See how IUP sports teams are faring as they near the end of the fall season.
The men’s basketball team will kick off its schedule with three exhibition games on the road. During the first week of November, the Crimson Hawks will be at the University of Maryland, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech.
Women’s basketball head coach Jeff Dow has completed an agreement to play the University of Connecticut in an exhibition game on November 10, 2010.
“It is certainly a tremendous honor for our program to have the chance to play the UConn Huskies next season,” Dow said. “Over the past fifteen years they have been as dominant as any program in the country. It will be a special opportunity for our players to compete against a program the magnitude and national stature of the University of Connecticut.”
Hillary Mugun turned in a fourth-place finish in the Brown Division to lead the IUP men’s cross country team’s performance at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University. Mugun, a freshman from Nadi Hill, Kenya, had a time of 25:12 to best all but three of the 332 runners in the middle division of the eight-kilometer race.
The meet was divided into Gold, Brown, and White divisions based on a team’s current ranking. The Crimson Hawks men finished eighteenth out of forty-one teams in their division, which also included PSAC West schools Kutztown and Bloomsburg, which finished just ahead of IUP. Mugun’s time would have placed him 138th overall out of almost one thousand runners in the three divisions combined.
The IUP field hockey team has a record of 5-8 overall and 5-3 in conference play as it prepares for its final game of the year on Sunday, October 25, against Bellermine. If Slippery Rock defeats Mercyhurst in an upcoming game, IUP will earn a spot in the PSAC playoffs.
IUP put a resounding end to its longest losing streak in twenty-seven years and broke into the win column in the PSAC West with a 45-0 rout of Lock Haven at Hubert Jack Stadium. The Crimson Hawks snapped a four-game skid, all in the PSAC West, and evened their overall record at 4-4 with their twenty-eighth consecutive win over Lock Haven.
IUP rallied from one-shot down after the first round to win its fourth tournament of the fall season with a six-stroke victory over Daemen at the Mercyhurst Invitational. The tournament recently wrapped up in Erie. IUP also won the Burger King/Ohio Valley Invitational, Hal Hansen Invitational, and Vulcan Invitational earlier this season. The Crimson Hawks head to Hershey soon in quest of their third consecutive PSAC championship.
The Crimson Hawks recently defeated Edinboro 2-1 for their fourth straight victory over the Fighting Scots. IUP has a 10-3-1 overall record and remains tied with California for first place in the PSAC West at 7-2-1 with 22 points.
IUP concluded its fall season with its fifth win in as many dual matches, sweeping Westminster 9-0 in New Wilmington. The Crimson Hawks won all but one singles set and lost no more than three doubles games in defeating the Titans, who entered with a record of 11-1. Chloe Pike went to a first-set tiebreaker before losing her singles semifinal match, and Pike and Emilia Osborne fell in the final four of the doubles draw at the PSAC individual tournament held this weekend at Shippensburg. After winning all four of its dual matches so far this fall, with one match remaining versus Westminster on Tuesday, the PSAC individual tournament continued to demonstrate IUP’s resurgence in the conference in women’s tennis. The Crimson Hawks were one of only two schools to have athletes in the semifinals in both draws.
IUP battled back from a two game deficit to defeat PSAC West opponent Mercyhurst 3-2 recently at Memorial Field House. The Crimson Hawks improved to 15-11 overall and 8-5 in the conference. The volleyball team recently held a Dig Pink Day to promote breast cancer awareness. All proceeds benefit the Side-Out Foundation, which supports health-care professionals in their pursuit of practical solutions for women and men with breast cancer, thus enabling those affected to regain control of their lives and live them to the fullest.