District college notebook: Mercyhurst men's soccer team set for NCAA semifinals
By Mike Palm
Published: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, 11:30 p.m.
Keeper Mikko Sarkkinen improved to 4-0-0 — with three of his wins coming in the postseason — as the Mercyhurst men's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals with a 2-1 win over Southern New Hampshire on Sunday.
Mercyhurst (17-5-1) is in the national semis for the third time in program history. The Lakers face Lynn (16-2-1) at 11 a.m. Thursday in Evans, Ga.
• Point Park's Jeroen Walstra was named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Coach of the Year.
• Carnegie Mellon junior quarterback Rob Kalkstein, a Gateway graduate, was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Offensive Player of the Year.
• Penn State senior Kelsey Amy earned first-team All-American honors for the second consecutive season, while sophomore Laura Gebhart made the second team, and junior Brittany Grzywacz was third team.
• Junior Christine Bestland, who leads the nation in scoring with 34 points, helped No. 4 Mercyhurst (12-1-1) extend its winning streak to seven games with a pair of 4-0 shutouts of Yale last weekend. She also was named to Canada's national under-22/development team that will compete in the 2013 Meco Cup in January in Germany.
• The Chatham women's team (2-6-0) picked up its first NCAA win since the 2009-10 season with a 5-2 victory over Buffalo State College on Saturday.
• Penn State advanced to the Elite Eight by beating Michigan in a shootout Sunday night. The teams were tied, 1-1, through two overtimes, and Penn State won on penalty kicks, 3-2. The Nittany Lions (19-3-2) face Duke (15-5-2) at 7 p.m. Friday.
• Carlow's Marcus Pollidore was named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year after leading the team to a 13-1-1 season.
• California (Pa.) junior Clarissa Enslin swam the fastest 200 freestyle in Division II this season, finishing in 1 minute, 51.5 seconds at the Pittsburgh Invitational.
• Penn State (28-2, 18-1 Big Ten) clinched its ninth conference title in the past 10 seasons and a berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Indiana on Nov. 16 in Bloomington, Ind. The NCAA brackets will be released Sunday.
• Pitt (17-14) closed its season with a four-set loss to Marquette (25-5) in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament Nov. 16.
• Temple became the first school to beat Duquesne at home this season, upsetting the Dukes, 3-2, in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals on Nov. 16. The Dukes (22-11) had been 13-0 at Palumbo Center before their season was ended by the Owls.
• Second-seeded Seton Hill fell, 3-0, to Wheeling Jesuit in the WVIAC championship on Saturday.
• Gannon (28-5) received the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional tournament, setting up a match with seventh-seeded Gannon (25-10) at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Wheeling Jesuit. No. 3 California (Pa.) (28-7) is matched with No. 6 Shippensburg (27-11) at noon, and No. 4 Clarion (23-11) faces No. 5 Lock Haven (26-10) at 5 p.m..
• Allegheny junior Bobby Over took second place at the NCAA Division III championships Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. Over completed the race in 24:34.8, for Allegheny's highest national finish ever. Freshman Logan Steiner took 36th to help the Gators claim 15th place.
Washington & Jefferson's Kristen Galligan finished in 12th place with a time of 21:28.1, becoming the school's first All-American in cross country.
• Point Park's Dylan Grunn finished 190th with a time of 26:50 at the NAIA championship meet Saturday in Vancouver, Wash. On the women's side, Point Park's Hana Jiraskova took 217th (20:24) and Lindsay Dill was 235th (20:37).
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