2013-14 NEWS ARCHIVE
 

 


VUNOVIC, HACKWORTH, WASSELL NAMED TO ECAC SOUTH ALL-STAR TEAM
12/17/13


The accolades keep coming for members of the Penn State Behrend men's soccer team.  Seniors Eric Vunovic and Eric Hackworth and junior Jarred Wassell have been named to the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Men's All-Star Team.  Vunovic, a first-team selection, had one of the Behrend's best individual seasons in recent memory. He led the team with 26 points including 10 goals and six assists. The senior finished his career with 24 assists, tied for the all-time lead in the history of the Behrend program. His 22 career goals place him seventh all-time.  Aside from being an ECAC second-team All-Star, Hackworth has been a back-to-back first team All-AMCC selection. The senior has also won two consecutive AMCC Defensive Player of the Year awards.  Wassell, the AMCC's top goalkeeper, was also named to the second team.  Over 20 games he posted a .81 GAA and a league-high 9 shutouts.

Vunovic and Hackworth were both named to the Natioanl Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire Division III Men's All-Great Lakes Region Team earlier this month.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF DECEMBER 16
12/16/13

Penn St. Altoona FR Ashley Nero won the 50 and 100 yd. freestyle events in a loss to Penn St. Behrend.  Women's Bowling: No events
 Men's Swimming: Alex Fisher, Penn St. Altoona
 Women's Swimming: Ashley Nero, Penn St. Altoona
 Men's Basketball: Marcus Thomas, Pitt-Greensburg
 Women's Basketball: Lacey Huck, Franciscan University

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF DECEMBER 9
12/9/13

La Roche SR forward David Jackson averaged 18.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg in 2 AMCC wins for the Redhawks.  Women's Bowling: Sarah Foley, Pitt-Bradford
 Men's Swimming: Dan Simon, Penn St. Behrend
 Women's Swimming: Elizabeth Prager, Pitt-Bradford
 Men's Basketball: David Jackson, La Roche College
 Women's Basketball: Mackenzie O'Donnell, La Roche College

MOUNT ALOYSIUS WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL GETS THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT
12/5/13

The Mount Aloysius College women's volleyball team is giving back this Christmas by buying a bike for a child through the Angel Tree program done through the college. The Angel Tree program is done every year to assist families who were experiencing financial difficulty due to various reasons. The intent is to help brighten someone's Christmas by lending a helping hand during this time of the year. The ministry is for children ages 0-16 and all information is kept confidential.


AMCC LANDS TWO ON NSCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER ALL-REGION TEAM
12/4/13

Penn St. Behrend seniors Rachel Mueller and Sam Vasy have been named to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region Third Team, announced on Wednesday.  It is the first time Mueller and Vasy have earned All-Region honors.  Mueller also became the program's first player to earn AMCC Defender of the Year this season. The two-time All-Conference choice anchored the defense that allowed 1.17 goals per game and helped the team earn eight shutouts.  Vasy caps her career on the all-region team after earning All-AMCC accolades three of her four years. The midfielder had her best season with nine goals and six assists for 24 points to be named to the all-conference first team. Vasy finished her career with 16 goals and 16 assists for 48 points, along with seven game-winning goals.


PENN ST. BEHREND LEADS PRESIDENTS CUP RACE WITH SWEEP OF FALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
12/3/13

In an unprecedented show of success, Penn State Behrend teams swept the team titles in
all seven AMCC fall championship sports to sit atop the Presidents Cup standings.  The Lions took home titles in men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf and women's tennis.  They accumulated 67 points en route to their standout fall season. Penn St. Altoona sits in the #2 position with 45.5 points, followed by Franciscan University with 44.5 points.  Click here for the complete Presidents Cup standings.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF DECEMBER 2
12/2/13

La Roche G Danasha Harris registered 12 points, 19 rebounds, 6 steals, and 2 assists as the Redhawks boosted their record to 5-0 with a win over Chatham.  Women's Bowling: No events
 Men's Swimming: Dan Simon, Penn St. Behrend
 Women's Swimming: Mia Pietropola, Penn St. Behrend
 Men's Basketball: Julian Reed, D'Youville College
 Women's Basketball: Danasha Harris, La Roche College

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF NOVEMBER 25
11/25/13

Pitt-Bradford senior Matt Patterson posted his best times of the season in the 100 & 200 free in winning both events vs. W&J  Women's Bowling: No events
 Men's Swimming: Matt Patterson, Pitt-Bradford
 Women's Swimming: Elizabeth Prager, Pitt-Bradford
 Men's Basketball: Jonathan Ross, Penn State Altoona
 Women's Basketball: Alicia Kimmel, Pitt-Bradford

58 STUDENT-ATHLETES RECOGNIZED AS AMCC LEADERS IN SPORTSMANSHIP
11/21/13

AMCC student-athletes in seven championship sports have selected 58 of their peers for recognition as representing the highest level of sportsmanship for their teams this past fall.  The student-athletes named to the All-Conference Sportsmanship Team must consistently demonstrate a high level of ethical conduct, respect and fair play in both practice and competition, whether on the sidelines or as an active competitor. Such sportsmanship shall be evident toward teammates, coaches, opponents, officials and fans. He/She must also serve as a positive representative of school spirit when a spectator at other teams’ sporting events.  Click here for a complete list of student-athletes honored.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18
11/18/13

Penn St. Altoona freshman Brea Suchonic averaged 17.2 pins per frame over 40 frames to lead the Lions to first place in the first ever AMCC quad match.  Women's Bowling: Brea Suchonic, Penn St. Altoona
 Men's Swimming: Nick Roth, Penn St. Behrend
 Women's Swimming: Ashley Nero, Penn St. Altoona
 Women's Diving: Kelli Rankin, Franciscan University
 Men's Basketball: Jerame Owens, Hilbert College
 Women's Basketball: Casi Cygan, La Roche College

BEHREND'S BENIM TO SERVE ON NCAA BASEBALL RULES COMMITTEE
11/17/13

Penn State Behrend head baseball coach and compliance director Paul Benim has been appointed to the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee.  The committee proposes rules changes pertaining to NCAA baseball for all three divisions.

“This is really exciting to join baseball people across the country and discuss this great game,” said Benim. “It is an honor to assist in the continued development of collegiate baseball.”

Benim, who enters his 22nd season with the Lions, is also on the ECAC Southern Region Selection Committee and has previously served as the AMCC representative on the NCAA Division III Baseball Regional Committee.

BERTGES HEADED TO NCAA NATIONAL MEET WITH 11TH PLACE REGIONAL FINISH
11/16/13

Penn St. Behrend senior Catie Bertges became the first ever Penn State Behrend women's cross country runner to advance to the NCAA Championship after finishing 11th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Mideast Regional on Saturday afternoon.  The Lions, who finished 17th in the team standings, posted one of their best overall efforts in program history at an NCAA regional.  Bertges ran a time of 21:47 to advance to the national event. The senior has won three races thus far in 2013, including the AMCC Championship meet back on November 2.

