2005-06 NEWS ARCHIVE
 

Week of May 22, 2006


PITT-BRADFORD'S FULLER RESIGNS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL POST

Dalyann Fuller, head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for six years, has resigned to pursue a graduate degree in sport management at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Fuller, who spent her first two years at Pitt-Bradford as assistant coach, compiled an overall record of 48-82 and an AMCC record of 38-46. She led the Lady Panthers to the AMCC playoffs every year.

BANASZEK HAS STRONG FINISH AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Behrend Lions senior Staci Banaszek (Erie, PA/Harborcreek) cleared 5' 5.75" and took ninth place in the high jump at the 2006 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships held at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.  Her ninth place finish is the highest ever finish for a Penn State Behrend athlete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

The AMCC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Banaszek finished just off her outdoor school record of 5' 6" which she set earlier in the season.  Only five athletes jumped beyond 5' 5.75" but Banaszek missed out on a tie for sixth place due to championship tiebreakers based on number of missed jumps.  She caps a spectacular career at Behrend as the school record holder in the high, long, and triple jump events for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.  For the 2005-2006 school year, she was named the Behrend  Female Athlete of the Year as well as the Behrend Scholar Athlete of the Year. 

PENN ST. BEHREND MEN'S SOCCER HEADING TO GERMANY

The Penn St. Behrend men's soccer will be leaving for Munich, Germany in mid-June for a full week of soccer action.  The trip will  include three games against local European competition.  The team will experience a full tour of three historic European soccer cities.  After arriving and spending three days in Munich, the team will travel to Salzburg, Austria for three nights, and finally to Vienna, Austria for two nights.  "Our group is excited to be part of the World Cup in Germany.  To be embedded into the host countries' soccer culture will certainly help to broaden our players perspective of the game and world," said coach Dan Perritano.

PSB'S ELZER IS BASEBALL ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN

Penn State Behrend senior outfielder Shane Elzer (Washington/ Trinity) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America All-District Team.  A first team All-AMCC selection, he led the conference doubles (18), and ranked in the top five in on base percentage, batting average (.406), and in runs batted in (39).  Elzer was the 2005-06 Behrend Male Athlete of the Year, and was selected by his teammates in back-to-back season's as the baseball program's MVP.
 
HOLLISTER NAMED ABCA ALL-REGION PITCHER OF THE YEAR
 
Frostburg State senior Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) has been  named the 2006 American Baseball Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year. He was also one of four pitchers selected to the ABCA all-region first team.
 
The AMCC Co-Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, Hollister capped a stellar career for FSU posting a 10-1 record and one save in 15 appearances this spring. In 86.2 innings of work, he struck out 80 batters, had a 2.18 earned run average and threw two shutouts. He also limited opponents to a .198 batting average.  He is currently 13th in the NCAA Division III ranks in wins and 74th in ERA.  For his career, Hollister is 26-7 overall with 230 strikeouts and a 2.98 ERA.
 

Week of May 15, 2006


FROSTBURG STATE  ENDS RUN IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

Frostburg State fell to Montclair State, 7-2, ending their season with a strong overall showing in the NCAA tournament.  The Bobcats, seeded seventh, pulled off two upsets of higher ranked teams en route to a 2-2 record in the Mid-Atlantic Regional.  They finished their season as AMCC champions with a 29-13 record.

FROSTBURG STATE  STAYS ALIVE IN  NCAA MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL;
PENN STATE BEHREND FALLS TO KEYSTONE IN ECAC SOUTH TOURNEY

Frostburg State sophomore Brett Mitchell knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to help the Bobcats upend Gwynedd-Mercy, 3-2,  and continue their run in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.  Sophomore John Micklus got the complete game win.  FSU faces Montclair State tonight at 7pm, a team they defeated 6-2 earlier in the double elimination tournament.

Meanwhile, #3 Penn St. Behrend could not fend off #2 Keystone College, dropping a 4-0 decision in the ECAC South Region Tournament.  The Behrend Lions concluded their season at 28-17-1.

FROSTBURG STATE  IS 1-1 IN NCAA MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL

After defeating the #2 seed, AMCC baseball champion Frostburg State University finds itself on the brink of elimination in the NCAA Div. III Mid-Atlantic Regional.  The Bobcats defeated Montclair State on Wednesday, then lost today to #3 seed Kean University, 12-5.  FSU will face #4 Gwynedd-Mercy at 8:00pm tonight, and must win to avoid elimination.

Frostburg State pulled off a stunning upset in their first game by downing #2  Montclair State.  Led by AMCC Co-Player of the Year Billye Hollister, the Bobcats defeated MSU, 6-2.  Hollister pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just one run, while Allen Peake knocked in Art Barone three times to spark the offense.  The Bobcats had a 4-0 lead over Kean before allowing 10 unearned runs.

PENN ST. BEHREND WINS FIFTH PRESIDENTS' CUP

Penn State Behrend won their fifth AMCC Presidents' Cup in six years, an award which recognizes overall competitive excellence in the conference.  The Behrend Lions finished five points ahead of Frostburg State University, the only other AMCC school to win the award in the history of the conference.

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for the complete Presidents' Cup standings and list of team champions.

#2 FROSTBURG STATE  TAKES DOWN #2 MONTCLAIR STATE
IN NCAA MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL

AMCC baseball champion Frostburg State University might be an underdog in the NCAA Div. III Mid-Atlantic regional, but try telling that to #2 Montclair State.  Led by AMCC Co-Player of the Year Billye Hollister, the Bobcats defeated MSU, 6-2.  Hollister pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just one run, while Allen Peake knocked in Art Barone three times to spark the offense.  Frostburg State advances to the winners' bracket where they will face the winner of the #6 Alvernia vs. #3 Kean game on Thursday.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  May 15

Frostburg State captures its second AMCC crown in three years and advance to the NCAA Div. III Mid-Atlantic Regional.  Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for May 15:

Baseball
Player:
 Kyle Mahan, Frostburg State
Pitcher: John Micklus, Frostburg State

FROSTBURG STATE EARNS #7 SEED IN MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL

AMCC baseball champion Frostburg State University is the #7 seed in the NCAA Div. III Mid-Atlantic Regional and will face #2 Montclair State in the first round, hosted by Alvernia College.  The Bobcats finished the regular season at 27-11.

PENN STATE BEHREND SNAGS ECAC SOUTH REGION TOURNEY BID

For the fourth time in five years the Penn State Behrend baseball team has earned a berth into the ECAC Southern Region Baseball Championships.

Behrend (28-16-1) is the #3 seed and will play the #2 seed Keystone College (29-11) on Friday, May 19, at 1:00 p.m. Keystone is the defending Southern Region Champions after defeating Washington & Jefferson 6-0 in the 2005 ECAC Tournament title game. Washington & Jefferson (32-13) is the host and top-seeded team and will battle Villa Julie (29-15) at 10:00 a.m. The winners will meet in the 4:00 p.m. championship game.

BASEBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM ANNOUNCED

Difficult choices among many talented individuals led to every major award of the AMCC baseball all-conference team being shared this season.  Frostburg State pitcher Billye Hollister (Waldorf, MD/Thomas Stone HS) was a repeat selection as 2006 Co-Player of the Year, an honor he shares with Penn State Altoona shortstop Tony Petulla (Osceola Mills, PA/Phillipsburg-Osceola HS).  Hollister was key to the Bobcats' run to the AMCC championship, compiling a 9-1 record and 1.96 ERA.  Petulla hit .406 on the season with a league-leading 43 RBI.

Also recognized were pitchers Dave Koerbel (Penn St. Behrend) and Jesse Yano (Pitt-Bradford) as Co-Newcomers of the Year, and Ron Nero (Medaille) and Bret Butler (Pitt-Bradford) as Co-Coaches of the Year.

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for the complete all-conference team.
 

Week of May 8, 2006


FROSTBURG STATE WINS AMCC BASEBALL CROWN

After finishing first in the regular season, Frostburg State earned its second conference title in three years, defeating #3 seed La Roche College, 6-5, in the championship game.  After coming back from a 5-2 deficit, the Bobcats converted an opportunity in the ninth inning when senior outfielder Kyle Mahan singled in the winning run with two men on base and two out.

The win earned FSU an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.  Regional pairings will be announced Monday morning.

FROSTBURG'S BALDWIN, BRADFORD'S KANE NAMED TO NFCA REGIONAL TEAMS; UPB'S MC LEAN AND KRAMER EARN NCAA ALL-REGION TEAM RECOGNITION

Two AMCC softball players have been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.  Frostburg St. University catcher Amanda Baldwin (Baltimore, MD/North County HS) has been named to the NFCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Third Team.  Baldwin, a first team All-AMCC honoree, started all 42 games for the Bobcats.  She hit .307 and led the team with 30 runs score and 217 putouts.  Pitt-Bradford pitcher Mallory Kane (Smethport, PA/Smethport HS) was elected to the East Regional Third Team.  Kane helped the Panthers to an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament with a 17-4 record and a 1.94 ERA.

Pitt-Bradford also landed two players on the NCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Regional Team for their performances in the Div. III tournament.  Honored were shortstop Brittany McLean (Emporium, PA/Cameron County) and second base player LeeAnn Kramer (Perkasie, PA/Penn Ridge HS).

PENN STATE BEHREND AND PITT-BRADFORD ELIMINATED FROM NCAA TOURNAMENT

Both AMCC teams are on their way home after a spirited effort in the NCAA Div. III softball tournament.  Conference champion Penn St. Behrend, seeded #7 in the Ithaca regional, lost to  #4 seed Union College, 5-0.   In the Rutgers-Camden regional, #4 seed Pitt-Bradford was defeated  by #6 Wilkes, 5-3.

MIXED RESULTS IN FIRST DAY OF NCAA SOFTBALL FOR AMCC

AMCC teams went 1-2 in day one of the NCAA Div. III softball tournament.  Conference champion Penn St. Behrend, seeded #7 in the Ithaca regional, went down to the host and #1 seed, 9-1.  The Behrend Lions will face #4 Union College on Friday at 12:30pm.  In the Rutgers-Camden regional, #4 seed Pitt-Bradford defeated #5 Manhattanville, 8-5, then dropped a 4-0 decision to top seed Rutgers-Camden.  The Panthers will take on #6 Wilkes on Friday at 10:00am.

JOHN THOMAS (UPB), STACI BANASZEK (PSB) LEAD CONFERENCE
ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

The AMCC all-academic team is led this year by a pair of student-athletes who excel daily in the classroom and in competition.  The faculty athletic representatives of the conference have selected John Thomas of Pitt-Bradford and Staci Banaszek of Penn State Behrend as the recipients of the prestigious AMCC FAR Award.

Thomas, a senior and two year captain of the men's soccer team, carried a near perfect 3.9 GPA as an administration of justice major and accounting minor.  Banaszek graduated this year with a 3.9 GPA in accounting.  A three-time team MVP in both indoor and outdoor track,  she was a standout performer in the high jump.

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AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  May 8

Big finish for AMCC softball, with Penn St. Behrend winning the conference title and both Behrend and Pitt-Bradford earning bids to the NCAA tournament.  Meanwhile, baseball heats up with both first round series going the distance and La Roche and Penn St. Behrend advancing to the championship round.   Frostburg St. hosts,  beginning on Friday morning.   Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for May 8:

Softball

Player:  Jamie Keane, Pitt-Bradford
Pitcher:  Julie Koman, Penn St. Behrend

Baseball
Player:
 Shane Elzer, Penn St. Behrend
Pitcher: Billye Hollister, Frostburg State

AMCC LANDS TWO TEAMS IN NCAA SOFTBALL  TOURNAMENT

In a show of respect for the strength of AMCC softball, the NCAA tournament will feature two conference teams when the first round begins on Thursday.  Penn St. Behrend earned an automatic bid when they won the league championship, but runner-up Pitt-Bradford was awarded a highly coveted at-large bid as well.  Both teams had outstanding seasons, the Behrend Lions going 34-8 and the Panthers posting a 34-7 record.

Penn St. Behrend will travel to the Ithaca (NY) regional as the #7 seed, while Pitt-Bradford will be the #4 seed in the Rutgers-Camden (NJ) regional.
 

Week of May 1, 2006


SOFTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM ANNOUNCED

Penn State Behrend freshman pitching phenom Julie Koman (McKees Rocks, PA/Montour HS) heads the 2006 AMCC softball all-conference team.  Koman, who led the Behrend Lions to the conference championship earlier today, was named both Newcomer of the Year and Player of the Year.  Boasting a 17-3 record, she leads the league with a .57 ERA and has held opposing batters to a .144 batting average.  Penn St. Behrend's Stacy Pondo was recognized as Coach of the Year.

