CUP falls at Mercyhurst, 14-7
ERIE — The Clarion University defense limited Mercyhurst to 242 yards, but the Golden Eagles were unable to come away with a road win in falling 14-7 at Mercyhurst last Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles (4-6, 2-5 PSAC West) conclude the season Saturday when they host East Stroudsburg for a noon kickoff.
The Golden Eagles defense limited the Lakers’ ability to punch the ball into the end zone, shutting them out in the second half and holding them to three second-half drives of five plays or fewer.
The Lakers were held to just one drive of 50 or more yards total in the game. Unfortunately, Clarion was also unable to light the scoreboard in the second half, with Mercyhurst controlling the clock and hanging on for the win.
Owens ran for 112 yards on 21 carries to lead Mercyhurst.
Mylique McGriff ran for 67 yards on eight carries to lead the Golden Eagles.
Golden Eagles freshman quarterback Tanner Jones made his first career start and did not take long to make an impact, scoring his first career touchdown on the Golden Eagles’ first drive of the game.
Jones marched the team 75 yards down the field in eight plays before finally taking it into the end zone himself, rushing for a three-yard score that put Clarion ahead 7-0 early in the first quarter.
But Mercyhurst scored twice the rest of the way to get the win. The Lakers tied it by the end of the first quarter on Doug Altavilla’s 4-yard TD pass to Clay Waldron.
The go-ahead score and final points of the game came on Garrett Owens’ 12-yard run with 4:51 left before halftime.
D9 playoffs crown champs
In addition to Redbank Valley’s Class 2A title in volleyball, were two other champions crowned last Saturday at St. Marys Area High School.
Like the Lady Bulldogs’ win over Brookville, the other two came in sweeps. In Class 1A, Clarion swept Ridgway, 30-28, 25-13, 26-24. The Lady Cats trailed the top seeds in the first set, 24-21, but rallied to win the set and took the momentum from there.
It’s Clarion’s first title since 2015 and 14th overall, tying it with Punxsutawney for the most in D9 history.
In Class 3A, DuBois swept Bradford, 25-8, 25-9, 25-14, for it second straight title.
Like Redbank Valley, the other D9 champs along with the Class 1A runners-up Lady Elkers were in action Tuesday. At DuBois, Redbank Valley faces WPIAL fourth seed Freeport and Clarion faces District 10 runner-up Cambridge Springs at 5 and 6:30 p.m. respectively while DuBois faces WPIAL runner-up Thomas Jefferson in Punxsutawney at 6:30 p.m. Ridgway meets D10 champion Cochranton in Meadville at 6 p.m.
Tuesday’s winners advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
In soccer, five D9 champions were in action Tuesday. In boys, Brockway blanked Karns City 2-0 for the Class 1A title, St. Marys downed Port Allegany 4-1 in Class 2A and Bradford blanked DuBois 3-0 in Class 3A.
The Rovers met WPIAL third seed Seton LaSalle in DuBois at 7 p.m. while St. Marys played District 10 runner-up Mercyhurst Prep in Brockway at 5 p.m. with Bradford following at 7 p.m. against WPIAL runner-up West Allegany.
For the girls, Class 1A champion Brockway met WPIAL runner-up Bentworth in DuBois at 5 p.m. while Class 2A champion Karns City took on District 10 runner-up Villa Maria at 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s soccer winners advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal round as well.
Mount Aloysius finishes season
ERIE — The Mount Aloysius College women’s volleyball team bowed out of last weekend’s Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships with a three-set semifinal loss Pitt-Bradford.
The Mounties were ousted in a 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 loss that wrapped up their season at 17-11. Redbank Valley’s Macy King played in all three sets for Mount Aloysius and finished with six kills and four blocks.
For the season, King finished with 138 kills, playing in 96 sets. Union’s Hannah Atzeni, a freshman setter, saw action in 14 matches and 34 sets and had 10 assists.
Pitt-Bradford, the third seed, wound up winning the AMCC title with a five-set win over host and top-seeded Behrend.
Thiel falls in PAC Tourney
BETHANY, W.V. — The Thiel College women’s volleyball team also had its season come to an end in last Tuesday’s preliminary round loss at Bethany College.
The Tomcats were swept, 25-15, 25-18, 25-21, and finished their season at 14-19. Redbank Valley’s Becca Dougherty saw action in all three sets and had a kill and five digs.
For the season, Dougherty finished with 150 kills and 74 digs as she played in 29 games and 86 of the team’s 122 sets.
Bethany went on to win the Presidents Athletic Conference title, sweeping Westminster for the title.