Weekend College Top 10: Slippery Rock runs to division title
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Slippery Rock football clinches PSAC West
Wes Hills ran 33 times for 248 yards and four touchdowns, leading The Rock past Cal (Pa.), 44-21, on Saturday. Slippery Rock (8-1, 6-0) earned its fifth division title since 2011, and the Vulcans dropped to 5-4, 4-2. The Rock outrushed Cal, 345-90. Roland Rivers III ran for 106 yards and went 10 of 16 for 141 yards, and Eric Glover-Williams broke open the game with a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Slippery Rock will host West Chester in the PSAC title game Nov. 10. Cal’s Nelson Brown ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 15 rushing TDs this season.
2. Grove City football prevails on late TD
Cody Gustafson caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds left -- his third TD reception of the game -- as the Wolverines edged Saint Vincent, 30-27, in a PAC game Saturday. Gustafson has 12 touchdown catches on the season, breaking the school record of 10. Wesley Schools ran 29 times for 122 yards, helping Grove City (5-3, 4-3) win its fourth straight. Schools has eclipsed 100 yards in 13 of his past 14 games. Quincy Mays scored on touchdown runs of 7 and 5 yards to put the Bearcats (1-7, 1-6) ahead 27-23 with 7:10 left in the fourth quarter. He finished with six carries for 63 yards, and Tekoah Guedes had 20 carries for 76 yards.
3. Allegheny football surges to 4th win in 5 games
Zach Bednarowicz kicked a 26-yard field goal with 11 seconds left, propelling the Gators past DePauw, 20-19, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game Saturday. Tyler Balla (Greensburg Central Catholic) had 90 rushing yards and two touchdowns for Allegheny (5-3, 5-2), which forced four turnovers and recorded three sacks. Balla’s second touchdown, a 1-yarder, cut the deficit to 19-17 with 5:55 left. DePauw dropped to 3-5, 3-4.
4. IUP football rolls to third straight win
Lenny Williams (Sto-Rox) accounted for four touchdowns, and the No. 22 Crimson Hawks set season highs with 324 rushing yards and 545 total yards in a 56-14 victory over Seton Hill in the PSAC on Saturday. Justice Evans (Central Catholic) ran for 137 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown, for IUP (7-2, 4-2), which has won three straight. Ardell Brown caught four passes for 55 yards for the Griffins (1-8, 1-5).
5. Grove City soccer teams earn top seeds in PAC
The Wolverines women beat Westminster, 3-0, on Saturday, finishing 8-0 in PAC play and not allowing a goal in any of the games. Michaela Burke scored twice, and Columbia Harkrader made two saves. Grove City (15-3 overall) has won 13 straight games and will host a semifinal when the PAC Tournament starts Wednesday. The Grove City men beat Westminster, 3-2, on Saturday as Trent Strick scored the decisive goal in the 61st minute. The Wolverines (13-1-4, 7-0-1 PAC) host fourth-seeded Washington & Jefferson (6-9-1, 4-3) on Tuesday, and second-seeded Westminster (12-5, 5-2) meets third-seeded Bethany (7-8-3, 4-2-1) in the other semifinal.
6. W&J men, Waynesburg women win PAC cross country titles
The Presidents men earned the first cross country championship in school history, and the Yellow Jackets women made it three straight titles Saturday at Greene County Airport. On the men’s side, W&J’s Harley Moyer took first and was named PAC Runner of the Year for the second straight season. Geneva’s Josh Duffie placed second, and Grove City’s Ryan Budnik finished third. W&J had 33 points as a team, with Saint Vincent (49) and Grove City (102) rounding out the top three. For the women, Chatham’s Rebecca Pennington (Karns City) placed first and was named PAC Runner of the Year, becoming the first Cougar to earn the honor. Grove City’s Rachel Martin (Eden Christian) finished second and Waynesburg’s Aubrey Wingeart third. Waynesburg’s 44 points as a team were three better than Grove City. Geneva was third with 72 points.
7. Westminster volleyball finishes regular season 29-2
Reilly DeGeorge recorded 18 kills, Delaney Saxton added 13 and the Titans defeated Saint Vincent in four sets Saturday, clinching the top seed in the PAC Tournament. Westminster finished 15-1 in conference play, with its only loss coming Oct. 13 against Washington & Jefferson. The Titans and Presidents (18-9, 14-2) received byes into Friday’s semifinals.
8. Penn State women’s soccer reaches Big Ten semis
Marissa Sheva scored with 1 minute, 52 seconds left to lift the Nittany Lions past Michigan, 1-0, in a Big Ten quarterfinal Sunday. Sheva also blocked a shot on the goal line after a corner kick in the final seconds to preserve the victory for top-seeded Penn State (14-5). Amanda Dennis recorded a career-best seven saves. The Nittany Lions face fifth-seeded Illinois (11-7-1) at 11 a.m. Friday in Westfield, Ind.
9. RMU volleyball hands LIU Brooklyn 1st conference loss
Taylor Lord had 17 kills, Whitney Brown contributed 21 assists and 11 digs and Robert Morris won 13-25, 25-23, 27-25, 28-26 on Saturday. The Colonials improved to 9-17 overall and 3-8 in the Northeast Conference. The Blackbirds slipped to 13-7, 10-1.
10. Duquesne runner takes 2nd at A-10s
Cordon Louco (North Allegheny) finished second out of 129 runners at the Atlantic 10 cross country championships Saturday in Mechanicsville, Va. As a team, the Dukes were seventh out of 14, with Dayton claiming the title. Richmond won the women’s title, and Duquesne was eighth out of 14 teams.