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PENN ST. BEHREND WINS SOFTBALL TITLE, BID TO NCAA TOURNAMENT

The Penn St. Behrend Lions won their first conference softball title since 1999 when they defeated the Pitt-Bradford Panthers, 5-0, today in Game 7 of the AMCC tournament.  AMCC Player of the Year Julie Koman (McKees Rocks, PA/Montour HS) was the winning pitcher as the Behrend Lions earned their 34th victory of the season.  Pitt-Bradford forced a seventh game by defeating PSB in Game 6 by a 4-1 margin.

As tournament champion, Penn St. Behrend receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, with the pairings announced tomorrow.

PENN ST. BEHREND, PITT-BRADFORD TO MEET IN CHAMPIONSHIP

The top-ranked teams will face off one more time in the AMCC softball championship, with Penn St. Behrend taking on Pitt-Bradford on Sunday at 10:00am.  Game 7, if necessary, will be played at 12:30pm.

The Behrend Lions started Saturday's action with a 3-2 win over the three-time defending champion Panthers.  Pitt-Bradford bounced back in Game 2 with a 7th inning rally to break a 3-3 tie, and come away with a 4-3 decision over Lake Erie.

The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.


LA ROCHE, PENN ST. BEHREND ADVANCE TO BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

The final pairings are now decided for the championship round of the AMCC tournament, with La Roche and Penn St. Behrend filling out the field.  The Redhawks, seeded third, took three games to defeat #6 Penn St. Altoona.  The first and third games went to La Roche by scores of 3-2 and 2-1, while the middle game belonged to PSA, 8-2.  The Behrend Lions followed the same pattern versus Medaille, defeating the Mavericks 4-2 and 7-3 with Medaille taking Game 2, 5-3.

Penn St. Behrend will face top seeded Frostburg State on Friday at 9am, followed by La Roche against #2 Pitt-Bradford at 12n.  The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.


AMCC PLAYERS TABBED FOR ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

Two baseball players and one softball player earned ECAC Div. III South Region Player of the Week honors for the week of May 3rd.

Both AMCC baseball selections were recognized.  Medaille OF Kevin Voelker (Tonawanda, NY/Sweet Home HS), is the Player of the Week.  He hit .583  in four games, connecting  for 7 hits (3 doubles) in 12 at-bats as the Mavericks went 2-2.  He scored 4 runs and was a perfect 3 for 3 in stolen base attempts.  Pitt-Greensburg P Mark Swetz (Greensburg, PA/Bishop McCort HS) was named Pitcher of the Week.  Swetz came in relief in both games to help the Bobcats earn a doubleheader sweep of Mount Aloysius.  In Game 1, which went to 9 innings, Swetz struck out 4 and allowed no runs in 2.2 innings to earn the win.  He shutout the Mounties in Game 2 as well to record the save.

Penn St. Behrend P Julie Koman (McKees Rocks, PA/Montour HS) shared the Pitcher of the Week honors for softball.  Koman came up big  in her final two regular season appearances.  She threw a complete game no-hitter to shut-out Lake Erie and help the Behrend Lions to the top seed in the AMCC tournament.  The freshman also blanked Fredonia State in 7 innings, fanning 13 and giving up just 1 hit. Koman currently leads the league in ERA (.64) and opposing BA (.156).

FROSTBURG STATE SWEEPS PITT-BRADFORD, WILL HOST
BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Frostburg State took both ends of a doubleheader from Pitt-Bradford today to finish atop the AMCC baseball standings and earn the right to host the conference tournament May 12-14.  The Panthers are the #2 seed.  Both squads receive a first round bye.

First round games will be played this Saturday, with the winners advancing to the championship round.  FSU will meet the winner of #5 Medaille and #4 Penn State Behrend, while UPB will take on the winner of #6 Penn State Altoona and #3 La Roche.  The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.

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AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  May 1

The pairings are set for the softball championship May 5-7 at Penn State Behrend, while Tuesday's match-up between Pitt-Bradford and Frostburg State will decisively sort out the 1-2-3 seeds in baseball.  Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for May 1:

Softball

Player:  Kristin Macha, Penn St. Behrend
Pitcher:  Julie Koman, Penn St. Behrend

Baseball
Player:
 Kevin Voelker, Medaille
Pitcher: Mark Swetz, Pitt-Greensburg
 

Week of April 24, 2006


LAKE ERIE, FROSTBURG STATE ADVANCE IN SOFTBALL

The seeding held true for the first round of the AMCC softball tournament, as #3 Lake Erie and #4 Frostburg State earned berths in the championship bracket.  It took the Storm three games but they prevailed against a dangerous #6 Medaille, winning the first game, 4-3, and the clincher, 7-3.  The Lady Mavs stepped up with a 3-2 decision in Game 2 to keep things interesting.  FSU swept the Redhawks in two close contests, 4-3 and 1-0.

In the championship round in Erie May 5-7, #4 Bobcats will face off first against top seed and host Penn St. Behrend, while Lake Erie will meet three-time defending champion and #2 seed Pitt-Bradford. 

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BOYEA NAMED MEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Penn St. Behrend sophomore Miles Boyea (St. Vincent, W.I./Upper Canada HS) heads the list of AMCC men's tennis award winners, voted Player of the Year for 2006.  Boyea won both the #1 singles and #1 doubles titles in leading the Behrend Lions to a runner-up finish at the conference tournament.

Two individuals representing AMCC champion Penn State Altoona were also honored.  Freshman Will Wray (Pittsburgh, PA/Woodland Hills HS) was named Newcomer of the Year and head coach Steve Genter earned his seventh Coach of the Year distinction.  Wray won crowns at #4 singles and #2 doubles, while Genter led the Lions to their fourth title in the past five years.

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PENN ST. BEHREND SWEEPS LAKE ERIE, EARNS #1 SEED FOR SOFTBALL

In a doubleheader that could have led to three different possibilities of hosting the AMCC softball championship, Penn State Behrend took control of their own destiny.  The Behrend Lions swept Lake Erie, 4-0 and 7-3, to win the regular season title and secure the #1 seed in the conference tournament.

The first round begins on Saturday, with #6 Medaille travelling to  #3 Lake and #5 La Roche at #4 Frostburg State.  The teams will play a best two of three game series, with games at 10am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm (if needed).  Behrend and the #2 seed, Pitt-Bradford, earned first round byes.

The winners of Saturday's games will advance to the championship round in Erie May 5-7.  The La Roche/Frostburg State victor will face off first against Penn St. Behrend, while the Medaille/Lake Erie winner will meet three-time defending champion Pitt-Bradford. 

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 24

Penn State Altoona repeated as AMCC men's tennis champions, winning for the fourth time in five years.  It's a three-way battle for first in the softball standings among Pitt-Bradford, Penn State Behrend and Lake Erie, while baseball will likely go down to the wire before the tournament seedings are clear.   Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for April 24:

Men's Tennis:
  Will Wray, Penn State Altoona

Softball

Player:  Sarah Miller, Lake Erie
Pitcher:  Ashley Johnson, Lake Erie

Baseball
Player:
 Ryan Unger, La Roche
Pitcher: Kevin Maluchnik, Medaille
 

Week of April 17, 2006


PENN STATE ALTOONA REPEATS AS MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONS

For the second year in a row and the fourth time in five years, Penn State Altoona has won the AMCC men's tennis championship.  Penn State Behrend was the runner-up in a close overall race.

Three players earned dual individual titles.  Penn State Behrend sophomore Miles Boyea won crowns at both first singles and first doubles.   A pair of Penn State Altoona freshmen also took double honors:  Will Wray at #4 singles, Brian Bascome at #6 singles, and the two teamed up to win #3 doubles.

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PITT-BRADFORD BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL BREAK INTO REGIONAL RANKINGS

The AMCC was represented in the regional rankings in baseball and softball this week, as the Pitt-Bradford baseball and softball squads earned recognition.  The Panthers' baseball team (20-9) was tied for 8th in the Mid-Atlantic region, and the softball team (31-5), earned the 5th spot in the East region.  Both Pitt-Bradford programs are in first place in the AMCC standings.  The UPB women are looking for their fourth straight AMCC title, while the men hope to repeat last year's success as conference champions.


UPG'S COMPO, LEC'S BINKO NAMED ECAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

The AMCC swept the ECAC Div. III South Region Player of the Week honors for April 17.  Pitt-Greensburg OF/1B Derek Compo (Moon Twp., PA/Moon HS) was named for baseball while Lake Erie 3B Brittney Binko (Warren, OH/JFK HS) was selected for softball.

Compo had an outstanding week at the plate, batting .600 on 15 for 25 hitting which included 4 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs.  He contributed 11 RBI, scored 10 runs, and was 2 for 2 in stolen base attempts.  His standout effort came in an upset win of UPB, where he went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and 2 RBI.

Binko helped the Storm extend their win streak to 9 with a strong week at the plate.  With a .625 average for the week she had 11 RBI and 6 doubles.  Binko also slapped the game-winning single to defeat Frostburg State, the first-ever win over the Bobcats for LEC.  She leads the team with a .421 BA.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 17

Softball enters the home stretch with three teams vying for the #1 seed, while the door to host is still open in baseball.  Men's tennis wraps up its season on Sunday with the AMCC championship at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford, PA.  Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for April 17:

Softball

Player:  Brittney Binko, Lake Erie
Pitcher:  Mallory Kane, Pitt-Bradford

Baseball
Player:
 Derek Compo, Pitt-Greensburg
Pitcher: Jeff Butterworth, La Roche

Men's Tennis:  Brian Bascome, Penn St. Altoona
 

Week of April 10, 2006


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 10

The AMCC is heading into the heart of the spring season, and the standings are starting to take shape.  Frostburg State has a singular hold on the top spot in softball while Pitt-Bradford has yet to lose a conference game on the baseball side.  Penn State Altoona is also unbeaten as men's tennis holds its championship tournament in less than two weeks.  Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for April 10:

Baseball
Player:
 Steve Walczak, Lake Erie
Pitcher: Paul Altmyer, Pitt-Greensburg

Men's Tennis:  Greg Shedd, Frostburg State

Softball
Player:  Bethany Seyler, Frostburg State
Pitcher:  Jen Cook, Frostburg State

 

Week of April 3, 2006


477 STUDENT-ATHLETES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

April 6 is National Student-Athlete Day, and the AMCC is proud to announce that nearly 500 student-athletes from 11 member institutions have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team for 2005-06.  To be eligible for academic all-conference recognition, a student-athlete must acheive a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and earn a varsity letter in a conference sponsored sport in the current academic year.

Ninety nine of the 500 were also selected for induction into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.  That nomination is open to juniors and seniors and requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4.

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for the complete 2005-06 AMCC Academic All-Conference Team and Chi Alpha Sigma honorees.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 3

Softball

Player:  Amanda Griswold, Frostburg State
Pitcher:  Julie Koman, Penn St. Behrend

Baseball
Player:
 Michael Hanck, La Roche
Pitcher: Chris McCartney, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Tennis:  Matt Blinky, Pitt-Greensburg

PENN STATE ALTOONA WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM HONORED AS ALL-ACADEMIC SQUAD BY USTAF

The Penn State Altoona women’s cross country team was recently honored for their performance in the classroom.  This week the Lady Lions were announced as a 2005 Division III All-Academic Cross Country Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.  The women posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.398 last fall, which ranked 64th in the country.  One hundred eight women’s cross country teams were recognized.  This was the second consecutive year the Lady Lions have earned this honor.
 

Week of March 27, 2006


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 27

AMCC league play commences, despite Mother Nature.  Here are the players and pitchers of the week for March 27:

Men's Tennis:
  Kevin Dolansky, Penn St. Altoona

Softball

Player:  Brittney Binko, Lake Erie
Pitcher: Jen Cook, Frostburg State

Baseball
Player:  Kevin Maluchnik, Medaille
Pitcher: Billye Hollister, Frostburg State


UPG'S HINES NAMED ECAC SOUTH REGION HONORABLE MENTION

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior guard Tish Hines (Clairton,
PA/Clairton HS)
was selected to the ECAC Southern Region Honorable Mention
Team.  Hines is the second women's basketball player in school history to be
recognized on the ECAC Southern Region team.   The award is the latest for Hines, who led her team to a 24-6 record, and helped the Bobcats claim the ECAC South-Region Championship.  Hines was also named to the D3Hoops.com All Great-Lakes Region Second Team.
 

