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District college notebook: Cal (Pa.) wins PSAC women's golf title

| Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 10:46 p.m.
California (Pa.) golfer Maria Lopez (California University of Pennsylvania)
California (Pa.) golfer Maria Lopez (California University of Pennsylvania)
California (Pa.) golfer Maria Lopez (California University of Pennsylvania)
California (Pa.) golfer Maria Lopez (California University of Pennsylvania)

California (Pa.) shot a two-round total of 618 to win the PSAC women's golf championship by 23 strokes Saturday. Cal's Maria Lopez (73-75-148) and Lorena Aranda (75-77-152) were the tournament's top finishers.

• The IUP men won their sixth consecutive team championship Sunday, shooting 9-under 567, 18 strokes better than California (Pa.). Junior Zack Kempa was the top individual (71-69-140).


• The IUP men and the Edinboro women were picked to finish first in the PSAC preseason coaches' polls in the Western Division.


• The No. 4 Penn State women's team (15-2-1, 9-0-1) clinched its 15th consecutive Big Ten championship with a 1-1 tie with Michigan on Sunday. It's the most consecutive titles by a conference women's program in any sport.

• The No. 19 West Virginia women's team (10-3-4, 6-0-1), which clinched its first Big 12 championship, will close the regular season Friday at Texas.

• The Carlow women's team (11-1-1, 6-0-0) clinched first place in the KIAC regular-season standings and the top seed in the conference tournament with a 1-0 win over Point Park (8-7-1, 4-1-1) on Wednesday.

• The Gannon women's team (12-3-1, 9-3-1 PSAC) posted a 2-1 win over Slippery Rock (9-5-2, 6-5-2) on Wednesday to tie the school record for wins.

• The Pitt-Bradford women's team (13-5, 8-1 AMCC) tied the school record for wins and set a new mark for conference victories with a 1-0 win over Medaille on Tuesday.

• The Penn State Behrend men's team (15-3, 8-1) will have home-field advantage and a first-round by in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs after beating Hilbert, 3-1, on Tuesday. The women's team (10-8, 8-1 AMCC) are the top No. 1 seed in the conference after beating Hilbert, 6-1. Both teams will host a conference semifinal on Wednesday.


• The La Roche women's team ended Penn State Behrend's seven-year run as AMCC champion with a 5-4 victory on Sunday. Fourth-seeded La Roche upset the top two seeds to claim its first conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

• Westminster and St. Vincent finished as co-champions of the PAC women's tournament. Each time finished with 49 points, but St. Vincent received the qualifying bid to the NCAA Division III tournament because of a head-to-head victory on Oct. 12. Grove City had its 25-year streak of championships ended, but third-seeded Caroline McGuire was named conference player of the year after winning the first singles flight.


• The No. 1 Penn State women's team (21-1, 11-0 Big Ten) remained the only unbeaten team in conference play with a 3-0 win at Iowa on Wednesday. Next up is a match at No. 4 Nebraska on Sunday.

Field hockey

• IUP (14-4) faces West Chester (15-2) in the PSAC semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday, while Shippensburg (17-1) takes on Millersville (13-6). The winners play for the conference championship at 5 p.m. Saturday.

• Penn State (14-3) checked in at No. 5 in the latest NFHCA poll, its highest ranking in nearly a decade. The Nittany Lions are also the third-highest scoring team in Division I with 4.38 goals per game.

Cross country

• No. 13 Penn State enters the Big Ten women's championships at 10:45 p.m. Sunday as one of four nationally ranked teams (No. 7 Michigan, No. 15 Michigan State and No. 25 Minnesota). The men's race is at 11:45 a.m.

• The Grove City women's team will be going for its 24th straight PAC championship at noon Saturday. The St. Vincent men will try to three-peat at 11 a.m.

• The Edinboro men claimed the PSAC team title, while Shippensburg won the women's championship.

• Seton Hill sophomore Jeannie Bujdos won the WVIAC championship with a time of 22:05.32. She was also named the conference runner of the year. The Seton Hill women placed second and the men third.


• Pitt-Johnstown is ranked 11th in the first Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll. Three local wrestlers are ranked at 133 pounds: Pitt-Johnstown's Dave Fogle (4), Gannon's Jose Matos (7) and Mercyhurst's Kody Young (8).


• Mercyhurst (6-1-1) climbed to fifth in the latest Division I women's poll. Sophomore forward Christine Bestland is the leading scorer in College Hockey America with six goals and 13 assists.


• Robert Morris posted the highest GPA (3.609) among all Division I programs for the third time in four years, according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Mike Palm is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at

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