PENN ST. BEHREND MEN,
WOMEN FALL AT NCAA TENNIS TOURNAMENT
The competition proved too stiff at the NCAA Division III men's and
women's tennis tournaments for AMCC champion Penn St. Behrend.
The Behrend women fell to Hunter College, 5-3, in the first round of
the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon. The Lions took two of the
three doubles matches but only won one singles match. Jade
Buhite and Rachel Harris teamed up to win their doubles
match, 8-5. Megan Noschese and Carissa Zozos also won
their doubles match, 9-8. In singles competition, Nochese was
the lone Behrend winner. Nochese won 6-1, 6-1. Meanwhile the
Behrend men were defeated by Kalamazoo College, the Michigan
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions, 5-0, in Gambier, OH.
BRAZIL IS DESTINATION
FOR PENN ST. BEHREND WOMEN'S SOCCER, BASKETBALL TEAMS
The Penn State Behrend women’s basketball and women's soccer teams
are off to Brazil for
an eight day international sports tour.
The trip will include two games against local Brazilian teams. In
addition, the squads will visit the cities of Sao Bento do Sapucia,
Paraty, and Ilha Grande. Outside of their competition, the
contingent will go on historical tours, take various cultural
classes, and put on a clinic at a school in Sao Bento do Sapucia.
Members from both teams will chronicle the tour in “blogs”, which
can be followed at psblions.com.
PENN ST. BEHREND MEN,
WOMEN TO COMPETE IN NCAA TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Pairings were announced for the NCAA men's and women's tennis
tournaments, and Penn St. Behrend will be headed in different
directions with the same goal. Both squads captured the AMCC
team title earlier this year and will represent the conference in
the national tournament.
The men are off to Gambier, OH where they will take on Michigan
Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Kalamazoo College on
Friday. The women go south, meeting up with City University of
New York Athletic Conference champion Hunter College in
MOUNT ALOYSIUS TEAMS UP WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND MYI
On Saturday April 28th the Mount Aloysius College athletic
department paired up with the Special Olympics. Along with these
athletes were 11 seventh grade students who are involved in the
Mercy Youth Initiative (MYI) that is provided through the college.
The MYI is a mentor program designed for Youth of Promise and the
Mount Aloysius students. These students are those that they believe
will benefit from learning about college, building communication and
learning social skills. Each session includes a career, mentor and
athletic event. The SAAC has taken the lead in coordination
teambuilding activities to get the kids up and moving.
Both the student-athletes and the students from the MYI listened to
Jennifer Tresp, Senior Competition Director, discuss the purpose of
Special Olympics in addition to her journey within the organization.
Jennifer discussed the importance of communication and support among
team members. She then facilitated a group activity in which the
athletes and MYI students had to come up with a strategy to get
paper air planes across the finish line. Then, they discussed ways
in which we as an athletic department can get more involved in the
Special Olympics. After that the athletes divided up into groups in
which they provided games and skill work in basketball, soccer and
volleyball. To end the session the student-athletes and the MYI
students played a fun game of kickball.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Penn St. Behrend 3B Ashley
Gruber hit a walk-off HR
in the AMCC softball championship game. She batted .600
for the tournament.
Ashley Gruber, Penn St. Behrend
Julie Heinl, Penn St. Behrend
Luke Szymanski, Mount Aloysius
Stephen Hickey, Mount Aloysius
PENN STATE BEHREND WINS SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, EARNS
NCAA AUTOMATIC BID
Penn St. Behrend defeated Penn St. Altoona, 5-4, in 9 innings today to win
their fourth AMCC title in program history. The victory
includes a trip to the NCAA DIvision III tournament. After a
seventh inning rally by Penn St. Altoona to knot the score at 4-4,
Behrend third baseman Ashley Gruber stroked a walk-off home run in
the ninth to close the door. Behrend (26-13), who did not drop
a game in the tournament, will await the results of the NCAA
selection call, to be announced Monday, to learn of their first
round opponent in the NCAA regional. Penn St. Altoona (32-10)
will learn Monday if they earned an NCAA at-large bid or ECAC
regional tournament invitation.
UPSETS MARK BASEBALL
TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND
#5 Pitt-Bradford and #6 Mount Aloysius College won their first round
series on Saturday to advance to the championship round of the AMCC
baseball tournament. The Mounties will face #2 seed Penn St.
Behrend in the first game on Thursday at 9am, while the Panthers
will take on top seed and tournament host La Roche College in game
two at approximately 12n.
Pitt-Bradford upset #4 seed and defending champion Penn St. Altoona
in straight victories, posting scores of 6-2 and 3-1.
Meanwhile it took three games for the underdog Mounties to move on.
They defeated Pitt-Greensburg, 4-2, in game one, but the Bobcats
clawed back to take game 2, 6-5, on a walk off home run in the 8th
3 was all Mount Aloysius, with a 13-5 final score.
MOUNT ALOYSIUS TENNIS TEAM CELEBRATES EARTH DAY VOLUNTEERING AT
LOCAL HISTORIC SITE
Mount Aloysius College
student-athletes teamed up to do horticultural and environmental
work at the Allegheny-Portage National Historical Site on Earth Day,
with six members of the men’s tennis team along with head coach Ryan
Navarro joining forces with other members
of the campus community. The National Park Service, in
collaboration with the United Way of the Laurel Highlands, held
their first annual National Park Service Day of Caring on April 22.
This event also kicked off National Park Week.
Sophomore player Ryan Bressler said he found the community service
to be enjoyable and beneficial. "Although our part was small,
we contributed to the much larger picture," said Bressler.
"Simple community service makes the parks cleaner and creates a much
more picturesque atmosphere. It is surprising how much trash and
weeds a group of volunteers can collect in a short amount of time.”
LA ROCHE MEN'S BASKETBALL TALKS EDUCATION AT MIDDLE SCHOOL
Last Friday, four members of the La Roche College men’s basketball
team traveled to Arsenal Middle School in Pittsburgh to talk with
eighth grade students about the value of education and staying in
school. Mike Dixon, Daron Tabron, Oneal Brown, and
Joel McIntosh joined assistant baseball coach Ryan Juran
and the staff at Arsenal who organized the event. “It’s nice
for the students to see college kids who were once in the same
situation, make the right choices to get where they are today,"
Juran said. "Along with that, the La Roche players emphasized
the importance of getting an education and how it has impacted their
BASEBALL PLAYER LEADS DIV. III IN BATTING AVERAGE
The NCAA announced their latest statistical rankings in baseball,
and Pitt-Bradford junior Derek Smith leads Division III with
a .538 batting average. He has ranked at or near the top of the
weekly standings all season long. Smith is one of only two
players qualified that are hitting better than .500 on the season.
The third baseman has collected 56 hits in 104 at bats. He also
ranks in the top 10 nationally in slugging percentage (.827) and on
base percentage (.575). Smith leads the AMCC in hits and
triples (3), and is among the league leaders in RBI (41), doubles
(15) and total bases (86). He currently ranks second all-time
in program history with 118 career runs batted in, 14 shy of the
Ryan Briskar’s (2001-04) mark of 132.
HEADS MEN'S TENNIS AWARD WINNERS
Franciscan University sophomore Leonel Lacayo, a double
winner at the AMCC championship tournament at #1 singles and #2
doubles, has been named the conference's Men's Tennis Player of the
Year. Penn St. Behrend freshman Taimi Ando was selected as the
Newcomer of the Year, while Behrend Lions' head coach Jeff Barger
earned Coach of the Year honors after guiding his squad to the
league title and their first ever automatic bid to the NCAA
Click here for the complete all-conference team.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: APRIL 23
La Roche P Jesse Bauer
earned a save and a win
over AMCC opponents to vault the Redhawks into first place in
the league standings.
Kristen Rohe, Medaille College
Jackie Smith, Penn St. Altoona
Matt Militello, Hilbert College
Jesse Bauer, La Roche College
MEDAILLE WINS ECAC SOUTH MEN'S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
AMCC champion Medaille College battled two stellar opponents
to win the ECAC Division III
South Championship today. Senior right side hitter Nick
Johnson was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player with
a 37 kill, 8 dig and 3 block assist performance. The Mavs got
revenge on Stevens Institute of Technology, the team that ousted
them from the UVC tournament two weeks ago, with a 3-1 decision
(25-16, 27-25, 24-26, 25-21) in the semifinals. Medaille,
seeded #11 in the tournament, then conjured an upset when they took
down #4 seed Juniata College in a 5 set duel (25-18, 22-25, 18-25,
PENN STATE ALTOONA'S
HEINE NAMED TO D3BASEBALL.COM TEAM OF WEEK
Penn State Altoona senior first baseman Cord Heine has been
named to D3Baseball.com's
Team of the Week. Heine's
inclusion honors him as the top first baseman last week in all of
Division III baseball. He hit .600 (9-for-15) in four games, with a
double and at least one RBI in each contest. He totalled 7 RBIs,
scored 7 runs, and added a triple to help the Lions go 3-1 in a pair
of doubleheaders. Heine leads the Lions with a .412 batting
average. He also holds the team-high in doubles with 13.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
PENN STATE BEHREND WINS AMCC FIRST
AUTOMATIC BID IN MEN'S TENNIS
Penn State Behrend emerged from a weekend-long, neck and neck
battle with defending
Franciscan University to win the 2012 AMCC title and with it,
the conference's first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Division III
tournament. It is their sixth title overall, and fourth in
five years. The Lions were led by junior Chris Galvin, who was
a two-time individual champion in the tournament. He won the
#2 singles title as well as the #1 doubles crown, teaming up with
freshman Taimi Ando. In all, Behrend captured four of six
singles and 2 doubles titles.
Click here for
complete tournament results.
PENN STATE ALTOONA CELEBRATES DIV. III WEEK
WITH SPECIAL OLYMPIANS
Penn State Altoona joined with the Special
Olympics of Blair County last Wednesday by hosting a Faculty/Staff
vs. Student-Athletes Charity Basketball Game in the Adler Gym. The
event raised $270 for the Special Olympics of Blair County and
highlighted the athletic department’s commitment to community
service during NCAA Division III Week. During halftime, the
student-athletes took the court alongside the Special Olympics of
Blair County’s basketball team for a game of their own. The
event raised money for the Special Olympics through collecting
donations at the door, conducting a 50/50 drawing, and holding a
PENN STATE BEHREND STRENGTHENS HOLD ON
PRESIDENTS CUP LEAD
AFTER STRONG WINTER SEASON
On the fifth and final day of Division III Week, the AMCC celebrates
athletics excellence. In
the conference, that is measured by points earned based on regular
season standings in league sponsored championships. Add them
all up, and Penn State Behrend is poised to win its eleventh
AMCC Presidents Cup trophy in 12 years--and eighth in a row--after a
strong winter championship season. After their fall sports
propelled the Lions to an early Presidents Cup lead, their winter
teams took over. Men's and women's swimming and diving both
won conference titles, and men's and women's basketball both
finished in the top three.
