Kutztown Student-Athletes Participate in 2017 Main Street Trick or Treat Event

10/29/2017 | Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) volunteered their time last week and participated in the Kutztown Community’s Merchant Trick or Treat Night on Main Street in downtown Kutztown.

The Halloween festivities took place for two hours, as SAAC representatives distributed candy to the local youth during the two-hour event. Even Avalanche the Golden Bear, the Kutztown University Golden Bear mascot, joined in the fun.

For more information about Kutztown SAAC and how to get involved, please contact SAAC advisor Don Justus via email at justus@kutztown.edu.

KU Comeback Falls Short in Four-Set Defeat to Mercyhurst

10/28/2017 | Women’s Volleyball | Box Score

ERIE | In its final road game of the 2017 campaign, the Kutztown University women’s volleyball team fell to the Mercyhurst University Lakers in four sets (17-25, 17-25, 25-21, 24-26).

The Lakers controlled action early in the opening set, scoring eight of the first nine points to go ahead, 8-1. Despite the significant deficit, KU clawed its way back into the match, closing the gap to 13-9 following back-to-back kills from Holly Owen (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and Alli Henderson (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area).

MU quickly silenced the Kutztown rally in the first frame, however, scoring the next four points to put itself in front 17-9, prompting a timeout from Head Coach John Gump. The break in action did little to change the outcome of this set, as the Lakers finished it off with a kill to claim the set one victory, 25-17.

Set two was competitive from the opening serve as both sides were deadlocked at 9-all following a Brittney Moyer (Orwigsburg, Pa./Blue Mountain (Lock Haven)) kill. Leading 11-10, Mercyhurst opened the first lead of two or more, scoring three-straight to go on top, 14-10.

With this margin in hand, the Lakers continued to keep their feet on the gas pedal as the set progressed, holding a 24-16 lead late in the frame. A kill from Jessica Howe (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg Area) was answered by a Mercyhurst kill, giving MU the set two victory, 25-17, and a 2-0 lead in the match.

The beginning of the third set was much like the second with each team trading points back-and-forth to the 6-all mark. At this juncture, KU took its first significant lead of the match, using three kills from Moyer amidst a four-point run to take a 10-6 lead.

Down 14-8, the Lakers climbed back into the third set with a five-point run to cut the KU lead to one. An Owen kill ended the MU rally and sparked a run for the Golden Bears. Kutztown ran off five of the next six points to take control of set number three, ahead 20-14.

Holding this advantage, the Maroon and Gold finished off the third set with a flourish, capping it with back-to-back kills from Owen and Henderson to secure the 25-21 victory.

Trailing just 2-1 in the match, KU showed no signs of quitting in a knock-down-drag-out fourth set. Four consecutive Golden Bear tallies staked Kutztown to a 12-8 lead midway through frame number four.

The Lakers quickly battled back as the set continued, evening the score at 17-all following a four-point run. The score would remain tied until the 20-20 mark when Mercyhurst made the most critical push of the afternoon.

Four-straight points from MU were answered by KU with four of their own, showing this side’s unwillingness to go down easily. Tied at 24-all, Mercyhurst delivered in the clutch with back-to-back kills to dispatch the Golden Bears in set four, 26-24, winning the match by a 3-1 score.

Offensively, the foursome of Henderson, Howe, Moyer and Owen combined for 38 of the team’s 41 overall kills. Howe contributed the most significant individual performance on the offensive end, posting 12 kills at a .292 clip adding six block assists and five digs.

Four different Golden Bears posted double-digit digs on the afternoon, as Sydney Wilson (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty)Madisyn Kleinfelter (Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon), Henderson and Wilson patrolled the backcourt to the tune of 57 combined digs.

With the loss, KU falls to 7-18 and 2-11 in PSAC play while the Lakers improve to 9-15 overall and 4-9 in PSAC competition.

The Maroon and Gold take back to the hardwood, returning home for its next competition against Edinboro University on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

No. 6 Women’s Soccer Wins Regular Season Finale

10/28/2017 | Women’s Soccer | Box Score
PSAC Standings

JOHNSTOWN | The sixth-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team ended the regular season on a high note, taking down the University of Pitt-Johnstown 4-0 Saturday afternoon in its final Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) game.

