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Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
 

Robert Morris senior Brianna Delaney says she's the type of hockey player who can do a little bit of everything.

Tough to argue, considering she was a seven-sport athlete in high school. Delaney played ice hockey, soccer, basketball, field hockey, badminton, volleyball and even swam for Sacred Heart Catholic in Ontario. She stuck with hockey, and this weekend she likely will become the Colonials' all-time scoring leader.

The 5-foot-6 center has 97 points, the same as former linemate Sara O'Malley, who reached that mark last winter. Delaney recorded four points — including her program-best 24th multipoint game — during a pair of wins over the weekend against Lindenwood.

With home games Friday and Saturday against Minnesota State, Delaney's breaking the record isn't much more than a formality.

"I'm excited," said Delaney, who had three goals and an assist during two meetings with Minnesota State last year. "But at the same time, I've tried to not think too much about it."

Only two games old, this season already has been noticeably different for Delaney, who plays on the same line as her younger sister, Cobina, a junior winger.

Robert Morris has a new coach in Paul Colontino, an associate head coach at Mercyhurst from 2006 to '11 and someone who helped the Lakers to a pair of Frozen Four appearances.

"There's been a lot of excitement leading up to the season," said Delaney, who has scored 32, 31 and 30 points during her first three years. "I think we were all ready for a little bit of a change."

Family reunion at St. Vincent

When the St. Vincent women's volleyball team played at Chatham on Oct. 5, Bearcats coach Sue Hozak matched wits with her daughter, Chatham coach Kristin Consuegra. One of Hozak's other daughters, Natalie, plays for St. Vincent.

Mom seems to knows best, though. St. Vincent swept Chatham, 3-0.

Good runner, bad host

Slippery Rock sophomore Travis Arrigoni won his first college invitational last weekend — the SRU Invitational at Cooper's Lake, the Rock's home course.

Arrigoni (Canon-McMillan) finished the 8,000-meter race in 26 minutes, 7 seconds and was named the PSAC Male Cross Country Athlete of the Week.

Two sets down, no problem

Twice in a four-day span, the California (Pa.) women's volleyball team rallied from two-set deficits, claiming wins over Shippensburg and Juniata, the latter the NCAA Division III national champion in 2004 and '06. Seneca Valley graduate Meghan Franz leads Cal with 2.99 kills and 1.18 blocks per set. The Vulcans (20-3, 10-1) have won six straight and are tied with Gannon atop the PSAC West.

Tartans hold their own

Carnegie Mellon junior Duke Miller and freshman Will Duncan took second at the USTA/ITA Division III Southeast Regional Championships on Oct. 1-3, then won both of their matches at No. 1 doubles this weekend against Robert Morris and Duquesne. They were named University Athletic Association (UAA) Men's Tennis Athletes of the Week.

Last call

Slippery Rock women's volleyball held its sixth Dig for the Cure event Wednesday and has raised more than $20,000 for breast cancer research. ... The Point Park men's soccer team moved up to No. 1 in the NAIA's Unaffiliated Conference Grouping rankings. ... The Robert Morris men's golf team won the RMU Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport Classic, played Monday and Tuesday at The Club at Shadow Lakes in Hopewell. Junior Brock Pompeani (Hopewell) finished second at 2-over-par 146, and freshman Bo Lustig (Belle Vernon) was third at 148. Clarion's Ross Pringle won the event at 1-under 143.

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