It's tourney time for two Penn College fall sports

Published 10.24.2021


Tournament time has arrived for athletes in two Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports as golfers compete in the United East Conference Fall Preview on Monday and cross-country runners vie for honors in the UEC Championships on Saturday.

Thus far, the Wildcats have competed in four events – winning one – and coach Matt Haile said, “I believe we are a couple shots away from where I thought we’d be leading into our UEC preview.

“We had a couple tournaments canceled due to rain, and several practice days cut short as well. Our players are working hard on the areas they need to improve on, which is their short game and shots from 120 yards and in.

“Individually, we have a solid three players (Alex Acree, of Brookville; Sean McNamara, of Lancaster; and Will Orwig, of Mifflintown) that have proved themselves in each of our matches, averaging 81 or better. This average is slightly higher than what they are used to and I think this can be equated to playing a lot of the courses for the first time.

“They are looking forward to playing the preview and taking notes and strategizing for the spring to make another run (and defending) at the conference championship.

“Other players that have shown progress in the lineup are Nate Hoyer, of Windsor; Gavin Baer, of Bainbridge; Karson Felty, of Pine Grove; and Trevor Keaton, of Lansdale. All seven of these players will be traveling for the preview and this will give me a good idea whether or not the course fits their eye.”

Commenting on the tournament site, Haile noted, “Rancocas Golf Club (in Willingboro, New Jersey) is a course (par 71, 6,602-yards designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.) I’m not familiar with, but the research I’ve done appears to present the player with tree-lined fairways, with a premium of keeping the ball in play. Out of bounds comes into play on a majority of holes and it will be important for proper club selection to give the player the best opportunity to score.”

Men’s/women’s cross-country
“It’s been a challenging season, but we have progressed as a team as the season went on,” coach Nick Patton said as his team prepped for the conference championship at Lancaster Bible College.

“We just have to go to UECs, put ourselves in a good position and race to the best of our ability,” the seventh-year coach continued, adding, “We haven’t raced at Lancaster Bible in a few years. Since then, the course has changed somewhat but looking at it, it looks like a fair course with a hill or two and various surfaces.”

During the regular season, both teams finished in the bottom half of their respective fields in invitational meets and in five outings there weren’t enough women to field a full team twice.

The season personal best for the men’s team in an 8K race was a 29:31.56 turned in by freshman Alec Rees, of Centerport, New York. Other top runners for the men’s squad have been sophomore Dean Fulton, of Palmyra; sophomore Noah Bowers, of Burnham; senior Nick Snow, of York; sophomore Will Deem, of Furlong; and sophomore AJ Wiles, of Glenville.

Junior Cinnamon Digan, of Mifflinburg, owns two team personal bests for the women’s squad with a time of 30:35.42 in a 6K race and 19:42.23 in a 4K race, while freshman Avery Baker, of Lock Haven, posted the best 5K race time of 25:40. Also running for Penn College have been junior Taylor Schon, of Selinsgrove; freshman Kayleigh Miller, of Sayre; and sophomore Aubrey Stetts, of Jersey Shore.

Men’s soccer
On Wednesday in nonconference action at Elmira (N.Y.) College, Penn College lost, 2-0, to fall to 3-10-4 overall. The Wildcats led in shots, 12-9 (although Elmira led in shots on goal, 5-3). Elmira led in corner kicks, 3-1.

In a UEC match at home against St. Mary’s (Md.) on Saturday, the Wildcats lost, 2-0, the 10th time this season they have been shut out, to drop to 3-11-4 overall and 1-3-3 in the conference. St. Mary’s led in shots, 17-7 (7-3 on goal). Penn College led in corner kicks, 4-3. Before the match, seven Penn College seniors were cited during their final home match. The Wildcats close out their regular season on the road Saturday.

UEC standings through Saturday: Penn State Harrisburg, 8-0; St. Mary’s (Md.), 6-1; Lancaster Bible College, 4-1-2; Penn State Abington, 3-2-2; Penn State Berks, 3-4; Penn College, 1-3-3; Morrisville State College, 1-5-1; Gallaudet University, 1-6; and Wells College, 1-6.

Women’s soccer
Hosting St. Mary’s (Md.) in UEC play on Saturday, Penn College was blanked for the eighth time this season in a 1-0 loss that dropped it to 5-10 overall and 2-5 in the conference. St. Mary’s led in shots, 9-8 (6-4 on goal), and in corner kicks, 6-4. Before the match, 12 Wildcat seniors were honored. Penn College closes out its regular season with road matches on Tuesday and Saturday.

