2009-10 NEWS ARCHIVE
 

 

D'YOUVILLE HIRES GINNITTI FOR WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL POST
6/19/10

Melissa Ginnitti is the new head coach of women’s volleyball at D’Youville College.  Ginnitti served as the varsity coach at Gowanda Central the past three seasons, compiling a 37-22 overall record. The last two seasons under Ginnetti’s guidance the Panthers were 30-8 overall and advanced to the sectional semi-finals.  A former-student athlete, Ginnitti played on two Lake Shore High School State Championship teams and made three NCAA Tournament appearances as a starter for Elmira College.

HILBERT NAMES VISCOMI AS DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
6/10/10

Susan Viscomi, who has more than 30 years experience in intercollegiate athletics, has been named Hilbert College’s director of athletics. With this appointment, Viscomi is the first woman named to the position in the college’s 53-year history. Her appointment is effective July 1.

As Hilbert’s athletics director, Viscomi will oversee the college’s 11 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s sports teams and provide administrative direction for the athletics program.

Viscomi brings to Hilbert three decades of combined experience as an administrator, coach and teacher. Most recently, she served as associate athletic director at Hamilton College, where she had oversight of 28 intercollegiate programs, as well as intramurals and clubs. In addition to her associate director duties, she was a professor of physical education and senior woman administrator. During her tenure at Hamilton, she also worked in other capacities that included interim director of athletics and chairperson of physical education and had a three-year stint as head women’s soccer coach.

Prior to this, Viscomi was head women’s soccer coach at SUNY Oswego for seven years, during which she was twice named State University of New York Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Her other collegiate experience includes serving at SUNY Plattsburgh as assistant professor of physical education, head women’s soccer coach and assistant coach of men’s and women’s track and field.

On the national level, Viscomi has been involved in a number of NCAA efforts. She’s currently a member of the NCAA championship committee and liaison to men’s and women’s track and field and ice hockey, and is past chair of the women’s soccer committee.

A native of Ellisburg, N.Y., Viscomi received a master’s degree in counseling from Colgate University and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland.

Kara Rehbaum, Hilbert’s assistant athletics director, will serve as interim director until Viscomi assumes the post as of July.

PENN ST. BEHREND MEN'S SOCCER RETURNS FROM BRAZIL TOUR
6/9/10

The Penn State Behrend men's soccer team is back from Brazil after completing a nine-day/eight-night international sports tour May 17-26. It was the fourth international trip the team has taken under Head Coach Dan Perritano, with previous trips to England (1998), Italy (2002), and Germany/Austria (2006).  Thirty one players, family members and friends made the journey.  The Behrend Lions' trip included three games against local Brazilian teams. In addition the group visited the cities of Sao Bento do Sapucai, Rio de Janeiro, and Paraty, conducted a clinic for local school kids, and toured various historic and cultural sites.

"This trip was a great opportunity for our players, who are excited about the adventure and chance to compete internationally," said head coach Dan Perritano.  "Soccer was a significant part of the trip, but sharing in the cultural experience with their teammates was of even greater value."


PITT-GREENSBURG MEN'S BASKETBALL SHOWS COMMUNITY SERVICE SPIRIT
6/7/10

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg assistant men’s basketball coach Cody Hartzler made a special stop at the Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children.  Earlier this school year the Clelian Heights School implemented a boy’s basketball program for the first time in their school’s 49 year history and played their inaugural game against the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit’s Clairview School in May.  Hartzler (left) visited the Cleliean Heights school and met with members of the inaugural basketball team to express his excitement about their newly created program. Hartzler  handed out basketballs for every member of the Clelian Heights team, signed by both the 2009-2010 UPG men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with Pitt-Greensburg basketball t-shirts and posters.

“It was a treat to get to spend some time with the Crusaders of Clelian Heights,” Hartzler said. “At the end of the day, they share the same enthusiasm for the game as our own players at Pitt-Greensburg. Coach Brian Howard and the rest of the staff at Clelian Heights have an inspiring vision for their athletics program."

Clelian Heights is a licensed, private facility serving children and adults with developmental disabilities in Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. Their campus provides educational and residential services for children and adults in addition to an adult vocational program.

“Anytime you get an opportunity to give back to the community is a great thing,” said Bobcats' men's head coach Jeromy Yetter. “Our basketball program feels really good right now, not only because of what we gave, but more importantly who we were able to give back to. This is a very special group of people that have a tremendous amount of passion for the game of basketball and life. I think it is great what they have implemented at their school and know they are having a lot of fun with the team.”


ALL-SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR SPRING TEAMS
6/1/10

The AMCC proudly announces the members of the Spring 2010 All-Sportsmanship Team.  Team members are selected by their teammates, and recognized for their high level of honorable conduct both as competitors and spectators in support of teammates and classmates, as well as their interaction with game officials.  Click here for the complete All-Sportsmanship Team.

ECAC SOFTBALL, BASEBALL ALL-STARS INCLUDE AMCC STANDOUTS
6/3/10

The AMCC is well represented on the ECAC South All-Region All-Star Teams in baseball and softball for the 2010 season.

Conference Softball Player of the Year Brooke Tapman (Frostburg State) and first team all-conference catcher Lauryn Weaver (Pitt-Bradford) have both been recognized as first team all-stars.  Tapman led the Bobcats to the AMCC championship while Weaver's team was one of three AMCC teams to share regular season champion honors.

Baseball selections included conference Player of the Year Josh Fyffe (Penn St. Behrend) on the first team, and second baseman Matt Greene (Frostburg State), outfielder Jimmy Baum (Penn St. Altoona) and pitcher Britton Quayle (Frostburg State) on the second team.  Frostburg State head coach Guy Robertson also received Coach of the Year honors.


ALL-SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR SPRING TEAMS
6/1/10

The AMCC proudly announces the members of the Spring 2010 All-Sportsmanship Team.  Team members are selected by their teammates, and recognized for their high level of honorable conduct both as competitors and spectators in support of teammates and classmates, as well as their interaction with game officials.  Click here for the complete All-Sportsmanship Team.

FYFFE, GREENE EARN D3BASEBALL.COM ALL-AMERICA HONORS
5/26/10

Penn St. Behrend shortstop Josh Fyffe and Frostburg State second baseman Matt Greene have been recognized as All-Americans by D3Baseball.com.  The pair were instrumental in leading their respective teams to the AMCC championship game.

AMCC PLACES EIGHT ON ABCA ALL-REGION TEAM
5/25/10

The AMCC has landed 8 players on the 2010 American Baseball Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team.  The first team includes conference Player of the Year Josh Fyffe (Penn St. Behrend) at shortstop, along with sophomore catcher Matt Cornetti (Mount Aloysius).  The second team includes junior second baseman Matt Greene (Frostburg State), sophomore third baseman Bryan Colish (Pitt-Greensburg), freshman outfielder Steven Anderson (Pitt-Greensburg) and junior pitcher Britton Quayle (Frostburg State).  On the third team are senior third baseman Dustin Dubensky (Penn St. Behrend) and senior outfielder Matt Gouveia (Pitt-Greensburg). 

FROSTBURG'S TAPMAN NAMED TO NFCA ATLANTIC REGION ALL-STARS
5/25/10

AMCC softball Player of the Year Brooke Tapman has been named to the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association/Louisville Slugger Atlantic All-Region Third Team.  The Frostburg State University junior outfielder set numerous Bobcat records this season en route to leading her team to the AMCC championship.

ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM, FAR AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
5/24/10

Hilbert College senior Maggie Fage and Pitt-Bradford senior Matthew Lee were selected as the AMCC's Faculty Athletic Representatives Award winner and lead the list of top scholar athletes in the conference.

Fage was a human services major with a 3.92 GPA.  She was a three sport athlete, competing as a two-year captain of the soccer team and a member of the cross country and softball teams as well.  A tennis student-athlete, Lee majored in accounting and business management with a minor in economics, and finished his academic career with a 3.91 GPA.

Click here for the complete All-Academic Team.

PRESIDENT'S CUP GOES TO BEHREND FOR NINTH TIME
5/19/10

Penn State Behrend continued its mastery over the AMCC President's Cup, winning the honor as the most successful program in overall conference competition for the ninth time in 10 years. The Behrend Lions won championships in 2009-10 in baseball, men's and women's tennis, men's cross country, men's golf and men's and women's swimming and diving.  Frostburg State University finished as the runner-up behind the strength of championships in women's volleyball, women's soccer and softball.  Click here for the final President's Cup standings.

BEHREND'S FYFFE HEADS UP BASEBALL ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES
5/18/10

Penn St. Behrend senior shortstop Josh Fyffe (left) was selected as AMCC Baseball Player of the Year for the second year in a row, heading a standout list of all-conference team selections. Fyffe hit .491 with 58 RBI and 81 hits to lead his team to their third straight AMCC title. Frostburg St. University junior Britton Quayle, with an 8-1 record and a 2.56 ERA, was named Pitcher of the Year, while Pitt-Greensburg outfielder Steve Anderson and Mount Aloysius outfielder Aaron Kovach shared Newcomer of the Year honors.  Frostburg State's Guy Robertson was voted Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to the regular season title. Click here for the complete all-conference team.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MAY 18
5/18/10

Baseball Player: Josh Fyffe, Penn St. Behrend
Baseball Pitcher: Ryan Jacobs, Penn St. Behrend

PENN STATE BEHREND DEFENDS BASEBALL TITLE FOR THIRD TIME
5/16/10

Make it a three-peat:  #2 seed Penn St. Behrend defeated regular season champion Frostburg St. University to win their third straight AMCC baseball championship and fourth overall. After losing a 14-4 decision to the Bobcats in the first championship round game on Sunday, the Behrend Lions rebounded with an 8-3 victory in game 2, led by the hitting of third baseman Dustin Dubensky (3-5, 2 RBI) and the pitching of Ryan Jacobs, who threw all 9 innings and allowed just 1 earned run on 10 hits while striking out 3.  Frostburg St. got strong efforts from DH Rich Schuler (3-5, 1 RBI) and leftfielder Joe Garrity (3-4, 1 run scored).

With the win, Behrend received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.  Pairings will be announced on Monday.

FROSTBURG STATE'S TAPMAN AND MAGEE LEAD SOFTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
5/14/10

Frostburg State University swept three of the top four awards in softball to cap a championship season for the Bobcats. Junior outfielder Brooke Tapman (top left) led the way as Player of the Year.  Tapman ranked among the conference leaders in numerous categories, including batting average (.433), hits (55), runs scored (41) and RBI (40), and was a perfect 22-22 in stolen bases.  As Pitcher of the Year, Bobcat Megan Magee ranked first among all league pitchers with a record of 18-3.  She also pitched the most innings (170) and amassed the most strikeouts (163), while recording a 1.77 ERA.  FSU's head coach Wes Landrum won his first AMCC Coach of the Year award, guiding his squad to a 29-14 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament.  Pitt-Bradford pitching ace Sarah Angeletti was named Newcomer of the Year.  The freshman was second only to Magee in wins (15-10), innings pitched (165) and strikeouts (159).  Click here for the complete AMCC All-Conference Softball Team.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MAY 10
5/10/10

Softball Player: Megan Henne, Frostburg St.
Softball Pitcher: Megan Magee, Frostburg St.

