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Pitt soccer player Morgan Sharick, a Burrell graduate

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Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 12:41 a.m.

Morgan Sharick became a fixture on the Pitt women's soccer team from the first day she arrived on campus.

And she never relented.

The senior defender from Burrell recently completed a productive college career with the Panthers, for whom she was a four-year starter.

Sharick played in 68 career games, starting 66. She contributed to 14 shutout wins. Her best season came as a junior when she scored four goals, all on corner kicks, and led the team in minutes played.

She also was third in points (10). She made 20 starts across her freshman and sophomore seasons.

Sharick also earned Big East Academic All-Star honors.

The team struggled to a 4-14-1 mark this season.

Women's soccer Pitt-Greensburg

Freshman Amanda Hydock (Burrell) won her second AMCC Player of the Week award. She has 144 saves this season and three shutouts for the Bobcats (6-11). Hydock has come back strong from a torn ACL she suffered last season.

Robert Morris

JuniorBecky Schoenecker (Fox Chapel) was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week. She posted two shutouts against Fairleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart and ended the season with a shutout streak of 256 minutes and 57 seconds.

Men's soccer Gannon

Senior goalkeeper Jason Barbarino (Plum) made six saves in his final college home game, a 2-1 victory.

La Roche

Forwards Chad Trozzi (Burrell) and Bryan Weimerskirch (Springdale) continue to power the Redhawks' offense. Trozzi, a senior, has 31 points on 11 goals and nine assists while Weimerskirch, a junior, has 29 points (13 goals, 3 assists).


Junior goalkeeper Brandon Daughtry (Burrell) has a 9-2-3 record in net this season for the Yellow Jackets (9-4-3). He has a 1.47 goals-against average and a save-percentage of .798.

Men's cross country Penn State Behrend

Senior Denis Lydon (Plum) won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title in 26:28, a year after finishing second. The Lions won their third straight team title.

Women's cross country Duquesne

First-year head coach Tom Slosky (Highlands) was named Atlantic-10 Conference Coach of the Year after his team won the conference title. Slosky was a standout runner for the Dukes, and remains the only Duquesne runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships, doing so in 2007. He was an All-American in track.

St. Francis

Junior Kylie Jackson (Kiski Area) ran a time of 19:30 to take sixth at the Northeast Conference Championships.

Football Ohio

Redshirt senior tight end Troy Hill (Valley) has 11 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns for the Bobcats (6-2), who play Buffalo in a rare Tuesday night game.

Women's tennis Michigan

Sophomore Ronit Yurosvky (Plum) continued her strong start to the season by winning the singles and doubles titles at the ITA Midwest Regional championships.

She teamed with fellow sophomore Sarah Lee to take the doubles title.

Yurosvky advances to the ITA National Indoor Championships Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, N.Y.

Women's swimming

Penn State Behrend

Freshman Mia Pietropola (Plum) won three individual events in a loss to Allegheny College. She won the 100- (1:11.41) and 200-yard (2:33.17) breaststroke and the 200 IM (2:19.48).

Women's volleyball

Penn State Behrend

Senior setter Chelsea Magnusen (Plum) had 29 assists and six blocks and teammate Alyssa Samarco (Plum), a freshman outside hitter, had nine kills as the Lions beat Pitt-Greensburg, 3-0, to secure the program's fifth undefeated conference record.

Robert Morris

Freshman outside hitter Arden Fisher (Riverview) leads the Colonials (9-16) in kills with 227 (2.58 per set) and service aces with 23.

Women's basketball


Senior forward Jenny Papich (Fox Chapel) was named to the Preseason All-West Division Team. Papich, the reigning PSAC West Division Athlete of the Year, averaged 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game last season as Gannon went 31-5 and reached the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. The Golden Knights return all five starters.


Point Park

Freshman Becca Babincak (Deer Lakes), one of the Pioneers' top dual-sport recruits, has decided to focus on one sport in college. Initially, she was going to play softball and basketball but decided to focus solely on softball.

The reining Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year scored 1,188 career points in basketball and was a four-year shortstop in softball, where she helped lead the Lancers to a WPIAL title as a junior. The softball team was 60-17 with her in the lineup.

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