Kutztown University Announces Matthew Heffelfinger as next Sports Information Director

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Kutztown University welcomes Matthew Heffelfinger ’07 as the university’s new Sports Information Director. He began his new role Jan. 7, 2019.

In his role as Sports Information Director at KU, Heffelfinger will be responsible for the coverage of KU’s 21 NCAA Division II varsity sports through the university’s athletics website and social media accounts.

A KU alumnus and Wernersville, Pa. native, Heffelfinger returns to KU from Elizabethtown College, where he served as the Director of Athletic Communications for more than eight years. During his time at Elizabethtown, he promoted and publicized the Blue Jays’ 24 varsity athletics teams on Elizabethtown’s official website and various social media outlets.

A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Heffelfinger oversaw three redesigns of www.etownbluejays.com, most recently in 2018, as well as directed game operations at home events, serving as head statistician and public address announcer for many Blue Jay teams. His vision and ideas brought an innovative and attractive look to the site with a focus on user friendliness.

Heffelfinger also launched BlueJaysTV, the athletic department’s streaming video initiative, with partner Stretch Internet prior to the 2014-15 academic year. BlueJaysTV offers live and on demand HD broadcasts of more than 60 Elizabethtown College home athletic events, including the annual Student-Athlete Recognition (STAR) ceremony and Blue Jay Athletics Alumni Reunion (hall of fame induction).

Heffelfinger served as the host media coordinator for the 2015 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at GIANT Center in Hershey, Pa., and assisted the media relations staff at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional, held in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

He joined Elizabethtown after 2+ years as a graduate assistant at Millersville University, where he was the primary media contact for men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and softball.

Heffelfinger earned a bachelor’s degree in leisure and sport studies from Kutztown University in 2007 and a Master of Education in sport management with a concentration in athletic administration from Millersville University in 2011.

Kutztown Basketball Community Promotes the Bears Who Care Initiative

2/12/2019 | Men’s Basketball

Throughout games over winter break the Kutztown University men’s and women’s basketball teams encouraged fans to bring non-perishable food items in lieu of admission to games as a part of the Bears Who Care initiative. Last week, two KU basketball representatives dropped off the generous donations to the Friend, Inc. Community Services.

On Thursday, Feb. 7th, Karen Lapkiewicz of the Kutztown women’s team and Anthony Lee of the men’s team took the food and monetary donations to Friend, Inc. A total of $188.60 was raised as well as over 200 non-perishable food items.

Friend, Inc. Community Services is a not-for-profit, multi-service agency that supports the well-being of families and individuals in need, and is committed to strengthening the lives of those living in Northeastern Berks County. Friend, Inc. is a Kutztown University Satellite Pantry. Kutztown Athletics would like to thank all of the fans who participated in the Bears Who Care initiative.

Dean’s List Student-Athletes Recognized at Wednesday Night’s Basketball Game

2/8/2019 | Baseball

Kutztown University’s dean’s list student-athletes from the past year were formally recognized at halftime of the KU women’s basketball game Wednesday night, Feb. 6.

This past fall, KU announced 126 student-athletes that earned dean’s list last semester. To be eligible for
dean’s list , an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60.

Full a full listing of dean’s list student-athletes in 2018, check out the press releases below:

Spring 2018: https://kubears.com/news/2018/6/25/baseball-131-ku-student-athletes-earn-spring-2018-deans-list-recognition.aspx?path=baseball

Fall 2018: https://kubears.com/news/2019/1/17/baseball-124-ku-student-athletes-earn-fall-2018-deans-list-recognition.aspx?path=baseball

Groth Breaks School Record in 60m, Four Others Earn Top-10 Marks at Fast Times Invitational

12/8/2018 | Women’s Track and Field Overall Results

Junior Kelly Groth of the Kutztown University women’s track & field team set a new school record in the 60m, running a time of 7.73, 0.05 faster than the previous record, to highlight the second and final day of the Fast Times Before Finals meet at Lehigh University’s Stabler campus.

Groth won the 60m with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-qualifying time, and led a group of five Golden Bears that earned top-10 marks in program history, and a total of seven PSAC marks. Groth also finished first in the 200m with a PSAC time of 26.07.

