IUP ROUNDUP: Crimson Hawks race to first-place tie
Rachel Magliane and Samantha Thompson finished first and second, respectively, to lead the IUP women’s cross country team to a first-place tie at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational on Saturday at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh.
Magliane finished the 5K race in a time of 18 minutes, 7 seconds, while Thompson crossed the line at 18:19.
Katie Koenig (seventh) and Steph Beaudette (10th) also finished in the top 10 overall for the Crimson Hawks. Koenig posted a time of 18:57 and Beaudette finished in 19:07.
Three more Crimson Hawks finished in the top 22 overall, including Indiana native Lauren Lyons (16th, 19:25), Katie Barrett (18th, 19:38) and Penns Manor graduate Jackie Beisel (22nd, 19:50).
On the men’s side, Nick Patton finished in third place individually to help the IUP men’s cross country team to a fourth-place finish.
Patton finished the 8K course with a time of 25:55, crossing 15 seconds behind the leader.
It was the second consecutive week that Patton finished as the top IUP runner, coming in 11th place last week at Lehigh’s Paul Short Run.
Victor Costello wasn’t far behind Patton, finishing fifth overall with a time of 26:06.
Along with Patton and Costello, five other IUP runners finished in the top 50, including Alex Hampel (21st, 27:09), Tim Lynch (29th, 27:36), Andrew Morgan (34th, 27:48), Joey Franze (44th, 28:13) and Greg Beaudette (46th, 28:17).
This was the final tune-up for both Crimson Hawks teams before the 2013 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships on Oct. 26 in Kutztown.
VOLLEYBALL: IUP’s struggles continued in coach Aline Scott’s first season as they lost to Mercyhurst, 3-0, on Saturday for the Crimson Hawks’ sixth straight loss.
The Crimson Hawks never held the lead, losing in straight sets by scores of 25-20, 25-13, 25-17.
Stephanie Kruzynski led the way for IUP with seven kills followed by Ericka Lentz, who added six.
The Crimson Hawks struggled on offense, failing to convert many of their chances. They recorded only 23 kills on 93 total attacks.
IUP fell to 4-16 and 1-8 in the PSAC West. The Crimson Hawks visit East Stroudsburg on Friday and Saturday for a PSAC crossover weekend, during which they will play four matches.
SOCCER: The Crimson Hawks got another strong performance from their goalie, but the offense was quiet again, and IUP lost to Edinboro, 1-0, at South Campus Field on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Mara Hricik made seven saves, but one goal was all the Fighting Scots needed to prevail.
Edinboro’s defense held IUP to just six shots the entire game, with only two coming in the second half.
IUP dropped to 5-6-1 overall and 4-6-1 in PSAC play and was shut out for the fourth time in the past seven games. The Crimson Hawks welcome Alderson-Broaddus for a non-conference game on Tuesday.
FIELD HOCKEY: Kate Bruce scored twice goals for IUP, but the Crimson Hawks lost their third straight game, 3-2 to Mercyhurst, in a PSAC game Saturday.
Bruce scored her second goal with less than seven minutes to play to tie the game at 2, but Mercyhurst responded 2½ minutes later to take the lead for good.
IUP led 1-0 at halftime before the Lakers took a 2-1 lead on Kelsey Lovelace’s goal with 9:06 to play.
IUP (3-9) visits Mansfield on Tuesday.