Week of March 20, 2006


LA ROCHE'S MOORE NAMED ECAC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

La Roche DP/3B Kimberly Moore (Warren, OH/Howland HS) has been named the ECAC Div. III South Region Player of the Week for March 20th.  Moore led the Redhawks to a 9-1 start by batting .576 (19-for-33).  She swatted 3 doubles and 5 home runs, contributing 19 RBI and scoring 10 runs.  Moore struck out just 3 times in 33 at bats.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 20

The AMCC heads outdoors, and standout performances abound in the warmth of the sun for baseball , softball and men's tennis.  Here are the players and pitchers of the week for March 20:

Baseball
Player:  Ryan Snyder, Pitt-Bradford
Pitcher: Kurt Krejocic, La Roche 

Softball

Player:  Kimberly Moore, La Roche
Pitcher: Sarah Miller, Lake Erie 

Men's Tennis:
  Miles Boyea, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of March 13, 2006


BASKETBALL HONORS CONTINUE FOR AMCC

Basketball season may be over but the post-season honors continue for the AMCC.  D3Hoops.com has named AMCC Women's Player of the Year Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark HS)  to the East Region First Team.  She was also selected an Honorable Mention All-America, one of only four sophomores to earn such a distinction.  Medaille coach Pete Lonergan, whose Lady Mavericks finished the season ranked #24 in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 Poll, was named the East Region's Coach of the Year.  Pitt-Greensburg senior Tish Hines (Clairton, PA/Clairton HS), a two-time conference first team all-star, earned Great Lakes Region Second Team recognition.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 13

The AMCC heads outdoors, and standout performance abound in the warmth of the sun for baseball and softball.  Here are the players and pitchers of the week for March 13:

Softball

Player:  Brittany McLean, Pitt-Bradford
Pitcher:  Julie Koman, Penn St. Behrend

Baseball
Player:  Tony Petulla, Penn St. Altoona
Pitcher:  Paul Keith, Penn St. Altoona
 

Week of March 6, 2006


MEDAILLE'S LARRACUENTE DRAFTED BY MISL

AMCC first team all-conference defender Andrew Larracuente (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster HS) was selected in the third round of the Major Indoor Soccer League draft by last year's champion, the Milwaukee Wave.  It is believed that Larracuente is the first AMCC player to ever be drafted into the professional soccer ranks.
 

Week of February 27, 2006


MEDAILLE WOMEN'S DREAM SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE

It was only their second loss of the season, but the Medaille Lady Mavericks came up short in the NCAA East Regional final versus the University of Rochester, 57-44.  Sophomore Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark) led the squad with 14 points and 9 rebounds.  Medaille, ranked #1 in the region prior to the start of the tournament, finished the year at 26-2.

PITT-GREENSBURG WOMEN ECAC CHAMPS, UPG MEN RUNNERS-UP

The Pitt-Greensburg women ran the table at the ECAC Div. III South Region tournament, defeating Johns Hopkins, 59-54, to win the title.  The victory set a new single season record for wins (24) for the Bobcats.   Senior Teya Minor (Uniontown, PA/Uniontown) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.  The Pitt-Greensburg men dropped a 92-72 decision to Albright in the men's championship.

MEDAILLE WOMEN ADVANCE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT, LAKE ERIE MEN FALL; PITT-GREENSBURG IN ECAC FINALS FOR MEN AND WOMEN

Three of five AMCC teams added wins to their season records in a busy post-season week for conference basketball programs.  Medaille's women took it to the next level in the NCAA regional, dropping Wahington & Jefferson, 73-55.  The Lady Mavs will take on the winner of the Cortland State/Rochester match-up.  The Lake Erie men did not have as sweet a taste of their first foray into the national spotlight, losing to a highly ranked Wittenberg squad, 76-40.

Meanwhile, both Pitt-Greensburg teams are in the finals of the ECAC south region tournament.  The Pitt-Greensburg men defeated fellow conference member Penn St. Behrend, 48-45, and will meet  #5 Albright at 1pm at Keystone College.  The Pitt-Greensburg women battled to a 67-60 win over #6 McDaniel, and will host #1 Johns Hopkins at UPG on Saturday at 2pm.


PITT-GREENSBURG WOMEN, BEHREND MEN CRUISE TO FIRST ROUND WINS IN ECAC REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

The season continues for three of four AMCC teams in the ECAC south region tournament.  The Pitt-Greensburg women, the number two seed, advanced on an easy 81-64 win over #7 Wesley College, while Penn St. Behrend, seeded third, got past Wesley's men, 68-60.  The Behrend Lions will face a familiar foe in #2 seed Pitt-Greensburg; the semifinals will be played across the state at Keystone College.  Meanwhile, the Bobcat women stay home to host the remaining rounds of the women's tournament (opponent TBA).  The Frostburg St. women feel to top-seeded Johns Hopkins in the other contest of the day.

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL PRESEASON POLLS PICK FROSTBURG MEN AND PITT-BRADFORD WOMEN

Frostburg State University is expected to claim its fourth baseball  championship in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in 2006, while Pitt-Bradford has been chosen to earn their fourth straight in softball.

Seven out ten AMCC baseball coaches voted the Bobcats to finish first, followed by Penn State Behrend and defending champion Pitt-Bradford.  Last season's Co-Players of the Year have been tabbed to continue their successes.  Penn St. Altoona shortstop Tony Petulla (Osceola Mills, PA/Philipsburg-Osceola HS) is the coaches' selection as Preseason Player of the Year.  Frostburg State's Billye Hollister (Waldorf, MD/Thomas Stone HS) is the AMCC Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

In softball, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is expected to earn its third straight softball  championship.  Six out of  10 AMCC softball coaches voted the Panthers to finish first.  Last season's tournament runner-up La Roche College edged out Medaille College for the #2 spot.   Sophomore catcher Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark HS) is the coaches' selection as Preseason Player of the Year. 
La Roche College sophomore Bethany Perrachino (Sidman, PA/Forest Hills HS) is the conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year. 
 

The AMCC tournament champions in both sports will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

For more information on each poll and a peek at players to watch on each team, click here:             Softball                Baseball

ECAC PICKS RICHARDSON, BAKER AS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

The AMCC swept the ECAC south region player of the week selections for the last week of the regular season.  The honors went to Lake Erie College senior Reggie Richardson (Bronx, NY/Woodrow Wilson HS) and sophomore Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark HS).   Their selections bring the total number of AMCC basketball players recognized by the ECAC this season to eight (4 men and 4 women).

Richardson was the go-to guy again for the Storm, propelling Lake Erie to their first ever AMCC championship.  In the title game versus Pitt-Greensburg, Richardson lit up for 22 points, including a three-pointer to tie the game with 14 secs. left in regulation and force overtime.  The All-AMCC first team selection also dished 8 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds. 

In a dominating performance, Baker carried the Lady Mavs to their first-ever AMCC title.  She had 24 points and 14 rebounds in the semifinal win over Penn St. Behrend, and followed up with 25 points and 18 boards in the championship versus Pitt-Greensburg.  Baker made 20 of 31 shots for the tournament (64.5%).  She was also named the AMCC Player of the Year.

PENN STATE BEHREND REMAINS ATOP OF PRESIDENTS' CUP STANDINGS AFTER WINTER SEASON

Penn State Behrend held on to its lead in the AMCC Presidents' Cup race, with five points separating the Behrend Lions from second place Frostburg State University (70 - 65).  The slimmest of margins -- one-half point -- marks the difference between #3 Pitt-Greensburg and #4 Penn St. Altoona (52 - 51.5).  Places 5-7 (Pitt-Bradford, Medaille, Lake Erie) are separated by a half point as well.

The spring season sports which remain to determine the final standings are baseball, softball and men's tennis.  The AMCC Presidents' Cup has been awarded annually since the 2000-01 season.  Penn St. Behrend has won four times, while Frostburg State has won once.

Click here for the complete Presidents' Cup standings and championships update.

NCAA, ECAC TOURNAMENT BRACKETS ANNOUNCED

Six AMCC teams--3 men, 3 women--have received post-season tournament bids.

The NCAA Div. III tournament brackets have both AMCC title holders on the road for first round games.  The Medaille College women will travel to the University of Rochester where they will meet Presidents Athletic Conference champion Washington and Jefferson College Friday night.  The winner will take on the winner of the University of Rochester/Cortland St.  match-up.

The Lake Erie College men will go to Wittenberg University where they will face the host institution, the North Coast Athletic Conference champs, also on Friday.  If the Storm advances they would meet the winner of Baldwin-Wallace and Carnegie Mellon.

The ECAC south region tournament includes four squads.  The Pitt-Greensburg men have earned the #2 seed in the ECAC south region  tournament and a first round bye.  #4 Penn St. Behrend will host  #5 Wesley College on Wednesday in a first round clash, and the winner will face UPG in the semifinal round on Friday at Keystone College.   The Pitt-Greensburg women are also a #2 seed and will meet #7 Wesley in the first round at home on Wednesday.  Another first round women's game will feature #8 Frostburg St. vs. #1 Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 27

The seeding held true as the Lake Erie men and the Medaille women won their first ever AMCC championships.  They move on to represent the conference in the NCAA Div. III tournament.  Here are the Players of the Week for February 27:

Women's Basketball:  Amanda Baker, Medaille
Men's Basketball:  Reggie Richardson, Lake Erie
 

 


MEDAILLE WOMEN, LAKE ERIE MEN WIN FIRST-EVER AMCC TITLES,
AUTOMATIC BID TO NCAA TOURNAMENT

There are two new first-time AMCC champions in men's and women's basketball, both crowned on their home courts today.  The Medaille College Lady Mavericks  overcame the Pitt-Greensburg Bobcats, 76-59, while the Lake Erie Storm  recorded a dramatic 83-82 overtime win over the Greensburg men.

Medaille, seeded #1 in the tournament and in the New York region as well, is headed to its first ever NCAA tournament appearance.   It was the 17th consecutive victory for Medaille and it stretches their record to 25-1 overall.  The final was closer than the score may show as it was a 52-51 game midway through the second half.  It was the work of Amanda Walling (South New Berlin, NY/Unadilla Valley) and Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark) on the offensive glass (each had 7) that enabled Medaille to get second chance points and ultimately put the game away. For the second straight game it was Baker, the AMCC Player of the Year, who proved to be too much for UPG to handle as she scored 25 points and pulled down an incredible 18 rebounds. Also putting up big numbers was first team all- conference selection Marisa Clark (Hilton, NY - Hilton) who scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists. Coming off the bench to chip in with 12 points was Brenlyn Campbell (Lewiston, NY/Lew-Port).

In the loss, Pitt-Greensburg (21-6) was led by first team all-conference players Tiffany Menhorn (Greensburg, PA/Greater Latrobe) who scored a team high 16 points and Tish Hines (Clairton, PA/Clairton) who notched 13 points to go along with 8 boards.  It was the fifth straight AMCC final for Pitt-Greensburg.

For the Lake Erie men, it was their third-consecutive overtime win.  The team also set a milestone, winning its 16th consecutive game at the Athletic Center.  This time it was senior Chad Hunt (Perry, OH/Perry) who tipped a basket to give the Storm the one-point advantage. LEC battled from a seven-point deficit in the last two minutes of regulation, hitting a 9-1 run that put them within striking distance. The teams battled back and forth for the last two minutes, until two free-throw shots by Greensburg's Chris Streett (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) put the Bobcats up by three. Senior Reggie Richardson (Bronx, NY/Woodrow Wilson (Ohio) stepped outside the arc to hit a three-point shot with 14 seconds left, sending the game into overtime.

During the extra period, Lake Erie jumped ahead in the first ten seconds with a basket by junior Jajcen Harris (Cleveland, Ohio/VASJ). The Bobcats nearly stole the game back when the ball was forced loose on a Lake Erie inbound play with less than 10 seconds to go, and sophomore Ed Montgomery (Homestead, PA/Steel Valley) nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key to put UPG up by one.  Another battle ensued, followed by Hunt's tip.

 Richardson, a first team all-conference selection, led the Storm with 22 points. He also led in assists with 8. Harris had 16 points, while freshman Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, OH/Collinwood) picked up a 13-point 15-rebound double double.  For the Bobcats, senior Duke Cooper (Reston, VA/South Lakes), also on the All-AMCC first team, provided 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.  Junior Bill Scavincky (Irwin, PA/Penn-Trafford), the AMCC Newcomer of the Year,  contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds and freshman Rashad Davison (Washington, PA/Washington) chipped in 12 more.

The NCAA selections and pairings will be announced Monday morning.

MEDAILLE'S BAKER, PENN ST. BEHREND'S BUCZYNSKI NAMED AMCC BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

A pair of sophomores have been selected as Players of the Year of  the AMCC men's and women's all-conference teams.  Forward Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark) who led  Medaille College to their first-ever league basketball title, heads the women's team while center Kevin Buczynski (Erie, PA/Villa Maria) is the men's award winner.