D'YOUVILLE NAMES WEISS TO COACH MEN'S TENNIS
11/15/13

Stephen Weiss is the new head coach of men’s tennis at D'Youville College.  Weiss began his collegiate tennis career at SUNY-Cobleskill. He was the Region III Junior College Player of the Year after his freshman season and was a two-time All-Conference selection. From there, Weiss moved on to play at the University of Charleston (WV), an NCAA Division II program, and would graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Sport Administration.  The Amherst, New York resident also works at Miller Tennis Center as a Court Coordinator and Tennis Instructor. The award winning facility also serves as the Spartans' home venue.

BEHREND'S SAMARCO, WASSELL TABBED FOR ECAC WEEKLY HONOR
11/14/13

Penn St. Behrend outside hitter Alyssa Samarco and goalkeeper Jarrod Wassell were named Players of the Week for the NCAA Division III South Region for their performances in the AMCC tournament last week.

Samarco had a career-high 18 kills, hitting at a .325 clip in the AMCC championship match
 to lead the Lions to the conference crown. The freshman also had a team-best
 10 kills against Hilbert in the Semifinals. Samarco added 8 digs, 2 blocks, and 2 aces on the weekend to average 4.0 kills/set, .29 blocks/set, 1.14 digs/set, and .29 aces/set.  Wassell did not allow a single goal in the AMCC tournament in leading the Lions to the conference title. The junior goalkeeper has not allowed a goal since October 26.

PENN ST. BEHREND, ALTOONA DOMINATE CROSS COUNTRY ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
11/13/13

Penn St. Behrend and Penn St. Altoona combined to win five of the six top awards on the AMCC men's and women's cross country all-conference teams.

On the men's side, Penn St. Behrend senior Denis Lydon (left) and Penn St. Altoona
 sophomore Jason Anna (right) tied for Runner of the Year honors.  The pair finished one-two at the AMCC championship, seconds apart.  Penn St. Altoona swept the remaining awards, with freshman Nate Repetz earning Newcomer of the Year and Matt and Heidi Manfred selected as Coaches of the Year.  Click here for the complete all-conference team.

For the women, Penn St. Behrend senior Catie Bertges (left) was a repeat winner as Runner of the Year.  Bertges led the Lions to the AMCC title with a conference record breaking performance for the 6K course.  Behrend head coach Greg Cooper was named Coach of the Year, and Hilbert College freshman standout Kylie Reinholtz was voted Newcomer of the Year.  Click here for the complete all-conference team.

BEHREND'S MAGNUSEN HEADS ALL-STAR SELECTIONS IN VOLLEYBALL
11/13/13

Penn State Behrend senior setter Chelsea Magnusen (left) is the AMCC Women's Volleyball
Player of the Year for 2013.  Magnusen was the quarterback of the Behrend attack, recording 7.85 assists and .51 aces per set, helping the Lions achieve their second AMCC title.  There were Co-Newcomers of the Year:  Hilbert College middle hitter Amanda Binder (2.17 kps and 37 blocks) and Penn St. Behrend middle hitter Meredith Snyder (2.25 kps and 78 blocks).  There were also Co-Coaches of the Year selected.  Penn St. Behrend's Phil Pisano was recognized for guiding his squad to the league title with a perfect 10-0 record against conference competition.  He shares the spotlight with Franciscan University's Kelly Herrmann, who guided the Lady Barons to the #2 seed in the AMCC tournament after completing the regular season with an 8-1 league record. Click here for the complete all-conference team.

SOCCER ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED FOR MEN, WOMEN
11/12/13

Penn St. Behrend senior defender Eric Hackworth and Pitt-Bradford freshman Melissa Smith head the 2013 AMCC all-conference teams for men's and women's soccer.

Hackworth (below) is a repeat selection as Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Lions to the AMCC title in charge of the league's stingiest defense.  Teammate Anthony Crivelli was selected Newcomer of the Year.  The first year forward's nine goals and 19 points ranked him among the conference's best scorers.  La Roche College junior forward Bryan Weimerskirch is the Offensive Player of the Year, compiling 13 goals and 4 assists while helping the Redhawks to the #3 seed in the AMCC tournament.  Mount Aloysius College coach Tyler Sheikh was voted Coach of the Year.  Sheikh guided the Mounties to their first-ever AMCC tournament appearance where they advanced to the semifinal round.  Click here for the complete all-conference team.

Smith (below) was a scoring phenom in her first season for the Panthers, leading the league with 26 goals and 57 points.  She was recognized as both Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.  Penn St. Behrend senior defender Rachel Mueller earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, anchoring a back line that allowed just 1.1 gpg.  Penn St. Behrend's Patrick O'Driscoll was voted Coach of the Year as he directed the Lions, undefeated in the conference regular season, to their third consecutive league title.   Click here for the complete all-conference team.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11
11/11/13

Penn St. Behrend G Jarrod Wassell did not allow a single goal in the AMCC tournament in leading the Lions to the conference title. Women's Volleyball: Alyssa Samarco, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Soccer Offensive: Garrett Fiscus, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Soccer Defensive: Jarrod Wassell, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Soccer Offensive: Sam Pace, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Soccer Defensive: Taylor Troyan, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Bowling: Sarah Foley, Pitt-Bradford
Men's Swimming: Brendan Farren, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Swimming: Christina Melchiorre, Cabrini College

BEHREND TAKES VOLLEYBALL TITLE, RUNS THE TABLE ON FALL SPORT TITLES
11/10/13

Penn St. Behrend capped an undefeated regular season conference schedule with a pair of wins in the championship tournament.  Hitting their way past upstart Pitt-Bradford for a 3-1 victory, the top seededed Lions earned the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, a trip they last made in 2005.  UPB advanced to the finals as the #6 seed with wins over #3 Medaille College and #2 Franciscan University.  Behrend was led by senior setter Chelsea Magnusen who racked up 36 assists and 15 digs and outside hitter Alyssa Samarco with 18 kills. Right side hitter Taylor McMillen paced the Panthers with 13 kills.

The win also marked the seventh championship for Penn State Behrend this fall, sweeping all sport titles in the season for the first time in conference history.  In addition to women's volleyball, the Lions won crowns in men's golf, women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, and men's and women's soccer.

BEHREND MEN EDGE MEDAILLE TO CLAIM  SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

11/9/13

Penn St. Behrend senior midfielder Eric Vunovic converted a penalty kick early in the opening stanza and that was all the Lions needed to earn their sixth AMCC men's soccer title, defeating Medaille College, 1-0, on Saturday evening. Senior goalkeeper Jarrod Wassell earned the shutout, his seventh of the season.
With the win Behrend will advance to the NCAA Division III tournament as the conference's automatic bid recipient. 



