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Cross-Country Teams Headed for NEAC Championships

With their regular season behind them, Pennsylvania College of Technology cross-country runners are preparing for the end-of-the-season North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships. Men’s and women’s action is scheduled Saturday at Lancaster Bible College.

“It’s been a pretty fair season,” second-year coach Nick Patton said of his men’s squad. “We’ve got a lot of new people, so we’re still figuring out the 8K (race distance), but overall I’m pretty impressed with the progress we’ve made from the beginning to the end. The team as a whole has made progress.”

Looking at the championship meet, Patton said: “We just need to stay focused. There’s a lot at stake for them; we were polled 12th in the preseason and that’s not where we think we will finish, for sure. They’re ready to go. They’ve put in all of the work. … As long as we stay focused we should head into the championships with the right frame of mind.”

Freshman Josh Velez, of Lewistown, is the team’s top individual runner and Patton expects good things from him.

“Definitely, he’ll be in the top 21, which is all-conference; it just depends where he will be in the top 21. I think he is shooting for a Top 5 finish and I think that is achievable,” the coach said.

Earlier this season Velez posted a time of 29:39 while finishing fifth at the Penn State Abington Invitational and was rewarded afterward by being named the NEAC Runner of the Week.

Assessing the 8 and 6K courses that the men and women, respectively, will run on, Patton said, “actually, it’s a pretty fair cross-country course. It’s not flat, but it’s not hilly. It has rolling hills. The footing is not as good as it should be. We’ve already been there twice this year. I think it caters to us, I think we’re stronger on rolling courses like that. I think it works to our benefit.”

On the women’s side, Patton said, “I’m just looking forward to going to the championships and having fun. I think overall the women’s team has done very well, they met all of the expectations that I thought they would. As a whole, the team has come together and made progress. We just need to go as a team and see what we can do.”

Women’s Soccer
On Saturday at Lancaster Bible College, the Wildcats lost, 1-0. Lancaster Bible led in shots, 22-1 (5-1 on goal), and in corner kicks, 5-2. Through Saturday, Penn College was tied with SUNY Poly for third place in the NEAC, behind leading Penn State Berks and second-place Lancaster Bible. Keeper Colleen Bowes, of Wayne, made four saves.

At home on Sunday against conference-unbeaten Penn State Berks, Penn College dropped its third straight NEAC match by a 1-0 score to fall to 9-8-1 overall and 8-4 in the NEAC, dropping into fifth place. Berks led in shots, 22-1 (5-1 on goal), and in corner kicks, 5-2. Bowes again had four saves.

In conference action this week: host St. Elizabeth (2-14 overall, 0-11 NEAC through Sunday), noon, Saturday.

Last meeting vs. St. Elizabeth: Last Oct. 17, Penn College dominated in a 7-0 win as both Hartman and Robyn Beddow had a goal and an assist. Penn College led in shots, 31-0 (17-0 on goal), and in corner kicks, 9-0.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Bowes was second in the conference with a .838 save percentage and fourth in goals against average at 0.93.

NEAC standings through Sunday: Penn State Berks 12-0, Lancaster Bible College 11-1, SUNY Poly 9-3, Penn State Abington 8-3-1, Penn College 8-4, Keuka College 7-4-1, Wells College 6-5-1, Cazenovia College 6-5, Morrisville State College 5-7, Bryn Athyn 4-7-1, SUNY Cobleskill 2-9, Wilson College 2-10, Gallaudet University 1-12, St. Elizabeth 0-11.

Men’s Soccer
In NEAC play on Saturday at Lancaster Bible College, Roman Cruz, of Chambersburg, put Penn College on the board first at 46:18 but the Wildcats were blanked the rest of the way in a 3-1 loss. Lancaster Bible led in shots, 12-10 (8-6 on goal), and in corner kicks, 6-2.

Back in conference play on Sunday at home with Penn State Berks, Penn College lost, 4-0, to drop to 3-15 overall and 2-10 in the NEAC. Berks led in shots, 21-5 (10-2 on goal, and in corner kicks, 12-2.