Behrend now has a commanding lead in the race, with 81 points
heading into the spring season finale with solid contenders in
softball, baseball and men's tennis. The battle for second
place is heated, however, with a sliver of 1.5 points separating
Penn State Altoona (61), Pitt-Bradford (60) and Medaille College
(59.5). Click here
for the complete Presidents Cup standings and sport-by-sport list of
MOUNT ALOYSIUS HEADS ACADEMIC
WINNING INAUGURAL PEAK PERFORMANCE AWARD
With 50.31% of their student-athletes earning a cumulative grade
point average of 3.2 or higher, Mount Aloysius College
heads the AMCC Academic All-Conference Team on Day 4 of Division III
Week. The Mounties' stellar overall academic achievement earns
them the inaugural AMCC Peak Performance Award. Overall, 37%
of AMCC student-athletes achieved a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA by
the conclusion of the Fall 2011 semester. An additional 106
student-athletes were selected as members of Chi Alpha Sigma, the
National Collegiate Student-Athlete Honor Society. Chi Alpha
Sigma induction requires an academic class rank of junior or senior,
a minimum GPA of 3.4, and demonstration of good moral character.
for the complete Academic All-Conference Team.
AMCC STAFF AND STUDENTS GIVE BACK TO CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY
Community service takes center stage on Day 3 of Division III Week,
with AMCC student-athletes, coaches and administrators stepping up
to show they care on campus and in the community. Since
September, AMCC team members and athletic department staff have
donated more than 9,000 hours and generated more than $23,000 toward
worthy causes and people in need. Organizations that have
benefited include the Special Olympics, United Way, CARE for
Children, Habitat for Humanity, Project Bundle Up, and numerous
cancer research programs. Student-athletes are also active on
their own, donating more than 2,600 to causes such as soup kitchens,
food banks, campus ministry, area hospitals, and volunteer fire
for a look at what AMCC members are doing to help make the world a
AMCC ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF TEAM PEAK
Division III Week continues for the AMCC, as the conference takes
time this week to honor the academic accomplishments of the more
than 1,700 student-athletes who participate in AMCC championship
Today the conference is please to unveil a new set of awards which
recognize the team in each sport with the highest cumulative grade
point average. Fall sport winners are determined by the GPA
achieved at the conclusion of the Fall 2011 semester; winter and
spring sport winners will be announced June 1, based on GPAs earned
at the conclusion of the Spring 2012 semester.
to see the complete list of fall sport honorees.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Penn St. Altoona 1B/OF Kelly
Chambers hit .611 in a 5-1 week, with 4 doubles, 3 HR and 12
RBI. She did not strike out in 18 at-bats.
Brian Schultz, Penn St. Altoona
Shane Healey, La Roche College
Andrew Cornell, Pitt-Greensburg
Kelly Chambers, Penn St. Altoona
Alison Stugart, Penn St. Altoona
AMCC KICKS OFF DIVISION III WEEK HONORING
In recognition of one of the core values of AMCC membership, the
conference is kicking off NCAA Division III Week by announcing the
members of the AMCC All-Sportsmanship Team.
After each season, student-athletes vote on their team's
nomination to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The honor is open to
members of every team in an AMCC championship sport. The
student-athlete 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’
for the Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 All-Sportsmanship Teams.
Spring sport honorees will be announced June 1.
Click here to view
the conference's Sportsmanship page.
BEHREND MEN'S BASKETBALL FINISHES #1 IN
COUNTRY FOR DEFENSE
The Penn State Behrend men’s basketball team finished the
season as the top-ranked
school in scoring defense among all Division III teams according to
the final 2011-12 statistics. Out of a 405 qualifying schools,
the Lions had the nation’s best defense. Behrend only gave up 56
points per game and let just one team score more than 70 in 28
contests. The Lions’ stingy defense led them to the AMCC
championship game and a bid to the ECAC South Tournament.
BEHREND'S GRUBER IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR ECAC
With a standout offensive effort, Penn St. Behrend third baseman
Ashley Gruber has earned ECAC
South Region Player of the Week honors.
Gruber drove in 17 runs on 11 hits,
batting .423 in a 6-2 week for the Lions (5-1 vs. AMCC opponents). The
senior single-handedly helped the Lions defeat Mt. Aloysius with a
single home run and a three-run homer in game one, going 4-for-4 at
the plate. She also added three doubles on the week and another home
run, while scoring 8 runs. Gruber is ranked #1 in the AMCC with 31 RBI
STRIKES TWICE: SECOND PERFECT GAME FOR PENN ST. ALTOONA
For the second time in three games, a Penn State Altoona softball
pitcher has tossed a perfect
game. Sophomore Allison Stugart threw five spotless innings
in a 20-0 win over Franciscan University in the first game of a
doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field.
She recorded five strikeouts in her first career perfect game.
Junior teammate Jackie Smith accomplished the task on
Saturday against Hilbert College.
Stugart's perfect game is the second one ever pitched since the Penn
State Altoona softball program's inception in 2001. She
currently leads the the Lady Lions with eight wins this season.
MEDAILLE'S KELLY HEADS MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
After leading his team to the first-ever AMCC men's volleyball
championship title, Medaille
College middle blocker Erin Kelly has been named the league's
Player of the Year. Kelly led the league with a .446 hitting
percentage while averaging 2.87 kpg and .78 bpg. Teammate
Jordan James, a first year middle blocker, earned Newcomer of
the Year recognition. Penn St. Behrend's Phil Pisano,
who guided his team to an 8-17 record as a first year varsity
program along with a berth in the United Volleyball Conference
tournament, was voted Coach of the Year.
Click here for the
complete all-conference team.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
PENN STATE ALTOONA SOFTBALL PITCHER THROWS
Penn State Altoona softball's 17-0 and 23-5 victories over AMCC
opponent Hilbert College on Saturday were impressive, but they were
upstaged by perfection. In game one of the doubleheader,
junior pitcher Jackie Smith threw a perfect game. She pitched
five innings, allowing no runs, hits, or walks while striking out
seven of the 15 batters she faced. Smith's perfect game is the
first perfect game pitched in the modern history of Penn State
Altoona softball, dating back to the program's inception in 2001.
INAUGURAL AMCC MEN'S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Capping a perfect season among AMCC competition, Medaille College
emerged triumphant in the conference's first ever men's volleyball
championship tournament. The Mavericks, ranked #9 nationally in NCAA
Division III, defeated D'Youville College by a 3-0 margin
(25-17, 28-26, 25-15). Middle hitter Erin Kelly led the
Mavericks with 10 kills, 3 blocks and 2 aces. Medaille rolled in
straight sets over Hilbert College in the first match of the
day to advance to the finals, while D'Youville battled to victory in
a hard fought 3-2 decision over Penn St. Behrend to earn a
shot at the title.
Medaille (#3 seed) and Penn St. Behrend (#8 seed) will continue
their post-season aspirations, competing in the United Volleyball
Conference tournament April 14-15 at New York University. The
tournament winner will receive and automatic bid to the NCAA
BASKETBALL SCORES WITH CARE PROGRAM
The tradition continued for the 11th
straight year as the annual CARE/Lady Panthers
Basketball Camp took place on campus last weekend.
Pitt-Bradford Coach Molly Brennan and the Panthers players
hosted 43 children in the local community as part of their ongoing
partnership with CARE for Children, whose mission is to improve the
lives of children of all abilities.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 26
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 19
MEDAILLE'S TRAVIS, BEHREND'S CONLEY NAMED
Medaille senior forward Tanisha Travis and Penn St. Behrend
junior center Russ Conley have been named to the D3hoops.com
All-Great Lakes Region Second Teams.
Travis led the Mavericks to a runner-up finish at the AMCC
tournament and the school's first-ever ECAC tournament title.
A first team all-AMCC selection, Travis averaged 13.3 ppg and
10.5 rpg while shooting 52.1% from the field. Conley led
Behrend in scoring (16.7 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg), field-goal
percentage (57.9), free-throw percentage (82.0), and blocks (1.0 bpg).
He was also honored as the AMCC Co-Player of the Year and was
awarded first team all-AMCC accolades. During the season, he
eclipsed the 1,000 career-point plateau and was named the AMCC
Player of the Week twice.
KRAGNES IS FIRST ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
FOR SPRING 2012
Penn St. Behrend junior outfielder Ryan Kragnes hits at the
top of the order for his team, and as the lead-off nominee for the
ECAC Player of the Week program, he was equally successful.
Kragnes led the Lions to a 2-4 week
in Florida, hitting .474 (9-19) from the lead off spot, striking out
just once. He also scored 7 runs, drove in 4, drew 6 walks and was
5-for-5 in stolen bases.
BEHREND TO HOST TOPS SOCCER PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
Continuing an 11 year tradition, the Penn St. Behrend men's and
women's soccer teams will
host TOPSoccer, a community-based program for special needs children
from northwestern Pennsylvania. The seven week program, which
starts on Wednesday, provides an opportunity to participate with the
Penn State Behrend student-athletes to build life-long friendships
while developing soccer skills to carry throughout the summer.
The program, in partnership with Behrend athletics and student-body,
promotes good health, awareness and basic soccer skills to the
community's youth. The goal has been to pair a child with at least
one student-athlete while working to develop soccer talent.
"This is a great opportunity for our student body to make a positive
impact on the Erie community," said head men's soccer coach Dan
Perritano. "It gives them a chance to broaden their collegiate
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 12
SOCCER STEPS UP FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS
The D'Youville College men's soccer team joined the
ever-growing number of NCAA Division III student-athletes in
partnership with Special Olympics nationwide. On January 29
the team provided players and coaches to work at Thruway Lanes for
the Western New York Special Olympics Senior Bowling Tournament. The
group covered the day by assisting in the lane assignments, team
morale for the bowlers, award presentations and handing out
post-tournament refreshments to each participant.
"This is a terrific way for the team to be involved with something
more than just campus wide events," said Coach Matt McCormick. "None
of the guys had ever been involved with volunteering for the Special
Olympics, and it is something that means a lot to me. I was
very proud of the efforts they put forth during the day. It is
something that they won't forget, and had a great time doing, some
of the guys have already inquired about volunteering in the near
future with the Special Olympics on their own."
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 5
Pitt-Bradford 3B Derek Smith hit
.667 with 4 RBI and 8 runs scored in a 2-2 start for the
Volleyball: Nick Johnson, Medaille College
Derek Smith, Pitt-Bradford
Ryan Jacobs, Penn St. Behrend
CELEBRATE ECAC BASKETBALL TITLE
The Medaille College women's basketball team has done what no
other Mavericks program has accomplished: they won an ECAC
tournament title. With a 77-68 win over #2 seed Moravian College,
the top seeded Mavericks culminated a 24-5 season on a high note by
winning the Division III South Region championship. Medaille
was led by senior forward Tanisha Travis. With 21
points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks in the championship game, she was
named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
FRANCISCAN CROSS COUNTRY, BEHREND SWIMMING/DIVING RECOGNIZED FOR
AMCC teams continue to earn recognition for their classroom
achievements in 2011-12.
The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)
recently announced that the Franciscan University men's and
women's teams are members of its all-academic teams. Junior
Bill Jones led the way with scholar student-athlete honors while
both teams earned a place as all-academic teams.
In order to qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic team, a
student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average
of 3.30 or greater through the most recent semester, and placed in
the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships. Meeting all
requirements—notably placing fourth at the 2011 NCAA Div. III Great
Lakes Regional Meet—junior Bill Jones was the only Franciscan runner
to place within the 141 student-athletes representing 80 Div. III
A total of 131 institutions representing 34 conferences composed the
group that earned the men’s 2011 Division III All-Academic Cross
Country status. To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country
Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or
better. Franciscan's men's squad earned the status with a team
cumulative GPA of 3.34. Not to be outdone, in a group of 187
institutions representing 38 conferences, the women's team earned
the all-academic status with a team cumulative GPA of 3.41.
