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LHU sports roundup: Tennis downs Penn College

Playing on the road for the second consecutive day, the Lock Haven University tennis team turned in back-to-back winning efforts. Friday, the Bald Eagles rolled by Penn College (1-4), 8-1.With the win, LHU moves to 2-1 on the season. The Bald Eagles swept doubles play, winning all three matches and Lock Haven dominated singles play this afternoon in Williamsport by winning five of six matches. In singles play, Maddy Reeves (Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville), Mia Shuler (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport), Hailey Risley (North Bend, Pa./Bucktail), Olivia Sharp (York, Pa./York County School of Technology) and McCartney Register (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain) all won to put points on the board for LHU. At No. 1 singles, Reeves dominated Mary Kathryn Hillman 6-0, 6-1 and at No. 2 singles, Shuler bested Georgia Macensky 6-0, 6-0. In the third flight, Risley downed Amber Leitzel 6-4, 6-2. Sharp won 6-0, 6-1 and Register won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5 and 6 singles, respectively, to round out a truly sensational effort for Lock Haven individually. Reeves and Shuler won 8-0 at No. 1 doubles, while Delani Wolever (Northumberland, Pa./Shikellamy) and Christy McLean (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Jim Thorpe) posted an 8-0 victory in No. 2 doubles action. Sharp and Register were victorious at No. 3 doubles, capping the sweep and three-point effort in doubles action. Thursday Lock Haven picked up its first dual win since the program returned in 2019. It marked LHU’s first dual-match victory in women’s tennis in 30 years as the Bald Eagles last won a dual during the 1991 season. Prior to the team’s return in the fall of 2019, the Bald Eagles last competed in varsity women’s tennis in 1992.

The Lock Haven University field hockey team (3-7, 1-2 A-10) opened a two-game weekend road swing Friday at No. 11 Saint Joseph’s University (10-3, 4-0 A-10) and the hosts took home a 6-0 victory. The Hawks scored three times in each half on the way to the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) win. Zhao Rodrigo (Valencia, Spain/Colegio San Bartoleme) led LHU with two shots, both of which required saves from Saint Joseph’s goalkeeper Robin Bleekemolen. On the other side, Lock Haven goalkeeper Joaquina Orlandini (Concordia, Argentina/San Antonio School) made 13 saves. The 13-save effort marks the most saves in a single-game for a Lock Haven goalkeeper since 2011 when Lindsay Staufenberg made 14 stops vs. Penn State.

The Lock Haven University volleyball team (2-12, 0-4 PSAC East) traveled to Kutztown University (7-9, 2-2 PSAC East) on Friday night in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division action, but fell, 3-1, (25-19, 25-20, 22-25 & 25-16) to the Golden Bears. Kutztown surged ahead in the early sets and took a commanding lead, taking the opening two sets from the Bald Eagles. LHU fought back and grabbed a third-set victory, 25-22, but was unable to force a fifth set as the Golden Bears responded in the match-winning fourth set.

Grace Hugar (Clarence, Pa./Bald Eagle) and Gabriela Fialova (Ledec nad Sazavou, Czech Republic/ (Indian River)) led the way for the Bald Eagles with nearly identical performances. Each of the LHU outside hitters hit 13 digs and also added 17 digs on the defensive end. Both Fialova and Hugar notched three service aces as the two were in sync all night for LHU.

Regan Happ (Lighthouse Point, Fla./Westminster Academy) also tallied 17 digs to join the trio of Bald Eagles who combined for the team-high. LHU’s setter Kelly Gaston (Centennial, Colo./Grandview) led all players, handing out 37 assists, but it proved to not be enough to push The Haven past Kutztown.

