St. Vincent lacrosse standout sets NCAA record
St. Vincent College senior Nora Posival notched 16 assists during the Bearcats' 24-4 women's lacrosse victory over Franciscan to establish a single-game NCAA all-divisions record.
Posival broke the Division III record in the first half with 12 assists, then established an all-divisions mark just 2:15 seconds into the second half with her 13th assist on a goal by Katie Uhring.
Posival added to her career-leading assists total of 72 at St. Vincent.
Other St. Vincent athletes also set records in recent days:
• Senior shortstop Brad Burkhardt broke the school's all-time hits record in baseball with a four-hit performance in the Bearcats' 10-5 nonconference victory over Penn State Altoona.
He hit safely in each of four St. Vincent games, going 9 for 16 (.563) overall with two hit by pitches, a walk, four runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases to earn Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
The Latrobe High School product entered this week with a total of 188 career hits. The old record of 183 was held by two-time NAIA All-American Danny Consuegra, who played for the Bearcats from 2003-06.
• The St. Vincent track team established three school records at the Bucknell Bison Open.
Despite temperatures in the low-50s on the first of two days, Chansler Poole set a record in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3 minutes, 53.50 seconds and Cam Stumme set a school mark in the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:39.99, qualifying both runners for the ECAC Championships.
On the second day, the St. Vincent 3,200-meter relay team of Poole, Stumme, Vince Tonzo and John Joseph set a school record with an ECAC Championships-qualifying time of 7:52.09.
St. Vincent junior Sam Cline, a Latrobe High School graduate, was named Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Week following a second-place finish at the two-day Edward Jones Shootout at the Links at Spring Church, hosted by Carnegie Mellon. Cline shot 71 on the second day after an opening-round 75 for a total of 176, just one shot behind Allegheny's Oliver White.
Freshman David Cenkner was named Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Week after helping the St. Vincent men's team to its first PAC regular-season championship by sweeping three singles matches as the Bearcats concluded their conference schedule with a 7-0 record, including five shutouts.
St. Vincent is scheduled to play its regular-season finale Friday — a nonconference match against Mt. Aloysius at the Greensburg Racquet Club — before competing in the PAC Championships on April 19 at Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie.
Track and field
Grove City junior John Green, a Ligonier Valley High School graduate, won the men's 400-meter run at the Westminster (Pa.) Invitational in a school-record time of 48.95 seconds and anchored Grove City's runner-up 1,600-meter relay team to earn Presidents' Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week.