Baseball Player: Kyle Rose, Mount Aloysius
Baseball Pitcher: Shane Delozier, Penn St. Altoona

FROSTBURG STATE TAKES AMCC SOFTBALL TITLE
5/9/10

It's been 12 years since their last AMCC title, and the Frostburg State University softball team did not hesitate in asserting themselves.  After finishing in a three-way tie for first place with Mount Aloysius College and Pitt-Bradford, the Bobcats won all 3 of their tournament games to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament which begins next weekend.  FSU defeated Medaille College, 7-1, in the title game. They got there by defeating La Roche in the first round and host Mount Aloysius in the second.  The Mavericks advanced to the championship after losing their first game of the tournament in extra innings to Penn St. Altoona.  They had to win three times on Saturday to stay alive, dropping La Roche, Penn St. Altoona and Mount Aloysius to advance to the final round.

The NCAA and ECAC tournament fields will be announced on Monday.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MAY 3
5/3/10

Softball Player: Brittany Barren, D'Youville
Softball Pitcher: Hannah Norton, D'Youville

Baseball Player: Nick Kanutsu, Medaille
Baseball Pitcher: Britton Quayle, Frostburg State

BASEBALL, SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT FIELDS TAKE SHAPE
5/3/10


Mount Aloysius College will host their first AMCC championship ever in any sport when the Mounties welcome the conference softball tournament to Cresson May 7-9 as the #1 seed, while Frostburg State University will be looking for their sixth AMCC title when they host the baseball tournament double elimination round May 14-16.

While seeds #1-5 have been determined, the softball field is still incomplete with the #6 seed to be determined by the outcome of two make-up games to be played later this week by Pitt-Greensburg.  Also in the running for the last spot are Penn St. Behrend and La Roche College. 
Click here for the tournament schedule.

Baseball is cut and dried.  The first round games will be played this Friday and Saturday.  On Friday, #6 Medaille College will be traveling to #3 Penn St. Altoona, with the first pitch at 10am.  On Saturday, #4 La Roche is hosting #5 Mount Aloysius with a 1pm start.  The winners advance to the double elimination championship round at Frostburg the following weekend. 
Click here for the tournament schedule.

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


MOUNT ALOYSIUS ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT
4/29/10

Mount Aloysius College has announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas P. Foley, J.D. as the college’s 13th president. Dr. Foley succeeds Sister Mary Ann Dillon, Ph.D.

Currently, Dr. Foley is the Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter (SEPA) of the American Red Cross. This chapter serves a community of 3.8 million people each year with critical disaster relief, lifesaving CPR, first aid, AED and safety training courses, youth leadership programs and community disaster education programs.  Prior to his work at the Red Cross, Dr. Foley was the President and Chief Professional Officer for the United Way of Pennsylvania. From 1996 to 1999, he served in a White House appointee position as Regional Representative of the U.S. Secretary of Labor. In 1991, Foley was unanimously confirmed as PA’s youngest Secretary of Labor and Industry, where he oversaw all aspects of this 6000 employee, $3 billion federal/state department, where he worked for Governor Robert P. Casey. Previous to that post, he served as a Special Assistant to the Governor, where his work included implementation of the nationally acclaimed PennFREE anti-drug program, and as Chief Deputy to then Secretary of Labor and Industry, Harris Wofford.

Dr. Foley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School.


MOLLY BRENNAN NAMED TO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL POST AT UPB
4/29/10

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has announced that Molly Brennan will be taking the helm of the women's basketball program for the 2010-11 season.  Brennan comes to Bradford from SUNY Potsdam where she earned her master's degree. She has served as the assistant coach since 2006. During her tenure at Potsdam, she was part of four SUNYAC tournament appearances and two ECAC tournament bids. Prior to Potsdam, Brennan earned her bachelors degree from Ithaca College where she was a member of the women’s basketball team. The team won two Empire 8 Conference championships and made three NCAA championship tournament appearances.

FROSTBURG STATE'S TAPMAN IS ECAC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
4/27/10

Frostburg St. junior Brooke Tapman (Pocomoke, MD/Pocomoke HS) is the third different Bobcat player to be named ECAC South Region Player of the Week this season, and sixth AMCC player overall. Tapman had a monster week as she powered FSU to a 6-0 record. She hit .632 with 12 hits, 12 RBIs, 11 runs and 4 HRs. The Bobcats' all-time leader in runs, HRs and total bases, Tapman also set the school's RBI mark in the sweep of first place Pitt-Bradford.

PENN ST. BEHREND SWEEPS MEN'S TENNIS HONORS
4/27/10

Penn St. Behrend, the 2010 AMCC men's tennis champions, claimed all three top individual honors on the all-conference team as well.  Junior Elliot Blackstone (Wexford, PA/Pine-Richland HS), left, was named Player of the Year for the third consecutive season after completing an undefeated season at both #1 singles and #1 doubles.  His doubles partner, Chris Galvin (Erie, PA/McDowell HS) was named Newcomer of the Year, while Behrend Lions head coach Jeff Barger earned his fifth Coach of the Year accolade after guiding his team to their third straight conference tite.  Click here for the complete all-conference team.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 26
4/26/10

Softball Player: Brooke Tapman, Frostburg St.
Softball Pitcher: Sarah Angeletti, Pitt-Bradford

Baseball Player: Mark Saxman, Mount Aloysius
Baseball Pitcher: Joe Hriber, Mount Aloysius


BEHREND'S HAHN IS ECAC CO-PITCHER OF THE WEEK
4/20/10

For the fifth time in six weeks, an AMCC softball player has been named Hitter or Pitcher of the Week.  This time the honor goes to Penn St. Behrend sophomore Emma Hahn.  Hahn threw 4 complete game wins last week, striking out 25 while allowing just 4 earned runs.  Her season record stands at 9-4.  She leads the league with a 1.57 ERA and has held opponents to a conference-best .183 opposing batting average.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 19
4/19/10

Men's Tennis: Elliot Blackstone, Penn St. Behrend
Softball Player: Erin Cline, Penn St. Altoona
Softball Pitcher: Emma Hahn, Penn St. Behrend

Baseball Player: Brandon Lumadue, Medaille
Baseball Pitcher: Chris Keeler, Penn St. Altoona


PENN ST. BEHREND MAKES IT A THREE-PEAT IN MEN'S TENNIS
4/18/10

Penn St. Behrend made it three titles in a row and fifth overall at the 2010 AMCC Men's Tennis Championship.  They outscored runner-up Penn State Altoona by 3 points (22-19), taking six individual titles.  The Behrend Lions were led by Elliot Blackstone (Wexford, PA/Pine-Richland HS), who won both #1 singles and #1 doubles to cap an undefeated season in conference competition.  Click here for the tournament draw and schedule.

PENN ST. BEHREND PREPARED TO DEFEND MEN'S TENNIS TITLE
4/16/10

Two-time defending champion Penn St. Behrend will take the courts at Oxford Athletic Club (Wexford, PA) with an eye toward adding their fifth team title.  The Behrend Lions will be led by last season's Player of the Year Elliot Blackstone (Wexford, PA/Pine-Richland HS), who is the top seed in both #1 singles and #1 doubles.  Standing in their way is Penn St. Altoona, six-time AMCC champions.  The two squads split regular season matches by identical 5-4 scores.  Click here for the tournament draw and schedule.

MEDAILLE'S BOUGHTON STILL IMPRESSING THE SOCCER WORLD
4/13/10

Medaille College senior midfielder Gary Boughton, the 2009 AMCC men’s soccer Player of the Year, is one of 102 finalists worldwide to get a chance to make the reality television show "Soccer Aces." Video from his April tryout in Houston is being reviewed and 50 of the 102 finalists will be selected to go to Spain to make the 18 man roster for the show.  Former French captain and international star Zinedine Zidane is one of 2 judges.

FROSTBURG SOFTBALL PLAYER EARNS ECAC HONORS FOR SECOND WEEK
4/13/10

For the second week in a row, an AMCC softball player from Frostburg State has been recognized as the ECAC Division III South Region Player of the Week.  Junior outfielder Jacki Lynch hit .619 from her leadoff position while helping the Bobcats to 5 wins including 4 in the AMCC. She collected 13 hits (including 3 doubles and a triple) and is currently riding an 8-game hitting streak. Recording 12 runs and 9 RBI, she has also scored at least one run in every game during that same stretch.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 12
4/12/10

Baseball Player: Justin Bifano, Pitt-Bradofrd
Baseball Pitcher: Chris Keeler, Penn St. Altoona
Softball Player: Jacki Lynch, Frostburg St.
Softball Pitcher: Sarah Angeletti, Pitt-Bradford
Men's Tennis: Trevor Mateer, Pitt-Bradford

FROSTBURG'S FREITAG IS ECAC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
4/6/10


Frostburg State outfielder Lindsey Freitag is the third AMCC softball player to be honored as ECAC Division III South Region Player of the Week.  The senior helped the Bobcats to a 3-1 start in AMCC competition by driving in 7 runs and scoring 7 herself.  She hit .615 on the week with 8 hits in 13 at-bats, including 2 doubles and a triple.  She also drew 2 walks and was 1-1 in stolen base attempts.

AMCC CELEBRATES ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON NATIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETE DAY
4/6/10

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference is proud to celebrate the academic achievement of more than 600 student-athletes on National Student-Athlete Day.  All the students who are listed as members of the Academic All-Conference Team have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher while competing as a member of an AMCC sponsored sport.  In addition, 114 student-athletes have been named to Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Collegiate Student-Athlete Honor Society.  Inductees must carry a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA to be eligible for consideration.

Click here for the complete list of honorees by institution.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  APRIL 5
4/5/10

Baseball Player: Bryan Colish, Pitt-Greensburg
Baseball Pitcher: Britton Quayle, Frostburg St.
Softball Player: Lindsey Freitag, Frostburg St.
Softball Pitcher: Jess Seasoltz, Mount Aloysius
Men's Tennis: John Michalko, Penn St. Behrend

MEDAILLE'S MCFAYDEN GETS PRO SOCCER CONTRACT
3/31/10

Medaille soccer player and AMCC first team all-conference selection Kendell McFayden has signed a contract to play with the Austin Aztex of the United States Soccer League First Division.  Click here for the news story that appears today in the Buffalo News.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 29
3/29/10

Men's Tennis: Kelly Manning
Baseball Player: Adam Zimmerman, La Roche.
Baseball Pitcher: Brian Vital, Medaille
Softball Player: Kelly McVay, Penn St. Altoona
Softball Pitcher: Sarah Angeletti, Pitt-Bradford


BAKER, ANUSZEWSKI HONORED AS ECAC CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
3/23/10

Hilbert College softball player Halsey Baker and Frostburg State University baseball player Doug Anuszewski have been named ECAC Div. III South Region Co-Players of the Week.  Baker was a force at the plate, going 17-23 (.739) to lead the Hawks to a 6-2 start.  With 4 doubles and 2 HR, she racked up 9 RBI and 7 runs scored.  She also drew 3 walks and struck out just once.  Anuszewski also had a monster week to lead the Bobcats to a 4-2 record.  He hit
.611, going 11-18 which included a double and 3 HR.  He drove in 10 runs, scoring 5 himself, and went 2-4 in stolen base attempts.  His highlight performance was a 4-5 effort vs. Washington (MD) where he hit 2 HR and recorded 6 RBI.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 22
3/22/10

Softball Player: Halsey Baker, Hilbert
Softball Pitcher: Megan Magee, Frostburg St.
Baseball Player: Doug Anuszewski, Frostburg St.
Baseball Pitcher: Alex Pragle, D'Youville
Men's Tennis: Steve James, Penn St. Altoona

AMCC REPRESENTED ON D3HOOPS. ECAC ALL-REGION TEAMS
3/16/10

The AMCC has gotten attention on two post-season all star teams.  The conference placed three women's players and one men's player on the D3Hoops.com All-Region Teams.  AMCC Player of the Year Kelsey Wilcox (Pitt-Greensburg) was named to the Great Lakes Region Second Team along with Chantelle Jennings (La Roche).  Frostburg State's Brittany James was a third team selection in the Altantic Region.  Kirk Peters (Penn St. Altoona) was chosen for the Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team.

