Sports Report

Alex Bilka, AMCC Offensive Player of the Year.

Alex Bilka, AMCC Offensive Player of the Year.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

Lions on Top, Again!

It’s been another great season for the Behrend Lions who claimed five of seven fall championships in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). Five teams—men’s golf, women’s tennis, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross-country—brought home top honors. As a result, Behrend sits atop the 2015-16 AMCC President’s Cup standings, once again. The Lions are seeking their fifteenth President’s Cup since the award was initiated in the 2000-01 academic year.

Highlights from the fall 2015 season

  • Cross-country runner Rachel Ramsey won the AMCC Championship race, crossing the finish line first with a time of 23:47.7. She was awarded the AMCC Runner of the Year and has not been beaten by any AMCC runner this season.
  • All seven members of the men’s cross-country team earned All-Conference honors.
  • Head cross-country coach Greg Cooper was named AMCC Coach of the Year for both men’s and women’s cross-country.
  • The men’s golf team became the first team in AMCC history to win five straight conference championships. The team earned the AMCC’s automatic bid for the NCAA tournament in Rochester, New York, in the spring.
  • Women’s soccer player Alex Bilka was named the AMCC Offensive Player of the Year as well as an All-American, the soccer program’s first.
  • Cross-country coach Greg Cooper, AMCC Coach of the Year.

    Cross-country coach Greg Cooper, AMCC Coach of the Year.

    Credit: Penn State Behrend
    The men’s soccer team earned six spots on the All-Conference team, while senior Mike Worth and junior Anthony Crivelli were named to the NSCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region team.
  • Women’s tennis player Jacqueline Cannella was named AMCC Newcomer of the Year. The Lions had six members of the team earn All-AMCC honors.

Seven Alumni Inducted into Hall of Fame

Penn State Behrend inducted seven individuals and three teams into the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame during the college’s fall reunion activities. Inductees included, from left, Isiah Meek ’06 (track and field); Casey Ponsoll ’04 (basketball); Stephanie Bowen Curren ’06 (soccer); Adam Best ’04 (baseball); Brian Blaszczyk ’06 (soccer); Holly Greiner Jennings ’06 (soccer); and Dan Bash ’06 (soccer).

Three teams were also honored. The 2005 women’s volleyball team and the 2004-05 men’s basketball team were recognized for their AMCC championships and NCAA tournament play. The 2005 women’s tennis team was honored for its AMCC title win.