Taye Dairo won the high jump in her first collegiate meet, clearing a mark of 1.65m (5-5), which ranks fifth all-time at KU and is a qualifying mark. Shelby Samuels and Becca Hemingway also posted PSAC marks of 1.55m (5-1) each.

Joanne Mason placed second in the 60m hurdles finals with a PSAC and personal-best time of 9.06, ranking third all-time.

Hemingway was third in the long jump at 5.38m (17-8), a PSAC and personal-best mark that also ranks sixth all-time in program history.

Ashley Stewart ran a personal-best time of 1:20.05, which ranks ninth all-time.

Julia Wiemken ran a personal-best time of 1:21.43 and finished in the top-10 in the 500m.

Kutztown does not compete until the new year when it hosts the Golden Bear Invitational on Thursday, Jan. 10 and Friday, Jan. 11.

Kutztown Results

High Jump
1. Dairo – 1.65m (5-5) (PSAC-new) (fifth-all-time)
4. Samuels – 1.55m (5-1) (PSAC-new)
4. Hemingway – 1.55m (5-1) (PSAC-new)

Long Jump
3. Hemingway – 5.38m (17-8) (PSAC-new) (sixth all-time) (personal-best)
18. Sokan – 4.82m (15-9.75)
28. Silverman – 3.53m (11-7)

Triple Jump
10. Julsaint – 9.42m (30-11)

Shot Put
10. Morano – 10.31m (33-10)
15. Jett – 9.68m (31-9.25)

60m Finals
1. Groth – 7.73 (PSAC-new) (first all-time) (personal-best)
7. Sokan – 8.09

60m Hurdles Finals
2. Mason – 9.06 (PSAC-new) (third all-time) (personal-best)

500m
4. Stewart – 1:20.05 (ninth all-time) (personal-best)
9. Wiemken – 1:21.43 (personal-best)
15. Graham – 1:22.85
17. Iaccarino – 1:23.03
21. Stratton – 1:24.36
32. Motolese – 1:37.20

1000m
12. Montanari – 3:13.47

200m
1. Groth – 26.07 (PSAC-new)
9. Sokan – 27.13
31. Graham – 28.07
53. Junious – 30.38

4×4 Relay
5. Groth, Stewart, Iaccarino, Graham – 4:09.08

Women’s Track & Field 2018-19 Season Preview

1/10/2019 | Women’s Track and Field 2018-19 Schedule | 2018-19 Roster | Friday Results Link

The Kutztown University women’s track and field program has a lot to look forward to this season. KU brings back nearly its entire roster that competed in postseason events last season, and now a year of experience under their belts, look to continue to propel Kutztown into the top-half of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Head coach Ray Hoffman once again is running the show and he feels that his young team from a year ago is now primed to take the next step and continue to grow this season.

Hoffman enters his 21st season at KU, 13th as head track & field coach, and knows just how special this 2019 group can be.

“We’re pretty well-balanced throughout the program this year,” said Hoffman. “There may be one or two events that we don’t have that ‘impact-type’ performer, but I think as a whole we are pretty balanced. The majority of this group is young, but they were young last year, and our upperclassmen this year have been through it all and have had a lot of success for us.”

The Golden Bears feature two school-record holders in Kelly Groth (7.73, 60m) and Meghan Forsythe (57.62, 400m).

“We have some high expectations, but we’re not going to get too high or too low early,” said Hoffman. “We’re taking it day-by-day in training and working as hard as we can.”

Shippensburg is the defending PSAC Champion in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, including its ninth consecutive outdoor women’s title.

Jumps

Trinity Ponton, also from the field hockey team, will be one of the top long jumpers. She recorded the ninth-longest jump (17-4) in program history in the first jump of her career at the Bison Invitational as a freshman.

Becca Hemingway competed at PSAC Championships last year and ranks sixth all-time in program history in the long jump (17-8). Shelby Samuels earned USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region in the high jump as a junior and ranks fourth all-time at 5-5.75.

Freshman Taye Dairo has already made an impact on the collegiate level. She won the high jump in her first collegiate meet at a PSAC-Qualifying mark of 5-5, which ranks fifth all-time in KU history.

“This is a solid all-around group,” Hoffman said. “Top-to-bottom I think there is quality there.”

