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Westmoreland Campus Clippings: Zollinger just keeps winning titles

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
A Netherlands woman hockey player shoots the ball with her stick during a women's field hockey match at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
A Netherlands woman hockey player shoots the ball with her stick during a women's field hockey match at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Tara Zollinger returned to the Pittsburgh area and continued to do what she does best: win.

The second-year coach of the Shippensburg field hockey team guided the Raiders to their third consecutive NCAA Division II national championship.

Shippensburg squeezed past East Stroudsburg, 1-0, in overtime, on Saturday at Duquesne’s Art Rooney Field.

Pittsburgh hosted the playoff tournament as part of the NCAA Division II Championships Festival.

Zollinger attended Hempfield through her junior year before graduating from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.

Zollinger has won national titles as a player and coach. As an attacker at Maryland, she won a pair of NCAA Division I championships (2010, ’11). She went on to serve as an assistant at Syracuse, and the Orange went undefeated and won the 2015 national championship.

Football

Lackawanna : Freshman defensive back Robert Kennedy (Jeannette) helped the Falcons to a 17-10 win over Arizona Western in the El Toro Bowl to finish the season undefeated for the first time (11-0). He had an interception in the victory.

Seton Hill: Redshirt junior wide receiver Ardell Brown was named to the D2 Conference Commissioner’s Association All-Super Region 1 Second Team for offense. Brown led the Griffins with 81 receptions for a school-record 1,267 yards and nine touchdowns.

Slippery Rock: Redshirt junior defensive lineman Trey Blandford (Penn-Trafford) registered eight tackles and recovered a fumble, but the Rock fell to Notre Dame (Ohio), 21-17, in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals. SRU finished 11-3.

Men’s basketball

Pitt-Greensburg : Sophomore Cam Seigfreid (Penn-Trafford) scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Bobcats dropped an 85-80 decision in overtime at Franciscan. UPG (3-4) erased a 20-point deficit to force OT. Sophomore guard Matt Johnson added 18 points.

The Bobcats continued to shoot well, connecting on 8 of 16 3-pointers in a 70-65 win over Hilbert. Seigfreid and freshman JoJo France each scored 16.

Purdue Fort Wayne : Senior guard Kason Harrell (Hempfield) had a season-high 21 points to go with five rebounds and five assists, but the Mastodons (5-5) lost to Missouri-Kansas City, 90-73.

Women’s basketball

IUP: Senior guard Carolyn Appleby (Greensburg Central Catholic) was named PSAC West Athlete of the Week. She scored 17 points and dealt six assists as the Crimson Hawks moved to 6-0 with a 71-41 win over Kutztown. Appleby added 20 points and five assists in a 100-44 win over Cheyney and 18 points, eight assists and five rebounds in an 87-52 win over Millersville. IUP is ranked No. 3 in the country.

La Roche: Junior forward Jenna Cole (Norwin) scored 25 points, her fourth 20-plus-point game of the season, and made all 11 of her free throws in a 71-60 victory over Penn State Altoona. Cole, a transfer from Pitt-Greensburg, faces her former team Wednesday on the road. Cole is averaging 20.7 points.

Women’s volleyball

Seton Hill: Sophomore Viktoria Farian was selected to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-American Team as an honorable mention. She helped lead Seton Hill (26-9) win its first PSAC title and reach the NCAA Atlantic Regional final.

Farian also made the AVCA All-America Team, also as an honorable mention, in addition to receiving D2CCA All-Atlantic Region first team and PSAC Athlete of the Year and first-team honors.

The PSAC points leader, she led the Griffins with 453 kills and was second in digs with 525. She had a double-double in the final 12 matches of the season.

Women’s soccer

Michigan State: Sophomore defender Athena Biondi (Penn-Trafford) played all 18 games for the Spartans (5-10-3) this season and helped the team post four shutouts.

Pitt-Greensburg: Senior midfielder Bri Burgunder finished among the top 10 in eight statistical categories in the UPG record book. She also capped her senior season with another all-regional honor.

Burgunder was named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region Team for the third straight year. Burgunder led UPG with nine goals (four winners) and five assists for 23 points. She also made the All-AMCC First Team.

A productive college career leaves her first in the program in winning goals (11), second in goals (43) and points (105) and third in assists (19).

Seton Hill: Three Griffins were named to the All-USCAA Atlantic Region team in senior goalkeeper Jessica Neill (first team), senior forward Emily LoPresti (second team) and redshirt junior Italia Biondi (third team).

Neill went 11-5-1 in net for the Griffins and posted a 0.93 goals-against average.

LoPresti had six goals and six assists. She made all-region in all four years. She was a first-team All-PSAC pick this season, and Neill and Biondi made the second team.

LoPresti finished with 40 career goals including 17 winning scores.

Biondi (Penn-Trafford), who transferred from Duquesne, led the Griffins with 10 goals and 23 points.

Men’s soccer

Penn State Behrend: Senior goalkeeper Chris Ralph (Franklin Regional) was named to the NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region second team. The AMCC Defensive Player of the Year, Ralph posted a save percentage of .809 and won 15 games for the Lions.

Seton Hill: Junior defender Lloyd Davies and sophomore forwards Alex Dysen and Henrik Berg were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Third Team.

Berg had five goals and two assists, and Davies was steady on the back line and had a goal and two assists for the Griffins.

Dysen also had five goals and led Seton Hill with 14 points.

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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