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College elevating men’s lacrosse

As was announced last week, Pennsylvania College of Technology will elevate men’s lacrosse from a club sport to an intercollegiate program starting with the 2020-21 season. The team will expand the college’s sports offerings to 16 intercollegiate programs. That news – as well as a flashback to recent athletic results and a look ahead to Saturday’s dedication of UPMC Field – comprises the latest edition of Wildcat Weekly.

“We are very excited to elevate our men’s lacrosse club team to NCAA Division III level,” said John D. Vandevere, director of athletics. “This is going to make a significant impact on our campus, our department and it will create another great event for our community to attend for our growing fan base of Wildcat athletics.”

More on last week’s announcement can be found on the Wildcat Athletics website and elsewhere on PCToday.

FLASHBACK
Men’s soccer
In conference play Wednesday at Penn State Berks, the teams battled to a 2-2 double-overtime draw. Penn College scored goals in each half, the first by Daniel Jackson, of Phoenixville (assisted by Josiah Potts of Brooklyn, New York), and the second by Colton Wartman, of Ellicott City, Maryland (assisted by Declan Gatchell of Manchester)Berks got both of its tallies in the second half. Berks led in shots 17-14 (9-8 on goal) and corner kicks 10-4. 

Saturday at Penn State Abington, the Wildcats dropped a 3-1 decision to go to 1-6-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the NEAC. After Penn State Abington had taken a lead in the first minute, Cole King, of York Springs, assisted by Greg Conkle, of Carlisle, put Penn College on the scoreboard to even the match at 42:45. But second-half goals by Abington made the difference. Abington led in shots 13-6 (8-2 on goal) and in corner kicks 9-4.  

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): Host Lancaster Bible College (6-2 overall, 3-1 NEAC), 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Last meeting vs. Lancaster Bible CollegeLost 4-1 on Nov. 3. (1-5 lifetime). 

NEAC standings through Sunday: SUNY Poly 4-0, Penn State Harrisburg 4-0, SUNY Cobleskill 2-1, Lancaster Bible College 2-1, Penn State Abington 2-2, Keuka College 2-2, Penn College 1-2-1, Penn State Berks 1-2-1, Morrisville State College 1-2-1, Wells College 1-3, Cazenovia College 0-3-1, Gallaudet University 0-4. 

Statistically speaking: Wartman and Potts lead the team with three goals each. Potts leads the team with three assists and nine points. 

Women’s soccer
Wednesday in NEAC action at Penn State Berks, the Wildcats fell, 5-0, as the home team dominated. Berks led in shots 38-8 (18-3 on goal) and corner kicks 9-1. Lifetime against Berks, Penn College now is 0-8. 

At Penn State Abington Saturday, Penn College won, 2-0, to improve to 3-4-1 overall and 2-2 in the conference. Kaelan Cronan, of Leesport, tallied at 20:02, on an assist from Tiffany Brown, of Mechanicsburg, and Francesca Timpone, of Smithtown, New York, got the second goal, unassisted, at 64:40. Penn College led in shots 14-11 (7-3 on goal). Each team had three corner kicks. 

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): Host Lancaster Bible College (5-5 overall, 2-2 NEAC), 3 p.m. Saturday. 

Last meeting vs. Lancaster Bible College: Won 2-0 on Oct. 10. (1-2-2 lifetime). 

NEAC standings through Sunday: Penn State Berks 4-0, Keuka College 4-0, Penn State Berks 3-0-1, SUNY Poly 3-1, Cazenovia College 2-1-1, Penn College 2-2, Morrisville State College 2-2, Lancaster Bible College 2-2, Gallaudet University 0-3-1, SUNY Cobleskill 0-3-1, Penn State Abington 0-4, Wells College 0-4.  

Statistically speaking in the NEAC top 5: Dominique Brown, of Benton, is tied for fourth with 16 points and fifth with six goals. Goalkeeper Taylor Gonzales, of Lititz, is fourth with a .770 save percentage.  