Wilcox and Jennings were also selected to the ECAC South Region All-Star second team, while Penn St. Behrend freshman forward Taylor Lotis was recognized as the Newcomer of the Year.  Peters was also selected to the ECAC second team along with AMCC Player of the Year Keith Hack (Medaille).


NOVAK, CULLUM EARN ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
3/16/10

La Roche College baseball player Dan Novak and Redhawks' softball pitcher Jessica Cullum have both been named ECAC Division III South Region players of the week.

Novak hit .600 to start the season, going 15-25 at the plate in a 4-1 week for the Redhawks.  He smashed 6 doubles and 2 home runs to drive in 17 runs and score 10 times himself, while striking out just once.  He was also 3-4 in stolen base attempts.  Defensively, Novak accounted for 18 assists, 8 put-outs and turned 3 double plays.

In 3 appearances, Cullum won all 3 games and posted a 0.0 ERA.  The senior allowed just 7 hits in 17 innings of work, fanning 19 and walking just 2.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 15
3/15/10

Softball Player: Amy Miller, Mount Aloysius
Softball Pitcher: Jessica Cullum, La Roche
Baseball Player: Dan Novak, La Roche
Baseball Pitcher: Ryan Zamiskie, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Tennis: Elliot Blackstone, Penn St. Behrend

PENN STATE BEHREND LEADS PRESIDENTS CUP STANDINGS AFTER WINTER SEASON
3/12/10

Penn State Behrend added two more conference championships to its plate during the winter season, boosting their year's total to five and cushioning their lead in the AMCC Presidents Cup race.  The Behrend Lions have accumulated 87 points overall thus far, and are gunning for their ninth cup in ten years.  They are followed in the standings by Penn State Altoona and Frostburg State University, both with 71.5 points.  Click here for the complete Presidents Cup standings.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 8
3/8/10

Softball Player: Heidi Shoemaker, Penn St., Altoona
Softball Pitcher: Megan Magee, Frostburg St.
Baseball Player: Josh Fyffe, Penn St. Behrend
Baseball Pitcher: Travis Marks, Penn St. Altoona

BEHREND MEN WIN ECAC SOUTH BASKETBALL TITLE
3/7/10

Penn St. Behrend capped the 2010 season with its 22nd win by defeating Alvernia College, 79-73, for the ECAC Division III South Region Men's Basketball Championship. 
The Behrend Lions jumped to a 42-29 halftime lead and never looked back.  The team was led by a three-prong attached of guard Adam Kaiser (24 points, forward Chris Saltzman (17 points, 5 rebounds) and center Russ Conley (16 points, 5 rebounds).

PENN ST. BEHREND TO ADD MEN'S VOLLEYBALL AS VARSITY SPORT
3/4/10

Penn State Behrend is adding men's volleyball as the school's 22nd varsity sport, beginning competition in the 2011-12 season.

"We have maintained a club program for over 25 years and know now is the time to take our club program to the varsity level," said athletic director Brian Streeter. This past season more than 50 NCAA Division III schools sponsored men's volleyball at the intercollegiate varsity level. The inaugural men's NCAA Division III National Championship is tentatively scheduled for the 2012 season. Current women's coach Phil Pisano will serve as coach of the men's team as well.

Behrend will join AMCC members Medaille, Hilbert and D'Youville in sponsoring men's volleyball, creating the opportunity for a conference championship in 2011-12.

SPILLMAN NAMED INTERIM BASEBALL COACH AT HILBERT
3/4/10


Hilbert College Director of Athletics Richard Walsh has announced Stephen Spillman as interim head baseball coach, effective immediately. Spillman succeeds Jonathan Musialowski, who was seriously injured in a car accident last Saturday. He suffered a severe head injury and is currently being treated at the Erie County Medical Center.

“I look forward to building off the strong foundation Coach Musialowski created,” said Spillman. “He needs us all to respond well to this difficult situation and that's what we're going to do. It's an honor to have the opportunity to work with such a great group of young men as we prepare for the 2010 season.”

Spillman takes over a program he joined as an assistant coach in February. During his freshman year as a student-athlete at Canisius College, the first base/outfielder led the team in put-outs (173) and finished second in fielding percentage (.973). In what would be his best weekend series in 2004, Spillman's .416 batting average (three doubles) led the team against Niagara University. Active in the Western New York baseball community, he continues to play competitively as a member of the West Herr team, which represented Buffalo’s AAA-Muny League in the 2009 NABF World Series in Louisville.

Musialowski was a pitcher and an outfielder for Virginia Tech (2003, 2004). Highlights include a pitching win over sixth ranked Notre Dame University and current Chicago Cub Jeff Samardzija, and a game winning walk-off double to beat 14th ranked Boston College. He was a member of the Big East Conference All-Academic Team in 2003 and 2004 and was a dean’s list student earning a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management. A three-year professional player in the Independent League, Musialowski has pitched for the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League in addition to the Sussex Skyhawks and Atlantic City Surf of the Can-Am League.

ALL-SPORTSMANSHIP TEAMS ANNOUNCED ON NATIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP DAY
3/3/10

The AMCC is proud to announce the members of the All-Sportsmanship Teams for the Winter 2010 season.  All member institution sport teams are asked to select one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to receive this honor. These individuals are selected by a vote of their teammates, based on the following criteria:  Their behavior which must consistently demonstrate a high level of ethical conduct, respect and fair play in both practice and competition, whether on the sidelines or as an active competitor. Such sportsmanship shall be evident toward teammates, coaches, opponents, officials and fans. He/She must also serve as a positive representative of school spirit when a spectator at other teams’ sporting events.

Click here for the complete AMCC All-Sportsmanship Team.

HACK, WILCOX HEADLINE BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
3/2/10

Medaille College forward Keith Hack and Pitt-Greensburg forward Kelsey Wilcox are the AMCC men's and women's Basketball Players of the Year for 2010.

Hack is a first team all-conference selection for the second year in a row after twice leading his team to the league championship.  He averaged 14.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg and a .500 field goal percentage.  La Roche College senior guard Mike Williams was voted the Defensive Player of the Year, while Mount Aloysius College forward Armond Perez (16.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg) was named Newcomer of the Year.  Medaille's Mike MacDonald was recognized as Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

A repeat honoree as Player of the Year, Wilcox was a standout performer for her career with the Bobcats, averaging 16.5 ppg and a league-best 14.0 rpg during her senior campaign.  Also receiving honors were Penn State Behrend senior guard Amy Oldach as Defensive Player of the Year, ranked #1 in the AMCC with 4.0 spg, and teammate Taylor Lotis (12.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg) who was named Newcomer of the Year.  Medaille's Pete Lonergan earned his third AMCC Coach of the Year award.

Click here for the complete all-conference teams: 
Men     Women


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  MARCH 1
3/1/10

Women's Basketball: Tanisha Travis, Medaille
Men's Basketball: Keith Hack, Medaille


MEDAILLE SWEEPS BASKETBALL TITLES

2/27/10


The Medaille College men and women lived up to their top billing in the AMCC basketball tournament, earning a pair of conference titles.

Led by forward Tiffany Sullivan (16 points, 10 rebounds), the Maverick women defeated Cinderella #7 Pitt-Bradford, 59-52, for their fourth championship in five years.  After taking down #2 PItt-Greensburg and #3 Frostburg State, Pitt-Bradford made a valiant run to hand Medaille their first conference loss of the season.  The Panthers were sparked by the play of forward Whitney Cline (15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists). The Medaille women are ranked third in the New York region and await their assignment for the first round of the NCAA tournament which begins next week.

The men's championship was a rematch of last year's final with the same result, as the Mavericks surpassed #2 Pitt-Bradford, 89-77.  Senior guard Ricky Reed helped Medaille to their second straight title with a 23-point, 5-rebound effort.  Panthers guard Dan Heisey kicked in 31 points, 3 boards and 3 steals.  The Mavs will also play the waiting game to learn the identity of their first round opponent in the national tournament, to be announced on Monday.


PENN ST. BEHREND LEADS BASEBALL, SOFTBALL PRESEASON POLLS
2/24/10

For the third year in a row, Penn St. Behrend is expected to successfully defend their championships in baseball and softball.

On the baseball side, Behrend shortstop Josh Fyffe (left) gets the nod as AMCC Preseason Player of the Year, while Pitt-Greensburg's Brandon Munshower and Mount Aloysius College's Mark Saxman were named Co-Preseason Pitchers of the Year. 
Click here for the complete poll and players to watch from all 11 teams.

Frostburg St. University outfielder Brooke Tapman (left) was selected as AMCC Preseason Player of the Year, while Penn St. Behrend sophomore Emma Hahn was recognized as Preseason Pitcher of the Year. 
Click here for the complete poll plus players to watch from every squad.

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS SHIFT INTO HIGH GEAR

2/23/10


First round playoff games are in the books and there will be a flurry of activity as Medaille College hosts the semifinal and championship rounds of both the men's and women's basketball championships starting Friday.

On the women's side, #7 Pitt-Bradford upset #2 and defending champion Pitt-Greensburg to advance to the semifinals against #3 Frostburg State.  UPB will rely on a balanced attack led by junior forward Whitney Cline, who is averaging 9.6 ppg and 5.7 rpg.  Frostburg St. will counter with senior forward Brittany James, who is scoring 15.6 ppg and 10.8 rpg for the Bobcats.  The two squads split wins in the regular season.  In the other semifinal, three-time AMCC champion and top seed Medaille College will take on #4 Penn St. Altoona.  The Mavericks will be led by guard Kacie Mills, who is contributing 11.3 ppg and 4.6 apg.  Altoona will feature forward Alicia Glasser who will bring 16.2 ppg and 5.2 rpg to the table.  Medaille took both contests in the regular season.

Click here for the women's tournament schedule and results.

For the men, it will be a re-match of last year's semifinal when #2 Pitt-Bradford meets #3 Penn St. Behrend.  The Panthers have a potent array of scorers led by guard Dan Heisey with a 14.7 ppg scoring average along with 2.6 apg and 3.6 rpg.  The Behrend Lions, which won both regular season meetings against Bradford, with look to forward Chris Saltzman at 14.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg to do some damage.  In the other half of the draw, #1 seed and defending champion Medaille has forward Keith Hack looking to make an impact with 14.6 ppg and 6.1 rpg.  In another repeat of the 2009 semifinals, the Mavs will be challenged by #4 Frostburg St., a team Medaille beat twice in the regular season.  The Bobcats will look for leadership from guard Brian Anderson, who is averaging 13.1 ppg and 3.5 apg.