Meanwhile, the Penn State Behrend women’s swimming and diving
team has been named
to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA)
Scholar All-America Team. This award is presented to college
and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a
cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher who have reached
this standard in the fall semester and in the semester of the NCAA
Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring). The Lions
are one of 131 Division III teams chosen to receive this honor.
BEHREND'S COOK, BRADFORD'S PETRILLI HEAD SWIMMING AND DIVING
Penn St. Behrend senior Julie Cook and Pitt-Bradford
sophomore Fernando Petrilli are the 2012 AMCC Swimmers of the
Cook won the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the AMCC
championship meet and was a part of 3 first place relay teams to
lead Behrend to its sixth straight conference title. She is
joined by freshman teammate Meghan Wade, AMCC champion in
both the 1m and 3m events, as Women's Diver of the Year.
Franciscan University also landed two award winners. Freshman
Maria Giuliani, gold medalist in the 100 freestyle and silver
medalist in the 500 freestyle, was named Women's Newcomer of the
Year, while head coach Rebecca Recznik earned Women's Coach
of the Year recognition. Recznik guided the Lady Barons to a
second place finish at the conference meet in just their first year
of varsity competition.
Petrilli won Men's Swimmer of the Year for the second straight
season. The high point scorer at the championship meet, he won
the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley,
helping the Panthers to a runner-up team performance. Cabrini
College freshman Evan Strickland, winner of the 50 freestyle
and runner up in the 100 butterfly, was named Men's Newcomer of the
Year. Penn St. Behrend sophomore Lucas Kachurick
captured both diving events to repeat as Men's Diver of the Year.
Penn St. Behrend's Jen Wallace and Pitt-Bradford's Ed
Bahan split the voting for Men's Coach of the Year, as the teams
finished 1-2 respectively at the championship meet.
Click here for the complete all-conference teams:
BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM AND AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
A mix of old and new faces grace the AMCC basketball all-conference
teams for 2012.
La Roche College forward Jessica Pitts (left) was
selected as both the Player of the Year
and Defensive Player of the Year for the women, after leading the
Redhawks to their second straight championship. Pitts averaged
12.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg and led the league with 3.3 spg. Franciscan
University freshman forward Lacy Huck was voted Newcomer of
the Year, recording 12.2 ppg and 8.5 rpg in her rookie campaign.
Coach of the Year honors were shared by La Roche's Eddie Benton
Jr. (17-1 AMCC, 22-5 overall) and Medaille College's Bill
Agronin (16-2 AMCC, 22-5 overall), whose squads clashed in the
finals for the second year in a row.
Click here for the
complete women's all-conference team.
Once again there are Co-Players of the Year for the men, with
Pitt-Greensburg forward David Palmer (left) and Penn
St. Behrend center Russ Conley (right) sharing the
spotlight. Palmer was the AMCC's second leading scorer (18.8
ppg) and top rebounder (13.0 rpg), while Conley's 16.7 ppg and 7.2
rpg propelled his team to the conference tournament finals. La Roche
senior guard Mike Dixon was a repeat selection as Defensive
Player of the Year. Newcomer of the Year honors were shared by
Medaille's first year forward Sean Bellomo (9.6 ppg, .600
field goal percentage) and Franciscan freshman forward Nolan
Albrecht (15.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg). Medaille head coach Michael
MacDonald was honored as Coach of the Year after guiding the
conference champion Mavericks to a 25-2 record and a 13 game win
streak heading into the NCAA tournament.
Click here for the
complete men's all-conference team.
MORE POST-SEASON OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMCC TEAMS
In addition to the NCAA basketball tournament bids secured by the
Medaille men and La Roche women, several other AMCC teams are still
active in the post-season.
The league placed four teams in the ECAC South Region Tournament.
Medaille, runner-up in
the AMCC title game, is the top seed in the women's bracket, and
will meet the winner of Marywood/Bethany on Saturday. Penn St.
Behrend, the third seed and semifinalist in the AMCC tournament, is
the #6 seed and will travel to Waynesburg Wednesday night.
Seeded #2, the La Roche men will play host to DeSales on Wednesday,
while #8 Penn St. Behrend will meet #1 seed Juniata in the first
Two Pitt-Bradford men's swimmers also had their seasons extended
over the weekend. Fernando Petrilli and Matt Patterson both
travelled to the US Naval Academy to compete at the ECAC Swimming
and Diving Open Championships in Annapolis, Md. Petrilli
finished third in the 200 individual medley and 12th in the 100
breaststroke opening time trials. Patterson finished sixth in the
200 and 11th in the 100 free opening time trials.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 27
Medaille senior guard Phil
Maiarana scored 17 points in the finals to lead the Mavericks to
the AMCC title.
Basketball: Jessica Pitts, La Roche
Men's Basketball: Phil
Maiarana, Medaille College
Volleyball: Adam Weaver, Hilbert College
LA ROCHE WOMEN, MEDAILLE MEN CROWNED BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
The Medaille College men are AMCC champions for the third time in
four years, while the La Roche College women successfully defended
their title for the second straight season.
With the wins, both teams will receive the conference's automatic
bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Senior guard Phil Maiarana had 17 points to lead the
Mavericks past #3 seed Penn St. Behrend, 65-52. With a record
of 25-2, the Mavs set a single season record for wins. Junior
center Russ Conley had 21 points, 5 boards and 3 blocks for
La Roche sophomore forward Jessica Pitts led the Redhawks to
a 55-49 victory over Medaille for the second year in a row, scoring
17 points to go with 7 rebounds and 8 steals. Senior forward
Tanisha Travis stood out for the Mavericks, recording 18
points and 18 rebounds.
Pairings and schedules for the NCAA and ECAC tournaments will be
announced Monday afternoon. The all-conference team will
posted on Tuesday.
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FINAL WEEKEND PAIRINGS SET
The seeding held true for the first round of the AMCC playoffs, with
Mount Aloysius College and Penn St. Behrend advancing on the women's
side, and Hilbert College and Penn St. Behrend victorious in the
men's bracket. The quest for the automatic bid to the NCAA
tournament continues on Friday.
On the women's side, #1 seed and tournament host La Roche College
will take on the #4 Mounties at 6pm. The defending champion
Redhawks will be led by 5-8 forward Jessica Pitts (left),
who is averaging 12.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Mount Aloysius, who
handled Pitt-Bradford, 64-50 Tuesday night, will look to 5-10
forward Kaylee Keagy (12.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg) to help them pull
the upset of a team that beat them twice in the regular campaign.
#2 Medaille College, a four-time AMCC champion, have 6-0 forward
Tanesha Travis in their arsenal, averaging 12.6 ppg and 10.9 rpg.
The Mavericks will meet #3 Penn St. Behrend at 8pm. The two
teams split their regular season match-ups. The Lions, 75-54
winners over Pitt-Greensburg last night, will will rely on the
leadership of 5-6 guard Brittany Wilwohl, who directs the
offense with 15.8 ppg and 2.5 apg.
For the men, top seeded Medaille College will play host to the final
four. The Mavericks will face cross-town rival and #4 seed
Hilbert in a 5:30pm tip-off. The Hawks defeated D'Youville
College in Tuesday's first round contest. Hilbert will try to
solve the Medaille match-up after 2 regular season losses to the
Mavs with the help of 6-1 guard Dan McFarland (18.3 ppg, 3.2
apg), while the Mavs will look to 5-10 guard Phil Mairana
(left), with 11.3 ppg and 2.6 apg to lead them to their third
AMCC title. In the 8pm game, defending champion and #2 seed La
Roche squares off against #3 Penn St. Behrend. The Redhawks
have handled the Lions twice already behind the standout play of 6-1
guard/forward Mike Dixon (12.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.5 apg).
Behrend will counter with 6-9 center Russ Conley, who leads
the team in both scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg).
Both championship games will be played at 3pm on Saturday.
PITT-BRADFORD HONORS SPECIAL OLYMPIANS AT LAST HOME GAME
As part of their partnership with the Special Olympics of
Pennsylvania, the Pitt-Bradford athletic department invited
local Olympians to attend their final home basketball doubleheader
vs. AMCC rival Pitt-Greensburg this past Saturday. The athletes were recognized at halftime, with
team photographs and autograph session afterwards. In the fall
UPB hosted a Special Olympics "Bowl with a Buddy" event that
involved more than 100 Panther team members and Special Olympians.
Student-athletes, coaches and staff members from D'Youville College,
Hilbert College and Pitt-Greensburg all participated in the "Polar
Plunge" in December, a popular fundraiser that involves a mid-winter
dip in a local outdoor body of water such as Lake Erie (Buffalo) and
the Allegheny River (Pittsburgh).
The NCAA Division III SAAC chose the Special Olympics as a partner
organization in 2011 to encourage a common community service focus
across all institutions in the division.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 20
BEHREND DEFENDS SWIMMING/DIVING TITLES FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT TIME
The Penn St. Behrend men and women led from beginning to end
at the AMCC Swimming and
Diving Championships to earn their sixth titles in a row. The
men finished with 402 points, followed by Pitt-Bradford with 167.
The Lions were led by freshman Dan Simon, who won both the
100 and 200 backstroke, qualifying for NCAA championship meet
consideration with B cut times. Pitt-Bradford
sophomore Fernando Petrilli was the high
point scorer of the meet for the men, winning both breaststroke
events for the second year in a row. Behrend sophonore
Lukas Kachurick was also honored as the men's standout diver of
the Longnecker Invitational, the overall meet winner in both the 1m.
and 3m. events, while diving coach Gordy Schmidt was chosen
as Men's Diving Coach of the meet. Not
to be outdone, the Behrend women racked up 187 points to
successfully defend their title, with the first year Franciscan
University program placing second with 150 points. The Lions looked
to high point scorer Anne Lawrence to set the
pace. Lawrence was an individual champion in both the 100 and
Click here for
complete meet results.
BASKETBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS SET; MEDAILLE MEN, LA ROCHE WOMEN HOST
The La Roche College women will be aiming to defend their
title while the Medaille College men will seek to re-gain the
crown they held in 2009 and 2010 when the AMCC tournament opens on
Tuesday night. Both schools will host the final four round on
Friday and Saturday.
For the women, La Roche and Medaille will receive first round byes
as the #1 and #2 seeds
Tuesday night's match-ups will feature #6 Pitt-Greensburg at #3 Penn
St. Behrend (8pm) and #5 Pitt-Bradford at #4 Mount Aloysius (7pm).
The semifinals on Friday will feature La Roche facing the winner of
Mount Aloysius/Pitt-Bradford while Medaille will take on the winner
of Behrend/Pitt-Greensburg at 8pm.
The Mavericks and Redhawks will also receive first round byes on the
men's side. Penn St.
is #3 and will host #6 Pitt-Bradford (6pm) on Tuesday. #5
D'Youville College will travel cross town to meet #4 Hilbert College
(7pm). In the semifinal match-ups on Friday, top seeded
Medaille will then face the winner of Hilbert/D'Youville at 5:30pm,
and #2 seed and defending champion La Roche will tip off against the
winner of Berhend/Pitt-Bradford at 8pm.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 13
AMCC WOMEN'S HOOPS TEAMS HELP IN FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER
Once again the AMCC has women's basketball teams stepping up to
raise funds and awareness about breast cancer.
