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Sports Update for November 2009

The basketball teams are off to a promising start as football and other fall sports are finishing up their seasons.

Men’s Basketball 

Julian Sanders hit four three-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points, and Akida McLain tallied 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds in his IUP debut, lifting the Crimson Hawks to an 82-64 victory over Thiel in the season opener at Memorial Field House.

Before that, IUP concluded its final exhibition game with an 84-76 loss to Division I Georgia Tech in overtime. IUP tied the game with 39 seconds remaining in regulation but struggled in the overtime period, with four points. It was the Crimson Hawks’ final exhibition game. They fell to Maryland 75-54 and Wake Forest 88-57. They are currently ranked eighteenth in the NABC/Division II national poll.

Women’s Basketball 

Eryn Withers scored 20 points to lead three IUP players in double figures, and Tara Powers had a key rebound and free throw in the final seconds to lead the Crimson Hawks to a 63-61 victory over host Pitt Johnstown in the season opener for both teams at the UPJ Sports Center.

This game followed an exhibition season that saw the Crimson Hawks take on Duquesne, Dayton, and Penn State. The Crimson Hawks are ranked twenty-first in the USA Today ESPN Division II preseason coaches’ poll.

Cross Country 

IUP freshman Hillary Mugun qualified for the NCAA men’s cross country national meet by placing fourth at the Atlantic Regional championships recently at Mansfield. The IUP men finished in sixth place in the team standings, and the IUP women finished in tenth place after not being ranked in the top ten in the Atlantic Region all season by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Mugun finished in third place to earn All-PSAC honors and lead the IUP men’s cross country team to a sixth-place showing at the conference meet held before the Atlantic Regional at Edinboro. Mugun had a time of 26:33.6 for the 8K race and came in behind only a pair of runners from team champion Lock Haven. IUP was seeded eighth going into the meet and beat that rank by two spots.

The IUP women were eleventh, with Bridget Connolly as the top finisher for IUP in the 6K race, coming in thirty-second with a time of 24:20.6.

Field Hockey 

Jenna Humphreys scored two goals to lead IUP past Bellarmine 3-0 in the season finale recently at Miller Stadium. The Crimson Hawks finished the season at 6-8 overall and 5-3 in the PSAC West. Freshmen Caroline van Tulder and Erin Shirk were placed on the All-PSAC West squad for the 2009 season.

Football 

Craig Burgess kicked a 41-yard field goal with 5.2 seconds remaining to give IUP a 34-32 win over Kutztown in its final game. The Crimson Hawks wrapped up their first losing season in twenty-seven years with a record of 5-6.

Golf 

IUP cruised to a 23-shot victory over California and Millersville at the rain-delayed PSAC tournament, which concluded recently in Hershey. Four IUP golfers finished in the top seven and earned spots on the all-conference team.

Sophomore Brad Boyle and senior Gavin Smith tied for first place after the regulation 36 holes to force a playoff for the individual title. Smith had a par on the first extra hole, and Boyle carded a birdie to claim medalist honors. 

Leo Acklin, a junior, and senior Ryan Kennedy both had scores of 153 to tie for seventh and join Boyle and Smith on the all-conference team.

The PSAC tournament topped off a hugely successful fall season for IUP. The Crimson Hawks won five of six events and will enter the spring portion of their schedule seeking to repeat as region champions and earn a return trip to the NCAA national tournament, which takes place in suburban Indianapolis in May.

Soccer 

Viann Heder led IUP into the third round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history, scoring the game-winning goal in the waning moments to give the Crimson Hawks a 1-0 victory over host West Chester. IUP will face California in the Atlantic Region championship game Friday, November 20, at a site to be determined. West Chester, ranked fifth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, concluded its season with a 19-2-1 record, while IUP advances with a 14-6-2 record. IUP had not defeated the Golden Rams since 2001 and ended a nine-game losing skid to West Chester, which won the PSAC championship earlier this month. The Crimson Hawks avenged a 4-1 loss to the Golden Rams in the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Five IUP women's soccer players have been named to the All-PSAC West team for the 2009 season, including first team selections Sarah Romasco, Allison Keller, Lauren Mizik, and Kelly Brennan and second team choice Heather Robbins.

Swimming 

The IUP women dropped Lock Haven 165-78 and Salem International 7-0 but fell to Kutztown 145-100 to record their first loss of the season Saturday at the John A. Pidgeon Natatorium. The IUP men defeated Salem International 159-2. Kala Misavage led the IUP women with a PSAC qualifying time of 1:01.58 in the 100-yard butterfly to take the win, followed by Kate Lehman at third with a time of 1:03.02, which also qualified for the PSAC. In the 100-yard backstroke, Jackie Hynson made the NCAA B cut and defeated the field with a time of 58.44. Ashley McAteer was a double event winner with two PSAC qualifying times. She had a time of 1:59.48 in the 200-yard freestyle and a time of 54.08 in the 100-yard freestyle.

On the men’s side, IUP remained unbeaten and improved to 3-0 on the season. Dylan Mudlo led the field by nearly six seconds in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.51, which qualified for the PSAC. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Matt Pangman led IUP with a PSAC qualifying time of 1:03.99. In the 1,000-yard freestyle, Dan Lumas posted a PSAC qualifying time of 10:17.42, while Anthony Termin led a field of three in the 500-yard freestyle as a PSAC qualifier with a time of 4:56.64. Both Crimson Hawks teams will see their next action in the John A. Pidgeon Memorial Meet on Thursday, November 19.

Tennis 

The IUP women’s tennis team is tied for tenth in the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association Atlantic Region poll for the 2009–2010 season. Freshmen Chloe Pike, Katie Eaton, and Emilia Osborne all received individual rankings. Pike ranks ninth after a 10-2 fall season at No. 1 singles while Eaton ranks twelfth after winning eight of ten matches at No. 2 singles. The No. 1 doubles team of Pike and Osborne is currently ranked second in the region with a 6-2 record.

This is the first time IUP has been ranked in the top ten in the region since 2005. IUP has also not had any individual players ranked since Yvonne Niederbracht during the 2004–2005 season. The Crimson Hawks won all five of their dual matches during the fall season. Pike reached the singles semifinals of the PSAC individual tournament and teamed with Osborne to advance to the semifinals of the doubles tournament. The women’s tennis team opens its spring season February 19 with a home match against regionally ranked West Virginia Wesleyan at the Greensburg Racquet Club.

Volleyball 

IUP concluded its regular season Friday with a 3-1 loss to Mercyhurst. The Crimson Hawks fell to 17-16 overall and 9-10 in the division. The Crimson Hawks are still in the chase for a berth in the NCAA tournament. IUP volleyball coach Zach Shaver has announced the addition of two incoming freshmen for the 2010 season. Joining the program next fall will be outside hitters Kadie Koeneman from Upper Arlington, Ohio, and Ericka Lentz from Reading, Pa. Koeneman was a three-year letter winner at Upper Arlington High School, while Lentz played four seasons at Holy Name High School.

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