Monday's Griffin Sports Update

Griffins men's soccer bows out of PSAC playoffs; SHU football establishes new school record in victory; SHU wrestling opens season with win

Mon Nov 15, 2021 - 5:12PM

Dan Flickinger Dan Flickinger
Seton Hill wrestling opened the season with a 31-10 victory over Belmont Abbey Saturday.Seton Hill wrestling opened the season with a 31-10 victory over Belmont Abbey Saturday.

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SHU Football (5-6, 3-5): Seton Hill finished the season with a bang, scoring the most points in a single game in program history in a 59-7 blowout at Lock Haven.

The Griffins stormed out to a 23-0 lead after the first quarter thanks to a trick play that featured running back Jaiquawn McGriff throwing a 50-yard touchdown pass to Taro Gaither for Seton Hill's first score. John Makell hauled in a 63-yard bomb from Jake McCormick to put SHU ahead 14-0. Luke Hauger added a 27-yard field goal and Teegan Hahn blocked a punt in which Hezikiah Hawkins fell on in the endzone to make the score 23-0 after the first quarter.

SHU tacked on 26 more points in the second quarter, highlighted by a blocked punt by Narrio Walks who scooped up the loose ball and then handed it to Jaylen McDuffie who raced 40 yards to paydirt. Seton Hill also held a 10-0 edge in the second half.

In his final career game, Logan Wiland rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. He ends the season in a tie with Gannon's Melvin Blanks for the PSAC regular season rushing crown with each rushing for 1,236 yards.

Taro Gaither, also appearing in his final game as a Griffin, hauled in five passes for 93 yards and two scores. McDuffie made eight tackles, three for a loss, and rung up two sacks. Jaden Emberton-Gaines finished with two tackles for a loss, a sack and an interception.

Seton Hill's final record of 5-6 ties for the second best mark in program history.

SHU Men's Soccer (9-8-2, 6-3-1): The season ended for the Seton Hill men's soccer team as the Griffins lost in the PSAC quarterfinals to Gannon 2-1 in Erie.

Seton Hill got on the board first as Wilfred Munn scored his third goal of the season off of a free kick from Achie Lock to make it 1-0 in the ninth minute. But just under two minutes later, Toby Gower tallied for Gannon to tie the match at 1-1.

It stayed that way through halftime and a big portion of the second half until Layton Bingham got the game-winning goal in the 77th minute for the Golden Knights.

Senior goalkeeper Bobby White finished with four saves in goal for Seton Hill which finishes the season with a 9-8-2 overall mark.

SHU Wrestling (1-0, 0-0) The Seton Hill wrestling team was on the mat for the first time since 2019-2020 and started the year with a dominating 31-10 win over Belmont Abbey Saturday.

Frank Bonura opened the match with a pin at 125 pounds. Joel Cawoski increased the SHU lead to 9-3 following a 10-5 decision at 141 pounds. Also picking up victories were Logan McKoy (149), Tyler Alberts (157), Brandon Matthews (184), Brandon Finnerty (197) and John Meyers (Hwt).

The team continued the weekend in North Carolina taking part in the NC State Wolfpack Open on Sunday in which they finished eighth overall. Matthews was the highest placer, coming in fifth at 141 pounds while Alberts came in sixth at 157.

SHU Women's Volleyball (12-15, 5-11): Seton Hill finished the season on a down note, losing a pair of matches over the weekend.

The team returns to dual matches when they open PSAC play on the road at Kutztown on Wednesday, December 1st.

On Friday, the Griffins played tough at Edinboro but were swept by scores of 25-23, 28-26 and 25-21. Cameron Baril tallied nine kills with Kaitlyn Lipps finishing with seven to pace Seton Hill's attack.

In the season finale on Saturday, the Griffins lost to Mercyhurst in four sets 23-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 22-25. Kierstin Schade put up 13 kills with Paige Cole coming in with 11 terminations. Cole added two service aces.

This marks the first time the SHU women's volleyball team will miss the PSAC Tournament since the Griffins joined the conference in 2013-14.

SHU Women's Basketball (3-2, 0-0): After dropping the first two games of the season, Seton Hill women's basketball has won three straight including two games over the weekend. Playing in the PSAC/CIAA challenge at IUP, the Griffins scored a couple of easy victories over Livingstone 84-40 and Virginia State 63-46.

Against Livingstone on Saturday, Katie Nolan put up a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Christiane Frye was close behind with 16 points while Sonia Sarda and Cheyenne Trest each scored eight.

In the triumph over Virginia State on Sunday, Nolan and Frye again paced SHU with 16 and 13 points respectively. Courtney Tomas finished with nine.

This weekend, Seton Hill will host a new tournament at the McKenna Center called the Tri-State Thanksgiving Classic. SHU will play Tiffin on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Salem University on Sunday at 3 p.m.

SHU Men's Basketball (0-3, 0-0): The Seton Hill men's basketball team hit the hardwood for the first time since the 2019-2020 season competing in the PSAC/MEC challenge at Slippery Rock. The Griffins, however, dropped both games in the tournament.

On Friday, Seton Hill was downed by Alderson Broaddus 66-54. The Griffins fell behind early, trailing 36-23 at the halftime break. Drew Green paced the offense with 14 points and nine rebounds. Sam Tabe and Jimmy Moon both finished with 11 points.

Seton Hill was once again outscored in the first half in a 93-86 loss to Notre Dame (OH) on Saturday. Green improved on his season-opener with 18 points against the Falcons. Tabe came in with 15 points.

The Griffins play three games this week traveling to West Virginia Wesleyan on Monday at 6 p.m. They return home to host Davis & Elkins on Wednesday at 5 p.m. before heading to Salem University on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip-off.

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