BEHREND BATTLES PAST PITT-BRADFORD TO WIN THIRD STRAIGHT WOMEN'S SOCCER TITLE

11/9/13

In a repeat title match up from 2012, Penn St. Behrend and Pitt-Bradford squared off for the AMCC women's soccer title on the two-time defending champion Lions' home turf. A vigorously contested battle ensued, with Behrend winning, 2-1.  The Lions (15-5-1) will advance to the NCAA Div. III tournament with the AMCC's automatic bid in hand.
Behrend took a first half lead when a lofting pass toward the goal went in off a Panther defender.  They padded their lead on a score by Sam Pace who took a feed from Alex Bilka. Pitt-Bradford closed the gap with a goal by Melissa Smith off a corner kick assist by Jamie Christensen, but that's all the offense they could muster.

Pairings for the NCAA tournament will be announced on Monday.


LIONS MEN, WOMEN REPEAT AS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS
11/2/13

The Penn St. Behrend women made it two in a row and the Lions men took their third
straight title at the AMCC cross country championship at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY today. Franciscan University was the team runner up in the women's race, while Penn St. Altoona earned second place for the men's teams.  Behrend got standout performances from their top two runners.  Senior Catie Bertges clocked a 22:34 to lead the women's field in the 6K event, while senior Denis Lydon covered the 8K course in 26:28 to lead the men's competition.

Complete championship race results:  Team   Individual Men   Individual Women


BUSY DAY FOR AMCC PLAYOFFS IN SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL
11/6/13

Conference championship tournaments dominate the schedule today as women's volleyball opens play while men's and women's soccer enters the semifinal phase.  Nearly every contest will be able to be viewed live throughout both tournaments (see links on sport pages).  Each of the winners will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

First round volleyball matches will see #6 Pitt-Bradford travelling to #3 Medaille College and #4 Hilbert College hosting #5 Penn St. Altoona.  Action starts at 7pm.  The winners will advance to the championship round at Penn St. Behrend on Saturday.  The top-seeded Lions will face the Hilbert/Penn St. Altoona victor at 2pm, followed by #2 Franciscan University vs. the winner of Medaille/Hilbert at 4:30pm.  The championship game will be Sunday at 1pm.

Soccer has progressed to the semifinal round.  On the men's side, #2 seed Penn St. Behrend will have a 12n start vs. #3 La Roche College, who defeated #6 seed Hilbert College by a 4-3 margin in the first round.  Defending champion and  #1 seed Medaille College will face #5 Mount Aloysius College at 4pm.  The Mounties, who are making their first trip to the AMCC tournament, upset #4 Penn St. Altoona to advance.  The winners will meet at the higher seed on Saturday.

For the women, top seeded and defending champion Penn St. Behrend plays host to #5 Franciscan University.  The Lady Barons, making their inaugural appearance in the conference tournament, took down #4 Pitt-Greensburg, 2-0 in the opening round.  The other half of the draw features #2 D'Youville College with a 4pm kick-off against #3 Pitt-Bradford.  The Panthers handled #6 Medaille College, 8-1, on Saturday.  The championship game will be played Saturday at the site of the higher seed


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF NOVEMBER 4
11/4/13

Penn St. Behrend SR Catie Bertges capped a standout season by winning the AMCC cross country individual  title on Saturday while also leading the Lions to the team crown. Women's Volleyball: Amy O'Keefe, Franciscan University
Men's Soccer Offensive: Kevin Ouellette, Mount Aloysius College
Men's Soccer Defensive: Dave Hidinger, La Roche College
Women's Soccer Offensive: Julia Cocozza, Franciscan University
Women's Soccer Defensive: Michele Volk, Franciscan University
Men's Cross Country: Denis Lydon, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Cross Country: Catie Bertges, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Bowling: No events
Men's Swimming: Benjamin Porter, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Swimming: Mia Pietropola, Penn St. Behrend

BEHREND'S LAFFEY HEADS WOMEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
11/1/13

Penn St. Behrend freshman Alexandra Laffey (left) capped an undefeated league season with her selection as the 2013 AMCC Women's Tennis Player of the Year.  Laffey earned first team honors at both #1 singles and #2 doubles.  Her doubles partner, Chelsea Czerwinski, was named Newcomer of the Year, landing on the first team in #2 singles as well.  Under the direction of Coach of the Year Jeff Barger, the Lions battled their way to their twelfth AMCC championship.  Barger has been the coach for 11 of the 12 title runs.  Click here for the complete all-conference team.

MEDAILLE MEN, LA ROCHE WOMEN HEADLINE PRESEASON HOOPS POLLS
10/31/13

A pair of perennial contenders lead the way in the AMCC men's and women's preseason basketball polls.

With five first place votes, Medaille College is the strong favorite to recapture the AMCC
men's title they last won in the 2011-12 season. The Mavericks' junior guard Jammal Coleman, left, who averaged 16.5 ppg and was a first team all-conference selection last year, was voted Preseason Player of the Year.  Click here for more on Players to Watch and the complete poll.
La Roche College is expected to soar to their fourth AMCC women's championship, according to the AMCC coaches' preseason poll. The Redhawks earned seven first place votes.  Mount Aloysius College senior guard Lindsy Sammarco, left, was voted Preseason Player of the Year. Sammarco was an AMCC First-Team All-Conference selection in 2012-13. She was the Mounties' leading scorer with 17.4 points per game,   Click here for more on Players to Watch and the complete poll.

The AMCC kicks off conference play on Wednesday, December 4, and the championship will be Saturday, March 1, hosted by the number #1 seed. The tournament winner will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

VETICA REPEATS AS MEN'S GOLF PLAYER OF THE YEAR
10/29/13

After a repeat performance as medalist at the AMCC championship, Penn St. Behrend
sophomore Dante Vetica has again been named the AMCC Men's Golf Player of the Year. In addition to winning the AMCC individual title, Vetica also won three other tournaments while posting a standout 75.4 stroke average.  Teammate Roman Klaric was selected Newcomer of the Year.  The freshman posted a 77.4 scoring average.  The pair were instrumental in leading the Lions to their third consecutive AMCC crown.  Pitt-Bradford's Keith Stauffer was recognized as Coach of the Year.  His Panthers were the runner-team at the conference championship tournament.
Click here for the complete all-conference team.


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF OCTOBER 28
10/28/13

Penn St. Behrend SR D Eric Hackworth led the Lions to 2 AMCC wins playing stellar defense to go with 2 goals and an assist on offense.

Women's Volleyball: Jaime Barkman, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Soccer Offensive: Anthony Crivelli, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Soccer Defensive: Eric Hackman, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Soccer Offensive: Jordan Byrley, Franciscan University
Women's Soccer Defensive: Taylor Troyan, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Cross Country: No events
Women's Cross Country: No events
Women's Bowling: No events
Men's Swimming: Nick Kost, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Swimming: Elizabeth Prager, Pitt-Bradford

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF OCTOBER 21
10/21/13

Pitt-Bradford freshman forward Melissa Smith racked up 2 hat tricks last week to lead the Panthers to a pair of AMCC wins.

