PREVIEW: Women’s Basketball Looks to Keep Streak Alive at Bloomsburg

1/4/2019 | Women’s Basketball

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The Kutztown University women’s basketball has been playing its best basketball of the season of late, sporting a three-game win streak, its longest such streak since last season. KU will look to make it four when it travels to take on Bloomsburg University in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division showdown tomorrow, Saturday, at 1 p.m. at Nelson Field House.

The Golden Bears (6-7 overall, 4-2 PSAC) are winners of three straight and currently sit atop the East Division, along with the Huskies (8-5, 4-2), who have lost three-of-four.

These two teams have seen each other quite a bit over the last two seasons. They met twice last year during the regular season, splitting the contests with each home team winning. KU and BU also squared off in the first round of the PSAC Tournament last Feb. at Keystone Arena, as the Maroon and Gold came out on top to advance to the quarterfinals. Bloomsburg also competed in the KU Conference Challenge tournament to open up the season.

Kutztown has defeated Holy Family (Jan. 2), West Chester (Dec. 29) and Gannon (Dec. 19) by a combined 10 points as it continued its streak of scoring at least 66 points in each of the last six games. The KU defense, which ranks fifth in the PSAC, allowing just 63.7 points per game (ppg), has given up less over its current win streak, 61.6 ppg. KU’s full-court pressure and defensive intensity has helped create turnovers and east transition looks on the opposite end. Kalee Fuegel seems to always be around the ball and is tied for fourth in the PSAC with 30 steals.

The Golden Bears rank fourth in the conference with 7.3 made three-pointers per game. One of the main contributors to those numbers is sophomore Rylee Derr. Derr is averaging 18.3 ppg, eighth-best in the PSAC, an increase of 4.7 ppg from her freshman campaign. Derr has made 40 three-pointers this season, tops in the PSAC. She has scored a total of 50 points over the last two contests.

Karen Lapkiewicz has found a groove over the last couple of weeks. Her 10.2 ppg is a career-high by 2.7 ppg for the junior, and ranks second on the team. Brianna Tarabocchia ranks in the top-20 in the league with 7.0 rebounds per game.

Bloomsburg has three players averaging in double-figures, including Alyssa Mack (14.5 ppg), Taylor Montana (12.9) and Emma Saxton (11.1).

The Huskies have played seven common opponents with Kutztown this season. They defeated Fayetteville State, Lincoln, Pitt-Johnstown, Gannon and Mercyhurst. They fell to IUP and Holy Family, the team that KU beat 68-56 in its last game this past Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Still somewhat early in PSAC-play, this first-place showdown could go a long way in determining high seeding in the postseason.

Live stats, video and game notes are available via the links above, which can also be accessed on www.kubears.com.

Off the Pitch with Three-Time All-American Maddie Mohr

None in her sport have done it before her. Few all-time in any sport have accomplished it. Two weeks ago, Kutztown University women’s soccer student-athlete Maddie Mohr earned All-American status for the third consecutive year, becoming the first three-time All-American in program history and just the 18th all-time in KU athletics lore to achieve the feat.

Mohr was voted First Team All-America by the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II list for the second straight year.

In 2017, Mohr was the program’s first-ever First Team honoree. She backed that recognition up with a second First Team award in a row, and now can call herself a three-time All-America after being voted Third Team by D2CCA as a freshman.

Mohr is just the 18th Kutztown University student-athlete all-time to be recognized as a three-time All-American.

“I wasn’t really expecting it,” said Mohr on hearing of the All-America recognition. “I didn’t have quite the season that I had the last two years. I was definitely excited and just kind of taken aback from it. It’s really rewarding, and to be able to come in right away as a freshman and contribute and have success is amazing because you don’t expect it. It just makes me work harder and gives me more goals to try and accomplish.”

So with all of the national accolades and overall success, why Kutztown?

“Looking back on it sometimes you question what if,” said Mohr. “But I knew a couple of girls on Kutztown when I was being recruited and they were really good players and the program was really good, so there was that success that drew me. When I came to campus on a visit it just clicked. The program looked like a culture I wanted to be a part of.”

This season alone she has been named to the All-Atlantic Region First Team by United Soccer Coaches and D2CCA for the third straight year and also to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) First Team for the third time.

Mohr started in all 20 games this season, recording three goals and an assist, and was a strength for KU both on the offensive and defensive third. Kutztown finished the 2018 season 14-4-2 and qualified for both the PSAC and NCAA Atlantic Region Tournaments for the third straight year.

“I think we’ve held ourselves to a higher standard of late,” Mohr said. “We don’t always expect to get into these tournaments because it is really hard to, but they are always our main goals that we work towards. Each year the freshmen come in and know of the success we had the year before and they just know we want to keep that standard.”