Baker has been averaging 15.6 ppg and a league-best 10.5 rpg and 57.4 FG%.  She was the Co-Player of the Year as a freshman.  Buczynski averaged 18.7 ppg with a top ranked 61.0 FG% along with 6.5 rpg.

Pitt-Greensburg forward Bill Scavincky
(Irwin, PA/Penn-Trafford), with 15.0 ppg and  6.9 rpg, is the men's Newcomer of the Year.  Two players share the newcomer honors on the women's side:  Frostburg State forward/center Caryn Wright (Baltimore, MD/Western Tech), who averaged 12.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg, and Hilbert forward Lindsay Bergman (Amherst, NY/Holy Angels), with 9.6 ppg and 7.0 rpg.

Medaille women's coach Pete Lonergan and Lake Erie men's coach Cliff Hunt received Coach of the Year recognition.  Both led their respective squads to  league titles this season.


AMCC TOURNAMENT  SEMIFINALS SCHEDULE - FRI., FEB. 24

Men:
Semifinals - Friday, Feb. 24  (at Lake Erie)
6p - #1 Lake Erie vs. #4 Hilbert
8p - #2 Pitt-Greensburg vs. #6 Frostburg St.

Championship - Saturday, Feb. 25 - 3pm
Listen to the men's game webcast live on
WELW.com
(click on the "Listen Online" link)

Women:
Semifinals - Friday, Feb. 24  (at Medaille)
5p - #1 Medaille vs. #4 Penn St. Behrend
8p - #2 Pitt-Greensburg vs. #3 Frostburg St.

Championship - Saturday, Feb. 25 - 3pm


AMCC TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND RESULTS - TUES., FEB. 21

Women:
#3 Frostburg St. d. #6 Hilbert, 90-61
#4 Penn St. Behrend d. #5 Pitt-Bradford, 55-53

Men:
#4 Hilbert d. #5 La Roche, 77-63
#6 Frostburg St. d. #3 Penn St. Behrend, 59-54

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 20

It was down to the wire in a week where the regular season counted through to the very last game.   Congratulations to the Lake Erie men and the Medaille women on winning their first ever AMCC regular season titles.  Now the fun really begins...

Here are the Players of the Week for February 20:

Women's Basketball:  Brittany Mays, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Basketball:  Reggie Richardson, Lake Erie and Roman Mims, Mount Aloysius
 

Week of February 13, 2006


AMCC TOURNAMENT READY TO GO; FIRST ROUND ON TUESDAY

The AMCC men's and women's basketball playoffs will be underway on Tuesday, with the conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament as the ultimate prize.

The bottom half of the men's draw was not decided until today.  In first round action on Tuesday, #3 Penn St. Behrend (12-5 AMCC, 18-6 overall) will host #6 Frostburg St. (8-10 AMCC, 11-14 overall) at 8pm.  The Behrend Lions dropped the Bobcats twice in the regular season.  The #4 seed Hilbert (9-9 AMCC, 11-13 overall) will square off at 7pm vs. #5 La Roche (8-10 AMCC, 10-15 overall).  The two split decisions in the regular season.  The winners will travel to Painesville, OH for the semifinals on Friday.  The Hilbert/La Roche winner will advance to meet #1 seed and host Lake Erie College (15-2 AMCC, 19-5 overall) at 6pm, while the PS-Behrend/Frostburg St. will meet #2 Pitt-Greensburg (14-4 AMCC, 16-9 overall) at 8pm.  The championship is slated for Saturday at 3pm.

For the women, the only puzzle piece left to fit today was who would be #6, and that was up for grabs by four teams.  Hilbert (5-13 AMCC, 6-18 overall) emerged from the fray to take the last playoff spot, and they will travel to #3 Frostburg St. (13-5 AMCC, 17-8 overall) on Tuesday for a 7pm first round match-up.  FSU stopped the Hawks both home and away this season.  The other game will feature #4 Penn St. Behrend (12-6 AMCC, 16-9 overall) as host to #5 Pitt-Bradford (10-8 AMCC, 12-13 overall) at 6pm.  These two squads split during the regular season, the most recent being a victory by Pitt-Bradford on Feb. 11.  The winners will continue on to Buffalo, NY for semifinal contests on Friday.  Host and #1 seed Medaille College (18-0 AMCC, 23-1 overall) will await the 4v5 winner at 5pm, while #2 Pitt-Greensburg (16-2 AMCC, 20-5 overall) will take on the 3v6 victor at 8pm.  The championship will be decided on Saturday at 3pm.

LAKE ERIE MEN CLINCH REGULAR SEASON TITLE WITH OT WIN

It took overtime to do it but the Lake Erie College men's basketball team has earned its first regular season championship in school history in any sport with a 78-76 win over Pitt-Bradford.  The Storm will have the opportunity to earn the overall title and a trip to the national tournament when they host the AMCC final four next weekend in Painesville, OH.  Other seeds determined tonight were #2 (Pitt-Greensburg) and #3 (Penn St. Behrend).  Hilbert, La Roche and Frostburg State are still in contention for seeds #4-6, which will be determined tomorrow afternoon as the regular season draws to a close.  With the loss to Lake Erie, Pitt-Bradford was mathematically eliminated from contention for a berth in the playoffs.

HILBERT'S VANDER SLUIS IS ECAC MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Hilbert College junior forward Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee HS) has been named the ECAC Div. III South Region Men's Player of the Week.  He is the third AMCC men's player to receive the honor this season.

In a dominant week for the Hawks, Vander Sluis led the charge to 3 conference wins and sole possession of fourth place.  He earned his fourth straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in a comeback win over Penn St. Behrend, then followed with an explosive 29-point, 12-rebound performance to take down #2 Pitt-Greensburg.  Vander Sluis finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds vs. Frostburg St.  For the week he averaged 21.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg on 52% (29-56) shooting from the field.

AMCC BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS UPDATE

With the AMCC basketball tournament set to begin just over a week's team, numerous questions remain unanswered for the men's draw.  The pieces for the women's tournament, however, have all  but fallen into place.

On the women's side, Medaille is the top seed and will host the semifinals and finals on Feb. 24-25.  The Lady Mavs will receive a first round bye, as will #2 Pitt-Greensburg.  Defending champions Frostburg State are the #3 seed and will host the yet-to-be-determined #6 seed on Tues., Feb. 21.  Hilbert, Lake Erie and La Roche will battle for the final playoff spot this weekend, as the regular season concludes on the road for all three teams.  The #4 seed goes to Penn State Behrend, who will host #5 Pitt-Bradford in the other first round game.  The Panthers upset the Behrend Lions this past Saturday.

For the men, the only sure thing is that Lake Erie and Pitt-Greensburg will be the top two seeds, but the order will not be decided until the weekend.  Penn St. Behrend, currently #3 and the defending AMCC champion, can finish no worse than fourth.  Four teams--Hilbert, La Roche,  Frostburg St. and Pitt-Bradford--will do battle for just three spots.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 13

Extending their win streak to 13 games, the Medaille College women remained unbeaten in conference play and clinched the top spot in the regular season standings with two games still to go by defeating Pitt-Greensburg on Saturday.  The Lady Mavs will host the AMCC final four, with the remaining five spots still to be determined.  The men's draw will not be decided until next weekend as well, with Lake Erie College needing just one win in their remaining two games to seal the deal as tournament host, while Pitt-Greensburg has clinched no worse than the #2 seed in the playoffs.   Here are the Players of the Week for February 13:

Women's Basketball:  Amanda Baker, Medaille
Men's Basketball:  Corey Vander Sluis, Hilbert
 

Week of February 6, 2006


PS-ALTOONA'S FRANKLIN ECLIPSES 1,000 POINT PLATEAU

Penn State Altoona junior guard Tyler Franklin (Altoona, PA / Altoona HS)  eclipsed the 1,000 point plateau after scoring 16 points in a 73-45 loss at Lake Erie College Friday evening.  That gives him 1,003 career points at Penn State  Altoona.  Franklin is currently averaging just under 20 points and 5 rebounds per game on the season.  This past week, he was named the AMCC Player of the Week after dropping 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists on Frostburg State.  He also hit two free throws with five seconds left to notch the first win over Penn State Behrend in Altoona history.  Franklin joins Josh Baker as the only Lion players to surpass 1,000 career points.

UPG'S HINES NAMED ECAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Pitt-Greensburg senior Tish Hines Clairton, PA/Clairton HS) has been selected as the ECAC Div. III South Region Co-Player of the Week.  Hines led the Bobcats to a 3-0 week, extending their win streak to 9 games with 3 stellar all-around efforts.  She averaged 18.3 ppg and 10.0 rpg, with double-doubles versus Mount Aloysius (23-12) and Lake Erie (18-12).  With her performance Hines also moved into the #2 position on UPG's career scoring list.  She is currently tied for the conference scoring lead (15.2 ppg) and ranks third in rebounds (9.5 rpg) and field goal percentage (52.4).

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 6

In the heart of the schedule, play continued to heat up in the AMCC.  Upsets marked the men's side (Pitt-Greensburg over Lake Erie, Penn St. Altoona defeating Penn St. Behrend) with many questions remaining, while the women's standings began to sort out, top to bottom.  Here are the Players of the Week for February 6:

Women's Basketball:  Tish Hines, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Basketball:  Tyler Franklin, Penn St. Altoona

PS-ALTOONA'S WASSELL NAMED NSCAA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN

Penn State Altoona goalkeeper Tim Wassell (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg HS) has added another honor to his list of accomplishments.  The senior has been named a member of the Academic All-American East Region Third Team by the  National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  The team includes Div. I, II and III players; Wassell is one of seven Div. III student-athletes on the East squad.

The committee takes into account the on-field performance of the athletes coupled with their academic endeavors.  Wassell  is a business major with a 3.72
GPA.  He is a two-time first team AMCC all-conference selection and a Mid-Atlantic regional All-American.
 

Week of January 30, 2006


HILBERT'S LEE-JEFFRIES EARNS 1,000TH CAREER POINT

Hilbert College senior forward Autumn Lee-Jeffries (Buffalo, NY/Holy Angels) reached the 1,000th career point scoring mark in Tuesday's loss to Pitt-Bradford.  Lee-Jeffries scored 8 points to bring her career total to 1,002.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 30

Upsets and near-misses mark the past week:  the La Roche men hand Lake Erie their first conference loss; Medaille's men take down La Roche; the Penn St. Behrend women avenge an earlier season loss to Frostburg State; and the Pitt-Greensburg women escape Pitt-Bradford in overtime.    Here are the Players of the Week for January 30:

Men's Basketball:  Daniel Waajid, Pitt-Greensburg
Women's Basketball
:  Marisa Clark, Medaille
 

Week of January 23, 2006


HILBERT'S MC HALE  NAMED ECAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Hilbert College sophomore Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh HS) has been selected as Women's Co-Player of the Week for the ECAC Division III South Region.  In a week that saw the Hawks go 2-1 in conference play, McHale averaged 17.0 ppg, 12.7 rpg and 4.3 bpg, and was just one rebound shy of a double-double in all three contests.  She had a monster game versus Mount Aloysius, racking up 25 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocks.   She currently leads the AMCC in rebounding (10.7 rpg) and blocked shots (2.57 bpg) and ranks second in field goal percentage (.548).


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 23

The standings start to take shape in AMCC basketball.  On the women's side, the top four are familiar faces (Medaille, Pitt-Greensburg, Frostburg St., Penn St. Behrend) while the men are hard to read from #3 to #8.    Here are the Players of the Week for January 23:

Women's Basketball:  Amanda McHale, Hilbert
Men's Basketball:  Dallas Reinard, Hilbert
 

Week of January 16, 2006


FROSTBURG AD BREWER RECEIVES NAACP AWARD

At its celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Allegany County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) presented Ralph Brewer, Director of Athletics at Frostburg State, its Community Service Award.  The award acknowledges Brewer's contributions as a mentor to youth through the university's partnership in the Bridge to Youth program. The program provides disadvantaged youth in the county a means by which they both learn skills from sports instruction but also how to grow through sports participation.

About the award, Brewer said, "It is an honor to be recognized by the NAACP. The award, though, should go to all of the coaches and student-athletes who give their time and knowledge to the young men and women. Without them, the program would go nowhere. I accept this award on their behalf."