Women's Volleyball: Mariah McDowell, Penn St. Altoona

Men's Soccer Offensive: Quinn Oyler, Penn St. Altoona

Men's Soccer Defensive: Michael Jackson, Medaille College

Women's Soccer Offensive: Melissa Smith, Pitt-Bradford

Women's Soccer Defensive: Megan Soo, Penn St. Altoona

Women's Tennis: Alexandra Laffey, Penn St. Behrend

Men's Cross Country: Jason Anna, Penn St. Altoona

Women's Cross Country: Katie Bertges, Penn St. Behrend

Women's Bowling: Ashley Marthage, Medaille College

Men's Swimming: Alex Fisher, Penn St. Altoona

Women's Swimming: Ashley Nero, Penn St. Altoona

PENN ST. BEHREND TRIUMPHS TO WIN WOMEN'S TENNIS TITLE, AUTOMATIC BID
10/20/13

Penn St. Behrend captured its 12th AMCC championship by defeating Franciscan University, 5-2, in the finals of the conference tournament on Sunday.  The Lions were undefeated in the regular season versus AMCC competition, putting an exclamation point on a dominating fall campaign.  Behrend was led by freshman Alexandra Laffey who won at both #1 singles and #1 doubles (with partner Chelsea Czerwinski).

The Lions advanced to the finals by defeating #4 Penn State Altoona, 5-0, in the semifinals.  Number two seed Franciscan was looking for their first AMCC title after beating #3 Mount Aloysius in the other semifinal.  Behrend and Franciscan battled closely in their early season meeting, with the Lions prevailing, 5-4.

With the victory the Behrend also earned a trip to the NCAA Division III national championship tournament which will be held in May.

MEDAILLE'S SMITH NAMED ECAC SOUTH MEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK
10/15/13

On the heels of his standout week for the Mavericks, Medaille College senior forward John L. Smith has been selected as the ECAC South men's soccer Offensive Player of the Week.  Smith was instrumental in a pair of conference wins for the Mavs, having a hand in all three goals across two games. In a shutout over PS-Behrend, the senior assisted on the game-winning goal. He followed this performance by assisting on the first goal against Mount Aloysius and ultimately scoring the game-winner in the 2-1 victory. In conference, Smith is currently tied for 2nd in points (20), is 1st in assists (8), and is 1st in assists per game (0.53).

PENN ST. BEHREND "THREE-PEATS" TO WIN AMCC MEN'S GOLF TITLE
10/14/13

The Penn State Behrend men's golf team won their third straight and fifth overall AMCC
Championship, posting a 602 two-day total at the Oak Tree Country Club.  Sophomore Dante Vetica repeated as the individual champion after carding a 73 and then a low score of 71 on day two for a 144 score. The Lions had a 25oke advantage over second-place Pitt-Bradford (627), while Pitt-Greensburg came in third (644). Vetica was one of three Behrend golfers in the Top 10. Nicholas VanDamia finished second overall with a 148 total. The sophomore tied Vetica after day one (73) and then fired a 75 on day two.  With the win, the Lions earn the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

AMCC FIRST DIVISION III CONFERENCE TO SPONSOR BOWLING AS A CHAMPIONSHIP SPORT
10/11/13

With four member member institutions sponsoring women's bowling in 2013-14, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference proudly announces the inaugural season of their sixteenth league championship.  The AMCC is the first Division III conference in the nation to sponsor women's bowling as a championship sport.

"We are excited to be at the forefront of supporting this very popular high school sport at the varsity intercollegiate level," said league commissioner Donna Ledwin.  "We are hopeful that it will gain momentum at the Division III level in a very short time.  We would love to see a stand-alone Division III championship in the not-too-distant future."

Medaille College (2007-08) and Penn St. Altoona (2009-10) were the first AMCC members to sponsor women's bowling.  They are joined this year by Mount Aloysius College and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.  Several other AMCC institutions have plans to move from club to varsity in the next few years.  The conference also will consider adding affiliate members as the sport continues to grow in Division III.  Currently there are 10 Division III programs that sponsor women's bowling at the varsity level.  These schools compete against a combination of Division I, II and III teams for an association-wide national championship.

"Bowling is not just a high school or college activity, it's a lifetime sport," said Penn St. Altoona head coach Lori Tremmel.  "It would be great if this move encouraged more Division III schools to sponsor bowling, because it is highly consistent with the Division III philosophy."

The AMCC regular season schedule features two quad matches, one in November hosted by Penn St. Altoona and the other in January hosted by Medaille.  The championship tournament will be February 8-9 in Bradford, PA.


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF OCTOBER 14
10/14/13

Penn St. Altoona FR Rachael Barbush had the deciding win in singles to advance the Lions to the semifinals of the AMCC tournament with a 5-4 team win over Pitt-Greensburg.

Women's Volleyball: Jenna Cleversly,  Medaille College
Men's Soccer Offensive: John L. Smith, Medaille College
Men's Soccer Defensive: Trent Landis, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Soccer Offensive: Olivia Woodley, Mt. Aloysius College
Women's Soccer Defensive: Christina Ventresca, D'Youville College
Men's Golf: Dante Vetica, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Tennis: Rachael Barbush, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Cross Country: Jason Anna, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Cross Country: Kylie Reinholz, Hilbert College

PENN ST. BEHREND HOLDS SEVEN STROKE LEAD IN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
10/14/13

Two-time AMCC defending champion Penn St. Behrend built a seven stroke lead over second place Pitt-Bradford on the first day of the AMCC Championships on Sunday at the Oak Tree Country Club.

The Lions currently sit in first place out of nine teams with a first-round score of 303. Pitt-Bradford is in second with a 310 total and Pitt-Greensburg sits in third place (315).  La Roche College freshman Matt Urgitis carded a 69 to lead all individual golfers.

The final round tees off at 8:30am today.  The team winner will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in May.

AMCC FIRST DIVISION III CONFERENCE TO SPONSOR BOWLING AS A CHAMPIONSHIP SPORT
10/11/13

With four member member institutions sponsoring women's bowling in 2013-14, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference proudly announces the inaugural season of their sixteenth league championship.  The AMCC is the first Division III conference in the nation to sponsor women's bowling as a championship sport.

"We are excited to be at the forefront of supporting this very popular high school sport at the varsity intercollegiate level," said league commissioner Donna Ledwin.  "We are hopeful that it will gain momentum at the Division III level in a very short time.  We would love to see a stand-alone Division III championship in the not-too-distant future."

Medaille College (2007-08) and Penn St. Altoona (2009-10) were the first AMCC members to sponsor women's bowling.  They are joined this year by Mount Aloysius College and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.  Several other AMCC institutions have plans to move from club to varsity in the next few years.  The conference also will consider adding affiliate members as the sport continues to grow in Division III.  Currently there are 10 Division III programs that sponsor women's bowling at the varsity level.  These schools compete against a combination of Division I, II and III teams for an association-wide national championship.

