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    page 12 - The Behrend College Beacon - Thursday, October 8, 1998
Behrend runners
prepare for Regionals
By Jason Snyder
sports editor
The Behrend men’s and
women’s cross country teams are
preparing for the conclusion of the
1998 season with hard training and
impressive showings at recent
meets. Both the men and women
competed in the very competitive
Alfred Invitational on Saturday,
September 26, and followed that up
with convincing wins at Laßoche
on Saturday, October 3.
Despite a third place finish at the
Alfred Invitational, the men can
look back with positive feelings.
The men came off of a hard week
of training and were competing in
their fourth straight race. Coach
Rich Hoffman commented on the
effort saying, “Alfred is a very
competitive meet, and it was up a
notch from where it was in the
past." He added, "when you are
training hard, and racing every
week, there is a good chance you
may come up flat from time to
time." But, despite being Hat, the
S coreboard
Women’s Soccer
Ictober 3
ictober 6
4en’s Soccer
>ctober 3
•ctober 4
Cross Country
Dctober 3
)ctober 5
October 1
October 3
October 6
AMCC Athlete of the Week Women's Soccer Michelle MakitesUi
Behrend goalkeeper Michelle Malatesta was named the AMCC Athlete of the Week foi
the week of September 29 - October 5 for her performance in goal.
Malatesta recorded two shutouts during the week for Behrend, helping improve the
women’s record to 9-1-2. Pitt-Bradford and Alfred were both blanked as the Lions rolled to a
2-0 week.
men were able to keep the results close
with Allegheny, a team they will need
to beat on their road to Nationals.
Overall, Hoffman was pleased with
the fact that his runners, despite strug
gling throughout the race, were able to
turn it on in the last mile. Hoffman re
flected on the effort saying, “we had
some guys really come on and make a
difference, and that was a real good sign.
They could have packed it in, but they
pulled it together and made a race of it.”
Freshman Brian Gaines continued a
strong start in his first year at the col
lege level with a ninth place finish in
the very competitive meet. Gaines has
yet to finish outside the top ten.
The women’s team, led by Keri
Lowman, finished ninth in the race.
Lowman crossed the tape with a time of
24:27. Hoffman, pleased with the out
look of the team said, “the women are a
young, inexperienced group, but I have
been pleased with their commitment and
general enthusiasm to improve.”
This past weekend, the Lions used
their less competitive meet at Laßoche
to prepare themselves for the upcoming
@ Hiram
Goals: Jill Yamma, Amy Larocca,
Lauren Arrigo, Chrissy Greco, Jennifer Bargaiban
AMCC Record 3-0
Overall Record 9-1-2
Plattsburgh @ MCC
@ Laßoche Invitational Men Ist Place
1. Dennis Halaszynski (30:06), 2. Tyler Travis (30:13)
3. Adam Dzuricky (30:13) 4. John Joseph (30:40)
5. Dave Rhoades (30:44)
Women Ist Place
1. Keri Lowman (24:35) 3. Tina Rubay (25:20)
4. Kelly Friess (27:26) 5. Amy Bednar (27:31)
6. Robin Suhrie (30:44)
@ Pitt-Bradford
Penn State Altoona
weeks. The team rested eight runners
and took advantage of the opportunity
to train the rest of the team hard. They
were still able to finish first in the meet
as Dennis Halaszynski took home his
first individual win of the season.
Behrend’s top five runners in the meet
all finished within a minute of
Halaszynski. Hoffman said, “we ran
in groups and held back a bit, but we
had pre-determined surges planned. I
think it was a beneficial effort for us.
We got a good training session in, but
we didn’t get injured or overly fa
The women won their first meet of
the season at Laßoche, placing all of
their runners in sixth or better. Keri
Lowman won the race and was fol
lowed by Tina Rubay (3), Kelly Friess
(4), Amy Bednar (5), and Robin Suhrie
(6). Coach Hoffman is impressed with
the improvement of the women’s team.
“My main goal this fall was to estab
lish a viable team and make progress
each week in some area, and we have
done that. They have laid the founda
tion for the future.”
