross country today.  The Behrend Lions women were led by individual champion and senior Jessica Knapp, who covered the 6K course at the Western Maryland 4-H Center in a time of 25:01.  The Frostburg St. men, who earned their fourth straight championship, followed the lead of freshman Curt Ruble, who finished the 8K race in a time of 28:42.

VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFF PICTURE COMES INTO FOCUS

The final 2 berths of the AMCC volleyball tournament were decided today, with Pitt-Greensburg and Medaille claiming the last two slots.  First round competition begins Tuesday at 7pm, with #5 Pitt-Greensburg travelling to #4 Pitt-Bradford, and #6 Medaille heading to #3 Penn St. Behrend.  The winners will advance to the semifinal round on Friday at Frostburg St.  The top seed and host Bobcats will face the winner of Pitt-Bradford/Pitt-Greensburg at 6pm, while #2 Penn St. Altoona will take on the Penn St. Behrend/Medaille winner at 8pm.  The finals are next Saturday at 1pm.  The champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

SOCCER TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF FOR MEN AND WOMEN

The first round of the AMCC men's and women's soccer tournament is complete, with semifinal action slated for Wednesday.  On the women's side, #3 La Roche dropped #6 Medaille, 2-0, and #4 Pitt-Greensburg held off #5 Penn St. Altoona, 2-1.  For the men, there was an early upset with #6 Lake Erie downing #3 La Roche, 2-1, while #4 Frostburg St. advanced by defeating #5 Penn St. Behrend, 3-1.

MEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT READY TO GO

First round games in the AMCC men's soccer tournament will commence this Saturday, with #6 Lake Erie at #3 La Roche and #5 Penn St. Behrend going to #4 Frostburg State.  #1 Pitt-Greensburg and #2 Penn St. Altoona will receive first round byes.  Next Wednesday, the winner of La Roche/Lake Erie will travel to Penn St. Altoona while the winner of Penn St. Behrend/Frostburg will visit Pitt-Greensburg.  The championship will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on Sat., Nov. 6.

PAIRINGS SET FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT

Defending champion Frostburg State is the top seed in the AMCC tournament which kicks off Saturday.  First round action features #3 La Roche College hosting #6 Medaille College with #5 Penn State Altoona traveling to #4 Pitt-Greensburg.  Frostburg St. and Penn St. Behrend, the #2 seed, will receive first round byes and play host to the winners on Wednesday.  The finals are slated for Sat., Nov. 6 at the highest remaining seed.

The men's tournament pairings will be confirmed tomorrow after the completion of the La Roche/Mt. Aloysius contest.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR OCTOBER 25

Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Herbert Obeng, Penn St. Behrend
Goalkeeper of the Week - Cory Baird, La Roche
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Lauren Lonsdale, Penn St. Altoona
Goalkeeper of the Week - Lindsey Kennedy, Medaille 
Volleyball:
Player of the Week - Lauren Petrick, Frostburg St.
Men's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Jonathan Guth, La Roche
Women's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Erin Madigan, La Roche

MEDAILLE'S BRAUNSCHEIDEL EARNS 1000TH CAREER DIG

Medaille College junior Kim Braunscheidel  registered the 1,000th dig of her career in Saturday's conference match versus Penn St. Altoona.  She currently has 1,023, a Medaille record.  Braunscheidel picked up 20 digs in the Altoona contest.

HILBERT'S MACRI CONSECUTIVE MINUTE STREAK BROKEN

After 6,289 minutes, Hilbert College senior Jessica Macri's consecutive minute streak was broken on Saturday in a game against Penn State Altoona.  Jessica's string began on September 1, 2001 and included 69 consecutive starts, 69 complete games played. Macri left the Penn-State Altoona game in the 73rd minute due to an ankle injury.

