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Four Penn College teams earn wins

During a week in which the weather was most cooperative, all six Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams saw action and four posted wins, including a program-first in men’s lacrosse.

Quinn Caviola (34), shown here during the April 3 season opener against SUNY Morrisville, scored four goals in Sunday's match against La Roche University.
Quinn Caviola (34), shown here during the April 3 season opener against SUNY Morrisville, scored four goals in Sunday’s match against La Roche University.

Men’s lacrosse
Four players scored at least three goals and, in just their second intercollegiate match ever, the Wildcats tasted victory for the first time with a 16-8 North Eastern Athletic Conference win Sunday at La Roche University.

Quinn Caviola, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, scored four goals while Danny Harkins, of North Wales; Daniel Jackson, of Phoenixville; and James Conway, of Derwood, Maryland, each added three goals as Penn College improved to 1-1. Caviola; Jackson; Garrett Corso, of Caldwell, New Jersey; and Dylan Klemas, of Narvon; each finished with two assists.

The Wildcats, who scored in every quarter, led in shots, 40-35 (30-20 on goal), and forced 32 turnovers.

Wildcats’ goalie Andrew Gobbi, of Haymarket, Virginia, had 12 saves.

Softball
At Penn State Berks on Wednesday, the Wildcats extended their season-opening win streak to five games with a 1-0 win in the opener before falling 2-1 in the nightcap.

In the first game, Ivvy Morder, of Mechanicsburg, doubled in the sixth inning and then scored on a Berks throwing error to make a winner of pitcher Kyla Benner, of Bethlehem, for the third time this season. It marked Penn College’s first NEAC win ever against 2019 champion Berks.

In the second game, Jordan Specht, of Frederick, Maryland, went 2 for 3 and scored the lone Penn College run on a single by Leslie Fritz, of Muncy, to back a strong outing by starting pitcher Kassidy Svenson, of Auburn, who took her first loss after two wins.

Saturday at Elm Park, Penn College improved to 7-1 in the conference after winning by scores of 11-2 and 5-4.

While improving to 4-0 on the mound in the first game, Benner struck out six. She was backed by a 14-hit attack that included three hits by both Olivia Hemstock, of Northford, Connecticut, and Fritz. Hemstock and Morder each had doubles and drove in two runs and Jaylynn Cochran, of Cogan Station, had two hits and plated two runs.

Baseball
Wednesday at Lancaster Bible College, Penn College won 2-0 and 13-8.

In the NEAC opener, Justin Porter, of Fairless Hills, pitched six shutout innings, striking out eight and walking none, while Brian Robison, of Quakertown, provided the offense with a two-run, fifth-inning home run. Joel Verrico, of Montoursville, earned his first save with one inning of relief.

In the second game, Brittan Kittle, of Millville, ripped three home runs and drove in five runs, while Jacob Carles, of Bernville, hit a grand-slam homer and Cameron Dick, of Dillsburg, had a solo shot to highlight a 13-hit attack. Jake Wagner, of Palmyra, and Christian Perna, of Frenchtown, New Jersey, each added three hits with Wagner plating three runs. On the mound, Hunter Jordan, of Middleburg, earned his first win of the season with three scoreless innings in relief.

Saturday at Bowman Field against Penn State Berks, the Wildcats split, winning 5-1 and losing 5-3, to even their NEAC record at 3-3.

In the first game, starting pitcher Ben Bretzman, of Bendersville, allowed just four hits in 6⅓ innings while fanning nine. Jason Cute, of Glenside, picked up the save. Carles had two hits and drove in two runs to pace the Penn College offense and Kittle hit a solo home run.

In Saturday’s nightcap, a four-run fifth inning lifted Berks and two of its pitchers scattered seven singles to gain the win. Keegan Nytz, of Allentown, and Carles each had two hits for the Wildcats and Nytz scored two runs. Penn College starting pitcher Chance Webb, of Hughesville, went 4⅓ innings and took the loss.

Golf
In the season-opening match Wednesday, Kohltin Bartlow, of Montgomery, medaled with a 77 as the Wildcats finished first in a three-team field at Williamsport Country Club.

Bartlow was six-over par on the 6,583-yard, par 71 course, while Alex Acree, of Brookville, shot an 81 to place fourth; Sean McNamara, of Lancaster, tied for fifth with an 84; and Karson Felty, of Pine Grove; and Dyson Renn, of York, tied for seventh with 86s.

Susquehanna University ended second with a 335 and Lycoming College was third at 468.

Back on the links Sunday at the Susquehanna University Spring Invitational, Penn College finished fifth in a six-team field at Susquehanna Valley Country Club.

