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
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.
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.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Kutztown University women’s basketball team dropped the opening game of the Saint Mary’s Holiday Invitational to a top-10 team in Lubbock Christian, 72-47 Friday afternoon in San Antonio, Texas.
The Golden Bears (1-4 overall) will take on host Saint Mary’s in its third and final game in the state of Texas tomorrow, Saturday, at 6:30 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Kutztown University women’s basketball team wrapped up the meat of its non-conference schedule on Saturday evening, falling to the Saint Mary’s (TX) University Rattlers 55-45.
SMU built an early lead, ahead 18-10 after the first quarter and 30-20 at halftime. A cold-shooting performance from Kutztown allowed the Rattlers to maintain this advantage to the finish as both teams scored 25 points each in the second half.
Rylee Derr led KU with 12 points, her fifth game in double-figures this season, and had a team-high 12 rebounds for her first career double-double. Taylor Thames had 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor and Karen Lapkiewicz and Zoe Zerman each added nine a piece.
The Maroon and Gold outplayed the Rattlers in many facets of the game, winning the battle on the offensive glass and the turnover game. Kutztown also attempted 13 more field goals than SMU, but just couldn’t find its stroke for the second consecutive contest, shooting 23.8 percent from the field.
KU’s defense kept it in the game as the Golden Bears held St. Mary’s to 36.0 percent shooting and limited the Rattlers to just 3-of-15 from beyond the arc. The 37 3-PT attempts for KU are the second-most in program history, trailing only the 39 attempts on Nov. 25, 2017 against PSU Lehigh Valley.
After facing a stiff non-conference slate, Kutztown (1-5 overall) will now open its season in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference at home on Saturday, Dec. 1, taking on No. 5 Indiana (PA) at 1 p.m.
KUTZTOWN – The 16th-ranked Kutztown University wrestling team secured victories in 5-of-10 bouts against sixth-ranked University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, but suffered a 23-15 setback in its home Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) opener on Tuesday evening, which doubled as KU Wrestling’s annual Military Appreciation Night.
Lucas Miller controlled his match at 133 lbs., evening the dual score at 3-all with a 9-4 decision over Pitt-Johnstown’s Lukas O’Connor. KU then got consecutive wins at 157 lbs. and 165 lbs. as Chad Haegele and Mikey O’Brien each dispatched their opponents with victories by decision.
O’Brien delivered perhaps to most notable victory of the evening at 165 lbs., winning a hard fought 4-3 decision over UPJ’s Devin Austin, the nation’s fifth-ranked wrestler at 165.
Top-ranked 184-pounder Jeff Reimel, in his first action of the season, defeated Mike Geyer 7-3 for KU’s fourth triumph of the night. Fifth-ranked Andrew Dunn Jr. put a cap on the Maroon and Gold’s solid performance with a 5-2 win at heavyweight to round out Kutztown’s winners in its first dual of the season.
Bonus points proved to be the difference in the match as the Mountain Cats of UPJ posted three bonus victories by way of two pins and one tech. fall.
Kutztown continues its dual season in the PSAC in its next competition, taking on Seton Hill University at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, inside of Keystone Arena.
Brendan Howard (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) over J. Renne (Kutztown) (Dec 6-1)
L. Miller (Kutztown) over Lukas O`Connor (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) (Dec 9-4)
#6 Joey Alessandro (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) over An. Petril (Kutztown) (Fall 3:48)
#4 Chris Eddins Jr. (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) over J. Jones (Kutztown) (Fall 4:42)
C. Haegele (Kutztown) over Corey Falleroni (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) (Dec 8-4)
M. O`Brien (Kutztown) over #5 Devin Austin (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) (Dec 4-3)
Brock Biddle (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) over J. Meyer (Kutztown) (Dec 9-3)
#1 J. Reimel (Kutztown) over Mike Geyer (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) (Dec 7-3)
#5 Levi Niebauer (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) over M. Lewandowski (Kutztown) (TF 19-2 3:57)
#5 A. Dunn (Kutztown) over Tyler Oliver (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) (Dec 5-2)
KUTZTOWN – The Kutztown University field hockey team wrapped up its memorable 2018 campaign in the postseason last week, and was voted ninth in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II National Coaches Poll, released Tuesday morning.
It was an historic year for Kutztown field hockey, which celebrated its 50th season as a program.
The Golden Bears were 14-5 overall, their most wins since 2007. KU also played in its first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament since 2015. It will return a large majority of its roster for a chance at an even deeper postseason run in 2019. Another highlight included taking down No. 1 and PSAC champion West Chester University 2-0 on Oct. 24.