MEN'S SOCCER RECORDS SET AT PITT-GREENSBURG, PS-ALTOONA

Records were broken at two AMCC men's soccer programs last week.  Pitt-Greensburg midfielder David Tintera became the UPG career leader in games played in the Bobcats' victory over Seton Hill last week.  Meanwhile, Penn State Altoona topped a school record from 2002 when the Lions recorded their 10th team shutout last week, surpassing the previous mark of eight.
 

Week of October 18, 2004


PENN STATE BEHREND DOMINATES WOMEN'S TENNIS AWARDS

In addition to their conference championship, Penn State Behrend swept all three award categories in women's tennis.  Freshman Allison Mudrey (Hickory, PA), undefeated in conference play at #1 singles, was voted Player of the Year, while teammate Katie Ranalli (Erie, PA), the AMCC champion at both #3 singles and #2 doubles, was named Newcomer of the Year.  The Behrend Lions' Jeff Barger earned Coach of the Year honors as well.

LA ROCHE WOMEN'S SOCCER HITS 100 WINS

With a 2-0 victory over Hiram today, the La Roche women’s soccer team reached the 100-victory mark in its ninth year of competition.  Coach Miguel A. Lozano has been involved with the team from the beginning and has watched the team grow into one of the top programs in the region. “It has been exciting to watch our program improve over the years,” Coach Lozano said.

HILBERT WOMEN SET SOCCER MARKS

Two Hilbert College players achieved scoring milestones in today's 11-0 win over Pitt-Bradford.  Senior Shannon Bieniek scored 2 goals and an assist to boost her career total to a school record 101 points.  Teammate Jessica Macri also hit a career milestone.  With two assists to her credit, the senior earned her 50th career assist.

PS-ALTOONA'S GK WASSELL IS HONORED BY ECAC AGAIN

For the second time this season, Penn State Altoona goalkeeper Tim Wassell has been honored as the ECAC Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region Goalkeeper of the Week. 
Wassell's shutout streak ended at 642 mins. last week, but was good enough to boost him to ninth on the all-time list for consecutive scoreless streaks in Div. III.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR OCTOBER 18

Women's Tennis:
Player of the Week - Allison Mudrey, Penn State Behrend
Volleyball:
Player of the Week - Jodi Carpenter, Frostburg State
Men's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Curt Ruble, Frostburg State
Women's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Bonnie Axman, Frostburg State
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Michelle Greco, Hilbert
Goalkeeper of the Week - Kelly Jones, Frostburg St.
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Kenny Dotter, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper of the Week - Tim Wassell, Penn State Altoona

AMCC ANNOUNCES MEN'S GOLF AWARD WINNERS

Pitt-Bradford senior Brian Leljeldal (Towanda, PA/Towanda) has been voted AMCC Golfer of the Year to head the list of award winners for the 2004 season.  La Roche College freshman Blake Schutte (Beaver Falls, PA/Blackhawk) is the Newcomer of the Year, while James Curren, who led Penn State Behrend to the team title, is Coach of the Year.  Click here for a complete list of the all-conference team and award winners.

BEHREND LIONS EARN WOMEN'S TENNIS TITLE

The Penn State Behrend Lions swept 8 of 9 individual titles to earn their first women's tennis championship since 2000.  For complete tournament results, click here.
 

Week of October 11, 2004


PITT-GREENSBURG MEN'S SOCCER RANKED #5 IN REGION

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg men’s soccer team has been ranked #5 in the NCAA Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region in the first rankings for the 2004 season.  The NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Committee ranks 15 percent
of the eligible teams in each region.  Pitt-Greensburg currently has a record of 9-4-1 overall, 6-0 in the AMCC, and 7-2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. They have won their last six contests, and are currently in first place in the AMCC.

FROSTBURG'S KOTOFSKI BECOMES CAREER ASSIST LEADER

Senior Karen Kotofski became Frostburg State's all-time leader in assists
when she fed sophomore Danielle Carter in the 65th minute of the Bobcats'
5-0 win over AMCC foe Penn State Altoona Tuesday night. Kotofski now has 26
career assists, surpassing Erin Hawley's former mark of 25 set from
1994-1997. Kotofski also had a goal in the victory to increase school-record
totals for goals (77) and assists (180).

