2006-07 NEWS ARCHIVE
 

Week of June 18, 2007


AMCC SAAC COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT A SUCCESS

SAAC members from six AMCC institutions collected a truck load plus a trailer-full of sporting equipment for elementary schools in Louisiana still struggling to recover from Hurrican Katrina.  Their efforts, coordinated by Frostburg State University SAAC advisor Troy Strieby, were met with open and grateful arms.

"They are amazing with what they have to work with [in Louisiana], but they have been forgotten," said Strieby.   "Fundraisers and collections that will help in finding used band equipment, school books, library books, and sporting equipment are all needed.  We can  really  make a difference  here."  He emphasized that even a bag of equipment made a difference to an alternative school that did not have any sports equipment for two full years.

The collection effort came from an idea at a conference SAAC meeting to find a way to "give back" in celebrating the AMCC's tenth anniversary this past year.  SAACs at five member schools chose to participate:  Frostburg State, La Roche College, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Penn State Behrend and Mount Aloysius College.


MORE BASEBALL HONORS FOR AMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES

Four AMCC baseball players were named to the 2007 Mid-Atlantic All-Region NCAA Div. III ABCA All-Star Team.  Conference champion Frostburg State placed three players on the first team: 
senior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) and juniors Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) and Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (LIU)) .  Penn State Behrend freshman shortstop Josh Fyffe (Fredonia, PA/Sharpsville) made third team honors.

Gitzen earned all-region honors after setting career highs in batting average (.383), slugging percentage (.665), runs (52), hits (64), RBIs (46) and homeruns (9). He finished the season ranked second in the conference in runs scored, hits, homeruns and RBIs.

Peake currently ranks 16th in NCAA Division III in homeruns (11), 30th in RBIs per game (1.27) and 39th in homeruns per game (.23). He set the single-season school record for RBIs (57) and tied the school record for homeruns.

Burke finished second in the league in batting average (.426), total bases (103), stolen bases (27) and triples (6), set the single-season FSU record for hits in a season (66) and ranks 27th in triples and 32nd in stolen bases per game (.68) among NCAA Division III players.

Fyffe, the AMCC Newcomer of the Year, was honored by his teammates as team MVP.  He hit .394 with a team-high nine doubles and 33 RBIs. He also hit three home runs and stole 10 bases while leading the team to the fourth most wins in program history with a 27-12 mark.

 

Week of May 21, 2007


PENN STATE BEHREND WINS SIXTH PRESIDENTS CUP

For the sixth time in seven years, Penn State Behrend has earned the AMCC Presidents Cup, awarded to the member institution with the most successful overall program in conference sponsored championship sports.

The Behrend Lions finished the year with 98 points, their highest total ever, winning four of 14 team championships.  Frostburg State University, the only other program to win the trophy since the award was instituted, accumulated 85.5 points (4 titles), followed by Penn State Altoona with 71.5 points (2 titles).

Click here for the complete Presidents Cup standings.

AMCC BASEBALL PLAYERS RECEIVE POST-SEASON HONORS

The accolades are coming in for AMCC baseball players from several member institutions.  Conference Player of the Year Matt Stanziano (Pittsburgh, PA/Brashear HS)
became the first-male athlete in Pitt-Greensburg history to earn All-America honors, as he was named a Third-Team All-American by D3Baseball.com.  He finished as the conference's leader in batting average (.452) and stolen bases (33), and finished second in slugging percentage (.721) and on-base percentage (.512).  For much of the season, Stanziano was atop the nation in both batting average and stolen bases per game, and he finished the season in the top 10 in each category.

Also getting recognition are Frostburg State University first baseman Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, VA/Stafford), third baseman Mike Gitzen (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls) and outfielder Bryan Burke (Lyndenhurst, NY/Lyndenhurst).  The trio of all-AMCC first teamers have been named to the 2007 Mid Atlantic All Region NCAA Division Three  ABCA All-Star Team.
 

Week of May 14, 2007


PITT-GREENSBURG'S STANZIANO LEADS BASEBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM AS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Pitt-Greensburg second baseman Matt Stanziano (Pittsburgh, PA/Brashear HS) is the AMCC Baseball Player of the Year for 2007.  He is joined in the post-season accolades by Penn St. Behrend shortstop Josh Fyffe (Ferdonia, PA/Sharpsville HS) and Medaille head coach Ron Nero as Coach of the Year.

Stanziano led the AMCC in batting average (.452) and stolen bases (33) and was ranked second in slugging percentage (.731) and on-base percentage (.512).  Fyffe boasted a .394 batting average to go with 56 hits and 33 RBI.  Nero's Mavericks finished the AMCC campaign at 13-5 and a share of the conference regular season championship.

Click here for the complete all-conference team.

FROSTBURG STATE TOPS LA ROCHE TO REPEAT AS AMCC BASEBALL CHAMPIONS


Frostburg State successfully defended its AMCC title for the second year in a row, defeating La Roche College, 17-8, in the championship game.  As a result of the win, the Bobcats (30-13) received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.  They are the #5 seed in the Mid-Atlantic Regional (Boyertown, PA) and will meet #4 Gwynedd-Mercy on Thursday at 9:30am.

LA ROCHE WINS ECAC SOFTBALL CROWN

La Roche College, the AMCC regular season champions, added another piece of hardware to its trophy case by defeating Kean University, 5-4, in the title game of the ECAC Div. III Southern Region softball championship.  The Redhawks were led by first team all-conference pitcher Bethany Perrachino (Sidman, PA/Forest Hills) who recorded 3 wins and was named the tournament MVP.
 

Week of May 7, 2007


PS-BEHREND, LA ROCHE ADVANCE IN ECAC SOFTBALL

The AMCC made a strong showing on the first day of the ECAC Southern Division Softball Tournament, with host La Roche and Penn St. Behrend recording victories.  The Behrend Lions earned a pair of wins, first defeating Neumann College, 1-0, then subduing Westminster, 2-0.  The Redhawks were 3-2 victors over Kean University.  Play continues Sunday, when the two conference rivals will meet at 11am.

LA ROCHE, FROSTBURG STATE TO MEET IN BASEBALL FINAL

Top seed La Roche and #3 Frostburg State will meet at 10am Sunday for the AMCC baseball championship.  Since it is a double elimination format, if La Roche should win the 10am game, there will be a second contest to follow at approximately 1:00pm.  The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.

The two teams squared off this morning with the defending champion Bobcats emerging victorious by a 12-8 margin.  Host La Roche then eliminated #2 seed Medaille, 17-7, to set up the re-match.

TOP THREE SEEDS STAY ALIVE IN BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

#1 La Roche, #2 Medaille and #3 Frostburg State all advanced to the second day of the AMCC baseball championship, in varying fashions.  Frostburg St. started the day by upending Medaille, 17-3, followed by a La Roche win over #5 Pitt-Bradford, 8-7, Game 2.  Medaille then eliminated the Panthers, 12-9 in Game 3.

Play continues at 9am Saturday at La Roche, where the host Redhawks will take on the defending AMCC champion Bobcats.  The loser will meet Medaille at 12n, with the title game to follow.

PITT-BRADFORD BOUNCED FROM NCAA SOFTBALL REGIONAL;  ECAC TOURNAMENT BEGINS SATURDAY
AT LA ROCHE

The AMCC champion Pitt-Bradford Panthers drew a pair of tough opponents in the New York Regional of the NCAA Div. III tournament, and took an early but hard fought exit.  UPB dropped their opener against Ithaca College, 3-1, on Thursday, then faltered again versus the University of Rochester, the #1 seed in the region, by a 5-3 margin today.  The Panthers finished the season at 20-19.

Meanwhile, the post-season is just beginning for La Roche and Penn St. Behrend.  The two were selected for the ECAC Southern Regional Tournament, La Roche as the #2 seed and the Behrend Lions as #4.  The Redhawks, regular season champions for the AMCC, is hosting the two-day event.

FROSTBURG STATE'S GITZEN, PITT-BRADFORD'S KRAMER NAMED ECAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

The AMCC continues its strong showing in the ECAC Div. III South Region, with two more individuals receiving Player of the Week honors for their efforts in conference play last week.

Frostburg State third baseman Mike Gitzen (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls, HS) got the nod in baseball. 
Gitzen was a relentless offensive threat for the Bobcats to help them finish 4-0 on the week and earn a piece of the AMCC regular season title.  He went 8 for 15 (.533) including a grant slam in a first round playoff win over UPG.  The senior collected 10 RBI in 15 at bats, stroking a double and 2 home runs in 8 hits.

Pitt-Bradford shortstop LeeAnn Kramer (Percasie, PA/Penn Ridge HS) stood out among her softball  peers in the region.  The sophomore hit a whopping .727 in 7 games last week (16-22) with 5 extra base hits (2 doubles, 2 triples and a home run).  She drove in 9 runs and scored 5 and was 2 for 2 in stolen base attemps.  She led the Panthers in the AMCC championship game, going 3 for 4 at the plate and recording 3 RBI to help Pitt-Bradford win their fourth conference title in five years. 

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MAY 7

Softball

Player: LeeAnn Kramer, Pitt-Bradford
Pitcher: Kristy Zavinski, Pitt-Bradford

Baseball

Player: Mike Gitzen, Frostburg St.
Pitcher: Aaron Main, Frostburg St.

PENN ST. BEHREND'S KASCHAUER LEADS SOFTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Penn St. Behrend second baseman Nikki Kaschauer (South Park, PA/South Park) is the 2007 AMCC Softball Player of the Year.  The two-time first team all-conference selection leads the AMCC in several hitting categories, including batting average (.477, hits (52), RBI (33) and on-base percentage (.496).

Among the other award winners are 3B Kayla Strittmater (La Roche) and P Katelyn Coffey (Frostburg St.), the Co-Newcomers of the Year, and Orie Gentile, who guided La Roche to the regular season championship and an overall record of 26-15.

Click here for the complete softball all-conference team.
 

Week of April 30, 2007


PITT-BRADFORD WINS FOURTH AMCC TITLE IN 5 YEARS

It was a re-match of last year's championship, but the ending was a little different as Pitt-Bradford emerged victorious over Penn St. Behrend, 9-7, to earn its fourth AMCC championship in five seasons.  The Behrend Lions forced a seventh game by defeating UPB, 7-6 in Game 6 of the double elimination tournament, which was hosted by La Roche College, the regular season champions.

The Panthers (20-16)  will represent the AMCC in the NCAA tournament which begins later this week.  Site and opponent will be announced Monday.

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

Home field advantage was not to be for regular season champion La Roche College as the Redhawks were ousted on Day 2 of the AMCC softball championship tournament.  #2 Pitt-Bradford upset #1 La Roche, 2-0 and #3 Penn St. Behrend overcame the top seed by a 3-2 margin in 8 innings, to set up a replay of last year's final.

Earlier in the day, the Behrend Lions eliminated Medaille, 9-0.

The championship game will be played at La Roche at 11am Sunday.  Game 7, if needed, will be at 1:30pm.

PITT-BRADFORD, FROSTBURG STATE FIRST ROUND WINNERS IN AMCC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

#5 Pitt-Bradford scored a mild upset of #4 Penn St. Behrend and #3 Frostburg St. struggled awhile before subduing #6 Pitt-Greensburg,  as the first round of the AMCC baseball tournament wrapped up on Saturday.   Bradford and Behrend split in the regular season, but the Panthers took two in the playoffs, 9-0 and 4-1 (10) to earn a championship round date with the top-seeded La Roche Redhawks.  The defending champion Bobcats went into extra innings in game 1 against UPG (4-3, 8 innings) then finished game 2 by a 12-8 score.  They will next face #2 Medaille.  La Roche is the host site beginning Friday, May 11.  Click here for the complete tournament schedule.


HIGHER SEEDS ADVANCE IN DAY ONE OF SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

Top seeded La Roche overwhelmed #4 Medaille, 6-0, and #2 Pitt-Bradford held off a seventh inning rally from Penn St. Behrend to win, 7-6, as the AMCC concluded Day 1 of its championship tournament.   Earlier in the day, #3 Penn St. Behrend defeated #6 Lake Erie, 4-0, and #4 Medaille got past #5 Frostburg State, 3-2, to advance to the double elimination championship round. 

Play will continue Saturday at 10am, with Penn St. Behrend facing Medailled, followed by La Roche/Pitt-Bradford at 12:30pm.  The winner of the 10am game will take on the loser of the 12:30pm game at  3:pm.  The championship game will be Sunday at 11am and 1:30pm (if needed).

BASEBALL TOURNAMENT FINALLY SET; LA ROCHE TO HOST

It took a little longer than expected to conclude the regular season, but with today's match-up between Medaille and Pitt-Bradford in the books, the regular season has officially come to an end and the AMCC tournament is ready to go.

The Mavericks and Panthers split (Medaille won game 1, 12-3 and Bradford won game 2, 12-8) so that leaves La Roche, Medaille and Frostburge State as tri-regular season champions.  When tiebreaker criteria is applied, La Roche is the #1 seed and host of the tournament, Medaille the #2 seed, and the defending champion Bobcats #3.

Saturday's first round games will feature #6 Pitt-Greensburg travelling to Frostburg, while #5 Pitt-Bradford heads to Erie for a meeting with the #4 seed Penn State Behrend.  The double elimination tournament will begin Friday, May 11.

PENN ST. BEHREND'S KASCHAUER NAMED ECAC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

For the fourth time in seven weeks, an AMCC softball player has been named Player of the Week for the ECAC Div. III Southern Region.  This time Penn St. Behrend
second baseman Nikki Kaschauer (South Park, PA/South Park HS) gets the nod.  Kaschauer helped the defending champion Behrend Lions secure the #3 seed in the AMCC tournament by leading them to a 4-0 finish of their regular season conference schedule.  She hit .667, going 8 for 12, scoring 7 runs and driving in 3.  Her 3 extra base hits included a double, a triple and a HR.  Kaschauer currently leads the AMCC in BA (.477), hits (52) and RBI (33).

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF APRIL 30

Baseball

Player: Josh Fyffe, Penn St. Behrend
Pitcher: David Koerbel, Penn St. Behrend

Softball
Player: Nikki Kaschauer, Penn St. Behrend
Pitcher: Julie Koman, Penn St. Behrend

PITT-BRADFORD'S PHILLIPS EARNS 100TH CAREER WIN

Pitt-Bradford head softball coach Tina Phillips collected her 100th career win when the Panthers swept Grove City in a doubleheader on Monday, 9-6 and 5-0.  In her tenure at UPB, Phillips has guided the softball team to three AMCC titles (2003-05).  The Panthers (17-15 overall, 14-4 AMCC) are the #2 seed in this year's tournament, which begins Friday.


SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT WILL BEGIN FRIDAY

Due to academic conflicts, the first round of the AMCC softball tournament will be reduced to a single game play-in on Friday morning at 10am in Pittsburgh, followed by a double elimination championship round.  In the first round, #3 Penn State Behrend will face #6 Lake Erie at North Allegheny High School (Rt. 19, Wexford) and #4 Medaille will meet #5 Frostburg St. at La Roche.  All of the championship round games will be played at La Roche.  In Game 1 at 1:00pm the top seeded Redhawks will play the winner of Medaille/Frostburg St., to be followed by Game 2 at 3:30pm with  #2 seed Pitt-Bradford versus the winner of Behrend/Lake Erie.

The rest of the tournament schedule is as follows:
Saturday, May 5
Game 3 - 10am: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
Game 4 - 12:30pm: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Game 5 - 3:00pm: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4

Sunday, May 6
Game 6 - 11am: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5
Game 7 - 1:30pm: Same as Game 6 (only if needed)
 

Week of April 23, 2007


INCLEMENT WEATHER DELAYS AMCC SOFTBALL TOURNEY

The first round of the AMCC softball tournament is delayed for a few more days due to the inability of Medaille and Penn St. Altoona to complete their regular season games today due to rainy weather in Buffalo.  They are rescheduled for tomorrow (Sunday) and the first round games are tentatively set to begin on Wednesday, May 2.

The only sure thing at this point is that Penn St. Behrend will be the #3 seed.  They accomplished this by sweeping Frostburg State at home today, 10-0 and 3-1.  Frostburg State, Medaille and Lake Erie are all in the running for seeds #4-6, which are dependent on the outcome of Medaille/PS-Altoona.  Here are the possible scenarios:
If Medaille wins both games:  Medaille is #4 at 12-6, Frostburg St. (11-7) is #5 and Lake Erie (11-7) is #6.  FSU and LEC are 11-7, but FSU gets the TB over LEC because of their split with #2 Pitt-Bradford.

If Medaille splits: All three teams are 11-7.  The three teams all split with each other, so the tiebreaker would be record against opponents ranked above, place by place.  In this scenario, FSU would be #4 (and first round host) due to their split with #2 Pitt-Bradford, MED would be #5 due to their sweep of #3 Penn St. Behrend, and LEC would be #6.

If Medaille should lose both:  At 10-8 they would be #6 and go to Behrend.  FSU would again get the tiebreak over LEC (due to split with UPB) and the #4 seed, and would host LEC (#5).

AMCC SOFTBALL, BASEBALL ATHLETES WIN ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION

Pitt-Bradford pitcher Kristy Zavinski (Warren, PA/Warren HS) and Pitt-Greensburg second baseman Matt Stanziano (Pittsburgh, PA/Brashear HS) are the latest AMCC spring athletes to be reccognized in the ECAC weekly honor roll for the Division III Southern Region.  Their selections bring the AMCC total to 6 players and 4 pitchers in 6 weeks of competition.

It is the second time this season that Stanziano has been named ECAC Player of the Week. 
The junior did it all in conference play this week, batting .769 to lead the Bobcats to a 4-0 record in the AMCC, and move the team firmly into the playoff picture.  He collected 10 hits, 8 runs, and seven RBIs in 13 at bats, hitting a home run, a triple, and a double.  Stanziano also raised his stolen base total to a league-best 29, as he was 7 for 7 for the week.  He leads the AMCC in batting average (.455) and slugging percentage (.773).

Zavinski also had a monster week, chalking up 5 wins and 1 save against the Panthers' top four  AMCC opponents.  She threw a 5-hit shutout of league leader La Roche, and earned the save in Game 2 of the doubleheader.  At the plate Zavinski drove in 12 runs and scored 7, recording at least 1 hit in 8 of 10 games on the week.

LA ROCHE WINS SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON TITLE, WILL HOST CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF AMCC TOURNAMENT

La Roche College swept Frostburg St. today to clinch the AMCC regular season title and the right to host the championship round of the conference tournament scheduled for May 4-6.  Pitt-Bradford has earned the #2 seed with a record of 14-4.  Both teams will receive first round byes.

The Redhawks won by scores of 4-0 and 9-1 (6) to finish their AMCC schedule at 16-2.  They are 23-13 overall.

The first round of the tournament is scheduled to begin on Sunday, April 29.  While the four participants are known (Penn State Behrend, Frostburg State, Medaille and Lake Erie), the seeding will not be determined until the conclusion of Saturday's regular season games.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF APRIL 23

It's crunch time in the AMCC, with softball playoffs slated to begin this weekend and baseball just around the corner.  Everybody think spring...

Softball

Player: Cat Retterer, Pitt-Bradford
Pitcher: Kristy Zavinski, Pitt-Bradford

Baseball

Player: Matt Stanziano, Pitt-Greensburg
Pitcher: Paul Altmyer, Pitt-Greensburg

FROSTBURG STATE PLAYER TIES BASEBALL RECORDS


Senior Ryan Webb (Westminster, MD/South Carroll HS) had a career day for the Frostburg State Bobcats Saturday in a 13-2 win over Medaille in game one of an AMCC doubleheader.

Webb tied three FSU single-game records when he went 3-for-3 with three homeruns, eight RBIs and 12 total bases. Webb hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat and smacked a three-run bomb in his second at-bat. After being hit by a pitch in his third plate appearance, Webb crushed another three-run shot over the centerfield fence in his fourth at-bat to give FSU a 13-2 lead in the fifth inning.

The only other Bobcat to accomplish three homeruns, eight RBIs and 12 total bases in a game was Jim Riggleman when he faced Davis & Elkins back in 1972. Riggleman, who was selected in fourth round of the 1974 MLB amateur draft, is currently the Field Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league system.

Webb leads the Bobcats with a .418 batting average and an .836 slugging percentage.

 

Week of April 16, 2007


PS-BEHREND'S SHAW LEADS AMCC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM FOR MEN'S TENNIS

Penn St. Behrend freshman Scott Shaw (Tulsa OK/Jenks HS), who went undefeated at #1 singles in AMCC competition this past season, is the Men's Tennis Player of the Year for the conference.  Newcomer of the Year honors were shared by Ryan Rice (Frostburg State) and Jared Rute (Penn St. Altoona).  FSU coach Stuart Swink, whose Bobcats won the team title, was named Coach of the Year.

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

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF APRIL 16

Men's Tennis
: Ryan Rice, Frostburg State

Baseball

Player: Josh Fyffe, Penn St. Behrend
Pitcher: Nate McColloght, La Roche

Softball
Player: LeeAnn Kramer, Pitt-Bradford
Pitcher: Julie Koman, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of April 9, 2007


FROSTBURG STATE MEN WIN AMCC CHAMPIONSHIP

Winning three individual titles and one doubles title, Frostburg State University edged out two-time defending champion Penn State Altoona to win the 2007 AMCC men's tennis championship.  The Bobcats were led by junior Matt Chisholm (La Plata, MD/La Plata) who won the #3 singles title for the third year in a row, and was the runner-up (along with partner Greg Shedd) at #1 doubles.  Frostburg State last won the championship in 2001.

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for complete tournament results.

LAKE ERIE TO ADD TRACK & FIELD, WOMEN'S GOLF

Lake Erie College has announced the addition of women’s golf and men’s and women’s track and field as varsity teams for the 2007-08 academic year, boosting their sponsorship total to 13 varsity teams. Women’s golf will join the already established men’s team, which began during the 1992-93 academic year.

FIVE BASKETBALL PLAYERS MAKE ECAC ALL-STAR TEAMS

Five AMCC basketball players--three women and two men--have received post-season honors from the ECAC.  Conference Player of the Year Amanda Baker (Medaille) and Brittany Mays (Penn St. Behrend) were named to the Div. III Southern Region Second Team, with Krystin Hargrove (Frostburg State) cited as an Honorable Mention selection.  The men's Player of the Year, Dallas Reinard (Hilbert) along with Penn St. Behrend's Kevin Buczynski were also named to the Southern Region Second Team. 

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF APRIL 9

Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for April 9:

Men's Tennis
: Andy Chisholm, Frostburg State

Softball

Player: Brittany Binko, Lake Erie
Pitcher: Katelyn Coffey, Frostburg State

Baseball

Player: Brett Mitchell, Frostburg State
Pitcher: Phil Avolio, La Roche
 

Week of April 2, 2007


AMCC ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

More than 500 student-athletes have been named to he Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Academic All-Conference Team for 2006-07.  More than 100 of those individuals will be inducted into Chi  Alpha Sigma, the national collegiate student-athlete honor society.  Chi Alpha Sigma recognition requires that a student-athlete letter in a varsity sport, achieve a minimum 3.4 GPA, and be of good moral character.  Induction is limited to juniors and seniors.

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for the complete AMCC Academic All-Conference Team.

PITT-GREENBURG'S WELSH GETS ECAC SOFTBALL HONOR

Pitt-Greensburg sophomore Kelly Welsh (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic HS) has been recognized as the Div. III South Region Softball Player of the Week by the ECAC.  It is the third week in a row that an AMCC player or pitcher has been honored.

Welsh
led the Bobcats to a 4-2 week, including two conference wins. She  batted .652 in six games, with 15 hits, 16 RBIs, three home runs, and two doubles.  In two games she was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate.  Her highlight effort was driving in the game-winning run with a single in the eighth inning against Pitt-Bradford.   Welsh also played standout defense, committing just one error in six games at third base.  She currently leads the AMCC in RBI (18) and ranks second in hits (23).

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF APRIL 2

The sun finally shines on the AMCC!  Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for April 2:

Baseball

Player: Brian Burke, Frostbuerg State
Pitcher: Aaron Main, Frostburg State

Men's Tennis: Matt Chisholm, Frostburg State

Softball

Player: Kelly Welsh, Pitt-Greensburg
Pitcher: Beth Perrachino, La Roche 

MEDAILLE NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

The Medaille College board of trustees has elected Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D. as the 6th president of Medaille College. Dr. Jurasek has a strong background in academics as well as fundraising.  He is the executive vice president of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Dr. Jurasek will begin his tenure as Medaille College’s 6th president on June 1.  At Antioch College, Dr. Jurasek served as the chief operations officer with direct responsibility for admissions, financial aid, academic affairs, student affairs and auxiliary services. In addition to these leadership roles, he also helped design and launch the final phase of Antioch’s capital campaign, completed a facilities master plan, prepared for a successful accreditation site visit by the North Central Association, and continued the successful re-branding of Antioch College.
 

Week of March 26, 2007


LAKE ERIE'S HEDRICK, PITT-GREENSBURG'S STANZIANO EARN ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

The AMCC landed both Southern Region Player of the Week recipients this past week, with Lake Erie shortstop Jessica Hedrick earning softball recognition and Pitt-Greensburg second baseman Matt Stanziano tabbed for baseball honors.

Hedrick led the Storm in hitting vs. Pitt-Greensburg to lead her team to a 2-0 conference start.  She went 6 for 8 (.750) with 3 doubles, 2 RBI and 4 runs scored, and was also 1 for 1 in stolen base attempts.  The Storm shortstop was also perfect defensively.

Meanwhile, the Bobcats started their conference schedule with a
sweep over Lake Erie, and Stanziano led the way.  He was a perfect 6 for 6 at the plate, scoring 4 runs to go with 9 RBIs, and collecting 2 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run in the doubleheader.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF MARCH 26

It was a tough weather week for the AMCC, but some spring sports teams actually saw some action.  Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for March 26:

Baseball

Player: Matt Stanziano, Pitt-Greensburg
Pitcher: Ryan Clouse, Mount Aloysius

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

Softball

Player: Jessica Hedrick, Lake Erie
Pitcher: Stevie Banks, Lake Erie

 

Week of March 19, 2007


BEHREND'S KOMAN IS ECAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Penn State Behrend sophomore pitcher Julie Koman (McKees Rocks, PA/Montour HS) has been named the ECAC Div. III South Region Softball Pitcher of the Week.  The 2006 AMCC Player and Pitcher of the Year picked up where she left off, helping the Behrend Lions to 4 wins and a save in 8 trips to the mound.  In 43 innings pitched she struck out 52, walked 15 and allowed 17 earned runs.

PITT-GREENSBURG ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has announced that Dr.
Sharon P. Smith will be the next President of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, effective July 1, 2007.  Dr. Smith will succeed Dr. Frank Cassell, a founding member of the AMCC, who is retiring at the conclusion of the academic year.

Dr. Smith earned her AB, MA, and PhD in Economics from Rutgers University.  After working as an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, as District Manager for American Telephone and Telegraph Company, and as Visiting Senior Research Economist for Princeton University, she served as Professor of Management Systems and Dean of the College of Business Administration, and then Dean of the Colleges of Business and of the Faculty of Business at Fordham University.  Since 2006, she has been the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Special Projects Advisor for National University and for the National University System in La Jolla, California.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF MARCH 19

It may not look like it in most of AMCC country, but spring is in the air and that means baseball, softball and men's tennis are in action.  Here are the AMCC Players of the Week for March 19:

Softball

Player: Katie Whitby, Penn St. Behrend
Pitcher: Julie Koman, Penn St. Behrend

Baseball
Player: Dan Clark, Mount Aloysius
Pitcher: Ryan Smith, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Tennis: Brad Nagel, Penn St. Behrend

HILBERT'S REINARD IS DIII NEWS ALL-AMERICAN

Hilbert College men’s basketball player Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) has been named a DIII News All-American.  The fifth team selection was recently recognized by D3hoops.com as an All-East Region selection.  Reinard was also recognized by ESPN the Magazine as an Academic All-American.  The junior criminal justice major is a three-time AMCC All-Academic selection and carries a 3.36 GPA. 

 

Week of March 12, 2007


MEDAILLE'S BAKER NAMED TO KODAK ALL-AMERICAN HONORABLE MENTION TEAM

Two-time AMCC Women's Basketball Player of the Year Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark) has been named to the NCAA Division III Kodak All-American Honorable Mention Team for 2007. 
Baker, a 6-0  junior forward, averaged 16.1 ppg and 9.0 rpg this past season and helped lead the Mavericks to their second consecutive conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance.

AMCC LANDS THREE ON D3HOOPS.COM ALL-REGION TEAMS

The AMCC picked up some post-season honors in men's and women's basketball with the selection of three players to the D3Hoops.com All-Region Teams.

Medaille landed two women's players on the East All-Region Team.  Junior guard Marisa Clark (Hilton, NY/Hilton) was named to the first team which AMCC Player of the Year Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark) earned second team honors.  The duo led Medaille to a repeat as conference champions and their second NCAA tournament berth in as many years. 
Clark finished the season with 11.4 ppg and 6.1 apg, while Baker, a junior forward, averaged 16.1 ppg and 9.0 rpg.

Hilbert College men’s basketball player Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) was been named to the D3hoops.com East All-Region Second Team. 
Reinard was named AMCC Player of the Year  while leading the conference in scoring (22.4 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (.435).  He is currently ranked 16th in the nation in scoring.  The 6’4 guard is a three-time AMCC All-Academic selection and was recently recognized by ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-American program.
 