Sophomore midfielder Maddie Mohr (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) struck twice in the first half, adding her 12th and 13th goals of the season, which leads the team and is third in the PSAC.

Freshman forward Maggie Cecere (Batavia, N.Y./Batavia) gave the Golden Bears (15-2-1 overall, 13-2-1 PSAC) an even bigger cushion in the second half when she connected on a rebound off a shot by Emily Zwiercan (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico). It was Cecere’s second goal on the season.

Zwiercan was credited with the assist, her eighth of the season, putting her atop the PSAC in the category.

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Beaty OT Goal Sends off Seniors with 2-1 Victory

10/28/2017 | Field Hockey | Box Score
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KUTZTOWN, Pa. – For the second time in three days, the Kutztown University field hockey team found itself in an overtime game. After falling to second-ranked East Stroudsburg University in the waning seconds last Wednesday, the Golden Bears (11-7 overall, 5-5 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) came out victorious with a 2-1 win Saturday afternoon against Limestone College at Andre Reed Stadium in a non-conference game.

On Senior Day, one if its eight members sent off the group in style.

Senior defender Micaela Beaty (Drexel Hill, Pa./Archbishop Prendergast) scored the game winner just 1:00 into the first overtime period, on a rebound off a shot by Mackenzie Fuhrman(Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township), as the team rushed the field in its final regular season contest.

It was Fuhrman’s ninth assist on the season, which puts her in a tie for eight in program history for assists in a season. She is also second in the PSAC in assists.

KU found itself down 1-0 in the 22nd minute, but any lingering setback from the heartbreaking loss to ESU days earlier didn’t show.

The Maroon and Gold stormed back in the second half, creating chances, outshooting the Saints 4-2 and holding a 3-2 corners advantage.

In the 56th minute, Kutztown got its break through.

Sophomore Rose Moore (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville Area) was positioned at the corner of the cage and tapped in a shot off a perfect, low pass from Beaty. It was Moore’s second goal on the year.

Senior goalie Chardonnay Hope (New Castle, Del./William Penn), who was named the PSAC Field Hockey Co-Athlete of the Week by the league office earlier in the week, finished the day with three saves.

Madison Stewart (New Castle, Del./William Penn)Jenna Foltz(Mountville, Pa./Hempfield)Madison Wampler (York, Pa./West York Area)Julia Cummiskey (Warrington, Pa./Archbishop Wood)Courtney Konowal (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh), Hope, Beaty and Morgan Aldinger (Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) all played in their final home games as Golden Bears.

PREVIEW: Field Hockey to Honor Eight Seniors at Final Home Game of 2017

10/27/2017 | Field Hockey

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KUTZTOWN | The eighth-ranked Kutztown University field hockey team will honor its eight seniors prior to its regular season home finale Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at Andre Reed Stadium in a non-conference matchup against Limestone College.

Seniors Madison Stewart (New Castle, Del./William Penn)Jenna Foltz (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield)Madison Wampler (York, Pa./West York Area)Julia Cummiskey(Warrington, Pa./Archbishop Wood)Courtney Konowal (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh)Chardonnay Hope (New Castle, Del./William Penn)Micaela Beaty (Drexel Hill, Pa./Archbishop Prendergast) and Morgan Aldinger(Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) will suit up for their final home games as Golden Bears.

Over the past four seasons, this group has been a part of four straight seasons posting .500 or better records, totaling 41 victories thus far. They were also members of the 2015 team that qualified for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament and hosted KU’s first-ever home playoff game.

Stewart is a four-year member of the Golden Bears. She has started every game the last two seasons, and has played in 68 games at the top of the offense during her career. Stewart has 16 goals and 9 assists in her career. She was honored as a member of the All-P-S-A-C Second Team last season.

Foltz is a three-year member of the Golden Bears and has played in 12 career games so far.

Wampler is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and a captain. She has started 64 of 72 games, tallying 14 goals and 9 assists through four years.

Cummiskey is a three-year member of the Golden Bears and has appeared in 11 games.

Konowal is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and a two-time captain. She has started and played in all 72 games of her career, which is the most since Kelley Healey started 82 in 2008.

