Westminster men, women in lead at PAC Fall Golf Championships | Sports

Westminster men, women in lead at PAC Fall Golf Championships | Sports

VIENNA, Ohio – The Westminster women’s golf team leads the 2021 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Fall Championship following the completion of day one at Avalon at Squaw Creek on Wednesday.

Titan junior Erika Hoover (Wilmington High) is tied for first with an 81 out of the 38-player field. She is tied with Washington & Jefferson freshman Christina McGinnis.

Geneva College freshman Sabienea Winston posted a 10-over 82 for third place.

Westminster has a 27-stroke lead over second-place Washington & Jefferson with a team score of 339 (+51) – tying seventh all-time in program history for team low round vs. par.

Thiel College sits in third place (378) while Geneva is fourth (382), Grove City College is fifth (407), Saint Vincent College is sixth (439), Franciscan University is seventh (449) and Waynesburg University is eighth (463).

All five Titans are in the top-10. Following Hoover was junior Kasey Clifford with a fourth-place score of 84 and sophomore Sierra Richard who is tied for fifth with a score of 86.

Rounding out the Titan scorers was sophomore Morgan Byers who carded an 88 for seventh-place. Junior Baylee Horvath also finished in the top-10 with a tie in ninth with a 90.

This year’s PAC Championship features a 54-hole stroke play event, with 36 holes contested this fall and another 18 holes played in April at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon.

Round two will start at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. The Titans have won the PAC Championship three-straight years.

MEN’S TOURNEY

WARREN, Ohio – Westminster College owns a seven-stroke advantage over Washington & Jefferson College after day one of the PAC Men’s Golf Championship.

W&J junior Colin Robinson tops the 35-player leaderboard after carding a four-under 68 Wednesday. Westminster senior Michael Bell sits in second place with a two-under 70 while Grove City first-year junior Anthony Tambellini fired a one-under 71 to finish third.

Westminster leads the seven-team field with a 293. W&J is in second place (300) and is followed by Grove City College in third (304), Thiel College in fourth (312), Waynesburg University in fifth (333), Geneva College in sixth (334) and Saint Vincent College in seventh (338).

Waynesburg senior Luke Diel buried a hole-in-one on the Par 4 Number 5 hole (308 yds.). He finished the round with a seven-over 79 and is tied for 16th.

The final 18 holes of the men’s championship are scheduled for April 23 at Oglebay Resort’s Speidel Golf Club in Wheeling, W.Va. with a round on the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. course.

The combined 54-hole team totals will determine PAC team champions and winners of the league’s automatic qualifying bids to the 2022 NCAA Div. III Championships.

WESTMINSTER

• Women’s Soccer – The Titans shut out Grove City, 1-0, to remain undefeated in PAC play at home Wednesday night.

The Titans improved to 11-1-1 overall, but most importantly 5-0-0 in the conference. Westminster has not given up a goal in PAC play this year, while outscoring its league counterparts, 16-0.

In the 36th minute of the first half, first-year Natalie Vilchek got knocked down right outside the box, however, got back up and maintained possession and connected with a tap pass to junior Julia Redilla, who headed the ball in the near upper corner for her team-leading 10th goal of the season. The score proved to be the game-winner.

Titan senior goalkeeper Camille Holzschuh registered her seventh shutout of the season, while gathering in three saves. Freshman goalkeeper Courtney Lisman posted 10 saves for the Wolverines.

Westminster outshot Grove City, 19-11, including 11-3 on-goal. Grove City (6-7-0, 3-2-0 PAC) held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.

The Titans are back in action Saturday with a road game at Waynesburg starting at 1 p.m. GCC hosts Chatham in conference action Saturday at 4 p.m. at Don Lyle Field.

GROVE CITY

• Grove City College secured the top spot in this year’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference Men’s Swimming & Diving preseason coaches’ poll

Grove City, led by 20th-year Head Coach Dave Fritz, collected 4 of 6 first-place votes and 49 total points. Westminster was 2nd in the poll with 2 first-place votes and 47 points. Saint Vincent finished 3rd (41), followed by Washington & Jefferson (37), Chatham University (36) and Bethany (30).

Last March, Grove City secured titles in 19 of 20 swimming events during the PAC Championships to claim its third-straight conference team title. It was Grove City’s PAC-leading 21st team title.

Grove City paced last spring’s 6-team championship field with 1,149 points, while Westminster finished as runner-up with 716 points, followed by Saint Vincent (600), W&J (358) and Chatham (257).

This year’s swimmers and divers to watch list includes 13 returning All-PAC selections, including six All-PAC 1st Team honorees. Of the 20 events contested at last year’s championships, the winners of 8 individual events are mentioned on the list.

Chatham’s Karl Gangloff and Westminster’s Patrick Holton highlight this year’s list. At the 2021 conference championships Gangloff earned the PAC’s Newcomer of the Year award while Holton was named the PAC’s Diver of the Year.

Gangloff became Chatham’s first-ever men’s individual champion after winning the 1650 (16:43.05) and also finished as runner-up in the 500 freestyle (4:48.72) and 4th in the 200 freestyle (1:46.66).

Holton prevailed on both the 3- and 1-meter boards at last year’s conference championships. He registered a score of 501.50 in the 3-meter event before securing a score of 429.40 in the 1-meter event.