Last Wednesday, the Penn State Altoona women’s basketball
team spearheaded a Pink Zone event, raising money to benefit the
fight against breast cancer. The team presented the Altoona Hospital
Foundation for Life with a check for $2,000. The Lady Lions
collected donations through selling Pink Zone t-shirts, raffling off
several themed baskets, and encouraging fans to give money in
support of the cause. All gate fees also went toward the team’s
Meanwhile, the Penn State Behrend women’s basketball team
will hold “Play 4Kay”, formerly known as WBCA Pink Zone, on February
14 in a non-conference match up against Nazareth at the Junker
Center beginning at 7 p.m. Play 4Kay is an initiative that
allows the sports community at large to raise breast cancer
awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in support of cancer
research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
Pink stadium cups are the promotional item that will be distributed
at the game, while dance and cheer competition t-shirts will be for
sale, with the proceeds benefiting the John Kanzius Cancer Research
PENN ST. BEHREND SOFTBALL TEAM DONATES TIME TO LESS FORTUNATE
As part of an on-going team effort to serve the local community, the
Penn State Behrend softball team volunteered their time at
the Erie City Mission on Saturday. The team included 11 players and
two coaches, who helped prepare foods, serve the less fortunate and
assist in the clean-up.
“Volunteering our time is just one small way for our team to give
back to the community,” said head coach Stacy Pondo. “We value the
life lessons learned from such a great experience.”
MEDAILLE'S KELLY NAMED AVCA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released their
weekly awards and
the AMCC found one of their own on the
list. Medaille College middle blocker Erin Kelly, who
averaged 3.44 kills per set and recorded a .487 hitting percentage,
was named National Player of the Week. In addition to the AVCA
honor he was also selected as the AMCC, United Volleyball Conference
(UVC), and Medaille Player of the Week.
Kelly led the Mavericks to a 4-1 week that included a thrilling
five-set win over defending national champion and fifth ranked
Nazareth College in the UVC opener for both schools. He hit .450
with 12 kills, three digs, and two blocks in that victory. Kelly
posted a week-high 19 kills without an error, helping the Mavericks’
win over Stevenson. Additionally he hit .737 against Mt. St. Joseph
with 14 kills and no errors in 19 total attacks. He had a three game
stretch where he committed zero errors.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
AMCC STUDENTS EXPERIENCE NCAA CONVENTION FIRSTHAND
For the fourth year in a row, the AMCC has used NCAA conference
grant funds to send four student-athletes
to the NCAA convention for an up close and personal look at how
their school, the conference, and the NCAA does business. The
contingent included (pictured L-R) D'Youville College
softball player Gabrielle Lathrop, Hilbert Collect soccer
player Rebecca Elensky, Franciscan University cross country
runner Joey Schlueter, and Penn St. Behrend cross country
runner Alex Myers. The students arrived in Indianapolis
on Thursday, January 12 and had their first taste of the size and
scope of the NCAA membership when they attended the opening business
session that included representatives from all three divisions.
The following day's agenda included the Division III Issues Forum,
lunch with the Division III SAAC, the AMCC administrator's meeting,
and finally the NCAA Honors Celebration. Events wrapped up on
Saturday with the Division III business session where delegates
voted on legislative proposals.
"I loved the convention and thought it was beneficial for a
student-athlete to see how everything goes on behind the scenes,"
said Elensky. "The best part for me was the conference meeting
because I got to hear from each school their opinions on how things
"The NCAA convention was a wonderful learning experience," commented
Lathrop. "I wish more students could go because you learn so
much. I had no idea what goes into NCAA legislation. As
athletes we feel that everything should just happen instantaneously
and that is not true. there is so much that goes into Division
III athletics that we do not know about and I wish more students
could see all the hard work being done on our behalf."
PITT-BRADFORD ATHLETICS LAUDED FOR OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE
The athletic department at the University of Pittsburgh at
Bradford received the Jostens Community
Service Overall Winner Award from the National Association of
Division III Athletics Administrators (NADIIIA) for its longstanding
relationship with the CARE For Children program and other service
projects. The award was presented to Lori Mazza, director of
athletics, at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
In 2001, then-UPB head women’s basketball coach Daly Ann Fuller
approached CARE with the idea of collaborating on an adaptive
basketball camp to give children with motor and learning
deficiencies the opportunity to play basketball. The initial camp
had 20 participants. Now, 10 years later, the basketball mini camp
has grown to more than 100 participants, who learn from the coaches
and players on to dribble, pass and shoot. Since then, more
than 230 student-athletes in all 14 sports have offered their time
and support to the CARE organization.
In addition to its work with CARE, the athletics department has
taken part in many other community service projects, including
serving food to needy families at the Friendship Table,
participating in reading programs at local Bradford schools, raising
$600 for local veterans and assisting with a veterans breakfast to
honor all veterans in the campus community.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 30
PRESEASON BASEBALL HONORS NOTED FOR PENN ST. ALTOONA AND BEHREND
AMCC defending champion Penn State
Altoona received two votes in the Preseason 2012
Baseball Writers Association Division III Top 25 Poll, which was
released on Tuesday. The Lions finished the 2011 season with a
29-13 overall record, and competed in the NCAA Division III Mideast
Regional Tournament, where they posted a dramatic upset of #15
ranked Adrian College. Penn State Altoona baseball began to
garner regional attention when it received 10 votes in the final
regular season edition of the top 25 poll, which was released last
Meanwhile, Collegiate Baseball Magazine announced its 2012 NCAA
Division III Player to
Watch List in January, which includes
four Penn State Behrend players. Juniors Matt Bittner
(Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s), Jay Condit (Cranberry Township,
PA/Seneca Valley), and Ryan Kragnes (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park)
along with sophomore relief pitcher Chad Zurat (Clearfield,
PA/Clearfield) made the prestigious list.
COSTANZA TABBED AS ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Pitt-Bradford senior guard Maria Costanza is the first AMCC
basketball player to be named Player
of the Week by the
ECAC this season, it was announced today. Costanz averaged
18.7 points per game last week on her way to becoming the eighth
woman in Panther history to reach the 1,000 point plateau for her
career. The senior guard highlighted her week with 20-point effort,
including a career-high six 3-pointers in an 82-58 victory over
Franciscan University of Steubenville. She also scored a team-high
15 points and six steals in a 54-43 triumph over Hilbert College and
added 21 points in a 73-56 win over D’Youville College.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 23
AMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES CONTINUE TO GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES
On top of classwork and competition, AMCC student-athletes add a
third C to their days--community. The Mount Aloysius
College Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Penn State
Behrend baseball team are just the latest examples of this.
Members of the Mounties' SAAC made sure nothing was wasted when
students went home for Christmas break. SAAC members decorated boxes
and placed them throughout campus, collecting food for the local
food bank. The decorated boxes were also put in dorms so students
could donate non-perishable packaged items left from the past
semester. Typically, some food goes to waste when students go home
for the holidays. There was a great turnout of donations with 415
food items collected and donated to a food bank in Altoona.
More recently, the Behrend baseball program contributed volunteer
hours to Habitat for Humanity. On January 14 the team provided
two groups of 12 players and coaches to continue work on a home
refurbishing. The group combined to donate a full staff covering an
eight hour work day by completing some mudding, sanding, and
painting of the interior of a home.
"This is a terrific way for our program to give back to the Erie
community," said head coach Paul Benim. "We were able to make a
difference for a local family by doing a little work. It was a great
day for all of us. Habitat for Humanity is an organization that does
some amazing things assisting families."
In previous years with Habitat, the baseball program has built
storage sheds for new homes, completed roofing, worked on interiors
and exteriors of homes, and organized the Habitat warehouse. The
Behrend Lions athletic staff and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
have also worked in the past for Habitat for Humanity as a community
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
PITT-GREENSBURG RAISES OVER $1,000 FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS
As part of their ongoing efforts in support of Special Olympics, the
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg hosted an exhibition
basketball game on Saturday for members of Special Olympics of
Pennsylvania (SOPA) Westmoreland County. The game was held as
part of a double-header against AMCC rival Penn State-Behrend.
In December, several Bobcats' staff members participated in the
Polar Plunge fundraiser, jumping into the Allegheny River near Heinz
Field in Pittsburgh.
The Special Olympic athletes started the day by eating breakfast
with the Pitt-Greensburg student athletes. Following the
breakfast, the Special Olympic athletes watched both the men’s and
women’s basketball games with the student athletes. The
Pitt-Greensburg Chapter of the Student Pennsylvania State Education
Association (SPSEA) and the Bobcats' SAAC sponsored the SOPA
exhibition game and the fund-raising activity. The two associations
donated all the proceeds from game ticket sales, a 50/50 raffle and
a chinese auction which featured prizes such as a Jamie Dixon
autographed basketball and four tickets to a Pitt women’s basketball
game, totaling $1,116.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
STATE ALTOONA'S BAIRD RECOGNIZED AS EMERGING LEADER
Penn State Altoona Assistant Director of Athletics and Compliance
Officer Brent Baird has been named the recipient of the
Emerging Athletic Administrator Award by the National Association of
Division III Athletic Administrators. He will be presented with the
award on January 14 at the NCAA Convention/NADIIIAA Reception in
The award recognizes one NCAA Division III athletics administrator
for his or her leadership roles on campus or in a conference office.
The recipient is also honored for community involvement and
demonstrating a commitment to professional development.
Baird is in his fifth year as the Assistant Director of Athletics
and Compliance Officer at Penn State Altoona. He has worked a total
of 17 years at the school, also holding positions as an Admissions
Counselor, Sports Information Director and Faculty member for parts
of that period.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 2
PITT-BRADFORD SOCCER PLAYER AIMS FOR SPOT ON NATIONAL TEAM
a member of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford men’s soccer
team, will be trying out for the Trinidad and Tobago National U23
team in early January 2012. Daly, who formerly trained with the
Trinidad and Tobago National U17 team, was invited to the week-long
tryouts that culminate in a match against Finland. “This means a
lot to me, and could open the door to my dreams of playing at a high
level in soccer and maybe moving on to the pro level,” said Daly, a
criminal justice major.
sophomore from Philadelphia, Pa., Daly appeared in 17 games this
past season for the Panthers while finishing with one assist and
nine shots, including two on goal. In two seasons at Pitt-Bradford,
he has a total of 10 points with four goals scored and two assists.
“This is a great opportunity for Keishawn to get some positive
experience as well as another step toward his dream of playing for
the senior national team,” said head coach Darek Panol. “I hope
Keishawn plays to his abilities, and I think he will have a great
shot of making the team.
D3SOCCER.COM, ECAC ANNOUNCE SOCCER AWARDS
The post-season soccer honors continue to roll in for
Medaille forward Alex Rouse, who was selected as a Third Team
All-American by D3Soccer.Com and was named ECAC South Region
Offensive Player of the Year. Rouse led the nation in goals
scored (28), ranked 4th in goals per game (1.17), and 5th in points
per game (2.58). La Roche forward Bryan Weimerskirch
was also in the ECAC spotlight, voted Rookie of the Year for the
In all, six AMCC players were named to the ECAC all-star team.
In addition to Rouse, first team members included Medaille
midfielder David Pihlblad, Penn St. Behrend midfielder
Aaron Meehl, and Penn St. Behrend back Kyle McKinney.
