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Lions claim No. 2 seed in conference playoffs

Penn State Harrisburg clinched a high seed in the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs in men's soccer by tying Mary Washington, 2-2 on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Fredericksburg, Va.

The Lions (12-4-1) are the No. 2 seed, and will host the winner of a first-round game between Frostburg St. (10-5-3) and St. Mary's (9-9) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Middletown.

Salisbury (12-1-5) claimed the No. 1 seed and will face the winner of a first-round game between Mary Washington and Christopher Newport.

The Blue & White wasted no time against Mary Washington, pounding on the Eagles early when senior Jon Willingham scored off an assist from Aaron Kline in the 6th minute.  

Mary Washington battled back to score two straight goals, putting Penn State Harrisburg in a 2-1 hole with only 15 minutes left to play.

But Willingham was not ready to let the Lions lose their final match of the year with so much on the line. He found the net a second time with less that eight minutes to play to send the game into overtime.

The two teams battled through 20 mintues over extra time to finish in a draw.  

"This in an incredibly tough conference, excellent teams from top to bottom,'' said Penn State Harrisburg Coach Seamus Donnelly. "We have achieved an awful lot, but this is no time to reflect. We have earned a little break, and then we have another mountain to climb starting next week.

"This is a fantastic group with a great team spirit and I am so proud of what they've done, and the manner in which they have gone about it,'' Donnelly said.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:36

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Lions stun 11th-ranked Christopher Newport, 3-1

Penn State Harrisburg picked up a huge win in men's soccer over 11th-ranked Christopher Newport, 3-1 on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Middletown.

With the win, the Lions (12-4) equaled a team-record total for victories in one season, with one more regular-season match remaining before the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs.

The conference playoffs are not locked in, but look to be within reach for the Lions as they continue on their tear.

The Blue & White came into Saturday's matchup with Christopher Newport hoping to get a step closer to the CAC playoffs and possibly lock down a first-round bye in the postseason.

After honoring five seniors, three of which were starters for the Lions this season, Penn State Harrisburg took the field for this very intriguing CAC showdown between two top conference contenders.

Penn State Harrisburg got off to a quick start as junior standout Aaron Kline got the ball rolling with his eighth goal of the season just 12:00 into the game.

Alex Panuccio found the back of the net not too long after, connecting on a penalty kick in the 31st minute to give the Lions a 2-0 advantage.

The Captains (12-3-4) refused to give up as they fired shot after shot toward the Penn State Harrisburg goal. Lion goalkeeper Brandon Hoover came up huge for Penn State Harrisburg, saving a penalty kick, then getting off the ground in time to stop a deflection seconds later to keep the Captains from scoring.

Despite being outshot 20 to 7, Penn State Harrisburg stood strong on defense for the victory, the Lions' second over a Division III nationally-ranked opponent.

"All season we have tried to keep the focus on the team performance rather than the outcome,'' said Penn State Harrisburg Coach Seamus Donnelly. "If we keep performing to our highest level, then we know we have a good chance in every game."

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 16:42

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Lion women fall to Eagles, 3-1

Mary Washington scored two late goals to defeat Penn State Harrisburg, 3-1 in women's soccer on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Fredericksburg, Va., ending the Lions' hopes of a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs.

The Lions (5-11, 1-7 in the conference) took a short-lived, early second-half lead over Mary Washington (9-6-2, 3-4-1) thanks to a quality strike from freshman Kylie Courtney in the 46th minute.  

From the first whistle the Lions found themselves in the defensive stance, making sure they would not give up any easy or early goals, which has been the team's Achilles heel for much of the season.

But the Lions started the second half with a different mindset as they pushed forward from the start. It only took two minutes for the Blue & White to score thanks to a great pass from Middletown graduate Hannah Jorich to Courtney, who buried a shot in the bottom right corner from outside the 18-yard box to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the Lions offensive effort was short-lived as they dropped back into a defensive mindset following the goal.
Penn State Harrisburg held on for almost 10 minutes before the Eagles finally scored in the 55th minute to tie the game.

It was anyone’s game to win at that point, but Penn State Harrisburg just did not push forward hard enough and allowed Mary Washington to keep the ball in the Lions' defensive end for too long. The Eagles eventually scored the winner in the 82nd minute and found the net once more in the 84th after Penn State Harrisburg pushed numbers up in hopes of tying the game.  

“We didn’t get the result we wanted, but the girls fought through injuries and pushed to the final whistle,'' said Penn State Harrisburg Assistant Coach Kate Murphy.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 16:26

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Lions fall to Knights, top Frostburg

For much of the season, it’s seemed like Penn State Harrisburg has been one bounce of the ball, one fortunate break, one key run away from picking up crucial victories.

 

Instead, the Lions have ended up on the wrong end of those situations more times than they would have liked this year. The Lions’ matchup against Southern Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 8 was no different.tinydribble2 12 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Penn State Harrisburg’s Logan Stovall (32) drives against a Southern Virginia defender in the Lions’ 74-67 loss to the Knights.