Bartlow led the Wildcats with an 82 on the 6,241-yard, par 70 course while Acree fired an 83, Hoyer an 89 and Felty a 91. Also for Penn College, McNamara shot a 93.

Scranton University took team honors with a 315 followed by Penn State Harrisburg at 316, Rosemont College at 317, Susquehanna at 322, Penn College 345 and Lycoming College 465. Matt Fleming, of Scranton, and Matt Redman, of Penn State Harrisburg, tied for individual low-score honors at 75.

Tennis
The men’s and women’s tennis teams dropped their season-opening NEAC matches at Lancaster Bible College Saturday by scores of 2-7 and 4-5, respectively.

For the Penn College men, Tucker Phillippe-Johansson, of Mattituck, New York, won at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 5-7, 10-8 (tiebreaker), and teamed with Jesse Kight, of Williamsport, for an 8-7 (10-8 tiebreaker) win at No. 1 doubles.

For the Penn College women, Georgia Macensky, of Wellsboro, won at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-4, and Marcie Harman, of Nescopeck, won at No. 6 singles, 5-7, 6-3, 13-11 (tiebreaker). In doubles, Macensky/Alexis Youse, of Pottstown, won at No. 2, 8-2, and Amber Leitzel, of Mifflinburg/Harman won at No. 3, 8-1.

SCHEDULES/RECORDS/RESULTS
Baseball
NEAC: 3-3
Wednesday, April 7 – at Lancaster Bible College, W, 2-0; W, 13-8
Saturday, April 10 – host Penn State Berks, W, 5-1; L, 5-3
Thursday, April 15 —– at Penn State Harrisburg (2), 1 p.m.
Friday, April 16 – at Wells College (2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 17 – host Wells College at Bowman Field (2), 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 21 – host Penn State Abington at Bowman Field (2), 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 24 – host Lancaster Bible College at Bowman Field (2), 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 28 – at Penn State Berks (2), 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 – NEAC Playoffs, TBA
Saturday, May 8 – NEAC Semifinals, TBA
Saturday, May 15 – NEAC Championship, TBA

Softball
NEAC: 7-1
Wednesday, April 7 – at Penn State Berks, W, 1-0; L, 2-1
Saturday, April 10 – host Lancaster Bible College at Elm Park, W, 11-2; W, 5-4
Wednesday, April 14 – host Wells College at Elm Park (2), 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 17 – at Penn State Abington (2), 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 24 – at Morrisville State College (2), 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 29 – at Penn State Harrisburg (2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 – host Penn State Berks (2), 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 6 – at Wells College (2), 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 8 – NEAC Semifinals, TBA
Saturday, May 15 – NEAC Championship, TBA

Men’s Lacrosse
NEAC: 1-1
Sunday, April 11 – at La Roche University, W, 16-8
Saturday, April 17 – host Medaille College, 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 24 – at Wells College, 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 – at Hilbert College, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5 – NEAC Playoffs, TBA
Saturday, May 8 – NEAC Championship, TBA

Golf
Wednesday, April 7 – vs. Lycoming College and Susquehanna University at Williamsport Country Club, finished first among three teams.
Sunday, April 11 – Susquehanna University Spring Invitational at Susquehanna Valley Country Club, finished fifth in a six-team field
Tuesday, April 13 – vs. Lycoming College at Williamsport Country Club, TBA
Wednesday, April 14 – NEAC Preview at Harrisburg’s Dauphin Highlands Golf Course, TBA
Saturday-Sunday, April 24-25 – NEAC Championship at Harrisburg’s Dauphin Highlands Golf Course, TBA

Men’s Tennis
NEAC: 0-1
Saturday, April 10 – at Lancaster Bible College, L, 7-2
Sunday, April 11 – host Penn State Harrisburg, ppd. (COVID pause)
Saturday, April 17 – at Penn State Berks, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20 – host Penn State Abington, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 24 – NEAC Playoffs, TBA
Tuesday, April 27 – NEAC Semifinals, TBA
Saturday, May 1 – NEAC Championship, TBA

Women’s Tennis
NEAC: 0-1
Saturday, April 10 – at Lancaster Bible College, L, 5-4
Sunday, April 11 – host Penn State Harrisburg, ppd. (COVID pause)
Saturday, April 17 – at Penn State Berks, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20 – host Penn State Abington, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 24 – NEAC Playoffs, TBA
Tuesday, April 27 – NEAC Semifinals, TBA
Saturday, May 1 – NEAC Championship, TBA

For more information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

For more about NEAC, visit the conference website. (NOTE: All playoff schedules are taken from that site).

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