Penn St. Altoona back Sam Aumiller received second team
The ECAC South Women's Soccer All-Stars are headed by Pitt-Bradford
junior goalkeeper Alisa Cornell, who was named to the first
team. Joining her are teammate Linsey Stack, a defender
selected to the second team, along with Penn St. Altoona back
FAHY TABBED FOR ECAC VOLLEYBALL ALL STAR HONORS
AMCC Player of the Year Meghan Fahy has been selected to the
ECAC South Women's Volleyball All-Star Team. The Medaille
College outside hitter was named to the first team following a
standout season which saw her lead the conference with 4.98 kills
per game and rank sixth with a .261 hitting percentage..
FIVE FROM AMCC NAMED TO NSCAA ACADEMIC TEAMS
Adept on both the soccer pitch and in the classroom, five AMCC men's
soccer players have been
named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
academic honor roll. Medaille College senior forward
Alexander Rouse was named to the All-East First Team and the
All-America Second Team. He is a communications major with a
3.64 GPA. Penn St. Behrend senior midfielder Aaron Meehl
was selected for the All-East Third Team, holding a 3.38 GPA in
Biology. Three additional players received All-East Honorable
Mention Team recognition: Pitt-Bradford senior midfielder
Kyle Lewis (history/political science, 3.53 GPA), Medaille
senior midfielder David Pihlblad (elementary education, 3.97
GPA), and Medaille goalkeeper Nick Kurtz (communications,
academic teams are expected to be released later this week.
AMCC REPRESENTED ON NSCAA REGIONAL ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
Five AMCC players have been named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches
Association of America Regional All-American Teams.
Medaille College landed two In the men's East region: senior forward
Alexander Rouse earned first team honors while junior forward
George Tor was named to the second team. The duo ranked 1-2
in conference scoring in 2011 with Rouse averaging 2.70 ppg (28
goals, 6 assists) and Tor recording 2.08 ppg (18 goals, 14 assists).
In the men's Great Lakes region, Pitt-Bradford senior forward
Toby Abdul-Razaq was named to the third team. With 14
goals and 3 assists, Abdul-Razaq led that Panthers in scoring and
was named AMCC Co-Player of the Year along with Rouse. Joining
him on the third team was Penn St. Behrend senior midfielder
Aaron Meehl, who finished the season with 16 points and led the
Lions to the conference championship.
Penn St. Altoona junior defender Meredith Barcia was named to
the women's Great Lakes region third team. Barcia was the
Lions' back line anchor while also contributing 3 goals and 4
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: DECEMBER 12
D'YOUVILLE MEN, HILBERT WOMEN RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMICS BY NSCAA
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America have recognized
the D'Youville College men's team and the Hilbert College
women's team for their academic performance this past year.
Both squads earned the Team Academic Award for having achieved a
collective GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Spartan men, under the
direction of head coach Matt McCormick, posted a 3.03 GPA
while Hawks head coach Kelly Starchok-Gillow's team stepped
up with a 3.04.
PITT-GREENSBURG COACHES TO TAKE POLAR PLUNGE FOR SPECIALS OLYMPICS;
HILBERT SAAC TAKES THE PLUNGE IN LAKE ERIE
Four Pitt-Greensburg coaches are prepared to jump into the
Allegheny River outside Heinz Field in downtown Pittsburgh this
Sunday as part of a fund-raising effort for Special Olympics.
AD and golf coach Tony Berich, women's basketball coach
Erin Eaton, baseball coach Anthony Williams, and women's
soccer coach Betsy Warren have all stepped up to take the
"Polar Plunge", and are encouraging faculty, staff and students to
donate spare change towards the effort. Any coach whose
collection of change raises at least $50 must take the plunge.
"We call it 'Freezin' for a Reason'," said Eaton. "We're
curious to know what students will pay to see us do this."
Further north, Hilbert College SAAC members raised $600
through pre-plunge donations, resulting in 11 students and advisors
taking a dip in Lake Erie at Woodlawn Beach State Park on December
“We raise nearly a million dollars in polar pledges each year which
allows our athletes to train and compete year round, at no cost to
them or their families," said Renee Snyder of the Special Olympics.
"So right here today we’re expecting to raise about $150,000 through
donations with nearly 1,000 people jumping in the lake.”
The NCAA Division III S.A.A.C. announced a partnership with Special
Olympics at last year’s NCAA Convention in January. Each of the ten
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference member institution
S.A.A.C.s are encouraged to support the Special Olympics through a
variety of activities whether they participate in fundraising
events, host special events to honor the Special Olympians or become
coaches within the organization.
PENN STATE BEHREND LEADS PRESIDENTS CUP RACE AFTER FALL SEASON
Winning five of seven fall
sport conference championships, Penn State Behrend sits atop
the AMCC Presidents Cup standings for
the ninth straight season. The Lions accumulated 59.5 points
and won titles in men's and women's soccer, men's cross country,
men's golf and women's tennis. Just 6.5 points behind is
Penn State Altoona, bolstered by a women's volleyball
championship and a regular season title in women's soccer.
Click here for the
complete Presidents Cup standings.
PITT-BRADFORD'S MAZZA ELECTED TO NACWAA BOARD
University of Pittsburgh at
Bradford athletics director Lori Mazza was recently appointed
to the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics
Administrators Board of Directors. In her 14th year at UPB,
Mazza is one of three members representing NCAA Division III
schools. She was named the vice-chair of the nominating
committee. All board members serve a four-year term. NACWAA is the
premier advocacy organization that empowers, develops, assists,
celebrates, affirms, involves and honors women working in all fields
of intercollegiate athletics and takes a pro-active role in
advancing women into positions of influence.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 28
MOUNT ALOYSIUS VOLLEYBALL TEAM GIVES THANKS BY HELPING TEAM IN NEED
Volleyball season may be over, but the Mount Aloysius College
volleyball team continues to work hard.
Led by head coach Brianna Baker, the team has been collecting
and donating volleyball supplies to a program in Honduras for the
past two years. This past year the team donated
their old team uniforms (photo, right). Coach Baker
spent the summer in Honduras and took 81 uniforms, as well as other
volleyball supplies, with her. The effort started when Baker, who
has been traveling to Honduras for 8 years and volunteers at an
orphanage in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, became friends with Pamela
Condezza, another volunteer that goes to the orphanage. The
two have teamed up to get the local girls outfitted and provided
with proper equipment. It is hard to get volleyball supplies
in Honduras and if they can get them, they are very expensive.
So Baker decided to start collecting volleyball uniforms and gear to
take with her when she goes visits. The Pitt-Bradford, La
Roche College and Penn St. Behrend teams, along with AMCC
Commissioner Donna Ledwin, have all donated volleyball items,
including balls and ball carts (photo, left). Baker
transports the items, and Condezza then distributes the gear to
The collaboration between Baker and Condezza has extended
state-side. Condezza, who plays indoor volleyball as well as
professional beach volleyball, served as an assistant coach with the
Mounties this past season. The cultural exchange has proven to
be a win-win proposition on both sides of the equator.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 21
AMCC WELCOMES EXPERTS ON SPORTS PERFORMANCE NUTRITION, GENDER EQUITY FOR EDUCATION
With the benefit of the NCAA Division III conference grant program,
the AMCC welcomed two renowned experts--one in sports nutrition, the
other in gender equity--for campus education session during the fall
Leslie Bonci (right), the director of sports nutrition at the UPMC Center
for Sports Medicine, visited every AMCC campus in September
and October to meet with
student-athletes and coaches to discuss the way diet and nutrition
affects their athletic performance as well as how to make better
choices in the college living environment when it comes to diet,
supplements and training. Bonci shared her
experience working with professional athletes from the Pittsburgh
Pirates, Steelers and Penguins and translated it to practical
application at the collegiate level. Janet Judge
(below), an attorney who advises and represents colleges and
universities on a wide variety of sports-related issues including
NCAA eligibility, infractions and certification, EADA compliance,
contracts, and pay equity, met with athletic administrators and
Title IX officers from the AMCC membership this past week. Her
presentation included explanations of Office of Civil Rights
interpretations and enforcement of the nearly 40-year-old law, a
review of court decisions in a variety of cases relevant to
intercollegiate athletics and Title IX, and recommendations for best
practices on gender equity.
FRANCISCAN'S JONES, KRAJEWSKI HEAD CROSS COUNTRY ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM;
JONES QUALIFIES FOR NATIONAL MEET
Franciscan junior Bill Jones (left) and sophomore
Nicole Krajewski (right), individual champions
at the AMCC cross country championship, have been selected as
conference Runners of the Year.
The pair also earned
All-American honors this past weekend at the Great Lakes regional
meet, and Jones has qualified for the NCAA Division III National
Championship Meet on Sat., November 19 at Winniconne, WI. Penn St. Behrend freshman Billy Cvecko is the
men's Newcomer of the Year while the Lions' freshman Carrie
Chelich was named Newcomer of the Year on the women's side.
Both were the fastest first year competitors at the AMCC
On the men's side, Coach of the Year honors went to Medaille College
first year head coach Judy Arlington, who guided a much
improved Mavericks squad to a fifth place tie at the AMCC meet.
Matt and Heidi Manfred, co-head coaches of the Penn State
Altoona program, were recognized as the women's Coaches of the Year.
The Lions capped a strong season effort with a third place finish at
the conference championship.
Men's Cross Country
Women's Cross Country
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 14
AND AWARDS ANNOUNCED FOR VOLLEYBALL, SOCCER
As AMCC volleyball and soccer teams head into the NCAA and ECAC
post-season tournaments, the conference is pleased to announce the
all-conference teams and award winners for the 2011 season.
Medaille outside hitter Meghan Fahy headlines the women's
volleyball all-conference team as
Player of the Year. The junior led the league with 4.98 kpg
and became the first player in Mavericks' history to surpass 1,000
kills in a career. Newcomer of the Year honors go to Penn
State Altoona middle hitter Robin Tabaka, the only freshman
named to the all-conference team, while Lions' head coach Phil
Peterman was tabbed as Coach of the Year, leading the team to
its second conference championship and first ever NCAA tournament
bid. Click here
for the complete women's volleyball all-conference team and award
Penn State Behrend forward Valerie Wagner is the women's
soccer Player of the Year. A three team All-AMCC selection,
Wagner recorded 27 points (11 goals, 5 assists) and a
conference-high 4 game-winning goals in leading the Behrend Lions to
the AMCC title. Teammate Maddie Monte, the center back
on a defense with a .90 GAA, is the Newcomer of the Year.
Guiding the Panthers to a 13-3-2 record and the #2 seed in the AMCC
tournament, Pitt-Bradford coach Mike Idland is the women's
soccer Coach of the Year.
Click here for the
complete women's soccer all-conference team and award winners.
Once again men's soccer Player of the Year honors are shared by
Pitt-Bradford's Toby Abdul-Razaq and Medaille
College's Alexander Rouse. Both senior
forwards, Abdul-Razaq recorded 1.72 ppg (14 goals, 3 assists) to
rank #5 in the league, while Rouse turned in another standout
season, leading the AMCC in both goals (28) and points (62).
La Roche College forward Bryan Weimerskirch got the nod as
Newcomer of the Year following a noteworthy freshman campaign where
he ranked in the conference top 5 in goals (12), assists (9) and
points (33). Completing the year with a 6-2-1 league record, the
Panthers' most successful conference season ever, Pitt-Bradford
coach Darek Panol is the choice for Coach of the Year.
Click here for the
complete men's soccer all-conference team and award winners.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
THREE NEW CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL
Three new team champions emerged in men's and women's soccer and
women's volleyball, all by defeating the defending champion and
earning the opportunity to represent the AMCC in their respective
NCAA Division III tournaments.