Konowal has tallied 12 goals and 12 assists through four years, and was a member of the All-P-S-A-C Second-Team in 2014 and Third-Team in 2015 and 2016.

Hope is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and a two-year captain. She has played in 48 career games and started every game the last two years in goal. She has 211 career saves, posting 22 wins and 10 shutouts.

Hope has recorded 10 wins each of the last two seasons.

Beaty is a four-year member of the Golden Bears, starting in 52 of 68 career games. She has five goals and three assists during her career on the backline of the defense.

Aldinger is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and has started 69 of 71 career games at the center of the defense. She has a career total of 13 goals and 13 assists and 11 defensive saves, including a team-high six this season.

Kutztown (10-7 overall, 5-5 PSAC) enters the game winning three of its last four games, including a 3-0 victory over the number one team in the country Shippensburg University Saturday, Oct. 21.

The Golden Bears suffered a one-goal setback Wednesday night, falling 2-1 in double overtime to No. 2 East Stroudsburg University.

Sophomore Kyra Wozniak (Plains, Pa./James M. Coughlin) has tallied a team-high 13 goals, which is third in the league.

Sophomore Mackenzie Fuhrman (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) has contributed eight assists for third place in the conference. She also has five goals totaling 18 points.

The KU defense has given up just 20 goals on the season, which is good for third in the PSAC. It is second in save percentage at .833.

Hope is second in the conference in save percentage (.813) and saves per game (5.12).

Limestone enters with a 14-2 record and have scored 4.6 goals per game, while giving up just 1 per game. The Saints opened up the 2017 campaign on an 11-game win streak, and since have won three of their last five.

Limestone has three players scoring double-digit goals, including team-leader Kate Remley who has 20.

The Homecoming and Senior Day game against Limestone Saturday will mark the final game for KU in 2017.

Women’s Volleyball Suffers Setback to Northwest Division-Leading Gannon

10/27/2017 | Women’s Volleyball | Box Score
KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University women’s volleyball was defeated by the Gannon University Golden Knights (25-21, 25-13, 25-13) in three sets in its final weekend of 2017 on the road in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play.

The Maroon and Gold faced an early deficit in the opening set as Gannon used five consecutive kills to race out to a 6-1 advantage. Trailing 9-5, three consecutive errors from the Golden Knights brought KU within two, down 9-7.

A seven-point run from GU put it back in the driver’s seat, holding a commanding 14-7 lead at the midway point of the opening frame. Despite being down considerably, a resilient Kutztown side wouldn’t quit, chipping away and eventually evening the set at 19-all.

The Golden Knights found their form, however, at this juncture as they scored six of the final eight points to dispatch the Maroon and  Continue reading “Women’s Volleyball Suffers Setback to Northwest Division-Leading Gannon”

Three Double-Digit Scorers Pace Golden Bears in Thursday-Night Exhibition at FDU

10/26/2017 | Women’s Basketball
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HACKENSACK | The Kutztown University women’s basketball team took on Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University in an exhibition Thursday night. Sierra Taylor (Williamstown, N.J./Camden Catholic) led all scorers with 16 points as the Golden Bears fell 77-63 at Stratis Arena.

Outside of a 10-point difference in the third quarter, Kutztown played within four points of FDU through the other three quarters, highlighted by a +2 margin in the fourth. At halftime, KU was in a six-point ballgame against the Division I Knights.

Taylor dropped 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She made two 3-pointers and dished out two assists.

Freshman Rylee Derr (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) earned the start and posted 13 points and seven rebounds. She shot 3-for-8 from downtown, made all four of her free throws and had three assists.

As a team, Kutztown shot 18-of-19 from the free throw line, as Taylor Thames (Colmar, Pa./North Penn)Jenna Widdicombe(Pottstown, Pa./Pope John Paul II (West Chester)), Taylor, Derr and Zoe Zerman (Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon) all shot perfect from the line.

Thames rounded out KU’s three double-digit scorers with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

FDU was led by a double-double from Amina Markovic of 12 points and 15 rebounds. Paniel M’Bikata added 13 points for the Knights.

The Golden Bears’ next exhibition is set for Friday, Nov. 3, with a road trip to U. Mass at 4:30 p.m.

