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WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Down by 19, Lions rally to beat Frostburg

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Penn State Harrisburg rallied from a 19-point deficit to shock Frostburg St., 60-58 on Wednesday, Dec. 10 in Frostburg, Md.

Blame it on the long bus ride to Frostburg, the ugly weather or preparation for finals, but Penn State Harrisburg got off to a less than impressive start in the first half.

The Lions quickly fell into a deep hole in the game, shooting just 17 percent  from the field in the first half. The Bobcats used a 19-3 run over the final 11 minutes of the half to take a comfortable 32-16 lead.

The Blue & White (3-6, 2-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference) didn't let the Bobcats (1-6, 0-3) stay comfortable for too long however. Penn State Harrisburg emerged from the locker room an entirely different team.

Shaking off the rust, the Lions turned up their defense and only allowed Frostburg to shoot 24 percent in the second half. The intensity on the defensive end turned into easy buckets on the break for the visiting Lions.

Huge baskets by Jasmine Yanich and Janel Brown down the stretch gave the Lions the firepower to pull off the improbable comeback.

Brown lead the Lions with a game-high 13 points, while Yanich contributed with 11 of her own.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Carmo found her form in the second half as well, scoring 9 of her 10 points in the half.

Lancaster Bible 65,
Lions 47

The Lions looked to take their momentum built against Frostburg St. into their next game against Lancaster Bible, but the Chargers had a different plan in mind.

Lancaster Bible won game against to geographical rivals on Friday, Dec. 12 in Middletown.

The Lions started off the game in a similar fashion to their start against Frostburg St. Penn State Harrisburg fell
behind early as the Chargers came out on fire, scoring the first 9 points of the contest.

The Blue & White responded with a 6-0 run of their own to get within 3 points midway through the first half.

The Lions struggled to find their shot through the first 20 minutes, shooting 25 percent from the

Lancaster Bible controlled the glass, out-rebounding Penn State Harrisburg 25-17 in the first half.

Carmo led the Blue & White with 8 of the team’s 18 first-half points. Penn State Harrisburg trailed at the half, 29-18.

Lancaster Bible came out strong in the second half, extending their lead to 14 points with just under 10:00 to play. The Chargers continued to capitalize on their open looks and multiple second-chance opportunities, keeping Penn State Harrisburg from gaining any momentum.

Carmo continued to be a bright spot for the Lions, scoring 17 points. Lucky Snypse added 10 points and 4 rebounds in the  loss.

Penn State Harrisburg will resume play in the New Year at St. Mary’s on Jan. 3.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:31

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Lions drop heartbreaker to York in OT

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When Penn State Harrisburg faced off against nearby rival York College on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in Middletown, both teams came into the contest without a win – and it was easy to tell that neither team wanted to leave the gym in the same predicament.  

But York grabbed a missed free throw with about 6 seconds left and sank a long jumper at the buzzer to beat the Lions in overtime, 59-58.

The game was close throughout most of the first 10 minutes – until the Lions gained an edge thanks to a 12-0 run that included back to back jumpers from Arick Sodini. Penn State Harrisburg went into the half up 26-18.

Both teams fought valiantly throughout the second half. The Lions (1-7, 1-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference) spread the ball around nicely, with seven different players adding to their tally.

Despite leading for the majority of the game, York (2-5, 2-0) came back and tied the contest at 48 in the final minute of regulation. The Blue & White’s Alberto De Los Santos just missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer, and the game went into overtime.

In the overtime period, the Lions held a 4-point lead with 34 seconds to play, setting up the dramatic finish.
York converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to bring the Spartans within 58-57.

Penn State Harrisburg missed two  consecutive front ends of 1-and-1 foul shots. After the second miss, the Spartans rebounded with only 6.4 seconds remaining, took the ball to the end line and dished out a desperation pass to Tyler Alcid, who hit the gam-winner.

