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Lion's Share: Week in Review/Preview 10/19

Penn State New Kensington's Andrew Perenic.
Penn State New Kensington's Andrew Perenic.

Here it is! The last weekend for fall sports conference play! Who's in and who's out of the playoff hunt? What games still have a significant impact on the standings? We'll tell you here!

  • In case you missed it, here’s this week’s Players of the Week!
    • Four PSUAC student-athletes earned USCAA Player of the Week honors as well. Find them here!
  • USCAA Coaches Polls for week 4 have been released. With automatic and at-large bids at stake, this weekend will have a heavy impact on where our teams fall.
    • Brandywine maintains the no. 2 spot in Men's Division 2 Soccer. No other PSUAC team is in the running for an at-large bid, so in all likelihood it's Brandywine's spot to lose.
    • Brandywine is also the PSUAC's highest ranked Women's Division 2 Soccer team as well, sitting at no. 7. It looks as though the conference champion will be the only participant in the USCAA National Championship.
    • DuBois and Fayette could be on a collision course to meet in the PSUAC Championship, and both still have a shot at an at-large bid to the USCAA Division 2 Volleyball Championship. Barring an upset in the early rounds of the PSUAC tournament, we may have two teams traveling to Virginia Beach.

Cross Country

  • Teams gear up for the PSUAC Championship meet to be held Saturday, Oct. 27th at PSU Mont Alto. For more information, check out the Championship page.

Women's Soccer

  • How does the PSUAC tournament look? Well, we know our top two seeds: Brandywine is no. 1 and Hazleton is no. 2. Beaver, Mont Alto and Schuylkill will battle for the final two spots in the field.
  • A win by Beaver on Friday over Schuylkill will cement the no. 3 seed for the Lions, while also eliminating Schuylkill from the playoff picture. 
    • Mont Alto, who currently sits tied with Schuylkill at 2-3 in the conference, owns the head-to-head victory to give them the tiebreaker. Ultimately, Mont Alto gets in with a win over Lehigh Valley or a loss by Schuylkill. 
  • The semifinals for women's soccer are scheduled for next Saturday, Oct. 27th as Brandywine will host the no. 4 seed and Hazleton will host the no. 3 seed.

Men's Soccer

  • The top three spots in the standings are set, as Brandywine clinched a week ago. Beaver is penned in to the no. 2 seed, while New Kensington clinched the no. 3 seed with their 3-1 win over Lehigh Valley last Sunday. Greater Allegheny has also clinched a playoff berth, but will not know their seed until all games are played.
    • New Kensington will host the TBD no. 6 seed (more on that below) on Wednesday, Oct. 24th.
  • Four teams are still alive for the final two playoff spots. Hazleton is on the outside looking in, but could get in with wins over both Wilkes-Barre and York. 
  • A win or tie for York against Hazleton virtually guarantees them a playoff spot, especially since they hold head-to-head wins over both Wilkes-Barre and Lehigh Valley.
  • Wilkes-Barre and Lehigh Valley need wins over Hazleton and Mont Alto, respectively, to firmly plant themselves in the playoffs. Lehigh Valley does own the tiebreaker with Wilkes-Barre with a win over the Lions early in the season.

Volleyball

  • Seven of the eight playoff spots have been gobbled up and clinched at this point, with first round action set to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 24th. Championship information is available here.
  • In the east, Brandywine clinched the no. 1 seed with a win over Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Hazleton is set at no. 2 and Schuylkill used a 3-1 win over Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday to clinch the no. 3 seed. 
    • Lehigh Valley is in good position to earn the no. 4 seed. York can overtake LV with two wins over Brandywine on Saturday--but that means York snapping Brandywine's long-running conference win streak, and not just once, but twice. Crazier things have happened!
  • The west race for the top seed has been wild. While Beaver and Mont Alto have clinched the no. 3 and 4 seeds, respectively, Fayette and DuBois are in a battle for the no. 1 seed. DuBois currently sits at 9-1 in PSUAC play, with no conference matches remaining. Fayette has one match remaining with Beaver on Saturday. A win for Fayette will force a tie for the top spot and the need for tiebreakers. 
    • Since DuBois and Fayette split the season series, the teams would need to use the third tiebreaker, which is the fewest sets lost in Conference play. If Fayette sweeps Beaver, they will earn the no. 1 seed. A 3-1 win creates a tie in this scenario and the potential for a winner-take-all tiebreaker match. A 3-2 win over Beaver by Fayette would give DuBois the no. 1 seed.

All we can say is stay tuned!