Click here for the men's tournament schedule and results.

D'YOUVILLE'S KANALLEY HONORED AS ECAC WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
2/23/10

D'Youville College senior guard Melissa Kanalley (Tonawanda, NY/Bishop O'Hara HS) is the ECAC Division III South Region Player of the Week.  Kanalley covered an extraordinary amount of ground to finish her collegiate career with 1,030 points (#6 on the DYC all-time scoring list) in her final 3 games, all on the road. She tied a career-high with 30 points in a loss at PS- Behrend, then scored a career-high 34 points in leading a defeat of La Roche.  She finished the week with a 26 point performance at Frostburg St.  For the week she nearly doubled her regular season scoring output (16.0 ppg) by  averaging 30.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 4.7 apg, while nailing a phenomenal 60.7% of her three point attempts (17-28).


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 22
2/22/10

Women's Swimming
Anne Lawrence, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Diving
Krystal Kovach, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Swimming
Clay Altemose, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Diving
Steve Graves, Penn St. Berhend
Women's Basketball: Melissa Kanalley, D'Youville
Men's Basketball: Roman Brown, Hilbert



PENN ST. BEHREND WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP
2/20/10

It is four in a row for the Penn St. Behrend men's and women's swimming and diving teams.  Both squads amassed their highest point totals ever in winning the championship.  Penn St. Altoona finished as the runner-up.  In winning the diving title at the Grove City Invitational, Behrend diver Krystal Kovach also earned herself a ticket to the NCAA Division III championship. 
Click here for complete meet results.

BASKETBALL FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS SET
2/20/10


In a day where almost every regular season game had an impact, the men's and women's basketball first round match-ups are finally set.  Here are the pairings for Tuesday, February 23: 

Women
#7 Pitt-Bradford at #2 Pitt-Greensburg, 7p
#6 La Roche at #3 Frostburg St., 6p
#5 PS-Behrend at #4 PS-Altoona, 6p

Men
#7 Pitt-Greensburg at #2 Pitt-Bradford, 7p
#6 PS-Altoona at #3 PS-Behrend, 6p
#5 Mt. Aloysius at #4 Frostburg St., 8p

Medaille College is the #1 seed for both the men and women, and will host the semifinal and championship rounds on February 26-27.


WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS SET TO BEGIN
2/15/10

The AMCC will launch its winter championships this Wednesday, beginning with swimming and diving, and conclude next Saturday with basketball.  Swimming and diving will once again be held as part of the Grove City Invitational in Grove City, PA.   
Click here for more details on the meet.

With both their men's and women's teams earning the top seeds, Medaille College in Buffalo, NY will host both the men's and women's championship rounds on February 26 and 27.  The first round will be played on Tuesday, February 23, with sites and pairings yet to be determined.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 15
2/15/10


Women's Basketball: Melissa Kanalley, D'Youville
Men's Basketball: Darnell Hampton, Pitt-Greensburg

AMCC SCHOOLS JOIN FORCES TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH
2/13/10

Senior Day was held at Pitt-Bradford today, and it was also a day for raising money toward the Kay Yow Foundation for breast cancer research.  The women's teams (left) joined forces as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone, while the men's game was played as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer series sponsored by the NABC.

At Hilbert College, the Hawks also pulled together to support the Pink Zone initiative when they tipped off against Mount Aloysius College. The women's team (right) sold shirts and hosted a bake sale on Saturday to raise money for a donation to the Kay Yow fund associated. This is the team’s third year associated with the WBCA nationwide event to raise awareness for early cancer screening.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  FEBRUARY 1
2/1/10

Women's Swimming: April Ramsey, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Diving: Krystal Kovach, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Swimming: Josh Weaver, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Diving:Steve Graves, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Basketball: Brittany James, Frostburg St.
Men's Basketball: Armond Perez, Mount Aloysius


HILBERT ANNOUNCES NEW COACHES FOR BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL
1/26/10

Hilbert College has announced the hiring of Peter Yuhas Jr. as the new women’s softball coach and the promotion of baseball first assistant coach Jonathan Musialowski to the head job.

Yuhas has been involved in Western New York softball for over thirty years as a player and a coach. Yuhas assisted the Eden junior varsity girls softball team (22-2 record) during the 2009 season. For the past 8 years Yuhas has been involved with the Eden recreation softball league facilitating skill training clinics for scholastic level softball players.  Since 2006 he has been the head coach of the Hamburg Breakers travel softball 14U and co-coach of the 16U team. The 14U Breakers won the Niagara Frontier Divisional Champions in 2008. In 2009 after moving up to the 16U division, the team advanced to the 2009 PONY National Tournament. Yuhas attended the University of Buffalo to earn a degree in Environmental Design and Planning.

Musialowski enters his third season associated with the Hawks baseball program. A three-year professional player in the Independent League, Musialowski has pitched for the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League in addition to the Sussex Skyhawks and Atlantic City Surf of the Can-Am League.  Since 2005 he has served as an instructor at the Inferno Baseball School at New Era Park, Western New York’s top rated indoor baseball facility. He also spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons on the coaching staff at nearby Canisius High School in Buffalo.  Musialowski earned an associates degree in marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology. During his time with the Tigers, the infielder and pitcher was a two-time Empire Eight Athletic Conference selection.  He moved on to Division I Virginia Tech where he became a starter in the outfield and on the mound.


INTERIM WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH NAMED AT BEHREND
1/26/10

Penn St. Behrend has named Daniel Mudd to serve as interim head coach of the women's soccer team.  Previously, Mudd assisted on the Behrend men's team that compiled a team record for wins finishing with an 18-5-2 record on the way to winning the 2009 ECAC South Region Tournament. He also served as goalkeeper coach for both the men's and women's program.

Mudd earned the MVP award for his contributions to the Erie Admirals NPSL team that made it to the National Championship game in 2009, its inaugural season. Mudd spent four years at NCAA Division II Mercyhurst College. As a four year starting goalkeeper and two year captain, Mudd helped the Lakers to a conference championship, one NCAA tournament appearance, and a national ranking of seventh in the country. Mudd earned all-conference awards every year, receiving all-region awards during his sophomore and senior campaigns. He collected team rookie of the year in 2005 and was voted MVP for his efforts during his junior season. He finished his career holding the school record for saves (322). Mudd earned his undergraduate degree in Educational Studies from Mercyhurst College and is currently pursuing his master's in business administration here at Behrend.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 25
1/25/10


Men's Swimming: Ben Strunk, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Diving:Steve Graves, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Swimming: Thirza Roberto, Frostburg St.
Women's Diving: Krystal Kovach, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Basketball: Amanda Sahhar, Medaille
Men's Basketball: Raysean Johnson, D'Youville

BEHREND'S FYFFE NAMED TO D3BASEBALL.COM PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
1/22/10


Penn State Behrend senior Josh Fyffe (Fredonia, pa/Sharpsville) has been named to the D3.Baseball.com 2010 Preseason All-America Honorable Mention Team. After leading the Behrend Lions to the 2009 AMCC regular season and conference tournament titles, Fyffe was named the 2009 AMCC Player of the Year and first team shortstop. He hit .406 with a team high 69 hits, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 9 home runs and a new school record for RBIs with 58. Fyffe was also selected to the ABCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team for the second straight season and picked as the 2009 ECAC South Region Player of the Year.   Fyffe enters his senior senior ranking in the school's top ten all-time for hits, runs, doubles, home runs, RBI, steals.


CABRINI TO JOIN AMCC AS AFFILIATE MEMBER IN SWIMMING IN 2010-11
1/22/10


The Presidents’ Council of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has approved the addition of Cabrini College as an affiliate member in men’s and women’s swimming and diving, effective with the 2010-11 season.  Cabrini will join Penn State Behrend, Penn State Altoona and Pitt-Bradford, the AMCC’s three full member institutions which will sponsor the sport next year.

“Cabrini College is very excited to become a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference for men’s and women’s swimming,” said Cabrini Director of Athletics and Recreation Joe Giunta. “It is an honor to join Penn State Behrend, Penn State  Altoona, and Pitt – Bradford and their rich swimming traditions. Most importantly, we are elated for our men’s and women’s student-athletes who will now be able to experience the benefits of competing within an intercollegiate conference.”

Swimming and diving is the newest championship offered by the AMCC, established in 2006-07.  The conference requires four member institutions to sponsor a sport in order to conduct a championship.  An affiliate member opening was created when Frostburg State University announced that it would be leaving the AMCC to join the Capital Athletic Conference in 2010-11.  Cabrini is a full member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference.

“This is a great day for Cabrini swimming,” said the Cavaliers’ head coach Mike Kernicky. “We’ve added some great meets over the last few seasons, but a conference affiliation and end-of-season meet for our swimmers legitimizes the program even more. We are very thankful to all who helped make this happen, including the Cabrini athletic department, Director of Athletics and Recreation Joe Giunta and the leaders of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. We hope to bring an AMCC championship to Cabrini soon.”

AMCC commissioner Donna Ledwin was equally enthusiastic.  “It is important to  preserve these post-season opportunities for our student-athletes,” she said.  “We are pleased that the Cabrini program will be part of our conference tradition in swimming and diving.”

AMCC MEMBERS JOIN HAITI RELIEF EFFORT WITH FUNDRAISERS
1/21/10

Several AMCC members are making plans to help raise money to aid the relief efforts of the victims of last week's massive earthquake in Haiti.  More are expected to join the effort in the coming weeks.

Penn St. Behrend has already pledged money raised at Monday's basketball game vs. Franciscan University.  Pitt-Bradford raised $850 in donations at their basketball game vs. Hilbert College on Thursday.  The Mount Aloysius College SAAC is collecting medical supplies (e.g., band aids, latex gloves, pain relief medicine, etc.) in its "First Aid for Haiti" campaign at Thursday night's basketball game vs. Frostburg St.  Both La Roche College and Frostburg St. are working on ideas as well.

The NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has urged all campus SAACs to consider participating in this humanitarian relief effort.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 18
1/18/10


Women's Basketball: Courtney Carroll, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Basketball: Dan Heisey, Pitt-Bradford
Men's Swimming: Jack Hudson, Frostburg State
Men's Diving:Steve Graves, Penn St. Behrend 
Women's Swimming: Sam Mulvey, Frostburg State
Women's Diving: Krystal Kovatch, Penn St. Behrend

LA ROCHE'S JENNINGS IS ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
11/12/10

La Roche College  junior Chantelle Jennings (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) is the ECAC Division III South Player of the Week.  Jennings turned in another standout week, averaging 28.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg in a 1-1 week.  She recorded 30 points, 6 boards and 2 blocks in a loss to PS-Altoona, then led the Redhawks to a big win over PS-Behrend with an effort that included 26 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.  Jennings has already amassed 327 points this season, and leads the AMCC with a 25.2 ppg scoring average.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 11
1/11/10


Women's Basketball: Chantelle Jennings, La Roche
Men's Basketball: David Palmer, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Swimming: Cameron Lanich, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Swimming: Anne Morgan, Pitt-Bradford 


THREE AMCC TEAMS RECEIVE NSCAA TEAM ETHICS AWARD
1/11/10

Three AMCC soccer teams have been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as recipients of the Team Ethics Award.  Only 68 men's and women's teams from all three divisions received this honor, which is bestowed upon programs which have recorded exceptionally low numbers of yellow and red cards over the course of the season.  Silver level winners (maximum of 5 yellow cards, no red cards) include the Hilbert College women (1 yellow card) and the Frostburg State University women.  Bronze level recipients (maximum of 10 yellow cards, no red cards) include the Pitt-Bradford men. 