The Elizabethtown native has started in 65-of-66 games through her first three seasons. She ranks fifth in program history with 28 career goals and is seventh with 64 career points. Her senior year in 2019 may very likely push her even further up the record books, but the team-player that she is, Mohr wants more than individual attention and awards.

“We want to advance far in the tournaments, but as a senior, I definitely want to win PSAC’s,” said Mohr. “That is something that has been a goal of ours since our freshmen year and beyond. Everybody on our team wants to accomplish that. We want it to be successful in our last run.”

Mohr, along with her classmates in Jenna Bracken, Kristina Miller, Emily Zwiercan, Schyler Ackerman, Kaylee Kupiec and Courtney Browning, and redshirt-sophomore Chelsea Fadio all entered the program at the same time. This class needs 13 wins next season to become the all-time winningest class in program history. They have averaged almost 17 wins a season in their three years at Kutztown.

“Coming in as freshmen, we just seemed to all click right away,” said Mohr. “Compared with other classes I thought that we were all really close, which definitely helps us on the field. The success that we’ve had in our three years is a testament to a lot of them and helps us stay so close because we want to keep pushing each other to get even better.”

To prepare, each offseason Mohr and her teammates run, lift and try to play wherever they can. Sometimes it can be even harder than the work during the fall season.

Off the pitch, Mohr has other talents, including balancing a spoon on her nose. She enjoys watching American Horror Story and playing lacrosse, but one of her passions outside of helping the KU soccer program is being around four-legged friends.

“I love dogs,” said Mohr. “I am like obsessed with them. I dog sit over the summer and watch a bunch of them. I have a cockapoo named Cooper. I like fuzzy dogs, but probably my favorite type is a pitbull.”

Mohr and the women’s soccer program soon will look to take that one last step at a championship.

Kutztown Bowling Remains Nationally-Ranked in Latest Poll

1/2/2019 | Women’s Bowling

NTCA Release (All Divisions Poll)

The Kutztown University women’s bowling team continued its presence among the nationally-ranked teams as it was voted 25th in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll, as announced last week.

The Golden Bears (31-32 overall) were voted 24th to begin the 2018-19 campaign in the preseason poll, the 11th straight year it reached the status of nationally elite.

Kutztown boasts five top-25 victories this season, three of which were against top-10 opponents. KU took down No. 7 University of Maryland Eastern Shore twice, its highest-ranked victory since Mar. 2, 2018, when it defeated No. 6 Delaware State.

Once again, the Maroon and Gold go toe-to-toe with the best of the best, ranking 12th nationally in strength of schedule. They have faced 21 opponents ranked inside the top-25 in matches this season.

Kutztown features a young lineup with no seniors. Juniors Alexis Case, Angela Kozma and Ella Luzzi are experienced leaders on the team. Sophomores Keanna Delp, Laura Hartley and Dana Henry have also contributed in the majority of KU’s matches this season. Freshmen Molly Agnello and Ashley Fister are new to the fold but have made their impacts felt. Fister earned the East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week honors in early Nov.

Kutztown returns to the lanes for the KU Invitational in Limerick on the weekend of January 18-20. A stacked field is expected as 20 of the current top-25 will be competing at the event.

Kutztown Ranks Third in PSAC’s 2018-19 Dixon Trophy Standings Through Fall Season

11/27/2018 | Field Hockey

PSAC Release | Standings

After a successful fall season for Kutztown University athletics, KU is ranked third in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Dixon Trophy standings.

The Dixon Trophy is awarded at the end of each academic year to the league’s most successful program based on conference playoff and/or regular-season finish. Standings are compiled based on average score for all Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship sports each school sponsors. Equal to its total membership, each conference sport champion is awarded 18 points and a descending point value is given for respective place finishes. The second- through last-place values vary depending on the number of teams that sponsor the sport.

The KU men averaged 14.25 points across its two fall sports, which ranked second overall. The Golden Bears football team earned a department-high 14.5 points as it won its most games (nine) since 2011, the last time it also appeared in the NCAA Tournament as it did this season. Not far behind, men’s cross country earned an average of 14 points, highlighted by its fourth-place finish at PSAC’s, the best finish for the program since the 2002 season.

Women’s soccer led the way on the other side with 14 points, followed by women’s cross country with 13, field hockey and golf each with 11 and women’s volleyball with 2.5.

The football, field hockey and women’s soccer teams all reached the postseason in a banner-fall for the Maroon and Gold.

KU finished ninth at the end of the 2017-18 season.

