Weekend College Top 10: Historic start for Robert Morris women
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Robert Morris women make history with victory
Isabella Posset made a layup with 38 seconds left, and the Colonials clipped Bryant, 59-56, on Saturday to become the first women’s team in Northeast Conference history to begin the league schedule 10-0. The game featured eight ties and 12 lead changes. Nina Augustin scored 12 points for Robert Morris (13-8, 10-0), and Posset had nine. Bryant fell to 6-15, 4-6.
2. Evans sets record; Waynesburg wrestlers three-peat
Waynesburg senior heavyweight Jake Evans (Elizabeth Forward) became the NCAA’s all-divisions victory leader with 175 when he won the title at the PAC championships, helping the Yellowjackets to the team crown for the third straight season Friday at Thiel. Waynesburg’s 108.5 points nipped Washington & Jefferson’s 103.50, with the host Tomcats in third with 86.50. Evans, named the PAC’s Most Outstanding Wrestler for the second time, won his fourth straight conference title. W&J 157-pounder Hunter Neely (Bentworth) earned his third consecutive title. Other champions for Waynesburg were: Dylan Williams at 125, Josh Kuslock (Chartiers-Houston) at 133, Matt Lascola (Langley) at 141 and Anthony Welsh (Beth-Center) at 174.
3. Edinboro women halt Cal (Pa.)’s 25-game home winning streak
The Fighting Scots recovered from an early 19-point deficit and pulled off a 62-61 shocker over the No. 17 Vulcans on Saturday in the PSAC. Edinboro (15-6, 10-5 PSAC West) went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter and held Cal (18-3, 12-3) to 3-for-17 shooting in the final 10 minutes. Michaela Barnes scored 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting for Edinboro, and Ciara Rosten had 16 points. The Vulcans, who also had won 43 straight PSAC regular-season games at home, were led by Abbey Sporio’s 14 points. Seairra Barrett (Central Valley), who entered the game averaging 23.4 points, was held to eight on 3-for-10 shooting.
4. Rawls nearly sets record; Allegheny clinches spot in conference tourney
Jordan Rawls (Allderdice) scored 42 points, the second most in program history, as the Gators defeated Denison, 90-75, on Saturday in a North Coast Athletic Conference game. Rawls made 15 of 27 shots and added 14 rebounds for Allegheny (9-13, 5-11). James Johnston holds the school record with 53 points in 1953.
5. Point Park track and field teams sweep conference championships
Anna Shields won the 600, 1,000 and 3,000 meters along with the mile en route to earning River States Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, helping the Pioneers repeat as league champions Friday at Tiffin (Ohio). Reba Bartram took first in the 800 for Point Park. The men also repeated as conference champions. Xavier Stephens placed first in the 800 and mile, and Bryan Gutierrez won the 3,000 in a record time. Michael Morris earned River States Conference Field Athlete of the Year after taking second in the high jump, third in the triple jump, sixth in the long jump and sixth in the 60 hurdles. Kelly Parsley was named River States Conference Coach of the Year for the men and women.
6. Miller helps No. 6 IUP hold on to top spot in division
Malik Miller scored 22 points as the Crimson Hawks downed Gannon, 78-63, in a PSAC game Saturday. Dante Lombardi added 18 points, and Jacobo Diaz contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds for IUP (21-2, 14-2), which has a one-game lead over Slippery Rock (16-7, 13-3). Gannon dropped to 8-15, 6-10.
7. Saint Vincent women remain in 1st place
Madison Kollar (Latrobe) had 24 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, leading the Bearcats past Waynesburg, 80-57, in the PAC on Saturday. Maria Morgan added 14 points and six steals for Saint Vincent (19-4, 13-1), which has a two-game lead over Washington & Jefferson (16-7, 11-3). Waynesburg slipped to 7-16, 5-9.
8. First-year Geneva volleyball team continues to thrive
The Golden Tornadoes extended their winning streak to five with a four-set victory over Messiah on Saturday. Peter Barbato (Beaver Country Christian) recorded a team-best seven hills, and Anthony Baronio (Ambridge) had a team-high 22 assists for Geneva (9-2). On Friday, the Golden Tornadoes bested preseason Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference favorite Wittenberg in four sets. Quinn McCracken (Beaver Country Christian) finished with 19 kills in the win.
9. No. 9 Penn State men’s lacrosse sets single-game record for goals
The Nittany Lions broke a 43-year-old record by defeating Robert Morris, 27-10, on Saturday. Fifteen players scored goals, led by Mac O’Keefe with five. TJ Malone had four goals, and Grant Ament recorded a goal and six assists for Penn State (2-0). Tyson Gibson had three goals and two assists for Robert Morris (0-1).
10. Geneva women snap 15-game skid, earn 1st win in PAC
Callie Ford had 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists, leading the Golden Tornadoes past Chatham, 62-61, on Saturday in the PAC. Geneva improved to 3-19, 1-13, and the Cougars dropped to 12-12, 8-7. Lauren Tipton added 10 points, a personal-best 18 rebounds and five blocks for Geneva.
Jeff Vella is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at [email protected] or via Twitter @JeffVella_Trib.