Following is a roundup of IUP sports news for March 2011. Find full reports on the IUP Athletics website:
The baseball team split a doubleheader with Shippensburg on March 15, winning the opening game 11-5, but losing the second 7-3.
The Crimson Hawks (8-8) open PSAC West play when they travel to Lock Haven on March 18 before hosting the Bald Eagles at South Campus the following day.
The men’s basketball team’s season ended March 15 with an 89-86 loss to West Liberty in the NCAA Atlantic Region championship game. Find more details: Comeback Falls Just Short for Men’s Basketball Team in NCAA Atlantic Region Finals.
IUP, the defending Atlantic Region champion, had earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament after claiming its second straight PSAC championship March 5. Senior forward Darryl Webb was named PSAC tournament MVP.
Other honors for Webb included selection as PSAC West Player of the Year and membership on the all-conference first team for the third-straight season and the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region first team.
Webb was joined on the PSAC West first team by junior guard Ashton Smith, while junior guard Julian Sanders was named to the second team.
The season ended for the women’s basketball team with a loss to California in the quarterfinals of the PSAC tournament March 1 at Memorial Field House.
Lacey Claar concluded her career at IUP with her first selection to the All-PSAC West first team. Senior guard/forward Eryn Withers and sophomore forward Sarah Pastorek were named to the second team.
The field hockey team was recently honored by Gladiator by SGI and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association with the Division II National Academic Team Award.
The team grade-point average for the Fall semester was 3.05 and the cumulative GPA is 3.02.
The golf team picked up where it left off in the Fall, with an eighteen-stroke victory over a field of ten teams at the St. James Plantation Invitational in Southport, N.C., on March 13. IUP’s Brad Boyle and Derek Baker were numbers one and two, respectively, in the individual standings, with Boyle claiming medalist honors by one shot. IUP’s Leo Acklin was another shot back and tied for third. The Crimson Hawks play next at the Barton College Invitational in Wilson, N.C.
Powered by four goals and four assists from Becca Vogt, the lacrosse team defeated Shippensburg 19-9 on March 15 in the PSAC opener for both teams.
The team’s overall record is 2-1. The Crimson Hawks will travel to Millersville on March 19 for another PSAC matchup.
The softball team improved to 10-2 following its spring trip to Kissimmee, Fla., March 5–12.
On the trip, pitcher Erin Holloway surpassed eight hundred career strikeouts. She now stands at 805.
The Crimson Hawks are back in action March 16 as they host California.
Swimmer Jackie Hynson concluded her junior season March 12 with a third-place finish and a new PSAC record at the NCAA meet in San Antonio.
Hynson finished third in both the 200 butterfly and the 200 backstroke in the past two years. She also placed sixth in the 400 individual medley, earning three spots on the All-America team.
Hynson broke her own school records and set new PSAC marks in both the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly.
As a team, the Crimson Hawks finished nineteenth in the NCAA meet.
The women’s tennis team wrapped up a perfect 4-0 spring trip to Hilton Head, S.C., March 7-11, bringing its record to 9-2.
Katie Eaton got a strong start to her season by earning the first PSAC West tennis athlete of the week for the Spring.
Next, the team will head to West Liberty, W.Va., on March 23.
Nafee Harris won his fourth national championship in the long jump at the NCAA indoor track and field meet in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 11.
Leander Toney was edged out for the title in the high jump, and Brianna Liebold finished sixth in the long jump and tenth in the triple jump.
The three also repeated as All-Americans, Harris for the sixth time, Toney for the third, and Liebold for the second.
Following the meet, Liebold was selected as the NCAA Atlantic Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.