MEDAILLE MEN RANKED NATIONALLY FOR FIRST TIME
1/5/10

The Medaille College men's basketball team are ranked #21 in the country by D3Hoops.com after defeating #9 John Carroll University last week.  It is the first time in program history that the Mavericks have been ranked nationally.  The defending AMCC championsh are currently 12-0.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 4
1/4/10


Women's Basketball: Kelsey Wilcox, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Basketball: Mike Berkun, Medaille

HILBERT, LA ROCHE ADDING LACROSSE FOR 2011
12/18/09

Lacrosse is growing in the AMCC, with programs being added by both Hilbert College and La Roche College for the Spring 2011 season.

Hilbert will sponsor both men's and women's teams.  Richard Schunke, a Hawks alum, has been hired to coach the men; the women's coach search is in process.  Schunke arrives at Hilbert College with nine years' experience coaching at the high school level.   He has coached 2 high school All-Americans and 9 all-league players.

La Roche College has hired Anthony Stamatopoulos as head coach of their men's program. He joins the Redhawks from Robert Morris University where he served as director of operations/assistant lacrosse coach.  Prior to that he was the head coach of the men's lacrosse club team at Carnegie Mellon University.  The Redhawks are also considering the possibility of adding women's lacrosse.

AMCC member Medaille College also sponsors men's and women's lacrosse.  A conference championship can be declared when a minimum of four schools sponsor a given sport.

ECAC SOCCER ALL-STARS INCLUDE 11 AMCC PLAYERS
12/16/09

The post-season honors continue to roll in for AMCC soccer players.  The ECAC has named 6 AMCC women and 5 AMCC men to the south region all-star team

Headlining the women's selections is Frostburg State forward Lauren Russell, who was named regional Player of the Year.  Also singled out was Bobcat forward Amanda Wharton, who earned Newcomer of the Year honors.  Both women were first team selections, along with Penn St. Behrend midfielder Valerie Wagner and Penn St. Altoona midfielder Elizabeth Watt.  The second team included Frostburg State Midfielder Lauren Lentine and Penn St. Behrend defender Kelly Thill.

Four Medaille players were named to the men's first team, including midfielder Gary Boughton, forward Alexander Rouse, and defenders Kendell McFayden and Josh Meier.  Penn St. Behrend goalkeeper Dustin Walker also received a first team nod.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 14
12/14/09

Women's Basketball: Caryn Wright, Frostburg State
Men's Basketball: Busha Koffa, Frostburg State
Men's Swimming: Scott Churner, Penn St. Altoona

AMCC PLACES 8 ON NSCAA ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
12/12/09

Eight AMCC men's and women's soccer players have been named all-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association.  Two Medaille College men--defender Kendell McFayden and midfielder Gary Boughton--were honored on the first team in the All-East region.  McFayden was also named to the first team at the national level.  In the Great Lakes region, Penn St. Behrend goalkeeper Dustin Walker earned first team recognition and third team honors went to Behrend midfielder Aaron Meehl and Penn St. Altoona forward Joe DeSteffano.

For the women, Penn St. Altoona forward Emily Reimold was a second team All-Great Lakes selection, while Frostburg State midfielder Lauren Russell and Penn State Behrend goalkeeper Kayla Frost were selected to the third team.

Also announced this week were the final national rankings.  AMCC champion Medaille finished in the top 25 for the first time in program history, coming in at #25 in the NSCAA rankings and #23 on the D3Soccer list.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  DECEMBER 7
12/7/09


Women's Basketball: Chantelle Jennings, La Roche
Men's Basketball: Matt Leidel, Franciscan
Women's Swimming: Thirza Roberto, Frostburg St.
Women's Diving: Kayla Montoro, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Swimming: Ben Strunk, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Diving: Daniel Maurer, Penn St. Altoona 

THREE AMCC WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAMS HONORED FOR ACADEMICS
12/4/09

Hilbert College, La Roche College and Frostburg State University have all been recognized by the National Soccer Collegiate Coaches Association for their academic achievement.  Each of the teams earned a collective GPA of 3.0 or higher in the 2008-09 academic year.  It is the fourth time that Hilbert (3.27) has been honored; the second straight time that Frostburg State (3.18) has had this distinction; and the third  time La Roche (3.17) has earned this award.

In addition, three Hilbert players and one Frostburg State player were named individually.  Frostburg State junior Lauren Russell earned second team honors on the All-East Region academic team.  A trio of Hawks seniors--Courtney DeVille, Maggie Fage and Carrie Sisson--were selected for the honorable mention team.

AMCC PLACES 6 WOMEN, 5 MEN ON ECAC SOCCER ALL-STAR TEAMS
12/3/09

The AMCC was well represented on the ECAC men's and women's all-star soccer teams, with a total of 11 players receiving recognition.  Heading the women's list is AMCC Women's Player of the Year Lauren Russell (Frostburg St.) who was named the Division III South Region Offensive Player of the Year.  She is joined on the first team by teammate Amanda Wharton, who was also named ECAC Newcomer of the Year; Penn St. Altoona midfielder Elizabeth Watt; and Penn St. Behrend midfielder Valerie Wagner.  Second team selections include Frostburg State midfielder Lauren Lentine and Penn St. Behrend defender Kelly Thill.

For the men, Medaille midfielder and AMCC Men's Player of the Year Gary Boughton was joined on the first team by teammates Kendell McFayden, Josh Meier and Alexander Rouse, along with Penn St. Behrend goalkeeper Dustin Walker.

PENN ST. BEHREND LEADS PRESIDENTS CUP RACE AFTER FALL SEASON
12/2/09

Penn St. Behrend sits in a familiar position atop the AMCC Presidents Cup standings at the conclusion of the fall 2009 season.  The Behrend Lions won conference championships in three sports (men's cross country, women's tennis and men's golf), boosting them to a total of 63 points.  A 1.5 points separate the second and third place teams.  Penn St. Altoona accumulated 52.5 points, while Frostburg State University has 51.
Click here for the complete Presidents Cup standings.

ECAC PICKS PENN ST. ALTOONA'S PETERS AS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
12/1/09

Penn St. Altoona forward Kirk Peters has been named the ECAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the Division III South region.  The junior stepped up with two standout performances in a 2-0 week for the Lions.  In their AMCC opener vs. D'Youville, Peters recorded 35 points while shooting 76% from the field, and added 5 boards, 2 steals and a block.  In an overtime win over St. Vincent, Peters led the way with 27 points, 10 boards, and 3 steals, and was a perfect 6-6 from the line.  The junior forward finished the week averaging 31.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, and 2.5 spg.

FROSTBURG'S WINTERLING NAMED AVCA ALL-AMERICAN
12/1/09

Frostburg State University volleyball senior Brooke Winterling continues to collect awards this season and can now add All-American Honorable Mention honors to her list as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).  The two-time AMCC Player of the Year is the first AVCA All-American in the volleyball program's history.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 30
11/30/09

Women's Basketball: Kelsey Wilcox, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Basketball: Kirk Peters, Penn St. Altoona

AMCC ANNOUNCES ALL-SPORTSMANSHIP TEAMS FOR FALL 2009
11/24/09

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference is proud to announce the selections for the All-Conference Sportsmanship Team for Fall 2009.

This award is voted on by the individual team members at each member institution.  The criteria states that "the student-athletes selected must consistently demonstrate a high level of ethical conduct, respect and fair play in both practice and competition, whether on the sidelines or as an active competitor. Such sportsmanship shall be evident toward teammates, coaches, opponents, officials and fans. He/She must also serve as a positive representative of school spirit when a spectator at other teams’ sporting events.”

Click here for the complete all-conference sportsmanship teams for Fall 2009.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 23
11/23/09


Women's Basketball: Amy Oldach, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Basketball: Armond Perez, Mount Aloysius College
Women's Swimming: Anne Lawrence, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Swimming: Jake DesRoches, Penn St. Behrend


FROSTBURG STATE ATHLETES AND COACH RECOGNIZED IN VOLLEYBALL, WOMEN'S SOCCER
11/20/09

Frostburg State University senior Brooke Winterling (Glenelg, MD/Glenelg) and junior Sarah Stephens (Oakland, MD/Southern Garrett) have been honored by the College Sports Information Director's of America (CoSIDA) for their academic achievements. The Bobcat volleyball duo have been named to the CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II second and third teams, respectively. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve.

Winterling, the AMCC Player of the Year, is a Dean's List student majoring in psychology and holds a 3.79 grade point average.  She was also named to the Mid-Atlantic Region Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.  Stephens is a business administration major with a 3.95 grade point average and was named to the AMCC all-conference first team for the second year in a row.

FSU head coach Peter Letourneau was also honored by the AVCA.  He was selected as the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to a 30-5 record and their third straight AMCC championship.

The Bobcats' women's soccer team also has leaders in the classroom.  Senior Stephanie Gwinn (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) and junior Lauren Russell (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) have been honored by CoSIDA. The two have been named to the CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II team.

A starting goalkeeper on the squad for four years, Gwinn is a Dean's List student and a three-time All-AMCC Academic recipient. Gwinn is majoring in law & society and holds a 3.36 grade point average.Russell is a Dean's List student and is a two-time All-AMCC Academic slection. She is majoring in exercise and sport science and carries a 3.35 grade point average.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 16
11/16/09

Women's Swimming: Allison Beyerl, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Diving: Krystal Kovach, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Swimming: David Taylor, Pitt-Bradford
Men's Diving: Steve Graves, Penn St. Behrend


FALL SPORTS CONCLUDE POST-SEASON TOURNAMENTS
11/15/09

Post-season action brought a mixed bag of results for the AMCC, but overall proved that the AMCC can compete with the best of them in a week of action-packed results.

NCAA men's soccer tournament representative Medaille College lost a heartbreaker to Carnegie Mellon University, 1-0 after defeating first round foe Denison, 3-0, on Saturday.  The Penn State Behrend men came through with a 2-0 win over Wesley College in the championship of the ECAC South Region Tournament; senior goalkeeper Dustin Walker (left) was named tournament MVP.  Penn St. Altoona also was awarded an ECAC tournament invitation.

Carrying the AMCC banner in the NCAA tournament for the women, Frostburg State University fell to Otterbein College in the NCAA tournament by a narrow 1-0 margin.
The Behrend women met a different fate than their men's counterpart in the ECAC tournament, losing in a hotly contested battle by a 1-0 score to Swarthmore College in the finals.  Penn St. Altoona and La Roche College also earned ECAC bids in the South region.  In the ECAC Upstate Region, Medaille College fell to SUNY-Brockport in the championship game, 3-1.  Senior Laura Freeman had the Mavs' lone goal.

In volleyball, Frostburg State University parlayed its AMCC championship into an NCAA tournament bid.  The Bobcats fell short, dropping a 3-1 decision to Eastern College.  The ECAC also extended four bids to AMCC schools, with Medaille heading to the Upstate region tournament and Penn St. Behrend, Penn St. Altoona and Pitt-Bradford entering the South region bracket.