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR OCTOBER 11

Here are the AMCC's outstanding performers for the week of October 11:

Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Beth Ann Merry, La Roche
Goalkeeper of the Week - Dana Huether, Pitt-Greensburg
Volleyball:
Player of the Week -
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Brian Pierzga, Penn St. Altoona
Goalkeeper of the Week - Tim Wassell, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Golf:
Player of the Week:  Kevin Lazzarro, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Tennis:
Player of the Week - Charlene Russo, Frostburg St.
Women's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Leslie Gentile, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Brad Ruffo, Penn St. Behrend

Week of October 4, 2004


PENN STATE BEHREND WINS FIRST AMCC MEN'S GOLF TITLE

Penn State Behrend edged Penn State Altoona by one stroke to capture their first ever AMCC men's golf championship on Saturday, October 10.  Penn State Altoona sophomore Kevin Lazzarro defeated Behrend's Josh Loaney in a sudden-death playoff to earn medalist honors for the second year in a row.  For complete tournament results, click here.

FSU SOFTBALL AMONG TOP NFCA DIVISION III ACADEMIC TEAMS

The Frostburg State softball team is ranked among the top academic teams in NCAA Division III for the 2003-04 academic year according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The Bobcats earned a 3.185 cumulative GPA to place 48th out of 65 Division III institutions who submitted. There are over 350 colleges that sponsor softball at the Division III level.  Rankings are based on cumulative team grade-point averages submitted by NFCA member head coaches for the past academic year.

Three FSU players — Marsha Moats (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) and Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland), who both graduated last May, and current junior Megan Burner (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) were named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.


FSU MEN'S BASKETBALL RECEIVES CBOA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

The Frostburg State University men’s basketball team and Head Coach Webb Hatch were recently named recipients of the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association (CBOA) 2003-2004 Schoenfield Sportsmanship Award.   The award is presented to the college or university which, in the judgement of the CBOA membership, best exemplifies "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators."

LA ROCHE HIRES NEW COACH FOR WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

La Roche College has hired Eddie Benton, Jr. as head coach of women's basketball.  Benton is a 1997 graduate of the University of Vermont where he was a member of the basketball team.  Prior to La Roche, Benton served as an assistant coach of men's basketball at Robert Morris University for three seasons.  He takes over a program that in the 2003-04 season was 6-20 overall and 4-8 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

PENN ST.  ALTOONA'S WASSELL EARNS ECAC SOCCER HONORS

For the third time this season, an AMCC men's soccer player has been named an ECAC Mid-Atlantic Region Player or Goalkeeper of the Week.  This week it was Penn State Altoona's Tim Wassell
Wassell recorded his 4th straight shutout with over 380 scoreless minutes in a 3-0 week for the Lions.  He made 15 saves, including 9 in a 1-0 win over Carnegie Mellon, ranked #19 in the nation.  The junior leads the AMCC with a .84 goals against average.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR OCTOBER 4

AMCC play is officially underway in all team sports!  Here are the outstanding conference performers for the week of October 4:

Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Kara Struski, Penn St. Behrend
Goalkeeper of the Week - Lindsey Kennedy, Medaille
Volleyball:
Player of the Week - Jill McCoy, Mt. Aloysius
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Trevor Havey, Frostburg St.
Goalkeeper of the Week - Tim Wassell, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Curt Ruble, Frostburg St.
Women's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Katy Dorsheimer, Hilbert
Women's Tennis:
Player of the Week - Allison Schwartz, Penn St. Altoona
 

Week of September 27, 2004


PENN ST.  BEHREND AD BRIAN STREETER BEGINS TERM
AS ECAC PRESIDENT; INGOLD ALSO NAMED TO BOARD

The AMCC is now represented in two leadership positions in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). 
Brian Streeter, director of athletics at Penn State Behrend, was introduced as ECAC President for 2004-05 during the opening business session of the ECAC Fall Convention.  Also joining the Board of Directors as a Division III representative is Fredina Ingold, athletics director at Penn State Altoona.  The ECAC membership includes 323 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities from Maine to North Carolina.