Holton was recognized by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches of America as a member of its NCAA Division III All-America teams for the 2020-21 season.

The swimmers and divers to watch list also includes 3 members of the PAC’s 2020-21 Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition.

• Grove City College claimed the top spot in this year’s PAC Women’s Swimming & Diving preseason coaches’ poll.

Grove City, directed by 13th-year Head Coach Fritz, earned 6 of 7 first-place votes and 60 total points. Westminster was 2nd with 1 first-place vote and 55 points, followed by Saint Vincent (49), Chatham University (45), Washington & Jefferson (40), Franciscan University (36) and Bethany (30).

Last March, Grove City won titles in 4 of the final 9 events contested during the last two sessions of the PAC Championships to secure the program’s second-straight team title. Grove City has won a PAC-best 18 team championships. Grove City paced last year’s 7-team championship field with 1,025.50 points, while Westminster was the runner-up with 778.50, followed by Saint Vincent (592), Chatham (366), W&J (365), Franciscan (288) and Bethany (3).

This year’s swimmers and divers to watch list includes 16 returning All-PAC selections, including 9 All-PAC 1st-Team honorees. Of the 20 events contested at last year’s championships, the winners of 8 individual events are mentioned on the list.

Headlining this year’s list are Grove City’s Rachael Wallace and Liz Hasse and W&J’s Taylor Weyrich. At the conference championships last spring Wallace was named the PAC’s Swimmer of the Year while Hasse earned the PAC’s Newcomer of the Year award. Weyrich was named the PAC’s Diver of the Year.

Wallace won the 50 freestyle (24.30) and 100 (57.48) and 200 butterfly (2:06.71). She swam butterfly on the 200 medley relay (1:49.77), anchored the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.52) and led off the 400 freestyle relay (3:33.93).

Hasse won the 200 freestyle (1:56.67), was runner-up in the 100 freestyle (52.80) and finished 4th in the 50 ‘free (24.85). She anchored Grove City’s winning 400 (3:33.93) and 800 freestyle (7:56.48) relays.

Weyrich prevailed on the 1-meter board and finished as the runner-up on the 3-meter board at last year’s conference championships. She posted a score of 407.80 in the 1meter event after finishing as the runner-up in the 3-meter event (359.95). Weyrich is W&J’s first diver of the year award winner since Jennifer Suder won it 3 straight times (2013-15). She was recognized by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches of America (CSCAA) as a member of its NCAA Division III All-America teams for the 2020-21 season.

The swimmers and divers to watch list also includes 10 members of the PAC’s 2020-21 Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition.

• Women’s Tennis – GCC closed the fall 2021 regular season Wednesday night with a 5-4 setback at Washington & Jefferson in PAC competition at Janet Swanson Tennis Courts. The teams split the six singles matches but W&J’s 2-1 edge in doubles play proved pivotal.

Logan Fuss (Grove City High) suffered a 6-0, 6-0 loss at No. 3 singles and fell, 8-3, in No. 1 doubles with teammate Maya Krishnasamy.

Grove City (8-4, 4-3 PAC) will be the No. 4 seed in next week’s conference tournament. The Wolverines will host Thiel in the quarterfinals next Tuesday afternoon.

• Men’s Soccer – Grove City College dropped to 4-1 in the PAC as the Wolverines fell Wednesday night at Westminster, 2-1, in conference action.

Grove City forged a 1-1 tie at 21:13 when sophomore midfielder Chris DeLucia scored his first goal this autumn. DeLucia chipped a cross from senior forward Holton Gwaltney over Westminster goalkeeper Jad Jadallah.

Westminster reclaimed the lead at 60:16 on Zac Marzula’s unassisted goal. Westminster opened the scoring at the 7:22 mark when Tyler Caterino scored.

Westminster posted a dozen shots in the match while Grove City had 11 shots. Westminster had a 10-7 edge in shots on goal while Grove City held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Senior goalkeeper Luke Greenway made three saves in the first half. Junior Jesse Greyshock stopped five shots over the final 45 minutes.

Grove City will host Chatham at 7 p.m. Saturday night in conference play at Don Lyle Field.

THIEL

• Women’s Tennis – The Thiel College women’s tennis team concluded the regular season Wednesday with a 6-3 non-conference loss on the road to the Geneva Golden Tornadoes.

Sarah Haritos and Jordan Zee won at second doubles over Laura Lin Comollo and Caleigh Pumphrey, 8-5.

Natalie Zgurich defeated Kaylee McCall 6-2, 6-2 at first singles. At sixth singles, Reagan Hayne (Greenville High) beat Cassy Kehs 6-3, 6-1.

• Men’s Soccer – The Tomcats lost, 5-0, to the Franciscan Barons in a PAC game on Wednesday.

The Barons kicked off the scoring in the 20th minute and didn’t look back.

For the Tomcats, Chase Yopp tallied three shots, including one on goal. Jacob Sirofchuck (Mercer High) also attempted two shots. Rodney Washburn and Nate Udell each notched a shot on goal. Devin Weisbarth totaled seven saves in 90 minutes.

For the Barons, five different players scored, including Mikey Irvin and Jonathan Schriner, who also recorded an assist apiece. Jax Mautone saved three shots in the shutout.

The Tomcats’ next game will be at Bethany on Saturday. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.


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