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Penn College Golfers End Season No. 8 in USCAA

Hopeful of improvement over its ninth-place finish of a year ago in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships, the Pennsylvania College of Technology golf team placed eighth among 22 teams during two-day competition on Penn State’s Blue Course that ended Tuesday.

Daemen College claimed its second straight title with a final score of 608 and was followed by Rochester College, 615; SUNY Delhi, 623; Cleary University, 624; SUNY Canton, 638; West Virginia Tech, 645; Iowa Wesleyan College, 648; Penn College, 650; The Apprentice School, 655; and NHTI, 656; to round out the top 10.

Individually for Penn College, senior Corey Teeple, of Lake Ariel, finished tied for 19th among more than 120 golfers after shooting rounds of 84-75—159. Also for the Wildcats, junior C.J. Foust, of Palmyra, was 22nd (80-80—160); senior Nick Krupka, of Allentown, was 36th (84-80—164); junior Sam Bubb, of Williamsport, was 44th (85-82—167) and freshman Mike Saccoman, of Kingston, New York, tied for 79th (90-88—178). Zach Meade, of SUNY Canton, took the top spot with rounds of 75-70—145.

Commenting on his team’s fall season against mostly NCAA Division III competition, Penn College coach Matt Haile said, “The competition certainly has been much better. The past couple of years (with Penn College was a member of the Penn State University Athletic Conference), it’s basically been between us and one other school. Now, they (his players) know it’s not just going to be a walk in the park. They’ve got to go out and stay focused, play their best and give it their all. I think it’s going to make them better.

“I need to recruit top-notch players to get them to the college, first and foremost for the education and secondly to be scholar-athletes and compete at a high level. I think it’s going to be nothing but positive (going forward).”

Penn College resumes its season in the spring.

Also during the week, it was announced that Saccoman was named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 12 as he shot a personal season-best 77 to take third individually at the Susquehanna University Fall Invitational.

Men’s Soccer
Keeper Hector Guerrero, of Mexico City, Mexico, was perfect in goal with eight saves and Penn College got goals from Jared Daku, of Danvile, and Jacob Tuck, of Hollsopple, in a 2-0 nonconference win Tuesday at Moravian College.

Blayne Allen, of Trumbull, Connecticut, scored two goals; Tristan Smith, of Sandys, Bermuda, added one and Bryn Athyn College added two own goals as Penn College scored a 5-0 win on Saturday to improve to 8-7-1 overall and 4-4-1 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference and keep its playoff hope alive. Keepers Guerrero and Brandon Hevy, of Brookfield, Massachusetts, were perfect, stopping all six Bryn Athyn shots on goal. Penn College had 21 shots on goal during the home match.

Women’s Soccer
On the road Saturday at Carlow University, Penn College lost, 2-1, to fall to 4-11.

Women’s Volleyball
On Tuesday in Elmira, New York, Penn College fell to Elmira College, 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 9-25, 20-25). Courtney Gernert, of Palmyra, finished with 10 kills and 21 digs for the Lady Wildcats while Sophie Coldsmith, of Gettysburg, had 28 assists and 11 digs.

On a night when its two seniors were honored, Gernert fittingly recorded 19 digs and passed the 1,000-dig career mark during the Lady Wildcats’ 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-16) win over University of Valley Forge on Thursday. Gernert, the college’s all-time digs leader with 1,001, also had 19 kills during the match while Coldsmith had 34 assists and 17 digs. Also honored during the team’s final home match of the season was Kaitlyn Klein, of Lock Haven.

On Saturday at Reading, Penn College swept SUNY Cobleskill, 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-19) to go to 10-14 overall and 4-6 in the NEAC. Gernert had 11 kills and digs and eight service aces. Samantha Pogash, of St. Clair, added five kills and 13 digs while Coldsmith finished with 20 assists.

Cross-Country
At the Gettysburg Invitational on Saturday, the Penn College men finished 34th in an 8K race and the Penn College women placed 35th in a 6K event. Leading the Wildcat men was Dan Flynn, of Blairstown, New Jersey, who was 157th in 29:51. Elyssa Stanton, of Honesdale, topped the Lady Wildcats at No. 198 in 29:59.9. Bucknell’s men and women took team titles.

Men’s Tennis
During the week, it was announced that junior Jordan Rodgers, of Biglerville, was named the North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 12 as he went 2-0 in the first flight for both doubles and singles, dropping only three games in all of his matches. His efforts helped the Wildcats defeat both Lycoming College and Susquehanna University. Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s and women’s tennis. Penn College ended its fall season a week ago with a 2-2 record.

PENN COLLEGE SCHEDULES/RECORDS
Cross-Country
Saturday, Oct. 18 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, men 34th, women 35th
Saturday, Nov. 1 – NEAC Championships at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
Saturday, Nov. 7 – USCAA Championships at Syracuse, N.Y.

Golf
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14 – USCAA National Championships at Penn State Blue Course, team finished eighth among 22 teams
(end of fall season)

Men’s Soccer
Overall record: 8-7-1
NEAC record: 4-4-1
Tuesday, Oct. 14 – at Moravian College, W, 2-0
Saturday, Oct. 18 – host Bryn Athyn College, W, 5-0
Sunday, Oct. 19 – host PSU Abington, 2 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
Overall record: 4-11
NEAC record: 4-6
Saturday, Oct. 18 – at Carlow University, L, 2-1
Sunday, Oct. 19 – host PSU Abington, noon
Tuesday, Oct. 21 – at Wilson College, 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 24 – at Gallaudet University, 4 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball
Overall record: 10-14
NEAC record: 3-6
Tuesday, Oct. 14 – at Elmira College, L, 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 9-25, 20-25)
Thursday, Oct. 16 – host University of Valley Forge, W, 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-16)
Saturday, Oct. 18 – at SUNY Cobleskill, W, 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-19)
Sunday, Oct. 19 – at Cazenovia College, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 19 – vs. Keuka College at Reading, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 22 – at Susquehanna University, 7 p.m.

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