Weekend college top 10: Robert Morris coach earns 1st win
Every week, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Robert Morris coach earns 1st victory
Senior Jimmy Walker threw two touchdown passes less than two minutes apart midway through the fourth quarter, helping the Colonials beat Virginia State, 22-19, to give new coach Bernard Clark his first win. Trailing 19-7 after Virginia State returned a fumble for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Walker hit junior tight end Matthew Gonzalez for an 81-yard TD. Robert Morris (1-1) then recovered the ensuing onside kick, and senior Warren Robinson caught a 12-yard touchdown with 7 minutes, 22 seconds left to put the Colonials ahead. Robert Morris travels to No. 2 James Madison on Saturday.
2. Geneva wins after record comeback
Senior Trewon Marshall ran 30 times for 236 yards and a touchdown, and the Golden Tornadoes scored 28 straight points in the second half to defeat Saint Vincent, 31-27, in a PAC game Saturday. The comeback from 27 points was the largest in school history. Junior linebacker Tyler Cann had three interceptions in the fourth quarter for Geneva (1-1, 1-0). Mike Stasko ran 33 times for 180 yards and a touchdown for Saint Vincent (0-2, 0-1).
3. Dukes score late to win 2nd straight
Junior A.J. Hines ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns, including a 1-yarder with 2:42 left, to lift Duquesne past Valparaiso, 23-31, in a nonconference game Saturday. Junior quarterback Daniel Parr finished 17 of 25 for 235 yards, and senior receiver Nehari Crawford made six catches for 85 yards. The Dukes (2-1) host Dayton on Saturday before traveling to Hawaii on Sept. 22.
4. Victor sets receiving record; Allegheny prevails
Junior Alex Victor caught six passes for 199 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown, as the Gators (1-1) topped Wooster, 27-20, on Saturday. Victor became the program’s all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,035. Senior Logan Lee found junior Ben Bachik (Seneca Valley) for a 30-yard touchdown with 1:26 left to break a 20-20 tie.
5. Pitt women’s volleyball off to best start since 1983
No. 13 Pitt swept No. 12 Washington, 25-18, 25-13, 25-17, to take first in the Panther Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Kayla Lund had 16 kills, and redshirt junior Stephanie Williams added 15 kills for Pitt (9-0), which beat Dayton and Kennesaw State on Friday. The 1983 team opened the season with 12 straight victories.
6. Seton Hill women’s soccer storms back for win
The Griffins rallied from a 2-0 deficit with 11 minutes left to defeat No. 12 East Stroudsburg, 3-2, in overtime Saturday. Junior Emily LoPresti scored twice for Seton Hill (3-1, 2-1 PSAC), including the winner 12 seconds into overtime. Junior Italia Biondi (Penn-Trafford) sent the game into OT on a goal with just over six minutes left. It was the Griffins’ first victory over East Stroudsburg (1-2-1, 1-2-1) in school history and extended Seton Hill’s home winning streak to 12.
7. W&J football dominates Thiel
The Presidents limited the Tomcats to minus-10 yards rushing and built a 21-0 lead less than five minutes into the game en route to a 55-0 victory in the PAC on Saturday. Junior quarterback Jacob Adams went 23 for 34 with 321 yards and three touchdowns, and sophomore Andrew Wolf caught six passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns for W&J (2-0, 1-0). Junior defensive lineman Jeffrey Oxner had two of the defense’s seven sacks. Thiel dropped to 0-2.
8. Clarion forces 8 turnovers in victory
The Golden Eagles (1-1) recorded six interceptions and recovered two fumbles on their way to a 30-21 win at Lock Haven on Saturday. Junior Sam Fareri (South Park), who was named PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week, and sophomore Dorian Johnson (West Mifflin) had two interceptions apiece. Redshirt sophomore Marcus McCoy caught two touchdowns for Clarion.
9. Carnegie Mellon runs over Rochester
Senior Rory Hubbard ran 20 times for 190 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown, to lift the Tartans to a 31-7 win in their season opener Saturday. Carnegie Mellon finished with 324 rushing yards, and senior Alex Cline threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.
10. Cal (Pa.) runners go 1-2 at invitational
Seniors Alicia Belko and Alyson Pierce took first and second at the Bethany Invitational on Saturday, helping the Vulcans to the team title. Belko is a transfer who was an All-American at Stockton (N.J.) last season. Cal had five runners place in the top 20, winning the 17-team event with 53 points.
Jeff Vella is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at [email protected] or via Twitter @JeffVella_Trib.