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Penn College Golfers Headed for National Playoffs

Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers are primed for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships Monday and Tuesday while the college’s men’s and women’s tennis teams closed out their fall seasons over the weekend.

Golf
A year ago, Penn College posted a top ten (ninth-place) finish in the USCAA national event and looking ahead to this year’s tournament, Wildcats coach Matt Haile, said, “I think we can do better than that.” Competition takes place on Penn State’s Blue Course.

Last Monday, the Wildcats closed out the regular portion of their fall schedule with a third-place finish in the five-team Susquehanna University Fall Invitational. Mike Saccoman, of Kingston, New York, led Penn College with a 77 while Corey Teeple, of Lake Ariel, shot an 82 and C.J. Foust, of Palmyra, shot an 83.

Joining those three at the USCAA event will be Sam Bubb, of Williamsport; Nick Krupka, of Allentown, and either Ryan Toman, of Scranton; Jordan Hillegas, of Lancaster; or Tyler Marks, of Forked River, New Jersey. Scores of the top four will be counted in team competition.

“With Corey, C.J., Nick and Sam, we’ve got a good starting four veteran players who have played the (Blue) course, who know the course, and that certainly goes a long way. … It’s just a matter of putting two rounds together. It’s the big numbers that either make or break the score and we’ve been working hard to get them to play smarter – forget the bad hole and move on,” continued Haile, who is in his sixth year.

Assessing the fall season thus far, Haile said, “We had a lot of good things come out of it. The guys worked hard at practice, we did a lot of drills to help different aspects of their games. … I think they handled it pretty well, considering that all of the courses we played this year were new to our guys.”

Looking ahead, he added, “we’re hoping for good weather and good scores. … Nick and Corey are seniors and this is their last hurrah for the USCAA championships so I’m looking for those guys, especially, to go out on a high note and play to their ability.”

Men’s Tennis
Facing crosstown rival Lycoming College on Thursday, Penn College picked up its first win of the season, 8-1. Double winners for the Wildcats were Jordan Rodgers, of Biglerville, at No. 1 singles and doubles; Chris Morrin, of Morrisville, at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles; Ben Leibig, of Lebanon, at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles; Nathan Scott, of Canton, Connecticut, at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles; and Seth Strickland, of Morwood, at No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles.

On Saturday at Susquehanna University, the Wildcats closed out the fall portion of their schedule with a 9-0 win that leveled their record at 2-2. Rodgers; Morrin; Leibig; Scott; Joe Griep, of Pavilion; and Strickland all were winners in both singles and doubles. The spring season starts in March and North Eastern Athletic Conference play begins in April.

“The guys did pretty well. Our first two matches were very competitive, they were really close (losses to Misericordia University and Lebanon Valley College). Even though we didn’t get the wins, I thought we played very well. … The last two matches we played a little better and I think the team is looking pretty good coming into the spring season,” coach Robert Kemrer said.

Women’s Tennis
On Saturday, the Lady Wildcats closed out an 0-6 fall campaign with a 9-0 loss at undefeated Susquehanna University. The NEAC portion of the team’s schedule begins in April.

“It was just a rough season. We struggled to get numbers (players out for each match) and some of the ladies didn’t have a whole lot of experience so this has been like a big building season. We’re just looking to continue to improve going into the spring,” Kemrer said.

Men’s Soccer
With the score tied at 1-all after each team scored in the second half on Tuesday, King’s College struck again 27 seconds into overtime and handed the Wildcats a 2-1 loss. Tristan Smith, of Sandys, Bermuda, put Penn College on the board first on a penalty kick in the 57th minute before King’s tied it in the 83rd minute. During the match, King’s took eight shots on goal and the Wildcats took six.

At Lancaster Bible College on Saturday, Penn College, taking just four shots on goal, made the most of its opportunities as Smith scored two goals and Ron Garcia, of Brentwood, New York, had two assists in a 3-1 win to go to 6-7-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the NEAC. Also scoring for the Wildcats was Taylor Fegley, of Millerstown. Defensively for Penn College, Hector Guerrero, of Mexico City, Mexico, had 13 saves on 14 Lancaster shots on goal.

Women’s Soccer
After stopping nine Lancaster Bible College shots on goal during regulation time on Saturday, the home team slipped one past Penn College goalie Colleen Bowes, of Wayne, in the 100th minute for a 1-0 win over the Wildcats. Penn College managed just one shot on goal during the match and now is 4-10 overall and 3-6 in the NEAC.

Women’s Volleyball
On the road on Thursday in the team’s lone match of the week, Penn College topped Bryn Athyn College, 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-20) to go to 8-13 overall on the season. Courtney Gernert, of Palmyra, led the Wildcats with eight kills and nine digs while Sophie Coldsmith, of Gettysburg, had 20 assists.

Cross-Country
Dan Flynn, of Blairstown, New Jersey, placed 14th in a men’s field of 45 runners as Penn College finished fifth in a six-team field Saturday in an 8K race at the Lancaster Bible College Charger Invitational. For the Penn College women, Elyssa Stanton, of Honesdale, was 17th among 46 runners as the Lady Wildcats finished last among six teams over a 6K distance.

Hall of Fame induction
Inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night were: Mark Cordeiro (Penn College Class of 2009, cross-country), of Granville Summit; Lisa Miller (’09, softball), of Cogan Station; Mike Paulhamus, of South Williamsport, cross-country coach; Andy Richardson, of Jersey Shore, men’s soccer coach; and Philip Woodring (’09, baseball), of Waynesboro.

“We have such a good mix of athletes and coaches in our induction class this year,” director of athletics Scott Kennell said. “We have representatives from sports being inducted into the Hall of Fame for the first time. It really shows how well-rounded the programs have been and continue to be. This is a great induction class and one truly befitting our centennial celebrations.”

PENN COLLEGE SCHEDULES/RECORDS
Cross-Country
Saturday, Oct. 11 – at Lancaster Bible College Charger Invitational, men finished fifth among six teams; women finished sixth among six teams
Saturday, Oct. 18 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, 11 a.m.

Golf
Monday, Oct. 6 – at Susquehanna University Fall Invitational, finished third in a five-team field
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14 – USCAA National Championships at Penn State Blue Course

Men’s Soccer
Overall record: 6-7-1
NEAC record: 3-4-1
Tuesday, Oct. 7 – host King’s College, L, 2-1 OT
Saturday, Oct. 11 – at Lancaster Bible College, W, 3-1
Tuesday, Oct. 14 – at Moravian College, 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20 – host Keuka College, 3 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
Overall record: 4-10
NEAC record: 3-6
Saturday, Oct. 11 – at Lancaster Bible College, L, 1-0 OT
Friday, Oct. 17 – at Carlow University, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20 –at Keuka College, 1 p.m.

Men’s Tennis
Overall record: 2-2
Thursday, Oct. 9 – at Lycoming College, W, 8-1
Saturday, Oct. 11 – at Susquehanna University, W, 9-0
(end of fall season)

Women’s Tennis
Overall record: 0-6
Saturday, Oct. 11 – at Susquehanna University, L, 9-0
(end of fall season)

Women’s Volleyball
Overall record: 8-13
NEAC record: 3-6
Thursday, Oct. 9 – at Bryn Athyn, W, 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-20)
Tuesday, Oct. 14 – at Elmira College, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 16 – host Valley Forge Christian College, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18 – at SUNY Cobleskill, 4 p.m.
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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