Wildcat Weekly #8

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Penn College Golfers Set For Nationals


Six Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers will be vying for top honors Monday and Tuesday in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships on the Penn State Blue Course, while the college men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up their fall seasons this past week.




Representing the college will be Ned Baumbach, of Elizabethtown; Tyler Marks, of Forked River, New Jersey; Evan Johnson, of Towanda; Ryen Persun, of Linden; Jordan Hillegas, of Lancaster; and Mike Lautensack, of Berwyn. Marks and Hillegas are sophomores and the rest freshmen. The low four scores will count toward team rankings.


“We’ve seen some good things and the guys have been working hard,” coach Matt Haile said in assessing his team’s season so far.


“Ned has been the leader on the team as far as scoring average (about 80). He has been solid all year and that’s what I expected of him. I’m hoping for a breakthrough round from him up at Penn State, scoring in the 70s, which I think he is capable of.


“Looking at the rest of the lineup, we’ve had some good scores; not quite where they need to be to contend, where I thought we may have been early-on in the season, but certainly a lot of good things came in the regular season practice-wise and things are moving forward with their games,” the coach, in his seventh season, continued.


“I look forward to seeing how they do up at Penn State and hopefully the two-day events that we had during the regular season have prepared them,” Haile said.


“Everyone in the lineup is capable of being in the 80s and that’s where I would like to see them. It’s just a matter of putting it all together,” the coach said.


Sunday’s practice round will be the first on the course for four of his players and Haile hopes that it gives them a good idea where they need to be in the tournament.


“I think this course sets up well for a lot of them, so we’ll see how things pan out,” he added.


In their final tune-up last Monday, the Wildcats finished eighth in a 14-team field after their top four players combined for a 363 at the Dutchmen Classic hosted by Lebanon Valley College. Lebanon Valley Blue won the event with a 312. Baumbach led Penn College with an 82, good for 17th place among 64 golfers.


Men’s, women’s tennis


In non-conference action against Susquehanna University on Tuesday, the Penn College men dropped a 7-2 decision while the women lost 8-1. Individual winners for the Penn College men were Ben Leibig, of Lebanon, at No. 1 singles and Seth Strickland, of Morwood, at No. 6 singles. Leibig improved to 3-1 on the season. For the Penn College women, Melissa Stabley, of Cogan Station, won at No. 1 singles to go to 3-1 on the season. The women’s team ended its fall season with an 0-4 record.


In the fall season finale on Wednesday, the Penn College men lost to cross-town rival Lycoming College, 8-1. Chris Morrin, of Morrisville, got the lone Wildcats win at No. 2 singles as the team wrapped up its fall season with a 1-4 record.


“Coming in, I thought we were going to have a pretty solid men’s team. We finished 1 and 4, but I thought that two or three of our other matches could have gone either way. We were really close. I thought that we played pretty well,” said fifth-year coach Robert Kemrer.


“On the women’s side, we struggled (with low numbers), which hurt us. I’m hoping to get a little more depth on the team going into the spring,” the coach continued.


“I’m looking for us to put in quite a bit of work over the offseason and get ready for the spring season and hopefully do a little better there,” the coach said.


Women’s soccer


Last Sunday at Cazenovia College in North Eastern Athletic Conference play, Penn College posted a 5-1 win. Robyn Beddow, of Lancaster, scored the Wildcats’ first three goals and Jane Herman, of Greencastle, and Kyra Shea, of Huntingdon, added solo goals. Hailee Hartman, of Lampeter, ended the day with two assists.


At Keuka College on Saturday, Penn College dropped its first conference match of the season, 2-1. Penn College dominated in shots, 21-7, and corner kicks, 8-4, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Keuka scored at the 12:28 and 45:49-minute marks before the Wildcats got on the board on an unassisted shot by Hartman at the 66:31 mark. Penn College now is 5-6-2 overall and 5-1-1 in the NEAC.


After Saturday’s matches, Penn State Berks led the NEAC with a 7-0 mark, followed by Lancaster Bible College, 6-1; Penn College, 5-1-1; Penn State Abington, 5-1; Keuka College, 5-2; SUNY Poly, 4-1-1; Wells College, 3-3; Morrisville State, 2-4; Cazenovia College, 2-6; SUNY Cobleskill, 1-5; Wilson College and Gallaudet University, both 1-6; and St. Elizabeth, 0-6.