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 16

The Lake Erie men and the Medaille women  each take two on the road to gain an early lead in the AMCC standings.   Here are the Players of the Week for January 16:

Women's Basketball:  Amanda Baker, Medaille
Men's Basketball:  Keith Hazel, Frostburg State

 

Week of January 9, 2006


PITT-BRADFORD NAMES NEW MEN'S SOCCER COACH

Cord Farmer
is the new University of Pittsburgh at Bradford head men's soccer coach effective January 3.  Farmer is a graduate of Flagler College (St. Augustine, Fla.) where he was a Dean's List student and earned a B.A. in sport management. Farmer is currently working on his Masters in sport psychology and expects to graduate from Ithaca College (N.Y.) this spring.

The Utica (N.Y.) native was a member of the Clarkson University (Potsdam, N.Y.) men's soccer team for three years and then was a walk-on at Penn State University.  Farmer's soccer coaching stints include women's assistant coach at Penn State in 2003, head coach of the TC United Soccer Club of Ithaca from 2004-05 and the assistant men's coach at Ithaca College in 2004-05.


PITT-BRADFORD'S RACE GETS ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

Pitt-Bradford's Ryan Race (Bradford, PA/Bradford HS) is the ECAC Div. III South Region Co-Player of the Week.  Led by Race's 24.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg, the Panthers picked up two conference wins.  The junior had a double-double (20 points, 11 rebounds) in the decision over Mount Aloysius, then followed up with 23 points and 5 boards against Penn St. Altoona.  He also nailed 8 of 16 shots from three point range, and was 56% overall from the field.  Race currently leads the AMCC in scoring with a 25.6 ppg average.  He is the second AMCC men's player of the week selection this season.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 9

Lots of AMCC action over the weekend as the standings start to take shape.  Here are the Players of the Week for January 9:

Men's Basketball:  Ryan Race, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Basketball
:  Taiasha Brown, Pitt-Bradford


LEDWIN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF DIV. III COMMISSIONERS' GROUP

AMCC commissioner Donna Ledwin has been elected to a two-year term as the president of the National Association of Division III Commissioners.  She succeeds Tim Gleason of the Ohio Athletic Conference.  Ledwin is in her fourth year as commissioner of the AMCC, following a three-year stint at the helm of the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
 

Week of January 2, 2006


MEDAILLE WOMEN RECOGNIZED IN WEEKLY POLL

Medaille College
was among those receiving votes in the weekly poll sponsored by D3Hoops.com.  The Mavericks are currently undefeated at 7-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

UPG'S MENHORN NAMED ECAC SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Pitt-Greensburg guard Tiffany Menhorn (Greensburg, PA/Latrobe HS) is the AMCC's first ECAC Player of the Week selection in women's basketball this season. 
Menhorn was named to the all-tournament team at the RDV Sportsplex Invitational.  Her 19-point, 5-rebound, 2 steal performance nearly carried the Bobcats to an upset of #14 Hope College.  She also contributed 14 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds in a win over Buffalo State in the consolation.  For the week Menhorn averaged 16.5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.5 steals. 

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 2

It's the calm before the storm as AMCC play resumes in earnest on Friday.  Here are the Players of the Week for January 2:

Men's Basketball:  No selections this week
Women's Basketball
:  Tiffany Menhorn, Pitt-Greensburg
 

Week of December 19, 2005


PITT-GREENSBURG LANDS TWO ON HOLIDAY ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Women's Basketball junior guard Tiara Bennett (Washington, PA/Washington) and sophomore guard Tiffany
Menhorn (Greensburg, PA/Greater Latrobe)
were named to the all-tournament team at the RDV Sportsplex Women's College Basketball Tournament hosted by Hope College in Orlando, FL.

Bennett averaged 12.5 points per game, 7.5 assists per game, and 4.5 rebounds per game as the Bobcats placed third in the tournament, losing to #14 ranked Hope College, 63-57, in the opening round on Monday and winning against Buffalo State College, 83-66, in the consolation game on Wednesday.  Menhorn averaged 16.5 points per game, 3.0 assists per game, and 4.0 rebounds per game over the two games. She also shot 54% (14/26) from the field.


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 19

Not too much happening as the holidays arrive.  Here are the Players of the Week for December 19:

Men's Basketball:  J.J. Ferguson, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Basketball
:  No selections this week
 

Week of December 12, 2005


MEDAILLE'S MCNEIL NAMED ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The AMCC claimed its first basketball Player of the Week selection in James McNeil (Erie, PA/Northwest Collegiate Academy).  The Medaille College guard was instrumental in getting the Mavs to the championship game of the Buffalo State Invitational.  He averaged  26.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 3.5 spg, including a 22 pt./11 reb. effort vs. D'Youville and a 30 pts./7reb. performance vs. Buffalo State.  For his contributions McNeil was named to the all-tournament team.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 12

In a week of non-conference action, the AMCC went 9-6 on the men's side while the women held their own at 8-8.  Here are the Players of the Week for December 12:

Men's Basketball:  James McNeil, Medaille
Women's Basketball
:  Rachel Slomski, Penn St. Behrend

MOUNT ALOYSIUS' OHLER SETS SCHOOL REBOUNDS RECORD

Mount Aloyius College senior forward Justin Ohler (Stoystown, PA/North Star HS) broke the school career rebounding record in a loss to Waynesburg College on Dec. 7.  With 10 rebounds in the game, Ohler surpassed the old record of 685 and finished the night at 698.
 

Week of December 5, 2005


MEDAILLE'S CWIKLINSKI NAMED MEN'S SOCCER ALL-AMERICAN; SEVEN MORE AMCC PLAYERS EARN REGIONAL RECOGNITION

Medaille College junior striker Cory Cwiklinski (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster HS), the AMCC Men's Soccer Player of the Year, has been named to the NSCAA-Adidas All-American Third Team.  Cwiklinski was also named to the Northeast Regional First Team.  Joining him on the Northeast Regional Team are teammates  Andrew Larracuente (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster HS) and Ryan Mangano (Silver Creek, NY/Silver Creek HS).

The AMCC also landed four players on the men's Mid-Atlantic Regional Team.  Penn State Behrend senior defender Brian Blasczcyk (Paxtonville, PA/Middleville HS) earned second team honors.  The third team includes PSB defender Dan Bash (Pittsburgh, PA/Thomas Jefferson HS), along with Penn State Altoona goalkeeper Tim Wassell (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg HS) and the Lions' midfielder Brian Pierzga (State College, PA/State College).

For the women, Penn State Behrend defender Stephanie Bowen (Pittsburgh, PA/Peters Twp. HS) earned regional All-American honors.  She was named to the All-Great Lakes third team.

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

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg men’s basketball senior forward Duke
Cooper (Reston, VA/South Lakes)
has been named to the D3Hoops.com ‘Team of the Week’ for the games of November 28 - December 4.  Cooper becomes the first men’s basketball player in school history, and third basketball player overall, to earn this recognition. The team consists of two guards and three forwards.  Cooper was also named AMCC Player of the Week for the same week.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 5

Conference play begins in the AMCC!   On the men's side, Medaille snapped a 29-game losing streak, and Pitt-Greensburg overcome Penn State Behrend in a re-match of last year's conference final.  For the women, defending champion Frostburg State and pre-season conference #1 Medaille both jumped out to a 2-0 start.  Here are the Players of the Week for December 5:

Women's Basketball:  Tish Hines, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Basketball:  Duke Cooper, Pitt-Greensburg
 

Week of November 28, 2005


UPG'S TISH HINES REACHES 1,000 POINT MILESTONE

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg senior forward Tish Hines (Clairton,
PA/Clairton)
became the third women's basketball players, and sixth player
overall, to reach the 1,000 point milestone.  Hines scored a game-high 32
points in the Bobcats 75-71 win over Penn State Behrend to eclipse the
mark.  The mark is not the first milestone for Hines, who is also the Bobcats' career
rebounding leader with 683 for her career.  She also holds the record for
free throws made in a season with 106, which she set during the 2003-2004
season.  Earlier this season, Hines also set the record for most rebounds
in a game, with 18 against Washington and Jefferson College.

AMCC LAUNCHES WEB PAGE FOR CONFERENCE SAAC

Student-athletes at AMCC member schools now have a page on the conference website dedicated to student-athlete issues.  In addition to providing informative links to the NCAA website, it will serve as a forum to share ideas on topics ranging from student-athlete welfare to community service projects.  Click here to get to the SAAC homepage; a permanent link is at the bottom of this homepage.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 28

It was a short week for AMCC basketball, but there were many noteworthy efforts.   Here are the Players of the Week for November 28:

Women's Basketball:  Nicole Reiser, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Basketball:  Ryan Race, Pitt-Bradford
 

Week of November 21, 2005


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 21

Bring it on!  It's hoops season in the AMCC.   In the opening week of competition the AMCC women went 8-8 vs. non-conference opponents, while the men were 9-9.   Here are the Players of the Week for November 21:

Women's Basketball:  Tracie George, Frostburg St.
Men's Basketball:  Roman Mims, Mount Aloysius 
 

Week of November 14, 2005


RECORDS SET IN MEN'S BASKETBALL

The Penn State Behrend men's basketball team began the season with a win, edging an athletic Wesley College squad by a score of 77-75 on Saturday in the first day of the men's tip-off tournament.  The win was coach Dave Niland's two hundredth victory and propels the blue and white into Sunday's tournament championship game at 3:00 p.m. vs. Mount Union College.

Meanwhile, Pitt-Bradford junior forward Ryan Race (Bradford, PA/Bradford HS)  set school records for points (55) and field goals made (22) as the Panthers defeated Mariette College, 131-119, in the Buffalo State Tip-Off Tournament.

AXMAN EARNS ALL-AMERICAN HONORS; RUFFO PLACES 63RD AT NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP


Frostburg junior Bonnie Axman (Burke, VA/Jame Robinson HS) earned All-American honors after placing 21st in 22:47 at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships hosted by Ohio Wesleyan.   Penn State Behrend's Brad Ruffo (West Middlesex, PA/West Middlesex HS) finished 63 out of 211 runners in the men's race.  The Behrend Lions junior finished with a time of 26:53 and is the first runner ever from Behrend to compete at the national championships.

MEDAILLE PRESIDENT BASCUAS APPOINTED TO NCAA PRESIDENTS COUNCIL

Dr. Joseph Bascuas
, president of Medaille College, has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Presidents Council.  His four-year term will commence at the conclusion of the NCAA convention in early January.  Dr. Bascuas is the first AMCC president to be named to an NCAA committee.

Also selected for committee service was Donna Ledwin the AMCC commissioner.  She has been named to the association-wide Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.  Her term also runs for four years, beginning in January.

The AMCC currently has five other coaches and administrators serving on NCAA committees:  Richard Walsh, director of athletics at Hilbert College (men's basketball); Roz Fornari, head women's basketball coach at Penn St. Behrend (women's basketball); Dick Hack, director of athletics and head men's basketball coach at Medaille College (men's basketball rules); Jim Tinkey, director of athletics and men's golf coach at La Roche College (men's golf); and Lori Mazza, director of athletics at Pitt-Bradford (women's volleyball).

TWO AMCC CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS

By virtue of their performances at the NCAA Mideast Regional this past weekend, Frostburg State junior Bonnie Axman (Burke, VA/James Robinson HS) and Penn State Behrend junior Brad Ruffo (West Middlesex, PA/West Middlesex HS) have qualified to compete in the national meet on Saturday, November 19 in Delaware, OH.  Axman finished third in the women's regional while Ruffo came in 12th in the men's race.

Three other AMCC runners earned Freshman All-Regional Honors.   Penn State Altoona's Jonathan Barthelemy (North Babylon, NY/Half Hallow Hills East HS) and Frostburg State's Marshall Lawrence (Frederick, MD/Gov. Thos. Johnson HS) were named to the first team, while Penn State Altoona's Darren VanHouwe (York, PA/York Suburban HS) made the second team.
 
FROSTBURG'S HLEBASKO NAMED COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN

Frostburg State senior defender Beth Hlebasko (New Market, MD/Linganore HS) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) District 2 College Division First Team.  She owns a 3.8 GPA in early childhood/elementary education.  Hlebasko is also the Bobcats' all-time assist leader (33).

PENN STATE BEHREND HAS EARLY LEAD IN PRESIDENTS' CUP

The fall season has concluded and once again Penn State Behrend is atop the Presidents' Cup standings, but the lead is a thin three points over Frostburg State University.  The two schools have traded places in the standings for the past four years; the Behrend Lions are the defending cup holders.  They were champions in women's tennis and volleyball and runners-up in three other sports this fall, while the Bobcats claimed team titles in women's soccer, men's golf and men's cross country.  Click here for the complete Presidents' Cup standings.

HILBERT HOSTS  SEMINAR ON "THE TRIFORMED ATHLETE"

"The Triformed Athlete: The Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Components," was the seminar that many Hilbert College student-athletes attended on Friday, November 4th.  Among the speakers at the event were Frank Reich, former quarterback of the Buffalo Bills.

