Young and daring to dream, Kutztown is rising to new heights in DII women’s soccer

Kutztown is coming off a memorable season in 2016. The Golden Bears eclipsed program records for most regular season wins, most Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference wins, most shutouts and most consecutive wins. A program with just one previous playoff victory in program history found themselves in the NCAA DII women’s soccer semifinals, where they would lose to the eventual national champion Western Washington.

Now the Golden Bears are on pace to crush every one of those numbers this season.

Read the entire story, with quotes from sophomore forward Emily Zwiercan (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico), courtesy of Wayne Cavadi,, here:

Kutztown Defeats Lock Haven for First PSAC Victory

KUTZTOWN | In front of a boisterous home crowd at Keystone Arena, the Kutztown University women’s volleyball team downed the Lock Haven University Bald Eagles in four sets (27-25,19-25,26-24,25-23) for its first win of the season in Pennslyvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play.

Set one was a knock-down, drag-out affair with both sides exchanging leads for much of the opening frame. KU opened the first considerable margin of the set when Alli Henderson(Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) delivered a kill from the outside to put the Golden Bears ahead 18-15, prompting a Lock Haven timeout.

Following the break in action, LHU chipped away at this lead, tying the score at 25-all to set the stage for extra volleyball in the first set. In bonus action, the Kutztown offense converted in the critical

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Bowling Voted Third in ECC Coaches Poll

KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University women’s bowling team was voted third by the coaches in the preseason East Coast Conference Poll released Friday.

KU finished the 2016-17 season with a 55-63 record, and return a large chunk of the starting lineup this season.

Led by All-ECC First-Team bowlers Jenn Fitts (Birdsboro, Pa./Twin Valley) (Birdsboro, Pa./Twin Valley) and Angela Kozma(Beachwood, N.J./Toms River South) (Beachwood, N.J./Toms River South), the Maroon and Gold welcome back seven members of the team from last year.

Head coach Joseph Ambrose is entering his 11th season at the helm, and holds a 717-512 (.583) career record. He has led KU to a top-20 ranking in the country every year dating back to 2008. His teams have finished with a winning season in eight of his 10 years as head coach.

The Golden Bears finished in a tie with Felician University for third, receiving 67 points. Adelphi University was picked as the favorite to win its third straight ECC championship. Lincoln Memorial University was voted second, and Franklin Pierce University round out the top five.

This is the first year that conference champions will automatically qualify for the NCAA championships, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. The winner of Kutztown’s conference, the East Coast Conference, will be added to four schools that get selected as at-large bids, who will compete for eight spots at the NCAA championships.

KU begins its season on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Bud Whitman Memorial held at Berks Lanes in Reading, Pa. KU will compete in 11 events this season before heading to the ECC Championships at the end of March and potentially the NCAA Championships in April.

Watch: Latest Episode of KUTV’s Between the Lines

KUTZTOWN | Courtesy of the Kutztown University Department of Cinema, Television and Media Production, watch the latest episode of KUTV’s, “Between the Lines”.

Episode Rundown
This week’s episode begins with the “Weekend Update” as hosts Glenn and Matt get you caught up on the previous week’s KU athletics action.

At halftime, Brianna talks with women’s volleyball sophomore middle hitter Taylor Brown (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern). Brown gives pointers on how to be successful on the court.

In the next segment, “Inside the Locker Room”, both the men’s and women’s rugby teams are featured, as they discuss the starts to their individual 2017 season. For the women, former KU player now assistant coach Laurie Segreaves and senior Aysia Grondahl sit down with Matt for an interview. That is followed up by men’s student-athletes Sam Devine and Tyler Valovcin talking with Glenn about the rigorous schedule of a college rugby player.

In the “Player of the Week” segment, viewers get a chance to hear from Claire Frank (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus), a junior on the women’s swimming team.