Women’s volleyball
In conference play Wednesday at Penn State Harrisburg, Penn College lost, 3-1 (25-13, 25-12, 17-25, 25-12) to drop to 0-3 in the NEAC. Penn State Harrisburg led in points 69-36, blocks 12-3, kills 41-30, assists 37-22 and aces 16-10. Each team had 45 digs. Individual leaders for the Wildcats were Abbi Mingus, of Monroe Township, with seven kills; Peyton Homan, of Spring Mills, with two blocks; Corianne Wilson, of Edgewater, Maryland, with 11 digs; Mackenzie Mahler, of Quakertown, with 19 assists; and Kylee Butz, of Lawrenceville, with seven service aces. 

“Hannah Burnett, of Middlebury Center, was a small, but feisty outside hitter for our Wildcats. She was fearless as she swung against a rather large PSH block. It was fun to see her step into the role that unfortunate recent injuries have left open. To have our libero holding her own in a role typically reserved for much taller players was inspiring,” coach Bambi Hawkins said. 

Saturday in nonconference action at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, Penn College lost to Lycoming College 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-13) and Hood College 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-20) to drop to 1-13 overall. 

Against Lycoming, the Warriors led in points 58-22, kills 40-19, aces 16-3, blocks 2-0, assists 37-18 and digs 32-25. Individually for Penn College, Mingus and Emalie Marnati, of Canton, each had five kills, Mahler had 17 assists and Burnett had six digs. 

Against Hood, the home team led in points 52-23, kills 36-19, aces 11-2, blocks 5-2, assists 34-19 and digs 47-45. Wildcats leaders were Burnett with eight kills, Marnati with two blocks, Mahler with 14 assists and Burnett with 11 digs. 

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (record through Sunday): Host Gallaudet University (4-16 overall, 1-2 NEAC), 11 a.m. Saturday. 

Last meeting vs. Gallaudet University: Lost 3-0 on Oct. 13. (0-4 lifetime). 

NEAC standings through Sunday: Penn State Harrisburg 3-0, Lancaster Bible College 3-0, Morrisville State College 3-0, SUNY Poly 21, Wells College 21Keuka College 2-1, Penn State Berks 1-2, Penn State Abington 1-2Gallaudet University 1-2, Penn College 0-3, SUNY Cobleskill 0-3, Cazenovia College 0-3. 

Statistically speaking: Mingus leads the team with 47 kills, Mahler leads the team with 158 assists and 53 points, Burnett leads the team with 118 digs. 

Golf
Penn College finished fourth in a 10-team field Monday at the Williamsport Country Club Collegiate Invitational. Penn State Berks took team honors with an even 300 while the Wildcats recorded a 324, second-best among the five NEAC teams in the field. Individually, Kohltin Bartlow, of Montgomery, led Penn College with a 75, good for fifthplace tie in a 59-player field. Susquehanna University’s Devin Peart medaled with a 68. 

Women’s tennis
In a recent addition to the schedule, Penn College posted a 5-4 win Saturday at NCAA Division II Lock Haven University to go to 1-2 overall. Wildcats winning both their singles and doubles matches were Olivia Eisenhauer, of New Columbia, at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, Cara DiCiano, of Denver, at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles and Alexis Youse, of Pottsville, at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles. 

Men’s/women’s cross-country
Running competitively for the first time since Sept. 7, the Penn College men finished second Saturday in an eight-team field at the Cazenovia College Invitational. Matt Leiby, of Danville, placed fourth overall while Chris Hogan, of Halifax; Dean Fulton, of Palmyra; Jake Mashack, of Bloomsburg; and Jonah Isaacson, of Muncy, all ran in the top 20, according to coach Nick Patton 

The women ran incomplete as a team, although Katie Plankenhorn, of Montoursville, placed 25th overall while Cinnamon Digan, of Mifflinburg; Nikki Crow, of Elizabethtown; and Megan Nosker, of DuBois, all had solid performances, the coach said. 

ON THE HORIZON
Field dedication Saturday
Dedication of UPMC Field, the college’s new synthetic turf field, will be held Saturday as part of the Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend festivities. College President Davie Jane Gilmour will offer welcome remarks at noon, followed by an on-field donor recognition presentation at 12:50 p.m. Men’s and women’s soccer matches against Lancaster Bible College will follow at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively. 