PITT-GREENSBURG WOMEN'S SOCCER TIE SCHOOL SCORING RECORD

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg women’s soccer team tied a
school record for goals in a game in their 10-1 victory over Bethany College (WV) on Thursday afternoon. The 10 goals scored ties the previous high set on September 2, 2002 against Columbia Union College at the Trinity College (DC) Tournament.

LAKE ERIE'S DALY NAMED ECAC MEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Lake Erie sophomore forward Justin
Daly has earned ECAC Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region men's soccer player of the week honors.  Daly scored 4 goals in two games last week and in the process became the school's all-time career goal scoring leader (18).  He booted the game-winner in a 3-1 win over Hiram and netted the hat trick vs. Mt. Aloysius.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR SEPTEMBER 27

Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Justin Daly, Lake Erie
Goalkeeper of the Week - Matt Zirnsak, PS-Behrend
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Karen Kotofski, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper of the Week - Colleen Applebaugh, Penn St. Behrend
Volleyball:
Player of the Week - Lindsay McGuirk, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Curt Ruble, Frostburg St.
Women's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Erin Madigan, La Roche
Women's Tennis:
Player of the Week - Mindy Calvert, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Golf:
Player of the Week - Sean Buenger, Frostburg St.

AMCC SENDS TWO TEAMS TO ECAC DIV. III GOLF TOURNAMENT

The AMCC boasts two of the top three schools from the south region who will be heading to the ECAC Div. III tournament in 2 weeks.  Penn State Behrend and Frostburg State University both qualified for the event.  Pitt-Bradford's Brian Leljedal also qualified as the top scoring individual not from either of the team qualifiers.  The qualifying tournament was hosted by Penn State Altoona this past Saturday.
 

Week of September 20, 2004


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR SEPTEMBER 20

Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Justin Innocent, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper of the Week - Matt Zirnsak, PS-Behrend
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Cassie Stanz, Lake Erie
Goalkeeper of the Week - Ashley Chehovits, La Roche
Volleyball:
Player of the Week - Lauren Petrick, Frostburg St.
Men's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Joseph Norton, PS-Altoona
Women's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Jessica Knapp, PS-Behrend
Women's Tennis:
Player of the Week - Allison Mudrey, PS-Behrend
Men's Golf:
Player of the Week - Brian Leljedal, Pitt-Bradford

LAKE ERIE'S DALY BREAKS SCHOOL SCORING RECORD

Justin Daly
’s goal in the 50th minute not only proved to be the game winner in a 3-1 victory over Hiram on Wednesday, but it also put the sophomore forward atop the Lake Erie College record books for career goals.  Daly (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) put home his 18th career goal (also his fourth of the season) from nearly 30 yards out after defeating two defenders, and proved to be the game-winner.

UPG'S BERTGES SETS CAREER ACES MARK IN VOLLEYBALL

With a pair of aces in a loss to Bethany (WV), University of Pittsburgh at
Greensburg senior B.J Bertges (Plum, PA/Plum) became the school’s career leader in service aces. Bertges upped her career total to 112, eclipsing the
previous mark of 110 set by Angelica Carr (2000-2003). A four-year starter
at UPG, Bertges currently leads the squad in kills and aces.
 

Week of September 13, 2004


LA ROCHE'S BAIRD NAMED ECAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK

La Roche junior goalkeeper Cory Baird (Baldwin, PA/Baldwin) has been named the ECAC Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region Goalkeeper of the week for men's soccer.  Baird made 2 saves in overtime to help the Redhawks (3-1) to a 3-2 win on the road against Hood College.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR SEPTEMBER 13

