Fall 2019 Griffin Sports Recap

Pictured above is senior defensive back Fardan Allen as he runs on the field during a game. Allen tallied 71 tackles for the 2019 season. He was tied for third for total tackles with with Jaylen McDuffie. Photo from SHU Athletics.

Football: 

The Griffins finished the 2019 season with a record of 2-8. The football team scored an overall total of 174 points this season. Their two victories occurred back to back. Oct. 12 the Griffins defeated Gannon University at home 25-21, and Oct. 19 at Mercyhurst, the Griffins won 30-20. 

Quarterback Ryan Barabe finished as passing leader with a total of 2020 yards on the 2019 season. Running back Logan Wiland lead the rush with 80 yards. Wide receiver Kinan Humphrey averaged 11.86 yards with a total of 700 on the season. Linebacker Jayden Emberton-Gaines finished with a total of 102 total tackles. 

The 2019 season was also the first season back at Seton Hill University for head coach Daniel Day. Day was a member of SHU in 2005. He was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner on the Seton Hill football team. 

Men’s Cross Country: 

The fall 2019 season kicked off at the Doug Watts Open Sept. 7. The men’s cross country team took fifth place. Oct. 12 was the Griffins’ best meet at the Slippery Rock Invitational where the team took second place. 

The team finished in 14th place at the 2019 PSAC Championships. Owen Keith earned first team All PSAC honors with a 14th place finish. Keith completed the 8k course with a time of 26:16.5. 

The cross country team was selected to be a part of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Championships held at Lock Haven University Nov. 23. Keith finished in 27th place with a time of 32:42.1 

Women’s Cross Country:

The women’s cross country team started their season with a first place finish at the Doug Watts Open Sept. 7. The women’s team also took home two more first place finishes Oct. 5 at the Gannon-Mercyhurst Invitational and Oct. 12 at the Slippery Rock Invitational. 

The team competed in the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championship for the second time in four seasons. Skye Christian placed 108th overall and completed the 6k course with a time of 21:46.8. The women’s team finished third as team at the Division II Atlantic Region Championships. 

Men’s Soccer: 

The Griffins finished the 2019 fall season with a record of 7-10-1 and 3-6-1 in the PSAC. The Griffins won their last game of the season with a 1-0 victory at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.

Sophomore Archie Lock led the Griffins with a total of six goals and 12 points. Sophomore Nick Desantis led the team with a total of two assists on the season. 

Three members of the men’s soccer team were named to the league’s All Conference teams. Lock was a first All PSAC West selection with senior Lloyd Davies and junior Alex Dysen were named to the All PSAC West second team. 

Women’s Soccer: 

The Griffins finished the 2019 fall season with a record of 6-12 and 6-10 in the PSAC. The Griffins lost their last game of the season 0-2 at Edinboro University.

Senior Italia Biondi led the team with eight goals. Senior Kate Kimmich was second on the team with six goals and 17 points. She led the team with five assists and led with two game winning goals. 

Two members of the women’s soccer team were named to the All PSAC West women’s soccer team. Kimmich was a first team All PSAC West selection and Biondi was a second team All PSAC West selection. Kimmich was also named a D2CCCA second team All Atlantic Region selection. 

Equestrian:

Their show at West Virginia University which resulted in SHU’s equestrian team earning a team score of 27 points and hold third in the region. At Bethany College, competing in their third show in Wheeling, W.Va., the team earned a total of 36 team points and tied for High Point Team of the show with Slippery Rock University. 

The fourth show of the season was held at SRU at Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, senior Alexis Kupic finished in first and freshman Rose Grover finished in third in their respective competitions. The team finished the season by heading to Stonegate Farm in Coolville, Ohio the weekend of Nov. 9-10 to compete in their final two shows of the season. After winning high point team both days, the team lead the region by 50 points. 

Women’s golf: 

Having five competitions during their season, women’s golf opened with a weekend at Mercyhurst’s Evann Parker Memorial at Lake View Country Club in North East, PA. SHU’s team finished the two day event in 13th place with a two day team total of 771. Gannon University won the event. 

The team also closed out the weekend at the Michael Corbett Fall Classic at Lake Shore Country Club in Erie, PA. The team finished the two day event in 16th place with a team total of 754. Ashland won the event. For the St Vincent Invitational at Glengarry, SHU’s team finished in first place at the Invitational with a team score of 372. The Griffins were 17 shots better than second place St Vincent College. 

The team completed play at the Shriners Hospital Shootout hosted by Ohio Valley University, finishing the two day event at the Riverside Golf Club in Mason, WV with a fifth place score. SHU finished three shots behind fourth place Glenville State. The host, Ohio Valley, won the event. 

The women’s golf team closed out their fall schedule with the PSAC Championships in Hershey, PA. The team finished the three day event with a final round of 358 to move up a spot and finish in sixth place. Gannon won the event with a three day total of 962. All information found from SHU’s athletic page. 

Field Hockey: 

The field hockey team, with new team coach Courtney Grove, closed out their 2019-20 season with a road matchup at No. 7 Millersville, finishing with an overall record of 1-15. Winning against Frostburg State University, a score of 2-1, according to SHU’s athletic page, “SHU got on the scoreboard with just under eight minutes to play in the first quarter.” 

Competing with 10 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference games, SHU’s team started these competitions with 0-8 hosting West Chester at Dick’s Field. Senior Day for SHU included a loss against East Stroudsburg, 6-0. Seniors Rachael Cobo, Molly Carbone, Nicole Susi, Wynnsome Gadson, and Elizabeth Armbruster were honored prior to the match and Armbruster had a season-high 13 saves. Their last PSAC game took the field hockey team to an unfortunate loss of 7-0 against Millersville. 

Tennis: 

The Griffin tennis team opened their 2019-20 season with a matchup against Daemen (NY) on Sunday afternoon at Latrobe High School. Seton Hill swept the doubles matches and won five of the six singles matches for a 6-1 season opening victory. The team continued non-conference play with a match against Fairmont State at Latrobe High School. SHU swept the doubles matches and won three of the six singles matches for a 4-3 victory over the Falcons. 

In the PSAC Singles and Doubles Championships in Bloomsburg, four members of the team competed. In the doubles championship, “the Griffins doubles team of Kaelyn Zak and Jenna Bailey opened with a matchup with Julia Mowrey and Shannon Nixon of West Chester.” 

Published by Caitlin Srager

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