Penn College golfers set for showdown

As Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers prepare for their North Eastern Athletic Conference Fall Preview showdown, the college’s tennis teams have wrapped up their abbreviated – due to rain – fall seasons.

Golf
Heading into Saturday’s event, the Wildcats are coming off back-to-back wins in their last two multi-team invitationals. They also will be coming off an 18-day layoff since their last tournament and will be playing on the home course of defending conference champion Penn State Berks, which also will be the site of the NEAC championship next spring.

“(We’ve had) a lot of success. Coming into the season, I felt like it was one of my better teams, on paper, and it was just a matter of guys coming out and putting it together and putting up some scores – and they’ve done that,” coach Matt Haile said.

Among the top individuals thus far for the Wildcats have been Brian Whelan, of Cresco; Ned Baumbach, of Elizabethtown; Austin Moscariello, of New Columbia; Tyler Haynes, of Hummelstown; and Tyler Marks, of Beachwood, New Jersey.

“We have a big break before our next match, so hopefully we can tighten some things up and get some practice time in and be fresh,” the coach continued.

Haile said the Foxchase Golf Club course, near Stevens, will play to about 6,800 yards. Although a little longer than what his golfers are used to, Haile said, “That may play to their favor because, sometimes, I think they get a little too close and then are left with an in-between shot.

“Seeing the course, getting comfortable with it, that plays well. The more reps we can get in, the more sights we can see there, the better.

“We need to go into it not really looking to shoot a score … but keep our eyes open and play the course as we see it. We’ll be taking notes on different holes and trying to strategize our way around the course to suit our games – and eliminate the big numbers.”

In addition to the home team and Penn College, Rutgers-Camden is expected to be in the running for top honors.

“I think it’s going to be a good test, a good showdown as far as what we’re going to see in the spring and who is going to be competing for that title,” Haile added.

FLASHBACK
Men’s/women’s tennis
In Sunday action at home against King’s College, the men lost, 8-1, and the women fell, 9-0. The lone winner for the men was the No. 2 doubles team of Blake Whitmire, of Shickshinny, and Tucker Phillippe-Johansson, of Mattituk, New York.

Wrapping up their fall seasons on Tuesday at crosstown rival Lycoming College, the Penn College men won, 7-2, to end with a 1-2 record, and the women lost, 5-4, to finish 0-3. Winning both their singles and doubles matches for the Wildcats were Stephen Helminiak, of Williamsport, at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles; Ethan Rosler, of Bloomsburg, at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles; Phillippe-Johansson and Joe Morrin, of Morrisville, at Nos. 5 and 6 singles, respectively, and No. 3 doubles for the men.

“It was a tough season. The weather made it real hard to get matches in,” coach John Machak said, but he noted, “It worked out to our benefit because, even though we had the rain and the matches postponed, we still got a ton of practice in.

“We got a lot more drills in with the newer players and we got some advanced technique with the more senior players to make them better, and figure out really what our lineup is going to be in the spring.”

The addition of newcomer Phillippe-Johansson made the men’s team stronger, which should pay dividends when conference play begins in April.

Between now and then, Machak looks for his players to continue to work indoors and outdoors as much as possible, “and making sure that we are ready for a fast start in the spring.”

Men’s soccer
Hosting Juniata College on Wednesday in nonconference action, the teams battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Matt Yoder, of Nescopeck, scoring for the Wildcats. Juniata led in shots, 14-8, but Penn College led in shots on goal, 4-3. Each team had six corner kicks.

On Saturday hosting NEAC foe Morrisville State College, second-half goals by Ian Smith, of Boyce, Virginia, and Devon Leister, of Middleburg, lifted Penn College to a 2-0 win and improved its record to 5-5-1 overall and 5-2 in the NEAC, tied for second with Lancaster Bible College and Morrisville. Penn College led in shots, 10-8 (4-2 on goal), and corner kicks, 8-4. Goalkeeper Hunter Gosnell, of Westminster, Maryland, recorded the shutout, his third in a row in conference play.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: At Lancaster Bible College (6-6-1 overall, 5-2 NEAC through Sunday), 7 p.m. Tuesday; at Keuka College (8-7 overall, 5-3 NEAC through Sunday), 3 p.m. Saturday; at Wells College (3-11 overall, 2-6 NEAC through Sunday), 2 p.m. Sunday.