Throws

Ashley Petre is the top returning thrower. She earned USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region honors in the weight throw last year for the third straight year, as well as garnering All-PSAC honors for the third consecutive season. She ranks sixth all-time in the weight throw.

Megan Kirn had a successful first year in the program last year, recording the second-best throw in program history in the javelin with a mark of 138-02. Junior Olivia Morano is another strong returner who placed in the top-10 at the PSAC Championships last year in the shot put.

Sprints

This may be the most decorated group of the lot.

“Kelly [Groth] stands out because of what she just did [new school record in the 60m],” Hoffman said. “But we have three other runners that are also high in the ranks of the record books. Ashley [Stewart] is fourth in the outdoor 400m and second in the indoor. Meghan [Forsythe] has the school-record in the indoor 400m. Tishun [Graham] also, along with these three, were members of the 4×4 team that’s second all-time.”

Groth, Forsythe, Ashley Stewart and Tishun Graham make for an experienced and successful group.

Angela Iaccarino and Jerenita Sokan are two freshmen that Hoffman sees as contributors.

“We’re pretty deep there and it’s amazing to see that they are all still together competing,” said Hoffman.

Pole Vault

Ally Tama, Katie Seegert and Abigail Zeger all return at the top of the lineup in the pole vault. Freshman Kathleen Silverman will join the mix this season.

Distance

Women’s cross country runners dominate this field.

The middle distance group (800m-3000m) will be Stephanie Bresadola, Erin Callaghan, Dootleen Joseph and Lindsay Hoffman.

A shorter base (mostly just 800m) is Julie Stratton, Julia Wiemken, Devon Montanari and Kiara Mayers.

In the further distances (3000m and up) primarily is Amanda Ferraro, Lindsay Smythe, Sarah Shannon, Katie Duguid, Lynne O’Connor and Alexis Dongvort.

Hurdles

Senior Joanne Mason has had a successful career at KU and began her final season off by placing second in the 60m Hurdles finals at 9.06, which ranks third all-time in program history last month at Lehigh.

Hoffman also said he wouldn’t be surprised if Kira Solt is one of the multi’s, but she is also a very good hurdler.

Up Next

Kutztown opened the 2019 calendar year at its annual Golden Bear Invitational at the O’Pake Fieldhouse Jan. 11.

KU will also host its Last Chance Qualifier on Feb. 15 leading up to championship season. The 2019 PSAC Indoor Championships are set for Feb. 23-24 at Edinboro University, while the NCAA Championships on March 8-9 will be hosted in Pittsburg, Kansas.

No. 25 Women’s Bowling Wins Two-of-Five Matches on Day One of KU Invitational

1/18/2019 | Women’s Bowling Day One Standings

The 25th-ranked Kutztown University women’s bowling team had a difficult opening portion of its schedule as it competed against three nationally-ranked opponents, including two in the top-five. KU went 2-3 on day one of the Kutztown Invitational at Limerick Bowl.

The Golden Bears (33-35 overall) began the day victorious over Medaille 897-868, but ran into a buzz-saw, falling to fifth-ranked Sam Houston State 951-839 and then No. 3 Vanderbilt 1004-944 in a highly-competitive and a ‘who’s-who’-type of tournament, featuring 19 of the nation’s top-25 teams.

Kutztown bounced back in its fourth match taking down Youngstown State 973-953 before falling to its third ranked opponent of the day, University of Alabama Birmingham 1063-891 to round out day one’s traditional-style matches. KU threw its three highest scores against Youngstown, rolling back-to-back-to-back 200-plus scores with a day-high score of 223 in the first game.

Junior Renee Riffey had a team-high 19.7 frame average through 50 frames played. Sophomore Keanna Delp held an 18.9 average in 50 frames, while freshman Ashley Fister rolled an average of 18.1 in 47 frames. Angela Kozma was right there with a 17.8 frame average in 50 frames.

Kutztown sits in 23rd-place out of 28 teams entering day two Saturday of a three-day event.

It doesn’t get any easier for KU as it will once again challenge itself by competing against three nationally-ranked opponents, tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning with No. 4 Arkansas State at 9:55 a.m.