Finally, the NCAA cross country regionals were held on Saturday.  The Penn St. Behrend men were the highest finisher of all the conference schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, with a team ranking of 17th of 49 schools.  Frostburg State finished 17th of 50, the highest placing AMCC team on the women's side.


ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS ANNOUNCED IN SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL AND
CROSS COUNTRY
11/10/09

The AMCC is proud to announce the individual award winners and all-conference team members for the following fall sports:

Women's Cross Country
Runner of the Year: Gwen Massey, Frostburg St. University (left)
Newcomer of the Year: Katherine Manion, Franciscan University
Coach of the Year: Dan Kuebler, Franciscan University


Men's Cross Country
Runner of the Year: Kevin Gorny, Penn St. Behrend (left)
Newcomer of the Year: Alex Myers, Penn St. Behrend
Coach of the Year: Greg Cooper, Penn St. Behrend


Volleyball
Player of the Year: Brooke Winterling, Frostburg St. University (left)
Newcomer of the Year: Anna Cain, Franciscan University
Coach of the Year: Jacob Beiter, Medaille College


Women's Soccer
Player of the Year: Lauren Russell, Frostburg St. University (left)
Newcomer of the Year: Amanda Wharton, Frostburg St. University
Coach of the Year: Patrick O'Driscoll, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Soccer
Player of the Year: Gary Boughton, Medaille College (left)
Newcomer of the Year: Nick Kline, Penn St. Altoona
Coach of the Year: Dan Krzyzanowicz

Click on the sport links above to view the complete all-conference teams.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 9
11/9/09

Volleyball: Brooke Winterling, Frostburg State
Women's Soccer
Player: Lauren Russell, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper:  Michelle Buckmaster, Frostburg State
Men's Soccer
Player: Josh Meier, Medaille
Goalkeeper: Ryan Goettel, Medaille
Women's Swimming: Arielle Harding, Frostburg State
Women's Diving: Krystal Kovach, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Swimming: Hunter Backenstose, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Diving: Steve Graves, Penn St. Behrend


MEDAILLE MEN'S SOCCER WIN FOURTH AMCC CHAMPIONSHIP
11/7/09

For the second year in a row and fourth time in five years, Medaille College captured the AMCC men's soccer title with a 1-0 victory over Penn St. Behrend.  Senior defender Josh Meier scored the game's only goal at 78:01. With the win the Mavericks also earned the right to represent the AMCC with an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.  Pairings and schedule will be announced Monday.

FROSTBURG STATE
CLAIMS WOMEN’S SOCCER CROWN
11/7/09

Same opponents, different place, different ending.

In a rematch of last season's championship game, Frostburg State University earned its sixth conference title by a 1-0 score over defending champion Penn State Altoona.  Forward Lauren Russell fired the game-winner in overtime.  In the process, the Bobcats will also represent the AMCC with an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.  Pairings and schedule will be announced Monday.


FROSTBURG STATE CONCLUDES PERFECT CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL SEASON WITH AMCC TITLE
11/7/09

Frostburg State University wrapped up its tenth AMCC volleyball championship with a 3-0 decision over Penn St. Behrend on its home court today.  Led by senior outside hitter Brooke Winterling (25 kills), the top-seeded Bobcats overcame a slow start to turn in convincing finish over the the #2 seeded Behrend Lions, 18-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19.  Lauren Dalton had 13 kills for Behrend.  The next stop for the Bobcats is the NCAA DIvision III tournament as recipients of the AMCC automatic bid.

FROSTBURG STATE, PENN ST. BEHREND TO MEET IN VOLLEYBALL FINALS
11/6/09

Frostburg State University will be gunning for its tenth AMCC volleyball championship when it meets Penn St. Behrend on Saturday at 2pm.  The top-seeded Bobcats overwhelmed Penn St. Altoona, 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-14) on their home court in the first semifinal match this evening.  On the other half of the draw, two-time champion and #2 seed Penn St. Behrend tamed #3 Pitt-Bradford , 3-1 (25-14, 21-25, 25-23, 25- 13).  This will mark the seventh time that these two squads have clashed in the finals, with the Bobcats holding a 5-1 edge in previous meetings.  The conference champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA DIvision III tournament.

MEDAILLE, PENN ST. BEHREND TO MEET AGAIN IN AMCC MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

11/4/09

#1 seed Medaille College will see some familiar faces when they host the AMCC men’s soccer championship this Saturday night at All High Stadium in Buffalo, NY.Medaille (16-2-2, 9-0-1 AMCC), the defending champion with three titles under their belt, will take on Penn St. Behrend (15-4-2, 8-1-1 AMCC) in the rubber match of their post-season competition series. The two foes have met in the finals the past two seasons, with Behrend winning in 2007 and the Mavericks walking away with the hardware in 2008.  The two squads played to a scoreless tie earlier in the regular season.

AMCC scoring leader Gary Boughton (10 goals, 21 assists, 41 points) will lead the Medaille offense.  Earlier this season the senior midfielder established a new Division III career assist mark and he will be regarded as the key to breaking through a stingy Behrend defense.   The task of stopping Boughton and company will go to Behrend senior goalkeeper Dustin Walker, who boasts a .66 GAA and 11 shutouts in 17 games.

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


PENN ST. ALTOONA, FROSTBURG ST. SET FOR RE-MATCH IN WOMEN’S SOCCER FINAL

11/4/09

I
n a replay of last year’s final, #2 seed Frostburg St. University will meet defending champion Penn St. Altoona for the AMCC women’s soccer championship. FSU, which has four league crowns to their credit, lost on penalty kicks in the 2008 finale to the Lions after a 1-1 double overtime deadlock.  During the regular season, the Bobcats earned a 3-1 victory when they hosted Altoona on September 29.

#4 seed Penn St. Altoona (17-3-1, 7-2-1 AMCC) advanced to the finals by upsetting top seed and five-time AMCC champion Penn St. Behrend, 1-0.  The defending champs will be led by sophomore forward Emily Reimold, who has accumulated 42 points on 19 goals and 4 assists, and goalkeeper Lindsay Raspanti, with a .77 GAA and a league-leading 7 shutouts.  She will face serious pressure from a Frostburg St. attack that features junior midfielder Lauren Russell (left), who ranks first in the league in points (63), goals (24) and assists (15).  On defense, Frostburg St. boasts the conference’s toughest defense, with a .53 GAA and just 10 goals allowed in 20 games, in great part due to the goalkeeping tandem of Michelle Buckmaster and Stephanie Gwinn.  The Bobcats, who defeated upstart #6 Pitt-Bradford in the other semifinal, are currently 17-3 overall, 9-1 AMCC.

The 2009 championship will be held on Saturday at Frostburg State in Frostburg, MD, with a 3:00pm kick-off.  The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.


FROSTBURG STATE TO HOST VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
11/3/09

For the second time in three years, nine-time AMCC volleyball champion Frostburg State University will host the league's semifinal and final rounds.  The Bobcats are the top seed in the tournament with a perfect 10-0 record in AMCC competition and a 28-4 record overall.  They are led by senior outside hitter Brooke Winterling (left), a two-time conference Player of the Year who leads the league with 4.62 kpg along with a .305 hitting percentage. FSU will meet #4 seed Penn St. Altoona (16-11, 8-2) in the first semifinal match-up this Friday at 6pm.  The Lions, led by junior defensive standout Jess Tirko (6.6 dpg) dispatched #5 Medaille College by a 3-0 margin in the first round earlier today.

The other semifinal will feature #2 Penn St. Behrend and #3 Pitt-Bradford at 8pm.  Behrend (21-9, 8-2) took care of D'Youville College in straight sets to advance, while Bradford (18-4, 8-2) handled Pitt-Greensburg, 3-0.  The Behrend Lions tamed the Panthers in the regular season by a 3-0 score but UPB is riding a 7-match win streak into Friday's competition.  The Penn St. Behrend attack will feed off the direction of senior setter Brooke Gallentine (9.23 apg) while Pitt-Bradford will look to big hitting junior Jackie Podrasky (3.11 kpg) to lead the way.

The semifinal winners will meet at 2pm on Saturday.  The conference champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA DIvision III tournament.

THREE AMCC SOCCER PLAYERS HONORED BY ECAC
11/3/09

The AMCC nearly swept the ECAC Div. III South Player of the Week awards, with recognition going to three players.  For the women, forward Emily Reimold of Penn St. Altoona and goalkeeper Alisa Cornell of Pitt-Bradford were recognized for their outstanding play on offense and defense respectively, while Penn St. Behrend midfielder Lance Sabol shared Player of the Week honors.

Reimold scored 4 goals in the first round playoff match-up against La Roche. She tied the school record for most goals in a season with 19 and is currently the school points leader with 86 on 38 goals and 10 assists in just two years of competition.

Cornell made 7 saves in a shutout win over #3 Medaille on the road in the first round of the AMCC playoffs, earning the shutout in the #6 Panthers' 1-0 win.

Sabol netted 5 goals in a 2-0 week--2 vs. D'Youville and the hat trick vs. Pitt-Bradford--to help the Behrend Lions cement the #2 seed in the AMCC tournament.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 2
11/2/09

Women's Cross Country:  Gwen Massey, Frostburg St.
Men's Cross Country:  Kevin Gorny, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Soccer
Player: Emily Reimold, Penn St. Altoona
Goalkeeper: Alisa Cornell, Pitt-Bradford
Men's Soccer
Player: Lance Sabol, Penn St. Behrend
Goalkeeper: Stephen Cavallo, Frostburg St.
Volleyball: Jackie Podrasky, Pitt-Bradford

THREE AMCC SOCCER PLAYERS HONORED BY ECAC
11/3/09

The AMCC nearly swept the ECAC Div. III South Player of the Week awards, with recognition going to three players.  For the women, forward Emily Reimold of Penn St. Altoona and goalkeeper Alisa Cornell of Pitt-Bradford were recognized for their outstanding play on offense and defense respectively, while Penn St. Behrend midfielder Lance Sabol shared Player of the Week honors.

Reimold scored 4 goals in the first round playoff match-up against La Roche. She tied the school record for most goals in a season with 19 and is currently the school points leader with 86 on 38 goals and 10 assists in just two years of competition.

Cornell made 7 saves in a shutout win over #3 Medaille on the road in the first round of the AMCC playoffs, earning the shutout in the #6 Panthers' 1-0 win.

Sabol netted 5 goals in a 2-0 week--2 vs. D'Youville and the hat trick vs. Pitt-Bradford--to help the Behrend Lions cement the #2 seed in the AMCC tournament.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  NOVEMBER 2
11/2/09

Women's Cross Country:  Gwen Massey, Frostburg St.
Men's Cross Country:  Kevin Gorny, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Soccer
Player: Emily Reimold, Penn St. Altoona
Goalkeeper: Alisa Cornell, Pitt-Bradford
Men's Soccer
Player: Lance Sabol, Penn St. Behrend
Goalkeeper: Stephen Cavallo, Frostburg St.
Volleyball: Jackie Podrasky, Pitt-Bradford

FRANCISCAN WOMEN, BEHREND MEN REPEAT AS AMCC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS
10/31/09

It was deja vu all over again as the Franciscan University women and the Penn St. Behrend men won the AMCC cross country titles.  For Franciscan it was their second straight and for Behrend it marked their third in a row and fourth overall. The Behrend team total of 17 points was the lowest in AMCC history for the men's race. Frostburg St. senior Gwen Massey (Thorofare, NJ/West Deptford HS) won the women's individual title in a 5K time of 24:17.3.  Penn St. Behrend senior Kevin Gorny (Erie, PA/McDowell HS) was the men's race winner, covering the 8K course in 28:58.5.
 

