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Michael Love

Max Garda has been part of a turnover party through Washington & Jefferson’s first two football games.

The Burrell graduate and junior starting free safety caused a fumble that set up W&J with a short field for its first touchdown in the season-opening 16-8 win over then-No. 18 Wittenberg on Sept. 7.

The Presidents forced four turnovers in the game, and Garda finished with five tackles. The eight points were the fewest Wittenberg had scored in a game since 2008.

The W&J defense continued to roll last week against Thiel in its Presidents’ Athletic Conference opener. The Presidents forced eight Tomcat turnovers in a 59-0 rout.

Garda had two of them with a pair of interceptions. It was his second and third picks of his collegiate career.

W&J returns to the field Saturday at 1 p.m. at PAC foe Carnegie Mellon.

Men’s golf

The Plum resident and Central Catholic graduate led the NCAA Division II University of the Sciences men’s golf team to the second-lowest total in recorded program history at the recent Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational in Keene, N.H.

Blake, in his collegiate debut, led the way with rounds of 76 and 75 for a 151. It was the second-lowest two-round total in the program since fall 2009. His 75 is tied for the third-best round in program history.

His 28 pars were the most in the tournament’s field of 75 golfers. He finished 7-over on the par-72 course and finished 17th.

Blake was a part of Central Catholic’s boys golf teams that won three WPIAL team championships and a pair of PIAA titles.

Women’s cross country

Kiski Area grad Megan Aller and Plum grad Rachel Valotta, both running for Duquesne, posted top-10 finishes in a field of 73 runners Sept. 13 at the George Mason Invitational in Leesburg, Va.

Aller, a senior, led the Dukes with a fifth-place finish (18 minutes, 41.3 seconds) on the 5K course that also will host the Atlantic 10 championship Nov. 2.

Valotta, also a senior, finished 10th (18:54.6).

Women’s soccer

Freshman Lindsie Galbreath, a midfielder/forward for Cal (Pa.), picked a perfect time to record her first collegiate goal.

Galbreath, a Knoch grad, came through in the 106th minute of the Vulcans’ Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference game with Clarion on Sept. 14. Her goal in the second overtime was the only goal of the game as Cal improved to 2-1.

Galbreath tallied three of Cal’s 13 shots in the game, and two of her shots were on goal.

• Bryanna Urso (Fox Chapel), a junior defender for Allegheny, has started all of the Gators’ six games and helped the team compile a 2-1-3 record.

She delivered the first point of her career, an assist, in the Gators’ 2-2 tie with John Carroll on Wednesday.

Men’s soccer

Ben Andrews (Knoch), a senior forward for Gannon, tallied his first goal of the season in a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame (Ohio) in the opener Sept. 5.

The goal in the 84th minute turned out to be the winner and was the fourth of Andrews’ career. It was Andrews’ fourth career goal. He scored three in 14 games as a junior.

Gannon is 3-0.

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