Lions 77
Salisbury 68

After the heartbreaking loss to York, Penn State Harrisburg bounced back to pick up its first win of the season at Salisbury, Md.
Throughout the early part of the season, Penn State Harrisburg has battled teams down to the final buzzer and nearly missed pulling off some pretty impressive comebacks. The Blue & White put an end to their skid against Salisbury (2-4, 0-2).

The two teams battled point for point through the first 20 minutes. The first half saw six lead changes and nine ties as the Lions and Seagulls battled punch for punch to a 28-28 deadlock at halftime.  

The second half proved to be much of the same until Penn State Harrisburg pulled away with about 14:00 remaining and never looked back.

The key to the Blue & White’s success was not a standout performance but a balanced scoring attack from nearly every player who Coach Don Friday sent into the game. Ten different Penn State Harrisburg players contributed in the team’s first victory.  

Leading the way for the Lions were Tariq Bennett, Josh Johnson and Sodini – all three netted 10 points each.

The Blue & White also got a lift from senior captain Joey Farthing, who had been sidelined previously with an injury.  Farthing added 4f points and three assists in his season debut.

“I felt our team executed throughout the entire game,'' Friday said. "They have been through some adversity and today they relied on each other.  It was a quality win against a team that is very good on their home floor.''


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:29

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Lions' Seyfert overcomes hardships to become Newcomer of the Year

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Think back to your freshman year of college.

Penn State Harrisburg softball player Kayla Seyfert displayed tremendous character and toughness in the wake of a series of personal hardships during her freshman campaign last spring.

She was one of the Lions’ brightest spots on the diamond, but it was her efforts off the field that left even more of a lasting impression on her teammates and coaches.

In late March, Seyfert was faced with the first of back-to-back unfortunate events – the death of her grandfather. Less than 48 hours later, before her grandfather’s funeral had even taken place, came more tragic news: The 18-year-old’s home in Lebanon was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm, caught fire and partially burned.

Despite the unimaginable burden she faced, Seyfert refused to walk away from softball.

Aided by her teammates and coaches’ support and generosity, she persevered through the most difficult stretch of her young life. Penn State Harrisburg’s softball team was at Seyfert’s side when her grandfather’s funeral took place a few short days later. She made time between classes, practice and the heart of the Blue & White’s schedule to leave campus and travel home to support her family’s rebuilding efforts, and team captain Gabby Wolfe, roommate Amanda Hartman and other teammates rallied around her and pitched in with the salvage.

While those players and coaches eased her struggles off the field, Seyfert thanked them with her efforts every time she stepped foot on the diamond. The freshman played in 26 of the Lions’ 29 games last spring and quickly cemented her spot as the team’s leadoff hitter and second baseman.

She recorded 19 hits, four of which were doubles, and scored 15 runs.

Kayla pitched in 12 outings and became the squad’s most consistent relief hurler, earning one win and averaging nearly four strikeouts per game.

Her .982 fielding percentage was the best of any Penn State Harrisburg starter and she was perfect defensively in Capital Athletic Conference play.

Even more impressive than her statistics was her academic output. Rather than using her tribulation as an excuse to ease up, Kayla transformed her personal struggles into classroom success.

Balancing softball with 17 credits worth of classes, she earned a 3.71 GPA during the spring semester and a spot on the dean’s list. For her efforts this spring, Kayla was named Penn State Harrisburg’s Newcomer of the Year.

No young person should have to share the joys of their first year of college life with the hardships Seyfert was forced to overcome during her freshman season. Still, Seyfert not only dealt with them, but thrived in spite of them.

Her determination, her poise, her selflessness in the face of great adversity, especially at such a young age, set her apart from the crowd.

As she and her family continue to cope with the loss of a loved one and the rebuilding of their home, Seyfert continues to be an exemplary student-athlete. She is one of the Lions’ building blocks of the future and she currently holds a 3.4 cumulative GPA.

It is this ability to succeed on the field of play and the field of life that make sher one of Penn State Harrisburg’s student-athletes with the brightest of futures.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:54

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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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