Spring season in full swing for Athletics

Published 04.01.2024

Wildcat Athletics

Hosting Penn State Harrisburg in its United East opener on Wednesday, the Wildcats won the opener 5-4 in dramatic fashion and took the second 3-1.

In the first game, Penn College pitcher Mackenzie Weaver of Montoursville closed out the top of the seventh inning after Harrisburg had scored twice to take a 4-2 lead by recording her 12th strikeout of the day and the 333rd of her career to become the college’s all-time leader.

In the bottom half of the frame, on an otherwise overcast afternoon, sunshine broke through briefly as Weaver stepped to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. And in storybook fashion, she delivered with a three-run, walk-off triple for the win.

In the second game, Grace Lorson of Jersey Shore had a two-run double in the fifth inning to key the victory and make a mound winner of Fayth Anderson of Lykens, who struck out eight and walked two.

At Penn State Abington on Saturday, Penn College stayed unbeaten in conference play with a 5-0, 9-1 sweep to complete a perfect 4-0 week.

In the first game, Weaver twirled a no-hitter, fanning two. Lexi Snyder of Hegins drove in two runs, and Lorson went 3 for 4 at the plate, with two runs scored.

In the second game, Anderson improved to 4-1 on the mound with a four-hitter as she struck out eight and walked one. Margaret Mangene of Boalsburg went 3 for 3 with three RBIs, while Snyder and Madison Harriman of Danville each plated two runs.

UE Volt Division standings through Sunday: Penn College 4-0, Penn State Berks 2-2, Penn State Abington 2-2, Penn State Harrisburg 2-2, Gallaudet University 0-2, Lancaster Bible College 0-2.

Schedule/Record/Series History
Overall: 12-4
UE Volt Division: 4-0
(Home games at Elm Park)
Wednesday, March 27 — host Penn State Harrisburg (UE, 2), W, 5-4; W, 3-1
Saturday, March 30 — at Penn State Abington (UE, 2), W, 5-0; W, 9-1 in 5 innings
Tuesday, April 2 — at Elmira College (2), 3 p.m. (Elmira leads 4-2)
Thursday, April 4 — host Lancaster Bible College (UE, 2), 3 p.m. (Penn College leads 12-0)
Saturday, April 6 — host Gallaudet University (UE, 2), 1 p.m. (Penn College leads 9-1)
Wednesday, April 10 — at Penn State Berks (UE, 2), 3 p.m. (Berks leads 15-8)

Hosting Cairn University in a twin bill on Tuesday, Penn College split, losing the first game 6-4 and winning the second 13-5. 
In the opener, Jaiden Augustine of Dillsburg and Quinn Hanafin of Sayre had two hits and scored runs.

In the nightcap, the Wildcats scored seven runs in the second inning — highlighted by a three-run triple from Jaydon Goebel of Honey Brook — to take control. Goebel finished with two hits and four RBIs, and Hanafin had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored to make a winner of starting pitcher Gabe Reptsik of Pennsburg.

A seven-run first inning provided all of the offense the Wildcats needed on Thursday in their 9-3 win at Wilkes University. The victory evened the lifetime series between the two teams at 2-2. Adam Aldenderfer of Trout Run and Hanafin had three hits with Aldenderfer and Dallas Griess of Williamsport scoring twice and Matt Munoz of Tobyhanna driving in two runs. Starting pitcher Jason Cute of Glenside went three innings, fanning four.

UE Volt Division standings through Sunday: Penn State Harrisburg 6-0, Lancaster Bible College 7-1-1, Penn State Abington 2-3, Penn State Berks 2-6-1, St. Mary’s (Md.) College 2-6, Penn College 0-3.

Schedule/Record/Series History
Overall: 8-11
UE Volt Division: 0-3
(Home games at Bowman Field)
Tuesday, March 26 — host Cairn University (2), L, 6-4; W, 13-5
Thursday, March 28 — at Wilkes University, W, 9-3
Wednesday, April 3 — at Elmira College, 3 p.m. (Penn College leads 3-1)
Friday, April 5 — at Penn State Berks (UE), 3 p.m. (Berks leads 17-7)
Saturday, April 6 — at Penn State Berks (UE, 2), noon
Tuesday, April 9 — host Penn State Altoona (2), 1 p.m. (Altoona leads 4-2)

Hosting first-time foe Cairn University in their United East opener on Saturday, the Wildcats scored their most goals ever in a 29-6 rout. Leading the offense were Aidan McFalls of Gilbertsville with seven goals and two assists and AJ Dotson of Wilmington, Delaware, with six goals and five assists. Michael Stank of York Haven won 20 of 29 faceoffs, and Joey Rebilas of Pennsauken, New Jersey, was good on 8 of 10. In goal, Alex Hammond of Lincoln University got the win with 30 minutes of work and made two saves.

Earlier in the week, Hammond, a sophomore, was named United East Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for March 18-24 after he combined for 21 saves and nine goals surrendered, helping the Wildcats to a 16-6 victory against Juniata and an 11-8 victory against Alvernia.

UE standings through Sunday: Penn College 1-0, St. Mary’s (Md.) College 1-0, Keystone College 1-0, Bryn Athyn 0-1, Cairn University 0-1, Rosemont 0-1.