PREVIEW: Men’s Basketball Seeks Sixth Straight Over Bloomsburg Saturday

1/4/2019 | Men’s Basketball

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The Kutztown University men’s basketball team has found success against Bloomsburg University over the last four-plus seasons and will look to continue the trend when it travels to Nelson Field House for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division matchup tomorrow, Saturday, at 3 p.m.

The Golden Bears (8-6 overall, 2-4 PSAC) have won five straight games and eight of the last nine against the Huskies (4-6, 2-4), the lone loss coming in overtime during the 2015-16 campaign. The two teams met three times last year with KU coming out on top in each contest, including 93-79 last Feb. in the first round of the PSAC Tournament.

Kutztown has had an up-and-down first half of the season with half of its games behind it. KU is coming off a 74-61 non-conference road victory over Bowie State this past Wednesday, Jan. 2. It lost its East Division opener to West Chester in the game prior on Dec. 29, so will try to get on the board against Bloomsburg, a team entering on a 77-71 victory over Lock Haven Wednesday, but lost four straight games before.

The KU offense ranks third in the PSAC in scoring at 83.9 points per game (ppg), and has been in the top-three all season. KU is shooting 49.7-percent from the floor, second in the PSAC and the best since the 2016-17 season.

Anthony Lee has scored in double-digits the last 43 games and is second in Division II at 27.6 ppg. He is seventh in the conference in three-point percentage (44.2), first in three-pointers made (46) and second in free-throw percentage (91.2). Lee is one of just two players nationally to net a 50-point game this season. He scored 32 in the win against the Bulldogs and has not scored fewer than 15 points in any game this season.

Moe Williams has five double-doubles this season. He ranks first in the PSAC at 9.5 rebounds per game and second in field-goal percentage (58.9). Ricky Hicks has started 12-of-14 games and is 3rd on KU at 10.6 ppg. His 1.9 assists-to-turnover ratio ranks 10th in the PSAC.

Josh Townsend is fifth in the conference with 14 blocked shots, which leads KU. Kiyon Hardy is fifth on the team averaging 6.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Facundo Arens has started all 14 games and is averaging 6.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.7 assists per game (apg). Freshman Da’Quan Granberry is one-of-six Golden Bears to play in all 14 games this season. He is averaging 5.1 ppg and has scored at least nine points in four of the last five games.

The Huskies are led by Old Dominion transfer Ky Mauras, who has an average of 18.2 ppg. Freshman Travis Elmore is averaging 15.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg.

Bloomsburg is last in the PSAC in scoring defense and rebounding, so look for Kutztown’s high-scoring offense to find a rhythm in this one.

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

Groth Breaks School Record in 55m

Several Others Shine in Golden Bear InvitationalGroth Breaks School Record in 55m; Several Others Shine in Golden Bear Invitational

1/11/2019 | Women’s Track and Field Results

Junior Kelly Groth of the Kutztown University women’s track and field team did it again. A little over one month, and just one meet, after she broke the school record in the 60m, she followed it up by setting another new school record, this time in the 55m to lead a number of Golden Bears who saw success Friday afternoon in the Golden Bear Invitational at O’Pake Fieldhouse.

Groth crossed the finish line in 7.23 in the prelim and actually came in just a hair shy in the final, winning the 55m at 7.24. She also placed first in the 200m with a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)-qualifying mark of 7.24.

Five other KU individuals won their respective events and eight new qualifying marks were accomplished in highlighting the Maroon and Gold in action Friday.

Joanne Mason won the triple jump in her first jump event this season with a personal-best mark of 11.34m (37-02.50), which ranks fourth all-time in program history. She also set a new mark in finishing second in the 55m hurdles at 8.64.

The pole vaulters had a successful night. Ally Tama cleared a personal-best mark of 3.40m (11-01.75), ninth all-time. Katie Seegert and Abigail Zeger each collected new PSAC-marks of 3.30m (10-10.00) and 3.20m (10-06.00) respectively. Zeger’s was a personal-best.

The high jumpers also had three qualifiers as freshman Taye Dairo, Becca Hemingway and Shelby Samuels all jumped to PSAC marks. Dairo measured a best of 1.65m (5-05.00), Hemingway was 1.60m (5-03.00) and Samuels had a 1.55m (5-01.00). Dairo and Hemingway also competed in the long jump and recorded PSAC marks, while freshmen Jerenita Sokan (16-04.25) and Kathleen Silverman (14-11.25) both accomplished personal-bests this season.

