Penn College Teams Continue to Roll
With a record of 11 wins and three losses, Pennsylvania College of Technology teams continued to roll in their fall sports seasons.
Corey Teeple, of Lake Ariel, medaled with an 82 to help the Wildcats to a first-place finish at the Penn State Lehigh Valley Invitational on Monday. Alex Howe, also of Lake Ariel, finished second with an 86, and Brian MacPherson, of Salem, N.H., was at third with an 87. Penn College golfers scored a 346, outdistancing Penn State Brandywine by 27 strokes.
Penn College golfers put together their second great effort of the week at the Penn State Brandywine Invitational on Wednesday when they edged Penn State Mont Alto, 335-336, to finish first among eight teams. Teeple and Jesse Newman, of Waterfall, tied for second among 44 individuals when each shot an 83.
Jamie Steer, of South Williamsport, and Valeria Passalacqua, of McAlisterville, each scored two goals as Penn College improved to 6-1-1 with a 5-0 win at Chatham University on Tuesday in the team’s only match of the week. Goalie Reda Vermilya, of Turbotville, had eight saves.
Stepping out of the conference and playing outstanding defense, David Munn, of Athens, was perfect in goal with 13 saves, and Christopher Brennan, of New Hope, scored the lone goal as the Wildcats beat NCAA Division III Albright College, 1-0, on Monday. The win was the team’s seventh in a row after a loss and tie.
At Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, facing its second NCAA Division III school in three days, Penn College fell to Wilkes University, 2-0, snapping its win streak.
Returning to Penn State University Athletic Conference action on Saturday, the Wildcats blanked Penn State Mont Alto, 7-0. Jonatan Leon-Ruiz, of Landenburg, had a goal and an assist as Penn College outshot its opponent 59-3 to go to 8-2-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference.
For the second time this season, Penn College swept Penn State Hazleton by a 9-0 score on Thursday. Nathan Scott, of Canton, Conn.; Adam Smith, of Duncannon; Jordan Rodgers, of Biglerville; Christopher Morrin, of Morrisville; Jenna Walmer, of Lebanon; and Taylor Lapointe, of Pelham, N.H., all won both their singles and doubles matches.
On Saturday in a 6-3 win over Penn State Mont Alto, Rodgers, Morrin, Scott and Smith again won in both singles and doubles as the team improved to 4-1 overall.
Penn College stayed perfect in the conference with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-16) win at Penn State Mont Alto on Tuesday. Gabrielle George, of Morton, had a career-high 23 digs as the team posted its fifth consecutive win and went to 4-0 in the PSUAC. Tara Powell, of Burgettstown, led with 10 kills.
In Friday’s opening rounds of the Lycoming College Classic, the Wildcats went 1-1, beating City College of New York, 3-1 (25-11, 18-25, 25-18, 25-14), and falling to host Lycoming, 3-0 (19-25, 16-25, 15-25). Against CCNY, Powell led Penn College with 17 kills and Courtney Gernert, of Palmyra, had 15 digs. In the second-match loss, Gernert added 19 digs.
A 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 18-25, 21-25) loss to Misericordia University and 3-1 (24-26, 25-11, 25-17, 25-18) win over City College of New York on Saturday gave the Wildcats third place in the Lycoming College Classic. Kelly Hebert, of Wellsboro, had 10 blocks in the two matches and was named to the all-tournament team. Penn College now is 8-5 on the year. Against Misericordia, Gernert led with 10 kills and 20 digs. Against CCNY, Powell and Melissa Lake, of Winburne, each had eight kills. Morgan Moberg, of Huntingdon, had 19 assists and 13 digs.
Dan Blauvelt, of Flemington, N.J., finished second among the individuals and the Penn College men finished first in a seven-team field Saturday at the Penn College/Luzerne County Community College Invitational in Nanticoke. Blauvelt ran the 5.5 mile men’s course in 32 minutes, 35 seconds. Also in the top 10 for the Wildcats were Dan Flynn, of Blairstown, N.J.; who took third in 33:04; Dan Starr, of Stewartstown, sixth in 33:17; and Michael Acquaro, of Oakhurst, N.J., seventh in 33:39. For the Penn College women, Eileen Harrington, of Springfield, Va., was 17th in 29:37 over a 5K course and freshman Michelle Holzmann, of Saylorsburg, was 20th in 34:58 in her first-ever race.
Odds and Ends
Women’s soccer player Vermilya was named the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Goalie of the Week for the period ending Sept. 23. Vermilya did not allow a goal in two matches with the highlight being a 15-save effort against Lycoming College that ended in a 0-0 draw. She is ranked third in save percentage (.902) in the USCAA and has a 0.79 goals against average.
Saturday, Sept. 29 – at Luzerne/Penn College Invitational, men placed first in a seven-team field
Saturday, Oct. 13 – at Penn State DuBois Invitational, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 24 – at Penn State Lehigh Valley Invitational, finished first in a four-team field
Wednesday, Sept. 26 – at Penn State Brandywine Invitational, finished first in an eight-team field
Monday, Oct. 1 – at Penn State Hazleton Invitational, 11 a.m.
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 8-9 – PSUAC/USCAA Championships at State College, TBA
Overall record: 8-2-1
PSUAC record: 5-0
Monday, Sept. 24 – host Albright College, W, 1-0
Thursday, Sept. 27 – at Wilkes University, L, 2-0
Saturday, Sept. 29 – host Penn State Mont Alto, W, 7-0
Tuesday, Oct. 2 – host Susquehanna University, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 3 – host Penn State Scranton, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 – at Penn State York, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11 –at Penn State New Kensington, 3 p.m.
Overall record: 6-1-1
Tuesday, Sept. 25 – at Chatham University, W, 5-0
Wednesday, Oct. 3 – host College of St. Elizabeth, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 – at Wesley College, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 – host Valley Forge Christian College, 1 p.m.
PSUAC record: 4-1
Thursday, Sept. 27 – host Penn State Hazleton, W, 9-0
Saturday, Sept. 29 – host Penn State Mont Alto, W, 6-3
Saturday, Oct. 6 – at Penn State Brandywine, noon
Wednesday, Oct. 10 – at Penn State Mont Alto, 3 p.m.
Overall record: 8-5
PSUAC record: 4-0
Tuesday, Sept. 25 – at Penn State Mont Alto, W, 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-16)
Friday, Sept. 28 – at Lycoming College Classic vs. City College of New York, W, 3-1 (25-11, 18-25, 25-18, 25-14)
Friday, Sept. 28 – at Lycoming College Classic vs. Lycoming College, L, 3-0 (19-25, 16-25, 15-25)
Saturday, Sept. 29 – at Lycoming College Classic vs. Misericordia University, L, 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 18-25, 21-25)
Saturday, Sept. 29 – at Lycoming College Classic vs. City College of New York, W, 3-1 (24-26, 25-11, 25-17, 25-18)
Tuesday, Oct. 2 – host Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 4 – at Lackawanna College, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 – host Penn State Schuylkill, 11 a.m.; host Penn State Brandywine, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7 – vs. Penn State York at Penn State Hazleton, noon; vs. Penn State Mont Alto at Penn State Hazleton, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 – host Penn State Scranton, 7 p.m.