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Lion's Share: Week in Review/Preview 10/12

Penn State New Kensington's Nolan Johngarlo.
Penn State New Kensington's Nolan Johngarlo.

Less than two weeks of conference play left. The playoff pictures are both clearer and murkier all at the same time. What made it that way? And what will need to happen to separate the various packs in the middle? Find out here!

  • We do it every week. Here’s this week’s Players of the Week!
    • Our student-athletes made waves nationally as well, earning USCAA Player of the Week honors as well. Find them here!
  • USCAA Coaches Polls for week 3 have been released. Beaver and Brandywine are the only two campuses to appear in all three Division 2 sport polls.

Golf

  • A big week on the links in the PSUAC. Mont Alto's Austin Green won his second PSUAC individual title, while DuBois defended their team title with a one-stroke victory. Green's victory came in a playoff, where a birdie helped crown the champ.
  • The USCAA Golf National Championship tournament was held concurrently with the PSUAC tournament at the Penn State Blue Course. It's the 11th consecutive year the USCAA has come to Happy Valley to crown a National Champion. St. Mary-of-the-Woods took home the team title in the USCAA, with an amazing 7-under par team score over the two-day event. SUNY ESF's Sean Barron captured individual medalist honors in the USCAA, shooting a two-day total of 137 (7-under par) to win by one.
  • The USCAA also announced their Golf National All-Academic Team. Four Penn Staters made the cut, which is a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater for a student-athlete in at least their second year of college.

Cross Country

  • Two events are scheduled in the PSUAC this weekend. Both Brandywine and Fayette will host an invitational two weeks ahead of the conference championship meet.

Women's Soccer

  • Brandywine separated themselves with a win over Hazleton last weekend. The two teams entered the game undefeated in conference play, but a 3-1 win for Brandywine puts them in the driver's seat for the number one seed in the playoffs.
  • A wet weekend washed out a few games this past week. Still, this weekend is scheduled to see Hazleton at Mont Alto, Beaver at Schuylkill and Scranton at Mont Alto. Mont Alto and Schuylkill both need to keep winning to break the current tie for fourth. Mont Alto does hold the tiebreaker with a 4-0 win earlier this year.

Men's Soccer

  • Brandywine clinched the number one seed in the PSUAC tournament with wins over New Kensington and Hazleton. The Lions hold the tiebreaker over the only team that could tie them, Beaver, by virtue of a 6-0 win on Sept. 22nd.
  • Lehigh Valley, Wilkes-Barre and Greater Allegheny all look for resume boosting wins this week to stake their claim to a playoff spot. Lehigh Valley will play Scranton and New Kensington, while Wilkes-Barre hosts Beaver and Greater Allegheny. GA will host Mont Alto and then travel to Wilkes-Barre. Only 1 1/2 games separate the three teams, with each team having several games left to play.
  • The most exciting race in men's soccer might just be the leading goal scorer in the PSUAC. Brandywine has five of the top six in the conference, with four of those having at least 10 goals. Daniel Willie currently leads with 15.

Volleyball

  • We have a race in the west! DuBois picked up a 3-1 win last weekend over perennial contender Fayette to grab a one-game lead in the standings. DuBois has two games in hand, having played eight conference games to Fayette's six, so a tiebreaker could be needed if both teams win out.
  • The top is pretty clear in the east, as Brandywine remains undefeated and on a multi-year conference match winning streak. Hazleton currently sits in the driver's seat for the two-seed at 6-2, and from there it starts to get fun!
    • While no team is mathematically eliminated, four teams will battle for two spots in the playoffs. Schuylkill currently holds a slim advantage and inside track into the playoffs, but York, Scranton and Lehigh Valley all sit two games or less behind with at least three games to play for each.