Ashley Petre came out on top in the weight throw with a qualifying mark of 15.47m (50-09.25), followed by Olivia Morano with a PSAC throw of 13.60m (44-07.50) Staci Jett (33-06.50) and Rebecca Schweitzer (28-06.50) each had season-best throws. Morano had a top-three finish in the shot put at 10.30m (33-09.50).

Kutztown had five runners in a large field in the 400m. Meghan Forsythe and Ashley Stewart finished one-two at 1:00.96 and 1:01.32 respectively, both were new PSAC marks for the duo. Julia Wiemken ran a personal-best time of 1:03.84, while Julie Stratton (1:04.91) and Angela Iaccarino (1:05.08) all finished in the top-seven.

Two KU 4×4 relay teams placed in the top-three. Stewart, Iaccarino, Dairo and Forsythe crossed the finish line in first at 4:16.02 and the team of Wiemken, Kira Solt, Stratton and freshman Devon Montanari were third at a time of 4:25.02.

Sophomore Dootleen Joseph ended at the head of the pack in the 1000m with a personal-best time of 3:24.22.

Montanari was fourth in the 800m at 2:32.50 and classmate Lynne O’Connor competed in her first collegiate meet in the mile, finishing with a time of 5:56.93.

Kutztown is back in action next Friday, Jan. 18 at the NYC Gotham Cup in Staten Island, N.Y.

Kutztown Results

55m Hurdles Prelim
2. Mason – 8.64q (PSAC-new)

55m Hurdles Finals
2. Mason – 8.72

55m Prelim
1. Groth – 7.23q (PSAC-new) (school-record) (personal-best)
5. Sokan – 7.55q
10. Tompkins – 7.85

55m Finals
1. Groth – 7.24
6. Sokan – 7.56

Mile
7. O’Connor – 5:56.93

200m
1. Groth – 26.55 (PSAC-existing)
2. Sokan – 27.42
8. Tompkins – 29.00
10. Junious – 31.37

400m
1. Forsythe – 1:00.96 (PSAC-new)
2. Stewart – 1:01.32 (PSAC-new)
4. Wiemken – 1:03.84 (personal-best)
6. J. Stratton – 1:04.91
7. Iaccarino – 1:05.08

800m 
4. Montanari – 2:32.50

4×4 Relay
1. Stewart, Iaccarino, Dairo, Forsythe – 4:16.02
3. Wiemken, Solt, Stratton, Montanari – 4:25.02

1000m
1. Joseph – 3:24.22 (personal-best)

Pole Vault
2. Tama – 3.40m (11-01.75) (PSAC-existing) (personal-best) (ninth all-time)
3. Seegert – 3.30m (10-10.00) (PSAC-new)
4. Zeger – 3.20m (10-06.00) (PSAC-new) (personal-best)

Long Jump
2. Hemingway – 5.31m (17-05.25) (PSAC-existing)
4. Dairo – 5.11m (16-09.25) (PSAC-new)
7. Sokan – 4.98m (16-04.25) (season-best)
13. Silverman – 4.55m (14-11.25) (season-best)

Weight Throw
1. Petre – 15.47m (50-09.25) (PSAC-existing)
4. Morano – 13.60m (44-07.50) (PSAC-existing)
9. Jett – 10.22m (33-06.50) (season-best)
10. Schweitzer 8.70m (28-06.50) (season-best)

High Jump
1. Dairo – 1.65m (5-05.00) (PSAC-existing)
2. Hemingway – 1.60m (5-03.00) (PSAC-existing)
4. Samuels – 1.55m (5-01.00) (PSAC-existing)
8. Solt – 1.45m (4-09.00)
10. Julsaint – 1.40m (4-07.00)

Shot Put
3. Morano – 10.30m (33-09.50)
8. Solt – 8.91m (29-02.75)

Triple Jump
1. Mason – 11.34m (37-02.50) (PSAC-new) (personal-best) (fourth all-time)
6. Julsaint – 9.64m (31-07.50)

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.