Men's Team Final Standings
1 Penn State Behrend 17
2 Franciscan 57
3 Frostburg State 77
4 Penn State Altoona 94
5 Pitt-Bradford 142
6 Pitt-Greensburg 204
7 Mt. Aloysius 226
8 Medaille 241
9 Hilbert 251
10 D'Youville 282
11 La Roche 306

Team and Individual Results
 


Penn State Behrend
2009 Men's Champions


Women's Team Final Standings

1 Franciscan 25
2 Frostburg State 40
3 Penn State Behrend 85
4 Penn State Altoona 109
5 D'Youville 142
6 Pitt-Greensburg 180
7 Pitt-Bradford 181
8 Medaille 228
9 Hilbert 245
10 Mt. Aloysius 270

Team and Individual Results
 


Franciscan University
2009 Women's Champions


PITT-BRADFORD VOLLEYBALL PLANS TO "DIG PINK"
10/30/09


The Pitt-Bradford volleyball team is on a mission to help raise money for the Dig Pink: Side-Out Foundation which contributes to breast cancer research.

The Panthers will play their last home matches of the season on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. against Penn State Altoona and Mt. Aloysius. AMCC foe DYouville will also be there the for the final AMCC quad match of year. All proceeds from the day will go to this great cause.

 

BEHREND'S CHRISTMAN LEADS AMCC WOMEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
10/27/09

For the second year in a row, Penn St. Behrend #1 singles player Arica Christman (Sharon, PA/Sharon HS) has been named the AMCC Women's Tennis Player of the Year.  The sophomore successfully defended her singles title and was runner-up (with partner Stephanie Cattron) at #1 doubles in the 2009 AMCC tournament.  Behrend Lions head coach Jeff Barger was again voted Coach of the Year, after guiding his squad to their ninth league title.

Frostburg State freshman Megan Martin (Richmond, VA/Mills Goodman HS) is the Newcomer of the Year.  Martin capped an undefeated conference season at #4 singles with a runner-up finish at the AMCC championship.  She also teamed with Elly Dannenfelser to capture the #1 doubles crown.

Click here for the complete all-conference team.

SOCCER TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS SET; PLAYOFFS KICK OFF SATURDAY
10/27/09

Defending champion Medaille College is the top seed for the men and six-time champion Penn St. Behrend is the #1 seed for the men as the AMCC kicks off its soccer tournament this Saturday.  Here are the pairings and schedule for the first round games on Saturday, October 31:

WOMEN
#5 La Roche at #4 PS-Altoona, 12n
#6 Pitt-Bradford at #3 Medaille, 7p
#7 Hilbert at #2 Frostburg St., 4:30p
#1 Penn St. Behrend - BYE

MEN
#7 Pitt-Bradford at #2 PS-Behrend, 2:30p
#6 Pitt-Greensburg at #3 PS-Altoona, 2:30p
#5 La Roche #4 Frostburg St., 6:30p
#1 Medaille - BYE

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 26
10/26/09


Women's Soccer
Player: Lauren Russell, Frostburg St.
Goalkeeper: Kayla Frost, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Soccer
Player: Reuben Jolo, La Roche
Goalkeeper: Ryan Goettel, Medaille
Volleyball: Alicia Nevins, Pitt-Greensburg

BEHREND'S NELSON HEADS AMCC MEN'S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
10/23/09

After helping his team to the AMCC men's golf championship, Penn St. Behrend senior Joe Nelson (Warren, PA/Warren HS) has been voted the conference Player of the Year.  Nelson was the medalist in two tournaments this season, and finished in the top five in seven of eight competitions overall.

The Behrend Lions' head coach James Bowen was also recognized as Coach of the Year, while Pitt-Bradford freshman Tyler Cozad (North East, PA/North East HS) is the Newcomer of the Year.

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

MEDAILLE MEN, PITT-GREENSBURG WOMEN PICKED TO REPEAT AS AMCC BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
10/22/09

The AMCC men's and women's coaches have placed some familiar teams at the top of their annual preseason poll.

The Medaille College men's team earned 6 first place votes, indicating that their league competitors know that the Mavericks' success last season in winning their first ever conference title was no fluke.  They will be led by the Preseason Player of the Year selection Keith Hack.  Expected to be nipping at their heels, however, will be Penn State Behrend, three- time AMCC champions. The Behrend Lions were picked to finish second, followed by last year's championship game finalist
Pitt-Bradford.

Pitt-Greensburg is the overwhelming choice to repeat as league champions on the
women's side.  The Bobcats, who received 9 of 11 first place votes, will be led by senior guard/forward Kelsey Wilcox, the AMCC Preseason Player of the Year.  They will be aiming for their third league title.  Penn St. Altoona, which has won two AMCC championships, was ranked second, while Penn St. Behrend was picked to come in third.

Click here for complete poll results as well as players to watch for all 11 schools:

Men         Women


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 19
10/19/09

Women's Tennis: Leslie Durante, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Cross Country: Annie Johnson, D'Youville
Men's Cross Country: Kevin Gorny, Penn St. Behrend
Volleyball: Brooke Winterling, Frostburg State
Women's Soccer
Player: Nikki Supsic, Penn St. Altoona
Goalkeeper: Lindsay Raspanti, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Soccer
Player: Ricky Marchant, Frostburg State
Goalkeeper: Dustin Walker, Penn St. Behrend

HILBERT TO ADD MEN'S AND WOMEN'S LACROSSE IN 2010-11
10/19/09

Hilbert College will sponsor varsity men’s and women’s lacrosse programs beginning with the 2010-11 academic year.  The growth of the school’s men’s club program since 2003 was cited by school officials among reasons for sponsoring the sport.

Hilbert is one of three AMCC members that will be sponsoring men’s lacrosse during 2010-11. La Roche announced earlier this year that it is adding men’s lacrosse, and Medaille currently sponsors the sport. Hilbert also joins Medaille as the only AMCC members sponsoring women’s lacrosse.


FROSTBURG ST.'S RUSSELL TABBED AS ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
10/7/09

Frostburg St. forward Lauren Russell (Waldorf, MD/Westlake HS) has been named the ECAC Div. III South Regions women's soccer Player of the Week.  The junior had a hand in seven of the Bobcats' eight goals last week as FSU went 2-0, including a 3-1 win over defending AMCC champion Penn State Altoona.  Her highlight performance was a 9-point effort (4 G, 1 A) in a 5-1 win over Medaille.

PENN ST. BEHREND EDGES PENN ST. ALTOONA FOR MEN'S GOLF CROWN
10/5/09

After 36 holes of golf at Tom's Run Golf Resort, Penn St. Behrend emerged victorious over defending champion Penn St. Altoona by the narrowest of margins to win the 2009 AMCC men's golf championship.  Both teams finished with a team score of 617; the first tiebreak criteria is the score of the #5 golfer, and that was the only criteria needed to decide the title.  Behrend Lions senior Pat Petraglia (Pittsburgh, PA/ Chartiers Valley HS) was the medalist, carding a 150 for the two day event.

The crown is the second for Behrend.  They last won in 2004.  The win ended a three year run for Penn St. Altoona as conference champions.  With the title, the Behrend Lions also receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament, to be played in Hershey, PA in May.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  OCTOBER 5
10/5/09


Men's Golf:  Pat Petraglia, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Tennis: Renee Total, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Cross Country: Theresa Evans, Franciscan
Men's Cross Country: Kevin Gorny, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Soccer
Player: Corey Suter, Penn St. Altoona
Goalkeeper: Jonathan Happel, La Roche
Women's Soccer
Player: Lauren Russell, Frostburg St.
Goalkeeper: Nikki Traylor, Franciscan
Volleyball: Falicia Golden, D'Youville


AMCC SOCCER PLAYERS GET ECAC WEEKLY HONORS
9/29/09

Penn St. Behrend goalkeeper Kayla Frost and Penn St. Altoona forward Joe DeSteffano have been honored as players of the week by the ECAC.

Frost was named the Defensive Player of the Week in the Division III Mid-Atlantic region.  In 200 mins. of play last week Frost did not yield a goal.  She made 3 saves in a 1-0 victory over Grove City, then turned away 9 shots in a scoreless double overtime tie on the road with AMCC defending champion Penn St. Altoona.

DeSteffano was recognized as the Co-Offensive Player of the Week.  The freshman had the first natural hat trick in the Lions' history, including the game winning goal, in a 4-1 win over Rosemont. He had his second game-winning goal of the season in overtime against Penn St. Behrend.  He has played in 8 games and has 8 goals.


AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  SEPTEMBER 28
9/28/09


Men's Golf:  Tyler Cozad, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Tennis: Elly Dannenfelser, Frostburg St.
Women's Cross Country: Monica Rust, Franciscan
Men's Cross Country: Jack Kaiser, Franciscan
Men's Soccer
Player: Joe DeSteffano, Penn St. Altoona
Goalkeeper: Chris Bolea, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Soccer
Player: Bethanie Moreschi, La Roche
Goalkeeper: Kayla Frost, Penn St. Behrend
Volleyball: Sarah Stephens, Frostburg State

MEDAILLE MEN'S SOCCER CRACKS NATIONAL TOP 25
9/22/09

The Medaille College men's soccer team is ranked #21 in the nation in the most recent D3Soccer.com Division III poll.  The defending AMCC champions are currently 7-0-1.

MCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  SEPTEMBER 21
9/21/09


Women's Tennis: Arica Christman, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Cross Country: Anne Patron, Frostburg St.
Men's Cross Country:  Kevin Gorny, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Golf:  Tyler Cozad, Pitt-Bradford
Men's Soccer
Player: Alexander Rouse, Medaille
Goalkeeper: Dustin Walker, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Soccer
Player: Alyssa Hulbert, Hilbert
Goalkeeper: Mary Zinni, Hilbert
Volleyball: Kelsie Bumbarger, Penn St. Altoona

HILBERT PLANS MEMORIAL RACE FOR CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER
9/17/09


During her sophomore year at Hilbert College, Meghan Sorbera’s life was tragically cut short. She participated in cross country her freshman year and was a great teammate that season. As a way to honor her love for running and to celebrate her favorite time of the year, the cross country team will host an annual “Meghan Memorial” race in the month of October.

The race is open to the public and the College would like to invite any running enthusiast to join us for the morning race at Frontier High School (Hamburg, NY) on Saturday, October 3rd. All runners will begin together at 10 am.

Anyone interested--teams or individuals--should complete the on-line application at www.buffalorunners.com website and submit your payment to Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075. Please make checks payable to “Hilbert College Cross Country” and address the envelope to “Athletics – Meghan Memorial”.

If you are competing as a college team, the cost is $50 per male team, $50 per female team. If you are competing for the pure enjoyment of running, and would like to contribute to a wonderful event, the cost is $5 per runner.  Please contact the Athletics department at Hilbert College with any questions: 716-926-8805 or e-mail at: krehbaum@hilbert.edu.