In its 24th year of existence, the award is named in honor of F. Eugene Dixon, Jr., former chairman of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors. Seven different institutions have won the Dixon Trophy. SU has laid claim to the honor a league-best eight times, while WCU boasts four. Lock Haven and Bloomsburg have three titles apiece. California has two Dixon Trophy victories. KU, Slippery Rock, and Millersville have each won one Dixon Trophy.

Seven PSAC Championships will be contested in the 2018-19 winter season: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and wrestling. The next update of the Dixon Trophy standings will be released following the basketball championships in early March.

Lebanon Valley College recognizes fall student-athletes

The men’s soccer won 10 or more games for the third-consecutive season.

Lebanon Valley College recognized more than 250 student-athletes who competed for the Flying Dutchmen fall athletic teams.

Local athletes include:

Nicholas Sweitzer of Leesport, a member of the football team. Lebanon Valley’s football team posted a 2-8 record in 2018. Despite their record, the Dutchmen won its final two games of the season, including a thrilling 30-24 2OT victory over MAC rivals Albright, sparking the March on Kreiderheim.

A graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, Sweitzer is pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration.

Nicholas Bentz of Reading, a member of the football team. Lebanon Valley’s football team posted a 2-8 record in 2018. Despite their record, the Dutchmen won its final two games of the season, including a thrilling 30-24 2OT victory over MAC rivals Albright, sparking the March on Kreiderheim.

A graduate of Exeter Township High School, Bentz is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science.

Victor Morcelo of Reading, a member of the football team. Lebanon Valley’s football team posted a 2-8 record in 2018. Despite their record, the Dutchmen won its final two games of the season, including a thrilling 30-24 2OT victory over MAC rivals Albright, sparking the March on Kreiderheim.

A graduate of Berks Catholic High School, Morcelo is pursuing a bachelor of science in accounting.

Anthony Jenkins of Reading, a member of the football team. Lebanon Valley’s football team posted a 2-8 record in 2018. Despite their record, the Dutchmen won its final two games of the season, including a thrilling 30-24 2OT victory over MAC rivals Albright, sparking the March on Kreiderheim.

A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Jenkins is pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration.

Daymond Zweizig of Reading, a member of the football team. Lebanon Valley’s football team posted a 2-8 record in 2018. Despite their record, the Dutchmen won its final two games of the season, including a thrilling 30-24 2OT victory over MAC rivals Albright, sparking the March on Kreiderheim.

A graduate of Oley Valley High School, Zweizig is pursuing a bachelor of science in psychology and business administration.

George Limberiou of Reading, a member of the football team. Lebanon Valley’s football team posted a 2-8 record in 2018. Despite their record, the Dutchmen won its final two games of the season, including a thrilling 30-24 2OT victory over MAC rivals Albright, sparking the March on Kreiderheim.

A graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, Limberiou is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science.

Logan Grauer of Mohrsville, a member of the football team. Lebanon Valley’s football team posted a 2-8 record in 2018. Despite their record, the Dutchmen won its final two games of the season, including a thrilling 30-24 2OT victory over MAC rivals Albright, sparking the March on Kreiderheim.

A graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, Grauer is pursuing a bachelor of arts in applied history.

Charlotte Jones of Fleetwood, a member of the women’s cross country team. For women’s cross country, the Dutchmen enjoyed one of their best-ever seasons, as it was the first time they placed three runners inside the top-10 at MAC Championships and they posted their lowest point total in program history to place second out of 17 teams. On the men’s side, LVC placed sixth at MAC Championships and Noah Griffin earned MAC Rookie of the Year honors.

A graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, Jones is pursuing a bachelor of science in digital communications and art and visual culture.

Marah Hoffman of Birdsboro, a member of the women’s cross country team. For women’s cross country, the Dutchmen enjoyed one of their best-ever seasons, as it was the first time they placed three runners inside the top-10 at MAC Championships and they posted their lowest point total in program history to place second out of 17 teams. On the men’s side, LVC placed sixth at MAC Championships and Noah Griffin earned MAC Rookie of the Year honors.

A graduate of Exeter Township High School, Hoffman is pursuing a bachelor of arts in English and creative writing.

Kutztown University announces 2018-19 track & field roster

Kutztown University will have 92 student-athletes representing its track & field program for the 2018-19 season.

Kutztown has won 19 combined conference championships in school history in track & field. KU had four individual conference champions last year and is under the guidance of 13-year head coach Ray Hoffman.

KU’s home-opener is scheduled for Jan. 10-11, 2019, with the Golden Bear Invitational at O’Pake Fieldhouse.

Trinity Ponton of West Reading

David Awurumibe of West Lawn

Jared Luckanitz of Reading

Forty-nine Muhlenberg scholar-athletes named to academic honor roll for the 2018 fall season

Forty-nine Muhlenberg College student-athletes were recognized for their performance in the classroom and on the field with their selection to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2018 season.