Women’s Bowling 2017-18 Season Preview & Media Guide

KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University women’s bowling team will be much more seasoned heading into the 2017-18 season.

After graduating a large chunk of their starting lineup, the Golden Bears were a young team last year. But that experience, coupled with losing just one senior, gives the Maroon and Gold plenty of things to look forward to heading into this season.

“[It was the] biggest transition year in our history,” said head coach Joseph Ambrose. “We had to replace seven seniors and pretty much the entire lineup from the 2015-16 season. All of the starters from that year were All-Conference, so it was a huge change.

“Our four freshmen and younger players got some valuable experience against some of the top teams in the country. We made a strong showing at the ECC Championships; rounds we got beat in

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Preview: No. 2 Women’s Soccer hits the road to compete against Mansfield University

KUTZTOWN | This Friday, Oct. 13, the No. 2 Kutztown University women’s soccer team will take on Mansfield University on the road at the MU soccer field, at 4p.m.

KU is currently holding a 12-game winning streak and the Golden Bears are ranked number one in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with 30 points. KU enters Friday with a record of 12-0 overall and 10-0 in the PSAC.

On WednesdayKaylee Kupiec (Deptford, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) scored the game-winning goal in the fifth minute in KU’s 1-0 victory vs. Shippensburg. The goal was the defender’s first of the

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WEEK 7 NOTES: Kutztown Returns Home Saturday Aiming for Continued Success against East Stroudsburg

University Field at Andre Reed Stadium (Cap: 5,600)

Kutztown Golden Bears
2017 Record: 4-2, 2-1 PSAC East
Schedule | Roster | Statistics | Media Guide
Head Coach: Jim Clements (Widener ’96)
Record at KU: 24-15 (4th season)
Career Record: 90-39 (12th season)

East Stroudsburg Warriors
2017 Record: 
2-4, 1-2 PSAC East
Schedule | Roster | Statistics | Media Guide
Head Coach: Denny Douds (Slippery Rock ’63)
Record at ESU: 260-189-3 (44th season)
Career Record: same (52nd season at ESU)

Live Coverage
Live Stats | Live Audio (KUTV Simulcast) | Live Video (KUTV)

Game Notes
KU Game Notes | ESU Game Notes | PSAC Week 7 Notes

Series: 71st Meeting (ESU leads 46-23-1)
First Meeting: 1904 (KU def. ESU, 11-4)
Last Meeting: 2016 (KU def. ESU, 49-30)
Last ESU Win: 2013 (ESU def. KU, 43-26)
TV: KUTV (SECV & Hometown Utilicom)
Audio: KUR
Live Stats, Audio & Video:
1670 AM
TV: SECV Birdsboro Channel 24, 524 (HD)
TV: SECV Lehigh Valley Channel 266, 765 (HD)
TV: Hometown Utilicom Channel 191

KU and ESU have the two best turnover margins in the PSAC.
Craig Reynolds (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) ranks third in the PSAC and 10th in D-II at 178.67 all-purpose yards per game.
Shawn Turber-Ortiz (Northumberland, Pa./Shikellamy) has five interceptions in the last four games, including two last week.
Kutztown co-leads the PSAC with 12 interceptions.
KU has committed five turnovers with a +1.83 turnover margin, the best marks in the PSAC.
Dean Krcic (Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley) leads the PSAC and ranks fifth in Division II in punting average at 45.1 yards.
Alec Rosenfeld (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) has made five field goals this season – all coming in the last three weeks.
Kutztown has lost three fumbles this year, the second-fewest in the PSAC.
Turber-Ortiz (defense) and Krcic (special teams) were named PSAC East Athletes of the Week.
Kutztown (459) and Reynolds (261) broke school-records for rushing yards last year vs. ESU.