The Lock Haven University men’s soccer team (6-1-2, 4-0-1 PSAC East) used a last-minute goal to knock off West Chester (4-1-1, 4-1 PSAC East), 2-1, in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division action. The Bald Eagles and the Golden Rams remained deadlocked the entire first half despite each team firing off five shots. In the second half, Justin Douglas (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) got The Haven started taking an assist from Connor Swope (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) and firing the Bald Eagles to a 1-0 lead. West Chester leveled the game up at 1-1 in the 78th minute as Tommy Bodenschatz found the back of the net for a critical game-tying goal. In the final minute of regulation, LHU earned a corner kick and Beckham Sibiski (Kutztown, Pa./Kutztown) swung a ball into Swope who headed it past the keeper to send the Bald Eagles to the huge conference win. The goal was Swope’s first on the season and Sibiski’s seventh assist on the year, which pushed him into a tie for first place in the PSAC. Goalkeeper Aitor Ruiz de Eguilaz (Euskadi, Spain/Koldo Mitxelena (Robert Morris)) made seven big saves for the Bald Eagles. The win extends LHU’s unbeaten streak to seven games and pushes them to first place in the PSAC Eastern Division standings as they came into the match just behind West Chester.

The Lock Haven University women’s cross country team – ranked No. 7 in the Atlantic Region – turned in a solid pack-effort t Saturday at three-team Bloomsburg Invitational. It marked the final action for LHU before the 2021 conference championship meet. LHU finished third of three teams today. Host-Bloomsburg University won the meet with 26 points and West Chester University was second with 40. The Bald Eagles scored 63 points. The duo of Caroline Stickley (Chester County, Pa./Octorara) and Cadie Kiser (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) led the way for Lock Haven. Stickley was eighth and Kiser ninth, as the two finished the 6K course with an identical time of 24:32.00. Morgan Perry (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco), Aubrey Sechrist (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore) and Karlee Noel (Altoona, Pa./Altoona) rounded out LHU’s top-five finishers. Perry was 14th and Sechrist was 15th, as the two ran well together. Noel was 17th overall out of 30. LHU will return to action at the 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships, which are scheduled for Friday, October 22.

The Lock Haven University men’s cross country team – ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic Region – took home the team title Saturday at the three-team Bloomsburg Invitational. Behind a third-place finish from Tanner Walter (New Columbia, Pa./Milton), Lock Haven recorded a team score of 36 points and topped host-Bloomsburg (2nd, 38 pts.) and West Chester (3rd, 48 pts.). Walter covered the 8K course in 26:45.00 and John Davern (Manchester, N.J./Manchester) finished fifth with a time of 27:05.00. Chris Hine (Plains, Pa./Holy Redeemer) and Kohen Stover (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) cracked the top-10 in the 33-runner field. Hine was eighth (27:10.00) and Stover was ninth (27:14.00), and Ethan Rogers (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) rounded out LHU’s top-five with an 11th-place showing (27:14.00.).LHU will return to action at the 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships, which are scheduled for Friday, October 22.

The Bald Eagles tied the match late in regulation and scored in overtime as the Lock Haven University women’s soccer team (4-5-1, 2-5-1 PSAC East) earned a thrilling 2-1 comeback overtime-win over Mansfield University (1-7-2, 0-6-2 PSAC East) Saturday at home in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division action. Mayleigh Perkins (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) tied the game late in regulation and Josie Swartz (Mifflintown, Pa./Juniata) scored from the penalty spot late in the first overtime period to give LHU the exciting divisional victory. Mansfield went up 1-0 in the 68th minute when Katelyn Rueppel converted a penalty kick. After a spirited opening 45 minutes, the two teams remained scoreless at halftime. Both teams exchanged good scoring chances in the opening minutes, but the visitors created one of the best in the 11th minute, however LHU defender Taylor Moritz (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) cleared a ball off the line at the near post. Rueppel’s converted penalty that beat Haven goalkeeper Kylie Auman (Centre Hall, Pa./Penns Valley) low and to the left looked as if it might be the difference in the outcome until the Bald Eagles drummed up some late-match heroics. With just 3:23 left in regulation, the Bald Eagles tied the match at 1-1. Perkins volleyed home a perfect crossing-pass from Sydney Stahl (Pittsburgh/Keystone Oaks) in the 87th minute for the equalizer. Late in the first OT period, Hunter McClellan (Grantville Summit, Pa./Troy) earned a penalty for Lock Haven and Swartz left no doubt as she fired the ball home – just under the crossbar – for the victory. Auman’s one save proved huge in the tightly-contested contest. LHU will return to action on the home turf on Wednesday, October 13 at 5 p.m. vs. PSAC East foe Millersville University.

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