 

After falling behind by as many as 18 points, the Blue & White made it a one possession game late in regulation. Unfortunately, the Lions failed to get a decisive defensive stop when it mattered most and ultimately fell to the Knights, 74-67 in Middletown.

 

Will Doyle continued his recent string of stellar outings for Penn State Harrisburg (7-14), dropping a game-high 16 points on Southern Virginia (5-13). He also dished out a game-high five assists. Sophomore Jared Deibler, a Middletown Area High School graduate, added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds off the bench. Teammate Rayshaun Anderson-Brown was also strong, posting 11 points and five boards.

 

The Lions were strong out of the gate, jumping out to a 12-5 lead when Joey Farthing converted a layup at the 14:42 mark.

The Knights regrouped and kept things close during the game’s opening 10 minutes. Southern Virginia’s Wesley Evans connected from beyond the 3-point arc with 7:06 remaining in the first half to tie the score, 20-20.

 

From there, Southern Virginia ended the half on a 12-4 run and took a 32-24 advantage into the break.

 

After both teams struggled to get going offensively to begin the second half, Penn State Harrisburg scored 6 unanswered points to cut the deficit to 32-30 on a layup by Winton Lyle with 15:22 left to play.

 

But just as quickly as the Blue & White climbed back into the game, Southern Virginia increased its lead thanks to a 12-0 run over the next two minutes.

 

Trailing 52-34 with about 8:00 left to play, the Lions made one last push.

 

Penn State Harrisburg traded buckets with the Knights before getting stops on the defensive end that allowed the Lions to cut into Southern Virginia’s lead. The Lions put together an 18-8 run over a stretch of 4:30 to bring them within 4 points, 62-58 with 2:06 left in the game.

 

Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Lions would get.

 

Doyle and Anderson-Brown did their best to keep the Lions in it, but every time the Blue & White made a big shot, Southern Virginia had an answer.

 

The two teams shot nearly identically from the field (43.5 percent to 42.1 percent), but Southern Virginia held the edge in shooting from distance, knocking down nine 3-balls compared to just three by the Blue & White.

 

The Lions also struggled from the foul line, shooting just 58.8 percent.

 

Lions 75

Frostburg St. 65

 

Behind a career-high 22 points from freshman Logan Stovall, Penn State Harrisburg upended Capital Athletic Conference foe Frostburg State on Thursday, Feb. 6 in Frostburg, Md., ending the Lions’ six-game losing streak.

 

Three other Penn State Harrisburg players reached the double-digit scoring mark: Doyle netted 14, dished out a game-high five assists and pulled in a team-best five rebounds; Kenny Stone dropped 15 on the Bobcats; and freshman Marquese Daniels added 13 points.

 

The Lions fell behind 9-2 in the early going before putting together a 7-2 run that got them back into contention.

 

After Frostburg (2-19, 1-12 in the conference) jumped back out in front 20-13, the Blue & White again fought back, cutting the deficit to 20-17 thanks to Doyle’s trey at the 7:09 mark.

 

A Stone jump shot pulled Penn State Harrisburg (4-8 in the conference) to within 1 point, and the Lions grabbed their first lead of the game, 23-22, when Stovall converted a layup with 4:26 left in the first half.   

 

Both squads traded the advantage over the next several minutes until Stovall knocked down a shot from beyond the arc to put Penn State Harrisburg out in front 35-32 heading into halftime.

 

Doyle connected for another triple just seconds after the break to increase the Lions’ lead to 38-32, but the Bobcats battled back over the next 4:00, with a pair of Torrell Goodman free throws drawing Frostburg to within 1 point, 43-42 with 15:17 left to play.

 

Over the next few minutes, however, the Blue & White steadily began to put distance between themselves and Frostburg State.

 

Deibler converted two free throws to put Penn State Harrisburg ahead 50-44 at the 12:24 mark and Doyle flushed another 3-ball to push the Lions’ advantage to 53-44 with 11:41 remaining.

 

Free throws by Stone and Lyle extended Penn State Harrisburg’s lead to 61-51 with 7:13 left to play, and Stone’s layup at the 6:03 mark kept the Blue & White advantage in the double-digits.

 

Frostburg cut the deficit to just 5 points when Nick Smoot connected from downtown with 2:19 remaining. That’s as close as the Bobcats would get the rest of the way.

 

Frostburg was forced to foul and Daniels and Stovall converted their free throws down the stretch to keep the Bobcats at bay.

 

The game’s most telling statistic came in the form of reserve play. Penn State Harrisburg got 52 points from its bench compared to just 10 by he Bobcats’ backups.

 

The Lions also shot a stout 58.1 percent from the field compared to just 38.8 percent for Frostburg.

 

The Blue & White shot 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. Frostburg managed just 26.7 percent shooting from distance.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:41

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Lions battle Wesley before falling, 83-68

By Tom Klemick

It’s now common knowledge that Penn State Harrisburg will be leaving the North Eastern Athletic Conference following the 2012-13 season to join the Capital Athletic Conference next fall.


The Lions got a taste of things to come when they

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 02:23

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