Volleyball:
Player of the Week - Jodi Carpenter, Frostburg St.
Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Adam Zeleznick, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper of the Week - Cory Baird, La Roche
Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Danielle Carter, Frostburg St.
Goalkeeper of the Week - Colleen Applebaugh, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Bonnie Axman, Frostburg St.
Men's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Zach Kocian, Pitt-Greensburg
Women's Tennis:
Player of the Week - Jenna Yankowski, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Golf:
Player of the Week - Justin Brown, Lake Erie

MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS SET SCHOOL, CAREER  MARKS

A trio of AMCC men's soccer players recently set scoring marks.  Pitt-Greensburg junior Adam Zeleznick (Pittsburgh, PA/South Park) became the third men’s soccer player in the school’s history to reach the 100-point mark.  Zeleznick reached the mark by recording his fifth career hat trick in the Bobcats’ 3-2 victory over Grove City on September 11. The three goals gives Zeleznick 105 total points for his career. Zeleznick is also the record holder for goals in a career and goals in a single season at Pitt-Greensburg.

UPG senior midfielder David Tintera (Harrison City/Penn Trafford) became the school’s career assists leader in a 4-3 overtime victory at Allegheny College on Wednesday September 15.  Tintera notched a goal and a pair of assists, including a helper on the game-winner in the first overtime. Tintera currently has 36 assists for his career.


Meanwhile, Hilbert College senior forward Jacob Opala (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) scored an unassisted goal in Hilbert’s loss to Waynesburg on September 6, breaking the school’s career goal scoring record with 23.

 

Week of September 6, 2004


PITT-GREENBURG'S TINTERA REACHES 100 CAREER POINTS

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior David Tintera (Harrison
City, PA/Penn Trafford HS) became the second men’s soccer player in the program’s history to reach the 100-point mark in his team’s 3-2 loss to Kean
University on Saturday, September 4th.  Tintera topped the century mark
with his goal in the 65th minute. He later added an assist, and his current
total stands at 102.

HILBERT ADDS TO COACHING STAFF IN VOLLEYBALL, SOCCER

Hilbert College has announced the addition of two new coaches to the college’s athletic department.  Shannon Steinwandel will serve as the head women’s volleyball coach and the department’s facility coordinator while Tim Kronenwetter takes over as head men’s soccer coach.

Steinwandel comes to the Hamburg campus after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Bishop Timon St. Jude High School in Buffalo.  Steinwandel was responsible for all related duties associated with the varsity and junior varsity programs.  A St. Bonaventure University graduate, she played Division I lacrosse for the Bonnies before earning a BA in Psychology.  She later earned a physical education teaching certificate. 

Kronenwetter arrives at Hilbert after spending the past ten years coaching youth soccer and serving as the Cheektowaga Soccer Director.  His Cheektowaga Cougars team won a division title and his Cheektowaga Revolution program finished in first place during his tenure.  He has also served as the girls head coach for the Exceptional Seniors Program for the past four years.   

Previously Kronenwetter served as the assistant men’s soccer coach at NCAA Division III Buffalo State College.  Kronenwetter helped the Bengals to a 9-11 record during the 1999 season while working primarily with the goaltenders.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR SEPTEMBER 6

The fall season is officially underway as the AMCC went into action across the region.  Here are the players of the week for September 6:

Women's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Jen McIntosh, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper of the Week - Haly Wheeler, Penn St. Altoona

Men's Soccer:
Player of the Week - Daniel Pajic, La Roche College
Goalkeeper of the Week - Tim Wassell, Penn St. Altoona

Volleyball:
Player of the Week - Mary Helak, Medaille College

Men's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Brad Ruffo, Penn St. Behrend

Women's Cross Country:
Runner of the Week - Jessica Knapp, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of August 30, 2004


CROSS COUNTRY COACHES FAVOR BEHREND WOMEN,
FROSTBURG MEN TO TAKE AMCC CROWNS

Penn State Behrend is the AMCC coaches' near-unanimous choice to earn their second women's cross country conference title, while the defending men's team champion,  Frostburg State University, is once again the favorite to win the AMCC men's cross country title this season.