In another classic battle between these two fierce conference
rivals, #2 seed Penn State
Behrend upset three-time defending title-holder Medaille College,
1-0, on a goal by freshman midfielder Sean Polosky in the
83rd minute. The two squads have met in the conference finals
for five consecutive years, with Behrend last winning in 2007.The
Behrend Lions were also victorious on the women's soccer side of the
house, knocking off top seeded Penn St. Altoona in a
scoreless tie that had to go to
penalty kicks to determine who would advance. Behrend
prevailed by a 4-2 margin to win their seventh AMCC title, and first
Penn St. Altoona took a different tack in women's
volleyball, sweeping #2 seed Pitt-Bradford in 3 sets to claim
championship number two in the program's history. Senior
outside hitter Samantha Link had 11 kills and 9 digs while
setter Kelsie Bumbarger recorded 29 assists.
Pairings and location for the NCAA tournament first round games will
be announced on Monday.
CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND LOOMING FOR SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL
Two familiar pairings are set for men's and women's soccer finals
this Saturday, while women's volleyball will take it to the next
level on Friday night with the semifinal round.
Three-time defending title-holder Medaille College will host
the men's championship, facing rival Penn St. Behrend for the fifth
year in a row. The Mavericks will be led by senior forward
Alexander Rouse, the AMCC scoring leader who is averaging 3.22
ppg. The Behrend Lions, who last won the crown in 2007, have a
heavy duty scoring threat of their own in senior forward Jake
Gamble, who is the program's career scoring leader and currently
has 14 goals to his credit in 2011. Saturday's kick-off is at
6pm at All High Stadium in Buffalo.
Defending champion Penn St. Altoona will host the women's
finals as the top-seeded Lions take on #3 seed Penn St. Behrend
in a rematch of the 2010 title game. A pair of high scoring
junior forwards lead both squads. Penn St. Altoona boasts
Allysia Ketchem (10 goals, 7 assists) while Penn St. Behrend
will look to Valerie Wagner (11 goals, 5 assists) to ignite
their offense. Kick-off on Saturday is at 3:30pm at Spring Run
Stadium on the Altoona campus.
Penn St. Altoona will also welcome the women's volleyball final
four. Friday night semifinal matches will start at 6pm when
defending champion and #2 seed Pitt-Bradford takes on #3
Medaille College. The Panthers' attack will be led by
junior middle hitter Maggie Johnson, with 2.26 kpg and 78
total blocks, while the Lady Mavs will rely on junior outside hitter
Meghan Fahy, with 4.86 kpg and 2.91 dpg. The 8pm match
will feature the top seeded Lions and senior outside hitter
Samantha Link, who is sporting 3.38 kpg and 3.67 dpg. The
will take on #4 Penn St. Behrend and junior outside hitter
Mary Sperry, who averages 2.33 kpg and 4.58 dpg. The
winners will meet for title on Saturday at 1:00pm.
All three championship teams will receive the AMCC's automatic bid
to the NCAA Division III tournament.
FOUR AMCC ATHLETES AGAIN HONORED BY ECAC
AMCC competitors continue to shine among ECAC members this fall
season. This week it's a pair of Medaille women's soccer
players and a cross country twosome from Franciscan in the
Breanna Hyman and Denay O'Connor got the nod as
women's soccer players of the week for Division III South. The
are the fifth and sixth AMCC women to be recognized this season.
In a big 2-0 week for the
Mavericks, Hyman netted a beautiful game winning goal in a 1-0
victory over Hilbert and then assisted on the game winner in
the first round of the AMCC playoffs at D'Youville to propel
the Lady Mavs into the semifinals. Meanwhile, O'Connor anchored the Medaille defense by allowing just one goal
in those two games. She recorded her fifth shutout of the season vs.
Hilbert and then stopped 6 shots to help defeat D'Youville.
It was a deja vu moment in cross country as Franciscan standouts
Bill Jones and Nicole Krajewski both were repeat
selections as runners of the week, Jones for the third time and
Krajewski for the second time this year. Finishing ahead of the field by 1:15, Jones won his second consecutive AMCC
title and third in four years on Saturday. He recorded a 26:53
for the 8K course and led
the Barons to their second straight team
championship. Krajewski ran a
23:31 to capture the individual title at the 6K AMCC championship. It was Krajewski's second league title, and propelled
the Lady Barons to their fourth straight team crown.
OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 31
Women's Swimming: Jesse
Dunleavy, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Diving: Meghan
Wade, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Swimming: Matt
Men's Diving: Lucas
Kachurick, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Cross Country:
Bill Jones, Franciscan
Women's Cross Country:
Nicole Krajewski, Franciscan
Women's Volleyball: Sam Link, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Soccer (Offensive):
Breanna Hyman, Medaille
Women's Soccer (Defensive):
Denay O'Connor, Medaille
Men's Soccer (Offensive): Brandon
Arvey, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Soccer (Defensive): Adam
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TITLES
Franciscan University won its fourth
straight women's title and second consecutive men's
at the AMCC cross country championships held in Grand Island, NY
today. Junior Bill Jones and sophomore Nicole Krajewski
repeated as individual champions. Jones clocked a 26:53 for
the 8K course while Krajewski was timed at 23:31 for the 6K. Penn
State Behrend was the runner-up team in both races. All
AMCC teams are eligible to compete in the NCAA regional meets in
Click here for meet results.
CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP SET FOR SATURDAY IN BUFFALO
Franciscan University will be aiming for its fourth straight
women's title while the men will be looking to repeat when the AMCC
cross country championships take place this Saturday at
Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island, NY. Penn
State Behrend, with three AMCC titles to their credit on the
women's side and four on the men's, will be looking to spoil the
The women will run a 6K race starting at 11:00am, and the men will
line up for an 8K run at 12:00n.
CHRISTMAN EARNS FOURTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONOR FOR WOMEN'S TENNIS
Penn St. Behrend senior Arica Christman (left) won her
fourth straight AMCC Women's
Tennis Player of the Year award after
completing another undefeated season in conference competition at #1
singles and #2 doubles. Franciscan University freshman
Alanna Murray (right), with an unblemished regular season record
at #2 singles, was named Newcomer of the Year. Coach of
the Year honors were shared by Penn St. Behrend's Jeff Barger,
who led his team to their seventh consecutive title and eleventh in
AMCC history, and first year La Roche College coach Aaron Wilf,
whose Redhawks concluded a standout season at 6-2 in AMCC play under
Click here for the
complete all-conference team.
PITT-GREENSBURG WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PARTNERS WITH SALVATION ARMY
FOR "PROJECT BUNDLE UP"
Members of the Pitt-Greensburg women’s basketball team and
coaching staff recently joined
the Greensburg Salvation Army for their annual “Project
Bundle-Up”. A program that serves needy and disabled senior
citizens and disadvantaged children, ranging from infant to teens,
“Project Bundle Up” provides those in need with winter outerwear.
Every year the Salvation Army joins forces with local merchants to
raise money to fund this project.
This past Saturday, 11 Bobcat players and coaches headed to the
Greensburg Wal*Mart to be paired up with a child whom they would
take on a personal shopping spree. The children were thrilled to
be the center of attention and spent the morning talking with the
volunteers about their families, school, and favorite sports.
After all of the winter coats, fleece jackets, snow pants, boots,
hats, gloves, and scarves were brought to check-out, everyone
headed to McDonalds for breakfast. As the morning concluded, the
vans were loaded up and the children were anxious to head back
home to show off their new purchases.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 24
HOSTS "BOWL WITH A BUDDY" FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS
The Pitt-Bradford Athletic Department and Student Athlete
Advisory Committee hosted "Bowl with a Buddy" on Sunday. The
event brought together nearly 60 Special Olympians and more than 60
Panther student-athletes. The Special Olympics tournament is
scheduled for next weekend. The UPB SAAC board will be present
to medals to the winners.
TOP SEEDS CONFIRMED FOR SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTS
The soccer and volleyball playoff pictures came into somewhat
sharper focus today, as the top seeds emerged for all three
Penn St. Altoona will be the #1 seed for women's volleyball,
earning the right to host the semifinal and championship rounds on
November 4-5, while Pitt-Bradford, the defending champion,
claimed the #2 seed. Both will receive first round byes when
the tournament begins on Tuesday, November 1.
It was a deja-vu moment In women's soccer as well, with the
defending champion Lions taking the top spot while the Panthers
earned the #2 seed. In men's soccer, five-time champions
Medaille College head the ranks followed by #2 Penn St.
Behrend, four-time conference title-holders. All four
squads will receive a first round bye when the playoffs kick off
Remaining regular season contests in the upcoming week will
determine the final tournament participants and seeding. The
winners of all three championships will receive automatic bids to
the NCAA Division III tournament.
LOUTSENHIZER DOUBLE WINNER IN MEN'S GOLF AWARDS
La Roche College freshman Kevin Loutsenhizer has been voted
both Newcomer of the Year and Player of the Year for men's golf for
the 2011 season. Redhawks' head coach Jim Tinkey earned
Coach of the Year honors in mentoring a standout season for his
Loutsenhizer finished no worse than 7th in 6 tournaments, winning
two and coming in second in a third. His season scoring
average was 74.5.
Click here for
the complete all-conference team.
JONES, FAHY REPEAT AS STANDOUT COMPETITORS IN ECAC WEEKLY AWARDS
For the second time this season, Franciscan University cross country
runner Bill Jones and Medaille College volleyball player
Meghan Fahy have been selected as ECAC Players of the Week for
Jones was the fastest man at the
Inter-Regional Rumble hosted by Oberlin College, posting an 8K time of
25:23 in a field of 315 runners. Fahy led the Mavericks to a 1-1
week and in doing so
became the program's all-time kills leader. In a 4 set loss to
Pitt-Bradford, Fahy delivered 23 kills and 5 digs. Coming back
with a 3-1 win over Mount Aloysius, the junior led the way with
another 23 kills along with 5 blocks and 23 digs. She finished
the week averaging 5.5 kpg, 3.5 dpg and a .265 hitting percentage.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 17
WOMEN'S TENNIS TITLE, NCAA TOURNAMENT BID
Penn State Behrend won eight of nine individual titles at the AMCC
championship to capture their sixth consecutive title
and twelfth overall. Franciscan
University finished second, while La Roche College came
Arica Christman, Stephanie Cattron, Leslie Durante, Alison Quigley
and Jade Buhite were all double winners for the Lions.
Franciscan freshman Sarah Pettit was the only non-Behrend to win a
title, taking the crown at #6 singles.
Click below for complete tournament results.
WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT BEGINS SATURDAY, AQ IN BALANCE
The AMCC women's tennis championship begins on Saturday, with the
winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III
tournament in May. Penn State Behrend, which had their
second consecutive undefeated regular season in conference
competition (8-0), is seeking its sixth AMCC consecutive title and
twelfth overall. The Lions will be challenged by Franciscan
University (7-1), who will be competing in their first ever
conference tournament, and La Roche College (6-2).
The tournament will be held at
Oxford Athletic Club
in Wexford, PA. Saturday's
matches will begin at 2:30pm, with the semifinal and championship
rounds on Sunday starting at 9:00am.
PITT-BRADFORD'S CORNELL NAMED ECAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alisa Cornell is the third different AMCC netminder this season
to be named Women's Soccer
Defensive Player of the Week by the ECAC for the Division III South
Region. Cornell was between the pipes
for 200 scoreless minutes as the Panthers went 1-0-1.
