Campus clippings: Hempfield grad Irwin named AMCC Athlete of the Week
Penn State Behrend senior setter Lexi Irwin (Hempfield) was named AMCC Athlete of the Week for the third time this season. She had 36 assists, 12 digs and 11 kills to lead Behrend to a 3-1 victory over Catholic in the Lycoming Tip-Off Classic. She added another triple-double, with 31 assists, 16 digs and 10 kills in a 3-1 loss to Elizabethtown.
She also had 26 assists and 11 kills in a 3-0 win over Allegheny.
Seton Hill: Redshirt sophomore Leah Bisignani (Greensburg Central Catholic) was named the PSAC Southwest Division Athlete of the Week. Seton Hill won two matches last week and Bisignani made key contributions to both. She had four kills and did not make an error in 11 attempts in a 3-0 victory against Cal (Pa.).
Her 18 kills and six blocks powered the Griffins past Mercyhurst, 3-2. In a loss to No. 3 Gannon, she posted nine kills and eight blocks.
Shippensburg: Senior Morgan DeFloria (Hempfield) had nine kills, 16 digs and a career-high six aces to help power the Raiders past Millersville, 3-0. Shippensburg put down 50 kills for the match. Another local player joined DeFloria as a senior day honoree: Angela Tarabrella (Penn-Trafford), who had a dig in the victory.
Allegheny: Senior running back Tyler Balla (Greensburg Central Catholic) is leading the Gators (3-2, 3-1 NCAC) in rushing with 556 yards and four touchdowns on 115 carries.
Duquesne: Junior linebacker Brett Zanotto (Franklin Regional) had six tackles in a 21-20 loss to Bryant.
Slippery Rock: Redshirt junior Trey Blandford (Penn-Trafford) had two tackles, one for a loss, and a sack, as the Rock took down No. 14 IUP, 30-27. Blandford has been a key part of the SRU defense since transferring from Indiana State.
Washington & Jefferson: Senior defensive back Zack Queen (Penn-Trafford) made six tackles and intercepted a pass as the 10th-ranked Presidents (6-0, 5-0 PAC) defeated No. 16 Case Western, 44-36. Senior defensive lineman Sal Decario (Derry) added two tackles and a forced fumble.
Penn State Altoona: Freshman Ethan Yohe (Franklin Regional) shot 79 to finish 13th at the James M. Bowen Invitational in Erie.
Pitt-Greensburg: Senior Javon Trout (Hempfield) carded rounds of 74 and 83 for a 36-hole total of 157 to finish tied for seventh at the AMCC championship at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club in Ohio. Sophomore Joe Doubt tied for 15th (78-85-163). UPG finished fifth in the team standings.
Washington & Jefferson: Freshman Ben Peticca (Franklin Regional) finished fourth at the Peter C. Rossin Memorial Golf Invitational at Southpointe Golf Club. He posted a two-round total of 162 (82-80).
West Virginia: Sophomore Mark Goetz (Greensburg/Kiski School) finished 46th at the Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, W.Va. Goetz, who shot 81-76-76 for a 17-over 233, played as an individual in the event, which was won by the host Mountaineers.
Penn State Behrend: Junior goalkeeper Chris Ralph (Franklin Regional) is 6-3-2 in 11 games for the Lions (6-3-2, 2-0-1). The AMCC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Ralph has 37 saves and six shutouts.
Pitt-Johnstown: Junior midfielder Dylan Cottman (Norwin) has played in all 11 games and has one goal for the Mountain Cats (2-9, 0-6 PSAC).
Grove City: Junior defender Colleen Zilka (Franklin Regional) was named PAC Defensive Player of the Week. She helped Grove City post two shutouts. The Wolverines have not allowed a goal in 425 minutes of soccer.
Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at email@example.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.