Last meeting vs. Lancaster Bible College: Lost 2-1 on Oct. 8, 2017.

Last meeting vs. Keuka College: Won 7-6 shootout on Oct. 31.

Last meeting vs. Wells College: Won 2-1 on Sept. 27, 2017.

NEAC standings through Sunday: Penn State Abington 8-0, Penn College 5-2, Morrisville State College 5-2, Lancaster Bible College 5-2, SUNY Cobleskill 4-2, Keuka College 5-3, SUNY Poly 3-4, Penn State Berks 3-5, Gallaudet University 3-5, Cazenovia College 2-6, Wells College 2-6, College of St. Elizabeth 0-8.

Women’s soccer
In conference play on Wednesday at Lancaster Bible College, the Wildcats scored a 2-0 win, getting goals from Dominique Brown, of Benton, and Kaelan Cronan, of Leesport, and shutout goalkeeping from Taylor Gonzales, of Lititz. Cronan assisted on Brown’s goal, and the goal she scored was her 11th of the season. Both teams took 11 shots, but Penn College led in shots on goal, 7-4.

Penn College scored its second straight conference shutout win, 1-0, at home on Saturday against Morrisville State College and improved to 7-1 in the NEAC. Tiffany Brown, of Mechanicsburg, scored the lone goal at the 57:50 mark and Gonzales was perfect in goal. Penn College led in shots, 12-3 (7-1 on goal), and in corner kicks, 5-3. Next up in the conference for the Wildcats is co-leading Keuka College, on the road Saturday.

On Sunday at Keystone College in nonconference action, Penn College’s Cronan scored the lone goal of the match in a 1-0 win that improved the Wildcats’ overall record to 10-3. The goal was Cronan’s 12th of the season. Penn College led in shots, 28-10 (16-3 on goal), and in corner kicks, 9-8, while goalkeeper Gonzales recorded her third straight shutout.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: At Keuka College (10-3 overall, 8-0 NEAC through Sunday), 1 p.m. Saturday; at Wells College (3-10 overall, 2-6 NEAC through Sunday), noon Sunday.

Last meeting vs. Keuka College: Won 3-1 shootout on Oct. 31.

Last meeting vs. Wells College: Won 5-1 on Sept. 26, 2017.

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

Women’s volleyball
On Tuesday in a nonconference match at Elmira College, the Wildcats lost,0-3 (11-25, 22-25, 20-25). Hannah Burnett, of Middlebury Center, led Penn College with 16 assists and Michayla Roberts, of Newville, had 11 digs.

In NEAC action on Saturday at Gallaudet University, Penn College lost to the home team, 0-3 (13-25, 9-25, 15-25), in NEAC play and to Hood College, 0-3, in nonconference action, to fall to 1-17 overall and 0-8 in the conference.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: Vs. Keuka College (9-14 overall, 5-3 NEAC through Sunday) at Wells College, noon Saturday; at Wells College (12-10 overall, 6-2 NEAC through Sunday), 2 p.m. Saturday.

Last meeting vs. Keuka College: Lost 3-0 on Sept. 22, 2017.

Last meeting vs. Wells College: Lost 3-0 on Oct. 7, 2017.

