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Lion's Share: Week In Review/Preview 10/5

Penn State New Kensington's volleyball team prepares to receive serve.
Penn State New Kensington's volleyball team prepares to receive serve.

Conference play has heated up! Contenders are looking to pull away from the pack as another week of action is set to get underway. Let's see what took place over the past week and what's to come!


  • Check out our Players of the Week as eight student-athletes earned recognition this week! Four earned USCAA Weekly Honors as well.
  • The second week of USCAA Coaches Polls have been announced. Eleven teams are now in the three sport polls, an increase of one from a week ago. In addition, five teams sit just on the outside of the rankings while receiving votes.
    • Brandywine jumped up to second in the Men's Division II Soccer poll, moving up a spot.
    • The most movement came in volleyball, where Fayette maintained their no. 4 spot, but DuBois jumped up one to no. 5, Beaver from no. 12 to t-9, and Mont Alto from 15 to t-9. Brandywine slipped to no. 15 after being ranked no. 8 a week ago.
    • Brandywine jumped into the mix at no. 9 in women's soccer, making a 5 spot jump in Division II.

Cross Country

  • No conference meets will be held this coming week as members travel around to various non-conference meets. 


  • Brandywine will host its eight annual Dig Pink Volleyball Weekend this weekend. Eight teams will join the Lions on the Brandywine campus as the volleyball team looks to raise more than $1,000 for the fourth year in a row.
  • This past weekend's crossover was a resounding success for the West division. Five of the six teams went undefeated in the event, nearly sweeping the East in 26 matches. DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Mont Alto and New Kensington all went at least 4-0 to pad their overall records.
  • It's an important week for Beaver as they will go toe-to-toe with two teams directly ahead of them in the West standings--Mont Alto and Greater Allegheny. Two wins will put them squarely in the race, while two losses could doom playoff hopes.
  • In the East, York faces a similar scenario. Two matches against teams immediately ahead of them--Schuylkill and Scranton--will have a major playoff implications for the middle pack teams.

Men's Soccer

  • Brandywine and New Kensington, the two teams at the top of the standings, collide on Saturday for control of the PSUAC. New Ken will travel for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday as Brandywine looks to keep their conference winning streak alive.
  • Wilkes-Barre and York will square off on Tuesday as they battle for the final playoff spot (if the regular season would end that day). A win for either would create some separation between the no. 6 team and the rest of the field.

Women's Soccer

  • Two currently undefeated teams, Hazleton and Brandywine, meet on Sunday in a game for the conference lead. Hazleton will have to dispatch Scranton on Saturday in order to remain unblemished in conference, but a win would provide some momentum heading into Sunday against the defending champion.
  • Lehigh Valley and Scranton will meet next Thursday as both look to move up the standings. Currently winless in conference, someone will get in the win column, which puts them squarely in contention for the fourth and final playoff spot with a few weeks of the season remaining.