W 1-0
W 6-0
L 2-0
L 5-1
Goal: Josh Castillo
AMCC Record 3-0
Overall Record 6-6
L 6-3
AMCC Record 4-1
Overall Record 6-9
W 3-0
L 3-0
W 3-1
15-13, 15-7, 15-12
8-15,8-15, 14-16
15-9, 15-12,11-15,15-6
AMCC Record 3-3
Overall Record 6-12
The next test for both teams
comes this Saturday, October 10, at
the Dickinson Invitational. The
meet will feature a field of 50 teams
including some of the best in the
east. This race is important for the
men’s team because Dickinson is the
host for Nationals. Hoffman com
mented on the importance of the
meet saying, “this will be a real tell
ing point on where we are and what
we need in the month left before
Regionals.” He added, “we have a
legitimate opportunity to qualify for
the national meet, and the Dickinson
meet will give us a good idea of what
lies ahead for us to accomplish that
The men and women hope to win
the AMCC Championship hosted by
Behrend. The teams were strongly
encouraged by the fan support in
Behrend’s Invitational this past Sep
tember and hope to see more at the
AMCC Championships on October
24 at 11:00 a.m.
Men’s Soccer
October 10
October 14
Women’s Soccer
October 8
October 13
October 10
October 10
October 10
Volleyball wins two
out of three matches
Jamie Salapek
staff writer
The Behrend volleyball
team has been using their impressive
skills lately to get an edge on their
opponents. On October 1, the ladies
challenged Pitt-Bradford and pre
vailed in three games. Behrend used
their quick offense which resulted in
three safisfying victories of 15-13,
15-7 and the third game of 15-12.
Tanya Deats led the team with eight
kills as Mary Good added four of her
own. Good also finished with twelve
digs and freshmen Tiffany Beers con
tributed seven kills, eleven digs, and
four aces. The Lady Lions moved to
2-2 in the Allegheny Mountain Col
legiate Conference with the win.
On October 3, Behrend
faced off with Frostburg State. These
two teams put on a very competitive
match, yet Frostburg prevailed in
three action packed games. In game
one, Behrend started off with good
offense and defense but began to
struggle and fell to their opponent 8-
15. In the second game, the Lions
picked up the pace tremendously and
started to mount a potential come
back. The ladies, however, couldn’t
finish and fell to their tough rival by
the score of 8-15. The third game
was a “nail biter.” Both teams went
back and forth as every move was
@ Pitt-Greensburg 1:00 P.M
Washington and Jefferson 4:00 PM
John Carroll
@ Fredonia Tournament TBA
@ Dickinson Invitational TBA
@ Pitt-Greensburg
Anyone interested in participating
in Track and Field should see
Rich Hoffman in his office at 6
crucial to the game. Behrend, how
ever, couldn’t stop Frostburg State as
they took the third game, 14-16 and
the overall match, 3-0.
Behrend then hosted Penn
State-Altoona on October 6. The Li
ons came out with an impressive win
in three games. They used their solid
defense to hold off Altoona’s hitting.
The Lions used their power offense to
score the points that counted. The four
games of 15-9, 15-12,11-15 and 15-6
kept the fans on the edge of their seats.
Senior Angela Traister led the Lions
with her defensive skills. “We played
really well and have been improving
a great deal every game. Altoona beat
us the first time we played them, but
we came right back, " stated Traister.
Tiffany Beers notably took
charge of the fourth game. She came
out swinging and ended with eighteen
kills. Sarah Fry also stepped up and
did a nice job setting. This was her
first full match of the season and she
added 46 assists for the Lions.
Coach Cindy Jacobelli noted,
“we are really coming together quite
well. I’m really looking foward to the
second half of the season."
Behrend will participate in
the Fredonia tournament this Saturday,
October 10 and will travel to Frostburg
on the 16th to avenge their recent loss.
Head Volleyball Coach
Cindy Jacobelli has led the
Women’s volleyball team to a con
ference record of 3-3
photo courtesy of Penn State athletics
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