 

PENN STATE BEHREND CONTINUES TO LEAD PRESIDENTS CUP RACE

With just three sport championships remaining to be decided, Penn State Behrend has strengthened its hold on the top spot in the AMCC Presidents' Cup standings.  The Behrend Lions were helped by a very strong winter season which saw both of their basketball teams finish at as runners-up in the regular season and their swimming and diving squads earn conference titles.  Frostburg State University and Penn State Altoona are in a close battle for the #2 and #3 spots, with just four points separating the two.

Click here
for the complete Presidents' Cup standings.
 

Week of February 26, 2007

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LAKE ERIE MEN DEFEATED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

The record-breaking season of the Lake Erie College men's basketball team came to a heartbreaking conclusion Saturday night in the NCAA Division III Championship Second Round as John Carroll University edged its hosts 79-77 in the final seconds for the right to advance to the sectional portion of the national tournament March 9-10.

The Athletic Center Arena played host to the biggest game ever played in Storm basketball history as a sellout crowd of 750 attended the event.  Lake Erie was led by sophomore forward Derrick Thornton (University Heights, OH/Lutheran East HS) with 20 points and senior guard Rob Williams (Richmond Heights, OH/Richmond Heights HS) who scored 18.  The Storm finished at 25-3.

In the ECAC Southern Region men's tournament, Penn St. Behrend lost in the championship to DeSales University, 72-63.  Junior center Dan Zeigler (Johnsonburg, PA/Johnsonburg HS) led the Behrend Lions with 19 points and 6 rebounds.

PENN ST. BEHREND ADVANCE TO ECAC CHAMPIONSHIP; MEDAILLE WOMEN FALL TO CORTLAND IN NCAA TOURNEY

The AMCC went 1-1 on the hardwood Friday night, with the Medaille women falling to Cortland State, 72-67, in the first round of the NCAA tournament and the Penn St. Behrend men prevailing over Juniata, 78-69 in the semifinals of the ECAC Southern Regional.  The top-seeded Behrend Lions will meet host and #2 seed DeSales University at 2pm Saturday for the championship.

Junior guard Marisa Clark (Hilton, NY/Hilton HS) led the Lady Mavericks with 21 points and 8 assists.  They finished the season at 23-5.  Junior center Kevin Buczynski (Erie, PA/Villa Maria) was the high scorer for Behrend (21-7) with 16 points.

FROSTBURG ST. BASEBALL, PENN ST. BEHREND SOFTBALL EXPECTED TO REPEAT AS AMCC CHAMPS

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference coaches have predicted no surprises in the baseball and softball races in 2007, going with the Frostburg State University men and the Penn State Behrend women to repeat their title runs.

With six of 10 first place votes, defending baseball champion  Frostburg State is expected to claim its third  title in four years.  For the second year in a row, Penn State Altoona shortstop Tony Petulla (Osceoa Mills, PA/Philipsburg-Osceola HS) is the coaches' selection as Preseason Player of the Year, while Frostburg State junior John Micklus (LaPlata, MD/McDonough HS) was chosen as Preseason Pitcher of the Year.  Click here for details on these individuals and all the AMCC teams.

On the women's side, seven out of ten coaches have picked Penn State Behrend to repeat as champions.  Pitt-Bradford, a three-time champion, was selected in the #2 spot.  Both teams went to the national tournament last season, the Behrend Lions with the conference automatic bid and the Panthers as a member of the highly competitive at-large pool.

Behrend Lions' sophomore pitcher Julie Koman (McKees Rocks, PA/Montour HS) was the runaway choice as Preseason Pitcher of the Year, and Medaille College junior catcher Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark HS) was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year.  Click here for details on these individuals and all the AMCC teams.


WILLIAMS, CLARK ARE ECAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

The AMCC claimed both Southern region ECAC Division III Players of the Week in the final week of the season, bringing the total honored this season in basketball to three women and three men.  Lake Erie College senior guard Rob Williams was recognized on the men's side, while Medaille College junior guard Marisa Clark was named for the women.

Williams, a first team All-AMCC selection, hit the game-winning three-pointer with less than 5 seconds remaining to earn the Storm their second consecutive AMCC championship.  He was the leading scorer in the game with 19 points, including a 4-for-5 performance beyond the arc.  For the tournament he averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Clark led the Lady Mavericks to their second consecutive AMCC title with a dominating performance in the championship game.  Against league #2 Penn St. Behrend she recorded 18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and a block.  For the tournament her numbers were 13.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 5.5 apg and 3.5 spg.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 26

Congratulations to the Lake Erie College men and the Medaille College women for winning their second consecutive AMCC titles.  Standout performers from each team are honored as the AMCC players of the week for February 26 and the final award winners for this season:

Women's Basketball
Marisa Clark, Medaille College

Men's Basketball
Rob Williams, Lake Erie College

NCAA, ECAC TOURNAMENT BRACKETS ANNOUNCED

The Lake Erie College men, ranked #1 in the Great Lakes region, will receive a first round bye in the NCAA Div. III basketball tournament, and will face the winner of Westminster/John Carroll at home on Saturday, March 3 at 7pm.  The Medaille College women will be on the road for a first round clash with Cortland (NY) State on Friday at 8:00pm.

ECAC tournament selections have also been announced.  In the Southern Region tournament, the Penn St. Behrend men earned the #1 seed and will host #8 Grove City on Wednesday at 8pm.  The Behrend Lions women are the #2 seed in their bracket, and will host #7 Moravian on Wednesday at 6pm.  In the Upstate Region, the Hilbert men have received a bid as the #8 seed.  They will travel to #1 Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY for a first round game on Wednesday as well.  Teams which advance will play semifinal games on Friday.
 

Week of February 19, 2007


MEDAILLE'S BAKER, HILBERT'S REINARD HEAD BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

Medaille College junior forward Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark HS) and Hilbert College junior guard Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) were voted the most outstanding players in the AMCC for 2007, heading a stellar list of honorees.

This marks the third season in a row that Baker has either shared or earned the Player of the Year award.  Averaging 16.1 ppg and 9.0 rpg, Baker helped the Lady Mavericks to their second consecutive conference title on Saturday.  Reinard, who is the AMCC's leading scorer with 22.1 ppg and the most accurate three-point shooter (43.8%, 3.0 3FGM per game), led the Hawks to the conference semifinals for the second season in a row.

Lake Erie College freshman guard Jalisa Mitchell (Warrensville Heights, OH/Warrensville Heights HS) and Penn St. Behrend point guard Justin Kovac (Venetia, PA/Peters Twp. HS) were named the Newcomers of the Year.  Mitchell was the AMCC's leading scorer with 17.3 ppg, while Kovac led the Behrend offense in his first season, averaging 3.0 apg.  Coach of the Year honors went to Lake Erie women's coach Bob Booher, who directed the Storm to an upset appearance in the AMCC semifinals, and Medaille men's coach Mike MacDonald, who guided a much-improved Mavericks squad to a four-rung rise in the regular season standings.

Click here for the complete list of all-conference squad honorees:
Women            Men

LAKE ERIE MEN, MEDAILLE WOMEN WIN AMCC TITLES, ADVANCE TO NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

It's deja vu all over again as the Lake Erie College men and the  Medaille College women will represent the AMCC in the NCAA Division III national tournament as 2007 conference champions.   The Storm slipped past Penn St. Behrend in the men's final, 59-58, while the Lady Mavericks defeated the Behrend Lions, 66-39, in the women's title game.

NCAA tournament pairings will be announced Monday morning and ECAC tournament bids will be released Monday afternoon.

MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE WEBCAST ON WELW.COM

If you can't make it to Painesville, OH for the AMCC men's basketball championship on Saturday, you will be able to listen to it on the web at http://www.welw.com.  Lake Erie AD Ken Krsolovic will be handling the play-by-play starting at 3pm.

PENN ST. BEHREND SWEEPS SWIMMING & DIVING AWARDS

The Penn St. Behrend men's and women's swim teams capped a double championship season by sweeping all eight individual awards.  Their performance at the inaugural conference championship also led them to dominate the all-conference team honors.

Senior Leah Haller (Ottawa, IL/Ottawa Twp. HS) and junior Dustin Fairchild (Corry, PA/Corry HS) were selected as Swimmers of the Year, while first year performers Michelle Quail (Cranberry, PA/Seneca Valley HS) and A.J. Kondash (State College, PA/State College HS) were named Divers of the Year.  Newcomer of the Year recognition went to Colby Seibert (Milton, PA/Milton HS) and Tom Weir (Rochester, PA/Freedom HS).  The Behrend Lions' head coach Jen Wallace was honored as both men's and women's Coach of the Year.

For the complete all-conference teams, click here:    Women    Men

AND THEN THERE WERE EIGHT...

The first round of the AMCC men's and women's basketball tournament is over, and two teams from each side have advanced to the semifinal round on Friday night.

For the women, a pair of upsets marked the first round.  It will be #5 Lake Erie College challenging the defending champion, top seed and host Medaille College at 5pm, while #6 Pitt-Bradford will face #2 Penn St. Behrend at 8pm.  Lake Erie eliminated Frostburg St., 65-64.   Pitt-Bradford snuck past Pitt-Greensburg, 56-54.

Medaille swept a pair from the Storm during the regular season, and the Behrend Lions did the same the Panthers.

On the men's side, #4 Hilbert College overwhelmed #5 Frostburg St. for the third time this season, 87-73, and #3 Pitt-Bradford proved too much for #6 Penn St. Altoona, 61-49.  It will be deja-vu for the Hawks who will have a semifinal rematch with #1 seed and host Lake Erie College on Friday at  6pm.  The Panthers, meanwhile, will face #2 Penn St. Behrend at 8pm, a team they lost to by just two points on Saturday in the last game of the regular season. 

Both the men's and women's tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Players to watch:

WOMEN
Medaille junior F Amanda Baker (17.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg)
Medaille junior G Marisa Clark (10.8 ppg, 6.2 apg)
Penn St. Behrend senior G Brittany Mays (14.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg)
Penn St. Behrend junior G Julia Andrus (13.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
Lake Erie freshman G Jalisa Mitchell (17.0 ppg, 2.2 apg)
Pitt-Bradford junior F Taiasha Brown (14.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg)

MEN
Lake Erie senior G Robert Williams (11.6 ppg, 5.1 apg)
Lake Erie sophomore G/F Derrick Thornton (15.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
Penn St. Behrend junior C Kevin Buczynski (18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
Penn St. Behrend sophomore G Tom Newman (8.0 ppg, .386 3FGM%)
Pitt-Bradford senior guard Dan Thomas (15.6 ppg, 3.8 apg)
Hilbert junior guard Dallas Reinard (22.1 ppg, .437 3FGM%)

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 19

It's playoff time!  It came down to the last day of the regular season for the puzzle pieces to fall into place, but the picture is clear and the race is on.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for February 19:

Men's Basketball
Kevin Buczynski, Penn St. Behrend

Women's Basketball
Krystin Hargrove, Frostburg State

MEDAILLE'S CLARK ENTERS 1,000 POINT CLUB IN STELLAR WEEK

Medaille junior guard Marisa Clark (Hilton, NY/Hilton HS)  became only the fourth Lady Maverick to score 1,000 career points, which she accomplished on Saturday in a win at Hilbert College.  Her 15 point effort pushed her total to 1,011.  For the week Clark averaged 11.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 5.5 steals, helping Medaille to the regular season title and the top seed in the AMCC tournament.
 

Week of February 12, 2007


AMCC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS SET:
MEDAILLE WOMEN, LAKE ERIE MEN ARE TOP SEEDS


The dust has settled:  It will be the Lake Erie men and the Medaille College women hosting the final fours of the AMCC basketball tournaments as the #1 seeds next weekend.   Both of the Penn State Behrend squads are ranked #2 and will also receive first round byes when the  tournament begins on Tuesday.  All first round games are at 7pm.

It came down to the wire for the vast majority of pairings to take shape on both sides.  For the women, #3 Pitt-Greensburg will host #6 Pitt-Bradford, while #5 Lake Erie will travel to #4 Frostburg State.  The men's draw will feature #6 Penn St. Altoona at #3 Pitt-Bradford, and #4 Hilbert hosting #5 Frostburg St.

The Medaille women (17-1 AMCC, 21-4 overall), led by junior forward Amanda Baker (17.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and junior guard Marisa Clark (10.8 ppg, 6.2 apg) will be aiming for their second consecutive AMCC title.  In their path is Penn St. Behrend (15-3 AMCC, 20-4 overall), the only conference team to defeat Medaille in the past two seasons.  The Behrend Lions will rely heavily on the leadership of senior guard Brittany Mays (14.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and junior guard Julia Andrus (13.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg) to help them claim their first title since 2003-04.

Looking to repeat their title run, the Lake Erie men (17-1 AMCC, 23-2 overall) carried a 19-game winning streak through the last week of the regular season until they lost at home to Penn State Behrend (16-2 AMCC, 18-6 overall) on Wednesday.  The Storm line-up has a lot of weapons, including senior guard Robert Williams (11.6 ppg, 5.1 apg) and sophomore guard/forward Derrick Thornton (15.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg).  For their part, the Behrend Lions' roster includes such threats as junior center Kevin Buczynski (18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and sophomore guard Tom Newman (8.0 ppg, .386 3FGM percentage).

The winners of both tournaments will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Other players to watch:
WOMEN
Pitt-Greensburg junior guard Tiffany Menhorn (15.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
Frostburg State senior guard Krystin Hargrove (16.5 ppg, 4.5 spg)
Lake Erie freshman guard Jalisa Mitchell (17.0 ppg, 2.2 apg)
Pitt-Bradford junior forward Taiasha Brown (14.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg)

MEN
Pitt-Bradford senior guard Dan Thomas (15.6 ppg, 3.8 apg)
Hilbert junior guard Dallas Reinard (22.1 ppg, .437 3FGM%)
Frostburg State junior foward Antione McCall (14.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg)
Penn St. Altoona forward Quintin Dziabo (13.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg)

MEDAILLE WOMEN CLINCH AMCC REGULAR SEASON TITLE, HOME COURT ADVANTAGE IN PLAYOFFS; MEDAILLE MEN STAY ALIVE, ELIMINATE LA ROCHE

With a win over La Roche College this evening, the Medaille College clinched their second consecutive AMCC regular season title and the right to host the semifinals and finals next weekend.  Both Medaille and #2 Behrend will receive first round byes when the tournament begins on Tuesday.

The #3-5 seeds will be determined by the outcomes of Saturday's games.  In contention are Pitt-Greensburg, Frostburg State and Lake Erie.  Rounding out the field is #6 Pitt-Bradford, who clinched the final berth with today's win over Hilbert.

For the men, the #1 seed remains undetermined until tomorrow's games.  The Storm can wrap up the regular season title with a win against Frostburg State, but a Lake Erie loss coupled with a Behrend win over Pitt-Bradford would give the Behrend Lions the crown and home court advantage for the playoffs.

Questions still persist for the men's #3-6 seeds and will be answered once and for all on Saturday as well.  In the mix are Pitt-Bradford (which can do no worse than #4), Frostburg St., Penn St. Altoona, Hilbert, and Medaille, and one will be eliminated tomorrow.  The Mavericks hung on to their playoff hopes and dashed those of La Roche with a 69-62 victory this evening.

