Monday's Griffins Sports Update

Griffins men's soccer clinches PSAC playoff spot; women's cross country headed to nationals; Baril returns to lead SHU women's volleyball

Mon Nov 08, 2021 - 3:18PM

Dan Flickinger Dan Flickinger
Cameron Baril played in her first matches of the season and led Seton Hill to a pair of victories with 35 total kills.Cameron Baril played in her first matches of the season and led Seton Hill to a pair of victories with 35 total kills.

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SHU Men's Soccer (9-7-2, 6-3-1): The Griffins men's soccer team have clinched a berth in the PSAC playoffs beating California (Pa.) last week and tying Pitt-Johnstown in the season finale.

The post-season clinching victory against the Vulcans came in overtime after a scoreless 90 minutes. Just 57 seconds into extra time, Archie Lock was fouled in the box drawing a penalty. Lock converted on the opportunity, drilling the kick underneath the bar on the left side to give Seton Hill the 1-0 win. Bobby White turned in four saves to preserve the shutout.

In the contest against Pitt-Johnstown, both goals were scored in the 39th minute. Jakob Sabatula netted his first goal of the season to give SHU a very short-lived 1-0 lead. Just 19 seconds later, Chase Kuhn scored on a penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1. Despite Seton Hill holding a 10-4 edge in shots on goal, the Griffins weren't able to break the scoreless tie.

Seton Hill finishes third in the PSAC West - four points back of Mercyhurst and Gannon which finished first and second respectively. In the east, Lock Haven claimed first place followed by West Chester and Millersville. The Griffins will open the post-season at Gannon on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The Golden Knights won both regular season meetings this year 2-1 in OT and 1-0.

SHU Cross Country: For the third time in school history and for the second consecutive season, the Seton Hill women's cross country team is headed to the NCAA Division II National Championships. The women qualified following a second place finish at the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional on Saturday afternoon in Lock Haven, PA. It is the program's best finish in an Atlantic Regional. The team earned the trip to nationals with a third place finish in 2016 and 2019.

The NCAA Division II National Championships will take place on Saturday, November 20th on the Abbey Course at St Leo University.

Seton Hill finished the event with a team total of 106. Leading the way was senior Sydney Wolf who backed up her PSAC Championship with a fourth place finish at regionals. She completed the 6K course in a time of 21:39.3. Freshman Hannah Smrcka also cracked the top ten with a ninth place finish and a time of 21:46. Isabelle McCabe was 25th running a time of 22:31.3. All three runners earned All-Region honors.

On the men's side, the Griffins finished 17th. Donavin Meriweather led the team coming coming in 57th. He completed the 10K course in a time of 33:21.4.

SHU Women's Volleyball (12-13, 5-9): Despite an uncharacteristically tough season for Seton Hill women's volleyball, the Griffins have now won three of their past four PSAC matches including two last week.

On Friday, the Griffins knocked off Pitt-Johnstown in five sets by scores of 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 17-25 and 15-12. Cameron Baril, playing in her first game all season, came back to lead Seton Hill with 15 kills. Kierstin Schade put up nine. Carrie Leazer contributed 31 digs.

Baril wasn't done.

Against Clarion on Saturday, she tallied 20 putdowns as Seton Hill defeated Clarion in another five-set match by scores of 23-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22 and 19-17. Paige Cole provided the game-winning kill in the fifth set.

Seton Hill will finish the season with a pair of road matches this weekend, traveling to Edinboro on Friday at 7 p.m. then at Mercyhurst on Saturday at 1 p.m.

SHU Football (4-6, 2-5): IUP scored less than three minutes into the game and went on to sink Seton Hill on senior day winning 38-3 on Saturday at Offutt Field.

Harry Woodbery threw three touchdown passes, two to Duane Brown, to put the Crimson Hawks ahead 21-0 in the second quarter. A 24-yard Luke Hauger field goal cut the Griffins deficit to 21-3 at halftime but IUP scored three times in the second half to set the final.

Logan Wiland was held in check, rushing for a season-low 36 yards on 16 carries. Taro Gaither pulled in four passes for 73 yards. Jake McCormick completed 10-of-20 passes for 129 yards and was sacked three times. Jaylen McDuffie made 13 tackles, three for a loss, and forced a fumble for Seton Hill defensively.

The Griffins finish the season traveling to Lock Haven for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday.

SHU Women's Soccer (7-9-1, 6-9-1): The Seton Hill women's soccer team finished the season on a good note by winning a pair of PSAC matches last week.

On Wednesday, the Griffins shut out California (Pa.) 1-0 on the strength of a Corynna Rotoli goal in the 56th minute. Lindsey Pazdziorko made the goal stand as she made six saves to earn the shutout.

Seton Hill finished the regular season by beating Edinboro 3-2 in overtime in a back-and-forth game on Saturday. The Fighting Scots scored just over three minutes into the match and led 1-0 at halftime. But the Griffins collected a pair of goals in a span of two minutes in the second half as Rotoli tied the game on a tally in the 55th minute with an assist from Leah Policarpio. Then, in the 57th minute, Julia Scamardi netted her first goal of the season to push Seton Hill ahead 2-1. An own goal tied the game at 2-2 in the 82nd minute but SHU's Alyssa Neast found the back of the goal just over five minutes into overtime. Policarpio again picked up the assist. Pazdziorko made five saves.

The Griffins finish in sixth place in the PSAC West, five points out of a PSAC playoff spot.

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