Considered by many to be one of the best backup quarterbacks in NFL history, Reich was with the Bills from 1985 until 1994.  He is known for his incredible comeback victories in football.  In 1984, while at the University of Maryland, he led his team to victory after being down by more than 30 points.  History repeated itself in 1993, when Reich led Buffalo to victory over the Houston Oilers after being down by 32 points in the 3rd quarter - an NFL record that still stands today.  Reich is now a motivational speaker.

Also presenting at the seminar were D'Youville College professor Margaret Meissner, who lectured on the physical aspects a student-athlete must consider, and Christopher Siuta, a counselor for Buffalo's Sarellite Falk School, who spoke about the psychological side of sport.

The program, presented by the Hilbert College Office of Mission Integration and Athletic Department, was made possible through a Division III Initiative Grant from the NCAA.

 

Week of November 7, 2005


AMCC SWEEPS ECAC SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS

Capping a season of regular recognition, the AMCC swept all four weekly ECAC Mid-Atlantic region awards for men's and women's soccer.  Medaille's Ryan Mangano and Frostburg State's Lindsay Hoffman were named men's and women's players of the week, while teammates Craig Yanni and Molly Whyte earned goalkeeper of the week honors.  AMCC men were recognized eight out of 10 weeks, while conference women were honored five out of 10 weeks.

AMCC LANDS FIVE ECAC TOURNAMENT INVITATIONS

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has earned five ECAC regional tournament bids, three in men's soccer and two in women's soccer.  #1 Penn St. Behrend is the top seed in the women's South regional, and will host the winner of #5 Franklin & Marshall vs. #4 Gettysburg on Saturday , while Medaille was selected for the New York regional and will play at SUNY-Geneseo.  The men will all be on the road on Wednesday:  #5 Lake Erie at #4 Grove City, #7 Penn St. Altoona at #3 Johns Hopkins, and #8 Penn St. Behrend at #1 McDaniel.

Already determined were the NCAA bids:  the Frostburg State women's soccer team will be at Denison, the Medaille men's soccer team will travel to St. Lawrence University, and the Penn St. Behrend volleyball team will meet Gettysburg at Juniata.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 7

Championship Saturday yielded some memorable performances in men's and women's soccer and volleyball.  Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for November 7:

Volleyball - Amanda Evans, Penn State Behrend
Women's Soccer
Player of the Week - Lindsay Hoffman, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper of the Week - Molly Whyte, Frostburg State
Men's Soccer
Player of the Week - Ryan Mangano, Medaille
Goalkeeper of the Week - Craig Yanni, Medaille

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS ANNOUNCED IN SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL

There are many new faces in the all-conference team and award selections for men's and women's soccer and volleyball.  Not surprisingly, players and coaches on championship teams lead the way.

For women's soccer, there were Co-Players of the Year in Danielle Carter of Frostburg State and Nicole Jacobs of La Roche. Lake Erie's  Angela Bethel got the Newcomer of the Year nod, while LEC's Lauren Ferullo and Penn St. Behrend's Patrick O'Driscoll shared Coach of the Year honors.  Click here for the complete list.

In men's soccer, Medaille's Cory Cwiklinski was named Player of the Year and the Mavericks' Dan Krzyzanowicz is Coach of the Year.  The Newcomer of the Year is Lake Erie's Joe Starvaggi.  Click here for the complete list.

Women's volleyball saw Penn State Behrend sweep all three top awards:  Elaine Voltz as Player of the Year, Brittany Hennessy as Newcomer of the Year, and Phil Pisano as Coach of the Year.  Click here for the complete list.
 

Week of October 31, 2005


CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY IN THE AMCC

MEDAILLE MEN TAKE FIRST CONFERENCE TITLE: 
The Medaille College Mavericks defeated the Lake Erie College Storm, 2-1, to win their first AMCC title in any sport, and the first NCAA tournament in school history.

FROSTBURG STATE WOMEN EARN FIFTH STRAIGHT CROWN: 
The Bobcats of Frostburg State edged Penn State Behrend on penalty kicks to win their fifth consecutive league title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.  After 110 minutes of scoreless play, the match was decided on PK's, 4-2.

PENN STATE BEHREND GAINS CHAMPIONSHIP: 
The Behrend Lions earned their second AMCC volleyball title by defeating Penn State Altoona, 3-0 (30-19, 32-30, 30-26).  The championship also guaranteed them an invitation to the national tournament.

PS-BEHREND'S RUFFO, PS-ALTOONA'S CROSSETT TOP LIST OF AMCC CROSS COUNTRY AWARD WINNERS

Penn State Behrend junior Brad Ruffo and Penn State Altoona freshman Meagan Crossett, the two individual titlists at the AMCC championship meet, are the 2005 conference Runners of the Year.  First year runners Marshal Lawrence (Frostburg State) and Jenny Bailey (Penn State Behrend) earned Newcomer of the Year honors, while FSU's Randy Lowe (men) and Penn State Altoona's Douglas Hoover (women)  repeated as Coaches of the Year.  Click below for the complete all-conference team listing:            Men          Women


SOCCER FINALES SET:  FROSTBURG ST. VS. PENN ST. BEHREND WOMEN AND MEDAILLE VS. LAKE ERIE MEN

There will be a mix of old and new in the AMCC soccer championship this weekend.  The women's match-up will feature a pair of longtime rivals, #1 Frostburg St. vs. #2 Penn St. Behrend.  The Bobcats earned the right to host the championship by defeating #4 La Roche, 4-0, behind the flawless goalkeeping of Molly Whyte.  The Behrend Lions took down UPG, 3-1 in the other semifinal, with Kara Struski netting the game-winner.  Frostburg State is the four-time defending champion; Penn State Behrend held the title the previous four years.

There will be a new champion on the men's side, as #1 Medaille will take on #2 Lake Erie.  The top seeded Mavericks went to double overtime with #5 seed Frostburg State before Ryan Mangano booted one in with about 2 minutes remaining.  Meanwhile, the Storm got a pair of scores from Brad McFadden to subdue #6 La Roche, 2-1.  Neither team has ever won an AMCC championship in any sport.

Both championship games will be played Saturday at 2pm.  The winners will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

LAKE ERIE MEN, MEDAILLE WOMEN TOP BASKETBALL COACHES' POLLS

Two of last year's top contenders are expected to hit the summit this season in the AMCC basketball world and earn their first AMCC championships in 2006.

On the men's side, the AMCC coaches voted Lake Erie College (12-6 AMCC, 15-12 overall) to finish first, ahead of defending champion Penn State Behrend and 2004 title-holder La Roche College.  The Storm's junior center Jajcen Harris (Cleveland Heights, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph's HS) is the coaches' selection as Preseason Player of the Year.  Harris was a member of the all-conference first team last season, averaging 14.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and a 54.1 FG%, seventh best in the country in Division III.

For the women, Medaille College gets the nod to take the crown.  The Lady Mavericks, in only their first season of AMCC play, lost 72-70 to Pitt-Greensburg in the semifinals of the conference tournament last year.  UPG is picked to finish second this season; both squads earned bids to the ECAC Div. III South Region tournament last year.  Frostburg State University, last year's champion, came in at #3.  Medaille forward Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark HS) was the coaches' pick as Preseason Player of the Year.  As a freshman Baker ranked third in the league in scoring (18.8 ppg) and second in rebounding (11.3 rpg).  She was last season's Co-Player and Newcomer of the Year.

The winners of the AMCC tournaments receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

FROSTBURG ST., PITT-BRADFORD ADVANCE TO VOLLEYBALL SEMIFINALS

The seeds held true to form, but not without a few challenges, in the first round of the AMCC volleyball tournament.  Third seed and defending champion Frostburg State advanced to the semifinals by downing Pitt-Greensburg, 3-1 (30-18, 30-25, 29-31, 30-13).  Meanwhile, Pitt-Bradford edged past Lake Erie, 3-2, in a rematch of their five game regular season dog fight, this time by scores of 30-22, 28-30, 32-30, 27-30, 15-11.

The semifinals are slated for Friday night at Penn State Behrend.  The top seeded Behrend Lions will face the #4 Panthers at 6pm.  PSB handled UPB 3-0 in the regular season.  Frostburg State will take on #2 Penn State Altoona in the second match at 8pm.  PSA had the edge, 3-2, in the regular season contest.

The championship will be at 1:00pm on Saturday, with the winner receiving the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

MEN'S SOCCER EARNS TWO MORE ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS

Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference soccer players were once again recognized as ECAC Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region Players of the Week.  Frostburg State's Matt Moffa shared Player of the Week honors, while La Roche's Cory Baird is Goalkeeper of the Week.

Moffa scored the game-winner with 46 secs. remaining to upset Penn St. Behrend in the opening round of the AMCC tournament.  It was Moffa's fourth GWG of the season, and boosted his team- leading total to 11 goals (third best in the conference).  Despite being out-shot 20-6 (4-0 in the first overtime), Baird came up big in a first round upset of #3 Penn St. Altoona.  The senior made 9 saves to help the #6 Redhawks into the semifinal round of the AMCC tournament.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 31

It's time for the cream to rise to the top in the AMCC.  Congratulations to the Penn St. Altoona women and the Frostburg St. men, victors at the cross country championship.  Volleyball serves up first round action on Tuesday, while soccer moves into the semifinal round on Wednesday.   Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for October 31st:

Men's Cross Country - Brad Ruffo, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Cross Country - Meagan Crossett, Penn St. Altoona
Volleyball - Carly McDonald, Frostburg St.
Men's Soccer
Player of the Week - Matt Moffa, Frostburg St.
Goalkeeper of the Week - Cory Baird, La Roche
Women's Soccer
Player of the Week - Rachel Katsur, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper of the Week - Dana Huether, Pitt-Greensburg
 

Week of October 24, 2005


PENN STATE ALTOONA WINS FIRST WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TITLE; FROSTBURG STATE MEN TAKE FIFTH STRAIGHT

Penn State Altoona won its first AMCC women's cross country title today, while the Frostburg State University men picked up their fifth consecutive crown.  The Lions were led by freshman Meagan Crossett (Mifflinburg, PA/Mifflinburg HS), who covered the 6K course at the Westmoreland Fairground in a time of 24:16.  The Bobcats, who placed seven runners in the top ten finishers, were paced by sophomore Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, WV/Parkersburg South HS) , who posted a time of 27:32 for the 8K race.  Penn State Behrend junior Brad Ruffo (West Middlesex, PA/West Middlesex HS) took the individual title in a time of 26:55.

Click here
for complete race results.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS SET

The last day of regular season competition was needed to determine the final seedings for the AMCC tournament, and the draw is now set.  The first round  begins on Tuesday, November 1 at 7pm.  #3 Frostburg State will host #6 Pitt-Greensburg, while #5 Lake Erie will travel to #4 Pitt-Bradford.  The winners advance to the semifinals on Friday.  #1 Penn State Behrend will take on the 4v5 winner at 6pm, followed by #2 Penn State Altoona versus the 3v6 winner.  The championship will be Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1:00pm.  The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.

UPSETS ABOUND AS SOCCER PLAYOFFS MOVE TO SEMIFINALS


The AMCC men's and women's soccer tournaments concluded their first round of play, marked by upsets and the men's side and challenges turned away by the higher seeded women. 

For the men, #5 Frostburg State's Matt Moffa scored with 46 secs. left in regulation to upset #4 Penn State Behrend.  The Bobcats will face #1 Medaille on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, #3 Penn State Altoona was shocked in double overtime by #6 seed La Roche, 3-2.  Kurt Remone had the game-winner, and the Redhawks advance to a semifinal match-up with #2 Lake Erie.

On the women's side, #6 Medaille extended #3 Pitt-Greensburg into overtime before succumbing, 1-0.  #4 La Roche broke a scoreless halftime tie to move past #5 Lake Erie, 3-0.  On Wednesday, Pitt-Greensburg will travel to #2 Penn State Behrend while La Roche goes to #1 Frostburg State.

The championship is slated for Saturday, November 5 at 2:00pm at the highest remaining seed.  The AMCC champions will receive an automatic bid the NCAA Division III tournament.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT PUZZLE GETS LESS MYSTERIOUS

The top three seeds in the AMCC volleyball tournament were established tonight, with Penn State Behrend earning the top seed and hosting honor for the final four next weekend.  Penn St. Altoona will remain at #2 and Frostburg State clinched #3.

The #4-6 seeds are still undefined, pending the outcome of Saturday's matches, which will conclude regular season competition.  In contention are Pitt-Bradford, Lake Erie and Pitt-Greensburg.  (Click here for AMCC volleyball tiebreaker criteria.)

