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

- 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)

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By Mike Palm
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 10:46 p.m.

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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