Complete Game Notes

SERIES HISTORY: Saturday marks the 71st meeting between Kutztown and East Stroudsburg, dating back to 1904 as the second-longest rivalry in school history. ESU holds a 46-23-1 advantage in the all-time series, but KU has won six of the last seven matchups. In the last seven years, KU’s average margin of victory in its six wins is 21.7 points. Prior to the recent run beginning in 2010, ESU had won nine in-a-row over Kutztown from 2000-09.

LAST WEEK: KU ended a 25-year drought and won at Bloomsburg last week for the first time since 1992 with a 23-7 victory. The win snapped Bloomsburg’s 11-game home winning streak in the series. KU’s defense had three interceptions and held Bloomsburg to 166 total yards. KU scored all 23 points in the second half after playing to a scoreless first half – a first for KU since 2001.

LAST YEAR: Craig Reynolds (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) ran for 261 of KU’s 459 rushing yards, both of which marked school-records, in a 49-30 victory at ESU last year. Reynolds also broke the school-record for all-purpose yards in a game at 345.

HOT HAND: Shawn Turber-Ortiz (Northumberland, Pa./Shikellamy)has five interceptions as a redshirt-freshman, all coming in the last four games. He ranks second in the PSAC and third in Division II with five. He had two last week at Bloomsburg and needs one more to set the school’s freshman record.

DEFENSIVE STAND: Kutztown’s defense is coming off its best performance of the season. Bloomsburg entered last week averaging 376 yards per game, but was held to 166. KU forced Bloomsburg off the field on 11-of-15 third-downs, while Bloomsburg’s lone touchdown was scored off a drive that started at the KU 1-yardline.

ONSIDE KICK: Kutztown converted an onside-kick attempt at Bloomsburg last week, KU’s first since 2014.

BLOCKED KICKS: East Stroudsburg co-leads the PSAC with five blocked kicks this year.

STOPPING THE RUN: Under head coach Jim Clements, KU is 11-2 when holding its opponent to less than 100 yards rushing. His only losses were to Mercyhurst in 2016, and at West Chester in 2017. This season, KU ranks second in the PSAC at 97.2 rushing yards allowed per game.

PICK CITY: KU has 12 interceptions this year, tied for the most in the PSAC with Indiana (PA). KU had four interceptions earlier this year vs. Seton Hill – the most for KU since 2011.

ALL-PURPOSE BACK: Craig Reynolds (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) ranks third in the PSAC and 10th in Division II at 178.67 all-purpose yards per game, highlighted by a 335-yard performance in the season-opener against Assumption. He holds the single-game record of 345, set last season. For his career, he ranks sixth in school history with 3,547 career all-purpose yards.

EYEING THE ENDZONE: Reynolds ranks third in the PSAC and sixth in Division II with 10 touchdowns this season – five rushing, four receiving and one punt return.

UP AND AWAY: Kutztown is 1-of-2 teams in the PSAC to not allow a blocked kick, and 1-of-9 to not allow a blocked punt this season.

PROTECT THE FOOTBALL: Kutztown has committed five turnovers this year, the fewest in the PSAC. KU’s turnover margin of +1.83 ranks first in the PSAC and fourth in Division II.

THROWING TO THE RIGHT TEAM: Kutztown has thrown two interceptions this year, tied for the fewest in the PSAC.

PUT THOSE FLAGS AWAY: Kutztown has the most penalty yardage in the PSAC at 93.83 per game.

DON’T RUN AT RONNY: Ronny Tomasetti (Dickson City, Pa./Mid-Valley), a team captain, earned All-PSAC and All-Region honors last year. He has three sacks this season and 18 for his career, tied for eighth in school history.

TACKLING TJ: Tajier Jefferson (East Orange, N.J./Queen of Peace) had a career-high 15 tackles in the opener against Assumption with an interception and a forced fumble. He is a two-year All-PSAC starting linebacker and a 2017 team captain with 196 career tackles and 30 tackles-for-loss. He has only missed one game in his career.

FORCED FUMBLE: Jefferson co-leads the PSAC with two forced fumbles this year.