PENN STATE ALTOONA HIRES CLAPPER FOR MEN'S BASKETBALL
9/16/09

Billy Clapper has been hired as the head coach of men’s basketball for Penn State Altoona. Clapper was an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown from 2007o 2009, helping the team to back-to-back NCAA Division II Tournament berths. The Mountain Cats earned the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship in 2008 and the WVIAC tournament championship in 2009 while they posted a 47-16 record during his time with the program.

Prior to joining the UPJ staff, Clapper held assistant men’s basketball coaching positions at Penn State Altoona from 2005 to 2006, where he was active in recruiting some of the players currently on the team, and Indiana State University, where he worked as a graduate assistant from 2006 to 2007.

Clapper began his college playing career at Mount Aloysius College and continued on to Division I Youngstown State University. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Technology from Indiana State University.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  SEPTEMBER 14
9/14/09

Men's Soccer
Player: Brian Davis, Frostburg St.
Goalkeeper: Ryan Goettel, Medaille
Women's Soccer
Player: Laura Freeman, Medaille
Goalkeeper: Lindsay Raspanti, Penn St. Altoona
Volleyball: Brooke Gallentine, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Tennis: Megan Martin, Frostburg St.
Women's Cross Country: Alexandra Burkholder, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Cross Country:  Wes Brubaker, Penn St. Altoona

MEDAILLE COACH KRZYZANOWICZ BANKS 100TH WIN
9/12/09

Medaille College men’s soccer coach Dan Krzyzanowicz reached the 100 win mark tonight in a 6-0 decision over Alvernia College.  His tenure with the Mavs includes four straight undefeated AMCC regular season titles, three AMCC tournament titles, three NCAA tournament appearances and one ECAC tournament bid. Krzyzanowicz has put together an impressive 100-32-13 record in his eight years at Medaille.  The Mavs are currently 5-0-1 with the their lone tie coming against #10 York College (PA).

D'YOUVILLE'S MCFARLAND SETS SCHOOL ASSIST MARK
9/8/09

The D’Youville College women’s volleyball team lost their two matches at the Penn State Behrend Invitational but a new career milestone was established.  In their first match of the day, D’Youville was swept 25-15, 25-16, 25-7 by Grove City College. Senior setter Siblea McFarland (Salamanca, NY/Salamanca) dished 16 assists and tied the program’s all-time assist mark of 2,722 set by Jayne Root (1998-2001).

McFarland then took over the top spot by delivering 22 assists in the Spartans three-set loss to Roberts Wesleyan (25-17, 25-15, 25-15). The four-year starter now stands alone on the women’s volleyball all-time list with 2,744 career assists and counting.

MEDAILLE'S BOUGHTON SETS DIVISION III ASSIST MARK
9/9/09

With a pair of assists in an 8-1 win over Wells College tonight, Medaille College senior Gary Boughton (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) established a new NCAA Division III all-time career assists record.  His four year total stands at 64.  Boughton is the AMCC Pre-Season Player of the Year and a three-time first team all-conference selection.

AMCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  SEPTEMBER 8
9/8/09

Women's
Volleyball
Women's Soccer Men's Soccer

Brooke Winterling, Frostburg St.

Erin McCreary
Penn St. Behrend
Michelle Buckmaster
Frostburg St.
Gary Boughton
Medaille
Dustin Walker
Penn St. Behrend
Women's
Cross Country
Men's Cross Country Women's
Tennis
Men's
Golf
Theresa Evens
Franciscan
Kevin Gorny
Penn St. Behrend
Elly Dannenfelser
Frostburg St.
Joe Nelson
Penn St. Behrend


MEDAILLE'S BOUGHTON TIES DIV. III ASSIST MARK
9/3/09

With a pair of assists in an 8-0 win over Cincinnati Christian College tonight, Medaille College senior Gary Boughton (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) tied the NCAA Division III all-time career assists record.  His four year total stands at 62.  Boughton is the AMCC Pre-Season Player of the Year and a three-time first team all-conference selection.

D'YOUVILLE NAMES TAPLIN MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH, ASSISTANT AD
8/31/09

Glenn Taplin has been named to the position of assistant athletic director and head coach of men’s basketball at D'Youville College.  Taplin arrives at D’Youville after recently working as an academic advisor at Genesee Community College and spent the last two seasons serving as an assistant basketball coach at Buffalo State College. He previously worked as a retention coordinator at the University at Buffalo and was on the coaching staff for two years at St. Francis High School.

PITT-GREENSBURG WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM HONORED FOR SPORTSMANSHIP
8/20/09


I
t has been nearly six months since the last time the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg women’s basketball team has taken the floor.  In a historic season the Lady Bobcats went 24-3 and an almost near perfect 17-1 in conference play on their way to an AMCC Championship earning a berth into the NCAA Women’s Division III Tournament.  But on Wednesday afternoon they were honored one more time.

This time the Lady Bobcats are not being rewarded for their wins and losses but instead for the sportsmanship that they displayed on and off the court. Pitt-Greensburg has been announced as the 2008-09 Collegiate Officials “Donna Ledwin Sportsmanship Award” recipients, the highest honor that the COA officials group bestows upon any collegiate institution.

The award is named after current Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference commissioner Donna Ledwin who has been a proponent of sportsmanship campaigns at the conference and Division III levels.  It is presented to a coach, team and college or university, which in the judgment of the COA best exemplifies the characteristics of fairness, civility and respect promoted by Commissioner Ledwin. The Lady Bobcats will be presented with the award at the COA’s annual fall clinic on September 20 at Baldwin High School.


The award is named after current Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference commissioner Donna Ledwin who as the COA states, “Is 110% about sportsmanship, and 110% about supporting our officials.”

The award is presented to a coach, team and college or university, which in the judgment of the COA best exemplifies the characteristics displayed by Commissioner Ledwin. The Lady Bobcats will be presented with the award at the COA’s annual fall clinic on September 20 at Baldwin High School.

FORMER PITT-BRADFORD PITCHER NAMED MINOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR
8/19/09


Former Pitt-Bradford pitcher Zach Foster has been named to the 2009 New York-Penn League All-Star Team.  The former Pitt-Bradford pitcher played for the National League squad in last week's NYPL All-Star Game at Medlar Field in University Park. Foster is hurling this year for the State College Spikes, which is a short-season Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Thus far this season the right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA in 13 relief appearances. Foster has 13 strikeouts, and has given up just seven hits and two earned runs in 16.1 innings of work.


FAMILIAR NAMES HEAD PRESEASON POLLS FOR SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL
8/12/09

All three 2008 champions in men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball are expected to repeat their feat in 2009, according to the AMCC preseason coaches' polls.

Medaille College for men's soccer, Penn St. Altoona for women's soccer, and Frostburg St. University for women's volleyball--that is the line-up of top contenders.  Each defending champion also includes the Preseason Player of the Year.  For Medaille, it is senior midfielder Gary Boughton, the top playmaker in Division III last season.  For Penn St. Altoona, sophomore forward Emily Reimold, who re-wrote the single season scoring record book for the Lions as a freshman in 2008.  And for Frostburg State, senior outside hitter Brooke Winterling leads the way, a three-time first team all-conference pick and twice AMCC Player of the Year.

Click on the sport below for complete preseason poll rankings and information on team-by-team players to watch.


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P
ENN STATE BEHREND ENDOWMENT HONORS LONGTIME AD
8/11/09

Three former Penn State Behrend student-athletes recently spearheaded a drive to establish an endowed fund to support the school’s varsity sports in honor of longtime Athletics Director Roger Sweeting.  Sweeting, who retired from the school’s kinesiology and health education faculty in 1996 and today lives in Arizona, was an administrator, coach and professor at the school for 33 years.

“When it comes to athletics and student-athletes, I cannot think of another person who has meant so much to so many people,” said university Chancellor Jack Burke. “Roger’s decades of hard work and dedication to Penn State Behrend fostered growth in students on an individual level. Now, as alumni, they have created this endowment as a way to honor him.”

Three of those alumni, all former basketball student-athletes, led the effort to establish the endowment.

E. Joseph Williams (who still ranks among Penn State Behrend career statistical leaders in scoring average, rebounds and steals) and Bruce Reinhardt were members of the 1966-67 team that won a state junior college championship and Duane May was a member of the school’s undefeated 1967-68 squad.

Sweeting coached basketball, baseball and men’s soccer – the only sports the school sponsored when he was hired in 1963. Under his administration, the program expanded from three to 10 sports and today sponsors 21 sports.

As athletics director, he served during the school’s transition from a two-year to four-year institution and also oversaw the introduction of women’s varsity sports. He served two stints as AD, from 1963 to 1969 and 1972 to 1981, and retired as associate professor emeritus of kinesiology and health education.

PITT-BRADFORD RECOGNIZED BY AVCA FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

8/4/09

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 409 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2008-2009 season, including the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. This number once again eclipses the previous years’ total of 354 and sets a new all-time high for this award.

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


LA ROCHE TO ADD MEN'S LACROSSE IN FALL 2010

7/29/09

Lacrosse, a sport that’s been steadily gaining in popularity in western Pennsylvania, is coming to La Roche College as a varsity sport in fall 2010. Athletic Director Jim Tinkey said that he is currently looking for a men’s lacrosse coach to build a team that would be ready to play next year.

They will compete as an independent, as the AMCC does not have enough members who sponsor the sport to host a championship.  Medaille College and Frostburg St. University are the only other conference schools which sponsor men's lacrosse.  La Roche is also exploring the feasibility of introducing women’s lacrosse some time in the near future.

FROSTBURG STATE'S ROHRS GETS NATIONAL HONOR
7/10/09

Former Frostburg State hurdler Sumer Rohrs has been selected as the 2009 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Associations (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division III Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year.   Rohrs, a member of the AMCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, earned 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District College Division honors last month.  She graduated this past spring with a bachelor's degree in psychology, posting a 3.6 grade point average.


BEHREND BASEBALL RANKS AMONG DIVISION III LEADERS OF THE DECADE
7/8/09

The Penn State Behrend Lions baseball program continues to gain attention after back-to-back championship seasons.

The NCAA recognizes the most successful Division III baseball programs over the last decade based on winning percentage and total wins. In the most recent posting, the Behrend Lions have won 65.7% of their games and rank 33rd. The blue and white have also racked up 275 wins, which is 30th on the charts. St. Scholastica (MN) leads the winning percentage at 81.9% and Wooster (OH) has registered the most wins with 372. Currently the NCAA Division III level has more than 320 baseball programs.

The 2009 Behrend Lions posted an impressive 16-2 AMCC regular-season record, and a regional ranking of #4 in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic region polls.  Behrend then earned a berth into the NCAA tournament and posted the fourth most wins in school history with a 31-13 overall record.


D'YOUVILLE HIRES NEW COACHES FOR WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AND SOCCER
7/6/09

D’Youville College has named Marisa Gallo the head coach of women’s basketball, effective immediately.  Gallo previously served as the girl’s Head Coach at Starpoint High School for five seasons (2004-2009) and spent two seasons as the Head Coach at Lancaster High School (2002-04).  She is a recipient of undergraduate and graduate degrees from Canisius College, competing for the Golden Griffins from 1997-2000.


The Spartans begin their first season as members of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in 2009-10.