She did not have to make a save but couldn't relax in a 1-0
win over Hilbert, then turned away 8 Redhawk shots in a 0-0
double overtime tie with La Roche.
PENN STATE BEHREND WINS THIRD AMCC MEN'S GOLF TITLE
Penn State Behrend led both days of the AMCC championship
golf tournament and finished
17 strokes ahead of runner up La Roche College to win their
third conference title and second in three years. With a team
total of 300, the Lions were led by freshman Scott Klein, who
carded a 74/73/147 to finish as the individual runner up after a
sudden death playoff hole. La Roche freshman Shane
Eichenlaub (73/74/147) won the hole to claim medalist honors.
for complete tournament results.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 10
SOFTBALL RAISES FUNDS FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH
The D’Youville College softball team took part in the 2011
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk held October 2nd in
downtown Buffalo. The team raised over $1700 at the event. The
3.1 mile walk had almost 10,000 participants and raised $600,000 for
the American Cancer Society, a new record for this event. “I’m
very proud and honored to have our team be a part of such a great
event. Breast cancer has affected so many people worldwide and as a
women’s collegiate team I think it is extremely important that we
get involved and give back. Western New York hosts a great event and
I’m just happy that D’Youville College can help be a part of the
fight to find a cure,” said Head coach Angie Churchill.
ANOTHER BANNER WEEK FOR AMCC PLAYERS AND ECAC RECOGNITION
AMCC student-athletes made another splash this weekend on the
ECAC honor role, recognized for their accomplishments in cross
country and women's soccer.
Franciscan University runners Bill Jones and Nicole
Krajewski were both named Athletes
of the Week for cross country in the NCAA Division III South
region. Jones was the fastest Division III
man at the All-Ohio Championships, finishing fifth behind 4 Division I
runners in a field of 310 from 45 schools. He recorded a
25:15.75 for the 8K course. Krajewski ran a strong 5K time of
18:51.85 at the All-Ohio Championships, finishing 38th of 317
competitors. Only 3 Division III women ran faster times.
The La Roche College tandem of Bethanie Moreschi and
Ralene Zajac also stood out
from the crowd last week. The Redhawks scored 9 goals
last week and Moreschi scored or assisted on 8 of them (6
goals, 2 assists) in a 2-0 week.
Zajac upped her season
shutout total to 3 with a pair last week. She made 12
saves in 180 mins. of play.
PITT-BRADFORD TO HOST DIG PINK EVENT TUESDAY
Pitt-Bradford volleyball team will host Dig Pink Night on Tuesday,
October 4 at 7 p.m. as part of their conference match against
D’Youville. The event is planned to create awareness for
breast cancer research.
The Panthers will collect donations throughout the match, and the
players will wear pink shirts during warm-ups. Any fans wearing pink
will receive free admission to the match.
Dig Pink is a national initiative of the Side-Out Foundation.
Side-Out was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and
coaches, and to have them work toward the common goal of furthering
breast cancer awareness, education and patient services.
Donations are accepted online at:
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 3
COUNTRY MEET SUPPORTS OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS
The Ninth Annual Bobcat Invitational is “going teal” to support
ovarian cancer awareness this Saturday. Every athlete participating
in this year’s race will be wearing a teal ribbon on his or her
uniform to promote the cause. This event is the vision of and a
united effort between the Pitt-Greensburg and Washington and
Jefferson College cross country programs to raise awareness and
advance education on ovarian cancer as both programs have been
impacted by this disease.
Roberts, a sophomore at Washington & Jefferson College and member of
the W&J cross-country team, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a
junior in high school. She said the idea to combine an awareness
event with the invitational came to her after she participated in an
awareness walk but couldn’t find an associated race. She
thought it would be “awesome, easy, and highly effective” to
organize her own event around a preexisting cross-country race. So
Roberts approached Pitt-Greensburg Coach Joyce Brobeck, not
knowing that Brobeck’s mother died of ovarian cancer. Brobeck took
to the idea right away. “The Bobcat Invitational has always been a
signature event for Pitt Greensburg,” said Brobeck. “This just
elevates the meaning of the entire race.”
teams are dedicated to spreading the word in local student
communities in order to shatter the fallacies surrounding ovarian
cancer and its incidence, detection, prognosis, and treatment. The
18 team event begins with the women’s 6K race at 10:00 AM at the
Westmoreland County Fairgrounds followed by the men’s 8K race at
ATHLETES SHINE IN THREE SPORTS WITH ECAC HONORS
In what is a first for the
conference, three AMCC student-athletes in three different sport
have been recognized by the ECAC as standout performers in their
weekly honor roll for the Division III South region.
Medaille College junior right side hitter Meghan Fahy was
named for volleyball; Penn St. Behrend freshman midfielder Sean
Polosky was selected for men's soccer offensive player; and
Behrend sophomore Denny Lydon was recognized in men's cross
Fahy was dominant in a 2-1 week for the Lady Mavs,
which included 2 AMCC wins. She pounded out 59 kills while hitting at
a .372 clip and coming up with 36 digs. Fahy (left) finished the week with
5.9 kpg (.372) and 3.6 dpg. Polosky delivered in the clutch in
the Lions' 5-4 OT win over La Roche. With under 3 minutes
remaining, Polosky (right) netted a goal to cut the Redhawks' lead to 4-3.
Seconds later, Polosky fired a shot that deflected off off Jake Gamble
to tie the game at 4-4. Less than 2 minutes into OT, Polosky netted
his second goal of the game for the winner. Lydon (left) finished in the top 15 for
the third time this season, clocking a 27:03 to finish 8th of 117
runners at the 8K Harry F. Anderson Invitational at Roberts Wesleyan.
COACHES RECOGNIZED FOR SPORTSMANSHIP
A pair of first year head coaches have been recognized by the
Collegiate Basketball Officiating Association (CBOA) for the
sportsmanship displayed by them and their respective teams during
the 2010-11 seasons.
The award is presented to a
coach, team and college or university which, in the judgment of the CBOA officials, best exemplifies "the highest degree of
sportsmanship, character, and ethics among their players, coaches
Pitt-Bradford women's coach
Molly Brennan and La Roche College men's
coach Harry Jenkins were honored by the group, which was meeting in Western
Pennsylvania at Baldwin High School on Sunday. Coach Brennan
was accompanied by team members Danielle Zeamer and Caitlyn Jordan,
while Coach Jenkins accepted the award along with last season's team
captain Nate Wojciechowski and Mike Dixon.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 26
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
ECAC HONORS PENN
STATE ALTOONA'S RASPANTI AND MEDAILLE'S ROUSE
Penn St. Altoona goalkeeper Lindsay Raspanti and Medaille
forward Alexander Rouse have been selected for ECAC South
Region Players of the Week honors. Raspanti was recognized as
the women's Defensive Player of the Week, an award she won twice in 2010. The senior had a 1-0-1 week
for the Lions, holding #21 ranked Dickinson College at bay and
recording a season-high 12 saves against Capital to preserve
the 2-0 shutout win. Rouse was named the men's Offensive
Player of the Week. The senior had game-winning goals in both Mavs' wins, including an overtime victory over Cortland State and a
hat trick vs. Regis. He finished the week with 4 goals, 1 assist
and 7 points.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 12
PITT-BRADFORD WOMEN'S SOCCER CARES ABOUT KIDS
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
women’s soccer team held a clinic with CARE for Children last
Thursday, Sept. 1. Members of the team worked with children of
all ages on the basics of soccer. The players also interacted with
the families of the children and shared snacks. It marked the second
straight year in which the women’s soccer program put on an event
with CARE for Children. CARE for Children is a non-profit
organization dedicated to improving the lives of children of all
day with CARE for Children is one of the most important days of the
year for our team,” said head coach Mike Idland. “The players love
working with the kids, and it is an opportunity for us to put our
energy into something that is much bigger and more important than
also put the responsibility of setting up the clinic on his players.
“I have the players contact CARE’s directors and organize the whole
event themselves, so they take ownership of the event,” said Idland.
“It is a great team builder and a very rewarding experience for the
players, coaches, parents and – most importantly – the kids.”
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
BEHREND TO HOST
SOFTBALL PITCHING GREAT CRYSTL BUSTOS
Penn State Behrend
Athletics, the Erie Cheetahs and LECOM will be hosting Crystl Bustos, a
two-time Olympic gold medalist, at the Junker Center on Friday,
September 30 and Saturday, October 1. There will be a coach/parent
clinic on Friday night from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. and two players clinics
will be held on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4
p.m. Bustos will also conduct a brief autograph session following
Bustos is one of the most prolific power hitters in USA softball
history. She holds the world record for home runs during an Olympic
series with six. Bustos has been committed to passing on her
knowledge and experience to younger players. For more
information, contact Stacy Pondo, Penn State Behrend head softball
HILBERT NAMES DECKER
TO LEAD NEW WOMEN'S LACROSSE TEAM
Julia Decker has been
introduced as the new women’s lacrosse head coach at Hilbert
College. The 2008 College of Brockport graduate will perform
administrative support for the athletic department and will lead the
2011-12 club lacrosse team into its first year of full-varsity
status during the 2012-13 academic year.
Decker will draw from her coaching experiences as much as she will
pull from her playing days as a Golden Eagle to lead the Hawks into
Division III competition. As a stand-out lacrosse player at
the College at Brockport, Decker propelled her team to new heights
her final two seasons. Since the fall of 2009, Decker served
as an assistant lacrosse coach at the State University of New York
at Geneseo, Decker is pursuing her masters of science in physical
education – athletic administration from the College of Brockport.
PENN STATE ALTOONA ADDS TWO NEW COACHES TO STAFF
Penn St. Altoona enters the 2011-12 season with new coaches to lead
the tennis as well as the swimming and diving programs.
Bobby Morris has been hired as the new head
coach for men's and women's tennis. Morris played for Hollidaysburg
Area High School, where he and teammate David Genter won the PIAA
AAA State Doubles Title in 2003. After high school, he
attended Penn State University, graduating in 2010 with degrees in
Finance and Economics. The fall 2011 season marks his first venture
in to collegiate coaching.
Greg Scallen will be the new head
coach for men’s and women’s swimming and diving and the new
Assistant Director of Recreation and Facilities. He possesses 15
years of head coach experience, having served in that capacity at
the club, high school, and collegiate levels. He began his career in
New Mexico before moving to Pennsylvania where he spent one season
at Juniata College as the women's swimming head coach for the
1995-1996 campaign before being appointed head coach of boys and
girls swimming and diving at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School.
Scallen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business
Administration from Mount Aloysius College, as well as a Master's
degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Health
and Human Services Administration from Mount Aloysius.
PITT-GREENSBURG NAMES DETWEILER TO COACH NEW WOMEN'S BOWLING PROGRAM
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has hired Aaron Detweiler
as its first ever women’s bowling coach. The women’s bowling
team will begin competition on the varsity level in the 2011-12
The Bobcats are the third AMCC school to sponsor intercollegiate
women's bowling, joining Medaille College and Penn St. Altoona.
It is currently an association-wide championship for women in the
Detweiler brings more than 20 years of bowling experience with him
both as a sanctioned bowler and instructor for youth leagues in the
Youngstown, OH area. He earned his degree in History from
Westminster College in 2004, where he was an offensive lineman on
the school’s football team.