"Bowling is not just a high school or college activity, it's a lifetime sport," said Penn St. Altoona head coach Lori Tremmel.  "It would be great if this move encouraged more Division III schools to sponsor bowling, because it is highly consistent with the Division III philosophy."

The AMCC regular season schedule features two quad matches, one in November hosted by Penn St. Altoona and the other in January hosted by Medaille.  The championship tournament will be February 8-9 in Bradford, PA.


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF OCTOBER 7
10/7/13

Penn St. Behrend SR Denis Lydon placed 13th out of 333 runners at the Lehigh Invita- tional with a time of 25:56.

Women's Volleyball: Samantha Kelly, Franciscan University
Men's Soccer Offensive: Pablo Ordonez, Medaille College
Men's Soccer Defensive: Eric Hackworth, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Soccer Offensive: Alex Bilka, Penn St. Behrned
Women's Soccer Defensive: Amanda Hydock, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Golf: Andrew Bird, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Tennis: Michelle Colucci, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Cross Country: Denis Lydon, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Cross Country: Catie Bertges, Penn St. Behrend

PITT-BRADFORD LANDS FOUR ON NFCA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES LIST
10/4/13

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named four Pitt-Bradford softball players to the 2012-13 All-America Scholar Athletes’ list. Lauren Hogue, Olivia Taylor, Krista Jacobs and Meagan Lewis all registered a 3.5 GPA or higher for the academic year to earn this recognition.  Head coach Tina Phillips currently averages three players a year to earn the award, dating back to the 2003-04 academic year, with a total of 30 players receiving the honor.

The Pitt-Bradford softball program finished 65th in the nation on the NCAA Division III All-Academic Team’s list, according to the NFCA. The Panthers carried a team GPA of 3.169 to move up 21 spots from their previous ranking of 86th, according to the 2011-12 release. This marks the seventh straight year the NFCA ranked Pitt-Bradford softball among the top academic programs in the country.


PENN ST. BEHREND WOMEN, PENN ST. ALTOONA MEN HONORED FOR TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP
10/3/13

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association have voted the Penn State Behrend women's team and the Penn State Altoona men's team the recipients of their 2012-13 team sportsmanship awards.  Both teams were honored in a presentation on September 23.

The awards are given annually to one men's and one women's regional college basketball team at the Division I, II, or III levels. It recognizes a program that possesses, according to the CBOA, “the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators.” The award is the highest honor bestowed annually by the CBOA on any collegiate institution.

The men's team honor is named for Sam Schoenfeld, a former college basketball great who “possessed a great deal of energy, impeccable honesty, and a charismatic personality.” Schoenfeld, one of the CBOA’s founding fathers, espoused integrity and strong character.
The women's team award is presented in honor of Donna Ledwin, Commissioner of the AMCC.  Ledwin's support of the sportsmanship ideal is reflected in the motto for the conference: Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Positive.

INGOLD, MCCULLOCH RECOGNIZED BY ECAC AT AWARDS DINNER
10/3/13

Penn St. Altoona Director of Athletics Fredina Ingold and student-athlete Mary Elizabeth McCulloch were honored Sunday evening at the ECAC annual convention.  Click on the links below for a video of their introductions and impressive accomplishments:

Fredina Ingold, ECAC Female Administrator of the Year:
http://youtu.be/muH8rHybbY0

Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, ECAC Div. III Female Student-Athlete of the Year: 
http://youtu.be/V377fbVHYJs

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 30
9/30/13

Hilbert MF Jackie Morgan posted a 5 point week, including 2 goals and an assist in an OT victory over Mount Aloysius to start the AMCC season.

Women's Volleyball: Allegra Johnson, Hilbert College
Men's Soccer Offensive: Bryan Weimerskirch, La Roche College
Men's Soccer Defensive: Robert Fraino, La Roche College
Women's Soccer Offensive: Jackie Morgan, Hilbert College
Women's Soccer Defensive: Denay O'Connor, Medaille College
Men's Golf: Matt Urgitis, La Roche College
Women's Tennis: Shayla Landman, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Cross Country: Patrick Flanagan, Franciscan University
Women's Cross Country: Colene Smith, Franciscan University

MCDOWELL SELECTED ECAC VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
9/24/13

Penn State Altoona senior middle hitter Mariah McDowell was recognized on a larger
stage for her exceptional performance last week, as she was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference's Division III South Region Player of the Week in women's volleyball.
McDowell continued her strong season last week, helping the Lady Lions go 3-0 against Baptist Bible College, the University of Scranton, and Penn State Harrisburg.

In three matches, she tallied 48 kills (4.00 kills per set) and 43 digs (3.58 per set) while hitting at a .317 clip. McDowell’s efforts propelled the Lady Lions to climb back to the .500 mark in their overall record. In the AMCC, McDowell is currently ranked third in hitting percentage (.320), third in kills per set (2.76), and fifth in blocks per set (.76).


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 23
9/23/13

Medaille F John L. Smith scored twice as the Mavs battled nationally ranked Brockport to a 2-2 double OT standoff.

Women's Volleyball: Mariah McDowell, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Soccer Offensive: John L. Smith, Medaille College
Men's Soccer Defensive: Jarrod Wassell, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Soccer Offensive: Maggie Boehler, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Soccer Defensive: Christina Ventresca, D'Youville College
Men's Golf: TBA Tuesday
Women's Tennis: Brittany Johnson, Mount Aloysius College
Men's Cross Country: Jason Anna, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Cross Country: Kylie Reinholz, Hilbert College

BEHREND HOOPS STAR CONLEY SIGNS PRO CONTRACT IN EUROPE
9/19/13


Former Penn State Behrend center standout Russ Conley will continue his basketball career with Povaska Bystrica, a professional men's basketball team in Povaska, Slovakia.  Conley was a two-time AMCC Player of the Year (2012, 2013) and All-Great Lakes Region choice. He was also a three-time All-Conference selection, earning first-team honors his final two years.  Last season, Conley led Behrend in scoring (19.4), rebounding (7.9), field-goal percentage (59.7) and blocks (1.2) per game. He also led the conference in scoring and field-goal percentage, while becoming the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,771 points.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16
9/16/13

Penn St. Behrend senior setter Chelsea Magnusen was named MVP of the Morrisville St.tourney as the Lions went 4-0.

Women's Volleyball: Chelsea Magnusen, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Soccer Offensive: Chad Trozzi, La Roche College
Men's Soccer Defensive: Tyler Brew, Medaille College
Women's Soccer Offensive: Hannah Cooke, Franciscan Univ.
Women's Soccer Defensive: Mackenzie Strubhar, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Golf: Dante Vetica, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Tennis: Chelsea Czerwinski, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Cross Country: Tyler Lookabaugh, Pitt-Greensburg
Women's Cross Country: Catie Bertges, Penn St. Behrend

LA ROCHE'S MCKAY TABBED ECAC D3 SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK
9/10/13

La Roche College junior forward Lindsey McKay has been named the ECAC Div. III South
Region Co-Player of the Week.  McKay had an outstanding week for the Lady Redhawks. In a 4-1 win over Chatham, the striker contributed 3 goals for her first hat-trick of the week. The sophomore then netted another hat-trick in a 12-0 victory over PS-Beaver. She totaled 6 goals, 2 assists, and 14 points for the Lady Redhawks.

