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November 10, 2012

Local sports briefs 11/10/2012

JOHNSTOWN — SOCCER

4 Mountain Cats receive honors


Pitt-Johnstown midfielders Marc Bucci and Steve Taslov and defenders Eric Grabiak, a second-team all-conference choice a year ago, and Mike Doller were all named Honorable Mention All-WVIAC Men’s Soccer when this year’s teams were released on Friday.

The University of Charleston’s Rob Vincent earned WVIAC Player of the year honors, while Golden Eagles’ Chris Grassie was tabbed the Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Davis & Elkins (W.Va.) College’s Oliver Bienias was named the conference’s freshman of the year.

Flash head to NEC title game

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Friday afternoon’s first semifinal game of the NEC men’s soccer tournament saw fourth seeded St. Francis upset No. 1 seed Quinnipiac 4-3 in penalty kicks to advance to Sunday’s championship match.

St. Francis will now face the winner of the second semifinal game between Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday at 1 p.m. for the NEC title.

FOOTBALL

IUP’s Tuck up for award


FLORENCE, Ala. – IUP senior running back Harvie Tuck is on a list of 24 candidates who are up for the 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.

The list of candidates was announced Friday morning by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee and includes six players from each of the four Division II Super Regions.

Tuck has proven over the course of the season to be one of the best backs in the nation, as he enters this weekend with 1,548 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground, boasting an impressive 6.5 yards per carry average. His 154.8 yards per game is third in all of Division II, as he’s taken his turn with other players leading the nation in rushing throughout the year.

BASKETBALL

IUP, Pastorek rout Concord


FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Leslie Stapleton was one of three players who scored in double-figures with 15 points for the Crimson Hawks as the IUP women’s basketball team ran past Concord 72-44 in its 2012-13 season opener on Friday afternoon.

The contest was the opening game of the PSAC/WVIAC Challenge, hosted by Fairmont State.

Sarah Pastorek, a Bishop McCort graduate, scored 13 points for the Crimson Hawks while Marita Mathe added 10.

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