Campus clippings: Thiessen top freshman in NCAC

| Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 12:41 a.m.

Jessie Thiessen had her “hello world” moment this season for the Allegheny College women's soccer team.

Thiessen, a Fox Chapel graduate and freshman midfielder, put together an impressive debut season, earning North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Thiessen led the NCAC in goals (10) and points (26) and also made the All-NCAC First Team.

Allegheny finished 11-6-4 and lost, 2-1, to Thomas More in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Women's soccer

Grove City

Senior forward Sam Weber (Freeport) kicked in two goals in a 6-0 victory for No. 4-seeded Grove City (12-9-1) against No. 5 Juniata in the ECAC South quarterfinals.

Men's soccer

La Roche

Junior forward Bryan Weimerskirch (Springdale) was named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and joined teammate Chad Trozzi (Burrell), a senior, on the All-AMCC First Team. Weimerskirch tied the school single-season record with 13 goals, while Trozzi had a career-high 31 points. He finished fourth in career goals and fifth in points at La Roche.

Slippery Rock

The Rock's 2-1 loss to Millersville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament brought to an end the careers of two standout seniors from the area. Midfielder Zach Hall (Deer Lakes) finished the season with four game-winning goals and three assists, while defender Thad Madzelonka (Fox Chapel) was a mainstay on defense.


Junior defenderRyan Francis (Springdale) made the All-Presidents Athletic Conference Honorable Mention Team.

Men's cross country

Penn State Behrend

Senior Denis Lydon (Plum) was named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Men's Co-Runner of the Year. Lydon won the AMCC championship in a time of 26:28.

Women's volleyball

Penn State Behrend

Senior setter Chelsea Magnusen (Plum) was named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year, an honor predicted by conference coaches in the preseason. She is averaging 7.96 assists, has 117 kills and has posted double-digit assists and digs in 12 matches.

Men's basketball


Sophomore guard Micah Mason (Highlands) hit 5 of 7 3-pointers and scored 18 points, one off his college career high, in a 96-83 loss to West Virginia.


Senior guard Andrew Cressler (Plum) scored 17 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out five assists in a 93-47 victory over Penn State New Kensington.


Freshman guard John Arcuri (St. Joseph) scored nine points (2 for 3 3-pointers) in his college debut, an 85-73 loss to Catholic.

Women's basketball


Senior forward Jenny Papich (Fox Chapel) scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Division II No. 2-ranked Gannon snapped Glenville State's 27-game home win streak, 90-84. Her three-point play with 35 seconds left clinched the win.

Penn State Behrend

Senior guard Hannah Novotny (Knoch) had eight points, six rebounds and six assists in a season-opening 59-47 win over Alfred.


Junior guardLindsey McKamish (Fox Chapel) is averaging 10.5 points, four rebounds and four assists through the first two games for the Bobcats (1-1).


Sophomore forward Heather Davis (Ford City) averaged 11 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in the Yellowjackets' (0-2) first two games.


Former Valley News Dispatch Player of the Year Hannah Shaffer (Apollo-Ridge), a senior guard, averaged 11 points and a team-best 12 rebounds per game for the Titans (1-1) in the first two games of the season.



Freshman Johnny Morotto (Plum) placed seventh at the Mt. Union Invitational. He posted a 4-2 record at 141 pounds.


Redshirt senior 157-pounder Tyler Berger (Burrell) picked up a 4-2 decision win in sudden death in the Lakers' 32-9 win over York. Teammate Brian Beattie (Burrell), a redshirt sophomore, claimed a 16-3 major-decision victory at 197.


Alderson Broaddus

Seeing late-season action and avoiding a redshirt, freshman quarterback Dakota Bruggeman (Knoch) completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns for the Battlers (4-6).


Senior defensive end Jake McTigue (Knoch) made three stops and posted a sack in a 27-14 upset of No. 5 Fordham.

Washington & Jefferson

Sophomore defensive tackle Jon Turner (Freeport) has 40 total tackles and 5.5 sacks, and senior defensive end Evan Fuentes (Fox Chapel) has 28 tackles and three sacks for the Presidents Athletic Conference champions. W&J (8-2) moves into the NCAA playoffs.

Men's swimming

Penn State Behrend

Sophomore Scott Romanko (Plum) swam a leg of the winning 400-yard relay team in a 112-81 win over Baldwin-Wallace.

Bill Beckner Jr is the local sports editor for the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at

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