Preseason Runner of the Year honors were awarded to Penn State Behrend senior Jessica Knapp (McDowell HS/Erie, PA), 2003's AMCC Runner of the Year, and Frostburg State junior Ed May (La Plata HS/La Plata, MD), the 2003 AMCC Runner of the Year.

For more information, click here:      Men' Poll          Women's Poll

The AMCC championship meet will be hosted by Frostburg State University on Saturday, October 30.

PITT-GREENSBURG HIRES SWA/HEAD SOFTBALL COACH

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Athletics Department announces the addition of a new full-time staff member to its department. Erica Exler was recently hired to the positions of Head Softball Coach, Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach, and Senior Woman Administrator.

Exler comes to Pitt-Greensburg after one season as the Head Softball Coach at Plum Senior High School, where she led the Mustangs to an 8-9 overall record. Prior to Plum, Exler was a standout pitcher at Geneva College, where she served as team captain during her last two seasons. A graduate of Springdale High School, she earned All-American honors on two separate occasions, as well as being named All-Conference twice, in addition to AMC Freshman of the Year in 1999 while playing for the Golden Tornadoes. A 2003 NAIA Scholar-Athlete, Exler earned a degree in Educational Science. She was also a three-year starter for the Geneva College volleyball team.
 

Week of August 23, 2004


PITT-GREENSBURG ADDS THREE TO COACHING STAFF

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Athletics Department recently added three new members to its staff.

Kirk Albrect was hired as an assistant coach for men’s and women’s soccer. He is responsible for coaching the goalkeepers. Albrect brings five seasons of high school coaching experience, including stints at McKeesport High School and most recently Norwin High School, in addition to one season of collegiate coaching experience. He was also a letter winner in soccer at Syracuse University and played club soccer in Amman, Jordan.

Rich Romano will serve as assistant coach for the men’s and women’s cross country programs. Romano, a four-year letter winner in cross country at St. Vincent College, spent two summers as a counselor at Five Star Cross Country Camp in Glen Spey, NY.

Tara Campbell begins her first season as the head coach for both the cheerleading squad and the dance team at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Campbell, a 2004 graduate of UPG, was a two-year member of the dance team and served as a captain this past season.

PENN STATE BEHREND ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME SELECTIONS

Penn State Behrend has announced the five members of the 2004 Hall of Fame Class: Anne Bonner, Wendy (Ebinger) Sunderman, Eric Good, Don Plyler, and Byron Thorne. 

Anne Bonner (1990-94) and teammate Wendy (Ebinger) Sunderman formed an awesome 1-2 punch that led the women's basketball program to the most successful three-year run in the history of the sport. The pair led the team to the school's first ECAC championship, their first NCAA Tournament
appearance and win. and helped set a school record for wins with an impressive 23-4 record.

Eric Good (1990-94) remains one of the most successful men's tennis players in the history of the program. Good, a very gifted player, still sits atop the Behrend Lions all-time statistical leaders. He led the men's program to a school-record 14 wins in 1993 and 13 wins a year later.

Don Plyler (1990-94) and teammate Byron Thorne were two of the best to ever run the court in Erie Hall. Plyler directed the team from the guard position and was an outstanding long-distance shooter.  As a senior, Thorne named to the Division III News All-America team, a first in Behrend basketball history.
 

Week of August 16, 2004


FALL SPORT PRESEASON COACHES' POLLS ANNOUNCED

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference announces the results of its preseason coaches’ polls for men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. 

MEN'S SOCCER  predicted order of finish (top 3):
1. Frostburg State University
2. Penn St. Erie/Behrend College
3. University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg 
Preseason Player of the Year:
Junior F Adam Zeleznick ( HS/Pittsburgh, PA), Pitt-Greensburg

Click here for more information

WOMEN'S SOCCER predicted order of finish (top 3):
1. Frostburg State University
2. Penn St. Erie/Behrend College
3. University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Preseason Player of the Year:
Senior F Karen Kotofski (Northeast HS/Glen Burnie, MD), Frostburg State

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WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL predicted order of finish (top 3):
1. Frostburg State University
2. Penn State Erie/Behrend College
3. University of Pittsburgh at Bradford 
Preseason Player of the Year:
Senior OH Lauren Petrick (North Caroline HS/Denton, MD), Frostburg State

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The AMCC welcomes three new members to the conference this season:  Hilbert College (Hamburg, NY), Medaille College (Buffalo, NY), and Mt. Aloysius College (Cresson, PA).  The conference champion will receive an automatic bid to the national tournament in all three sports for the first time beginning this season.

