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District college notebook: Carnegie Mellon soccer teams to play in NCAA tournaments

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 10:46 p.m.

The Carnegie Mellon women's soccer team qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time in program history.

The Tartans (11-1-4) will host Cabrini College at 11 a.m. Saturday. The winner advances to play the winner of Ohio Northern and Rochester Institute of Technology at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The men's team (12-3-1) also made the tournament as the automatic qualifier from the University Athletic Association. They face Morrisville State at 5 p.m. Saturday. The winner takes on the winner of Ohio Northern and Thomas More at 5 p.m. Sunday

Men's soccer

• Penn State shared the Big Ten regular-season championship with Northwestern, but the Nittany Lions received the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Penn State faces Michigan State at 1 p.m. Friday. The championship game is 1 p.m. Sunday. Bob Warming was also named the conference Coach of the Year on Thursday.

• Duquesne (7-11-1, 4-4-1) received the eighth seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament, where they lost, 2-1, to top-seeded and nationally ranked Charlotte (13-2-3, 7-1-1) on Thursday.

• West Virginia earned the No. 3 seed in the Mid-American Conference tournament with a 1-0 win over Bowling Green on Nov. 3. The Mountaineers (9-5-2, 4-2-1) will play Northern Illinois at 4 p.m. Friday. The championship game is 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

• Robert Morris senior Toba Bolaji broke the school record with his 17th career shutout in a 2-0 win over LIU Brooklyn Nov. 4.

• Ryan Lund scored the only goal as Mercyhurst edged Slippery Rock, 1-0, in the PSAC men's championship on Nov. 4.

• Thomas More (13-3-4) won its fourth straight conference championship with a 2-0 win over Geneva (9-6-4) in the Presidents' Athletic Conference title game.

• Medaille shut out Penn State Behrend (16-4), 1-0, in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship game on Nov. 3. Penn State Behrend received the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference South Region tournament and beat La Roche, 3-0, on Wednesday. Next up is the Alvernia at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Women's soccer

• Penn State (17-3-1) earned a No. 1 seed and will make its 18th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament when it hosts LIU-Brooklyn (10-7-3) at 6 p.m. Saturday.

• West Virginia (11-4-4) will host Princeton (13-3-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament.

• Slippery Rock shut out California, 3-0, in the PSAC women's championship on Nov. 4. Slippery Rock (13-5-2) earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Division II tournament and ended the 24-game home winning streak of California (16-4-1). In the Atlantic Region bracket, Slippery Rock received the No. 5 seed and a match with No. 4 seed Edinboro (13-4-2) at 2 p.m. Friday. The winner faces No. 1 seed California (Pa.) (16-4-1) on Sunday. Gannon received the No. 3 seed and faces West Virginia Wesleyan on Friday.

• Penn State Behrend (12-8) edged Pitt-Bradford (13-5-1), 2-1, on Nov. 3 to win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship for the second straight year. The Lions earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and will visit William Smith (13-2-3) at 11 a.m. Saturday.

• Thomas More (19-1-1) prevailed over Grove City (15-3-2) in the Presidents' Athletic Conference championship game with a 3-2 win in a shootout on Nov. 3. Grove City received an at-large bid in the NCAA Division III tournament and will face Western Connecticut State (15-4-3) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Grantham.

• Point Park edged Cincinnati Christian, 2-1, on Tuesday to advance to the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship game. The Pioneers (10-7-1) face Carlow at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Men's basketball

• The Slippery Rock men's basketball team, a Division II squad, knocked off Division I Navy, 79-56, in an exhibition game Nov. 4.

Women's basketball

• Gannon defeated a Division I program for the second time in less than a week with a 63-53 win over Bufffalo on Nov. 3. Gannon beat Kent State, 70-61, on Oct. 28.

Field hockey

• Penn State shut out Michigan, 2-0, in the Big Ten championship game on Nov. 4. Penn State (17-3, 5-1) won its second straight and sixth overall conference title. Penn State received the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host Albany (13-7) at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

• West Chester eliminated IUP (14-6) in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals with a 5-2 victory on Nov. 3.

Women's volleyball

• Point Park (28-9, 9-1) earned the second seed and a first-round bye in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. The Pioneers, ranked No. 25 nationally, will play Friday.

• Thomas More swept Thiel, 3-0, in the finals of the Presidents' Athletic Conference tournament.

• Penn State Behrend (19-10) fell in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship, 3-1, to Medaille on Nov. 4. Penn State Behrend received the eighth seed in the ECAC South Region tournament, where it lost to Bethany in three sets Wednesday.

Cross country

• Edinboro took second, and IUP finished third in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region women's championships on Nov. 3 to secure a berth in the NCAA championships on Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo. Slippery Rock's Stephanie Case qualified with a fourth-place finish.

• Edinboro cruised to first place in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region men's championships on Nov. 3 to advance to nationals.

• Point Park's Hana Jiraskova and Lindsay Dill became the first runners from the school to qualify for the NAIA national championships. Jiraskova finished second and Dill third in the KIAC meet to advance to nationals on Nov. 17 in Vancouver, Wash. On the men's side, Dylan Grunn placed ninth in the KIAC meet to earn a ticket to nationals.

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

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