The first round of the AMCC tournament begins on Tuesday, November 1 at 7pm.  #3 Frostburg State will host the #6 seed, while #5 will travel to #4.  The winners advance to the semifinals on Friday.  Penn State Behrend will take on the 4v5 winner at 6pm, followed by Penn State Altoona versus the 3v6 winner.  The championship will be Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1:00pm.  The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.

SOCCER PLAYOFF PICTURE COMES INTO FOCUS

The AMCC men's and women's soccer playoff pairings gained clarity today as nearly every match-up was decided.  The only question remaining is who will be the #6 seed on the men's side.

The women's tournament will feature the following first round opponents:  #6 Medaille at #3 Pitt-Greensburg and #5 Lake Erie at #4 La Roche.  #1 Frostburg State will meet the winner of La Roche/Lake Erie while #2 Penn State Behrend will host the winner of Medaille/Pitt-Greensburg.

The missing piece for the men will be whether La Roche or Pitt-Bradford will earn the sixth and final playoff spot.  La Roche's final regular season game versus Mount Aloysius was postponed to Thursday due to poor weather and field conditions.  If La Roche ties or wins, they will get the #6 seed.  If they lose, Pitt-Bradford will earn the berth, based on a win over the Redhawks during the regular season.  #3 Penn State Altoona will host that match-up.

The other first round game features #5 Frostburg St. traveling to #4 Penn State Behrend.  The winner will advance to a re-match with #1 Medaille.  The #3 v. #6 victor will face #2 seed Lake Erie.

All first round games are scheduled for Saturday, October 29.  The semifinals will be Wednesday, November 2 and the championship on Saturday, November 5 at the highest remaining seed.  All games are at 2:00pm.

The AMCC champions will receive an automatic bid the NCAA Division III tournament.

AMCC SOCCER PLAYERS AGAIN RECEIVE ECAC HONORS

For the sixth time in eight weeks, an AMCC men's soccer player has earned ECAC Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Week honors.  This week it is Andrew Larracuente (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster HS) of Medaille College.  Led by the senior defender, the Mavericks clinched the AMCC regular season title with a pair of conference wins.  He assisted on the game-winning goal vs. Lake Erie, then scored the game-winner himself vs. La Roche.

Also honored for the fourth time in 8 weeks was an AMCC women's player,   Frostburg State sophomore midfielder Jen Naylor (Riva, MD/St. Mary's HS).  Naylor netted three goals in a three win week for the Bobcats, helping them clinch the #1 seed in the AMCC tournament.  She scored once in a 2-1 win over La Roche and added two more in a 3-0 win over Lake Erie.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 24

It's tournament time in the AMCC!  The AMCC cross country championship is this Saturday, hosted by Pitt-Greensburg at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds.  Soccer first round tournament action also begins Saturday, with volleyball tournament play beginning Tues., Nov. 1.  (Click here for AMCC soccer and volleyball tiebreaker criteria.)  Both soccer and volleyball have the reward of an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament going to the winners.   Here are the AMCC players of the week for October 24th:

Women's Soccer
Player of the Week - Jen Naylor, Frostburg St.
Goalkeeper of the Week - Dana Huether, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Soccer
Player of the Week - Andrew Larracuente, Medaille
Goalkeeper of the Week - Derek Richardson, Frostburg St.
Volleyball
- Elaine Voltz, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Cross Country - Meagan Crossett, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Cross Country - Ben Shinsky, Pitt-Greensburg
 

Week of October 17, 2005


MEDAILLE MEN, FROSTBURG ST. WOMEN CLINCH TOP SEEDS FOR SOCCER TOURNAMENT

The top two seeds in the AMCC men's and women's soccer tournaments have been decided, with the Medaille men and the Frostburg State women coming out on top of the standings.  With one round of competition remaining in the schedule, the rest of the seeds are still largely undecided.  The top six teams make the tournament field.

The first round of the conference tournament is this Saturday, October 29.  The #3 seed will host #6 and #4 will host #5.  The top two seeds receive byes, with #1 meeting the winner of 4v5 and #2 meeting the winner of 3v6 Wednesday, Nov. 2.  The championship games will be Saturday, Nov. 5, and the winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.

MUDREY REPEATS AS WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Penn St. Behrend sophomore Allison Mudrey (Hermitage, PA/Hickory HS) is the 2005 AMCC Women's Tennis Player of the Year.  It is the second year in a row that she has earned the honor.  Mudrey was undefeated in both #1 singles and #1 doubles in conference play this season.

Penn St. Altoona freshman Katie DiBartolo (Cinaminson, NJ/Cinaminson HS) is the Newcomer of the Year.  DiBartolo capped a strong freshman season by taking the #5 singles crown at the AMCC tournament.  Penn St. Behrend head coach Jeff Barger earned Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive year, leading the Behrend Lions to their sixth conference title.

Click here for the complete all-conference team.

AMCC GOALKEEPERS EARN ECAC WEEKLY HONORS

Medaille's Craig Yanni and Frostburg State's Molly Whyte are the ECAC Goalkeepers of the Week for the Div. III Mid-Atlantic region. 
Yanni allowed just one goal in 2 games, stopping 8 of 9 shots and earning his 8th shutout of the season.  In a double OT tie with PS-Altoona, he made a sensational save with under a minute to go to preserve the tie and extend the Mavs' unbeaten string to 14 in a row.  Whyte did not allow a goal in more than 190 mins. of play to run her scoreless streak to 579 mins.  She helped the Bobcats set a school record with its 6th straight shutout.  Whyle has 3 shutouts and a .70 GAA so far this season.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 17

Congratulations to Penn State Behrend for winning their second straight women's tennis title and sixth overall.   Here are the AMCC players of the week for October 17th:
Women's Tennis - Allison Mudrey, Penn State Behrend
Women's Soccer
Player of the Week - Briene Cole, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper of the Week - Molly Whyte, Frostburg State
Men's Soccer
Player of the Week - Brad McFadden, Lake Erie
Goalkeeper of the Week - Craig Yanni, Medaille
Volleyball
- Jamie Keane, Pitt-Bradford
Men's Cross Country - Curt Ruble, Frostburg State
Women's Cross Country - Jenny Bailey, Penn State Behrend

PENN STATE BEHREND REPEATS AS WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPS

Penn State Behrend captured its second consecutive AMCC title by winning four singles titles and three doubles titles.  Penn State Altoona was the runner-up.  Click here for complete tournament results.
 

Week of October 10, 2005


ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM AND AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR MEN'S GOLF

Penn State Behrend sophomore Dave Kostanich (Jefferson Hills, PA/Thomas Jefferson HS) heads the AMCC award winners and all-conference team as the men's Golfer of the Year.  Kostanich was the medalist in tournaments at Penn State Altoona and La Roche College.  Medaille College freshman Aaron Jantzi (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) is the Newcomer of the Year.  Jantzi was the medalist at the AMCC championship this past weekend.  Coach of the Year honors go to Pitt-Bradford's Keith Stauffer, who guided the Panthers to a third place finish at the AMCC championship.

Click here for the complete AMCC men's golf all-conference team.

DOLAN RESIGNS AS MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH AT LAKE ERIE

Lake Erie College has accepted the resignation of Jim Dolan, head men’s basketball coach.  The college has named Cliff Hunt as interim head coach.  Hunt has served as assistant coach of the program in 2004-05 and helped to lead the team to a record of 15-12.

Dolan resigns after five seasons as head coach for the Storm, citing family and health considerations.   During his tenure, the men’s basketball team had a combined record of 51-79.  Dolan was also named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Coach of the Year for the 2004-05 season.

A graduate of Hiram College, Hunt was a local high school head basketball coach for 24 seasons (12 at Perry and 12 at West Geauga) with a career record of 356-194.  He was named 1989 Ohio high school coach of the year by the Associated Press.


PS-BEHREND MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM RECEIVES SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Penn State Behrend head coach Dave Niland and the men's basketball team have recently been awarded the Schoenfeld Award by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association (CBOA).  The Schoenfeld Award is an annual award given to a college or university which the CBOA identifies as having "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators." The award is the highest honor that the CBOA annually bestows on any collegiate institution.  The Schoenfeld Award is in memory of Sam Schoenfeld, a former college basketball great who possessed a great deal of energy, honesty, and a charismatic personality.  He was also one of the founding fathers of the CBOA. 

LA ROCHE'S BOOTH HONORED AS ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

La Roche College sophomore forward Nicole Booth has been named the ECAC Div. III Mid-Atlantic Player of the Week.  She is the third AMCC women's soccer player to be recognized by the ECAC this season.  Booth had a three-goal week, providing all the offense the Redhawks needed in a 2-1 win over Lake Erie and adding a score in a victory over Penn State Altoona.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 10

Congratulations to Frostburg State for winning the men's golf title, along with medalist Aaron Jantzi of Medaille.  The women's tennis championship is coming up Sunday.   Here are the AMCC players of the week for October 10th:

Men's Golf
- Aaron Jantzi, Medaille
Women's Soccer
Player of the Week - Nicole Booth, La Roche
Goalkeeper of the Week - Molly Whyte, Frostburg State
Men's Soccer
Player of the Week - Justin Rraya, Lake Erie
Goalkeeper of the Week - Tim Wassell, Penn State Altoona
Volleyball
- Megan Goss, Penn State Altoona
Men's Cross Country - Jonathan Barthelemy, Penn State Altoona
Women's Cross Country - Meagan Crossett, Penn State Altoona
Women's Tennis - Reidan Dare, Frostburg State
 

Week of October 3, 2005


UPG APPOINTS CONLON FOR SPORTS INFO, COACHING DUTIES

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has named Kevin Conlon as Sports Information Director, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, and Assistant Women’s Softball Coach.  Conlon, a native of Altoona, PA,  is a 2005 graduate of Pitt-Greensburg with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. He was a member of the men’s basketball team for four seasons (2001-2005). Over the course of his playing career, Conlon garnered numerous awards. In his senior season, Conlon was selected to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II College Division Men's Basketball Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  He also was named the 2005 AMCC Player of the Year in addition to earning his third consecutive first team All-AMCC selection.  Conlon finished his basketball career as the school’s all-time leader in assists. He is second all-time in points, rebounds, field goals made, and free throws made.  Conlon also was a member of the Pitt-Greensburg baseball team during the 2003 season, where he was a pitcher and third baseman.

For his hard work in the classroom, as well as on the court, Conlon was also the
recipient of the 2004-05 AMCC Faculty Athletics Representative Award.

PENN ST. BEHREND'S BLASZCZYK NAMED MID-ATLANTIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR MEN'S SOCCER

For the fourth time in as many weeks an AMCC men's soccer player has been named as the ECAC Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Week.  This week it is Penn State Behrend senior defender Bryan Blaszczyk.  Blaszczyk stood out at both ends of the field in a 2-0 week for the Behrend Lions.  He scored 2 goals and 1 assist (including the game-winner vs. La Roche) while leading a defense that held opponents scoreless. 

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  Oct. 3

Big things happening in AMCC competition.   Here are the AMCC players of the week for October 3rd:

Women's Tennis
- Nicole Giuliani, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Golf - Scott Hack, Medaille
Women's Soccer
Player of the Week - Angela Bethel, Lake Erie
Goalkeeper of the Week - Lindsey Kennedy, Medaille
Men's Soccer
Player of the Week - Bryan Blaszczyk, Penn St. Behrend
Goalkeeper of the Week - Ray Liptay, Lake Erie
Volleyball
- Elaine Voltz, PS-Behrend
Men's Cross Country - Brad Ruffo, PS-Behrend
Women's Cross Country - Bonnie Axman, Frostburg St.
 

Week of September 26, 2005


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  SEPT. 26

Conference play kicked off in soccer on Saturday, and volleyball gets going on Wednesday.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for September 26:

Men's Cross Country - Curt Ruble, Frostburg St.
Women's Cross Country - Bonnie Axman, Frostburg St.
Women's Tennis - Jenna Yankowski, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Golf - Drew Grossman, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Soccer
Player of the Week - Amanda Kotyas, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper of the Week - Amanda Staub, La Roche
Men's Soccer
Player of the Week - Chris Griffiths, Medaille
Goalkeeper of the Week - Bryn Varhol, Frostburg St.
Volleyball
- Lisa Wagner, Penn St. Behrend

LA ROCHE'S LOZANO HITS 100 CAREER VICTORY MARK

La Roche College head coach Miguel Lozano joined the century club on Saturday.  The Redhawks opened their conference schedule with a 2-0 win over Hilbert College, and in so doing gave Lozano his 100th career victory.
 

