IUP ROUNDUP: Cross country teams post top-10 finishes at PSAC Championships
KUTZTOWN — Rachel Magliane and Samantha Thompson earned top-five individual finishes to punch their tickets to next weekend’s Atlantic Region Championships and lead the IUP women’s cross country team to a fourth-place team finish at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday.
Magliane took fourth place with a time of 22 minutes, 19.4 seconds, and Thompson took fifth in 22:22.0, less than three seconds behind Magliane. Both runners earned All-PSAC honors, and IUP was the lone team with two runners in the top five.
The IUP women finished with 118 points to take fourth place, finishing behind Mansfield, Edinboro and defending conference champion Shippensburg. Seton Hill rounded out the top five teams.
Meanwhile, senior Nick Patton placed 10th with a time of 25:58.1 to pace the IUP men’s team and lead the Crimson Hawks to a seventh-place finish in the team standings. Lock Haven won the men’s title.
Also scoring for the IUP men was Victor Costello (31st, 26:40.4), Alex Hampel (39th, 26:53.9), Greg Beaudette (56th, 27:31.1) and Clinton Keller (58th, 27:37.0).
Also competing but not scoring points for the IUP men were Tim Lynch (67th), Andrew Morgan (79th), Dalton Trump (87th), Joey Franze (93rd) and Porter Mitchell (100th).
Also scoring for the IUP women were Katie Koenig (28th, 23:23.6), Katie Barrett (41st, 23:49.0), Indiana High graduate Lauren Lyons (42nd, 23:51.7) and Steph Beaudette (43rd, 23:55.6).
Also competing but not scoring points for the IUP women were Kayla Edwards (57th), Kristen Donaldson (71st), Penns Manor graduate Jackie Beisel (84th) and Yelena Share (94th).
Both IUP teams will compete in the Lock Haven River Run next weekend before the Atlantic Region Championships in two weeks.
SOCCER: Mara Hricik’s shutout streak came to an end and IUP’s playoff hopes took a hit with a 1-0 loss to Mercyhurst in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference game in Erie.
Nikki Charboneau scored from about 20 yards out in the 8th minute and it was enough to propel the Lakers to victory.
Charboneau’s goal was the first allowed by IUP’s Hricik in more than 315 minutes of play. Hricik went 315:33 without allowing a goal and posted three shutouts in a row.
The teams recorded 10 shots apiece, while Mercyhurst owned a 9-6 edge in corner kicks.
IUP (8-7-1, 6-7-1) dropped to 11th place in the PSAC standings with 19 points. Teams earn three points for victories and one point for ties. With two regular-season games left to play, IUP remains four points behind East Stroudsburg for the eighth and final playoff spot.
IUP visits Lock Haven on Wednesday.
FIELD HOCKEY: The Crimson Hawks keep finding ways to pull out close wins, and because of that, they remain in the playoff race.
IUP held off East Stroudsburg’s second-half charge and hung on for a 4-3 win on Saturday, the Crimson Hawks’ fourth straight win. Three of IUP’s victories during the winning streak have come by one goal.
Ashley Mosner and Jessica Kida scored two minutes apart late in the opening half to give IUP a 2-0 lead at halftime.
East Stroudsburg responded with a pair of goals in a span of 2:12 midway through the second half to knot the game at 2.
Kida then scored her second goal in the 57th minute, and Casey McGowan added another goal less than two minutes later as IUP again took a two goal lead, 4-2, with 11:44 remaining in the game.
East Stroudsburg scored with about 6 minutes to play to pull within a goal, but IUP was able to hold off the Warriors final charge and pull even with them in the PSAC standings.
IUP goalie Darian Shuker made seven saves to earn the victory.
IUP (7-9, 4-4 PSAC) sits in a fifth-place in the PSAC standings with two regular-season games remaining. Mercyhurst and East Stroudsburg are also 4-4 in conference play and involved in the three-way tie. The top six teams qualify for the conference playoffs.
IUP welcomes Bloomsburg on Tuesday.
VOLLEYBALL: The Crimson Hawks improved to 6-1 over the past week and got out of last place in their division with a 3-0 win over Slippery Rock in a PSAC West match at the KCAC on Saturday.
IUP beat the Rock by scores of 25-21, 25-14, 25-23, giving the Crimson Hawks only their fourth straight-set victory this season. All of them have come since Oct. 18, and since then, IUP has gone 6-1.
Stephanie Kruzynski led IUP with a match-high 10 kills.
Setter Lindsay Moeller had 38 assists for IUP, and Kelly Barnes led the defensive effort with 27 digs.
IUP (10-17, 6-9 PSAC West) welcomes first-place California on Friday. The Vulcans are undefeated in PSAC play at 15-0.