IUP ROUNDUP: Field hockey team reaches PSAC playoffs after 1-6 start
Chelsea Wanamaker scored IUP’s only goal, and the Crimson Hawks upset Millersville, 1-0, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference field hockey game at Frank Cignetti Field on Saturday, completing an unlikely turnaround after a 1-6 start to the season and securing a berth in the conference playoffs.
IUP won five of its last six regular-season games — including four by one goal — to finish the regular season at 8-10 and 5-5 in PSAC play. The Crimson Hawks secured the sixth and final spot in the conference playoffs with Saturday’s win. Wanamaker gave IUP the lead for good in the 22nd minute, on the Crimson Hawks’ first shot of the game. IUP mustered only four shots and three penalty corners, and Millersville held a 7-4 edge in shots and an 11-3 advantage in penalty corners, but the Marauders couldn’t break through against IUP goalie Darian Shuker, who finished with four saves and recorded her first shutout of the season.
Millersville entered Saturday’s game with a 16-1 record, riding a seven-game winning streak and having already secured the No. 2 seed in the PSAC playoffs.
IUP (8-10, 5-5 PSAC) will face third-seeded West Chester (12-4, 7-2) in the PSAC quarterfinals on Tuesday. West Chester won the regular-season meeting, 3-2, at Frank Cignetti Field on Sept. 14.
SOCCER: Bloomsburg scored twice over the final 20 minutes of the match to pull away from IUP and hand the Crimson Hawks a season-ending 3-1 loss in a PSAC women’s soccer match at South Campus Field on Saturday.
Brittney Kuhns scored IUP’s lone goal in the 48th minute to tie the game at 1 and bring back the Crimson Hawks from an early deficit. Bloomsburg took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.
Bloomsburg regained the lead on Tara Huber’s second goal of the match in the 71st minute, and the Huskies struck again less than seven minutes later, in the 78th minute, to put the game away and eliminate IUP from playoff contention.
IUP mustered just two shots in the second half as Bloomsburg’s defense clamped down after halftime.
Coming off Wednesday’s 7-2 win over Lock Haven — IUP’s highest-scoring game since 2010 — the Crimson Hawks needed a win in the regular-season finale Saturday to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Goaltender Mara Hricik, one of IUP’s 11 seniors honored on senior day, made eight saves in a losing effort.
IUP concluded the season with a 9-8-1 record, including 7-8-1 in PSAC play, and finished in 11th place in the 16-team conference.
VOLLEYBALL: IUP stormed back from an 0-2 deficit to upset Seton Hill in a PSAC West match at the KCAC on Saturday. IUP won by scores of 18-25, 22-25, 26-24, 26-24, 15-4, to hand the Griffins (24-7) a stunning defeat.
Stephanie Kruzynski led IUP with 13 kills, and Lisa Kissell and Elizabeth Sova contributed 11 apiece.
Lindsay Moeller collected a match-high 49 assists, and Kelly Barnes led the IUP defense with 25 digs.
IUP improved to 11-18 (7-10 PSAC West) on the season and won for the seventh time in its past nine matches.
IUP visits Clarion on Tuesday.
SWIMMING: Both IUP swim teams glided past Shippensburg in their first PSAC dual meet of the season Saturday.
The IUP men beat the Raiders, 165-91, while the women won 155?-105?.
On the men’s side, IUP swimmers took first place in 12 of the 14 events, and the Crimson Hawks were led by Steve Long, Zack Fountain and Chris Strauss, each of whom took first in multiple individual events.
Long was first in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Strauss took first in the 200 and 500 freestyle, and Fountain won the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Also claiming first-place finishes for the IUP men were Brandon Hopkins (1,000 freestyle); Paul Singerman (100 backstroke); Matt Nakagama (200 butterfly); Andrew Richey (100 freestyle); and Conrad Kubaney (200 backstroke).
The Crimson Hawks’ 200 medley relay team of Kubaney, Fountain, Long and Richey added a first-place finish.
On the women’s side, senior Allyson Mitidieri, and freshman Aniella Janosky won a pair of events to lead the Crimson Hawks.
IUP’s returning All-America selection, Mitidieri took first in the 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley. Meanwhile, Aniella Janosky placed first in the 100 and 200 butterfly.
Also earning first-place finishes for the IUP women were: Christina Janosky (1,000 freestyle); Emily Shumaker (100 backstroke); and Emily Clark (100 breaststroke).
The IUP 200 medley relay team of Shumaker, Mitidieri, Aniella Janosky and Paige Spradling and the Crimson Hawks’ 200 freestyle relay team of Taylor Snyder, Spradling, Shumaker and Aniella Janosky also placed first.
The IUP teams will play host to the Pidgeon Invitational on Nov. 21-23.
CROSS COUNTRY: Penns Manor graduate Jackie Beisel raced to a third-place individual finish, and the IUP women took second place at the Lock Haven River Run on Saturday. Shippensburg won the team title at the five-team event.
Beisel covered the 6K course in 23 minutes, 9.3 seconds.
Kristen Donaldson was IUP’s next runner to cross the finish line, coming in fifth with a time of 23:28.4. Rounding out IUP’s top five runners were Riva Walker (ninth, 23:49.10); Maggie McChesney (11th, 23:53.9); and Yelena Share (12th, 23:54.10).
On the men’s side, Dalton Trump was IUP’s top runner with a 24th-place finish (27:17.6), and the Crimson Hawks finished fourth in the five-team field.
Joey Franze was 28th (27:38.50); Mitchell Porter finished 30th (28:07.9); Jack Iannuzzi was 34th (28:44.70); and Aaron Snook was 39th (29:40.2).
Both IUP teams will compete at the Atlantic Region Championships on Saturday.