are underway, and so is the fall sports season, with eight teams in seven
sports competing across campus for championships in the Pennsylvania State
a look at each team that competes in the fall semester, and don’t forget, as a
student with a valid I-Card, you get into every regular-season game for free.
IUP men’s team is awfully young, but pretty talented. The Crimson Hawks have
only one senior on their roster, but they got off to a solid start when they
took first place in the team standings at the Doug Watts Distance Gala at
Edinboro. The win was the program’s first team win at an event like that in
top finisher for IUP was Alex Hampel, who placed third overall.
the women’s side, senior Rachel Magliane, who placed 25th at regionals last
year, leads the Crimson Hawks after a solid junior season.
IUP cross country teams compete in the PSAC championships at Slippery Rock on
a single senior (and only five juniors) on the roster, the Crimson Hawks are
one of the younger field hockey teams in the PSAC. But that doesn’t mean the
team has lowered expectations.
the Hawks are hoping to get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since
2012 and win their first conference championship since 2007. They will be led
by junior Haley Fidler, their top returning scorer from last season, who had a
combined four points in IUP’s first two games this year.
here’s something to remember: IUP finishes its regular season with six
consecutive home games in a span of 14 days, from October 17 to 31. They’ll
need your support down the home stretch as they compete for another playoff
IUP football team was picked fifth in the eight-team PSAC West preseason
coaches’ poll, and the Crimson Hawks are using that as motivation to get things
turned around after a sub-par 2014 season.
the players back who could have big seasons are: running back Luigi
Lista-Brinza, wide receiver Walt Pegues, defensive end Karon Gibson, linebacker
Kevin Clarke, and safety Eric Williams.
has remaining home games against, Lock Haven, Edinboro, California, and Gannon,
with the battle vs. California being a night game (6 p.m.) with a regional TV
Hawks’ Nest student section will be the place to be on Saturdays, so be ready
and be loud.
of the most successful golf programs over the past few decades, the Crimson
Hawks yet again have high hopes of getting back to the NCAA championships,
where they finished 13th last season.
return senior Kenneth Sames, an all-region selection and the defending PSAC
Men’s Golfer of the Year; plus junior Max Kirsch, who was also named to the
all-region and all-conference teams last year.
golf season gets split between the fall and spring semesters, with the PSAC
championships scheduled for October 17 and 18 in Hershey. The national
championships will be in May.
year after advancing to the PSAC playoffs, the IUP soccer team faces a tough
climb this fall with a young roster and little playing experience.
Crimson Hawks’ leading returning scorer is Lexie Palluconi, a sophomore
midfielder. She joins two seniors, goalkeeper Ashley Schoelkopf, and defender
Kelly Jacobson, in trying to get the program back to the playoffs in the 15th
season under coach Adel Heder.
you’re looking for one game to attend at the South Campus Field, make it the
October 3 game against East Stroudsburg. The Warriors are the defending PSAC
champs and the team that knocked IUP out of the playoffs last season.
five straight appearances in the PSAC championship match and the NCAA Division
II playoffs, the IUP tennis team has hopes of achieving more, and they’ll take
the courts with a veteran roster, including all-PSAC pick Jarka Petercakova.
there’s also five other players who were starters last season, including Sophie
Butland, Raquel Gonzalez, Alanna McFail, Luise Von Agris, and Rachel Wood.
golf, the tennis season is split between the two semesters. The league, region
and national championships are in May.
coach Scott Pennewill has a young roster he hopes to mold into a winner, led by
three of its top five scorers from a year ago, Alexis Anderson, Lily
McWilliams, and Meghan Schneider. The only senior on the roster is Schneider.
big match coming up is Tuesday, October 6, against Clarion, the preseason
favorite to win the PSAC West. In addition to a big game against a rival, it
will be a DIG PINK match as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.