PITT-BRADFORD ADDS TWO TO SOCCER COACHING STAFF

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has hired two new soccer coaches.

Effective August 1, Abby Crumpton has taken over the women's soccer program for the departed Peter Butler (9 years: 44-107-3).  Crumpton earned a B.A. in sports management and communications from the University of Michigan in 2003.  She was a four-year starter for the Lady Wolverines and is the all-time  point scorer with 43 goals and 30 assists. She was named Big Ten Women's Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2002 and was First Team All-Big Ten in 1999, 2001 and 2002. While playing at Michigan, Crumpton was an assistant coach at Brighton (MI) High School for two years, and also played for the WUSA's Atlanta Beat in 2003.

Also on August 1, Kevin Perrigo replaced Butler (15 years: 74-189-4) as head coach of the men's soccer team.  Perrigo attended Utica College and then received his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary/Special Education from Keuka College in 1998. He was an All-American nomination in 1994, and the captain of the Keuka men's team in '96 and '97.  Perrigo earned a Master of Science in Education from Walden University in August.  He was the assistant women's coach at Niagara University from 1999-2001,  the assistant women's coach at Binghamton University from 2001-02 and then the girls' varsity head coach (26-7-6) at Oswego High School from 2002-03.
 

Week of August 2, 2004


PENN STATE ALTOONA HIRES NEW MEN'S GOLF COACH

Tom Koehle
is no stranger to Penn State Altoona, and certainly no stranger to the men’s golf team at Ivyside. After completing a successful career as a member of the Lions golf team, the 23-year-old returns to the program, but this time in a slightly different role.  Koehle was recently named as the new head men’s golf coach, becoming only the second head coach in the program’s six year history, taking over the reins from Greg Johnson.   

The Altoona native is inheriting a golf team that is coming off one of the most successful seasons for any sport in school history, having won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference as well as the ECAC Southern Regional Championship.

Koehle is currently working as an assistant golf pro at Toftrees Golf club in State College where he specializes in junior, group, and individual instruction. Over the past two years he has also assisted both State College Area High School and Altoona Area High School golf programs.
 

Week of July 19, 2004


FORMER PIT-BRADFORD SOCCER PLAYER LOSES BATTLE TO RARE ILLNESS

Matt Zapel,
a former Pitt-Bradford soccer player, passed away on July 16 at the Kindred Hospital in Los Angeles, California where he was receiving treatment for a rare condition known as chondroid chordoma.   He competed for three seasons at Pitt-Bradford, and fell short of finishing his degree by one semester.  He was 23 years old.

"Matt fought this long, arduous battle in a valiant way that was so typical of him," said Pitt-Bradford Athletic Director Lori Mazza.  "Words cannot express the way the people of Bradford feel about this horrible loss.  Our hearts are heavy and sad for his family and friends.  We shall never forget the impact his life had on each of our own lives.  We are all better people for knowing Matt."
 

Week of July 12, 2004


TWO AMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES RECEIVE NCAA POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN

Kim Faust, a 2003 graduate of Frostburg State University, and Megan Valentine, a 2004 graduate of Medaille College, have each been awarded
an NCAA Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.

Faust, who will pursue her master’s degree in exercise science at Syracuse University, will receive a $6,000 award for the 2004-05 academic year.  One of the top female athletes to play at FSU, Faust was a three-sport star for the Bobcats from 1999 to 2003, excelling in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse.  She was named the school's Female Athlete of the Year as a senior.

 

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