Campus clippings: Franklin Regional grad Peticca paces W&J golf to record score
Washington & Jefferson sophomore Ben Peticca (Franklin Regional) led the Presidents to a historic finish at the Carnegie Mellon Shootout as the golf team posted a school-record score of 271 in the second round on the way to a victory at The Links at Spring Church near Apollo.
His performance earned him Presidents’ Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors.
W&J shot 1-over-par 561 total to top Thomas More by three shots. Pettica finished with a 4-under total of 136 (69-67) to finish second overall. It was the first time he has finished under par in collegiate competition.
Pitt-Greensburg: With rounds of 76 and 75, senior Javon Trout (Hempfield) tied for fourth place at the Mountain Valley Collegiate Classic at Sinking Valley Country Club and Summit County Club. Freshman Nic Leone shot matching 79s for the Bobcats.
Saint Vincent: Sophomoe Sydney Ball was named PAC Women’s Golfer of the Week. She finished second at the Grove City Fall Invitational with an 86. She added a 20th-place finish at the Carnegie Mellon Shootout (88-84).
Seton Hill: After a pair of wins, Seton Hill moved up four spots to No. 20 in the United Soccer Coaches Division II Top 25 Poll.
Bethany: Senior Reilly Parker (Norwin) posted her 2,000th career dig as Bethany blanked Thiel, 3-0, in a PAC match. She is just the fourth player in program history, and the first since 2008, to reach the milestone.
Grove City: Senior Laura Buchanan (Norwin) became the 10th player in program history to reach 1,000 kills as she helped Grove City to a 3-0 win over Waynesburg. Buchanan had 13 kills in the win.
Penn State Behrend: Senior Lexie Irwin (Hempfield) had eight kills and 27 assists to lead the Lions to a 3-0 victory over Alfred State.
Pitt-Johnstown: UPJ blanked IUP, 1-0, as junior outside hitter Nicole Carota (Latrobe) contributed 12 kills and six digs.
Seton Hill: Senior Hannah Moeller posted the 1,000th dig of her college career in the Griffins’ 3-0 win over Lock Haven. She finished with a game- and season-high 23 digs in the match, while sophomore teammate Viktoria Farian led the way with 11 kills and 11 digs.
Farian was named PSAC Southwest Athlete of the Week. She also had 16 kills and 11 digs in a 3-0 win over Bloomsburg.
Shippensburg: Senior Morgan DeFloria (Hempfield) put down 15 kills and added eight digs to lead the Raiders (12-2) to a 3-0 win over Clarion.
Westminster: Senior Rachel Moore (Greensburg Central Catholic) was named PAC Player of the Week. She leads the PAC in digs (252) and is second in digs per set (5.48). She had a career- and PAC season-high 38 digs and 18 assists in a 3-1 win at Geneva. Moore added 14 digs, freshman Samantha Kelly (Penn-Trafford) added 15 assists and junior Haley Farmerie (Greensburg Central Catholic) had a team-best four blocks in a 3-1 loss against Marietta.
Men’s cross country
Saint Vincent: The Bearcats won the four-team SVC Invitational as five runners finished in the top seven. Junior Eli Urban took third (28:27), while junior Will Greene was fourth (28:37) and junior Tyler Laughery (Norwin) finished fifth (28:48).
Women’s cross country
Saint Vincent: The host Bearcats won the SVC Invitational as freshman Laura Aston (Hempfield) pushed past 30 runners and took the individual title in a time of 25:31. Junior teammate Jessica Brinker was third (26:09).
Aston was named PAC Women’s Cross Country Rookie of the Week.