Week of September 19, 2005


PS-BEHREND COACH PERRITANO EARNS 300TH CAREER WIN

The Penn State Behrend men's soccer team chalked up another win Wednesday when they downed Grove City College, 5-1.  With the victory came another milestone for head coach Dan Perritano, who reached the 300 career-win mark.  Previously he has coached women's soccer at Monroe Community College, the University of the Redlands, and at Penn State Behrend. His overall record at the three institutions is an impressive 300-168-33.

ECAC SELECTS AMCC GOALKEEPERS FOR WEEKLY SOCCER HONORS

A pair of AMCC seniors--Penn State Altoona's Tim Wassell and Penn State Behrend's Dara Nielsen--have been selected as the ECAC Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region Goalkeepers of the Week.  It is the second straight week that Nielsen has been recognized by the ECAC.

Wassell continued his outstanding play between the pipes for PSA, extending his shut-out streak to over 300 minutes.  The streak ended against Elizabethtown, but not until there were 3 minutes to play in the 2nd OT.  During the game Wassell stopped one breakaway and a penalty kick, and made 9 saves.  Meanwhile, in 200 mins. of play, Nielsen did not concede a single goal for PSB.  She was stellar in a 0-0 double overtime standoff versus Carnegie Mellon, making 12 saves.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  SEPT. 19

Volleyball
- Amanda Evans, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Cross Country - Zach Kocian, Pitt-Greensburg
Women's Cross Country - Jenny Bailey, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Tennis - Jenna Francisco, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Golf - Aly Rana, La Roche
Women's Soccer
Player of the Week - Koryn Walker, Medaille
Goalkeeper of the Week - Dara Nielsen, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Soccer
Player of the Week - Mike Rhodes, Medaille
Goalkeeper of the Week - Tim Wassall, Penn St. Altoona
 

Week of September 12, 2005


AMCC SOCCER PLAYERS GET ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION

In the first week of nominations, the AMCC has landed two soccer players on the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Region player of the week teams.  Medaille College striker Cory Cwiklinski has been named men's regional player of the week, and Penn State Behrend's Dara Nielsen has been recognized as the Mid-Atlantic women's goalkeeper of the week.

In a week that saw the Mavericks go 3-0, Cwiklinski scored 7 goals and 1 assist, including the game-winner in overtime versus Waynesburg.  He already has 10 goals and 21 points on the young season to lead the AMCC in scoring.  In a 2-0 week for the Behrend Lions, Nielsen conceded just one goal.  She shut out Westminster and blanked Case Western in overtime for a 2-1 win.  Nielsen currently boasts a .97 GAA.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  SEPT. 12

Men's Soccer
Player of the Week - Cory Cwiklinski, Medaille
Goalkeeper of the Week - Tim Wassell, Penn St. Altoona
Volleyball - Elaine Voltz, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Cross Country - Ed May, Frostburg State
Women's Cross Country - Bonnie Axman, Frostburg State
Women's Soccer
Player of the Week - Kerri Clarkson, Medaille
Goalkeeper of the Week - Dara Nielsen, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of September 5, 2005


LAKE ERIE HIRES NEW WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH

Bob Booher, former coach at Lakeland Community College, is the new head women's basketball coach at Lake Erie College.  He replaces Carla Richardson, who resigned in July after two seasons as head coach.

Booher comes to Lake Erie and the NCAA level after spending the last six seasons in the same position at nearby Lakeland. He compiled a record of 129-52 (.712) at LCC, including a mark of 24-6 last year. His 2004-05 squad ranked 4th in the nation in team offense and 7th in team defense.  The 56-year old was named Coach of the Year in the Ohio Community College Athletic Association in both 2003 and 2005. Lakeland's teams were ranked among the Top 20 in the nation five times during his tenure.


PITT-GREENSBURG ANNOUNCES STAFF CHANGES

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Athletics Department has undergone recent changes to its staff.  Pitt-Greensburg has accepted the resignations of Leslie Hrubes, and Mark Katarski, and has added Joe Hill, Nolan Larry, and Kathy Murray to positions in the department.

Mark Katarski has resigned from the position of Sports Information Director, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, and Assistant Softball Coach effective September 16th.  Katarski has recently accepted a position as the head women’s basketball coach at Chatham College. A full-time staff member, Katarski had been with department since July 2000 in a variety of roles. He had previously served as Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, Head Men’s Tennis Coach, and Head Softball Coach for a season each, as well as the Assistant Baseball Coach for two seasons. The former Coordinator of Intramurals for a year, Katarski has held his current position of Sports Information Director since July of 2002, and Assistant Softball Coach since July of 2004. The Mt. Pleasant native has been an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach since July of 2000, helping the program achieve noticeable growth.

Leslie Hrubes resigned from her position as Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach, effective September 1st. She had held the position since the beginning of the 2002 season.  Hrubes, a native of Derry, PA, also served as an assistant softball coach during the 2004 season at Pitt-Greensburg.

Joe Hill, the current Head Baseball Coach at Pitt-Greensburg, has added the duties of Coordinator of Intramurals. Nolan Larry will join the staff as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for the 2005-06 season. A graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, Larry served as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at his alma mater, Washington & Jefferson College, during the 2003-04 season.  Kathy Murray joins the athletic department as an Assistant Coach for Men’s and Women’s Cross Country. An active runner, Murray is an Academic Advisor and Coordinator of International Studies at Pitt-Greensburg, a position she’s held since October 1999.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  SEPT. 6

Fall sports kicked into high gear over the Labor Day weekend, with action in soccer, volleyball and cross country.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for Sept. 6:

Women's Soccer
Player of the Week - Nicole Jacobs, La Roche
Goalkeeper of the Week -Lindsey Kennedy, Medaille
Men's Soccer
Player of the Week - Rob Milani, Penn St. Behrend
Goalkeeper of the Week - Tim Wassell, Penn St. Altoona
Volleyball - Erin Monn, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Cross Country - Brad Ruffo, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Cross Country - Bonnie Axman, Frostburg St.
 

Week of August 29, 2005


TENNIS COACHES ASSOCIATION  HONORS BEHREND'S MUDREY

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is recognizing Penn State Behrend's Allison Mudrey (Hermitage, PA/Hickory). The ITA releases previous season's honors prior to the start of the fall seasons.

This honor highlights student-athletes that achieve above a 3.5 grade-point average and also excel on the courts. Mudrey was spectacular as a freshman for the blue and white. She was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and the Behrend Lions team MVP after leading Behrend to the 2004 AMCC championship.

HILBERT ADDS TO STAFF

Hilbert College has filled two vacancies in the department of athletics announced director of athletics, Richard Walsh.  Lindsey Peltier has been named athletic facilities coordinator and Mick Kuberka will take over as head men's and women's cross country coach.

Peltier comes to Hilbert College after recently graduating in 2004 with a degree in Athletic Training/Sport Medicine from the University of Charleston (WV).  The Licensed Athletic Trainer recently spent the previous year as a certified trainer at New Bremen High School, and Fort Loramie High School in Ohio.  Her responsibilities at Hilbert will include overseeing indoor and outdoor athletic facilities as well as overseeing operation of the new fitness center in the recently renovated Hafner Recreation Center. 

Kuberka joined the Hawks' men's basketball staff as an assistant coach back in the fall of 2003.  He takes over all related duties of the cross country program effective immediately.  Kuberka graduated from Lafayette College in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in business and economics with a minor in anthropology and sociology.  He  was a four-year letter winner and played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 1999 and 2000.  When not on campus, Kuberka is a licensed broker with Maximum Equities, Inc. in Buffalo.
 

Week of August 22, 2005


AMCC ANNOUNCES FAN SPORTSMANSHIP PROGRAM

Stories of poor spectator behavior at sporting events around the country have prompted the presidents of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference to take proactive measures so that the next story is not likely to be one about one of their institutions.

With help from a grant from the NCAA, the AMCC is launching the Fan Sportsmanship Initiative.  It is a marketing effort to educate the folks who attend their events—students, student-athletes, coaches, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and the general public—about what is expected when it comes to spectator behavior.

“As a conference, we did not have a coordinated approach to what was expected of fans at our events,” explains Lori J. Bechtel, Chancellor at Penn State Altoona and chair of the AMCC Presidents’ Council.  “Before, we spoke with ten different voices, and every voice may have said something a little different.  With this initiative, we spell out clearly what our expectations are, and we get that message out to our fans.  Now we are speaking with one voice, backed by the presidents, and that is a much more powerful message.”

The initiative relies on promoting a concise message:  “Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Positive.” It includes five parameters for behavior:

·   Cheer for your team, not against the visitors

·   Don’t get personal in your comments about players, coaches or officials

·   No profanity, vulgarity, racist or sexist comments

·   Give players, coaches and officials their space by keeping away from the playing area
and team bench areas

·   A “no tolerance” policy for alcohol use is in effect at all contests

At every member school, the message will be on signage at both indoor and outdoor events, in game programs, on websites, and in student newspapers.

“A lot of people think sportsmanship, be it for players or fans, is like the weather—we spend a lot of time talking about it, but no one can really do anything about it.  Our presidents think differently,” said AMCC commissioner Donna Ledwin.  “This program is very basic, very straightforward.  We believe that if our fans are educated in what kind of behavior is expected, and the standard is the same at all member institutions, they will be more inclined to behave in a positive way that supports their team.”
 

Week of August 1, 2005


SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL COACHES' POLLS ANNOUNCED

Frostburg State University
was picked to repeat as champions in women's soccer and volleyball, while Penn State Altoona is the favorite to capture its first ever championship in men's soccer, per the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Fall 2005 coaches' polls.

Preseason Player of the Year nods go to Jen McIntosh (Pitt-Greensburg) in women's soccer; Tim Wassell (Penn Statet Altoona) in men's soccer; and Jill McCoy (Mount Aloysius) in volleyball.

Click on the links below for complete team rankings and players to watch:

Women's Soccer
                    Men's Soccer                      Volleyball

HILBERT BASKETBALL COACH LEADS BASKETBALL TEAM TO EMPIRE STATE GAMES GOLD

Hilbert College junior men's basketball player Glen Ufland and Hawks head men's basketball coach Rob deGrandpre earned "gold" medals at this summer's 2005 Empire State Games held at Marist College.  Representing the Western Region in the Open Division, Ufland saw action in three out of four contests competing against some of the best amateurs from across New York State's six regions.  For deGrandpre, it was his first Gold medal after coming up short the last six summers on the sidelines.  The Western team went a perfect 4-0 at the games with Sunday's 73-72 overtime thriller against the Hudson Valley team being the deciding factor in earning the gold.

A multi-sport event for amateur athletes, the Empire State Games is the largest competition of its kind in the nation and is patterned after the Olympic program.  Athletes must be residents of the State of New York and qualify through regional trials in each of six regions.  This year some 6,000 participated in final competition throughout the Hudson Valley area.

SERETTI NAMED HEAD COACH OF PS-ALTOONA MEN'S BASKETBALL

Alan J. Seretti has been named the new head coach of men's basketball at Penn State Altoona.  Seretti spent the last three years of his young career as an assistant men's basketball coach at Division III Washington and Jefferson College.  When he takes to the bench in 2005, it will be the first time he has roamed the sidelines as a collegiate head coach.

The 2005 season at Washington and Jefferson culminated with their  appearance in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) championship game.  As an assistant coach, Seretti also helped guide the Seton LaSalle High School girls' basketball team to a District 7 Class AA Championship and an appearance in the PIAA quarterfinals.

Seretti is a 1999 graduate of Allegheny College and a 2002 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law.
 

Week of July 25, 2005


HILBERT ANNOUNCES NEW COACH OF MEN'S SOCCER

Former Hilbert College assistant men's soccer coach Rick Couell has been named the program's new head men's soccer coach.  Couell takes over the Hawks program after spending the 2004 season as an assistant coach to former head coach Tim Kronenwetter.

Last fall Couell joined the Hawks program after previously serving as the travel director for West Seneca Soccer where he also served as head coach of the boys U-11 and U-14 programs for seven years. He currently holds a USFF "E" license.
 

Week of July 11, 2005


FROSTBURG STATE MEN'S SOCCER TEAM TRAVELING TO SCOTLAND

The Frostburg State men's soccer team will be heading to Glasgow, Scotland, for nine days of training and matches in early August.  The team will train daily, participate in matches against top professional and amateur clubs, tour the Scottish country side and take in a Scottish Premier League match.

The Bobcats will play two games against top youth programs from two professional teams — Queens Park FC and Falkirk FC — as well as two matches against two top amateur teams — Kilpatrick and Campsie Black Watch FC. The team will also be touring the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and will get the chance to attend a Scottish Premier League soccer match.
 


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