UEC standings through Saturday: Penn State Harrisburg, 7-0-1; St. Mary’s (Md.), 5-0-2; Penn State Berks, 5-2; Lancaster Bible College, 5-2; Penn State Abington, 3-4; Penn College, 2-5; Morrisville State College, 2-4-1; Wells College, 1-6; and Gallaudet University 0-7.

Women’s volleyball
Saturday in a UEC tri-match at Penn State Harrisburg, the Wildcats lost to Lancaster Bible College, 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-11), and to Penn State Harrisburg, 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-15), to fall to 1-13 overall and 0-6 in the conference. Lancaster Bible led in kills, 33-10, and aces, 17-5. Individually, Sierra Yaggi, of Troy, had nine digs for Penn College. Harrisburg led in kills, 43-22, and aces, 11-3. Yaggi had 14 digs and Cheyenne Stein, of Orwigsburg, led Penn College with 10 assists. The Wildcats wrap up their regular season with home UEC matches on Saturday.

UEC standings through Saturday: Gallaudet University,, 4-0; Penn State Berks, 3-0; Penn State Harrisburg, 5-1; Morrisville State College, 4-2; Lancaster Bible College, 2-2; St. Mary’s (Md.) 3-3; Wells College, 1-5; Penn State Abington, 1-5; and Penn College 0-6.

The Wildcats defeated Babson College, 3-0, for their first Rocket League win of the season and lost, 3-0, to Harrisburg University in Overwatch. In iRacing, Penn College placed 32nd among 45.

Men’s soccer
Overall: 3-11-4
UEC: 1-3-3
Wednesday, Oct. 20 – at Elmira College, L, 2-0
Saturday, Oct. 23 – host St. Mary’s College (UEC), L, 2-0
Saturday, Oct. 30 – at Gallaudet University (UEC), noon
End of regular season

Women’s soccer
Overall: 5-10
UEC: 2-5
Saturday, Oct. 23 – host St. Mary’s College (UEC), L, 1-0
Tuesday, Oct. 26 – at Susquehanna University, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30 – at Gallaudet University (UEC), 2:30 p.m.
End of regular season

Women’s volleyball
Overall: 1-13
UEC: 0-6
Saturday, Oct. 23 – tri-match vs. Lancaster Bible College (UEC), L, 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-11); at Penn State Harrisburg (UEC), L, 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-15)
Saturday, Oct. 30 – host Penn State Berks (UEC), noon; vs. Penn State Abington (UEC), 4 p.m.
End of regular season

Men’s cross-country
Saturday, Oct. 30 – United East Conference Championship at Lancaster, 11:15 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 13 – NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional at Carlisle

Women’s cross-country
Saturday, Oct. 30 – United East Conference Championship at Lancaster, 10 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 13 – NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional at Carlisle

Monday, Oct. 25 – United East Conference Fall Preview at Camden, N.J.
End of season

Overall: 3-4
Monday, Oct. 18 – vs. Harrisburg University, L, 3-0
Monday, Oct. 25 – vs. DeSales University, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 1 – vs. Arcadia University, 7 p.m.

Rocket League
Overall: 1-6
Monday, Oct. 18 – vs. Babson College, W, 3-0
Monday, Oct. 25 – vs. Cumberlands University, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 1 – vs. Edinboro University, 7 p.m.

League of Legends Varsity
Saturday, Oct. 9 – vs. George Mason, W; vs. Texas, W
Saturday, Oct. 16 – vs. Hartland Community College, W; vs. Norwich University, W

Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Auto Club Speedway Oval, 32 of 45
Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Spa Francorchamps Race, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 6 – at New McGinley Invitational, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 14 – tri-match at Oswego with Ithaca, 1 p.m.

Women’s basketball
Wednesday, Nov. 10 – at Elmira (N.Y.) College, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17 – host Carlow University, 4 p.m.

Men’s basketball
Friday, Nov. 12 – Crosstown Challenge host McDaniel College, 5 p.m. (Pitt-Greensburg at Lycoming College, 5 p.m.)
Saturday, Nov. 13 – Crosstown Challenge host Pitt-Greensburg, 1 p.m. (McDaniel College at Lycoming College, 1 p.m.)

For more about the United East, visit the conference website.

For additional information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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