Weekend college top 10: W&J wins PAC clash over Carnegie Mellon
Every week, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Big plays helps W&J football stay unbeaten
Thanks to four touchdowns of more than 35 yards in the first quarter, W&J defeated Carnegie Mellon, 36-14, on Saturday to stay unbeaten (3-0, 2-0 Presidents’ Athletic Conference). Andrew Wolf opened with a 39-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Jacob Adams, then they connected for a 66-yard scoring pass. They weren’t done. Adams found Wolf for a 67-yard touchdown pass to give the Presidents a 19-0 lead. Jordan West (Washington) finished the onslaught with a 37-yard touchdown run. West rushed for 179 yards and two TDs on 29 carries. The No. 12 Presidents will look to extend their streak when they host Grove City this weekend.
2. Pitt volleyball remains unbeaten
Eleven matches, 11 victories for the ninth-ranked Pitt women. Behind a career-high 23 kills from sophomore Kayla Lund, the Panthers topped Charleston, 3-1, on Friday. They followed that with another 3-1 victory Saturday, this time over High Point. Lund was one of four players to reach double digits in kills in the Charleston match. The other three were Stephanie Williams (16), Layne Van Buskirk (11) and freshman Sabrina Starks (10). Starks added six block assists in her first collegiate start. On Saturday against High Point, Lund had 14 kills, and Van Buskirk had a season-high 13 and hit .619. The 11-0 start extended the program’s best since 1983.
3. Williams sets IUP record
Redshirt senior quarterback Lenny Williams (Sto-Rox) set the program’s record for career touchdowns in the Crimson Hawks’ 59-17 victory over Lock Haven on Saturday. Williams threw for three scores and ran for another to increase his career total to 89 (63 passing, 26 rushing). That broke the mark of 88 set by Brian Eyerman from 1999-2002. The win moved the third-ranked Crimson Hawks to 3-0.
4. W&J men’s golf sets record in tournament win
Thanks to a school-record score of 271 in the second round, the Presidents captured the Carnegie Mellon Fall Shootout at The Links at Spring Church. Sophomore Ben Peticca (Franklin Regional) shot 69-67 over the two days to lead W&J and place second overall. Garrett Barilar also shot 67, Elar Velasco shot 68, Jake Darr shot 69 and Sam Bellini (Mt. Lebanon) carded a 76. Allegheny’s Matthew Del Rosso (Central Catholic) shot 66-69 to win, and his two-round score of 135 is the best in program history. CMU won the women’s event behind Charlotte Simpson’s two-round total of 150. The Tartan women’s “B” team placed second.
5. Grove City men’s soccer stays unbeaten
The Wolverines topped Fredonia State, 2-0, on Saturday to move to 4-0-2 on the season. The win was Grove City’s fourth shutout of the season. Christian Caporaso and Jon Burton provided the goals against Fredonia, and freshman keeper Luke Greenway (Penn Hills) made two stops for the shutout.
6. Duquesne football wins behind Crawford’s big day
Senior receiver Nehari Crawford had career highs with 11 receptions and 223 yards — to go with a pair of touchdowns — as the Dukes edged Dayton, 31-26, on Saturday. Crawford moved into fifth in school history with 26 receiving touchdowns and sixth in career receptions (146). The Dukes prepare to take the longest road trip in school history when they visit Hawaii on Saturday.
7. Another win for W&J runner Moyer
Senior Harley Moyer won his second individual title in as many races, helping the Presidents finish fourth in the Allegheny Classic on Saturday. Moyer, who opened the season by taking top individual honors at the Westminster Invitational, was 17 seconds faster than the runner-up. Carnegie Mellon captured the men’s and women’s titles. The women’s race was won by Allegheny’s Emily Forner (Beaver).
8. Buchanan reaches milestone for Grove City
Senior Laura Buchanan (Norwin) became the 10th player in GCC women’s volleyball history to reach 1,000 career kills in a 3-0 sweep of Waynesburg on Friday. Buchanan had 13 kills in the match to reach 1,010 for her career. She is the first Wolverines player to reach the mark since 2008.
9. Last-moment goal keeps W&J field hockey unbeaten
Senior Rachel Buyan scored with no time left as the Presidents defeated Stevens, 1-0, in their Empire 8 opener Saturday. Sophomore goalie Rena Israel (North Allegheny) posted the shutout, extending the W&J’s shutout streak to 280 minutes. Israel has yet to give up a goal in four matches. The Presidents are 5-0.
10. IUP tandem wins doubles title
Junior Mariana Valenzuela and sophomore Maria Magraner captured the “B” doubles title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Atlantic Regional championships Sunday. The pair won two matches Saturday to advance to the semifinals. They won the title by beating teams from West Chester and Bluefield State by identical 8-3 scores Sunday. Valenzuela, a native of Colombia, added a singles runner-up finish to her weekend, advancing to the final before losing in three sets.
Chuck Curti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @CCurti_Trib.