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Thursday, May 2, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

A loss by the Seton Hill University men's lacrosse team in the regular-season finale didn't keep the Griffins from advancing to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament.

Seton Hill (12-2, 6-1) will be the second-seeded team Friday when the tournament gets under way at Mercyhurst University in Erie, and will face third-seeded Lake Erie in the semifinals at 2 p.m.

Mercyhurst, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II, defeated Seton Hill, 12-9, on Saturday to clinch the ECAC Division II Men's Lacrosse League regular-season championship and earn the tournament's top seed. The Lakers meet fourth-seeded Wheeling Jesuit in the semifinals.

The championship game is scheduled for noon Sunday.


Seton Hill clinched its fourth consecutive West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Northern Division championship and opened play in the conference tournament Wednesday as the division's top-seeded team against Southern Division fourth-seeded Charleston (W.Va.) in Beckley, W.Va.

The Griffins entered the tournament with an overall record of 37-13 and closed their WVIAC schedule with a 26-8 mark.

• Senior outfielder/pitcher Steven Anderson (Hempfield) tied the Pitt-Greensburg record for runs scored with 117 during a doubleheader split against Baldwin-Wallace in the Bobcats' final regular-season games.

Anderson tied the mark held by Matt Stanziano.

The Bobcats are the fifth-seeded team and will play at fourth-seeded Pitt-Bradford on Saturday in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament.


Whitney Thompson set a Westmoreland County Community College record for consecutive hits with seven during a doubleheader against Montgomery (Md.) College. Thompson was batting .479 entering the week. WCCC will play host to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Tournament on Friday through Sunday.

• Pitt-Greensburg will be the fourth-seeded team when the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament begins Friday at Penn State Altoona. The Bobcats will meet fifth-seeded Mt. Aloysius in the first round.

Track and field

Seton Hill's Anthony Phillips won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference decathlon at the WVIAC Multi-Events Championships on Sunday, becoming the first Griffins athlete to win an individual conference championship at the event.

Phillips totaled 5,870 points, finishing first in the 100 meters (11.41 seconds), 400 meters (50.29 seconds) and long jump (6.53 meters); second in the shot put (11.60 meters); and third in the high jump (1.72 meters) on the first day.

He was first in the 110 hurdles (15.69 seconds), third in the pole vault, fourth in the 1,500 run, and fifth in the discus and javelin on the second day.

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