BEHREND BASKETBALL ALUM, SAAC LEADER LANDS JOB WITH ATLANTA HAWKS
9/10/13

Former Penn State Behrend men's basketball standout and AMCC SAAC representative Pat St. Andrews has been named an assistant in the Basketball Operations Department of the NBA Atlanta Hawks front office.  Andrews, a two-year captain, graduated from Behrend in May 2013 with a master's in business administration. He also earned two bachelor degrees while at Behrend, one in business economics and the other in international business.

Andrews was a four-time AMCC All-Academic choice and earned the Herb Lauffer Memorial Award his senior year. He was the SAAC President and was chosen to be the student speaker at Commencement in May 2012. Andrews was also a graduate research assistant at the Economic Research Institute of Erie.


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9
9/9/13

Mount Aloysius JR Dylan Link earned medalist honors at the MAC invitational, besting the field by f5 strokes.

Women's Volleyball: Vicky Danko, La Roche College
Men's Soccer Offensive: Alessandro Ortiz, Pitt-Bradford
Men's Soccer Defensive: Adam Forster, Pitt-Bradford
Women's Soccer Offensive: Lindsey McKay, La Roche College
Women's Soccer Defensive: Danielle Erdley, Pitt-Bradford
Men's Golf: Dylan Link, Mount Aloysius College
Women's Tennis: Caeles Crunkelton-Wilson, Franciscan Univ.
Men's Cross Country: Patrick Flanagan, Franciscan University
Women's Cross Country: Alyssa Rohrer, Pitt-Greensburg

PITT-BRADFORD'S CRESSLEY EARNS BASEBALL LEAGUE ACCOLADES
9/6/13

Pitt-Bradford junior Aaron Cressley was named the No. 5 prospect from this summer’s Virginia Valley Baseball League by Perfect Game Thursday.  Cressley was one of 40 players to be named to the list by Perfect Game, one of the baseball’s largest and most comprehensive scouting services.  The Corry, Pa., native was a second-team all-AMCC selection for the Panthers last year.

In 58 innings pitched for the New Market Rebels, Cressley went 5-1 while leading the league in earned run average with a mark of 0.62. In his final six turns, including two postseason starts, he yielded one earned run over a span of 42 innings.  Cressley was the only qualifying pitcher in the league to finish with an ERA below 1.00 and named a first-team all-VBL selection in a vote by league administration and media.

PENN ST. ALTOONA'S MCCULLOCH NAMED ECAC D3 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE
9/4/13

ECAC Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced today that Penn St. Altoona junior Mary Elizabeth McCulloch has been named the 2013 Robbins/ECAC Division III Female Scholar-Athlete Award winner. McCulloch will be recognized at the 2013 ECAC Honors dinner September 29.

The ECAC Scholar-Athlete Awards honors the outstanding academic and athletic achievements of student-athletes representing ECAC schools in Division I, II and III. One male and one female athlete from each division are selected based on extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics and community service. The candidate must be a starter or significant reserve in a particular sport and must compete in a least 50 percent of the contests in that sport and other factors such as community service, exemplary citizenship or other extracurricular activities are taken into consideration.

"When considering the ECAC, which contains over 300 schools spanning from North Carolina to Maine, I realize the profound honor it is to be recognized as the Division III Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year,” McCulloch said. “Throughout my life as a swimmer, my coaches instilled in me the importance of practicing excellence and self-discipline. These two qualities have had a great effect in every area of my life – not only in my swimming career, but also my bio-engineering studies, my musicianship, my humanitarian effort, and specifically my work abroad for Ecuadorian special needs children. I am truly honored to represent Penn State Altoona with this award."

The Wingate, PA native is carrying a 3.93 cumulative grade point average as a bioengineering major. In 2013, she was named the AMCC Women’s Swimmer of the Year. She was the conference champion in the 50 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke, the 200 breaststroke and was named first team all-conference in three separate events. The Lady Lions’ team captain also set the Penn State Alttona school record for the 50 breaststroke.

Outside of the pool, McCulloch has done extensive work in the community on an institutional, regional and international level. She currently aids in the research of an assistive speech device for individuals with non-verbal Cerebral Palsy. She has traveled to Ecuador to work with orphaned special needs children and completed extensive volunteer work with impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic. On campus, she is a piano player and singer for the Penn State Altoona Christian Student Fellowship and Students About Living Truth. McCulloch also serves on the Suicide Prevention/Depression committee and is a math and physics tutor.

BEHREND MEN RANKED SIXTH IN LATEST REGIONAL POLL
9/4/13


The Penn State Behrend men's soccer team is ranked sixth in the first Great Lakes Region poll of the 2013 season. The Lions (2-0) defeated Bethany and Baldwin Wallace over the weekend en route to the Herb Lauffer Memorial Tournament championship.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:  WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2
9/3/13
 

Penn St. Behrend SR Catie Bertges opened the season winning the Buffalo St. Invitational with a time of 19:16.  The Lions finished third of six teams.

Women's Volleyball: Mariah McDowell, Penn St. Altoona
Men's Soccer Offensive: Peter Brower, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Soccer Defensive: Jarrod Wassell, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Soccer Offensive: Daijane Greene, Penn St. Altoona
Women's Soccer Defensive: Amanda Hydock, Pitt-Greensburg
Men's Golf: Nicholas VanDamia, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Tennis: Alexander Luffey, Penn St. Behrend
Men's Cross Country: Denny Lydon, Penn St. Behrend
Women's Cross Country: Catie Bertges, Penn St. Behrend

PENN ST. BEHREND WOMEN RUNNERS GET EARLY SEASON RANKING
8/28/13

The Penn State Behrend women's cross country team will open the 2013 season ranked 10th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mideast Region Poll.  The Lions are led by 2012 AMCC All-Conference selections Katie Spade, Jamie Szramowski, Catie Bertges, and Haley Hughes. Behrend will begin its defense of their AMCC title when they open the season at the Buffalo State Invitational on August 30.


HALLADAY TO LEAD D'YOUVILLE SOFTBALL PROGRAM
8/26/13

Ona Halladay is the new assistant athletic director and head softball coach at D'Youville College.  Halladay arrives on the Porter Avenue campus after three successful seasons working as the assistant softball coach at St. Bonaventure University. Halladay inherits a D'Youville program that won 18 games last spring and finished third in the AMCC with no seniors on the roster.

A 2010 graduate of SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Halladay was also a two-time All-SUNYAC softball selection as a member of the Golden Eagles. The native of Palmyra, New York began her collegiate career playing at St. John's University for two seasons.