Kutztown held two separate win-streaks of eight and five games during the regular season. It held a national ranking for nine straight weeks, all but week one.
Head coach Marci Scheuing had four student-athletes earn All-PSAC honors as juniors Mackenzie Fuhrman and Kyra Wozniak were voted to the First Team and sophomore Leigh Roselli and freshman Rachel Dusman were named to the Second Team, with Dusman earning Rookie of the Year, the first since 2010. Scheuing will return 22-of-26 from her roster this season, as seniors McKenna Conselyea, Laura Durdon, Lauren Latchford and Rita Muro wrapped up their four-year careers this season.
Wozniak was tied for third in program history with 21 goals scored this season, and fourth with 45 points. She is tied for seventh with 37 career points. Dusman was tied for third in KU lore with 12 assists this year, and Fuhrman was just behind in fifth at 11. Fuhrman now has 20 career assists, eighth all-time.
There is a lot to look forward to for the 2019 campaign.
KUTZTOWN – The 18th-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team has new and fresh life. After an early exit from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament last week, KU received a bid as the third seed in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament, and will face the sixth seeded West Virginia Wesleyan in the First Round tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 9, at noon at West Chester University’s Rockwell Field.
The Golden Bears (14-4-1 overall) have earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament in eight of the last 10 years.
Following another successful regular season, KU was well-represented on the PSAC accolades, with five student-athletes receiving recognition for All-Conference. Juniors Jenna Bracken, Kristina Miller, Emily Zwiercan and Maddie Mohr were voted All-PSAC First Team members and senior Alyssa Ryan earned Second Team honors.
Zwiercan leads the team with 11 goals, which ranks fourth in the PSAC. Freshman Kayla Argen is second with four goals, followed by Ryan, Miller, Mohr and Gabby Kane with three on the season. Argen and Erica Monte Carlo are tied for the team-lead with five assists, followed by Zwiercan with three and Ryan and Schyler Ackerman each with two.
Tori Angelus, Savanna Harrison and Rachel Rizzo have also gotten into the score column this season, all contributing a goal, while Kayla Reed joins Kane and Mohr with an assist each.
The Kutztown defense has allowed just nine goals all season, second-least in the PSAC. PSAC Defensive
KUTZTOWN – The sixth-ranked Kutztown University field hockey team has had a lot to celebrate over the last two-plus weeks, and that joy will continue as the program will honor its four seniors on senior day tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 3, in the regular-season finale against Mercyhurst at 11 a.m. at Andre Reed Stadium.
The Golden Bears (13-4 overall, 6-3 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) boast a four-game win streak, including defeating then top-ranked West Chester 2-0 last week. They also were victorious on Saturday, Oct. 20, the day the program celebrated 50 seasons of KU field hockey and had many past players and coaches in attendance.
Now Saturday, three days after clinching a postseason berth in the PSAC Tournament, the 2018 class of McKenna Conselyea, Laura Durdon, Lauren Latchford and Rita Muro will have center stage.
Over the past four seasons, this group has been a part of four straight seasons posting .500 or better
Kutztown University Celebrates 50 Seasons of Field Hockey
KUTZTOWN – As part of its home game on Saturday, Oct. 20, Kutztown University celebrated 50 Seasons of Field Hockey with on-field recognitions of head coaches, its All-Time Team and the entire field hockey alumnae body in attendance. KU also hosted a post-game reception afterward.
Nearly 100 KU field hockey alumnae were in attendance and were recognized as a whole for their accomplishments. Alumnae were welcomed by decade and All-Decade players were recognized (full listing of All-Decade players). Highlights by decade include:
1960s to 1970s: won a combined 56 games, which includes a streak of six straight winning seasons from 1971-76. KU had one of its best seasons in program history in 1976, compiling a 12-1 record.
1980s: won a total of 101 games, holding a winning record for eight straight seasons from 1982-89. KU made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1982 and then returned to the postseason in both 1983 and 1988, advancing to the second round twice.
1990s: notched 103 wins, posting double-digit win totals six times. Kutztown made back-to-back PSAC semifinal appearances in 1997 and 1998 and advanced to the national championship game in 1997.
2000s: won 113 total games, compiling a .570 win percentage. The Maroon and Gold made it to five PSAC semifinals during this time and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2007. KU also achieved its highest-ever national ranking in 2007, ranked No. 1 in the country.
2010s: Winners of 80 games and counting, this group posted six winning seasons, including three straight from 2014-17. In 2015, Kutztown hosted its first-ever PSAC home playoff game and ranked #1 in the country in Team GPA.