WEEK 9 NOTES: Homecoming and First Place All Surround Pivotal Football Matchup…

10/26/2017 | Football
Saturday, Oct. 28 4:05 p.m.
University Field at Andre Reed Stadium
 (Cap: 5,600)

Kutztown Golden Bears
2017 Record: 6-2, 4-1 PSAC East
Schedule | Roster | Statistics | Media Guide
Head Coach: Jim Clements (Widener ’96)
Record at KU: 26-15 (4th season)
Career Record: 92-39 (12th season)

Shippensburg Red Raiders
2017 Record: 
7-1, 4-1 PSAC East
Schedule | Roster | Statistics
Head Coach: Mark “Mac” Maciejewski (Shippensburg ’92)
Record at SHIP: 47-22 (7th season)
Career Record: same

Live Coverage
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Game Notes
KU Game Notes | PSAC Week 9 Notes

Series: 70th Meeting (SHIP leads 48-19-2)
First Meeting: 1929 (SHIP def. KU, 26-12)
Last Meeting: 2016 (KU def. SHIP, 24-21 (2OT))
Last SHIP Win: 2014 (SHIP def. KU, 37-32)
TV: KUTV (SECV & Hometown Utilicom)
Audio: KUR
Live Stats, Audio & Video: www.KUBears.com
TV: SECV Birdsboro Channel 24, 524 (HD)
TV: SECV Lehigh Valley Channel 266, 765 (HD)
TV: Hometown Utilicom Channel 191
LISTEN ONLINE: www.Kutztown.edu/KUR

Kutztown is tied with four teams for first place in the PSAC East.
Kutztown leads the PSAC with 15 interceptions.
Both teams are ranked in the NCAA Super Region One poll (KU, 7th – SHIP, 9th).
Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) holds a TD/INT ratio of 19/2.
Kutztown clinched its program-record-tying fourth-straight winning season.
KU ran for a season-high 281 yards last week at Lock Haven.
Shippensburg has posted three shutouts this year.
Offensive lineman Skyler Panchari (Pottsville, Pa./Blue Mountain)became the first KU OL to score a TD last week since 2012.
Evan Culver (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) ran for a season-high 147 yards last week at Lock Haven.
Kutztown has won two-in-a-row over Shippensburg.

Complete Game Notes

SERIES HISTORY: Saturday marks the 70th meeting between the Golden Bears and the Red Raiders. KU has won two-in-a-row in the series, including in double-overtime at SHIP last season, 24-21, to win KU the PSAC East title. The last time these teams played at Andre Reed Stadium in 2015, KU ended a four-game skid against Shippensburg with a 51-27 win.

LAST WEEK: Kutztown led from start-to-finish and rolled to a 55-26 road victory at Lock Haven last week, securing the program’s fourth-straight winning season and 12th-in-a-row for KU head coach Jim Clements. KU ran for a season-high 281 yards – its fourth 200-yard effort in the last six games. KU totaled 546 yards for its second-straight 500-yard game. It capitalized on all eight of its red-zone trips, and notably, went 4-of-5 on fourth-downs with three fourth-down touchdowns.

FIRST PLACE ON THE LINE: First place in the PSAC East is on the line Saturday. The winner between Kutztown-Shippensburg will remain in first place in the division, while the loser will fall out of the driver’s seat for the division title.

LAST YEAR: Brandon Keffer (Lancaster, Pa./Cocalico)‘s first field goal attempt of the season went through for the game-winner in double-overtime last year as Kutztown defeated Shippensburg, 24-21, at Seth Grove Stadium, ultimately clinching KU the PSAC Eastern Division title and securing its place in the PSAC Championship game.

REGIONAL RANK: For the first time in six years, Kutztown has made an appearance in the NCAA Regional Poll. The Golden Bears were ranked seventh on Monday as the first official Super Region One rankings were released. It’s the first of three ranking releases prior to the announcement of the 28-team Division II playoff field on Sunday, Nov. 12. Seven teams in each of Division II’s four regions advance to the postseason. Super Region One is made up of four conferences – the PSAC, Mountain East Conference, Northeast 10 Conference and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

WINNING SEASON: KU has posted four-straight winning seasons, including 2017, extending head coach Jim Clements‘ career streak to 12 straight.