MOUNT ALOYSIUS BASEBALL PLAYER EARNS SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP
8/14/13

Mount Aloysius College catcher Pat Gully was recently awarded the first Forrest Mazey Memorial Scholarship honoring the late AAABA player, manager and coach who died this year after a long battle with cancer. The award recognizes Gully's determination, dedication, and community service.
Mazey played in the AAABA Tournament in the late 1950s and managed and coached some of Johnstown’s top teams in the 1980s and 1990s. He also was a longtime assistant coach on a number of successful teams and an outstanding recruiter.  Mazey’s sons Randy, who currently is the WVU head baseball coach, and Brian each were part of the presentation prior to Monday’s official opener of the AAABA tournament at the Point Stadium in Johnstown, PA. 

GRUBER NAMED INTERIM SOFTBALL COACH AT BEHREND
8/13/13

Ashley Gruber has been appointed the interim softball coach at Penn State Behrend. Gruber, a former four-year standout and assistant coach for the Lions, will take over the program for the upcoming season.  She becomes the ninth softball coach in Behrend history, replacing Stacy Pondo, who stepped down to focus on her Assistant Athletic Director duties.

"I have all of the confidence in Ashley to manage the softball program throughout the 2013-14 school year," said athletic director Brian Streeter. "She served on staff as an assistant coach this past year and stepped up when head coach Stacy Pondo was injured. She will be working on her graduate degree while in this interim position and then will assume the assistant softball coach role next season when a new full-time coach is hired."

Gruber graduated from Penn State Behrend in 2012 with a B.S. in math education. While with the Lions, she was a three-time All-Conference selection and two-time Team MVP while earning AMCC Co-Player of the Year as a senior. Her final season she led the team in hits (55), doubles (16), home runs (9), RBIs (50) and batting average (.430). Gruber hit a walk-off home run in the AMCC Championship game to help the Lions reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.  She broke the program's double record and is second all-time in home runs and assists, and is third in RBIs. Gruber also received the Team Scholarship/Leadership Award and the AMCC Spring Sportsmanship Award her junior year.


PITT-BRADFORD'S CRESSLEY LEADS VIRGINIA VALLEY LEAGUE IN ERA
8/12/13

The AMCC is being well represented on the baseball field this summer.  Pitt-Bradford junior Aaron Cressley of the New Market Rebels finished with the lowest earned run average among all qualifying pitchers in the Virginia Valley Baseball League with a mark of 0.62.  The Corry, Pa., native was a second-team all-AMCC selection this spring for the Panthers after anchoring the pitching staff with a 2.25 ERA and 33 strikeouts.

In 58 innings pitched for the Rebels, including the regular season and postseason, Cressley surrendered a total of four earned runs while posting a 5-1 record. In his final six turns, including two postseason starts, he yielded one earned run over a span of 42 innings. He was the only qualifying pitcher in the league to finish with an earned run average below 1.00.
He also tossed a scoreless inning in the league’s All-Star game and finished with 56 total strikeouts. Cressley was named a first-team selection on the all-VBL team in a vote by league administrators and media.

BEHREND MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO COSTA RICA
8/7/13

The Penn State Behrend men's basketball team is starting the 2013-14 season early with seven-day, six-night international trip to Costa Rica. The Lions will travel August 11-17.  This excursion marks the fourth international trip for the Lions. Behrend traveled to Germany (1998), Spain (2002), Brazil (2010) and now Costa Rica (2013).

The Lions' travel party is comprised of nine players, four coaches and one graduate assistant. Behrend will arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica and set out to put on a clinic in Sitio and then experience the Caribbean, while playing three games against the local club teams. Members from the team will chronicle the tour in "blogs", which can be followed at psblions.com throughout the trip.

LA ROCHE NAMES GOLEBIE TO ASSISTANT AD POST
8/6/13

The La Roche College Athletic Department has announced that Katherine Golebie has been hired as the Assistant Director of Athletics. Katherine is a 2013 La Roche College graduate and previously served as the Athletic Department’s Intern.

“We had an outstanding pool of candidates for this position which is being funded in part through the NCAA Matching Alliance Grant”, said Athletic Director Jim Tinkey. “We all felt that Katherine was a strong and confident candidate, capable of stepping up to this challenge. Her experience includes time spent during 2012-13 as an intern within the athletic department, President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the past two years, and represented the AMCC and the college at various NCAA venues.”

Katherine enjoyed a distinguished career while an undergrad at La Roche. She was a four year letter winner on the women’s soccer team, captain of the team her junior and senior seasons, and the women’s soccer Most Valuable Player in 2012. She was also a three time AMCC All-Conference performer and named to the 2012 AMCC All-Conference Sportsmanship team.

In addition to her athletic achievements, Katherine won numerous awards at La Roche. She received the Joyce Singletary Dean of Students Award, the Scott Lang Student Athlete Leadership Award, the Government Association Outstanding Students Service Award, and the RA Veteran of the Year Award.

BEHREND MEN AND WOMEN EXPECTED TO SWEEP IN SOCCER
8/2/13

Not without serious challengers, the Penn State Behrend men's and women's soccer teams have been picked to finish first in both coaches' polls.  To get to the top of the AMCC summit, the Behrend men will have to fend off #2 Medaille College, while the Behrend women should see a serious challenged from #2 pick Pitt-Bradford.

The men's Preseason Players of the Year have representatives from the top three teams in
the poll.  Medaille midfielder Pablo Ordonez and La Roche forward Bryan Weimerskirch share the co-offensive designation, while Behrend defender Eric Hackworth (left) got the nod as the league's expected defensive standout.  Click here for the complete men's poll and Players to Watch. 
The top two women's teams also figure into the individual awards.  Pitt-Bradford forward Maggie Boehler (right) is the Offensive Preseason Player of the Year, and Behrend defender Rachel Mueller is the Defensive Preseason Player of the Year.  Click here for the complete women's poll and Players to Watch.

The AMCC kicks off conference play on Saturday, September 28, and the championship will be Saturday, November 8, hosted by the number #1 seed.  The winner will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.


BEHREND PICKED TO WIN WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TITLE; MAGNUSEN SELECTED PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
8/1/13

They were regular season champions in 2012, and the AMCC coaches' poll predicts Penn St. Behrend will go all the way in 2013.  It will not be without a strong challenge from last year's defending champion, Medaille College, picked to finish second, and #3 selection Franciscan University, with the Barons stepping up their game in 2013 for their best season ever.
  Click here for the complete preseason poll and Players to Watch.

The coaches tabbed Penn St. Behrend setter Chelsea Magnusen as the league's Preseason Player of the Year.  A first-team all-conference selection last season, Magnusen led the Lions with 924 assists and was second with 36 service ace.  She was also ranked #1 in the league in assists/set and was third in attack percentage.