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

Men’s/women’s cross-country
The Penn College men, led by Josh Velez, of Lewistown, finished 18th in a 28-team field, and the Penn College women, paced by Sidney Trunzo, of Williamsport, came in 20th in a 30-team field on Saturday in the 30th annual Gettysburg Invitational. Velez placed 90th among 276 men and covered the 8K course in 28:20.4 while Trunzo ended 68th among 318 women in covering the 6K course in 25:09.2. Kyle Wagener, of Pacers/GRC New Balance, captured the men’s race with a time of 25:48.3 and Dorian Hannah, of St. Francis University, won the women’s race in 22:26.8. Mount St. Mary’s took the men’s team title and Cedarville College won the women’s team crown. The field was represented by NCAA Divisions I, II and III, and unattached runners.

Four softball players earn special honor
Early last week, it was announced that Penn College softball players Morgan and Alexis Heritage, both of New Castle, Delaware; Laycee Clark, of Tyrone; and Emily Wikane, of Bel Air, Maryland, had been named Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes. To be selected, a player must have a GPA higher than 3.5. Morgan Heritage topped the list with a perfect 4.0 GPA, Clark a 3.9, Alexis Heritage a 3.62 and Wikane a 3.6.

SCHEDULE/RECORDS/RESULTS
Men’s soccer
Overall: 5-5-1
NEAC: 5-2
Wednesday, Oct. 10 – host Juniata College, T, 1-1 (2 OT)
Saturday, Oct. 13 – host Morrisville State College (NEAC), W, 2-0
Tuesday, Oct. 16 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20 – at Keuka College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 – at Wells College (NEAC), 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 – host Wilkes University, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Oct. 30, Nov. 3, Nov. 4 – NEAC playoffs, TBA

Women’s soccer
Overall: 10-3
NEAC: 7-1
Wednesday, Oct. 10 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), W, 2-0
Saturday, Oct. 13 – host Morrisville State College (NEAC), W, 1-0
Sunday, Oct. 14 – at Keystone College, W, 1-0
Wednesday, Oct. 17 – at Penn State Altoona, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20 – at Keuka College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 – at Wells College (NEAC), noon
Wednesday, Oct. 24 – host Juniata College, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Oct. 30, Nov. 3, Nov. 4 – NEAC playoffs, TBA

Women’s volleyball
Overall: 1-17
NEAC: 0-8
Tuesday, Oct. 9 – at Elmira College, L, 0-3 (11-25, 22-25, 20-25)
Saturday, Oct. 13 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC), L, 0-3 (13-25, 9-25, 15-25)
Saturday, Oct. 13 – vs. Hood College at Gallaudet University, L, 0-3
Saturday, Oct. 20 – vs. Keuka College at Wells College (NEAC), noon
Saturday, Oct. 20 – at Wells College (NEAC), 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26 – at Nazareth College, 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26 – vs. SUNY Buffalo at Nazareth College, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27 – vs. Rochester College at Nazareth College, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27 – vs. SUNY Fredonia at Nazareth College, 3 p.m.
(End of regular season)

Men’s cross-country
Saturday, Oct. 13 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, finished 18th in a 28-team field
Friday, Oct. 19 – at Lebanon Valley College Last Chance Run Fast Invitational, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27 – NEAC Championship at Lancaster
Saturday, Nov. 10 – NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships at Center Valley, TBA
(End of season)

Women’s cross-country
Saturday, Oct. 13 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, finished 20th in a 30-team field
Friday, Oct. 19 – at Lebanon Valley College Last Chance Run Fast Invitational, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27 – NEAC Championship at Lancaster
Saturday, Nov. 10 – NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships at Center Valley, TBA
(End of season)

Golf
Saturday, Oct. 20 – NEAC Fall Preview at Foxchase Golf Club, 10 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 22 – at Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen Fall Invitational at Lebanon Country Club, noon
(End of fall season)

Men’s tennis
Final overall: 1-2
Sunday, Oct. 7 – host King’s College, L, 8-1
Tuesday, Oct. 9 – at Lycoming College, W, 7-2
(End of fall season)

Women’s tennis
Final overall: 0-3
Sunday, Oct. 7 – host King’s College, L, 9-0
Tuesday, Oct. 9 – at Lycoming College, L, 5-4
(End of fall season)

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