CULVER’S CORNER: Evan Culver (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) is coming off back-to-back season-best performances at running back. He ran for 104 yards vs. ESU two weeks ago, and followed with a 147-yard outing at Lock Haven last week. He is the first KU freshman running back to run for 100 yards since Darrell Scott (Douglassville, Pa./Daniel Boone) in 2013.

SEASON-HIGH RUSHING: KU ran for a season-high 281 yards last week at Lock Haven – its fourth 200-yard effort in the last six games. Notably, Shippensburg has only allowed one 200-yard rushing effort all season.

 KU went 4-of-5 on fourth-downs last week at Lock Haven with three fourth-down touchdowns, the most fourth-down conversions in a game for KU since last year vs. Lock Haven (4-4).

TIGHT END TOUCHDOWNS: Jack Pilkerton (La Plata, Md./La Plata (Golden West)) caught a 15-yard touchdown last week at Lock Haven, his second touchdown catch of the season, marking KU’s first tight end with multiple touchdown catches in a season since Dan Onorato in 2007.

O-LINEMAN TD: Kutztown senior offensive lineman Skyler Panchari (Pottsville, Pa./Blue Mountain) ran for a two-yard touchdown last week on his first career carry. It marked the first touchdown by a KU offensive lineman since Zack Yankiewicz in 2012.

SHIPPENSBURG RED-ZONE: Shippensburg holds the best defense in Division II in limiting opponents to a scoring percentage of .529 in the red-zone.

SHIPPENSBURG DEFENSE: Shippensburg leads the PSAC in scoring defense, rushing defense, total defense and red-zone defense. It is the second-straight meeting that SHIP has led in rushing defense against KU.

BLOCKED EXTRA POINT: Kutztown had an extra point attempt blocked last week at Lock Haven and had it returned for a defensive two points, a first against the Golden Bears since Clarion did it in 2005.

SHARING THE WEALTH: 11 different receivers caught a pass earlier this year vs. ESU, the most for KU since Josh Luckenbaugh connected with 11 vs. West Chester in 2012.

TRENDING THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Kutztown’s defensive averages have improved over the last four weeks. Entering Bloomsburg, KU was allowing 346 yards per game – 104 rushing. KU has steadily lowered those averages to 301 total yards and 93 rushing yards per game.

LESS THAN 100 RUSHING YARDS: The KU defense has not allowed 100 rushing yards in three of the last four games. Under Jim Clements, KU is 12-2 when holding teams to less than 100 rushing yards.

GETTING TO THE FINISH LINE: KU is outscoring opponents by 140 points in the first three quarters, but is being outscored by two in the fourth quarter.

DO THE AMADOU: True freshman wide receiver Amadou Barry(Upper Darby, Pa./West Catholic Prep) had a career-high seven catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns vs. ESU. It was the first 100-yard receiving game for a KU freshman receiver since Alex Tonnies in 2013.

FRESHMEN LEADERS: Earlier this year vs. ESU, Evan Culver(Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) ran for 101 yards and Amadou Barry (Upper Darby, Pa./West Catholic Prep) had 161 receiving yards. It was the first time in the last 21 years that one KU freshman had 100 rushing yards, and another KU freshman posted 100 receiving yards.

HOT HAND: Shawn Turber-Ortiz (Northumberland, Pa./Shikellamy)has five interceptions as a redshirt-freshman. He ranks second in the PSAC and eighth in Division II with five. He needs one more to set the school’s freshman record.

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

STOPPING THE RUN: Under head coach Jim Clements, KU is 12-2 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 third in the PSAC at 93.1 rushing yards allowed per game – currently the best mark in school history in the modern era (97.2 in 1995).

PICK CITY: KU has 15 interceptions this year, the most in the PSAC and one shy of the Division II lead. KU had four interceptions earlier this year vs. Seton Hill – the most for KU since 2011.

SCORELESS HALF: Earlier this year, Kutztown played to a scoreless halftime at Bloomsburg – a first for KU since 2001 vs. Lock Haven at home.

