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Lion's Share: Week in Review/Preview 9/28

Penn State Mont Alto's Madison Ford.
Penn State Mont Alto's Madison Ford.

It's another week in the PSUAC. Let's check out what has happened over the past week and what's to come!

 

  • Check out our Players of the Week as ten student-athletes earned recognition this week!
  • USCAA Coaches Polls are out! The first week's editions include 10 PSUAC teams ranked, and two others in the receiving votes category.
    • Brandywine has a team in each poll, including being ranked 3rd in the Men's Division II Soccer poll
    • Fayette is 4th in the Women's DII Volleyball poll
    • Beaver leads the PSUAC in the Women's DII Soccer poll, coming in at 13th with Brandywine and Hazleton at 14 and 15 respectively
  • It was a family affair last Saturday for Brandywine volleyball coach Fabiana Scavicchio-Fields as she faced off with sister Cecily, who is the head coach of the Ursinus College volleyball team. Cecily picked up the win, but always a fun day when sibling rivalries can be played out.
  • Speaking of volleyball, it's a big volleyball weekend in the PSUAC. All 13 teams are in action at Penn State Fayette in the first-ever divisional crossover weekend. In previous years, all teams played each other at least once during the season. With a move to divisional play for the 2018 season, a crossover weekend was scheduled in order to continue cross-state competition and provide exposure to the other division prior to the playoffs.
    • Some matches to look out for:
      • Division leaders square off on Saturday as Brandywine plays Fayette
      • Upstart Hazleton takes on perennial contender Beaver
      • Schuylkill and Greater Allegheny, both in the middle of the pack of their respective divisions, battle it out Saturday evening
      • DuBois, currently at 4-1 in PSUAC play, tries to upend Brandywine on Sunday morning
      • Mont Alto and Scranton, both currently on short losing streaks, look to rebound on Sunday against each other.
  • In men's soccer, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton will face off on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in an I-81 battle. While both teams sit near the bottom of the conference, a solid weekend or a win in the rivalry game could spur movement up the standings.
  • New Kensington, currently on a 3-game winning streak in men's soccer, battles Brandywine on Thursday in a match-up of two of the top three teams in the PSUAC.
  • Lehigh Valley men's soccer, currently 2-0 in the PSUAC in their first year of intercollegiate play, looks to overthrow defending champ Brandywine on Wednesday.
  • Hazleton women's soccer looks to keep its grasp on first place as they host Beaver on Saturday. With a win, either team would firmly plant themselves near the top for playoff contention.
    • They'll each eventually have to dethrone defending champ Brandywine, who faces three games in six days against Lehigh Valley (2) and Mont Alto.
  • Brandywine looks to continue its conference winning streaks. Men's soccer has 29-straight conference wins, the third-longest active streak at any level of men's college soccer. Women's soccer owns a 23-game unbeaten streak (22-0-1) and volleyball has 22 consecutive conference wins.