MEDAILLE WOMEN MOVE CLOSER TO REGULAR SEASON HOOPS TITLE WITH BEHREND LOSS TO LAKE ERIE

The Medaille College women are one win away from their second consecutive AMCC regular season title, courtesy of a loss by Penn St. Behrend to Lake Erie College Wednesday night.  At the same time, the 68-58 win by the Storm puts them into contention for the #3 seed and the opportunity to host a first round playoff game if they can upend Frostburg State on Saturday.  Both Medaille and Behrend will receive first round byes when the tournament begins on Tuesday.

Remaining in the mix with Lake Erie for the #3-5 slots are Pitt-Greensburg and Frostburg State.  A win by UPG over La Roche on Saturday would clinch #3 for the Bobcats.  Meanwhile, Frostburg State travels to Lake Erie for a game which will decide who travels and who hosts come Tuesday.  Rounding out the field is #6 Pitt-Bradford, who clinched the final berth with today's win over Hilbert.

For the men, the #1 seed remains undetermined with Lake Erie's 66-60  overtime loss to Penn St. Behrend tonight.  The Storm can wrap up the regular season title with a win against Frostburg State on Saturday.  But a Lake Erie loss coupled with a Behrend win over Pitt-Bradford would give the Behrend Lions the crown and home court advantage for the playoffs.

Questions still persist for the men's #3-6 seeds but one piece of the puzzle became a little clearer.  With their win over Hilbert, Pitt-Bradford can do no worse than the #4 seed so will definitely play host on Tuesday.  Three postponements due to weather ( Mount Aloysius at Frostburg State, La Roche at Medaille and Pitt-Greensburg at Penn St. Altoona) leave the standings largely unchanged.

FIVE PENN ST. BEHREND SWIMMERS QUALIFY FOR ECAC MEET

Five men from the Penn St. Behrend swim team have qualified for the ECAC Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend at Harvard University.  Qualifiers include Dustin Fairchild (Corry, PA/Corry), Anthony Spoto (Birmingham, MI/Seaholm), Tom Weir (Rochester, PA/Freedom), Jason Hall (Lower Burrell, PS/Burrell), and Joe Reese (Boalsburg, PA/State College). 

Fairchild qualified in four events, the 200 breaststroke, 200 freestyle, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay.  He recently broke the school record for the 200 freestyle at the AMCC championships, with a time of 1:47.47.   Spoto will also be participating in four events: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay.  Spoto holds four Behrend records including the 100 freestyle which he broke last weekend.  Weir will be in two events, the 100 backstroke and the 400 medley relay.  Weir swam the backstroke in 55.36 seconds at the AMCCs, good enough for fourth place and to meet the ECAC qualifying mark of 56.03 seconds.  Hall qualified in the 50 freestyle, the 100 backstroke and the 200 medley relay.

Hall, Fairchild, Reese, and Spoto set the Behrend records for both the 200 and 400 medley relays last weekend with times of 1:38.79 and 3:38.45 respectively.  Reese has earned the right to compete in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.  Along with two relay records, Reese holds the Behrend 100 butterfly record with a time of 53.84 seconds. 


HILBERT'S REINARD NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN

Hilbert College men’s basketball player Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) has been named second-team ESPN The Magazine All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  The Academic All-America program features eight districts with first-team selections moving on to the national ballot. 

Reinard is a criminal justice major with a 3.36 GPA and is a two-time AMCC All-Academic selection.  The 6’4 junior guard currently leads the AMCC in scoring at 22.7 ppg and was most recently ranked 14th nationally.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 12

Congratulations to Penn State Behrend, winners of the inaugural AMCC  swimming and diving championship for both the men and women.  The basketball tournament is on deck next, and it looks like another down-to-the-wire finish in the regular season standings.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for February 12:

Women's Swimming and Diving
Swimming:  Sara Breese, Penn St. Behrend
Diving:  Michelle Quail, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Swimming and Diving
Swimming:  Dusin Fairchild, Penn St. Behrend
Diving: A.J. Kondash, Penn St. Behrend

Women's Basketball
Megan Richards, Pitt-Bradford

Men's Basketball
Stacy Grady, La Roche College

TWO MORE AMCC STANDOUTS BREAK 1,000 CAREER POINTS

The AMCC added two more names to the 1,000 point honor roll on Saturday.

La Roche College senior guard Stacy Grady (Wilmington, DE/A.I. DuPont HS) scored 29 points in a 71-61 upset of Penn St. Behrend to boost his career total to 1,015.  Medaille College junior guard James McNeil (Erie, PA/Northwest Collegiate Academy) poured in 37 points in a 77-76 overtime win versus Penn St. Altoona, pushing his career scoring total to 1,005 points.  Both players lead their respective teams in scoring, Grady with 16.9 ppg and McNeil with 18.1 ppg.

 

Week of February 5, 2007


PENN STATE BEHREND MEN AND WOMEN WIN INAUGURAL AMCC SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP

Penn State Behrend swept the team and individual honors at the first ever AMCC swimming and diving championship held as part of the Grove City Invitational.  Junior Dustin Fairchild (Corry, PA/Corry HS)  was the high point scorer for the men, while freshman Sara Breese (West Springfield, PA/Northwestern HS) took the same award for the women.  Penn State Altoona was the team runner-up for both the men and the women.  Click here for complete meet results.  (AMCC-only results will be posted on Sunday.)

MCNEIL SCORES 37 TO BREAK 1,000 CAREER POINTS

Medaille College junior guard James McNeil (Erie, PA/Northwest Collegiate Academy) poured in 37 points in a 77-76 overtime win versus Penn State Altoona, and in the process pushed his career scoring total to 1,005 points.  McNeil is the Mavericks' leading scorer, averaging 17.2 ppg.

MEDAILLE'S BAKER NAMED ECAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Medaille College junior Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark HS) is the  ECAC Upstate Co-Player of the Week for February 5. 
Baker stepped up against two strong AMCC opponents to post some big numbers and help keep the Mavericks in contention for the regular season title.  She put in a 20 point, 8 rebound, 3 steal effort on the road against Lake Erie, and then was a perfect 13-13 from the floor en route to a 29-point, 11-rebound performance versus Pitt-Greensburg.  The AMCC scoring leader averaged 24.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals on the week.

INAUGURAL AMCC SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP TO RUN FEB. 8-10 AT GROVE CITY

For the first time in its ten year history, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference will host a swimming and diving championship, which will be held February 8-10 as part of the Grove City College Invitational.

Four AMCC schools will compete for the men's and women's titles: Frostburg State, Penn St. Altoona, Penn State Behrend and Pitt-Bradford.  Results will be posted after each session on the AMCC website.

LAKE ERIE MEN'S HOOPS CLOSE TO CRACKING TOP 25 RANKING

With the release of the latest D3Hoops.com men's basketball poll, Lake Erie College is on the brink of breaking into the coveted top 25. In the Week 10 poll, the 20-1 Storm captured the most votes in program history with a total of 46, placing them in the 26th position.

It is the highest ranking ever received by Lake Erie in its six weeks of recognition, five of which have occurred consecutively this season. LEC jumped four spots this week after winning its 17th straight game, as well as its 25th consecutive contest at home.
 Currently in the top spot in the AMCC standings, Lake Erie will meet up with #2 Penn St. Behrend in Painesville on Wednesday, February 14.  Lake Erie won the first match-up on January 18 by a 63-51 margin.

PITT-GREENSBURG'S EHRMAN SETS NEW THREE-POINT MARK

 
Pitt-Greensburg freshman guard Julie Ehrman (Butler, PA/Butler HS) recently set a new school record for three-point field goals made in a single season.  Ehrman made her 40th three-point field goal of the year in Saturday's loss to Medaille College, and in the process broke the previous mark of 39 which was set by former Bobcat star Annie Sral during the 2003-2004 season. Ehrman finished the game just 1 for 7 from behind the arc, but the one make was a record-breaker.

On the year, Ehrman has made exactly 40 three-point field goals and is shooting 30% from behind the arc. She has started in every game for the Bobcats this year, and is averaging just over nine points per game. She currently ranks second in the AMCC in three-point field goals made and is among the leaders in percentage. Her season high in points came last week, when she scored 21 points to lead UPG in a win over Mount Aloysius College.

PENN ST. BEHREND TO HOST FIFTH ANNUAL "SPIRIT AGAINST CANCER" CHEERLEADING COMPETITION

Penn State Behrend will host the fifth annual "Spirit Against Cancer" dance and cheerleading competition on Saturday, February 10 in the Junker Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The competition is open to dance and cheerleading teams from middle school, junior high, junior varsity, high school varsity, college, and all-star (open) squads.

"Spirit Against Cancer" was created in memory of Becky Hubler Decker. Her commitment to the community included serving as dance coach at Penn State Behrend, cheerleading coach at Edinboro University, captain of the Invaderettes dance team, and a member of the Buffalo Bills (Jills) dance team. All proceeds from this special event will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, please contact Assistant to the Director of Athletics, Stacy Pondo at (814) 898-6240 or by email at slp15@psu.edu.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 5

Men's Basketball
Tyler Franklin, Penn St. Altoona

Women's Basketball
Amanda Baker, Medaille

HILBERT'S REYES SETS HAWKS' ALL-TIME ASSIST MARK

Hilbert College junior guard Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon HS) passed for 7 assists in a win over Mount Aloysius to become the Hawks' career assist leader.  His total currently stands at 366.  Reyes is the conference assist leader, averaging 5.62 per game.
 

Week of January 29, 2007


HILBERT'S UFLAND SETS MEN'S THREE POINT MARK

Hilbert College senior guard Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon HS) became the Hawks' program leader in three-point shooting in a loss to Penn St. Behrend last night.  Ufland scored 14 points in the game with nine coming from beyond the arc.  He now has 204 career three-point field goals.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 29

Women's Basketball
Amanda McHale, Hilbert

Men's Basketball
Antione McCall, Frostburg State

Women's Swimming & Diving
Swimming:  Brittany Yingling, Penn St. Altoona

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimming:  Chris Hickey, Penn St. Altoona
Diving: AJ Kondash, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of January 22, 2007


MIMS BREAKS MOUNT ALOYSIUS SCORING RECORD

Mount Aloysius guard Roman Mims (Cleveland, OH/Cleveland Heights HS) will be recognized for breaking the college's all-time scoring record in a special ceremony prior to the start of Saturday's men's basketball game against Pitt-Bradford.  Although Mims surpassed the record on a three pointer early in the second half of last Wednesday's game against Penn State-Behrend, his accomplishment will be acknowledged prior to the start of the team's next home game, as is college tradition.

The 6-3 senior is currently averaging 20.3 points per game, and currently ranks second in the conference in scoring.  He poured in 22.0 ppg last season, and 16.2 ppg his sophomore year.  What makes his accomplishment particularly impressive, however, is the abbreviated amount of time it has taken him to break the record.  Mims played in less than half of the team's games his freshman year.  He transferred mid-season to Mount Aloysius from Ashland University, and joined the team during the second semester.

PENN ST. BEHREND'S MAYS REACHES 1,000 POINTS

Penn St. Behrend women's basketball standout Brittany Mays (Keystone, PA/Knox HS) broke the 1,000 point barrier Wednesday night when she dropped 16 points on 8-for-14 shooting, and hauled down 12 rebounds in a win over Mount Aloysius.  Mays now sits at eighth all-time in points at Behrend with 1,010.  She also figures to leave her name in several other places in the Behrend books.  She is currently twelfth all-time in field goal percentage, shooting .463 from the floor in her career, while her 558 rebounds have her at eighth all-time.

BEHREND NAMES NEW COACH OF TRACK, CROSS COUNTRY

Penn State Behrend Director of Athletics Brian Streeter has  announced the appointment of Greg Cooper as the new head track and field and cross country coach.  He previously served under his father, Dave Cooper, as assistant coach of  the track and field team at Behrend for five years and the cross country team for two years.  He has also coached and taught at the high school level.

Cooper was a cross country and track standout at Union City High School where he was a PIAA champion in track & field (4 x 800 meter relay) and captain of Union City’s 1996 PIAA state champion cross country team.  He continued his success at Behrend, where he set records in the 400 and 800 meters as well as three relay records.  Cooper graduated from the Behrend MBA program in May of 2006.  In addition to coaching Cooper also instructs in the health and physical education department.

Dave Cooper will transition to the assistant coaching role entering his sixth year as a part of Behrend track and field and cross country programs.  In his five seasons at the helm, the men’s and women’s track and field teams set scores of records, both indoors and outdoors. Behrend has qualified a total of 23 athletes at the ECAC and NCAA level over the past two seasons.

TWO MORE AMCC PLAYERS HIT 1,000 POINT CAREER MARK

It's been a busy month for AMCC scorers, as two more student-athletes achieved the 1,000 career points.

Penn St. Behrend men's basketball forward Kevin Buczynski (Erie, PA/Villa Maria) recently hit the 1,000 point mark, dropping in 17 in the men's most recent victory over Frostburg State on Saturday.  Buczynski currently ranks fourteenth all-time in the Behrend record books with 1,001 points. 

Lake Erie College men’s basketball player Rob Williams (Richmond Heights, OH) was honored on Saturday for becoming the newest member of the LEC 1,000 Point Club. The senior point guard from Richmond Heights, Ohio eclipsed the mark in a 63-51 win at Penn State Behrend earlier in the week. Going into the game, Williams needed five points to hit the mark.
 He finished the game with a team-leading 19 points and also had five steals.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 22

Men's Basketball
Rashad Davison, Pitt-Greensburg

Women's Basketball
Krystin Hargrove, Frostburg State

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimming:  Andy Sarbak, Pitt-Bradford
Diving: AJ Kondash, Penn St. Behrend

Women's Swimming & Diving
Swimming:  Danielle Wilson, Penn St. Behrend
Diving:  Michelle Quail, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of January 15, 2007


THREE AMCC PLAYERS HIT 1,000 POINT CAREER MARK

Lake Erie College men’s basketball player Rob Williams (Richmond Heights, OH) was honored on Saturday for becoming the newest member of the LEC 1,000 Point Club. The senior point guard from Richmond Heights, Ohio eclipsed the mark in a 63-51 win at Penn State-Behrend earlier in the week. Going into the game, Williams needed five points to hit the mark.  In the second half, Williams not only went 6-of-7 from the field to break 1,000, but he also led the Storm comeback allowing Lake Erie to win the game and take over as the sole leader of the AMCC and the only undefeated team. Williams finished the game with a team-leading 19 points and also had five steals.

Hilbert College junior Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport, HS) scored his 1,000th career point when the Hawks played Pitt-Bradford on Wednesday night.  He reached 30 points on 11 of 20 shooting and scored his career marker midway through the second stanza, keeping Hilbert close in a 75-73 loss.  The junior guard is just the eighth player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone and now has 1,010 for his career. 