The AMCC kicks off conference play on Saturday, September 28, and the championship will be Sunday, November 10, hosted by the number #1 seed.  The winner will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

D'YOUVILLE'S CHURCHILL RESIGNS AFTER SUCCESSFUL THREE SEASONS
7/30/13

Angela Churchill has stepped down from her position at D’Youville College as the Assistant Athletic Director and Softball Head Coach. Churchill has accepted a position at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey to become the Head Coach of their NCAA Division II softball program.

Churchill arrived at D’Youville in the summer of 2010 and in three seasons as the Spartans' softball coach (2011-2013) compiled a record of 56-41 (.577).  But it was in AMCC conference play that Churchill’s Spartan squads excelled, going 40-14 (.741) in conference play. The 2011 team made the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament after winning the AMCC tournament, with Churchill receiving conference Coach of the Year honors. The 2013 team was one out away from playing for a conference championship.

Under Churchill, Spartan players captured eight all-conference spots, two conference Pitcher of the Year awards, and one conference Newcomer of the Year award.

AMCC MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS RECOGNIZED BY NABC FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
7/19/13

Seven AMCC men's basketball players were named today to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.  In addition, Penn St. Altoona and Mount Aloysius College were among just 97 teams from more than 1,000 NCAA and NAIA schools to earn the Team Academic Excellence Award. The Honors Court recognizes individual collegiate men's basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2012-2013 season, while the Team Academic Excellence Awards are given for outstanding academic achievement by a men's basketball team.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior with a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average. AMCC Honors Court recipients included:
Penn St. Altoona senior forward Matt Gehret (Elementary Education)
Penn St. Altoona senior guard Jordan Stiles  (Mathematics)
Hilbert College senior guard Dan McFarland (Criminal Justice)
Pitt-Greensburg junior guard Brock Witkowski (Education)
Mount Aloysius College junior guard Aaron Patrick (Education)
Mount Aloysius College junior forward Jake Wyatt (Business)
Mount Aloysius College junior guard Kyle Baughman (General Science)

The Penn State Altoona men's basketball team as a whole won the Team Academic Excellence Award. This honor was created by the NABC Committee this year, recognizing collegiate men's basketball teams with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better for the 2012-2013 season.  Earlier this year the Lions also won the AMCC Team Peak Performer Award, recording a 3.15 collective GPA, while the Mounties earned a 3.1 GPA.


INGOLD NAMED ECAC FEMALE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
7/18/13

Eastern College Athletic Conference Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced today that Penn State Altoona Director of Athletics Fredina M. Ingold has been named the ECAC Jostens Female Administrator of the Year. Ingold will be recognized at the 2013 ECAC Honors Dinner, part of the 25th Annual ECAC Convention and Trade Show in North Falmouth, Mass. 
The ECAC Jostens Female Administrator of the Year is presented annually to an administrator from an ECAC member institution or conference in recognition of outstanding or meritorious service to the ECAC.

“Fredina Ingold is the consummate professional. She is a role model to her staff, her profession, and the student-athletes she serves,” Commissioner McGinnis said. “She is a strong, fair, and hardworking leader who volunteers countless hours outside of Penn State Altoona supporting and furthering the initiatives of the ECAC.”

Ingold has 35 years of service at Penn State Altoona, including 28 years as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. During her tenure in Altoona, she has successfully elevated the intercollegiate athletic program from junior college status to NCAA Division III membership, increased the number of intercollegiate sports, and led the construction of new athletic facilities and the improvement of preexisting facilities. She has been the head coach of the Lions’ women’s basketball team, women’s tennis team, men’s club golf, men’s club volleyball, and the men’s and women’s swim teams.

Ingold has been committed to the students, her colleagues, and the mission of both Penn State Altoona and the ECAC. She has served in various administrative capacities throughout her career, including Director of Student Marketing and Enrollment at Altoona from 1994-1999. She has also been a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council, the NCAA Olympic Committee, the NCAA Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Committee, the NCAA Academic Issues Subcommittee, and the NCAA Convention Planning Subcommittee, which she chaired. From 2010-2012, Ingold was the President of the ECAC Board of Directors.

Ingold's commitment to intercollegiate athletics reaches far beyond her current administrative duties. She has created the “Fredina M. Ingold Intercollegiate Athletics Enhancement Endowment” at Penn State Altoona, which provides discretionary funds that will move intercollegiate athletics forward in new and innovative ways to enhance the extracurricular experience for student-athletes, satisfy the expectations of a cutting edge coaching staff, and provide attractive entertainment options for alumni and fans in the community.

In 2009, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) presented Ingold with the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award for the NCAA Division III Central Region of the United States. In 2002, she received the Robert J. Scannell Roll of Honor Award for serving the Penn State Commonwealth Education System, Athletic, Intramural and Recreation Programs with distinction. Ingold was also the first woman inductee in the Blair County (PA) Sports Hall of Fame.

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MEDAILLE TABS GEDRAITIS AS HEAD COACH OF WOMEN'S SOCCER
7/3/13

Medaille College has named Leanne Gedraitis as their new women's soccer coach heading into the Fall 2013 season. Gedraitis brings a wealth of knowledge and a storied collegiate soccer career to the Buffalo campus.  The Lady Mavs are coming off another playoff season and will return a strong core of players for Gedraitis to mold into her style. As a player Gedraitis was a standout at Brockport State where she currently holds the program's all-time records in career goals (56), career points (132), and goals in a season with (18). She was a four-time All-SUNYAC player, two-time All-New York State selection, and was also named to the Adidas All-Region team, all of which garnered her Brockport Athletic Hall of Fame honors in 2010.

Over the last five years she has led the Holland High School girls soccer team to sectional titles three times, while winning her division 4 out of 5 years as well. She also has coached soccer and basketball at the junior varsity level prior to her varsity success and was the track and field coach at Alden High School.

HILBERT NAMES CZARNECKI TO LEAD ATHLETICS PROGRAM
7/2/13

John Czarnecki has been named Hilbert College’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, announced President Cynthia Zane. Czarnecki takes over a Hilbert athletics program that has seen much growth and success over the last few years, culminating this past winter with the Hawks’ first AMCC men’s basketball regular season title. Czarnecki’s appointment is effective August 1.
Czarnecki, a native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., spent the last four years at Yeshiva University in New York City, most recently as associate athletic director. At Yeshiva, he oversaw all men’s coaches, sports information, men’s athletic training, intramurals and was the NCAA compliance officer. He was also responsible for licensing, merchandising, scheduling and equipment. Czarnecki oversaw the SAAC and was a representative for the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee for men’s basketball.

Prior to Yeshiva, Czarnecki was the SID at Maritime College, as well as the assistant men’s basketball coach. He spent two years at Maritime after finishing an internship with the SUNYAC office located in Fredonia, N.Y. Prior to that, he served as a graduate assistant in the sports information office at SUNY Potsdam.  Czarnecki completed his undergraduate work at SUNY Potsdam and earned his Masters in Sports Management from SUNY Cortland.