PUT THOSE FLAGS AWAY: Kutztown has the most penalty yardage in the PSAC at 94.5 per game. Only five teams in Division II have more penalty yards than KU.

ALL-PURPOSE BACK: Craig Reynolds (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) ranks fourth in the PSAC and 19th in Division II at 158.57 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 3,585 career all-purpose yards.

EYEING THE ENDZONE: Reynolds ranks fifth in the PSAC with 10 touchdowns this season – five rushing, four receiving and one punt return. However, he has not found the endzone in four-straight games.

PROTECT THE FOOTBALL: Kutztown has committed seven turnovers this year, tied for the fewest in the PSAC with Shippensburg. KU’s turnover margin of +1.75/game ranks first in the PSAC and second in Division II.

THROWING TO THE RIGHT TEAM: Kutztown has thrown three interceptions this year, the second-fewest in the PSAC behind Shippensburg.

DUAL-THREAT QB: Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) 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 698 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 12-3 as a starting quarterback.

CAREER NUMBERS: Sophomore quarterback Collin DiGalbo(Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) threw for a career-high 351 yards vs. ESU this year – 1-of-2 300+ yard games of the season. He tossed a career-high five touchdowns in a win over Seton Hill this year, 1-of-7 players in school history to throw for five TD passes in a game.

POINTS ON THE BOARD: Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) ranks second in the PSAC, responsible for 17.5 points-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) is a two-year All-PSAC starting linebacker and a 2017 team captain. He posted a career-high 15 tackles in the season-opener and ranks 19th in school history with 215 career tackles and 35 tackles-for-loss. He has only missed one game in his career.

STARTING LINEBACKER: Jefferson has made 28 consecutive starts at linebacker, the longest streak on the team.

LEADING TACKLER: Jalen Nieves (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem)has played in 35 career games with 225 career tackles, 16th in school history, and four interceptions.

BALL HAWK: Sophomore cornerback Ahkee Cox-Cowan(Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg) leads Division II with 2.1 passes defended per game.

PRIMETIME PUNTER: Freshman punter Dean Krcic (Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley) leads the PSAC and ranks fifth in Division II with an average of 44.2 yards-per-punt. The school-record for a season is 43.02 by KU All-Time Team punter Jon Corson in 2003.

MAGIC NUMBER = 24: KU head coach Jim Clements is 20-1 in his Kutztown career when holding opponents to 24 or fewer points. His only loss was to Mercyhurst in 2016 (23-19).

DAY OF FIRSTS: 12 Golden Bears have scored their first career touchdowns this year: Conor Sullivan (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall)Eric Nickel (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan)Sharif Fennell Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa./West Catholic Prep)Skyler Panchari(Pottsville, Pa./Blue Mountain)Evan Culver (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley)Andrew Garbarino (Peckville, Pa./Valley View)Amadou Barry (Upper Darby, Pa./West Catholic Prep)Abdul-Hassan Neblett (Newark, N.J./Paramus Catholic)Jack Pilkerton(La Plata, Md./La Plata (Golden West))Diego Torres (York, Pa./West York Area)Josh Lee (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington (Thaddeus Stevens)) and Chris Kane (Maple Glen, Pa./La Salle College).

TEAM CAPTAINS: Kutztown’s three team captains this year are Ronny Tomasetti (Dickson City, Pa./Mid-Valley)Craig Reynolds(Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) and Tajier Jefferson (East Orange, N.J./Queen of Peace). KU will also feature a fourth team captain on gameday.

RETURN MAN: Craig Reynolds (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington)ranks second in the PSAC and eighth in Division II at 17.0 yards per punt return, however, he has not been used on special teams the last four games. The school-record is 16.4 by KU All-Time Teamer Mark Steinmeyer in 1988.

INTERCEPTION LEADER: Jake Perry (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) leads KU with nine career interceptions, one shy of cracking the top-10 at KU. He had five last season in his All-PSAC East First Team season.

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 seven field goals over the last five weeks, moving him into third all-time at KU with 23 career field goals – one shy of second at KU.

PSAC EAST CHAMPS: Kutztown won its third PSAC East title in program history last year, joining previous title teams from 1980 and 2011. KU went 7-0 in the PSAC East, its first perfect PSAC season in school history.

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