Pitt-Greensburg junior guard Tiffany Menhorn (Greensburg, PA/Greater Latrobe HS) became the fourth women's basketball player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point mark in a win over Penn State Altoona, also on Wednesday.  Menhorn, who entered the game needing 15 points to reach 1,000, scored 16 points in the first half, en route to a game-high 21 points.  Menhorn became the first women's player to reach the milestone in her junior season.

PENN ST.  BEHREND'S MAYS, LAKE ERIE'S THORNTON SNAG ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

The AMCC is in the ECAC spotlight this week, with both the men's and women's players of the week recognized for Div. III South Region honors.

Penn State Behrend senior guard Brittany Mays (Keystone, PA/Knox HS)
stepped up in back-to-back wins for the Behrend Lions, including a decision over nationally-ranked Medaille, to move into first place in the AMCC standings.  Against the Mavericks Mays had 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.  She followed up with a 16 point, 9 rebound, 3 assist effort versus La Roche to finish the week averaging 16.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Meanwhile, Lake Erie sophomore forward Derrick Thornton (University Heights, OH/Lutheran East HS)  was the Storm's leading scorer and rebounder in both AMCC wins last week, helping LEC earn their ninth straight decision of the season and extend their home game winning streak to 21.  He scored a career-high 33 points against Mt. Aloysius, going 13-16 from the field.  Thornton finished with 23.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg and a 65.5 FG%.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 15

While we continue to honor standouts among conference athletes, let us also take a moment to acknowledge a champion in the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Here are the AMCC players of the week for January 15:

Women's Basketball
Brittany Mays, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Basketball
Derrick Thornton, Lake Erie College

Women's Swimming & Diving
Swimming:  Missy Pilewski, Penn St. Behrend
Diving:  Michelle Quail, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimming:  Dustin Fairchild, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of January 8, 2007


HILBERT, MEDAILLE RECEIVE NSCAA TEAM ETHICS AWARDS

Three AMCC soccer squads have been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for their high level of sportsmanship this past season.

The Hilbert College women were one of 34 teams recognized at the silver level, which honors programs which had no red cards (ejections) and five or fewer yellow cards.  The Hawks have won three gold level (no cards) and two silver level awards in the past five years.

The Medaille College men and women were honored at the bronze level, which went to 16 squads with no red cards and ten or fewer yellow cards.

FORMER FROSTBURG ST. PITCHER SIGNS PRO CONTRACT

2006 AMCC Co-Player of the Year Billye Hollister has been signed to a professional contract by the Slippery Rock Professional Baseball Team.  Last year Hollister earned numerous awards including the ABCA Mid-Atlantic Pitcher of the Year and was named a second team all-American.  He finished his senior campaign with a 10-1 record, 2.18 ERA, 80 strikeouts and only 26 walks in 86.2 innings pitched.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 8

OK, it's the real deal now in conference play, and the game is on until the end of February in AMCC hoops.   Here are the AMCC players of the week for January 8:

Men's Basketball
Dallas Reinard, Hilbert College

Women's Basketball
Brianna Baker, Mount Aloysius College
 

Week of January 2, 2007


PITT-BRADFORD'S THOMAS SCORES CAREER 1,000TH POINT

Senior point guard Dan Thomas (Perth, Australia/Fort LeBoeuf HS)  converted a traditional three-point play 50 seconds into the Geneseo State game to become the 18th men’s basketball player at Pitt-Bradford to reach 1,000 career points.  He currently leads the Panthers in scoring with a 16.1 ppg average.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 2

Happy new year to all! While some conference teams took a holiday break, others traveled far and wide for mid-winter tournament competition.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for January 2:

Women's Basketball
Marisa Clark, Medaille

Men's Basketball
Kevin Bucvzynski, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of December 18, 2006


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 18

The action is tapering off for the holiday break, but there are still plenty of shining performances worthy of note.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for December 18:

Women's Basketball
Shakeeya Simmona, La Roche

Men's Basketball
Quintin Dziabo, Penn St. Altoona

HILBERT'S MILLER, MEDAILLE'S CLARKSON ARE NSCAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

Hilbert College soccer player Kaitlyn Miller (Depew, NY/Depew) and Medaille College's Kerri Clarkson have been named 2006 Honorable Mention All-East Scholar selections by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).   A senior midfielder, Miller helped lead the Hawks to an 8-7-2 record and a fifth place finish in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).  An Economic Crime Investigation major, Miller carries a 3.56 GPA. Clarkson (Colden, NY/Springville) is an all-AMCC first team striker.  She is an elementary education major with a 3.68 GPA.

PENN ST. ALTOONA ANNOUNCES CRIDER AS NEW SID

Steve Crider is officially on board as Sports Information Director at Penn St. Altoona and will serve as the primary media contact for the athletics department. His other responsibilities will include writing press releases, creating athletic publications, maintaining the athletics website, marketing and promoting teams and athletes, overseeing statistics and in-game management, and working closely with the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and NCAA.  He succeeds assistant athletic director Brent Baird, who will continue to oversee sports information but will focus more on compliance matters.
 

Week of December 11, 2006


FROSTBURG'S MCCALL NAMED ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The AMCC has gotten its first ECAC South Region Player of the Week for the 2006-07 season in Frostburg State forward Antione McCall (Essex, MD/Eastern Technical HS).   McCall had an outstanding week in helping the Bobcats to three wins.  He averaged 17.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 2.3 apg while shooting 50% from the field.  His highlight performance came against La Roche where he recorded 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, scoring the game-winning basket to beat the Redhawks in overtime.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 11

Defending champion Medaille is the only women's team without a loss going into the holiday break, while three men's teams remain undefeated, portending an exciting return in January.  Swimming and diving are on holiday break.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for December 11:

Women's Basketball
Taiasha Brown, Pitt-Bradford

Men's Basketball
Antione McCall, Frostburg State

FROSTBURG STATE'S HARGROVE LATEST TO JOIN 1,000 POINT CLUB

Frostburg State senior guard Krystin Hargrove (Silver Spring, MD/Springbrook HS) is the latest AMCC player to hit the 1,000 point career mark.  She did so in a Bobcat loss to Medaille on Saturday, scoring 19 points in a game where she needed just 12 to hit the one grand total.  Earlier in the week she racked up 20 points in a win over La Roche.

AMCC SAAC MEMBERS SPONSOR USED SPORTS EQUIPMENT DRIVE TO BENEFIT HURRICANE KATRINA SCHOOLS

The AMCC SAAC has announced plans to collect used sports equipment to donate to schools in Louisiana that are still struggling to recover from the damage of Hurricane Katrina.  Any kind of sports equipment that is in good, safe condition will be accepted.

The items will be transported to Louisiana by Troy Strieby, the head swim coach and SAAC advisor at Frostburg State University, in early March.  Look for posters on your campus indicating dates and location to drop off equipment, email AMCC commissioner Donna Ledwin, or contact your campus SAAC representatives.  Click here for a link to the names of AMCC SAAC members.
 

Week of December 4, 2006


TWO MORE AMCC PLAYERS HIT 1,000 POINT PLATEAU

A pair of AMCC standouts in men's basketball hit the 1,000 point career milestone on the same night.

Overcoming an injury-plagued career, Ryan Race (Bradford, PA/Bradford HS) became the 17th Pitt-Bradford men's basketball player to reach the 1,000 point mark in a 75-63 victory over Penn State Altoona on Wednesday.  Needing only one point for the milestone, the 6-3 senior forward made the crowd wait.  Race's initial shot of game was an unsuccessful tip-in with 3:27 left in the first half, but then he brought the fans to their feet with a 13-foot turnaround jumper from the right side of the lane to give the Panthers a 40-26 lead with 1:40 showing before the intermission.

Meanwhile, Lake Erie College senior Jajcen Harris (Cleveland Heights, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph HS) scored his 1,000th career point and helped keep the Storm undefeated in the AMCC with a 67-50 win against Medaille College.
Harris needed eight points to hit 1,000 and that's exactly what he got to go along with his team-high 11 rebounds. The 6-6 post player got off to a slow start, making only one bucket in the first half as LEC held a 28-27 lead at the break.  He then went 2-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line in the second half to hit the milestone. His 1,000th point came on a basket inside the paint at the 12:50 mark.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 4

Only two women's teams and just three men's teams remain undefeated as basketball completes its first week of conference play.  Meanwhile, swimming and diving is back after a Thanksgiving hiatus.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for December 4:

Women's Basketball
Tiffany Menhorn, Pitt-Greensburg

Men's Basketball
Kevin Buczynski, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimming:  Cameron Lanich, Pitt-Bradford
Diving: AJ Kondash, Penn St. Behrend 

Women's Swimming & Diving
Swimming:  Sarah Breese, Penn St. Behrend

 

Week of November 27, 2006


MORE HONORS FOR AMCC SOCCER PLAYERS

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference was again well represented with post-season regional honors in both men's and women's soccer, this time by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

The men's Northeast all-region team featured AMCC Player of the Year Ryan  Mangano and All-AMCC first teamer Cory Cwiklinski, both of Medaille.  Defender Jeremy Watson and forward Dan Riso were named to the second team, while AMCC Newcomer of the Year Gary Boughton earned third team honors.  In the men's Mid-Atlantic region, Penn St. Altoona midfielder Bryan Pierzga was chosen for the first  team and Lake Erie defender Justin Daly was named to the second team.

On the women's side, the NSCAA recognized Penn St. Behrend defender Nikki Frisbee on the second team for the Great Lakes region, while AMCC Player of the Year Lindsay Hoffman, a senior forward from Frostburg State, was named to the third team.

MEDAILLE'S BAKER BECOMES MAVS' ALL-TIME SCORER

Medaille forward Amanda Baker (Lyons, NY/Newark) became the Mavericks' all-time leading scorer in last night's game versus Pitt-Bradford.  Her 18 points against the Panthers put her at 1,028 points for her career, surpassing the previous mark of 1,015.  Even more remarkable is the fact that she did it in just 60 games (the previous mark was posted in 100 games).  In the Mavs' win over Alfred on Monday, she moved into second place on the school career rebound list as well.

HILBERT WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM SCORES WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

The Hilbert College women’s basketball team helped win a big game on November 11th, but it wasn’t at the Hafner Recreation Center or in any other gymnasium for that matter.  With an early winter storm paralyzing parts of Western, New York, 15 players and coaches volunteered to help rebuild homes in downtown Buffalo in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.

Since its founding in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 200,000 houses around the world for families in need, becoming a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.

Several groups assisted in the day-long event making great progress on the interior structure of a home damaged by Mother Nature.  Team members tore portions of the house apart, removed walls and old windows, and moved plywood while working within a small confined space. 

“Every member of the team was involved in the building of the interior frame to support the walls and windows.  We used hammers, nails, hand saws, buzz saws, crow-bars, tape measures and a lot of muscle,” added Rehbuam.
  The team plans to participate again second semester at the same location

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 27

Women's Basketball
Amanda Baker, Medaille

Men's Basketball
James McNeil, Medaille
 

Week of November 20, 2006


AMCC SOCCER PLAYERS GET REGIONAL, NATIONAL HONORS

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference was well represented with post-season honors in both men's and women's soccer on the D3Kicks.com All-American teams.

On the national team, Medaille senior forward Ryan Mangano, the Div. III scoring champion, received first team honors while teammate Cory Cwiklinski, a senior midfielder, was named to the second team.

Eight men were also named to the D3Kicks.com All-Region Teams.  Mangano and Cwiklinski were on the Northeast Region first team along with AMCC Newcomer of the Year Gary Boughton and defender Jeremy Watson, while the  Mavs' goalkeeper Craig Yanni was selected to the second team.  In the men's Mid-Atlantic region, Lake Erie defender Justin Daly and midfielder Joe Starvaggi were named to the second team, and Penn St. Altoona midfielder Bryan Pierzga was chosen for the third team.

On the women's side, D3Kicks.com recognized four AMCC players.  First team honors in the New York region went to Newcomer of the Year Danielle Radlich of Medaille along with her teammate, senior midfielder Kerri Clarkson.  Mavs' defender Tiffany Azzarito was tabbed for the third team.  The AMCC was represented in the Great Lakes region by Lake Erie forward Angela Bethel on the first team.
 

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 20

Women's Basketball
Tonya Handy, Frostburg St.

Men's Basketball
Roman Mims, Mount Aloysius

Women's Swimming & Diving

Swimmer: Brittany Yingling, Penn St. Altoona

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer: Anthony Spoto, Penn St. Behrend
Diver: AJ Kondash, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of November 13, 2006


PRESIDENTS' CUP STANDINGS SHOW FAMILIAR LEADERS

At the conclusion of the fall season in the AMCC, the initial Presidents' Cup standings for 2006-07 reveal a familiar trio at the head of the pack.  Only six points separate the top three, with Penn State Behrend leading the way with 55 points, followed by Frostburg State (50) and Penn State Altoona (49).  Each institution has laid claim to two championships each so far this year.

The Presidents' Cup is awarded annually to the AMCC institution with the most successful overall program in conference competition.  The AMCC, celebrating its tenth anniversary as a conference, sponsors 14 championships.  For a complete Presidents' Cup summary of standings and calculations, click here.

AMCC POSTS STRONG INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES AT NCAA CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL MEET

Frostburg State junior and AMCC men's individual champion Curt Ruble qualified for the NCAA Division III  Cross Country Championship with a ninth place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional meet held in Waynesburg, PA on Saturday.  In a time of 26:48, Ruble led the Bobcats to an 18th place team finish, the best among all AMCC competitors.  Ruble and Penn St. Altoona sophomore Jonathan Barthelemy (22nd place, 27:12) earned All-Region honors by finishing in the top 35 overall.  Penn St. Behrend freshman and AMCC Newcomer of the Year Kevin Gorny was named to the Freshman All-Region Team (top 14 first year finishers).

For the women, AMCC Runner of the Year Jenny Bailey, a Penn St. Behrend sophomore, was the strongest league finisher.  She posted a time of 25:05 to come in 41st.  Frostburg State, the AMCC team champion, posted the best team performance, finishing in 21st place.  The Bobcats were led by junior Kara Wastler, who came in 59th with a time of 25:40.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 13

Women's Swimming & Diving

Swimmer: Colby Seibert, Penn St. Behrend
Diver: Michelle Quail, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer: Joe Reese, Penn St. Behrend
Diver: Jacob Bernstein, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of November 6, 2006


POST-SEASON OVER FOR AMCC FALL TEAMS

The fall season came to an end for three remaining AMCC teams involved in post-season competition, but not without some memorable moments.

The Medaille men's soccer team fought an unprecedented battle with Nazareth College in the second round of the NCAA tournament.  With the score tied at 2-2 after 110 minutes, the teams exchanged 20 shots on goal each in the penalty kick segment, with Nazareth prevailing by an astonishing score of 16-15.  The Mavericks concluded their best season ever at 20-1-1.