SCHEDULE/RECORDS/RESULTS 
Men’s soccer 
Overall: 1-6-1 
NEAC: 12-1 
Wednesday, Sept. 25 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), T, 2-2 (2 OT) 
Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), L, 3-1 
Tuesday, Oct. 1 – at King’s College, 7 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 5 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 1 p.m. 
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – at Juniata College, 7 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 12 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC), 1 p.m. 
Sunday, Oct. 13 – at SUNY Cobleskill (NEAC), noon 
Wednesday, Oct. 16 – host Elmira College, 7 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 19 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC), 1 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 26 – at Morrisville State (NEAC), 1 p.m. 
Tuesday, Oct. 29 – at Wilkes University, 7 p.m. 
Friday, Nov. 1 – host Wells College, 4:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 2 – host Keuka College, 1 p.m. 
Tuesday-Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 5-9-10 – NEAC playoffs, TBA 

Women’s soccer 
Overall: 34-1 
NEAC: 22 
Wednesday, Sept. 25 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), L, 5-0 
Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), W, 2-0 
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – host Lycoming College (Battle for the Lumber), 7 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 5 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 3 p.m. 
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – host Susquehanna University, 7 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 12 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC), 3 p.m. 
Sunday, Oct. 13 – at SUNY Cobleskill (NEAC), 2 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 19 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC), 3 p.m. 
Tuesday, Oct. 22 – at Juniata College, 7 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 26 – at Morrisville State (NEAC), 3 p.m. 
Friday, Nov. 1 – host Wells College, 6:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 2 – host Keuka College, 3 p.m. 
Tuesday-Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 5-9-10 – NEAC playoffs, TBA 

Women’s volleyball 
Overall: 1-13 
NEAC: 0-3 
Thursday, Sept. 26 – at Penn State Harrisburg (NEAC), L, 3-1 (25-13, 25-12, 17-25, 25-12) 
Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Hood College triangular vs. Lycoming College, L, 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-13); vs. Hood College, L, 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-20) 
Saturday, Oct. 5 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), 11 a.m.; host Elmira College, 3 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 12 – vs. Morrisville State College (NEAC), noon; vs. Cazenovia College (NEAC) at Reading, 2 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 19 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC), noon; vs. SUNY Cobleskill (NEAC), 2 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 26 – host Wells College (NEAC), noon; host Keuka College (NEAC), 6 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 2 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 10 a.m.; host King’s College, 2 p.m. 
End of regular season 

Men’s cross-country 
Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Cazenovia College Invitational, 2nd in an 8-team field 
Saturday, Oct. 5 – Bud Smitley Invitational at Penn State Harrisburg, 3 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 12 – at DeSales Invitational, 10:30 a.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 19 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, 10:30 a.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 2 – NEAC Championships at SUNY Cobleskill, 11 a.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 16 – NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships at Bethlehem, TBA 
End of season 

Women’s cross-country 
Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Cazenovia College Invitational, no team entered 
Saturday, Oct. 5 – Bud Smitley Invitational at Penn State Harrisburg, 3 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 12 – at DeSales Invitational, 10:30 a.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 19 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, 10:30 a.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 2 – NEAC Championships at SUNY Cobleskill, 11 a.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 16 – NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships at Bethlehem, TBA 
End of season 

Golf 
Monday, Sept. 23 – Williamsport Country Club Collegiate Invitational, 4th in a 10-team field 
Monday, Sept. 30 – at Penn State Hazleton Invitational, 11 a.m. 
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, 12:30 p.m. 
Monday, Oct. 21 – at Lebanon Valley College Invitational, noon 
End of season 

Men’s tennis 
Overall record: 1-2 
Thursday, Oct. 3 – host Lycoming College at Elm Park, 4 p.m. 
Sunday, Oct. 6 – at King’s College, 2 p.m. 
End of season 

Women’s tennis 
Overall record: 1-2 
Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Lock Haven University, W, 5-4 
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – host Lycoming College at Elm Park, 4 p.m. 
Sunday, Oct. 6 – at King’s College, 2 p.m. 
Sunday, Oct. 13 – host Berkeley College at Elm Park, 2 p.m. 
End of season 

For more about NEAC, visit the conference website.

For more information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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