Men’s soccer


Last Sunday in NEAC play at Cazenovia College, the Wildcats lost, 4-0. Cazenovia outshot Penn College 28-7 (10-4 on goal) and led in corner kicks 8-2.


At home with Wells College on Thursday, Penn College fell 1-0 in overtime as Wells scored the lone goal at the 96:12 mark. Wells led in shots, 19-6 (6-2 on goal), and in corner kicks, 7-2.


In another defensive struggle, the Wildcats fell at Keuka College on Saturday, 1-0, to drop to 5-9 overall and 3-5 in the NEAC. Unbeaten Keuka scored the lone goal at the 80:58 mark. Keuka led in shots, 27-3, and corner kicks, 11-1.


After Saturday’s matches in the NEAC, Morrisville State was 6-0, Keuka 6-0-1, Lancaster Bible College 5-2-1, SUNY Poly and Wells College 4-2, Penn State Abington and Cazenovia College 4-3, Penn College 3-5, Bryn Athyn and Wilson College 2-4-1, Penn State Berks 2-4, SUNY Cobleskill 0-6 and Gallaudet 0-7.


Women’s volleyball


Facing Bryn Athyn in NEAC action last Sunday, the Wildcats lost, 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 26-24). Sophie Coldsmith, of Gettysburg, and Felicia Webber, of West Perry, each had 17 digs and Kaitlyn Young, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, had 15. Coldsmith added 11 assists.


Through Saturday in the NEAC, SUNY Poly and Wells College both were 6-0, Gallaudet University was 5-1, Penn State Berks 7-2, Lancaster Bible 6-3, Morrisville State 4-2, St. Elizabeth and Bryn Athyn both 4-5, SUNY Cobleskill and Keuka College both 2-4, Penn State Abington 1-8, Cazenovia 0-5 and Penn College 0-9.


Men’s, women’s cross-country


On Saturday at the Lancaster Bible College Invitational, the Penn College men finished fifth among five teams and the Lady Wildcats fourth among four teams. Liam McGarvey, of Cogan Station, led the men, finishing 16th among 34 runners in 30:36.6 over 8K. Allison Bailey, of West Chester, topped the Penn College women, finishing 19th of 31 over a 5K distance in 26:00.7.



Men’s, women’s cross-country

Saturday, Oct. 10 – at Lancaster Bible College, men fifth among five teams and women fourth among four teams

Saturday, Oct. 17 – at Gettysburg College

Saturday, Oct. 31—NEAC Championships at Cazenovia College


Men’s soccer

Overall record: 5-9

NEAC record: 3-5

Sunday, Oct. 4 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC), L, 4-0

Thursday, Oct. 8 – host Wells College (NEAC), L, 1-0 OT

Saturday, Oct. 10 – at Keuka College (NEAC), L, 1-0

Tuesday, Oct. 13 – at Juniata College, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), noon

Sunday, Oct. 25 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), noon

Wednesday, Oct. 28 – at Bryn Athyn (NEAC), 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), 1 p.m.

(end of regular season)


Women’s soccer

Overall record: 5-6-2

NEAC record: 5-1-1

Sunday, Oct. 4 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC), W, 5-1

Saturday, Oct. 10 – at Keuka College (NEAC), L, 2-1

Sunday, Oct. 11 – host Wells College (NEAC), 11 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 15 – at Summit University (NEAC), 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17 – at St. Elizabeth (NEAC), 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), 2 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), 3 p.m.

(end of regular season)


Women’s volleyball

Overall record: 1-19

NEAC record: 0-9

Sunday, Oct. 4 – vs. Bryn Athyn (NEAC), L, 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 26-24)

Tuesday, Oct. 6 – at Valley Forge, ppd. to Oct. 19                

Monday, Oct. 12 – host Penn State Harrisburg, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 16 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 10 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 19 – at Valley Forge, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 – at Alfred State, 7 p.m.

(end of regular season)


Men’s tennis

Final overall fall record: 1-4

Tuesday, Oct. 6 – host Susquehanna University, L, 7-2

Wednesday, Oct. 7 – host Lycoming College, L, 8-1

(end of fall season)


Women’s tennis                                                                                                                      

Final overall fall record: 0-4

Tuesday, Oct. 6 – host Susquehanna University, L, 8-1

(end of fall season)



Monday, Oct. 5 – at Lebanon Valley College, finished eighth in a 14-team field

Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 12-13 – USCAA National Championships at State College

(end of fall season)