In conference action this week: host St. Elizabeth (1-13 overall, 0-10 NEAC through Sunday), 2 p.m., Saturday.

Last meeting vs. St. Elizabeth: This is the first meeting.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Keeper Malcolm Kane, of Ardsley, was fifth in the NEAC with 76 saves.

NEAC standings through Sunday: Morrisville State 11-1, Penn State Abington 10-1-1, Wells College 8-2-2, Keuka College 7-2-3, Penn State Berks 8-4, Lancaster Bible 7-5, SUNY Poly 7-5, SUNY Cobleskill 5-4-2, Wilson College 4-6-2, Bryn Athyn 3-8-1, Gallaudet University 3-9-1, Cazenovia College 2-9, Penn College 2-10, St. Elizabeth 0-10.

Women’s Volleyball
On Wednesday in nonconference action at Alfred State, Penn College lost, 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-14). Lauren Slater, of Littlestown, led the Wildcats with 16 assists and Jalee Rockey, of Morrisdale, had 12 digs.

At home on Friday in its first two matches of a NEAC quadrangular, Penn College topped Wilson College, 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-15), and lost to Gallaudet University, 3-0 (25-18, 25-9, 25-22). Against Wilson, Sophie Coldsmith, of Gettysburg, led with 16 assists and Kaitlyn Young, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, had 10 digs. Against Gallaudet, Slater had 17 assists and Coldsmith 11 digs.

Closing out its week on Saturday at home against Penn State Berks, the Wildcats lost, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-19), to drop to 8-21 overall and 4-9 in the NEAC. In the match, Slater ended with 20 assists while Coldsmith and Jordyn Smeltzer, of Manchester, each had 17 digs.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Slater led the team with 466 assists in NEAC play, and was eighth in the conference with 5.68 assists per set, and Coldsmith was eighth in the conference with 309 digs.

NEAC standings through Sunday: SUNY Poly 12-1, Gallaudet University 11-2, Morrisville State 11-2, Penn State Berks 10-3, Wells College 8-4, Penn State Abington 8-5, Lancaster Bible 8-5, Keuka College 7-6, St. Elizabeth 5-8, Penn College 4-9, Bryn Athyn 3-10, SUNY Cobleskill 2-11, Cazenovia College 1-11, Wilson College 0-13.

Men’s/Women’s Cross-Country
Thursday, Oct. 20 – women at Immaculata Invitational, canceled
Saturday, Oct. 29 – at NEAC Championship, Lancaster, 10 a.m.
(end of season)

Men’s Soccer
Overall record: 3-15
NEAC record: 2-10
Sunday, Oct. 16 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC), L, 5-0
Saturday, Oct. 22 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), L, 3-1
Sunday, Oct. 23 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), L, 4-0
Thursday, Oct. 27 – at Delaware Valley University, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 – host St. Elizabeth College (NEAC), 2 p.m.
(end of regular season)

Women’s Soccer
Overall record: 9-8-1
NEAC record: 8-4
Sunday, Oct. 16 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC), L, 1-0, OT
Saturday, Oct. 22 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), L, 1-0
Sunday, Oct. 23 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), L, 1-0
Tuesday, Oct. 25 – at Summit University, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 – host St. Elizabeth College (NEAC), noon
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Nov. 2-4-5 – NEAC Playoffs, TBA
(end of regular season)

Men’s Golf
Sunday, Oct. 9 – at Bryn Athyn, ppd., TBA
(end of fall season)

Women’s Volleyball
Overall record: 8-21
NEAC record: 4-9
Wednesday, Oct. 19 – at Alfred State, L, 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-14)
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22 – host quadrangular vs. Wilson College (NEAC) Friday, W, 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-15); vs. Gallaudet University (NEAC) Friday, L, 3-0 (25-18, 25-9, 25-22); vs. Penn State Berks (NEAC), L, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-19)
Wednesday, Oct. 26 – at Penn State Harrisburg, 7 p.m.
(end of regular season)

For more, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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