Schedule/Record/Series History
Overall record: 5-5
UE record: 1-0
Saturday, March 30 — host Cairn University (UE), W, 29-6
Wednesday, April 3 — at Marywood University, 6 p.m. (Penn College leads 1-0)
Saturday, April 6 — at Rosemont College, (UE) 1 p.m. (Penn College leads 1-0)
Wednesday, April 10 — host Kean University, 5 p.m. (Kean leads 1-0)

Led by Gavin Baer of Bainbridge, who finished tied for 15th, Penn College’s men’s golf team recorded a two-day 627 total and finished seventh in an 18-team field Saturday at the Pennsylvania Classic.

Baer followed up Friday’s first-round 77 with a 74 Saturday on the par 72, 6,605-yard Penn State Blue Course for a 151 in a field of 103 golfers. Also for Penn College in its first match of the spring season, Peyton Mussina of Montoursville carded a 78-79—157 and tied for 28th, Will Orwig of Mifflintown shot 81-79—160 and tied for 43rd, Trevor Keaton of Lansdale shot 84-80—164 and tied for 59th, and Brady Hardy of Cassville shot 79-90—169 and tied for 77th. Only the low four finishers count toward the team score.

Franklin and Marshall came from two strokes off Friday’s low team round with a 291 and 582 total to claim the team title.

Individually, Swarthmore’s Dylan Zhang carded a second consecutive 71 and finished with a 1-under 142, the same as F&M’s Roy Anderson, who had rounds of 75-67.

Friday, March 29 — Pennsylvania Classic Day 1 at Penn State White Course, tied 6 of 18
Saturday, March 30 — Pennsylvania Classic Day 2 at Penn State Blue Course, 7 of 18
Thursday, April 4 — Elizabethtown College Spring Invitational at Hershey Country Club East, 1 p.m. 
Monday, April 8 — Northeast Shootout Day 1 at DuPont Country Club, TBA
Tuesday, April 9 — Northeast Shootout Day 2 at DuPont Country Club, TBA

Kyle Shuler of Williamsport, playing at No. 1 singles, posted the lone win in the team’s 8-1 loss at Penn State Altoona on Thursday.

Schedule/Results/Record/Series History
(Home matches at Central PA Tennis Center)
Overall record: 0-4
UE record: 0-0
Thursday, March 28 — at Penn State Altoona, L, 8-1
Friday, April 5 — at Penn State Harrisburg (UE), 3 p.m. (Harrisburg leads 3-0)
Saturday, April 6 — host St. Mary’s College (UE), 5 p.m. (St. Mary’s leads 2-0)
Thursday, April 11 — at Lancaster Bible College (UE), 3 p.m. (LBC leads 6-2)

Schedule/Results/Record/Series History
(Home matches at Central PA Tennis Center)
Overall record: 2-3
UE record: 0-0
Thursday, April 4 — at Bryn Athyn, 3 p.m. (Penn College leads 3-1)
Friday, April 5 — at Penn State Harrisburg (UE), 3 p.m. (Harrisburg leads 3-0)
Saturday, April 6 — host St. Mary’s College (UE), 5 p.m. (St. Mary’s leads 2-0)
Thursday, April 11 — at Lancaster Bible College (UE), 3 p.m. (LBC leads 8-1)

Five Wildcats, four from the women’s team and one from the men’s squad, were named to their respective 2023-24 College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Division III teams, it was announced on Tuesday.

Women honored include senior Allie Troup of Huntingdon, juniors Emily Pardee of Williamsport and Kayleigh Miller of Sayre, and sophomore Mia Patterson of Loyalsock Township.

Also cited on the men’s team was sophomore Alec Cooper of Huntingdon.

Student-athletes selected to their teams must be at least a sophomore or above, maintain a 3.50 GPA or higher and have competed in 90% of the institution's contests or have started in 66% of the contests during the season.

(All events at Wildcat Den)
Rocket League Varsity
Overall record: 6-2 (playoffs 1-0)
Wed. March 27 — Round of 6 playoffs vs. Lebanon Valley College, W, fft.
Monday, April 8 — Semifinals vs. Lindenwood University, 7 p.m.
Monday-Friday, April 15-19 — Championship, TBA

Overwatch 2
Overall record: 6-1
Monday-Friday, April 1-5 — Round of 6 playoffs, bye
Tuesday, April 9 — Round of 4 playoffs vs. either DePaul or Buena Vista, TBA
Monday-Friday, April 15-19 — Championship, TBA

Overall record: 5-2
Monday-Friday, April 1-5 — Round of 6 playoffs, bye
Monday-Friday, April 8-12 — Round of 4 playoffs, either Purdue Ft. Wayne or Texas A&M
Monday-Friday, April 15-19 — Championship, TBA

CIL Cup Series
Monday, March 25 — Darlington Raceway, 18 and 19
Monday, April 1 — Nashville, 8 p.m.
Monday, April 8 — Homestead, 8 p.m.
Monday, April 15 — Kansas, 8 p.m.

CIL Formula World Championship
Wednesday, March 27 — Austria-Red Bull Ring, 11
Wednesday, April 3 — Netherlands-Zandvoort, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10 — Finger Lakes-Watkins Glen, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 — Brazil-Interlagos, 8 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21 — USA Archery East Region Outdoor Championship and Adam Wheatcroft Memorial at Harrisonburg, Va.

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