Saturday also saw the Penn St. Behrend women's volleyball team fall in the finals of the ECAC South Region Tournament.  The #2 seeded Behrend Lions overcame #3 Westminster, 3-1, in the semifinal round, only to lose by the same score to the #1 seed, New Jersey City University.  The tournament capped a laudatory 29-4 season for the AMCC regular season champions.

On Friday, the Penn St. Behrend women's soccer team made their appearance in the NCAA tournament, drawing the defending national champions, Messiah College.  The AMCC titlists were defeated by a score of 6-0.

Earlier in the week, the Penn State Altoona women succumbed to a powerful Gallaudet University contingent, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA volleyball tournament at Juniata College.  The scores were 30-16, 30-11, 30-22.  The AMCC champs finished their season at 17-13.

In soccer, the third-ranked Lions men were upset in the first round of the ECAC  tournament, falling to #6 seed Alvernia College, 1-0.  The loss ended their year at 14-4-2. Earlier in the day in the women's bracket, #8 Frostburg St. could not get past top seed Westminster College, going down by a 2-0 margin. The Bobcats concluded 2006 with a 12-7 record.


POST-SEASON PROVES ROCKY FOR AMCC SQUADS

Six AMCC teams made it to the post-season, but only three remain after the first day of ECAC and NCAA competition.

The Penn State Altoona women succumbed to a powerful Gallaudet University contingent, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA volleyball tournament at Juniata College.  The scores were 30-16, 30-11, 30-22.  The AMCC champs finished their season at 17-13.

In soccer, the third-ranked Lions men were upset in the first round of the ECAC  tournament, falling to #6 seed Alvernia College, 1-0.  The loss ended their year at 14-4-2. Earlier in the day in the women's bracket, #8 Frostburg St. could not get past top seed Westminster College, going down by a 2-0 margin. The Bobcats concluded 2006 with a 12-7 record.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 6

It was an outstanding weekend of championship competition in the AMCC.  Medaille  repeated as men's soccer champions and extended their winning streak to 18 straight; Penn State Behrend won its first women's soccer title since the 2000 season; and Penn State Altoona won its first volleyball crown ever in an upset of the defending champion Behrend Lions.  And men's and women's swimming and diving make their debuts as the conference's newest championship sports.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for November 6:

Volleyball:  Sara Kylor, Penn State Altoona

Women's Soccer
Player: Whitney Putnam, Penn St. Behrend
Goalkeeper: Kayla Frost, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Soccer
Player: Jeremy Watson, Medaille
Goalkeeper: Craig Yanni, Medaille

Women's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer: Brittany Yingling, Penn St. Altoona

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer: Chris Hickey, Penn St. Altoona
Diver: AJ Kondash, Penn St. Behrend


ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS AND AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL, CROSS COUNTRY

The all-conference teams and award winners have been announced for five AMCC fall sports.

Men's Cross Country:  Frostburg St. junior Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, PA/Parkersburg South), the 2006 individual championship at the AMCC championship meet, is the Runner of the Year.  Freshman Kevin Gorny (Erie, PA/McDowell) of Penn State Behrend earned Newcomer of the Year honors, while Frostburg St. head coach Randy Lowe was named Coach of the Year, guiding the Bobcats to their ninth team title in ten years.

Women's Cross Country:  Penn St. Behrend sophomore Jenny Bailey (Corry, PA/Corry), the top finisher at the league championship meet, was selected as Runner of the Year.  Pitt-Bradford freshman Ali Mertsock (Shinglehouse, PS/Oswayo Valley), who finished third, was named Newcomer of the Year.  Frostburg State's Randy Lowe was also named Coach of the Year, as the Bobcats won their seventh league championship.

Volleyball: Player of the Year honors went to Penn St. Behrend senior outside hitter Elaine Voltz (Saxonburg, PA/Knoch) for the second year in a row, while Frostburg State outside hitter Brooke Winterling (Glenelg, MD/Glenelg) earned the Newcomer of the Year award.  The Behrend Lions' Phil Pisano was recognized as Coach of the Year for leading his squad to their second straight regular season championship.

Men's Soccer:  Medaille forward Ryan Mangano (Silver Creek, NY/Silver Creek), the nation's leading scorer in NCAA Div. III, is the Player of the Year, and the Mavericks' midfielder Gary Boughton (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) was named Newcomer of the Year.  Pitt-Bradford's Cord Farmer was recognized as Coach of the Year, leading the Panthers to their first playoff berth since the 1998 season.

Women's Soccer:  Frostburg St. senior forward Lindsay Hoffman (Frederick, MD/Thomas Johnson) was selected as Player of the Year and Medaille forward Danielle Radlich (Clarence, NY/Clarence) earned Newcomer of the Year honors.  Hilbert coach James Ruggiero, whose Hawks squad made it through to the conference semifinals, was named Coach of the Year.
 

Week of October 30, 2006


AMCC CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY!

Championship Saturday saw the crowning of two new champions and the re-titling of a third.  All of the tournament champions will receive automatic bids to the NCAA tournament.

Volleyball: Penn St. Altoona Upsets Penn State Behrend, 3-1
Penn State Altoona stunned top seeded Penn State Behrend, 3-1, in the AMCC Championship game in the Junker Center Gym.  Games scores were 30-26, 22-30, 30-27, 30-27.  It is the Lions' first league title and will mark their first appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Men's Soccer: Medaille Makes It Two In A Row by a 1-0 Score
The
Medaille men won their 18th straight game, blanking Penn State Altoona, 1-0. The win adds to the Mavs' record-setting victory total in 2006 as they pick up their 20th win and run their record to 20-1 overall. This will be their second straight trip to the national tournament. It was another epic battle between the AMCC's top two teams as they registered the same score in their regular season meeting. The Mavs got on the board at the at the halway point of the first half on a goal by sophomore Jared Reisdorf, off an assist by the nation's leading scorer Ryan ManganoFor the 15th time this season Medaille held their opponent scoreless, with senior goalkeeper Craig Yanni,  posting his 14th shutout of the year.

Women's Soccer: Penn St. Behrend Upends Defending Champs, 2-1
Penn State Behrend used two first half goals to defeat five-time defending champions Frostburg State and claim their first AMCC crown since the 2000 season.  The Behrend Lions got on the board in the 17th minute with a goal from Whitney Putnam after a shot by Nikki Frisbee caromed off the post. Putnam then assisted on Cassie Berlin's score which came off a neatly executed corner kick at the 29:30 mark.  FSU forward Christine Fitzgerald found the back of the net with 58 seconds remaining in the second half, but time ran out on the Bobcats.  Behrend goalkeeper Kayla Frost stopped nine of ten shots in recording the win.

MEDAILLE WOMEN, PENN ST. BEHREND MEN TOP BASKETBALL PRESEASON COACHES' POLLS

Medaille College scored a perfect 10 of 10 first place votes in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference preseason coaches' poll, due in no small part to the return of Preseason Player of the Year Amanda BakerPenn State Behrend is expected to return to the top of the men's standings with the help of Kevin Buczynski, the AMCC men's Preseason Player of the Year.

For complete reports, click the links below:

Women               Men

GOODWIN, HERFORD TOP ECAC MID-ATLANTIC GOALKEEPERS OF THE WEEK

The AMCC took top defensive honors in ECAC soccer for the Division III Mid-Atlantic region with standout performances from goalkeepers Kelly Goodwin (Hilbert) and Jay Herford (Frostburg State).

Goodwin recorded back-to-back shutouts to boost the Hawks into the semifinals of the AMCC tournament.  She blanked Pitt-Bradford, making 4 saves. to close the regular season and earn the #5 seed, then made 9 stops to help upset #4 Medaille, 1-0, in the first round.

Herford also recorded two shutouts last week, both season-saving performances.  He blanked La Roche in the last game of the regular season to earn the sixth and final berth to the AMCC tournament, then helped knock off #3 Lake Erie in the first round of the playoffs.  All told he made 14 saves.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 30

Frostburg State swept the AMCC cross country championship team titles on Saturday, while first round tournament action kicked off  in men's and women's soccer and continues Wednesday.  Volleyball serves it up starting Tuesday.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for October 30:

Men's Cross Country:  Curt Ruble, Frostburg State

Women's Cross Country:  Jenny Bailey, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Soccer

Player: Ahmad Salim, Penn St. Behrend
Goalkeeper: Jay Herford, Frostburg St. 

Women's Soccer

Player: Candice Jenkins, La Roche
Goalkeeper: Kelly Goodwin, Hilbert

Volleyball:  Jill McCoy, Mount Aloysius

 

Week of October 23, 2006


FROSTBURG STATE SWEEPS CROSS COUNTRY TITLES

They have dominated their sport in conference competition like no other team in AMCC history, and this year was no different for the Frostburg State men's cross country team.  Their effort today on a rain-drenched course marked the ninth time in ten seasons that the Bobcats have won the conference title.  They were led by junior Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, WV/Parkersburg South HS) who covered the 8K course in 28:03 to lead all finishers.

The Bobcat women, no slouches in the conference cross country title department themselves, shared the spotlight with the men for the first time since 2003.  FSU edged out Penn St. Behrend by four points to earn their seventh championship.   Behrend sophomore Jenny Bailey (Corry, PA/Corry HS) was the individual titleist in the 5K race.

Click the links below for complete race results:
MEN        WOMEN


SOCCER TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS COMPLETE!

There was one upset in both the men's and women's brackets of the opening round of the AMCC soccer tournaments in a wind and rain swept Saturday.

On the women's side,  #3 La Roche squeaked past #6 Lake Erie by a score of 1-0 in overtime, while #5 Hilbert upended #4 Medaille by the same score in regulation.  On Wednesday, Hilbert will travel to #1 Frostburg St. while #2 Penn St. Behrend will host La Roche.  The finals are Saturday, November 4 at the highest remaining seed.

For the men, #3 Lake Erie fell to #6 Frostburg State, 2-0, and #4 Penn St. Behrend took a 3-0 decision over #5 Pitt-Bradford.  Frostburg St. will now go to #2 Penn St. Altoona on Wednesday, while the top seeded Medaille Mavericks will welcome the Behrend Lions.  The championship game for the men is also next Saturday at the highest remaining seed.

The winner of each bracket will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT SET TO BEGIN TUESDAY

The defending champion Penn State Behrend has earned the right to host the championship weekend with a big win on the road against #2 seed Penn State Altoona on Saturday.  Both squads will have a bye on Tuesday as action opens with #6 Pitt-Bradford at #3 Frostburg St. and #4 Lake Erie hosting  #5 Pitt-Greensburg.

(Due to their status as NCAA provisional members, Mount Aloysius is not eligible to participate in the conference tournament.)

The semifinals will be at 6pm and 8pm on Friday, November 3 and the championship on Saturday, November 4 at 1pm.   The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

VOLLEYBALL PAIRINGS TO BE FINALIZED THIS WEEKEND

It will go down to the wire for the final seeding to be established for the AMCC volleyball tournament.  Games played through Sunday will impact the match-ups for a championship event that will lead to an automatic bid in the NCAA Div. III tournament for the winner.

The marquee match will feature defending champion Penn State Behrend at Penn State Altoona on Saturday, as they battle to determine who will be #1 and #2.  Frostburg St. has clinched #3, while Lake Erie is #4.  Due to their NCAA provisional status Mount Aloysius is not eligible for the AMCC tournament, so the fight for #5 and #6 will be among Pitt-Greensburg, Pitt-Bradford and Medaille.

First round play will begin on Tuesday, October 31 with #3 hosting #6 and #5 traveling to #4.  The semifinals will be Friday, November 3 and the championship Saturday, November 4, both at the site of the #1 seed.

SOCCER TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS COMPLETE!

The final puzzle pieces have been fit into the playoff picture for the  AMCC men's and women's soccer tournaments.  The winner of each bracket will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

For the women, defending champion Frostburg State is again #1 and Penn St. Behrend has locked up #2; both will receive first round byes.  On Saturday, #3 La Roche will host #6 Lake Erie, while #5 Hilbert travels to #4 Medaille.  On Wednesday, Frostburg St. will take on the winner of Hilbert/Medaille while Behrend will host the winner of Lake Erie/La Roche.  The finals are Saturday, November 4 at the highest remaining seed.

On the men's side, Medaille will look to make it two titles in a row as the top seed, while Penn St. Altoona is a hair's breadth away at #2.  They will rest on Saturday as the first round features #3 Lake Erie at home against #6 Frostburg State and #4 Penn St. Behrend hosting #5 Pitt-Bradford.  The Lake Erie/Frostburg St. winner will then go to Altoona on Wednesday, and the Behrend/Bradford victor will travel to Medaille.  The championship game for the men is also next Saturday at the highest remaining seed.

CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR SATURDAY

Lake Erie College is hosting the 2006 AMCC) cross country championships on Saturday, October 28 at Eleanor B. Garfield Park in Mentor, OH.  The men's 8K race will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the women's 6K race at 12:15 p.m. For further information about the park, contact the Recreation Center at (440) 974-5720.


Frostburg State, which has won the past five titles and eight of the last nine,  is the defending men's champion, while Penn State Altoona, which won its first cross country last season, will be back to attempt a repeat.


LAKE ERIE'S BETHEL, MEDAILLE'S MANGANO NAMED TO WEEKLY SOCCER HONORS TEAMS

For the third time this season, Medaille F Ryan Mangano (Silver Creek, NY/Silver Creek HS) has been named to the D3Kicks.com Team of the Week.  Mangano is currently the nation's leading scorer in Div. III, with 80 points.

At the same time Lake Erie F Angela Bethel (Beaver Creek, OH/Miami Valley HS) was named the ECAC Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region Offensive Player of the Week.  Bethel recorded a pair of hat tricks in a 3-0 week for the Storm.

SOCCER PLAYOFF UPDATE:  DEFENDING CHAMPIONS EARN TOP SEEDS AGAIN

The Frostburg State women and the Medaille men, the defending AMCC soccer champions, have again clinched the top seeds and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with weekend victories.  Beyond that, much uncertainty remains in both draws.

For the women, Penn St. Behrend has locked up #2, while La Roche sealed its hold on the #3 slot.  The #4, #5 and #6 seeds are also still up in the air.  Vying for a shot at the three post-season slots in this final week will be Lake Erie, Medaille, Penn State Altoona, Pitt-Greensburg, Pitt-Bradford and Hilbert.

On the men's side, seeds #2-4 will be parceled out among Penn St. Altoona, Penn St. Behrend and Lake Erie.  The last two bids are up for grabs by three teams--Pitt-Bradford, La Roche and Frostburg St.-- which will not be determined until Wednesday when La Roche and Frostburg go head to head.

The top two seeds in each tournament received a first round bye.  The opening round will pit the #3 vs. #6 and #4 vs. #5, with the higher seed hosting.  The top two seeds will host the winners (#1 vs. 4v5 and #2 vs. 3v6) on Wednesday, November 1, with the championship on Saturday, November 4 at the site of the highest remaining seed.
 
HILBERT'S RUGGIERO INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME

Hilbert College women's soccer coach James Ruggiero, a 1975 graduate of Kenmore East High School, was inducted into the Bulldogs' athletic hall of fame on Friday October 20. Ruggiero was a standout baseball and soccer player being selected to Niagara Frontier League (NFL) All-League teams in both soccer and baseball in his junior and senior seasons.

