Recapping fall sports at SHU

The SHU football team plays Gannon University Oct. 15. Photo courtesy of J.Palmer.

The SHU football team plays Gannon University Oct. 15. Photo courtesy of J.Palmer.

The Men’s Cross Country team took third place at the 15th Annual Carnegie Mellon Cross Country Invitational Oct. 8. Sophomore Sam Kovalchick led the men with a time of 28:18.6 taking 18th place overall out of 86 other runners.

The Women’s Cross Country team took second place and senior Chelsia Poole finished first overall out of 111 other runners, with a time of 18:18.8. She was defending her title after winning last year. Next best was senior Alyssa Brandis, who took 18th.

The next Cross Country meet is Oct. 22 at Kutztown University for the PSAC Championship Meet.

Men’s Soccer is 8-4 overall and 5-2 in PSAC play. Senior Rory McKinnon is leading their scoring with seven goals, followed by Curtis Gallagher with six goals. Their only losses were to California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U), Chowan University, Mercyhurst University and the number one team in the country, The University of Charleston (UC), with a 2-0 loss.

Women’s Soccer is currently 4-5-2 with two ties against Cal U and Bloomsburg, both 0-0 games. Sophomore Emily LoPresti is the leading scorer with six goals, followed by junior Emma Bearinger and junior Emma Porteous, both with two goals. The next home game is Oct. 19 against conference rival Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

The Field Hockey team is off to a rough start with a record of 2-9 overall and 0-4 in conference. Junior Alesha Herman is leading the Lady Griffins with three goals. Their two wins have been against Mansfield University and Mercyhurst.

The equestrian team won the home opener Oct. 9. Photo courtesy of J.Palmer.

The equestrian team won the home opener Oct. 9. Photo courtesy of J.Palmer.

The Women’s Tennis team is currently 2-0. Freshman Diana Carvajalino made it to the quarterfinals in singles at the PSAC meet. Her sister, junior Paula Carvajalino, played well against Jasi Witherspoon of Cal U, but didn’t advance to the next round. Their last match of the season is Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. at Saint Vincent College (SVC) versus West Chester University (WCUPA).

The Women’s Volleyball team is 13-5 overall. Their losses are against Wayne State University and Northwood University during the WSU Invitational, Wheeling Jesuit University and Fairmont State University during the Wheeling Jesuit Tourney and Edinboro University. Their next home game is Oct. 28 versus The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown at 7 p.m.

Equestrian recently took first place at their home meet at the Bloomfield Stables in Belle Vernon, Pa. They just started their season Oct. 2 at the Slippery Rock meet, where sophomore Brianna Kupic took second place in the Novice Flat and senior Lindsey Angell took second place in 2B. The Lady Griffins then won big in their only home opener of the season Oct. 9 where they finished with first place status. Their next meet is at the Bethany Meet Oct. 16.

Women’s Golf took second at Saint Vincent’s Fall Invitational. The next match is PSAC Championships at Hershey, Pa. from Oct. 15-16. The women’s golf team is comprised of young talent with three freshman and one sophomore, led by head coach Dustin Patrizi.

Last but not least, football is off to their best start under head coach Isaac Collins at 4-2. Their two losses come from two NCAA Division II top ten ranked teams in Cal U and IUP, with their loss against IUP being a close 39-47 score. Their next game is away against Gannon University Oct. 15, and they will return back to Greensburg for homecoming Oct. 22 against Mercyhurst at 4 p.m.

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