LAMANNA SELECTED TO DIRECT MEN'S BASKETBALL AT FRANCISCAN
Franciscan University of Steubenville is proud to announce the
hiring of John Lamanna as the new head men’s basketball
coach. He comes to Steubenville from a five-year stint as an
assistant basketball coach at the University of California, Davis,
The Spokane, Wash., native earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology
from Washington State University and garnered firsthand experience
of a collegiate athletics program as a student assistant during his
four years there. Upon graduating in 2004, Lamanna pursued a
master’s in counseling at Loyola Marymount University while serving
as director of basketball operations for the Lions. From there he
was hired at UC Davis as an assistant men’s basketball coach. During
this span of time, Lamanna held two stints working with USA
Basketball—first with the Youth Festival Trials and second with the
Junior National Team and Pan American Team trials. He also served as
assistant coach on a college all-star team that competed against
professional teams in New Zealand.
BEHREND STAFF BUILDS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FOR FIFTH YEAR
Members of the Penn State Behrend athletic department
volunteered to help build a home for an Erie family
through Habitat for Humanity earlier this month, marking the fifth
straight year the staff dedicated time and labor toward a
sustainable and healthy house in the community.
Habitat for Humanity is non-profit organization dedicated to
eliminate substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to make
adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action.
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials,
Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside the
PITT-GREENSBURG HIRES WILLIAMS AS HEAD BASEBALL COACH
Anthony Williams Is the
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg’s new head baseball coach. Williams works in the Video
and Advanced Scouting Department for the Pittsburgh Pirates where he
is responsible for assisting with preparing advanced scouting
reports and video for the Pirates Major League Affiliate.
His collegiate experience includes serving as an assistant baseball
coach at NCAA Division I UMBC, where he worked primarily with
hitters and infielders while also specializing in base running and
speed/agility. During the two previous seasons, Williams was the top
assistant at Frostburg State University. Prior to Frostburg
State Williams worked as an intern with the Bowie Baysox “AA”
affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and the Baseball Factory, a
recruiting service for high school players. Williams was also an
instructor and advisor for the BATT Academy, an indoor baseball
training facility in Glen Burnie, MD.
Williams played collegiate baseball at NCAA Division II Slippery
Rock University (PA) and also played four seasons in the Eddie
Brooks League with the Maryland Hurricanes. Williams earned
his MBA from Frostburg State University and holds a BS in Sport
Management from Slippery Rock University.
HILBERT NAMES DVORNSKI TO COACH MEN'S GOLF
Andrew Dvornski has been named as
the head golf coach at Hilbert College. Dvornski has called Wanakah Country Club
home for the last seven years, having worked his way up to first
assistant golf professional in 2008. When not leading the golf
program at Hilbert beginning this fall, the Blasdell native will
continue his daily responsibilities at Wanakah. He manages all
aspects of Tournament Operations, oversees and manages the Women’s
Golf Program in addition to providing instruction to men, women and
children of all ages and all levels of ability. Prior to Wanakah,
Dvornski served as a junior golf instructor in the Hook-a-Kid on
Golf program as well as head golf coach in the Challenge Golf league
at the Hamburg Golf Course in 2004.
Dvornski graduated from San Diego Academy of Golf, earning a
Certificate of Completion in Teaching, Tournament Operations and
Club Repair. That year, Dvornski earned Player’s Credentials which
is awarded to the San Diego Academy of Golf’s elite golfers.
In 2009 he successfully passed the PGA Player Ability Test with two
consecutive rounds of 76. Dvornski is continually working towards
PGA membership with his recent completion of Level 2 of the PGA/PGM
program, and competes in PGA Section Events.
MEDAILLE MEN'S SOCCER RANKED #16 NATIONALLY IN PRESEASON POLL
The Medaille College men's soccer
team, picked to win the AMCC championship in the conference coaches' preseason poll,
is ranked #16 nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association
of America (NSCAA) Division III preseason poll.
Click here for the complete men's poll.
PRESEASON COACHES' POLLS ANNOUNCED FOR SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL
Medaille College in men's soccer and Penn St. Altoona
in women's soccer and volleyball--those are the coaches' picks to
lead the AMCC in Fall 2011. Players from those teams also
stand out as Preseason Player of the Year selections.
Medaille senior forward Alexander
Rouse has been tabbed as the best of the brightest in AMCC men's
soccer. The 2010 AMCC Co-Player of
the Year and three-time AMCC first team all-conference pick is
also a two-time NSCAA Regional All-American and was an ECAC first
team all-region selection in 2010.
The women's soccer Preseason Player of the Year honor is shared by
Penn St. Altoona goalkeeper Lindsay Raspanti, left,
and La Roche College junior forward Bethanie Moreschi,
right. Raspanti was the top
goalkeeper in the AMCC in 2010 with a .44 GAA and .861 save
percentage. She set a school and AMCC record with 13 shutouts,
allowing just 10 goals in 22 games. Moreschi was a first team all-conference selection
last season, leading the AMCC in scoring with 22 goals and 51
points, while ranked 11th in the nation in scoring and 12th
Penn St. Altoona outside hitter Samantha Link was selected as
the women's volleyball Preseason Player of the Year. The
senior was a first team all-conference selection last season,
averaging 2.93 kpg (361 total), along with contributing 419 digs, 37
aces, 17 assists, and 15 blocks.
The AMCC kicks off conference play in all three sports on Saturday, September 24, and
the championships will be Saturday, November 5, hosted by the
number #1 seeds. The winners will receive the AMCC's
automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
NEW MOUNTIES SOCCER
COACH ON BOARD FOR WOMEN'S TEAM
Mount Aloysius College has named Hollidaysburg, PA native Jeremy
Harkins as the program’s new women’s soccer coach. Harkins
replaces Barry Snyder, who led the Lady Mounties the previous three
years. Snyder resigned at the conclusion of 2010 season to pursue a
career in the United States Air Force. Harkins enjoyed a four-year
career on the men’s soccer team at Grace College in Winona Lake,
IN. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and
marketing from Grace, and was named captain of the team his senior
season. Harkins previously coached the U-19 team in the Spring Cove
AYSO, and was also an assistant coach for the Central Martinsburg
Jr. High team.
PASCARELLA LEADS AMCC
SELECTIONS TO ECAC BASEBALL ALL-STARS
The AMCC has landed three players on the ECAC South Region All-Star
Team, led by AMCC Player and Newcomer of the Year Michael
Pascarella. The Pitt-Bradford second baseman was named to the
first team and also honored as the region's Rookie of the Year.
Joining Pascarella are a pair of Penn St. Altoona standouts, first
baseman Grady Luzier and outfielder Cord Heine. The
duo, members of the 2011 AMCC champion Lions, earned second team
HILBERT SELECTS STARCHOK-GILLOW FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER POST
Kelly Starchok-Gillow is the new head coach of women’s soccer
at Hilbert College. Starchok-Gillow will also serve as the
athletic department’s Compliance and Student Services Coordinator.
She will build on a recently-launched program developed specifically
for at-risk student-athletes at Hilbert College. As the compliance
coordinator, she will oversee all student-athlete eligibility
Starchok-Gillow brings over ten years of coaching experience along
with team and coaching awards to Hilbert. During her four years at
Genesee Community College (GCC) , she led the Cougars to the
National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) National
Tournament in 2010 (runner-up) and became the NJCAA Division III
District A Champions and Region 3 Champions in both 2009 and 2010.
In 2007 and again in 2010, GCC earned the Western New York Athletic
Conference championship as the 2009 squad was honored with the NJCAA
Division III National Tournament Sportsmanship Award.
Personally, Starchok-Gillow was named the NSCAA/Mondo Junior College
National Northeast Coach of the Year (2010), the NJCAA Region III
Coach of the Year (2009, 2010) and the New York State ODP Coach of
the Year (2008).
Starchok-Gillow served as an assistant coach at Canisius College
(2001 – 2004) and as a head coach with the Empire United Soccer
Academy (2001 to present). Beginning in 2006, Starchok-Gillow
assumed a head coaching position with the Olympic Development
Program a year before she became the head coach at GCC.
Having graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in early childhood development in 2001, Starchok-Gillow
then earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Canisius College.
Starchok-Gillow currently holds her USSF National C License
SCHUNK TO LEAD D'YOUVILLE MEN'S BASKETBALL PROGRAM
D’Youville College has name Earl
Schunk head men’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director. In addition to his
coaching duties, he will be responsible for game management for all
fall sports and the student-athlete recruitment coordinator for
D’Youville's part-time coaches.
Schunk was the Athletic Coach at Grover Cleveland High School from
1995 to 2010, leading the varsity basketball team to championships
in 2004 and 2008. Schunk also coached baseball, track and field;
girls’ cross country and softball at the high school. His coaching
record at Grover was 165-64 from 2000-2010 and the high school was
Section 6 Champions in 2004 going to the New York State ‘final four’
As varsity basketball coach at Tapestry Charter School for 2010,
Schunk led a young Tapestry High School team to a record of 17-4 and
Tapestry was Section 6 finalists last year. He spent 33 years
in the Buffalo public School system teaching mathematics and
technology Integration. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s
degrees at Canisius College.
MOUNT ALOYSIUS NAMES
TWO NEW COACHES FOR BASKETBALL, TENNIS
Mount Aloysisu College has two new additions to their head coaching
Former Altoona High School standout Kristi Little-Kaack is
the College’s new women’s basketball coach. Little takes over
for Brian Gennett who was 52-73 in five years. Following a
stellar career at Altoona High, where she finished as the school’s
all-time leading scorer, Little-Kaack accepted a full scholarship to
Duquesne University. She was a three-year starting point guard
for Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio’s Lady Dukes. Little-Kaack was named
a first team All-Conference selection in 2009, and is only the
second player in Atlantic 10 history to earn back-to-back Defensive
Player of the Year honors. Following her collegiate basketball
career, she played one season of professional basketball in Baja
Hungary. Little-Kaack spent last season as an assistant coach for
the girls varsity basketball team at Bellwood-Antis High School.
Ryan Navarro is the new men’s tennis coach for the Mounties.
Navarro was a four-year competitor for the Juniata College men’s
tennis team. During his time at Juniata, the team reached the
conference semifinals on three different occasions. During his
junior year, Navarro received All-Landmark Conference honors.
In addition to his playing career at Juniata, Navarro also
participated in the Tennis on Campus program, while completing his
master’s degree at Duquesne University.
LYNCH AND ELLIS
APPOINTED TO TENNIS POSTS AT FRANCISCAN
assistant tennis coaches under head coach Curtis Allen this past
year, Jenna Lynch and Jeremy Ellis are stepping up to
take over the Franciscan University tennis program as Allen heads
back to his home state of California. Both are ready to challenge
the young teams with a new level of success this season. Lynch, a graduate
of FUS and an accomplished high school player, is walking onto the
court with an assistant coach’s familiarity, but is faced with
leading a women's team with only one season of experience. The
Lady Barons finished their first season 4-4 in the AMCC.
will inherit a men's tennis team that
just wrapped up a 9-1 second season, and has already reached the top
in the AMCC, overcoming conference heavyweight Penn State Behrend at
the 2011 tournament.
He originally hails from Okeechobee, FL, and first honed his skills
as No. 1 seed in singles and doubles at Grace College in Winona
Lake, Ind. Before taking on the position as assistant men’s tennis
coach at Franciscan, Ellis was the head teaching professional and
tennis director at Dayton Center Courts in Dayton, Ohio.