While at Kenmore East, Ruggiero was a part of New York State’s longest regular season winning streak of 56 games. After his Kenmore East career Ruggiero was the goalkeeper for Kent State University’s soccer team earning three varsity letters.  Currently, Ruggiero is in his eighth year at Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York. In 2002 he was awarded the conference coach of the year award and his teams went to four consecutive North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) consecutive finals, winning two league championships.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 23

The #1 seeds in soccer were locked up last week, with the two defending champions--Frostburg State for the women and Medaille for the men--securing home field advantage for the playoffs, while volleyball still has two rounds of matches to go before the playoff picture comes into focus.  Meanwhile, cross country is ready to go with its championship race this Saturday, hosted by Lake Erie College at Mentor Park. The men run at 11am with the women at 12:15pm.   Here are the AMCC players of the week for October 23:

Women's Cross Country:  Ali Mertsock, Pitt-Bradford

Men's Cross Country:
  Cody Bachand, Pitt-Bradford

Volleyball:  Brooke Winterling, Frostburg State

Men's Soccer

Player:  Jared Reisdorf, Medaille
Goalkeeper:  Craig Yanni, Medaille

Women's Soccer

Player:  Angela Bethel, Lake Erie
Goalkeeper:  Dana Huether, Pitt-Greensburg
 

Week of October 16, 2006


PLAYOFF PICTURE CLEARING FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER;
MEN'S SIDE STILL UNCERTAIN

The women's soccer seeds are starting to come into focus as the AMCC enters its final week of the regular season.  Frostburg State clinched the top seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs today with a win over Pitt-Bradford, while Penn St. Behrend locked up #2.  Both squads will receive first round byes when the conference tournament begins next Saturday.

La Roche sealed its hold on the #3 slot with a narrow 2-1 decision over Hilbert, and will host the #6 seed next Saturday, Oct. 28, versus an as-yet-to-be-determined opponent.  The #4 and #5 seeds are also still up in the air.  Vying for a shot at the three post-season slots in this final week will be Lake Erie, Medaille, Penn State Altoona, Pitt-Greensburg, Pitt-Bradford and Hilbert.

The men's playoff picture is far murkier.  A classic case of musical chairs is underway, with seven teams competing for six berths.  The race for the top rungs feature defending champion Medaille, Penn St. Altoona, last year's runner-up Lake Erie, and Penn St. Behrend.  The last two slots will be a three-way battle among La Roche, Frostburg St. and Pitt-Bradford, which will not be determined until the last day of the regular season when La Roche and Frostburg go head to head.

PENN STATE ALTOONA'S DZIABO HEADS MEN'S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Penn State Altoona, the 2006 AMCC men's golf champion, dominated the all-conference team and individual award voting. Junior Quintin Dziabo (Cresson, PA/Penn Cambria), who was the medalist at the league championship, was named Player of the Year.  Newcomer of the Year honors were shared by the Lions' Jacob Biltz (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg HS) and La Roche College freshman Jon Austin (Pittsburgh, PA/Baldwin HS)Tom Koehle, who led Penn State Altoona to the conference title and their first-ever NCAA tournament automatic bid, earned Coach of the Year recognition.

Click here for the complete all-conference team.

PENN STATE BEHREND SWEEPS WOMEN'S TENNIS AWARDS

Penn State Behrend capped its third straight AMCC championship season by sweeping all three individual awards.  Junior Allison Mudrey (Hickory, PA/Hermitage HS) was voted Player of the Year for the third time, completing another undefeated season in AMCC competition in both #1 singles and #1 doubles.  Freshman Karen Hobaugh (Kutztown, PA/Kutztown HS) was recognized as the Newcomer of the Year.  She won the #4 singles crown after a perfect regular season, and was the runner up at #2 doubles in the conference championship.  Behrend Lions' Jeff Barger was named Coach of the Year for the third season running, guiding the women's squad to a 15-1 record and the league title.

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for the complete all-conference team.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 16

Another busy week of conference play ended with the women's tennis championship, with Penn State Behrend stepping up to win its third consecutive title by one point over Penn State Altoona.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for October 16:

Women's Tennis
:  Allison Mudrey, Penn St. Behrend

Women's Soccer

Player:  Lindsay Hoffman, Frostburg St.
Goalkeeper:  Stephanie Gwinn, Frostburg St.

Men's Soccer
Player:  Reuben Jolo, La Roche
Goalkeeper:  Mike Lopano, Lake Erie

Volleyball
:  Shawnna Sulecki, Lake Erie

Women's Cross Country:  Kara Wastler, Frostburg St.

Men's Cross Country:
  Curt Ruble, Frostburg St.
 

Week of October 9, 2006


PENN STATE BEHREND WINS THIRD STRAIGHT WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

It was close, but Penn State Behrend prevailed as the AMCC women's tennis championsh for the third consecutive year, narrowly edging Penn State Altoona, 11-10.

The Behrend Lions were once again led by junior Allison Mudrey who took home individual honors at #1 singles and, with Mindy Calvert, at #1 doubles.

Click here for complete tournament results.

PENN STATE ALTOONA MEN'S GOLF TAKES ECAC CROWN

The Penn State Altoona men's golf team, newly minted AMCC golf champions, brought home a second piece of hardware in less than a week by capturing the ECAC Div. III South Region title on Wednesday Sinking Valley Golf Club.

The Lions shot a collective 310 to lead their nearest closest competitor, Grove City College, by 13 strokes.  Sophomore Derek Bailey (Berwick, PA/Berwick HS) was the team's low scorer on the day, carding a 154 (76 - 78) over the 36 hole event to finish in third place among individual golfers.  Penn State Altoona placed four golfers in the top six positions for the day.

UPG'S BELL SETS SCHOOL KILLS RECORD

Pitt-Greensburg outside hitter Breanne Bell (Marianna, PA/ Bethlehem Center) had 10 kills for the Bobcats in last night's four set loss to Penn State Altoona, and in the process became the school's all-time leader with 834.   The junior surpassed the previous record of 825 held by former Bobcat Ciara Snyder.  Bell now holds the all-time record for kills and for service aces at UPG.

MEDAILLE SOCCER PLAYERS GET NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Two Medaille College soccer players have been recognized for accomplishments at the national level.  Freshman forward Danielle Radlich (Clarence, NY/Clarence HS) has been named to the D3 Kicks.com Team of the Week, while senior midfielder Cory Cwiklinski (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster HS) reached a national scoring milestone that only 10 players in Div. III have achieved.

Radlich amassed 14 points in a 2-0 week for the Lady Mavs.  She had the hat trick and an assist in a 5-1 win over Hilbert, then scored 2 goals and 3 assists in a victory over Mount Aloysius.  The freshman is ranked second in conference scoring with 31 points (9 goals, 11 assists).

Meanwhile, Cwiklinksi entered the NCAA Division III men's soccer record book for the 5th time in his excellent four year playing career for the Mavericks.  In the team's conference win over Penn State Behrend, Cwiklinski had 1 goal and 2 assists.  The second of those assists gave him 40 for his career, making him the tenth player in NCAA Division III history to enter the "40-40 club", designated to those players that amass 40 goals and 40 assists or more throughout their college careers.  He currently has 67 goals and 40 assists for a total of 174 points with 6 regular season games and the playoffs left to add to those incredible totals.

He currently is ranked in the Top 25 of all time in points in a season, points per game in a season, career points, and consecutive games with at least one goal at seven games, and closing in on numerous other NCAA Division III career soccer records.  In addition, Cwiklinski was the NCAA Division III scoring champion his freshman season, with 65 points in only 19 matches.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 9

Fall championship play kicked off this past weekend, with Penn St. Altoona claiming the team title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, the first in any sport in school history.  The women's tennis championship is on the docket for this Sunday, October 15, with Penn State Behrend the favorite to make it three in a row.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for October 9:

Men's Golf: 
Qunintin Dziabo, Penn St. Altoona

Women's Tennis:  Amy Brem, Penn St. Behrend

Women's Cross Country:  Jenny Bailey, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Cross Country:
  Curt Ruble, Frostburg St.

Women's Soccer

Player:  Danielle Radlich, Medaille
Goalkeeper:  Stephanie Gwinn, Frostburg St.

Men's Soccer
Player:  Ryan Mangano, Medaille
Goalkeeper:  Mike Ginnona, Penn St. Altoona

Volleyball
:  Jill McCoy, Mount Aloysius
 

Week of October 2, 2006


PENN ST. ALTOONA WINS MEN'S GOLF TITLE, NCAA BID

In capturing their second conference title in four years, the Penn St. Altoona men's golf team made school history:  they became the first team in the Lions' short NCAA history to earn a bid to the national tournament.

Led by medalist Quinton Dziabo (Cresson, PA/Penn Cambria HS), Penn St. Altoona capped a stellar fall season by shooting a team score of 653 over 36 holes (328/325).  La Roche College came in second with a 667 (342/324) for the two day event.  Lake Erie College's Justin Brown was the runner-up among individual golfers, carding a 162.

In the AMCC women's invitational, medalist honors went to Penn State Altoona's Jenna Rothermal, who shot a 130 over 27 holes, followed by Pitt-Bradford's Brittany McLean with a 103.

Click here for complete results.

HILBERT MEN’S SOCCER TO PARTICIPATE IN PASSBACK PROGRAM

On Saturday, October 7th the Hilbert College men’s soccer program will participate in the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Passback Program prior to the Hawks home game against Frostburg State.  The AMCC  match-up will start at 3:00 pm on the soccer field adjacent to the Hafner Recreation Center on campus.

The Passback Program is a joint effort between the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Eurosport and Major League Soccer to help meet the soccer uniform and equipment needs of all communities, regardless of income, gender or location.  Since its inception, the program has grown enormously and thousands of pieces of equipment have been collected and distributed to schools, clubs and youth organizations across the nation.  2005 was a monumental year for Passback, in which over 76,000 pieces of equipment were distributed.

Anyone willing to donate previously used soccer equipment is encouraged to bring it to the Hafner Recreation Center between 1:00 and 2:00 pm on Saturday.  The Hawks will be presenting all donations to the Delaware Soccer Club of Buffalo.

For more information please visit the official Passback website at www.passback.org or contact Hilbert College assistant men’s soccer coach Tim Kronenwetter at (716) 430-7808.


AMCC PLAYERS DOMINATE ECAC WEEKLY SOCCER HONORS

The AMCC had three players named by the ECAC in their weekly soccer honor roll.  For the women, Lake Erie forward Angela Bethel was recognized as Co-Offensive Player of the Week in the Mid-Atlantic region, while Penn St. Behrend goalkeeper Kayla Frost was named Defensive Player of the Week.  On the men's side, Penn State Altoona forward Bryan Pierzga shared Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Bethel was involved in all 5 goals scored by the Storm in their 2-0 week vs. AMCC opponents.  Against Pitt-Bradford, she assisted on the first then scored the game-winner.  Bethel had the hat trick in a 3-1 decision over Penn St. Altoona.  She currently leads the conference in points (36, 3.6 ppg) and goals (16, 1.6 gpg).

In a 2-0 week in conference play, Frost conceded just one goal to lead the AMCC's stingiest defense.  She made 7 saves in a 4-1 win over Medaille, and earned her fourth shutout of the season  in a 1-0 victory at La Roche.  Frost is currently ranked #2 in the league with a .83 GAA and first with a .873 save percentage.

Pierzga had both game-winners for the Lions en route to an 11 point week.  He contributed 2 goals and an assist in a 7-1 rout of Pitt-Greensburg, then netted the first 3 goals against Lake Erie.  Pierzga is currently ranked second in the AMCC in scoring in both points (25) and goals (10).

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 2

The AMCC fall schedule is in full swing, with close battles in every set of standings.  Medaille and Penn St. Altoona are heading toward an early confrontation for the #1 spot in men's soccer; Frostburg St. and Penn St. Behrend continue their decade-long battle for #1 in women's soccer; and Penn St. Behrend is looking over its shoulder at a tough challenger in Penn St. Altoona in women's vollleyball.  Meanwhile, golfers across the conference are gearing up for a shot at  their first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA men's tournament as Lake Erie plays host to the conference championship this coming weekend.  Here are the AMCC players of the week for October 2:

Men's Golf: 
Jon Austin, La Roche

Volleyball
:  Sara Kylor, Penn St. Altoona

Women's Soccer

Player:  Angela Bethel, Lake Erie
Goalkeeper:  Kayla Frost, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Soccer
Player:  Bryan Pierzga, Penn St. Altoona
Goalkeeper:  Craig Yanni, Medaille

Women's Cross Country: 
Emma Winslow, Penn St. Altoona

Men's Cross Country:
  Jonathan Barthelemy, Penn St. Altoona

Women's Tennis
:  Karen Hobaugh, Penn St. Behrend
 

Week of September 25, 2006


HILBERT HIRES GLADWELL TO GUIDE BASEBALL TEAM

Hilbert College director of athletics Richard Walsh has announced he appointment of Robert Gladwell as the Hawks' new baseball coach.   Gladwell comes to the Hamburg campus after spending last spring on Ron Nero’s staff at nearby AMCC member Medaille College, primarily working with the team’s infielders.

Gladwell graduated from Brockport (NY) State and earned a B.S. in physical education while earning teacher certification credentials.  He was a four-year member of the baseball program and helped the Golden Eagles win the 2004 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship, advancing to the 2004 College World Series.  As a junior Gladwell was a 2003 First-Team All-Conference selection and was recognized as a Second-Team NCAA Division III ABCA/Rawlings All-Star.


PS-ALTOONA'S DARNELL EARNS ECAC SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

Penn St. Altoona freshman forward Heather Darnell (Canton, GA/ Cherokee HS) has been named the ECAC Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region Women's Soccer Player of the Week. 
Darnell scored 7 goals in 2 games in a 1-0-1 week for the Lions.  Her 5 goals against Shenandoah set a single-game school record.  She also netted 2 of the 3 tallies in a 3-3 2OT deadlock with Hilbert.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  SEPTEMBER 25

Women's Tennis
:  Allison Mudrey, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Golf: 
Aaron Jantzi, Medaille

Women's Cross Country: 
Lisa Herbert, Penn St. Altoona

Men's Cross Country:
  Curt Ruble, Frostburg State

Volleyball
:  Brooke Winterling, Frostburg State

Women's Soccer

Player:  Heather Darnell, Penn St. Altoona
Goalkeeper:  Bridget McNaughton, Medaille

Men's Soccer
Player:  Corey Suter, Penn St. Altoona
Goalkeeper:  Thomas Rheiner, Penn St. Behrend

 

Week of September 18, 2006


AMCC CELEBRATES TEN YEARS OF GROWTH AND SUCCESS 

Six schools began competition in the fall of 1997 separated by the hilly terrain of Western Pennsylvania and Western Maryland but united by the NCAA Division III philosophy.  Ten years later, ten members strong, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference is celebrating a decade of excellence.

