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THEY WERE WRONG: Surprising Lions lose conference soccer title tilt, 3-1

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Penn State Harrisburg opened eyes throughout the Capital Athletic Conference this season. Picked to finish last in the CAC in a preseason coaches' poll, the Lions took this to heart and shocked everyone by battling game in and game out to finish second in the regular season and advance to the conference championship against Christopher Newport.

Unfortunately, the Blue & White's stunning season did not have a fairy tale ending. Fifth-seeded Christopher Newport tamed the Lions, 3-1 on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Middletown for the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III men's soccer tournament.

The Lions (13-5-1) failed to get an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament when the NCAA announced its field of 61 teams on Monday, Nov. 10. But Penn State Harrisburg was invited to play in the ECAC Tournament on Monday – and received the No. 1 seed in the tournament's South division. The Lions will play No. 8 Cabrini at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Hersheypark Stadium.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 17:24

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Lions face Division I foe in basketball in 2014-15

The Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team begins its 2014-2015 campaign and second year in the Capital Athletic Conference with high expectations.

The Blue & White was a first-time member of the CAC last year and was picked to finish at the bottom of the conference. But the Lions earned some very impressive wins while finishing just one spot shy of the conference playoffs.

While the Lions went 8-17 overall last season, they were able to achieve upset wins over Marymount and Christopher Newport, which was the 14th-ranked team in the nation at the time.

This season, Penn State Harrisburg will have a strong core of returners in the backcourt. Joey Farthing and Rayshaun Anderson-Brown, along with Josh Johnson and Marques Daniels will bring much needed experience to the Lions' new-look roster.

The Lions will not only see some of the best teams in the NCAA's Division III this season, but also Division I Navy. It will be the first time in school history that the men’s basketball team has faced off against a Division I program.  

Coach Don Friday begins his second season with Penn State Harrisburg this year. When asked about his expectations for the upcoming season he had this to say: “We have many returners whose roles will change this season and many newcomers with first-time college basketball experience. Our goal is to get better each and every day and put ourselves in the best position to win when it comes time.”

The Lions will open their season on Saturday Nov. 15 when they host the City College of New York in the inaugural Penn State Harrisburg Tip-Off Tournament presented by Hersheypark. Penn State Harrisburg and CCNY play at 1 p.m., followed by a game between York College (N.Y.) and McDaniel. The consolation game will be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, followed by the tournament championship game at 3 p.m.

WOMEN

The Penn State Harrisburg women’s basketball team will begin its 2014-2015 season looking to improve after a tough welcome to the Capital Athletic Conference in their first season last year.

The Lions finished 6-19 overall last season and 1-15 in conference play.

The Blue & White will be looking to make great strides as multiple key players return this season. Kaitlyn Carmo was last year’s leading scorer as a freshman, averaging 12.7 points per game, and will look to continue leading the team in her second season.

Carmo was named a team captain alongside other key returners Lucky Snypes and Rachel Moyer.  Snypse’s energy and Moyer's leadership will be a key part to the Blue & White’s success.

Returning point guard Rebecca Bailey will look to take the role as floor general with her passing and ability to attack the basket. Coming off of a very impressive statistical season, double-double senior Kiara Carter will once again be asked to help control the paint for the Lions on both ends of the floor.

Penn State Harrisburg has a couple of quality newcomers – D.C. Heat teammates Alexis Nolan and Janel Brown could be tested early in their career as they look to add depth to both the front and backcourt.

“We had a tough year last year, we faced a lot of adversity, but that adversity made us better,'' said Coach Ross Patrick. "I think we will surprise a lot of teams this year.”

The Lions get things started on Saturday Nov. 15 when they travel to Westminster, Md., to play McDaniel at the McDaniel Tip-Off Tournament.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 17:08

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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.

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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

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