LEADING TACKLER: Jalen Nieves (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem)has played in 33 career games with 215 tackles and four interceptions.

PRIMETIME PUNTER: Freshman punter Dean Krcic (Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley) leads the PSAC and ranks fifth in Division II with an average of 45.1 yards-per-punt. The school-record for a season is 43.02 by KU All-Time Team punter Jon Corson in 2003.

DUAL-THREAT QB: DiGalbo earned All-PSAC East Second Team honors and the PSAC East Freshman of the Year last year. On the ground, he holds four school-rushing-records for a quarterback – touchdowns in a game (3) and season (8), longest run (82) and most rushing yards in a game (126). He has run for 646 career yards with 12 touchdowns, as KU’s career QB records stand at 878 yards and 19 touchdowns.

WINNING QUARTERBACK: Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) holds a record of 10-3 as a starting quarterback.

POINTS ON THE BOARD: DiGalbo ranks fourth in the PSAC, responsible for 16.3 points-per-game.

MAGIC NUMBER = 24: KU head coach Jim Clements is 19-1 in his Kutztown career when holding opponents to 24 or fewer points. His only loss was to Mercyhurst in 2016 (23-19).

RETURN MAN: Reynolds ranks third in the PSAC and eighth in Division II at 17.0 yards per punt return. The school-record is 16.4 by KU All-Time Teamer Mark Steinmeyer in 1988.

STARTING LINEBACKER: Tajier Jefferson (East Orange, N.J./Queen of Peace) has made 26 consecutive starts at linebacker, the longest streak on the team.

INTERCEPTION LEADER: Jake Perry (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) leads KU with eight career interceptions, including five last season in his All-PSAC East First Team season.

BALL HAWK: Sophomore cornerback Ahkee Cox-Cowan(Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg) ranks third in the PSAC in passes defended at 1.5 per game.

RETURNING KICKER: Alec Rosenfeld (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem)was an All-PSAC and All-Region kicker his freshman campaign in 2014, when he set school-records for field goal percentage in a season and field goals in a game. He has kicked five field goals over the last three weeks, moving him into third all-time at KU with 21 career field goals.

EARLY LEAD: Kutztown has led at halftime in 26 of its last 29 wins. KU’s two comeback wins over that time were at Indiana (PA) in 2015, and at Shippensburg in 2016. It was once tied at halftime at Bloomsburg in 2017.

PASS ATTACK: Dating back to 2011, Kutztown has thrown 30 or more pass attempts in 45 of its last 60 games (75.0 percent). Earlier this year, KU threw less than 30 pass attempts in three-straight games for the first time since 2015.

PSAC PRESEASON POLL: Kutztown was picked second in the East.

Eastern Division
1) West Chester (8)
2) Kutztown
3) Shippensburg
4) Bloomsburg
5) East Stroudsburg
6) Lock Haven
7) Millersville
8) Cheyney

Western Division
1) IUP (6)
2) California (2)
3) Slippery Rock
4) Edinboro
5) Gannon
6) Seton Hill
7) Clarion
8) Mercyhurst

Field Hockey Falls in Second Half at No. 8 West Chester

Field Hockey | Box Score

WEST CHESTER | The Kutztown University field hockey team surrendered two second-half goals Wednesday to tell the tale of its 2-0 setback at No. 8 West Chester University in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action from Vonnie Gros Field.

Kutztown goalkeeper Chardonnay Hope (New Castle, Del./William Penn) continued her commanding play in the cage by making seven saves in the first half. The shot differential proved too large for the Golden Bears, who were outshot 21-4 for the game.

In the 44th minute, West Chester beat the keeper off a tipped pass off a corner for a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, West Chester capitalized again off a corner, scoring from the top of the circle for its insurance goal.

Hope ended with a season-high 10 saves.

The Golden Bears remain on the road this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 14, to take on Mercyhurst University at 1 p.m.