The following local student have been awarded:

Erich Buerkert of Birdsboro

Rachel Richards of Reading

To be named to the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing and carry at least a 3.40 cumulative grade-point average.

In addition, six Mules were named to the Academic All-Centennial team for earning spots on the Academic Honor Roll and the All-CC team in their sport.

Read more about these scholar-athletes here.

Five Women’s Soccer Players Named to United Soccer Coaches All-Region Teams

11/27/2018 | Women’s Soccer
United Soccer Coaches Release

KUTZTOWN – Five members of the Kutztown University women’s soccer team were named to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Region Teams. Juniors Kristina Miller, Maddie Mohr and Emily Zwiercan were voted to the First Team and senior Alyssa Ryan and junior Jenna Bracken were named to the Second Team.

The quintet of Golden Bears all earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors earlier this season. Miller, Mohr, Zwiercan and Bracken were also voted to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Region First Team.

Mohr is a three-time All-PSAC First Teamer, the first women’s soccer player under head coach Erik Burstein to accomplish this feat. She started in all 20 games this season, recording three goals and an

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Tina O’Donnell of Kutztown earns year-end accolades from the Empire 8 Conference

Tina O’Donnell of Kutztown earns year-end accolades from the Empire 8 Conference

Elmira College field hockey defensive stalwarts Liz Shephard of Cazenovia, N.Y., (2021) and Tina O’Donnell of Kutztown (2020) received year-end accolades from the Empire 8 Conference on November 12, as Shephard was named an E8 All-Conference Honorable Mention and O’Donnell was chosen to the Sportswoman of the Year Team.

A third-year goalie from Kutztown, Pa., O’Donnell was honored as Elmira’s representative on the Empire 8 Sportswoman of the Year Team. The E8 emphasizes that “Competing with Honor and Integrity” is an essential component of a student-athlete’s experience in conjunction with an institution’s educational mission, and one student-athlete from each institution is recognized annually for consistently exhibit the critical traits of outstanding sportsmanship.

O’Donnell finished her junior season as one of just five goalies in Division III to amass over 200 saves, as she led the Empire 8 with 220 saves and 12.94 saves per game. Her save total ranks third all-time in program history, and the six victories she recorded are tied for fourth-most in a single season. O’Donnell made double-digit saves on 11 occasions, including a pair of matches with a season-high 23 stops. She also earned the first shutout of her collegiate career in a 6-0 victory over Wells on September 25.

In her second season as a starting defender for the Purple and Gold, Shephard earned the first All-Conference award of her career. The Cazenovia native started all 17 contests as a sophomore and accumulated 1,200 minutes of playing time. Playing as a kicking back in EC’s second game of the year against Wooster, Shephard logged her second defensive save as a Soaring Eagle, and she earned her first point with an assist against Utica Oct. 20.

Shephard, perhaps best known for her superior block tackling ability, doubles as Elmira’s lead injector on penalty corners. Generating offense on penalty corners proved to be key for the Soaring Eagles in wins over King’s (Pa.), Sage, Brockport, Morrisville State and Keuka.

Men’s Basketball Voted Eighth in Latest Atlantic Regional Poll

11/26/2018 | Men’s Basketball
Official Poll

KUTZTOWN – For the second straight week, the 22nd-ranked Kutztown University men’s basketball team has been voted into the Division Two Sports Information Directors of America Atlantic Regional Poll, appearing eighth, as released Monday afternoon.

The Golden Bears (3-2 overall) have not played since a 94-91 double-overtime defeat at Lincoln University last Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Kutztown won its season-opener against the region’s second-seed West Liberty, 107-97, back on Nov. 9. It’s only two setbacks came by a combined five points, with both the Lions and West Virginia Wesleyan (74-72, Nov. 10) escaping with last-second shots.

The Maroon and Gold lead the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in scoring at 87.6 points per game and in field goal percentage at 49.8-percent.

Redshirt-senior Anthony Lee ranks second in the conference at 25.6 ppg, sixth at the free-throw line, shooting 88.2-percent, and eighth with 4.0 assists per game. Redshirt-sophomore Moe Williams is fifth in rebounding at 8.8 rebounds per game. KU has five players inside the top-50 in the PSAC in apg, with Lee, Williams (23rd, 2.8), Kiyon Hardy (31st, 2.4), Ricky Hicks (31st, 2.4) and Facundo Arens (50th, 1.6).

Kutztown has three games this week, all at Keystone Arena. KU hosts Jefferson in a non-conference game Wednesday, Nov. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. It will then take on the region’s top team in Indiana (PA) and Clarion in back-to-back days on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. Both of those tips are set for 3 p.m.