“The AMCC has made tremendous strides to keep pace with the  national standard in a time when conference organizations have just blossomed in Division III,” said conference commissioner Donna Ledwin.  “Our steady progress has been made possible by a very engaged and forward-thinking group of presidents.”

Now in her fifth year as head of the AMCC, Ledwin is the first and only commissioner the conference has ever had.  She initially expected to serve on a part-time basis, but at the end of her interview, the Presidents Council saw the need for a full-time leadership commitment if the AMCC was to continue to keep pace with the rest of Division III.

The founding members of the AMCC—Frostburg State University, La Roche College, Penn State Behrend, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg , the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Lake Erie College—were joined by Penn State Altoona in 1998.  Competition was sponsored in 12 sports, six for men and six for women.

The AMCC earned full NCAA conference membership status in 2002-03, and in 2004-05 it earned automatic bids to  national championships is seven team sports:  men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball.  This year men’s golf will also receive an automatic bid.

Hilbert College and Medaille College became full members in 2005 and Mount
Aloysius College came on board in 2006.  Continuing to grow, the AMCC has added men’s and women’s swimming and diving to its menu of championships for the 2006-07 season.

For all of its success in the competition arena, the conference boasts a strong commitment to academic achievement.  “We had more than 500 student-athletes make our academic all-conference team last year, which requires a minimum 3.2 grade point average,” said Ledwin.  “Of those, 40 were named to Chi Alpha Sigma, the national collegiate student-athlete honor society.”

Conference staff members are active at both the regional and national level.  Coaches and administrators have served on numerous regional and national committees in the NCAA and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).  Leadership positions of note include Medaille College president  Dr. Joseph Bascuas, a member of the NCAA Div. III Presidents Council; Brian Streeter, athletic director at Penn State Behrend and two-term president of the ECAC; and Ledwin, president of the Division III Commissioners Association and a member of the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.

The conference has also been at the forefront of a national campaign to improve spectator behavior.  This fall NCAA Division III launched a program modeled on the AMCC sportsmanship plan, with the conference slogan “Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Positive” adopted as the national message.

“The first ten years has seen a significant growth and learning curve for the AMCC,” commented Ledwin.  “I hope that we can continue to be inspired by the symbolism of the mountain in our name—representing high standards, and certainly challenges—so that the conference will push itself to continue to seek innovative ways to compete, educate and excel over the next ten years.”

THREE BEHREND VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS SET CAREER MARKS

Three senior members of the Penn State Behrend women's volleyball team recently passed career statistical milestones.  They are integral members of a team that has gone 10-0 to start the 2006 season after winning the AMCC championship in 2005.

Senior middle hitter Elaine Voltz (Saxonburg, PA/Knoch) has broken the career kills record at Behrend.  The 2005 AMCC Player of the Year tallied 14 kills against Fredonia State on September 9 to break the old mark of 1,125 kills held by Danielle Bemis.  As of September 20, Voltz currently has 1,201 kills for her career.

Senior outside hitter Karla Murray (North East, PA/North East) recently passed the 1,000 digs mark for her career.  Murray added 11 digs on September 15 against Pitt-Greensburg to reach the milestone.  Murray became the eighth player ever at Behrend to pass that mark and currently stands at 1,046 digs for her career.

Senior outside hitter Lisa Wagner (New Castle, PA/Laurel) passed the 1,000 kills mark for her career as the blue and white defeated Buffalo State on September 19.  Wagner's six kills against the Bengals put her at 1,005 kills for her career, which ranks fifth all-time at Behrend.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  SEPTEMBER 18

Volleyball
:  Lisa Wagner, Penn St. Behrend

Women's Soccer

Player:  Amanda Drake, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper:  Carol Opiela, Penn St. Altoona

Men's Soccer
Player:  Justin Daly, Lake Erie
Goalkeeper:  Derek Richardson, Frostburg State

Women's Tennis
:  Mindy Calvert, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Golf: 
Quinton Dziabo, Penn St. Altoona

Women's Cross Country: 
Jenn Wirginis, Pitt-Greensburg

Men's Cross Country:
  Zach Kocian, Pitt-Greensburg

 

Week of September 11, 2006


DICK HACK NAMED TO AD POST AT PITT-GREENSBURG

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has announced the hiring of Dick Hack as the new Director of Athletics and Recreation.  Hack brings over 30 years of experience in athletics to the position, and will begin his post effective immediately.

Hack comes to Pitt-Greensburg from fellow AMCC member Medaille College, where he spent the past four years serving as the Athletic Director and head men's basketball coach for the Mavericks.

Prior to his time at Medaille, Hack spent 25 years as an employee of
Tri-State University in Angola, IN. He graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and completed his Master's Degree at the University of Indiana.

BEHREND'S VOLTZ NAMED ECAC DIV. III VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Penn St. Behrend senior middle hitter Elaine Voltz has earned been recognized as the ECAC Div. III volleyball player of the week. A
veraging 4.81 kpg and a .393 attack percentage, Voltz was named the MVP of the Behrend Invitational.  The Lions rolled to 4 wins without dropping a game as Voltz took charge with 77 kills and 23 total blocks.  Her 14 kills versus Fredonia St. put her at 1,138 for her career, the best in school history.

AMCC AGAIN LANDS TWO ON D3KICKS.COM MEN'S SOCCER TEAM OF THE WEEK

For the second week in a row, two AMCC men's soccer players have been selected to the national D3Kicks.com Team of the Week.

Lake Erie College sophomore forward/midfielder Joe Starvaggi, the AMCC player of the week,
scored both game-winners in a two-win week for the the Storm.  He found the net twice in a 3-1 victory over Bluffton, then followed with an assist on the first goal and the game-winner itself in Lake Erie's first-ever win over John Carroll.  He finished the week with 7 points.  Medaille College senior forward Ryan Mangano was named the MVP of the Buffalo State tournament, scoring 6 goals and 2 assists for a 14 point performance.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  SEPTEMBER 11

Men's Soccer

Player:  Joe Starvaggi, Lake Erie
Goalkeeper:  Craig Yanni, Medaille 

Volleyball:  Elaine Voltz, Penn St. Behrend

Women's Soccer

Player:  Amanda Kotvas, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper:  Kayla Frost, Penn St. Behrend 

Women's Tennis
Sarah Eisel, Frostburg St.

Men's Golf: 
Sean Buenger, Frostburg St.

Women's Cross Country: 
Jenny Bailey, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Cross Country:
  Brad Ruffo, Penn St. Behrend


UPG MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM WINS SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

The 2005-2006 Pitt-Greensburg men's basketball team was recently named as the recipient of the 'Shoenfield Sportsmanship Award' by the College Basketball Officials Association (CBOA).  The award is given annually to a team that best exemplifies collegiate sportsmanship.

The CBOA named this award in honor of Sam Schoenfeld, a former college basketball star who was one of the CBOA's founding fathers.  A brief illness took Shoenfeld's life in early 1956 and as a result the CBOA decided to memorialize Sam through an award that would be annually presented to a person who exemplified the principles of integrity and character so prominently displayed by Shoenfeld.  Accordingly, the award is presented to the college or university, which in the judgment of the CBOA membership, best exemplifies "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators."  This is the highest honor that the CBOA annually bestows on any collegiate institution.

Pitt-Greensburg and head coach Marcus Kahn are receiving this award for the first time.  The team will be presented with the award at the CBOA annual banquet, which will be held Sunday, October 1, at Chartiers Valley High School.
 

Week of September 4, 2006


AMCC LANDS TWO ON MEN'S D3KICKS.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK

Pitt-Greensburg senior forward Ryan Stetz and Medaille senior striker Ryan Mangano were among just eleven players chosen nationally for the D3Kicks.com Team of the Week.  Stetz, the AMCC player of the week, scored a school record 4 goals versus Lancaster Bible plus 2 more, including the game-winner, in a 4-3 decision over Div. II Pitt-Johnstown.  Mangano was named the MVP of the Westminster Invitational, finding the net 5 times in two games.

AMCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK SELECTIONS BEGIN

The fall season has officially started, with numerous AMCC schools in action in Labor Day tournaments.  Here are the players of the week for September 4:

Women's Soccer
Player:  Tricia Knight, Hilbert
Goalkeeper:  Dana Heuther, Pitt-Greensburg

Men's Soccer
Player:  Ryan Stetz, Pitt-Greensburg
Goalkeeper:  Craig Yanni, Medaille

Volleyball:  Amanda Hernandez, Frostburg State

YEAR STARTS WITH STAFF CHANGES AT AMCC MEMBER SCHOOLS

A number of new faces have taken over as head coaches and administrative staff in the AMCC.  We welcome the following individuals to the conference:

Frostburg State
Noah Becker, Sports Information Director

La Roche
Sotiris Aggelou, Cross Country
Megan Snyder, Volleyball

Lake Erie
Kristi Booher, Sports Information Director

Medaille
Pete Lonergan, Director of Athletics
John Edholm, Golf
Allison Carr, Cross Country
Mike McDonald, Men's Basketball

Mount Aloysius
Brian Gennett, Women's Basketball

Penn St. Altoona
Dr. Lauren Jacobson, Faculty Athletics Representative

Pitt-Bradford
Bill Hyden, Women's Basketball/SAAC Advisor

Pitt-Greensburg
Marcus Kahn, Interim Athletic Director
Dana LeViere, Softball Coach/SWA/SAAC Advisor
Tim Ackerman, Golf Coach

 

Week of August 21, 2006


PENN ST. BEHREND TO INDUCT FOUR INTO HALL OF FAME

Penn State Behrend announced the five members of the 2006 Hall of Fame Class:  David Gurska (basketball), Marlesse (Schlott) Hames (basketball/softball), Karen (Strait) Oberholzer (basketball/softball), Megan (Musante) Post (basketball/softball) and Becky Reed (basketball/softball)  This will be the sixteenth class inducted by the College since establishing the Hall of Fame in 1991. 
 

Week of August 14, 2006

             

COACHES' POLLS ANNOUNCED IN SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL, CROSS COUNTRY

 There are few surprises in the fall sport coaches' polls, but that doesn't mean that there won't be plenty of contention for the top spot in the standings.  An automatic bid awaits the champion of the AMCC tournaments in men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball, and the competition will be fierce as the conference begins its tenth year of organized play.

Medaille College, led by striker Cory Cwiklinski (Lancaster, NY), was chosen to repeat in men's soccer.  Perennial front-runner Frostburg State University was tabbed for women's soccer, relying on first team all-AMCC midfielder Jen Naylor (Riva, MD) to help them to their sixth straight league title.   Penn State Behrend was expected to pick up where they left off in women's volleyball with the help of last year's Player of the Year, middle hitter Elaine Voltz (Saxonburg, PA).

Frostburg State was also picked to extend their men's cross country dynasty to nine titles in ten years, while last season's upstart, Penn State Altoona, was selected to repeat as well.  A pair of Penn State Behrend runners--Brad Ruffo (West Middlesex, PA) and Jenny Bailey (Corry, PA) were picked for individual honors.

Click the links below for complete information on preseason rankings and player of the year selections, plus players to watch for every team.
 
Men's Soccer
 
Women's Soccer
 
Volleyball
 
Women's Cross Country
 

Men's Cross Country
 


THREE NEW CEOs JOIN AMCC LEADERSHIP RANKS

As the AMCC celebrates its tenth anniversary year, there will be three new leaders at the table when the Presidents' Council convenes in December.

Dr. Jonathan Gibralter succeeds Dr. Catherine Gira, a founding member of the AMCC Presidents' Council, at Frostburg State University.  Dr. Gibralter served most recently as president of Farmingdale State University (Long Island, NY)  in the State University of New York system.

At Hilbert, Dr. Cynthia Zane takes over for Sr. Edmunette Paczesny, who retired after 32 years at the helm.  Dr. Zane was chief academic officer and dean of the faculty at the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, OH).

Finally, Michael Victor is on board at Lake Erie College, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.  Mr. Victor previously served as the dean of the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA)

LAKE ERIE TO ADD FOOTBALL IN 2008; ALSO EXPLORING DIV. II

Varsity football will be added at Lake Erie College beginning with the fall, 2008 season announced President Michael T. Victor, and the College has named Mark McNellie as the team's first head coach. McNellie comes to Lake Erie from Mercyhurst College, where he spent the last 16 years on the football coaching staff, the last four as assistant head coach.

Simultaneously, Lake Erie, an NCAA Division III institution, announces that it has entered an exploratory year with the NCAA to study potential  reclassification to Division II status. The College's Board of Directors unanimously approved the initiatives at its July 22 meeting.
 

Week of July 24, 2006


SWALGA STEPS DOWN AT UPG AFTER 14 YEARS AS AD

Dan Swalga will be leaving Pitt-Greensburg to become the new athletic director at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Swalga has been the only AD in Pitt-Greensburg history, and was vital in helping develop the athletic programs beginning in 1995.  Since then, Swalga has helped UPG grow to sponsor 12 varsity sports and was integral in UPG becoming a full member of the NCAA Division III.  He also helped UPG establish itself as a charter member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

In total, Swalga spent 14 years at Pitt-Greensburg.  He spent time serving as the Director of Student Activities and the Head of Career Services before accepting his role as Assistant Dean of Student Services and Athletic Director.

Marcus Kahn, head men's basketball coach and assistant athletic director,
will fill in for Swalga on an interim basis.  Kahn will serve in the position until a nationwide search for a replacement is finished.

LEVIERE NAMED TO SOFTBALL POST AT PITT-GREENSBURG

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has announced the hiring of Dana LeViere for the position of head softball coach and assistant volleyball coach.  LeViere replaces departed coach Erica Exler, who had previously coached for
two seasons.

LeViere is a 2001 graduate of Bethany College (WV) where she was a four-year player on the women's softball team.  She helped lead the Bison to the 2000 NCAA Tournament and the 2001 NCAA Regional Tournament.  She garnered numerous athletic awards while at Bethany, including selections to the Presidents' Athletic Conference All-Star teams, and in 2000 she was named to the NCAA Tournament All-Tournament Team.

Upon graduation, LeViere served as Bethany's pitching coach for two seasons.  She also spent five seasons coaching the Pittsburgh Spirit, a local summer traveling team.  Last season, LeViere was the head coach at Northgate High School.
 

Week of July 3, 2006


MEDAILLE NAMES MCDONALD TO LEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

Mike MacDonald has been named the head coach of the Medaille Mavericks men's basketball team. In addition to his new coaching roles at Medaille, MacDonald will have responsibilities within the athletic department.

MacDonald was the head coach at Canisius College for the past nine seasons (108-153). The 2000-01 Golden Griffins reached the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship game under MacDonald. For his work that season, MacDonald was named the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Co-Coach of the Year. MacDonald has also coached the Western Region Open Squad in the Empire State Games for six seasons, leading his teams to three gold medals (1994, 1995, 1997), one silver medal (1998) and one bronze medal (1998).

 


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